"The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness" (Proverbs 10:32)
Today's Morsel: When I was in high school, one day my English teacher gave us a paper that told us every book we had to read, the reports that would be due with the due dates, and the conduct she would and would not accept in her classoom. Therefore, if we got a bad grade for a late report or got sent to the principal's office for conduct violations, we didn't have a leg to stand on because we already knew her requirements.
Solomon said, "The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable." If we know what is acceptable, then why are so many trying to give God something that isn't acceptable. When Cain brought his offering to the Lord, the Lord rejected it and told him, "If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him"(Genesis 4:7). Somewhere, Cain had been taught the correct way. He knew what the requirement was for God's acceptance of their offering. But he chose to do it his way and it was rejected. Then he became angry. If one says that they are born again, then they should know what is acceptable, because the Word of God is the guide and rule book for Christian conduct and character. Jesus said, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it"(Matthew 7:21-27). So what does the Lord require of us? "But to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good" (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)?
Sing: We bring an offering unto the Lord our King, we bring an offering, unto the Lord; with a grateful heart, and a spirit of praise, we bring and offering unto the Lord.