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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold is as pictures of silver.(Prov.25:11) It is so important to speak the right words to people at the right time to produce the right results. When you think of apples of gold in pictures of silver, then you are thinking of wealth and excellence. When we speak wisdom into the lives of others we are making them wealthy. Therefore we must seek God for He is the source of all wisdom and He will give us just the right words needed at the right time.
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  • #For Herod had laid hold on John and bound him and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife, For John said unto him, it is not lawful for thee to have her. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. Matt. 14:3-5

    King Herod has committed a multitude of sins, in taking his brother's wife and having John the Baptist placed in prison. He fears the people cause they counted John to be a true prophet. So Philip's wife comes up with a plan to have her daughter to dance for Herod. Then once she does that she will ask for the head of John on a charger. What a sad way to put a great man of God to death, but Jesus has already said the Kingdom of God suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. John will receive the crown of life for being faithful until death. Jesus has warned not to fear those who destroy the body, for it is God to fear, who will destroy the body and soul in the Lake of fire. Judgment Day is coming and all those who have lived unlawfully will account for their sins. Whosoever's name was not found in the book of life will be cast into the Lake of fire. This is what we are to fear. To God be the glory for redeeming the life of His servants, as Jesus hears about the death of John he goes away into the desert to pray.

  • #For John came neither eating nor drinking and they say he hath a devil. Matt 11:18

    Jesus gave many compliments for John and how that he neither came eating or drinking and the Jews said he had a devil. This shows us how far the apostasy has gone and why John is in prison for preaching the truth. The fact that John the Baptist was known by many to be a true prophet, is seen in that the way he lived condemned all those who were living a lie, thus they wanted to shut him up in prison. We are facing similar times today, when you speak the truth, others who are living a lie will want to dismiss you as lunatic. John will be rewarded for his faith and that he refused to back down from speaking the truth. Jesus said ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. The only way to true freedom is to accept the truth of the word of God.

  • #Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and he said unto Him, art thou He that should come or do we look for another? Matt. 11:2,3

    John the Baptist is in prison a bit discouraged after being the forerunner of the Christ that was to come and sends his disciples on a mission to find Jesus. Then Jesus answered unto them, go and shew John those things which you do hear and see. The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached unto them. And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out to see? a man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings houses. But what went ye out to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written, Behold I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least  in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven  suffereth violence and the violent take it by force. John had to be encouraged as he heard the report of the Lord Jesus Christ. Violence is allowed by God until the Kingdom of heaven comes down to earth. John the Baptist is a victim of this violence, but he is the ultimate victor when Jesus will be seated on the throne in Jerusalem as the King of Kings and Lord of lords.

  • #And many things in his exhortation preached he unto the people. Luke 3:18

    How easy it is to offend people when you preach the truth. Some people will not like you and will have you thrown in prison, as was John. Yet for all these things John fulfilled his ministry as he baptized the Messiah and the Spirit descended like a dove upon Him, with the voice from heaven saying: This is my Beloved Son, hear Him. Jesus would later comfort John in prison by telling him of men born of women there is not a greater than John the Baptist.

  • #And as the people were in expectation and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose; he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Luke 3:15,16

    John said I must decrease and He must increase. John knew that his role was that of the forerunner of Christ, yet others were trying to call him the Christ. John quickly dismisses that by telling them that he baptizes with water, but one among you whose latchet of shoes I am not worthy to unloose, being Jesus, who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. This is the baptism that saves us, as we are true disciples when we have experienced this baptism of Christ. I pray that of all the things that we learn about John, that we remember that he never tried to usurp his role on earth to the Messiah, as he continued to be the forerunner of Christ until his death and he will receive the crown of life for doing so.

  • #Annas and Caiaphas being high priest, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet saying, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Luke 3:2-4

    John the Baptist came preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. As Isaiah said he would be in the wilderness six months before the Messiah would come and his diet would be locus and wild honey. John prepared the way for the Lord and we must walk in his footsteps. The Messiah will come again, and John will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, as well as the disobedient to the just God. Repent while there is time, for the Spirit of God will not always strive with man.

  • #And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stands in the presence of God and am sent to speak unto thee and to shew thee these glad tidings. Luke 1:19

    Gabriel was sent by God to tell Zacharias of the birth of his son John, which was glad tidings. Before John was born, Zacharias was dumb and unable to speak because he did not believe the angel of God. Even the youth shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those that wait for the Lord shall renew their strength and mount up with wings like an eagle. They shall walk and not faint, and run and not be weary.

  • #And Zacharias said unto the angel, whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man and my wife well stricken in years. Luke 1:18

    All things are possible with God. Zacharias starts to look to his own understanding. The angel has already told them they will have a son and are to call him John. We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not to our own understanding. Yet in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy pathway. Prov. 3:5,6

  • #And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. Luke 1:16

    John the Baptist will come in the power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the just God. How we need John the Baptist today, as the Church is in apostasy and families are being torn apart by divorce. Broken marriages account for more than 50% of the marriages today. The Church does not know how to minister to broken marriages in the church they would rather just ignore the problem. John the Baptist would ultimately call out Phillip for taking his brother's wife and for that he would end up in prison. If anyone will preach like John the Baptist he had better be prepared to lose his head, for that is ultimately what happened to John the Baptist. Thank God that before the Kingdom of God is established on earth, God will send John the Baptist in the power of Elias to turn the unjust people back to the Lord God. May we pray that God will send him soon.

  • #And thou shall have joy and gladness and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. Luke 1:14,15

    John the baptist birth gave joy to his parents and he was filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother's womb. For the baby leaped for joy at the announcement that Mary would give birth to the Lord Jesus Christ. Not drinking wine or strong drink kept his anointing strong. Parents need to train up a child the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart. Prov. 22:6

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