I think that Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to set back and reflect on the many blessings that God has given us throughout the year. There have been times when things would start to feel hopeless and then God intervened and changes happened before my eyes. This is what I a thankful for, a God who loves His creation enough that He wants what is best for us, but refuses to force His will upon us. God loves us so much that He wants us to choose Him, but does not force us to.
The next thing that I am thankful for is the fact that God has blessed me with my family (even the ones who drive me crazy). I am truly blessed in so many ways that I could never repay God for all the blessings that he has bestowed on me and my family. Truthfully, none of us could ever repay God for all the things He has done for us, but there are so many that refuse to even try. I am so often reminded of the verse in Joshua 24:15 “ And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Take advantage of this holiday to decide who you will serve. Jesus told the people that they could not serve two masters that they would love one and hate the other. We can’t be servants of anyone or anything other than God and still serve God. Either we want to walk in the path of righteousness or walk the path of destruction. God bless and enjoy the holiday.
I woke up about 3 am and decided to reprogram the cable channels to my bedroom tv. Mainly, because my local service provider had added a bunch of new channels and I was having trouble falling back asleep. So I let the tv do its thing and about 20 minutes or so later I started just flipping through the channels to see what was on. I came across a church program where the pastor was answering questions about the Bible.
I had recognized this pastor and church from previous viewings and remembered that they had some beliefs that I thought were a bit strange. One example, is that Eve had sex with Satan and this is how Cain was conceived. The reasoning for this conclusion was that the word beguiled in the KJV means seduced physically. I have researched this from both religious and secular sources and have not found any text that backs up this reasoning.
So this morning I thought to myself that the explanation given at an earlier date was a simple understanding error (I wanted to give this church the benefit of the doubt). So I listen to a few of the answers that is shared and think to myself that I can understand his reasoning for this. Then he answers a question about Ham uncovering Noah’s nakedness. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, after the flood receded Noah got drunk and was laying in his bed naked.
According to the Bible, Ham walks in and sees his father and runs and tells his brothers instead of trying to cover Noah up. His brothers respond by draping garment over their shoulders and walking backwards to cover their father. This story is found in Genesis 9.
The pastor of the church I was watching says that what this meant was that Ham actually has sex with his mother, Noah’s wife, and this is what seeing his nakedness meant. I simply don’t agree with this opinion. If that was case then why would his brothers need to cover his father?
False teaching can be a dangerous thing to be exposed to. Please be careful who you believe out there.
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
This is pretty straight forward parable that Jesus is sharing with the people about the importance of relying on God to deal with those that do wrong to His people. The part that I find interesting is that Jesus asks when he returns to earth will he find faith. This is interesting to me because he is wanting the people to consider the condition of the world when he is going to return. As it stand now, in the United States we have a freedom of worship that people in other countries can only dream of. What do we do with this freedom? Many Christian churches are trying to pacify people that get offended by the Word of God. Do they not have enough faith to know that it is better to offend the world than offend God? All we can do is pray for them and try to counsel to them.
If not for the Grace of God I believe that my life would have taken much worse turns than it already has. I believe this comes from the prayers of others would cared enough to lift my name up to God even when I was too self-involved to recognize the need for Him. I believe this is a problem that many of us will face until the end of time: the illusion that all things good come from our accord. Good or bad, it comes from the Grace of God and His loving hand being placed over us for our protection. Don’t ever assume we can live good enough to make it on our own. Jesus even told his disciples that there was none good except for God.
Daily I am learning the importance of relying on God. Every decision that I make on my own works out in the worse possible way. It is when I ask for guidance that the better choices become more apparent and the end results are more positive. So I always stand in need of prayers from anyone who is willing to mention me. God bless!
It’s been a few days since I have posted anything. Life can get hectic at times. My boss decided that 2 people could the same amount of work as 3. Now we have more work to do each night and no chance of getting a sub in to help. But, it is times like these that we must rely on Faith to get us through things that come up in life.
Hebrew 11 gives some wonderful examples of faith and the rewards that come from faith. We need to just look to God and keep on stepping. I believe this is the best solution for any problems that we may face.