(Ricky Scaparo) Proverbs 1: 23- 33 – Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.  “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord, They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies. For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them; But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

This passage from Proverbs Chapter One has always intrigued me and actually has some powerful insight into the key to walking in divine protection of the Lord, However it also gives a grim warning to those who refuse to heed the rebuke and counsel of the lord. Let’s break down this passage for some more insight. As we enter 2016 I am believing for protection for my family and I as we enter even more perilous times. I want to show you the reward and blessing connected to obedience to the Lord’s correction and Instructions.

The connection of the Lord’s Spirit being poured out is connected to heeding his rebuke, Implying that those who refuse to heed the rebuke or correction of the Lord are actually restraining the Lord from pouring out his Spirit upon an individual. However the passage warns of us of not only refusing the rebuke of the Lord but also disregarding his hand when it is moving upon us.

Have you been guilty of this? Has the Lord attempted to correct you in an area in your life and you found yourself resisting his correction? Have you even disregarded his hand when it has moved in your life? Let’s not refuse the correction of the Lord but embrace it as it will surely bring a great reward in the end. The Lord’s hand is always moving among us but are we paying attention? A very scary portion of this verse is the Lord warns us that if we refuse his corrections and disregard his hand moving in our lives he will “Laugh” at calamity when it comes to our doorstep!

I see this clearly evident today as the world is falling apart around us and we continue to remove the Lord from our schools, courthouses, and the list goes on! We have removed prayer, the Commandments and attempting to silence the Church in America and even other Nations, All the while we wonder where God is during tragedies and calamities.  However the latter portion of this passage of scripture is very encouraging as it promises as that those who listen to the Lord and heed his Word will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.” This was the case with Israel when they were in Egypt and the plagues were breaking out but those who were under the Blood and heeded the word of the Lord were marked by God and remained in his arms of safety! There is power in obedience and the rewards can be a matter of Life or Death. I will blog more on this in detail as I am putting a message together for a word I received for 2016 that I will will be sharing in detail in the days to come.