Be Still Be Quiet Be Open

Be Still, Be Quiet, Be Open.

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Be Still

Stillness
Slow down; meditate; pray; read GOD’S Word and ponder it.

Psalm 46:10 ESV 

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

 

Psalm 37:7 ESV 

StillnessBe still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Be Quiet

QuietRead about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)

Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)

Remove distractions; Get away from noise; Listen to your thoughts

James 1:19 ESV

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

StillnessProverbs 17:28 ESV 

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Be Open

Outside the Box
GOD’S Way
Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)Respond to GOD; Adjust to GOD’S truth; Be willing to serve GOD

Hebrews 4:12 ESV

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)


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Parting Thought

Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)

12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.[a]

 


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Reap What You Sow

Reap What You Sow

Harvest

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Galatians 6:7 ESV

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Sow
Reap

 

 

 

 

This seems so evident yet people still deceive themselves so easily. Last Sunday our pastor reminded us of this truth as he  expounded on the story of King Saul and David. It reverberated in me because coupled with a decadent culture’s decline was the insistence that people do what is right in their own mind and ignore GOD. The irony? They act so surprised hen they reap the consequences of their actions.

Theft and jail time

Reckless driving; tickets, accidents and higher insurance rates. 

Carelessness with hygiene (even sex) a disease or illness.

Rotten

Proverbs 22:8 ESV

Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.

Illness

However, Sow Good and Reap Good

Luke 6:38 ESV 

Seeds

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  

Wheat

When you do what is right while it is not guaranteed, you are more likely to reap a positive reward. Clean living with fairness and adherence to the ways of GOD encourages positive results: health, stable family and confidence in your abilities to make way in this world.  


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Be in the Moment

Be in the Moment

Mists

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We are but a mist that fades away.

28James 4:13-17 ESV 

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Put priority on things from above and eternity

 

Matthew 6:33-34 ESV

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  

Our plans fade in the light of the Lord

Just Another Day

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.    

Sunlight on the Grass

 

Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  


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Evil Comes from Sin

Evil Comes from Sin

God Demands More 2
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Today people shy away from talking about sin because The Bible teaches we all are sinners and many people refuse to accept this. Yes we all are sinners from the most horrible dictator to the shop lifter who takes an apple. In human terms there is a difference but to GOD sin is sin:

Romans 3:23 ESVEvil Comes from Sin

Stained Glass

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

All Have Sinned

By the Standard of GOD sinners deserve death

Garbage and Trash

Romans 6:23 ESV 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.Evil Comes from Sin

One Hope; one Way; one Jesus

John 14:6 ESV 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 

GOD offers Beauty

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What does the Most Harm

What does the Most Harm?

 

Nightmares

 

Cigarettes

Overt deliberate action, unknown effects or unintended consequences? Any of the above  can and often do cause harm. What can add to the negative results are subterfuge, callous disregard or unconcern for others.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Flood
Fire

Proverbs 18:21 ESV

 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Once David sinned with Bathsheba he wanted to conceal his sin; he then first wanted her husband Uriah to come home from the war and sleep with her on the pretense he needed his report but that failed . . . 

 

2 Samuel 11:11 ESV

Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.”What does the Most Harm

He then created a plan for him to be out in front of the troops and the army to withdraw and leave him exposed to the enemy alone

 

2 Samuel 12:14-17 ESV

14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.” 16 And as Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 And the men of the city came out and fought with Joab, and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uriah the Hittite also died.

 
David did harvest negative consequences because of his sinning.
 

 

Warnings
Tower of Pisa
 

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Signs of Troubled Days

Signs of Troubled Days

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2 Timothy 3:1-7  (ESV)

Godlessness in the Last Days
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But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 

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This letter to Timothy (part of The New Testament in The Bible) was written by (ST) Paul the Apostle almost 2000 years ago; no doubt truth about the nature of humans was recognized then, before then and even now. In the interest of Christians the description given of “the times” is a prophetic warning for unbelievers about the second coming of Christ and the “end times”.


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More than a Religion *

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Christianity is a Relationship With GOD

More than a Religion

We refer to Christianity as “a religion” but that is only a classification of convenience because it is a relationship. When humans have a relationship (and even many other creatures) we say it is one of give and take (symbiotic). Of course the relationship with GOD is even beyond that, since we see Jesus as part of the GOD Trinity and he as King. Still, when we study the Bible we quickly discover this relationship aspect as a “Covenant” or contract with GOD. GOD makes promises and we make promises.  How we teach each other about GOD evolves to reflect changes in geopolitical and anthropological differences. The Biblical truths reflect customs, languages and  the different needs of people.  What does not change in this dynamic relationship, is the truths and standards of GOD; nor our position as created beings verses The Creator GOD.

Romans 8:37-39 ESV

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

 

When we confess our sin we are forgiven then we  become a child of GOD;

GOD’S Spirit Gives Peace

accepting Jesus we are the recipients of the unconditional love of GOD; even our faults cannot change that. GOD did love us even before we accepted Christ but after salvation our eternity is sealed.

1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.


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Honor GOD 5 Wisdom

Honor GOD 5 Wisdom

Wisdom not Perfection

OK some people these days consider the Bible a great piece of literature, a collection of myths and a source of wisdom – perhaps some consider it all the above. As a Christian I know it is GOD’S Word. The literature, history and wisdom built in.  Before I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior I read The Book of Proverbs. I was so impressed the awe never left me.  Humans have several secular sources of wisdom and their own practical wisdom earned from experience but, GOD presents aspects humans typically do not develop on their own – especially when GOD’S Word is taken in aggregate.  

The Wisemen

Proverbs 1:7 ESV

Wisdom with Age

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Where does wisdom come from?

James 1:5 ESV

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

I often say only a systematic study of GOD’S word can yield the greatest meaning to a person. The subtleties and nuances corroborated from one part of scripture to another offer flexible understanding (not legalistic rigidity). We are individuals living our individual lives in the present time that is our time. If you read about the early Church you will see that the apostles were individuals offering insight, knowledge and wisdom to the early believers – and even us today. Only a true believer’s knowledge complemented with wisdom  can guard against apostasy and antichrists.

Beware of false teachers

1 Timothy 4:1 ESV

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,

 


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Honor GOD 2 Moral Issues

Honor God 2 Moral Issues

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The Standard of GOD

‘”The Law of GOD” is archaic, unrealistic, inhibits my freedom and is childish.’ If this is what you think you are not a Christian. You cannot claim Christ and shun GOD at the same time. While Jesus Christ fulfilled the penalty for all sin (even ours) His sacrifice did not abolish The Law. Cultural and language distortions have confused people (especially modern people) but GOD has not changed: The Holy Character of GOD remains intact.

Compass

You honor GOD by living by the moral standard that is revealed in the Bible.

Do not disregard a clean life and responsible stewardship in all things for these things please and honor GOD.

Matthew 5:17 ESV 

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.   (Jesus)  

Decide
GOD is Holy and the standard by which holiness is judged.

1 Peter 1:16 ESV

Since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Understanding our position with respect to GOD

Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

More than Ethics

Therefore we honor GOD when we conform to what GOD requires; it is not for our own pleasure that we exist.


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Perception

Consciousness: The sum total input from all our senses and our perception of what it means.

GOD provides us with the gift of our senses and the gift of our intellect; how we perceive what it all means and interpret it with our consciousness can be is dependent on whether or not we believe GOD. Since I am a Christian my source of guidance for this process comes from The Word of GOD; in particular what Jesus taught.

 

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The Bible is the lens and filter by which we Christians should examine what we do and who we say we are.

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Diligent study of GOD’s Word will strengthen our ability to avoid temptation and sin and live a more GOD influenced life every day.

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If we reject GOD and choose evil or even the appearance of evil we and others will look at our lives and our existence from that point of view; Choose GOOD; Choose Jesus and eternity with GOD.

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