Vanity of Man

I find myself getting amused when watching videos of people proclaiming that if God exists He should show himself. The flaw with their thinking is that they believe that their mind would be able to process seeing God. Really??? Just the mere presence of God has made men fall like dead men. Then when God sent His son to pay for the sins of the world, they killed him. What kind of vain creation man is because he demands proof and then destroyed it when it was in front of his face. The vanity of man is always going to be the biggest divided between God and man. God does’t need to prove Himself to us, we need to prove ourselves to Him. On a personal note, before I got back into church, I thought this same way: if God is real and He truly loves me why not reveal Himself to me? After I got back into church the answer was given to me, God had revealed himself to me numerous time I was too vain and stupid to see the signs,

Now, when someone asks me to prove there is a God, I respond He has already proven Himself, you just can’t see the signs. If they insist I prove God, I simply respond for them to prove there isn’t. This usually leads to a serious of questions about the evil of the world. The response to this is simple: freewill. Man desires freewill, God granted it, and man gets angry when God does not correct their mistakes. Simply pray for them, arguing with them benefits nothing. God bless!

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Weirder With Each Passing Day

Lately there has been several incidents that have happened in my life that makes me questioned the intentions of people. I previously wrote a post about how people claiming to be Christian thinking they are above others (this is impossible, God wants us to love everyone). In the recent weeks, I have noticed there are some people who now what to act improperly at the most inconvenient times. Don’t get me wrong, there needs to be laughter in the world. People who take life too serious all the time can suck the joy out of life for others. I don’t think Jesus intended for us to act this way either. As children of God, there is a balance that can allow us to enjoy certain aspects of life while maintaining a level of decency and order.

Paul summed it up best when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” There is a time and place for different behaviors. We need to be examples of servants of God.

Matthew 7:12

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.

Matthew 5:13-16

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.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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.

Persecution is a Part of It

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew:5:12

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.

God is the Way

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.