To become a source of irritation; to corrupt.
King David in Psalms 53:1 wrote in part; “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no GOD. Corrupt are they, and have done Abominable Iniquity:”
When a Soul (person) continually tells themselves and others a lie about most anything; in time they may come to believe that lie is the Truth.
A small example of this would be when an individual that drinks alcohol several times a day, every day, for a very long period of time; refuses to admit that they are NOT an Alcoholic; they are a danger, Not only, to theirself; but to others that are around them.
One danger to theirself would be cirrhosis of the liver (cancer) which could end in their death. One danger to others could be; if they drive an automobile while under the influence of Alcohol; they could cause an accident that maims or takes the life of an individual or individuals other than theirself.
In like manner; when a Soul (person) tells theirself and others that they do NOT believe in GOD; one day they will wake up in a devils’ hell.
In Ephesians 4:29-32 the Apostle Paul wrote; Let NO Corrupt Communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is Good to the use of Edifying, that it may Minister Grace unto the hearers.
One Scripture tells us that the Saints are NOT let foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient, be a part of their life, Ephesians 5:4.
*And Grieve NOT the Holy Spirit of GOD, whereby ye are Sealed unto the Day of Redemption.
One way of Grieving the Holy Spirit is when the Saints display a ho hum attitude in regards to Obeying the Written Word of the LORD.
*Let ALL bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: *And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as GOD for Christ’s Sake hath Forgiven you.
The Saints are supposed to display the Nature of a New Heart; a Heart the Loves even as Jesus Loved (Loves) us. If we will do this; we will ONLY ALWAYS Do and Say that which is Well Pleasing to our Heavenly FATHER.
The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:22-24 wrote; That ye Put Off concerning the Former Conversation the old man, which is Corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; *And be Renewed in the Spirit of your mind; *And that ye Put On the New Man, which after GOD is Created in Righteousness and True Holiness.
Let’s consider what the Apostle Paul said in this Scripture in this manner; when you have been working for several hours; doing work that causes you to be all sweaty and dirty; at the end of that period of work; you take off the dirty cloths, wash and anoint your body before putting on clean clothes.
In like manner; that is what a Soul (person) MUST do (they MUST put OFF the Lust of the flesh, the Lust of the eyes and the Pride of life) in order for the Spirit of the Living GOD to Dwell in them.
In 1st Corinthians 15:33-34 the Apostle Paul wrote; Be NOT deceived: evil communications Corrupt good manners.
It only takes one wrong word or one inappropriate action to taint (destroy) previous well doing. That is why it is so important that the Saints do NOT enter into the life style of sinners.
*Awake to Righteousness, and sin NOT; for some have NOT the Knowledge of GOD: I speak this to your shame.
There are too many Souls (people) that have become complacent and downright lazy in Serving the LORD (living a Righteous life), St. Matthew 5:48; they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber, Isaiah 56:10.
We read in St. Luke 6:43-44; For a good tree bringeth NOT forth Corrupt fruit; neither doth a Corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. *For every tree is known by his own fruit.
I think that most everyone knows that you cannot pick oranges from an apple tree; unless, the orange tree has been Grafted into (onto) the apple tree. Every Soul (person) is born into sin; and in order for anyone to Do that which is Right and Pleasing in the Eyes of the LORD; they MUST be Born Again (Grafted into the True Vine) by the Precious Shed Blood of Jesus. Praise His Holy Name!
In St. Matthew 7:15-20 we read; Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. *Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
In order to know if a Minister is speaking the Truth; a Soul (person) MUST be a Reader and Studier of the Truth. We can NOT afford to take the word of anyone over the Written Word of the LORD, the Bible.
**Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a Corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. **A good tree can NOT bring forth evil fruit, neither can a Corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. *Every tree that bringeth NOT forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. *Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
One thing is for sure and for certain; there is Coming a Day when Every Soul (person) will Have to Give Account to the things that they have Said and Done in their lifetime. The ONLY exception to this is to be Born Again; In, Through and By the Precious Shed Blood of Jesus, the Only Begotten Son of GOD (YHWH).
We read in Jude 1:1-13; Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are Sanctified by GOD the FATHER, and Preserved in Jesus Christ, and Called: *Mercy unto you, and Peace, and Love, be Multiplied.
The words of Jude are written to the Saints; they are words of caution and encouragement; caution, to be mindful of your surroundings (that which you see and hear); encouragement, to build up your Faith.
*Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the Common Salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should Earnestly Contend for the Faith which was once delivered unto the Saints.
Without Faith, it is Impossible to Please GOD, Hebrews 11:6; and that which is NOT of Faith (the Written Word of Truth) is sin, Romans 14:23.
*For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this Condemnation, Ungodly men, turning the Grace of our GOD into lasciviousness, and denying the Only LORD GOD, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
You can be sure that there individuals that will come into your midst (the church, at work, at home or just about anywhere) to try and distort the Truth and try to get you to believe and participate in a lie.
One Scripture says that the LORD Knows where Satan’s seat is amoung you,
Revelation 2:13. Just because Satan may have a seat in the church; it doesn’t mean that he has to be allowed to sit there.
If you look around in most churches on any given day; there will be seats that are empty that should be occupied by member that are missing for one reason or the other.
With that in mind; if the Saints will Enter Into Praising and Worshiping the LORD in Spirit and in Truth with a Pure Heart; satan will NOT want to hang around; because darkness can NOT abide where the LIGHT is.
*I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the LORD, having Saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward Destroyed them that Believed NOT.
We need to Stir Up the Pure Mind of one another, 2nd Peter 3:1 and Building Up one another, 1st Thessalonians 5:11; we are our brothers’ keeper.
*And the angels which kept NOT their first estate, but left their own habitation, HE hath Reserved in Everlasting Chains under Darkness unto the Judgment of the Great Day. *Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the Vengeance of Eternal Fire.
There are those that will come in among (around) you and say that GOD doesn’t Mean what HE has Said; that it’s okay to do this or that; but and if what they say is NOT in the Written Word of Truth; do NOT listen to or follow what they say and/or do.
If satan could get a third of the angels of the LORD to follow him; we MUST be on Guard Walking In the Spirit of the LORD in order to NOT be deceived.
**Likewise also these filthy dreamers Defile the flesh, despise Dominion, and speak evil of Dignities. *Yet Michael the Archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The LORD Rebuke thee.
We need to be careful NOT to Speak evil about anyone; we need to Follow what the Apostle Paul wrote in the 13th Chapter of 1stCorinthians; and endeavor to make sure that our Walk with Jesus lines up with that which is Written therein.
**But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they Corrupt themselves. *Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. *These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; *Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is Reserved the Blackness of Darkness FOREVER.
The Ungodly (Souls that were Saved but are no longer Obeying the Truth) will do everything they can to justify theirself; and to get you to follow after their sinful ways.
Jesus is Returning for a Glorious Church, NOT having Spot, OR Wrinkle, OR ANY Such Thing; but that it should be Holy and WITHOUT Blemish, Ephesians 5:27. The Saints are Made Clean by the Precious Blood of Jesus and by the Water of the Word of the LORD; and their wrinkles are Ironed Out by the Fire of the Holy Ghost.
The Apostle Paul in 2nd Timothy 3:6-8 wrote; For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, *Ever learning, and NEVER able to come to the Knowledge of the Truth.
We can spend a life time studying; but if we do NOT implement that which we have Learned into our daily life; our learning has NOT profited us very much.
**Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also Resist the TRUTH: men of Corrupt minds, Reprobate concerning the Faith.
We MUST be mindful (careful) how we accuse one another; and how we speak to one another; therefore, *whatsoever things are True, whatsoever things are Honest, whatsoever things are Just, whatsoever things are Pure, whatsoever things are Lovely, whatsoever things are of Good Report; if there be any Virtue, and if there be any Praise, THINK on These Things. *Those Things, which ye have both Learned, and Received, and Heard, and Seen in me, DO: and the GOD of Peace SHALL be With you, Philippians 4:8-9.
We read in Revelation 19:1-2; And after these things I heard a Great Voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and Glory, and Honour, and Power, unto the LORD our GOD: **For True and Righteous are HIS Judgments: for HE hath Judged the great whore, which did Corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath Avenged the blood of HIS servants at her hand.
When Jesus Gave up the Ghost (died on the cross); Salvation was Forever Settled in the Kingdom of Heaven for ALL mankind that is willing to Accept it; and the ONLY one that can change that is YOU and ME. Let US therefore Draw Near Unto the LORD GOD and HIS Only Begotten Son Jesus that we may Forever Enjoy HIS Holy Presence.
Derwood A. Stewart, Minister
House of Prayer Sabbath Ministries