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    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise
    wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7
    During the 1990s I attended Living Word Christian Center, a Word of Faith church located
    in suburban Minneapolis. I particularly enjoyed their Sunday night “Holy Ghost” services where
    the gifts of the Spirit were allowed to function in various ways. Those manifestations usually
    included holy laughter, dancing, and people running around the sanctuary. Pastor Mac
    Hammond encouraged people to “step out” so they would overcome the fear of man. Once a
    person learns to obey the Holy Spirit’s promptings in the midst of fellow believers, then he or she
    will follow through fearlessly when ministering to folks outside the four walls of the church.
    I remember one particular Sunday night service when the Lord told me to run. I was
    willing to obey but I silently asked the Lord to show me the right time to do that. Seconds later, I
    heard the minister speaking that night say, “Man, I feel like I got to run!” Instantly I bolted from
    my chair and took a lap around the sanctuary. After the service, three people came up to me at
    different times and told me how they were blessed to see me run.
    One might ask, “Where is running in church found in the Bible?” For you scholars out
    there needing chapter and verse to back up everything done in the name of the Lord, Jesus said
    in John 5:19, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees
    the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” When the Lord wants us
    to do something, sometimes a picture of that will flash through our minds. That’s one way God
    speaks to us.
    Another time at Living Word when guest speaker Mark Brazee was ministering, the
    service got a little too wild as some congregation members did questionable things like kissing
    the minister’s feet. Pastor Mac eventually came up to the pulpit to give some gentle correction.
    One key point he made was that everything must be done with the right motive. If we do
    something in order to be seen by men, then it’s not of God.
    In addition, church services are not to be free-for-alls where “anything goes” and people
    think of the most foolish things they can do. Proverbs 24:9 actually says, “The devising of
    foolishness is sin.” The dictionary defines fool as “a person who acts unwisely or imprudently.”
    When Christians do foolish things out of their own volition and not by the leading of the Lord,
    those foolish things may offend people enough to turn them away from the gospel.
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    One of the Hebrew words for fool is “nabal” which means “stupid vile wicked person.”
    Nabal is also the name of Abigail’s original husband (she later married King David). In 1 Samuel
    25:25, Abigail told David’s servants, “I know Nabal is a wicked and ill-tempered man; please don’t
    pay any attention to him. He is a fool, just as his name suggests.”
    My “Tokin’ the Ghost” video featuring John Crowder that can be seen on YouTube has
    offended some folks but been a blessing to others. The video has apparently inspired a few
    Christians to produce their own “toking” videos and post them on YouTube. I need to ask my
    fellow “tokers” a serious question: Are you doing that to draw attention to yourself or the Lord?
    My friend Wendy and I regularly “toke the ghost” by giving each other “hits” but rarely in public.
    Colossians 4:5 says, “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside.”
    Jesus Himself did some unusual things such as putting mud and spit in people’s eyes to
    bring healing. But the Lord also respected authority and went out of His way not to be offensive.
    In Matthew 17:27, Jesus told Peter to pay the temple tax for both of them by retrieving money
    from a fish’s mouth “…lest we offend them.” The Apostle Paul instructed in 1 Corinthians 10:32,
    “Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God.” He also wrote in 2
    Corinthians 6:3, “We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.”
    I remember the late Bob Shattles used to get a crowd’s attention by hollering in public
    places, “I’m in love with a man…and I’m going to marry Him one day…and His name is Jesus.”
    He would then preach a short evangelistic message and lead multitudes to the Lord. But Bob
    only did that when the Holy Spirit instructed him to.
    1 Corinthians 4:10 says, “We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ!” So if
    you are serious about being a “fool for Christ”, always remember to examine the fruit of your
    behavior. Does your foolish actions result in people getting saved, healed, delivered and into a
    closer relationship with the Lord? If not, you may be listening to the wrong voices. Remember 1
    John 4:1 commands us to “test the spirits.”
    Ephesians 5:15 in the New Living Translation says, “So be careful how you live. Don’t
    live like fools, but like those who are wise.” Two of the Greek words translated fool are moros
    and moraino. This is where we get our English word “moron” which the dictionary defines as “a
    medical term denoting an adult with a mental age of about 8–12.” Although God wants us to be
    childlike in our faith, we are not to act childish. Jesus wants us to enjoy His presence. But at the
    same time, we must always remind ourselves that He is holy and should be reverenced. God
    expects us to mature both in our faith and behavior (see 1 Corinthians 13:11).
    Here are some other foolish things to avoid…
    • Hearing but not doing the word of God – Jesus said in Matthew 7:26, “But everyone
    who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his
    house on the sand.” The foundation of that person’s life will eventually crumble.
    • Too much talking – Proverbs 10:8 says, “The wise in heart will receive commands, but a
    prating fool will fall. The dictionary defines prate as “talk foolishly or tediously about something.”
    • Giving someone a “piece of your mind.” – Proverbs 29:11 says, “A fool vents all his
    feelings, but a wise man holds them back.”
    • Not receiving correction – “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to
    others.” (Proverbs 12:15 NLT)
    • Hoarding up things – In the Parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus said in Luke 12:20 (NLT),
    “You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?” The
    martyred missionary Jim Elliot once said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain
    that which he cannot lose.”
    • Obtaining wealth unethically – “Like a partridge that hatches eggs she has not laid, so
    are those who get their wealth by unjust means. At midlife they will lose their riches; in the end,
    they will become poor old fools.” (Jeremiah 17:11 NLT)
    • Not being ready for the Lord’s return – The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
    shows how we must always be spiritually alert (Matthew 25:1-13)
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    • Contempt against another person – James 3:9-10 says about our mouths, “With it we
    bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of
    God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not
    to be so.” Jesus warned us that we are actually in danger of hell fire for calling someone “raca”
    (Aramaic for “empty head”) or “you fool.” (Matthew 5:21-22)
    • Dissension with other believers – Occasionally I run into religious folks who have tried
    to waste my time arguing over doctrinal matters such as how water baptisms are to be done and
    which Bible translation we should read. Yet Timothy 2:23 says we are to “…avoid foolish and
    ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.” In 2003 while I was in Europe, numerous
    people asked what I thought about President Bush and the war in Iraq. I responded by pointing
    out that when they stand before God on Judgment Day, He won’t ask them about what other
    people have done but what they have done with His son Jesus. (See also Titus 3:9-11)
    • Making fun of sin – Proverbs 14:9 says, “Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there
    is favor.”
    • Not believing in God – Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘there is no
    God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good.” There
    are natural as well as eternal consequences for not living for the Lord. In his book Crisis in
    Morality, Al Sanders compared the descendants of two men who lived in the United States about
    150 years ago. Max Jukes was an atheist. He did not believe in Christ or in Christian training.
    He married an ungodly girl and refused to take his children to church, even when they asked to
    go. At the time of his research, there were approximately 1200 descendants from this union. Of
    these, 310 died as paupers, at least 150 were criminals, 7 were murderers, 100 were drunkards,
    and more than half of the women were prostitutes.
    Jonathan Edwards lived at the same time as Max Jukes, but married a godly woman.
    Jonathan loved the Lord and saw that his children were in church every Sunday as he served the
    Lord to the best of his ability. An investigation was made of 1,394 of his known descendants.
    Thirteen of his offspring became college presidents, 65 became college professors, 100 lawyers,
    30 judges, 60 physicians, 76 army and navy officers, 100 preachers and missionaries, 60 authors
    of prominence, 3 United States Senators, one Vice President of the United States, 80 public
    officials in other capacities, and 295 college graduates, among whom were governors of states
    and ministers to foreign countries. His descendants did not cost the state a single penny.
    So what kind of fool are you? 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the message of the cross is
    foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
    Regardless of how good a person tries to live, he will still do foolish things that the bible defines
    as sin. Only the blood of Jesus Christ will wash those sins away. Titus 3:3-5 says, “For we
    ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures,
    living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of
    God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
    according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the
    Holy Spirit.”
    If you are not certain you will go to heaven when your life ends, then I invite you to say a
    prayer like this one out loud:
    “God in Heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need Your help. I believe in my heart that Jesus
    Christ died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead. Jesus, come into my
    heart, make Yourself real to me, cleanse me and protect me with Your precious blood, fill
    me with the Holy Spirit, keep me away from sin, make me a soul winner, be my Lord and
    Savior. Amen.”
    Congratulations! You have just reserved a place in heaven by making Jesus Christ your
    Lord and Savior. God has an awesome plan and purpose for your life that will manifest if you
    take the time to build a relationship with Him. For more information on that, please log onto to the
    “seekers and new believers” section in the Signs & Wonders web site.

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