I woke up this morning and my kids has missed the bus. This was my fault for turning off the clock and going back to sleep. So I owned it and took them to school. On the trip, they were talking about their feelings on different topics. So I dropped them at the front door and headed home.
It was at this time i thought about feelings and how opinion has changed over the last century. We now live in a society where a man can feel like he is a woman and the rest of the world should enable the delusion. Human feelings are taking precedence over scientific fact? How is this possible? When a person says they feel the presence of God, society thinks they are delusional.
Take the theory of evolution, which is a theory because there is no scientific proof of evolution, or a big bang. Because people feel this is the appropriate solution It is considered valid. Again, how is this possible?
To those who hate the idea of God and all that he stands for, hate is a feeling. Your feelings are a form of validation, so by your own reasoning there must be a God. You can’t hate things that don’t exist since feelings are so important to this society.
I found out that there is an issue with my financial aid that is going to prevent me from going on with a Bachelor’s Degree. At first, I was upset, but after some prayer and thought I came to realize that once one door is closed, it is because God wants another to open. I’m not certain where this will lead me, but I am certain that it will be in the direction that God wants me to go. So, I have been working on different things to see what direction God sends me. For now, I have one week of my current class and then 10 weeks for my remaining classes and then my education will be over for now.
One positive is that it will allow me more time to focus on my writing (something I have neglected over the past 2 years) and my Bible studies (something you can never get too much of). Another positive is the release from the stress associated with deadlines for papers and the ability to juggle my schedule more.
My brother handled the message tonight at church and he said something that really caught my attention. He said that we should pray for God to deliver us through our problems instead of asking for help. It made sense to me after I thought about it. By asking for deliverance instead of assistance we are putting our faith in God.
I was offered to give another message afterwards, but I believe that God was showing me to let this message stand. There are times when we must check our egos at the door and just be thankful for blessings we received through others.
Been a little while since my last post, this last week before school starts had been hectic. Seems like there is just too little time to get the odds and ends done before the first day. In my Servant Leader class, we are covering prevention this week. More specifically, the benefits that are associated with prevention of mental physical illnesses. I would associate prevention with Spiritual illness. We need to prevent things from causing a rift in our relationship with God. How many times have we allowed ourselves to be put into situations that caused a wedge to be drive in our relationship.
Many people does this and then tries to look for other people to blame for this. This is not true, when we allow ourselves to be put into these situations the blame falls on us. No one or nothing can hinder our relationship with God unless we allow it to. This is where the prevention aspect comes into the equation. We can’t prevent others from doing things, but we can prevent ourselves from becoming part of their situation. We must keep the faith and focus on what is important.
Some days things seem to work against us in every direction. It is these days that many people want to know why me, God? At my house the water heater was leaking, the kitchen drain was leaking, and the flush valve in toilet had broken. My wife and I were getting frustrated because we are between checks and have to wait until I get paid to buy this stuff. At times, I get frustrated and forget to be thankful for the bad as well as the good. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I noticed I was turning into a fair weather person.
Luckily, I serve an awesome God who knows I am flawed and loves me anyway. So I turned things over to God and He made a way for things to fall into place. My father-in-law told my wife to go to the local hardware store and get the things we needed and put it on his charge account. So, today I was able to get the material to personally fix all this little problems that arose. Sometimes, a little effort goes a long way. So, thank you God for all you do and thank you to my father-in-law for the material.
I guess I am behind the times in regards to there being the idea of Jesus and Paul representing 2 different kinds of Christianity. While I don’t think this is the case, apparently there are many people that do. I was raised that the Bible was the inspired word of God. This means that the Gospels as well as the epistles are from the inspiration of God. Forgive me for not knowing there exists a debate about Paul and Jesus, I always assumed Christians knew they must accept the entire word of God, not just select sections.
Since several people have approached me about where I stand on this topic I figured I would share my thoughts on it. I would ask you to consider the book of Acts. Acts is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke. Since Luke is the author of both books, then it is safe to assume that Acts is just a valid as the book of Luke. Luke is the longest and most detailed of all the Gospels. It covers many events that are not included in the other Gospels. Now this same author writes another book, the continuation, and it covers Jesus ascending to heaven and the reception of the Holy Ghost. It also covers Jesus personally calling Paul and giving him his commission.
So now we know that Jesus is the Christ and he came to open the opportunity for anyone who chooses to come to God. He personally returns to call another man to bring God’s offer to Gentiles. No, the teaching of Paul and Jesus don’t contradict each other. Their teachings compliment each other.
When God wanted to communicate with Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-13 He used a small still voice. People of modern times often forget that God can use that same voice to speak to us if we listen. The problem a lot of people face is that they are too busy tooting their own horn to hear the voice. Others must contend with thinking that the voice in their head is the voice of God. Sometimes, the voice in our heads is simply a voice in our heads. The Godly wisdom can help to discern between the two, but we must be willing to put our own intentions aside.
Once a person does something that takes away from the glory of God and puts the attention on themselves then it is not of God. People should be careful when they say the Spirit put this in my heart to tell you. The problem they may find would be that the spirit they are listening to is not the Spirit of God.