Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
"So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the Law and the prophets." ~Matthew 7:12, rsv
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the Law." ~Romans 13:9-10
Have you faced it in your part of the world lately?
Ever got stuck behind an incredibly slow-to-respond car at a light ..that already changed green awhile ago.. but because the person in front of you is looking downwards while perhaps texting or reading, you are still there surrounded by angry honkers?
Ever feel like joining in to shout out the window at em, "HellllooO sir! The light is about to change to red again and we will all be stuck here!" Sometimes you can't even change lanes and go around them.
Hey, I've been there. My emotions can be so hard to deal with when I inner spirit is countering for me to simply back off and die to it! My friends out in the rural country seem to deal much better with stuff like that when visiting, than my friends in the city can. We see stuff like that real often.
What do you do when you are on the verge of reacting in the flesh over a fairly small thing.. like when you feel like saying something ugly to that clerk who is ignoring the customers and taking their sweet time at the store at precisely the wrong time.. when you really want to be on the road already so you can arrive at your meeting punctually?
I haven't always passed the tests with flying colors!
Quickie prayers help me. "Man, I thought I was sanctified already, Lord! Help me love as You do!"
"More grace and mercy, Lord. Thanks. Please change me. I'm such a wretch inside! Wanna see em as you do too."
Yeah, I too have my days on the road..and a long ways to go in this spiritual journey of faith. But it helps me to meditate upon the right verses.. via out loud verbal repetition.
"Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away." ~1 Corinthians 13:4-10, rsv
"Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back." ~Luke 6:36-38, rsv
Yes, in this very social and puterized-society that we live in, there seems to be quite a bit of darkness and temptation to resist. There are real entities to ignore and sometimes to rebuke. You might think you know that wholesome looking person who just "friended you," but then they send you something that is far from wholesome and you must talk... or simply block immediately. We can't let our guard down spiritually..any of us. Don't do it. Gotta be vigilant every day and walk in the Spirit!
As we "progress forwards," what have been some of the first things to go in our so called "advanced society"? Well, i'd say that respect of other people and basic common courtesy have gone out the window. It's tradgic!
How about there? How often do you recognize common courtesy in your part of the world? Us Christians of all people, should be the first ones to recover common courtesy, especially in a family, at work, or in a school situation where you get "stuck with" if you will.. the same people day in and day out.
Do people who should know better by now, after you've been working with em for over a decade, still call you "bud," because they forgot your name and don't really care to learn it. Just heard about that from a friend who has felt bad that this keeps happening to him. Made me think: Why can't more pastors be human one on one?
How often do people where you live look each other in the eye when talking or even firmly shake hands any more?
I'd say that moral purity, sincerity, honest decency, and common sense have also bolted from the scene in our fast tempo society as well. Sad! But that's why I'm talking about this stuff. Let's fight ..right to get em back. You and I care and we can choose to bring em in ..if we recognize how we miss it all.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." ~Matthew 5:16, nkjv
"Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gates in the city she speaks her words: How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you." ~Proverbs 1:20-23
"And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?" ~Matthew 20:32
We hear, "Hey, I know my rights and I will sue you", "I didn't mean that when I promised it to you—I was just taking longer to decide", "No officer, I'm entitled to it. What's your badge number?"
Chil Jill, if you will. Let's all practice some good ole but long forgotten ..common sense.
Obituary for the late Mr. Common Sense
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for so many years> No one knows how old he is, since his birth records were long ago lost in a bureaucratic red tape.
He will always be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to get out of the rain; Why the early bird catches the worm; and Maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spent more than you can earn), and reliable strategies (Adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of how a six year old boy was charged with kissing another classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost a lot of ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do.. in not disciplining their unruly children at home. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Cal pol, sun lotion, or a Band-aid to a student, but could not inform parents when a student was pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense lost the will to live when the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; criminals received better treatment than the victims; and when a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Wise Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Calm Reason.
He is survived by his three stepbrothers: I Know My Rights, Someone Else To Blame, and I Am A Victim So I Will! Not very many people attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
Where do we begin with this, Kurt? Start where goodness has always originally sprung from, with God in His righteousness. You and I may not be able to change the world in a day, but surely each of us can make common sense and common courtesy more common wherever we go in His Name. We all recognizee that these ole ideas are not at all common anymore ..even among our leadership in Washington who are called upon to be good examples before our children. But both concepts are vital parts of being a good witness where you and I live, believer. Let's fish for people with Christ's kind of common sense and common courtesy!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Now if you said the former then I would challenge you to simply put the Lord first.
"But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." ~ Matthew 6:33
The young shepherd boy, David, took the time to set his priorities in the proper order and guess what happened? Addition happened instead of subtraction.
Our God has a way of adding blessings unto people that no one else among people or angels or whatever can add! He can give, He can take away, but He just loves to add!
There were times in David's life later on where he didn't do that, and he soon fell into sin ..and then sin subtracted. I can't imagine what it would have felt like to lose a son.
Perhaps you've seen people sin and sin and it only seems like they have addition. Maybe a lot of that is them adding to themselves at another's expense. Whatever, you can be sure that their sins will catch up to them.
Here are some of the things, among others, that God added unto David.. the head of a ruthless giant, a kingdom, a wife (later he took on others), Jerusalem, victory after victory and eternal life!
Check out in the Bible where God explains how David claimed his home, "And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief. And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David" (1 Chron. 11:6).
Yes, David simply sought to know the Lord in righteousness and he put God's kingdom ahead of all other priorities he was concerned about, and all of those things and others were added to him.
King David was one of a kind like you are, but let me ask you this: Does God play favorites?
Wouldn't the Lord add some good things unto you too if you did the same as David did? Sure He would. God keeps all His promises.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." ~ James 1:17
Christ's free gift of salvation for those claiming it is complete! And no work of ours can compete or add to this special work of the Son, no, it's all for the glory of God's Son!" ~kVs
"And he [Uzziah] sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper." ~ 2 Chronicles 26:5
When we put God and His eternal Kingdom first, our lives will take on the proper balance as well and we can express our gratitude. When Jesus Christ preached, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you," what were the things that the Lord was speaking of?
Well, when we check out the context of that verse, "these things" would include the clothes that you'll need to wear, the liquids that you'll need to drink in order to stay properly hydrated, and the food for nutrition to dine upon that your body will need for strength to serve and enjoy life.
God wants to add unto you a place to work that won't harm anyone, a place for you to live, and if you are so called.. a growing Christian person for you to care for, marry and cherish ..'til death do you part. He also to add souls into His Kingdom through your sterling witness for Him. As you live the life and share the Gospel with the people you meet, God will use you to lead them into forgiveness from this wonderful relationship with Christ.
Who or what do you put first? Who or what do you seek? How is that workin' out for you (not that anything other than Christ seemingly to be working out is what should verify anything when eternity is at stake)? Please don't hesitate to turn and put Christ first if you haven't already done that. Way important!
When considering Heaven, Hell, and all of our sins committed, who needs to push mentioning the benefits? But the basic issues of life and then some ..will be taken care of by the Lord when you put Him first.