The Rock Solid Truth of God’s Word

Life’s rough.

That’s probably not a big revelation to you.  And when those waters of adversity get to churning, we can desperately look for a life raft of words that will comfort us and take us through another day.  Thanks to Facebook, Twitter and the abundance of the World Wide Web, we have no shortage of phrases, sayings, and quotes to inspire us, sometimes coupled with pictures of majestic sunsets or cute, little kittens.

Follow Your Heart.

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.  ~Edmund Hillary

Put your future in good hands – your own.  ~Author Unknown

 On the outset, those may sound helpful.  They appeal to the “I can do it myself” attitude in all of us that seems to keep wanting to well to the surface. In reality, they leave God out of the picture altogether.  When we compare them to the truth in God’s Word, we can see how they come up short.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? ~Jer. 17:9

 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. ~James 3:7-8

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” ~James 4:13-15

 Just like he did in the garden with Adam and Eve, and in the desert with the Son of God, the enemy will infuse just enough truth with a lie to make it appealing.  To know the lie we must be intimately familiar with God’s Word. 

Then we’re equipped to follow Jesus’ example by rejecting the lies and temptations and act on the truth.  It can mean the difference between adopting a worldly attitude or a godly one, making a bad decision or a good one and either sinking or standing in the end. 

As believers, there is only one book we can trust to give us the rock solid truth–God’s Word.  

Trying to build a spiritual foundation on lies and half-truths is like building on sand. But if we build on the truth set in the pages of the one book God has given us, we will stand strong through the storms and the light of Jesus will shine through us to a dark and lost world.

Happy Bible Study!

Dorci

not good enough

lately the enemy has been trying to convince me that i am not capable of doing anything. that i don’t have a “sweet enough” personality, that i will never become the dancer i dream of being, that i am not reaching people for the lord, that i will never do much for the kingdom of God. he has even been working on me over the past year through blogging.

i haven’t written on this (or my personal) blog in MONTHS because i felt like i never had anything worthy of blogging. quite frankly, i felt dumb for even considering writing my thoughts out thinking that no one would even be affected by them. how foolish. God doesn’t want us to be consumed by what we are doing for other people- he wants us to have our eyes so focused on him that other people want to know why we aren’t shaken by the things of this world. he wants our hearts so completely wrapped up in him that we aren’t even thinking twice about whether or not we are “doing enough” for the kingdom- we know that we are living our lives fully for his glory. that’s all he wants. is you.

i was recently talking with a friend about how messed up i have been feeling and she told me about a sermon she heard. the pastor said something like “God does not hand over power to satan. God allows things to happen in our lives to teach us, but the enemy only has as much control as you give him.” i realized that the reason why i was feeling so weird and discouraged and just not myself was because i was allowing satan to mess with the way i saw myself, which made the feelings of “not-good-enough” come to the surface.

so stay strong. i know i am only a 17 year old who hasn’t even made it out of high school yet, so this might not really mean anything to many people, but just know that you are worth more than you know. you can be whatever you want to be and you can achieve the seemingly impossible because of our POWERFUL and gracious God.

for the word of God is living and powerful! It is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intentions of the heart. hebrews 4:12

andrea

Tag Team

Brothers and sisters often are involved in pushing and shoving, which if left unchecked can escalate into wrestling matches with no holds barred. Frustration has Mom on the ropes but she holds her ground and serving as referee often sends them to opposite corners for time-out. In many instances, a mother of several children might secretly wish she could call in relief as one involved in tag-team wrestling.

As children of God, we wrestle with evil forces; experiencing weakness, we might be tempted to throw in the towel. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 NKJ).” In times of discouragement, we can depend on God to step into the ring.

God’s Spirit abides within and yet at the same time is always walking by our side. He never leaves us in the clutches and we honor Him each time we call out to Him for rescue. The boldness of believers of the early church was not due to any natural strength but because of each one depending upon the power of the Holy Spirit to sustain them. The next time you feel down for the count, call out for re-enforcement. The Holy Spirit will win the match!

 

 

 

 

Back to You Later

We want instant gratification, our needs unequivocally met and a listeners undivided attention. In a world of technology, our patience quickly dwindles when a business we call puts us on hold. Next to that dilemma, this response is as annoying as lukewarm coffee: “I’ll get back with you later.” Don’t you just hate that? Sometimes contacts postpone conversations of urgency putting us on hold. It is a serious mistake to postpone God: “I’ll get back to you later.”

“As Paul discoursed on righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you (Acts 24:25 NIV).” We can tag stores as “convenience,” and shop whenever we please. On the other hand, issues relating to salvation, where we will spend eternity- need our immediate attention. We have no guarantee of seeing tomorrow and it may be later than we know…

 

 

Waiting & Longing

Thomas a Kempis wrote, “Wait a little while, O my soul, wait for the divine promise, and thou shalt have abundance of all good things in heaven.”

Have you noticed?  We’re expanded by longing.  Something grows in us as we focus heart, mind, soul and will Homeward.  Romans 8:24-25 says: “That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother.  We are enlarged in the waiting.  We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us.  But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” (The Message.)

As pastor and author Rick Warren writes, “In order to keep us from becoming too attached to earth, God allows us to feel a significant amount of discontent and dissatisfaction in life – longings that will never be fulfilled on this side of eternity.”

We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be!   We forget that for believers, earth isn’t our final home.  We were redeemed for something much better!

Waiting and longing.  Neither is easy.  But there can be a “sweet pain” in both if we let them draw our hearts toward Home.

Shared by: Kristine, professional mom, blogger, author, homeschooler, humorist, and chief wrangler at the ‘ole “testosterone farm.”

Exploring the delightful, sometimes dangerous and always mysterious realm of Christian womanhood: http://www.HEvencense.wordpress.com

Don’t Cross Me!

In anger, a person makes a threat. “Don’t you cross me!” No one enjoys being threatened and intimidated. The old self-preservation mode automatically kicks in and we feel compelled to retaliate. “I’ll show you who you are trying to push around!” We get our hackles up and our resistance to temptation down. There is a far better response. I choose to cross them.

Jesus alone, through his death on the cross can produce peace. “and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross (Colossians 1:20 NIV).” Now, I am onto something. He reconciles; he makes peace.

He powers peace and reconciliation with others through our reconciliation with him. “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation (Colossians 1:22 NIV). He frees us from making both false and justified accusations. He frees the accused. “I’m crossing you; please cross me!”

You’ll Be Home, Part 2 of 2

Curious verb choice, isn’t it?  Was.  Not is.  Past tense.  After all, these men had hoped that Jesus would redeem Israel, deliver her from under the heavy boot of Rome.  But now it’s too late.  Jesus is dead.  Buried in that borrowed crypt.  Sure, some women claimed they’d been to Jesus’ tomb and found it empty, but they were clearly a cup and a saucer short of a place setting.

What was Jesus thinking?  Did he smile?  Suppress a grin?  Nope.  He proclaims this teary twosome “foolish” and “slow of heart to believe.” (verse 25)  Then he gives them a refresher course in Moses and the Prophets 101.

Incredibly, they still don’t get it.  (Ah, the benefit of 2000/2000 hindsight!)  As the trio approaches a village, Jesus acts as if he’s going further.  They urge him to stay the night with them, which he does.  Can you imagine their faces at the table later when Jesus takes the bread, gives thanks, breaks it and gives it to them?

“Hmmmm… this seems a little familiar….Haven’t we seen something like this before… Do you remember that afternoon in Bethsaida, with the loaves and the fishes….?  Remember when Je….. Hey!!!!!”

Do you recognize the risen Lord?  Have you left the “big city” and set out for Emmaus?  Keep walking.  Keep looking.  Remember you’re only a visitor on this earthly sod, and you never know whom you may meet on the journey.  Somewhere up ahead you’ll recline at a table.  Bread will be broken and served by nail-scarred hands.  Soon, perhaps in the twinkling of an eye, the dust of the day and the weariness of the walk will fall away and you’ll be a visitor no more.  You’ll be Home.

By Kristine, author, blogger, humorist, homeschooler, professional mom.

(Part 1 posted on April 14.)

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