Monday, December 25, 2017

How To Overcome Adversity

     Today lets look at Joseph's life to learn how to overcome adversity. First let me state that the answer to overcome adversity is one word Jesus. Jesus said at John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation (trouble). But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Right now get saved and overcome all adversity by repenting (making a decision to stop sinning), accept by faith that Jesus is God, and believe daily that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again.

     OK first we learn that to overcome adversity realize that the Lord Jesus is always with you through any trouble. Pictured above we see that Joseph overcame adversity when Potiphar, his slave master, knew that the Lord Jesus was always with him. Like Joseph, people around us on our jobs will see that the Lord Jesus is with us as we overcome any adversity. Genesis 39:1 says And Joseph was brought down to Egypt and Potiphar, an officer of Pharoah, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmaelites, which had brought him down thither. And the Lord was with Joseph and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.

     Like Joseph, whenever you face adversity, look up to the Lord Jesus who will help you overcome any problem. Luke 21:28 tells us And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption (Jesus) draweth nigh. And know that the Lord Jesus is always with you to deliver you from any adversity. Jesus said at Hebrews 13:5 I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

     Pictured above we see that Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 says that God allows both prosperity and adversity. This scripture says Consider the work of God; for who can make that straight, which He hath made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider; God also hath set the one over against the other to the end that man should find nothing after Him. This means that nothing besides the Lord Jesus can deliver you from any adversity.

     In other words, whenever you face any trouble, don't react; first look to Jesus in prayer and ask Jesus for assistance to overcome the adversity. Philippians 4:6 says Be careful for nothing (defined as don't worry about anything) but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God (notice that if you look and pray to Jesus and not react to your problems you receive peace) which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


God leads us along in shady green pastures so rich and so sweet
God leads His dear children along where the water's cool 
flow bathes the weary ones' feet
God leads His dear children along

Some through the waters; some through the flood
Some through the fire, but all through the blood
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song
In the night season and all the day long

Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go
Anywhere He leads me in this world below
Anywhere without Him dearest joys would fade
Anywhere with Jesus I am not afraid

     Next, to overcome adversity, be content without complaining about your present circumstance. Pictured above, be like Paul saying at Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want; for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Notice that Joseph did not complain about being a slave to Potiphar and was promoted for being content. Genesis 39:4 says And Joseph found grace in his (Potiphar's) sight, and he served him (notice Joseph served Potiphar and did not pout and cry about being a slave) and he (Potiphar) made him overseer over his house and all that he had he put into his hand.

     Friends, like Joseph if we are content and stop complaining about our lives, the Lord Jesus will promote and bless us. Psalm 75:6 says For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south (notice that promotion only comes from the north and up above from Jesus in heaven). But God is the judge, He putteth down one, and setteth up another.

     Next, to overcome adversity, like Joseph pictured above deny sin through any trouble. Joseph refused to commit the sin of adultery with Potiphar's wife during his adversity. Genesis 39:7 says And it came to pass after these things that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph, and she said Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife; Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand. There is none greater in this house than I, neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife; how then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?

     Like Joseph, remember that Romans 6:23 says For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Choose life Jesus instead of sin and death during any adversity. Joseph chose to live and be blessed with God instead of sinning and dying by committing adultery with Potiphar's wife. 

     Then Potiphar's wife falsely accused Joseph of rape and had Joseph thrown into prison. I could see Joseph saying I'd rather be in the lowest dirty dungeon with God than in the pleasures of sin without God. Like Joseph we should say it is better to be a good soldier in the army of the Lord and endure a little hardness with the Lord Jesus than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. 2 Timothy 2:2 tells us Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  

     Let's also learn how the hawk pictured above responds to an attack from a crow. Hawks do not make counterattacks but fly higher and higher in ever widening circles until their tormentors (many crows) leave them alone. The crows can't fly as high as the hawks. 

     Like hawks, we need to fly higher and higher spiritually above any temptation to sin during adversity. The Lord Jesus will give us the grace to overcome any temptation to sin during adversity. Like hawks, don't complain and react to your problems; fly high above any problem with the Lord Jesus where sin is overcome. Remember we overcome sin and the devil by the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony. Daily tell the devil and any sin I am crucified with Christ and the blood of Jesus has overcome you devil and cleansed me of all my sins.

     Now take time to read a story about a large colorful poisonous spider that lives along the banks of the Amazon river to learn why to deny sin during adversity. This spider spreads itself out and looks exactly like the blossom of a brilliant beautiful flower. Bees and other insects lighting upon it expect to find sweet honey. Instead, the spider secretes a poison that drugs them and eventually kills them before they are consumed by the spider. 

     This spider represents sin that looks pleasant but eventually poisons and kills. Sin appears as a beautiful blossoming rose but actually sin contains deadly poison that causes death. Remember, that the only thing that can steal our perfect peace with Jesus is if we yield to temptation and sin during adversity. Jesus said at Luke 9:23 If any man will come after me, let him deny himself (deny sin), and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  

     Alright, next we learn not to depend on anyone except Jesus to overcome adversity. You can't depend on people; Just when you need them the most; You look around and they're gone. But you can depend on Jesus who is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother and will always be there to deliver you from any trouble. If we trust Jesus to deliver us from adversity, Jesus will send angels to help us overcome any adversity.

     Pictured above, we see that Joseph met a baker and a butler in prison and interpreted their dreams. Joseph said that the baker would die in three days and that in three days the butler would be restored to his butlership before Pharoah. Joseph asked the butler to tell Pharoah to remember that he was innocent and falsely imprisoned. But Genesis 40:23 says Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph (for two years) but forgat him. Joseph could not depend upon the butler to overcome his adversity. But God delivered Joseph from prison by having him released by Pharoah to interpret the Pharoah's dreams.

     Take time to read the following story about how we can't depend on people for encouragement to overcome adversity. One day a great musician was playing in a public ampitheatre before a great crowd of people; The musician thought surely he was holding his audience because of his lovely music. 

     But after a while the market bell rang and instantly all but one person rushed out of the ampitheatre to buy goods at the market. The musician stopped playing and turned to his solitary admirer and complimented him for preferring good music over good merchandise from the market. Master the old man said; Speak up I'm hard of hearing; Did you say the market bell has rung; Why yes but why? And as the old man was running out of the ampitheatre, the musician yelled, Thanks for coming.

     Like this musician, we can't depend on people to overcome adversity. These people will leave us and say it's time to watch my favorite television show; it's time to go to the ball game; or it's time to have fun with my bowling buddies. Jesus could not depend on his disciples in His time of adversity in the garden. Mark 14:50 says And they all forsook Him, and fled (even John the beloved; but John was not gone for long and was at the cross with Jesus). But Jesus is God and raised Himself from the dead to live forevermore as Lord of lords and King of kings.

      Pictured above we see that in the very center of the bible at Psalm 118:8 it says It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man. Psalm 20:7 says Some trust in chariots and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Proverbs 3:5 promises Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. 

     Also, take time to read Jeremiah 17:5 that says Thus saith the Lord, cursed be the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness in a salt land and not inhabited.  But note Jeremiah 17:7 pictured above that says Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green, and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. 

     Finally, note the picture above that says sometimes you must stand alone. In those times God is all you need. Paul learned this and said at 2 Timothy 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me; but all men forsook me; I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known,,and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

     And finally to overcome adversity we must forgive everyone and not have any bitterness. Unforgiveness makes people bitter, ugly, mean, and nasty. Forgeiveness makes people peaceable, joyful, and removes burdens. Ephesians 4:31 says 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. 

     Note also 2 Corinthians 2:10 where Paul said To whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also. for if I forgive any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ. Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorent of his devices. This scripture is saying we must forgive to overcome adversity or the devil will get a stronghold in our lives and get an advantage over us.

     Joseph learned to forgive his brothers to overcome his adversity. Joseph's brothers had sold him into Egypt as a slave. But Joseph overcame his troubles by blessing these brothers. Joseph told his brothers at Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good; to bring to pass, as it is this day to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not; I will nourish you and your little ones; And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

     Job also learned to forgive and pray for his enemies to overcome adversity. Job 42:10 tells us And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends (the three men that constantly persecuted Job); also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

     And to close this lesson, let's see what the prophet Isaiah has to say about how to overcome adversity. Isaiah 30:21 says And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner anymore, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers. And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee saying, This is the way, walk ye in it when ye turn to the right hand and when ye turn to the left. According to Isaiah, God will by His Spirit speak answers into our ears about how to overcome our adversity. In conclusion, to overcome adversity, trust the Lord Jesus, be content, deny sin, don't depend on people, and forgive everyone.

     I pray in Jesus name this bible study bless multitudes of people on this earth with peace and joy. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

How Proverbs Describes A Fool

     Friends today we will learn the many bible verses in the book of Proverbs that describe a fool. Let me state that the only way to escape a fool's destruction is to be wise with Jesus as your God. If anyone receives Jesus, they receive wisdom, avoiding a fool's destruction, because Jesus is wisdom according to 1 Corinthians 1:30 that says But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. Get saved now and repent (decide to stop sinning), make Jesus God of your life, and believe daily that Jesus died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again.

     OK, let's learn who fools are around us in this world by looking through the book of Proverbs. Avoid being a fool that is eternally tormented in hell. First pictured above we see that Proverbs 14:9 says Fools make a mock at sin; but among the righeous there is favour. This scripture says fools boast and brag about how they enjoy sin. For example, a fool brags about enjoying fornicating with hundreds of women and constantly drinking beer and taking drugs every night at the local bar. This fool does not realize that his sins will destroy him and send him eternally to hell.

     Also, pictured above we see Proverbs 13:19-20 that says The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul; but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil; He that walketh with wise men shall be wise but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Wow fools refuse to depart from evil and a fool and his companions that enjoy and brag about their sins will be destroyed. Friends everywhere, stay away from the house of a fool that constantly sins smoking weed, fornicating, and drinking all day. Proverbs 4:14 says Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.  Just witness and offer the Lord Jesus to sinners in public places but do not be partakers of sin at a fool's personal home.

     The book of Romans also describes a fool. Romans 1:22 says professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Romans 1:29 tells us that these fools are filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventer of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breatkers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful. Then Romans 1:32 says who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but have pleasure in them that do them.

     Wow, the above scripture tells us fools have pleasure with other fools that join them in the bars all night bragging about fornication and their drug and alcohol use. These fools know about the judgment of God and how they will die from their sins. But a foolish sinner can escape destruction and have eternal life by accepting Jesus as their God. 1 Corinthians 6:11 says And such were some of you (fornicators, idolators, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners) but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

     Proverbs 28:13 further describes a fool saying He (a fool) that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.  I've heard many a fool cover up their sin by saying everybody's shakin up, fornicating, drinking, and smoking weed so it can't be all that bad. Or they'll say my momma and grandpa sinned all their life so I guess I'll sin too. Finally others cover up their sin by saying I sin because it's just the way I am and my nature. But God says at Romans 6:23 the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

     Then there are other fools who say they never have sinned and are perfect like Sun Yung Moon. Sun Yung Moon is a fool because Romans 3:23 says For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Any fool who covers his sins shall not prosper. Confess and forsake your sins and receive mercy and salvation today from our Lord Jesus.

     Instead of being a fool and covering your sin, speak out against sin. Isaiah 58:1 says Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgresson, and the house of Jacob their sins. Be like Billy Sunday pictured above crying out against sin by saying if I got a fist, I'll fight sin, If I got a foot, I'll kick sin, If I got teeth, I'll bite sin, and if I got dentures, I'll take them out and gum the devil and his sin to death.

     And the book of Philippians describes a fool at Philippians 3:18 that says For many walk of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. Wow this scripture really describes many fools around us. Fools enjoy sinning and glory in the shame of their sins and note that their end is destruction. Pictured above Proverbs 28:6 tells us Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich. Proverbs 15:17 says Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. Proverbs 17:1 says Better is a dry morsel and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices and strife.

      And note the following scriptures that say fools will not receive words of reproof to correct their evil ways. Proverbs 9:7-8 tells us He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame; and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot (this means if you try to correct a fool, the fool will get mad and try to fight you); Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; rebuke a wise man and he will love thee. Fools hate people that tell them to stop sinning. But wise saved saints love words of reproof and correction from the bible because they want to please God and be blessed.

     And look at Proverbs 27:22 that says Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle; yet will not his foolishness depart from him. Solomon was speaking about how wheat used to be brayed or beaten in a mortar with a pestle hammer to remove the wheat's impurities. In other words if you beat a fool with a pestle hammer in a mortar among wheat, the fool would remain a fool or if you surround a fool with a group of saved saints in a church, the fool is still a fool only trying to blend in with a crowd of saints. Only Jesus and not people can save anyone. Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name (Jesus) under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

     And Proverbs 29:1 describes a fool that refuses to receive correction saying He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Proverbs 7 describes fools that refuse warnings to stop fornicating saying He goeth after her (a harlot prostitute) straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks. Till a dart strike through his liver, as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

     And look at Proverbs 5:3  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But her end is bitter as wormwood; sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. The bible also says a whorish woman will bring a man to a piece of bread and the adulterous woman hunts for a man's life. It is better to live in the corner of a housetop than in a wide house with a brawling woman. And it is better to live in the wilderness than (shakin and fornicating) with an angry and contentious woman. But marriage is blessed and honourable and the bed undefiled. But whoremongers, fornicators, and adulterers God will judge. Stop fornicating and get married by an anointed preacher and get blessed by Jesus today.

     Now let's see what the bible has to say about fools that gather together in nightclubs and bars all night drinking alcohol, fornicating, and taking drugs. God calls these fools the congregation of the dead. Proverbs 21:16 says The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. And the bible goes on to say that fools that gather together in the congregation of the dead in bars all night loving pleasure shall be poor. Proverbs 21:17 says He that loveth pleasure (partying in bars all night) shall be a poor man; he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.

     These fools will not receive reproofs of correction and remain in sin. It's like a man that says I was born a Catholic and I'm gonna die a Catholic. I don't want your Jesus; don't talk to me about your Jesus because I don't want to be born again. But a wise man will listen to reproofs of correction from the bible and stop sinning. Proverbs 6:23 says For the commandment is a lamp and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.

     Brother Bob tells my friends everywhere don't be a fool; Be wise and heed to Matthew 10:28 pictured above And fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him (The Lord Jesus) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Someone told me that the government watches every web site you visit on the internet because ads that relate to your searches appear. But Jesus also watches everything we do daily. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and open before the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Live each day knowing Jesus is always watching you and avoid sinning.

     Alright, the Psalms describe a fool as a person that refuses to believe that Jesus is God. The majority of the 7 billion people on planet earth are fools because they do not believe that Jesus is God. Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1 say The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they and have done abominable iniquity (note a fool is corrupt and abominable in God's sight). One day an atheist sitting on a porch said to a little boy walking with his bible to Sunday school, I'll give you an apple if you can tell me where God is. The little boy replied, I'll give you a barrel of apples if you can tell me where God is not.

     When I think about atheist fools that don't believe in God, I think about Madalyn Murray OHair who was the President of Atheists for America that had a membership of over 10000 atheists. Madalyn was best known for her successful campaign in 1962 to have prayer removed from the classroom. But she didn't stop there. Madalyn wanted prayer to be banned from outer space.

     Ms OHair after hearing words of prayer radioed to earth by christian astronaut Buzz Aldrin pictured above and his fellow astronauts as they circled the moon said I think the astronauts were ill advised and that this is a tragic situation. As a result, Ms. OHair went to Washington DC where she registered an official protest against the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) which she accused of prompting and coercing the astronauts to schedule the prayer in outer space.

     Madalyn's protest was rejected by the United States Supreme Court for lack of jurisdiction. As a result, NASA asked Buzz Aldrin to refrain from quoting the bible in the Apollo 11 mission but Buzz was allowed to conduct the first communion service for our Lord Jesus in outer space.

     But it didn't end well for Ms. OHair. Ms OHair was found dead and murdered with her son and granddaughter also murdered three years after their disappearance in 1997. The murderer abducted and killed them while stealing all of the money owned by the American Atheist organization (three quarters of a million dollars). Truly Ms. OHair experienced the death of a fool described at Proverbs 11:19 that says As righteousness tendeth to life; so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

     You see folks, there is no neutral ground. Either a person follows Jesus and lives or follows sin as a fool and dies. Proverbs 8:34 says Blessed is the man that heareth me (Jesus who is wisdom), watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me (Jesus) findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul; all they that hate me love death.

     I end today's bible study by saying that fools air condition hell when they laugh and tell everyone I'll be in hell partying and drinking beer forever enjoying sin with all my buddies. These fools don't realize that their sin without repentance to the Lord Jesus will place them in hell to be tormented forever in everlasting fire suffering eternally.

     Proverbs 9:17 says Stolen waters are sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her (sin's) guests are in the depths of hell. Hebrews 11:25 says the pleasures of sin are only for a season. But according to Psalm 16:11 the pleasures with Jesus are forevermore. Stolen waters might be sweet for a season but the end result is torment in hell forever without any repentance with Jesus.

     Pictured above note what God says to the fool that has rejected many offers of salvation from our Lord Jesus. God says at Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand and no man regarded. But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof; I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

     Proverbs 1:28 goes on to say Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer. They shall seek me early but shall not find me. For that they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord. They would none of my counsel; they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. but whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

     These scriptures warn us that a fool can sin to a place where he can't return to Jesus. Friend don't be a fool and today right now stop sinning and make Jesus God of your life, believing that Jesus died on the cross for you, was buried, and rose again. God says at 2 Corinthians 6:2 I have heard thee in a time accepted; and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee; behold now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation.

     I pray in Jesus name that this bible study blesses multitudes all over this earth. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.