Praise Him Always

I believe that it is important to praise God in the bad times as well as the good times. This is something that I have to remind myself to do when I allow myself to get caught up in some moments. When bills are overdue, the money is running low, or sleep alludes me, God is still an awesome God. This is something that I need to work on until God calls me home, because He knows what is better for me than I will ever know myself.  I believe James 1:2-5 serves as a good reminder to this. “2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

God is still God when we are having it easy or hard. The key is understanding that God helps us more than we may sometimes realize. Each day we need to rely on God for the guidance to make it through the day. When we try to made every decision on our own this is when we get into trouble. This may not happen every time, but it can happen at anytime. So, my request is this, whenever you pray and it come in your heart, lift my name up in prayer. God can help me in ways I will never understand.

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1 John 4

I am sitting in my favorite chair and thinking about what to write for a post today. I have been trying to combine God’s word with personal experience because I believe that it make exposure to the Scripture more presentable in a manner others can relate to. I believe this is one of the reason that Jesus taught to the people in parables, because he knew they needed it presented in a way they could relate to. So I came across 1 John 4 and I thought it had lots of good words for people to know.

The chapter begins with John explaining that all things do not come from God and we must be able to discern this for ourselves. God is love is a very powerful statement for us to know. Our human ideas of love can not come close to the type of love that God is and haves for us His creation. We must be willing to submit ourselves to God and He will send the Holy Spirit to give us this feeling of love we need. Though, the full power of God’s love would probably destroy our human bodies from His glory. So the loving God gives it to is in doses that we can handle.

Our next step is to take this love and share it with other humans. It can be in the form of something as simple as being good to our enemy. Just because someone doesn’t treat us good doesn’t give us the right to treat them bad. I am always telling others to turn it over to God and He will deal with things in His time not ours. We just need to turn it over to Him.

Getting into the Swing of Things

My last two college classes are beginning on Tuesday. Just after the first of the year I will have my Associate’s degree. By the grace of God, I will have accomplished this by the age of 40. When you compare this to thing that God did in the Bible, it’s really small by comparison. However, it serves as an example of how important each and every one of us all are to God. While I may never slay a giant, part a sea, or walk on water (though I believe I could if it served to further the glory of God) hopefully my decisions will inspire someone else. Just maybe my faith can be an example to what faith can do for others.

This is where I pray to get into the swing of things, not because I want God to help me handle my schedule, but because I want God to hep me handle it in a Godly manner. Sometimes, it’s not what do, but how we do it. We must be willing to let God take control of things. His understanding is far beyond our scope of understanding (probably the reason we screw things up so badly). We have to be set apart from so many different things of the world. Otherwise, we run the risk of allowing worldly things to take too much of our attention.

Paul wrote about this in Romans Chapter 12, we should not let ourselves conform to the world. We have to live in this world, but we don’t have to accept immoral things that others do. It all falls back to Jesus telling the people to be a light and a city on the hill. We need to be a Godly example and not just go with the flow. That’s why I believe that we need to get into the swing of things first by asking God to guide our choices daily. He won’t force us to seek Him out, but He won’t leave us hanging when we do.

New Testament

As I told you guys earlier I had started listening to an audio Bible while driving and working.  Now, I have listened to the entire New Testament and decided to start again with Matthew and go through it all one more time. Honestly, I remember something new each time I read or hear any part of the the Word of God. I figure to listen to the entire New Testament once more and then I may start are the Old Testament.

The first time I listened it was out of order, but for some reason it made sense to me. I also included the book of Daniel in with my listening. This time I figure got straight through and make notes when possible. My goal is to retain as much of  God’s Word as possible, or at least get a generalized idea where particular themes are located. (I get agitated when trying to discuss with someone and can’t remember where I read or heard something.)

Anyway, my request is this, please say a prayer that I can learn more and use it to further the kingdom of God to more people. My ultimate goal is to try and show people the wonderful gifts that God offers, not just in the world to come, but the world we live in now. God bless!!

 

Where’s Your Proof?

In previous blog I had, several people and I got into a discussion about the proof of God. Somehow an irate person had discovered the conversation and was really trying to stir things up. This person was attacking nearly every comment the rest of the participants of the discussions and was demanding that we provide them with iron clad proof that there is a God. Eventually,  we asked the person to feel free to believe what they wanted and we would continue with our faith. Problem solved, right? Wrong! This person began cussing and accusing us of dodging the questions and became fairly amusing at one point.

Eventually, they began demanding our proof again.  So, now wanting to be rude, I simply asked them for their proof there is no God. Their response was that they knew and didn’t need proof. Really? Christians must have proof, but non-believers don’t? But, I wasn’t going to even go there, this was  someone who was just looking for a fight. Their next attack was to talk about how much they hated God anything to do with Him or Jesus. I tried to be nice, but this person was just trying to push every button they could.

Finally, I decided to take this ‘logic-driven’ (their claim, not mine) and call them out for a few things. The biggest things was the fact that they had such a disdain for ‘imaginary’ characters. How can you hate something you don’t think exists? So, I asked them and they said they it was their choice what they could hate or not. (Isn’t it everyone’s choice what they believe or don’t believe.) This lead to me making the observation that they did in fact believed in God they just hate Him. After a few snarky comments this person just stopped. I guess when they realized that their logic wasn’t so logical after all.

Some people just like to argue for the sake of arguing. Before trying to attack someone else, maybe they would be better to take a look at themselves.

Memorial Dinner

Today we are having a midday church service followed by a memorial dinner in the out building of our church. Today has meaning for me because so many that have attended this dinner during the years have gone on to be with the God. People we love and still miss being here. Two people that I think of immediately are my mother-in-law and my aunt. It was at this dinner a few years ago I caught them in the parking lot talking and snapped a photo of them.

Sadly, it would be the last photo I ever took of either one of them. My mother-in-law passed away less than two weeks later, and my aunt passed away a little over a year later. We all have these types of stories that we can share. When we lose family that are saved we need to look at it as a positive thing for them. They no longer are suffering and their reward has begun. The flesh side of our thinking causes us to look at it as a sad thing, we should grieve for those who are gone.

It brings to mind the story of King David and his punishment for the affair he had with Bathsheba. Samuel told David that the child that came from the affair would die. While the child was living David did all he could to grieve and try to intercede to God. Once the child died he got up and went about living his normal routine. The people asked him why and he said when the child was alive I attempted to change once the child was gone there was nothing I could do.

To me this shows an understanding of the way things are meant to be. Human interaction is for those people who are a part of the relationship. When one human passes on there is nothing more that the one left behind can do. This doesn’t make it any easier for some, but it is the way things are.