Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Normally, I try to not focus on a single verse because it gives room for taking a verse out of context. For a few days now I have had this particular verse on my mind. Imagine a world where everyone treated others the way that they want to be treated. It would be as close to an earthly paradise as man could achieve. Of course we all know that with man, this paradise would be impossible, it takes the grace of God for us to come close. This is because man is more concerned with their own wants even over the needs of other. It is dangerous business when one man’s wants take priority over another man’s need. Be careful, when we get into this habit, we make room for problems to arise.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
A simple but powerful selection of Scripture given to us from the wisdom of Jesus. Modern day Christians are allowing their light to be tainted and dimmed in the pursuit of pleasing the people around them. As I have mentioned on a few different occasions the behavior of Christians is on a near constant observation from people in the world. This means that we must be willing to portray ourselves in a positive light that stays in line with the word of God. We must be willing to face any disapproval from others to remain faithful to the commandments that are given to us by God. It is better to disappoint man than disappoint God.
One huge mistake that many people make is trying to please society and accepting immoral actions. I look at it like this, just because something is legal doesn’t make it right. If God was considered illegal, I would be a criminal in a heartbeat. We must be more concerned with pleasing God than we are with pleasing man. Life it too short to try and pacify a world that is trying to eliminate God.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5. A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6. A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7. A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
The beauty of this wisdom is that it is truth. There is an appointed time for everything on the earth. Our problem is that we want to decide when that appointed time should be. God is the one who appoints time for everything. Man must learn to heed to the will of God and stop expecting God to heed to the will of man. If man makes a mess of his own life, how does he expect to dictate the order of the rest of the world?
Submission to God, is the beginning of true wisdom. Once man accepts that God is all-knowing then he can listen to the guidance of God’s commandments. We must be willing to have faith in God without question or doubt.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
I am sure there are many of us that have heard something along the lines of; “that old Bible thumper”, or “they think they are better than me”. These are the kinds of comments that people will use as a form of discouragement for true Children of God. In fact, if you are not experiencing this type of persecution there is a good chance that you might be lacking in the dedication department.
Now I am not saying this is always the case, because Jesus went to some places where he was welcomed by the people. However, there always seemed to be that one person who wanted to question what he was doing. The lack of faith can be a powerful tool for enemies of God and those that follow Him. Our job, as His followers, is the spread the greatness of God’s love and not allow those of this world to discourage us in the process.
It’s been a while since I posted anything, it’s be a hectic start to the new year. Recently, I started my second job and been trying to find the balance needed to finish my last month of class and two jobs. My wife had been working double shifts at her job due to call-offs and this has thrown our schedules for a bit of a loop. Hopefully, things have already started on an upswing for us. If not, it is the will of God and we will accept this faithfully. I know that sometimes we tend to push this to the back of our minds, but God isn’t going any where. All it takes if for us to turn our problems over to Him and He will carry us through it.
1 Peter 5:6-11 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
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.