If it Please Thee
- The following is taken from the Johannesburg "Star" newspaper
of 23 July 2004.
Employee fraud costs firms R40bn
- With research showing 40 percent of employees to be inherently
dishonest, only 15 percent honest and 45 percent in between, firms are
advised to sway those 45 percent towards honesty, according to corporate
security specialist Jenny Reid from GriffithsReid.
- Employees were responsible for more than 70 percent
of incidents relating to unauthorised access to confidential information.
In South Africa this type of fraud cost was about R40 billion a year.
- The best way to influence behaviour was to introduce
awareness programmes to build a culture of honesty and integrity, which
embedded values. - Sapa, Durban
- Ignoring newspaper hype and exaggeration, the above numbers,
if taken for the population at large, are food for some serious and alarming
thought, not so?
- This information is another brick in the wall of understanding
the mystery of predestination or "Preselection".
- Let's have a look at the truth of the word:
- And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou
hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee:
for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man
after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain
over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD
- (1 Samuel 13:13-14)
- Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that
David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but
the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains. Then
Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is
with thee. And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came
to Nathan, saying, Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou
shalt not build me an house to dwell in: For I have not dwelt in an house
since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from
tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. Wheresoever
I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel,
whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an
house of cedars? Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David,
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even
from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel:
And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut
off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like
the name of the great men that are in the earth. Also I will ordain
a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell
in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children
of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning, And since the
time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover
I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD
will build thee an house. And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired
that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy
seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. I
will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy
away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:
But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his
throne shall be established for evermore. According to all these words,
and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David. And David
the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD
God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast
also spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and
hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD
God. What can David speak more to thee for the honour of thy servant?
for thou knowest thy servant. O LORD, for thy servant's sake, and according
to thine own heart, hast thou done all this greatness, in making known
all these great things. O LORD, there is none like thee,
neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have
heard with our ears. And what one nation in the earth is like
thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people,
to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations
from before thy people, whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt? For thy people
Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, LORD, becamest
their God. Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning
thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as
thou hast said. Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified
for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even
a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be
established before thee. For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that
thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in
his heart to pray before thee. And now, LORD, thou art God, and
hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: Now
therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant,
that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O LORD, and it
shall be blessed for ever.
- (1 Chronicles 17:1-27)
- This is what God has to say after "David's seed" formed a
new Covenant with the Father on behalf of mankind:
- We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of
the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law,
but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus
Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not
by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be
justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves
also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin?
God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself
a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might
live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not
I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for
me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come
by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
- (Galatians 2:15-21)
- O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye
should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently
set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received
ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are
ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the
flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be
yet in vain. He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh
miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the
hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to
him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith,
the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing
that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the
gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as
many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written,
Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are
written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified
by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just
shall live by faith.
- (Galatians 3:1-11)
- The just shall live by faith. This is what it means:
- I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet
not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for
me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come
by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
- (Galatians 2:20-21)
- What would Jesus have done?
- This is a result of living by faith:
- David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help
Solomon his son, saying, Is not the LORD your God with you?
and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath given
the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued
before the LORD, and before his people. Now set your heart and your
soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore. . . . .
- (1 Chronicles 22:17-19)
- It would therefore seem that God has predestined (ordained
the criteria) those who react to His call in the way that He looks for
- those after His own heart - to be blessed by His favour and lovingkindness;
knowing that it gives Him pleasure because He is the God of Love.
- This is confirmed by the following Scripture passage not
- According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation
of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to
himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
- (Ephesians 1:4-5)
- The pleasure that we give God should be a pleasure in
ourselves; not a duty.
- To redeem them that were under the law, that we might
receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth
the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
- (Galatians 4:5-6)
- Part Two
- It's becoming increasingly clear as time passes and knowledge
of the gospel increases that the following words are the essence of faith
and our relationship with our heavenly Father, the Creator:
- But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even
in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth
on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew
and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon
him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how
shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they
hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?
as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel
of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all
obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the
earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. But I say, Did not Israel
know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that
are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. But
Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not;
I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. But to Israel he
saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient
and gainsaying people.
- (Romans 10:8-21)
- This subject was covered in previous writings*, however it
has become clearer as the Holy Spirit of God has revealed more from His
- As we shall further see, it has to do with faith and
- The children of Israel made a Covenant with God, the conditions
of which God laid out to them while in the desert. This was a Covenant
to a nation as a whole (forty percent inherently dishonest?) and in effect
God stated "I shall protect you and you shall be my people if you have
faith - believe who I AM; and live righteously - follow my wishes".
- The evidence of the Covenant that was made were the stone
tablets of the law (how to live righteously) placed in the ark of the Covenant,
in view of the people of the Covenant as a constant reminder:
- Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of
the LORD was finished: and Solomon brought in all the things that
David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the
instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God. Then Solomon
assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief
of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto Jerusalem, to bring up the
ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is
Zion. Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king
in the feast which was in the seventh month.
- (2 Chronicles 5:1-3)
- Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel
that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen,
which could not be told nor numbered for multitude. And the priests brought
in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, to the oracle of
the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the
cherubims: For the cherubims spread forth their wings over the place
of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
And they drew out the staves of the ark, that the ends of the staves
were seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen without.
And there it is unto this day.
- (2 Chronicles 5:6-9)
- And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of
the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were
sanctified, and did not then wait by course: Also the Levites
which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun,
with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen,
having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar,
and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:) It
came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to
make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when
they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments
of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good;
for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was
filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests
could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the
LORD had filled the house of God.
- (2 Chronicles 5:11-14)
- Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell
in the thick darkness. But I have built an house of habitation for thee,
and a place for thy dwelling for ever. And the king turned his face, and
blessed the whole congregation of Israel: and all the congregation of Israel
stood. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who hath
with his hands fulfilled that which he spake with his mouth to my
father David, saying, Since the day that I brought forth my people out
of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to
build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man
to be a ruler over my people Israel: But I have chosen Jerusalem, that
my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name
of the LORD God of Israel. But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch
as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well
in that it was in thine heart: Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the
house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build
the house for my name. The LORD therefore hath performed his word that
he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am
set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house
for the name of the LORD God of Israel. And in it have I put the ark, wherein
is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel.
- (2 Chronicles 6:1-11)
- We know that Jesus made a better Covenant for each one of
us, and because we have the Holy Spirit living within us we do not need
any outward evidence of such an ark. And my righteousness is between me
who has been saved and God; through the person of the wonderful, precious
Comforter, the Holy Spirit of God.
- And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses
and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this
world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that
now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had
our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of
wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love
wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us
together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us
up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places
in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches
of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For
by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we
are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which
God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember,
that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called
Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made
by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the
commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having
no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes
were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace,
who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition
between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even
the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make
in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might
reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity
thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to
them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit
unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are
built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself
being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed
together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded
together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
- (Ephesians 2:1-22)
- Whereas the dwelling place of the ark of the Covenant in
the time of the law was in the city of Jerusalem on mount Moriah (the same
place where Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his only begotten son Isaac),
the evidence of the Covenant that Jesus made on our behalf lives in our
body in the person of the Holy Spirit.
- Nevertheless, God is still the same and His commandments
are still the same:
- And said, O LORD God of Israel, there is no God
like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and
shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all
their hearts: Thou which hast kept with thy servant David my father
that which thou hast promised him; and spakest with thy mouth, and hast
fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day. Now therefore,
O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which
thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight
to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to
their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me. Now then, O
LORD God of Israel, let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto
thy servant David. But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth?
behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much
less this house which I have built! Have respect therefore to the prayer
of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto
the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee: That thine
eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof
thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the
prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place. Hearken therefore unto
the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they
shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even
from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.
- (2 Chronicles 6:14-21)
- * The Truth of the Spirit, and God is Love.