Yesterday was the first day of the calendar new year, and I wanted to give this verse. But I felt like we’d start in Chapter 65 on Monday, on the first day, verse 11: “Thou crowned us the year with goodness.” But let me get to the verse that I was going to share with you. It’s Psalm 1:1 on the very first month of the year, on the very first day, so I know this is a second. But I want us to beware, all of us. The Bible says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly.” Hold on to that word, “ungodly.” Nor standeth in the way of sinners. Now, hold that word, “sinners.”
God says beware of the ungodly, beware of sinners. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the way of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners. Nor sitteth. There’s a progression. We’re walking, we’re standing, we’re sitting with sinners. That’s what Lot did, and look at the outcome. So I have to beware not to walk with the ungodly nor sinners, and walk with rather godly men. “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
I pastor the greatest church in all the world. But I can tell you, men (and perhaps even ladies), that a year ago this time, we were living for God: passing tracks, going soul winning, giving Bibles out, coming to men’s prayer meetings. And this year, they’re not attending church! See, Drunk Chamber, that’s your fault. Oh no, that’s not my fault. See, you fundamentals, that’s your fault.
Well, I want to tell you something. I can understand that maybe if you even go to another church… I’m talking about people who are just wiped out, quit on God. Quit on God. And in almost every case, I can look back and say, “You did run well. Who hath hindered thee?” You and I need to guard the people we read and study and follow. If you’re following someone that everything is an issue of wrong, it’s wrong to have standards, it’s wrong to have convictions, it’s wrong to be “thus saith the Lord,” everything that these old preachers are standing against – you get with somebody like that who wants to have freedom, it’s like the alcoholic. He wants his freedom, but his freedom enslaves him and puts him in bondage. Let’s beware. Let’s beware who we walk with, who we stand with, and who we sit with.
This year, God bless you.
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Pastor Trieber has served as the pastor of the North Valley Baptist Church since March of 1976. He is also the President of Golden State Baptist College.