Love

Short and simple truth. We are to be creatures of love because we come from a Creator of love. This Creator, God, sent His son in love to save the world. Any person who preaches or teaches it any other way is not of God, nor His love. These false teachers are trying to deceive us because of their lack of love.

I always tell people that they can either be of God or of the world, not both. Jesus told the people it was possible to serve two masters. Another piece of wisdom that can be overlooked is that a house divided against itself cannot stand. When you have true Godly love for others then this things are simple to follow.

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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.

Luke 7:1-10 Faith of a Gentile

Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

Jesus appears to be impressed in the faith of the centurion which I think makes a few interesting points.

  1. The centurion expressed his belief in the authority of Jesus by comment. When he expressed that the he was able to order people to do things and then they did them. He was showing that he believed that Jesus had the authority to order the illness to leave his servant. This faith and recognition coming from a Roman leader was not the normal practice of the people at the time.
  2. Jesus expresses the fact that he has not found such faith in all of Israel. The people that God has chosen to be His people didn’t have the level of faith that a Roman leader had.
  3. Many of the Jewish people believed that had to see and/or touch Jesus before he could heal them. A centurion had faith that all Jesus had to do was will the healing. In fact, the centurion felt that he was unworthy of Jesus coming to his home, but he knew that Jesus’ presence was not a requirement of the healing.

The lesson that I take away from this story is that faith is key to increasing our personal relationship with God. We must believe in God’s will, grace, mercy, and love that He has for His creation.

Luke 18: 1-8

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.

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.

Knowledge vs. Wisdom

Since I have been listening to my audio Bible I am discovering more and more information about the Word of God. I believe that it is a good experience for me to listening to the various books. I went out of order when listening to the various books, but my goal is to eventually listening through the entire New Testament and then the Old Testament.

The reason for this post is that with the wisdom I am gaining from the Word of God, it made me realize that the knowledge of the world just can’t measure up. I believe that wisdom is the application of the information that we can learn from the Bible. I look at it like a distinction between knowing how to do something and actually doing something. One common theme I have discovered is that it’s one thing to know what the Bible says, but it is so much more to apply the wisdom we gain.

It is wisdom that leads to the application of knowledge in our daily lives. Just knowing something doesn’t mean that we apply it.

Time 

Time is one thing we can never get back. Even though we all will spend eternity in paradise or punishment, we still need to be aware of the time we have now. We have no promise of tomorrow and today is happening through the grace of God. This means that we must use this gift for the glory of God.

Sharing the Gospel is the best way we can spend this time. However, we will encounter those that will not be open to a discussion.  For these people, love them, pray for them, and be good to them. The dynamic of a relationship can go a long way in opening the door for witnessing about Jesus and his gift to mankind.

The important thing to know is not trying to force others to believe. Instead, we can plant seeds that can grow into them becoming seekers of God. No one responds to force or abuse in a positive manner.