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.

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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.

Quoting the Word

I recently found myself sort of checking context of verses when someone quotes a single verse to me. I think this came from my belief that quoting verses out of context can lead to misinterpretation. There are people who don’t agree with me about this, but everyone must do what they feel is right in their own heart. God wants us to implant His word in our hearts and it is important that it is implanted in the correct context.

 

Feelings

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. 

The Interview

Today I drove my wife to an interview at a Healthcare Facility. Since it is in a neighboring county we were not familiar with the address. Thinking it was a good idea to use our phones to navigate, we followed the directions.  The problem was that the phones were not giving good directions. Eventually, she ended up calling to get the right directions.

This got me to thinking about other aspects of life. How often do we rely on things that fail us? The only thing we can rely on that won’t fail us is God. He loves us and will be with us all the rest if our lives. The choice is ours if we want to rely on Him or rely on the temporary, fallible things of this world.