People watching? Wait haven’t I seen this before? 

  
Have you ever people watched ? If you haven’t it’s a simple process. You maybe shopping and watch the people walk by. Your just aware of your surroundings and the people in them. Sometimes you see small things that some will never notice, like a slight trip on the stairs or maybe even someone talking on the phone and almost running into a bush. So of the things we notice is funny, but somethings aren’t always pleasant to see. Maybe you notice that children these days aren’t always respectful. Have you seen some of the ways that they speak to their parents? Maybe you noticed how some people believe they are better than another person so they walk a different way or even bully them. Today the world is a different place than when my Nana and Papa grew up. Maybe you remember that time as well. Heck, the world is different than when I was a child, but there is some verses that warned us about this generation. Why should we watch for this? We may not understand the Bible-but when God tells us about things to watch for, we should simply watch. It’s not hard to notice. It takes five seconds of your time. 
I want to start off with something that the writer in Proverbs said; “Surely I am more stupid than any man. And do not have the understanding of a man. Neither learned wisdom nor have knowledge of the Holy One.”- Proverbs 30:2-3. I don’t want you to think because I write a blog that I’m wise, because I am not as smart as I may seem. I don’t have wisdom like my elders and I don’t have knowledge of God. However I am able to write what God has lead me to write. Not because I’m special, but because I’m willing to be used by God for His work. Many may read that verse and think it’s a put down, but it quite the opposite. The writer humbled himself before the Lord, letting the people around him see he is not powerful or full of knowledge- but he serves a God that is. We can’t claim to know God fully, but if we humble ourselves he allows us to understand his ways. That is what I am trying to do with this blog. I am not doing it for popularity. I am not writing to win prizes or to woo people. So I pray you understand that God uses these words to work in your life, and that you see God not Marli. I’m Just being myself, but working with an amazing God that leads me where He wants me to go. 
Just like I try to do what God tells me, so did the writer of this passage in Proverbs. This post maybe a tad long, but I promise there’s a purpose. God tells us there’s a generation to watch for in Proverbs 30. And if we are not people watching, how can we be for sure when this generation has arrived? 

Proverbs 30:11-14 says this, “There is a generation that curses it’s father. And does not bless its mother. There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness. There is a generation – oh how lofty their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation whose teeth are like swords. And who’s fangs are like knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.” 
Maybe your thinking, “Man that’s a bad generation. Hope I don’t see them.” I think we have and are seeing them. I’m not here to prophesied or scare people, but I do think we need to be aware. Wake up. Look around you. Maybe the you’ll see what I’m saying. It first tells us “There is a generation that curses it’s father. And does not bless its mother.” Ok well this one isn’t hard to find. How many children or teens etc have you seen speaking to their moms and dads in a way that is just plain disrespectful? I know I have. I cringe when I hear them. I know if I tried to do that my mouth would have been slapped right off my face. Then there’s a few that believe they are better than their families and speak badly of them… Why does God tell us this? Well if you remember God tells us to “Honor your mother and father for this is the first commandment with promise.” If your cursing them, your not honoring them. It goes against the commandments, and is probably the least concerning of the four things He lists about this generation. 
The next thing says, “There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness. ” This one weighed heavy on me. Not because I’m so wise, but because I see this a lot. People my age and under me think that they have the right to everything and anything. They think they can do know wrong. They think it’s everyone else’s fault, but their own. And they don’t think anyone but the can do a certain job… Your probably shaking your head yes as of now. Looking at your phone or computer thinking, “Man I’m glad no one can see me.” This generation that the writer is talking about, I believe is mine. A generation I’m not proud to be in. It’s one who is the “Me Me Me Generation”. It’s not what we can do for each other, it’s what can you do for me? This generation thinks they have rights that in reality they don’t have. Do you want an example? 

This generation believes they have certain rights to their bodies that no one can take from them. They believe that abortion is a good thing. This generation is more feminist and fight to become more like a man. This generation believes no one is for them so they are against everyone. This generation also thinks that what their doing is right, but in reality- it’s nothing but filth. 

Did that just fit the verse? I believe so. 

Maybe you think I shouldn’t brought a political issue into this blog, but that is the generation their talking about. 
I read an argument on abortion the other day, and it really made me sick to my stomach. The argument started off like this: Girl one: “Why is it ok for a woman to tell the world she is going to kill her baby – and the worlds ok with that. But if she says, I am going to kill my dog. They would throw her in jail?” 

Girl two: “Maybe because the dog is a living creature. And that thing- is a lump of cells. It’s not alive. And it’s not wanted . Women have that right to do so.” 

Girl one: ” What if the dog was unwanted? Also you were just a “Lump of cells” once yourself.” 

Girl Two: “The dog has no right to die. Place it in a shelter if you don’t want it. Women have rights to their bodies and do NOT have to be a host of “cells” if they do NOT choose to be. The difference between me and that “lump of cells” was I was wanted. Maybe that cell wasn’t wanted.” 

Girl One: “I can’t believe we are really concerned about the dog, more so than the fact you think it’s ok to kill a human baby. Just like the dog, you could place the baby up for adoption instead of aborting it.” 

Girl Two: “It’s not a baby until it’s born. And a woman does NOT Have to be a host for the cells. She has every right to get rid of them, because there not alive. It’s women’s rights!”

Girl One: “What if the baby was a girl. What about her rights?” 

Girl Two:”Women’s rights, the living women. No one can tell if the cells are alive or their genders for sure until their born. Their a lump of cells not a baby.” 
Sadly rafts where the argument left off at. This young girl, believed so deeply that she was right, that she had no fear of killing a child. She believed she was right, and had justification for her reasoning. She believed she was right. “There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness.” Doesn’t it seem like it’s that generation? I could go on with more issues but I’m not here for that. I’m heavy harder because my generation is the one that their writing about. My generation believes they are fixing women’s rights. In reality they are filthy. They have the blood of innocents upon their hands and can’t even see it, because they believe they are doing what’s right in their own eyes… 
The last two are this, “There is a generation- Oh how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and who’s fangs or like knives , to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among the Men.” If your like me you thought, “Ok what does this mean. Especially the one about their eyes.” It’s more of a prideful act. Its meaning instead of humbling theirselves to God they don’t fear him. They see God more of an equally instead of a God who is to be feared reverently. Pride seems to be a big issue in these generations. God tells us over and over again throughout he Bible to “Humble thyself.” People think that their to good for that or that they are equal to God. And it’s not true. We are NOT Equals to God. We can never be a God and will never be God. Yet, some feel as if they can become one though. That is the generation of the lofty eyes. 

The last one states that “Their teeth are like swords and their fangs are like knives.” So basically we are looking for vampires? No, although that could possibly be easier to find. This last generation it speaks of hurts people with their words. They spit them out of their mouths like swords or knives and they cut deep like them as well. They will think they are better than the poor or the needy and often times try to run them off. And sadly, we have seen cases of this as well. With the internet like it is, social bullying is a big deal. There has even been some cases of teens committing suicide over words that people have said, wrote, and gossiped about on social media and in person. 

Maybe you’ve heard the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me?”… That’s a lie. Word hurt like swords and knives. The wounds take a long time to heal. Some wounds never heal and the cut from the sword is to deep, and you die… How many lives have been taken from this? This generation is active as well as the others. No one hears as much about it anymore. Why? Because there trying to make social networks safe and bully free, but it won’t matter. this generation will not be done until they “Devour the poor from the earth and the needy from the men.” Harsh? Yes, but so it this generation. 
I felt the need to write about these generations not to scare anyone, but to force you to see that what’s happening around us isn’t spontaneous. It was told to happen long ago. These generations are mean and unruly. How do we stop them? It didn’t say how, but we can’t just let them run free because God didn’t put the answer right there in clear day. However prayer still works and God still saves. As long as that remains true, we can overcome anything because of who He is. Philippians 4:13 “For I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” We often forget the last part of the verse though. We believe we can do all things… But if we don’t have God to strengthen us, we will fail. Maybe God is using you To stand up for life, or to stand up against bullies. Maybe He wants to use you to talk about his love. However He’s using you, don’t give up. Just because you fail today, doesn’t mean you should stay down. “For YOU can do all things through Christ that strengthens YOU.” Yes I changed me to You, because you can do it with the help of Christ. We have nothing to fear but fear itself. God doe not give us fear, He gives us love. The Devil in stills fear in us to try to get us to fail and to stop us from doing Gods plan. Even the Devil himself knows that one day his day will come, where God will defeat him once again. That is why he try’s to stop so many Christians today. Don’t be one of them. Send up a prayer and give God the glory. Watch out for these generations that we talked about today, and remember humble yourself and allow God to use you. Have a wonderful day! 
-Marli 

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