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What Open Door posts on Facebook - April 2012

 

4/1/2012

 

Today marks what is considered Palm Sunday - remembering when Jesus rode into Jerusalem with people spreading palm branches as a token of welcome with shouts of Hosanna. We also know that there would those that got "huffy" over this welcome.

 

For anyone associated with Jesus, this would begin a week they could never imagine. It is interesting that Jesus had already made His choice. The people would have opportunity to make a choice in a few days - Jesus or Barabbas.

 

Since that time, for those who have chosen Jesus over Barabbas - we rejoice. Yet each day we have the same type of choice: Jesus or Barabbas - if we can use these two names to describe two very different pictures. Many can picture very well the consequences of choosing "Barabbas" in daily life and the results - from experience over the years.

 

So during this season as we are likely to hear soul-stirring messages about Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, let us remember our choices. We are certainly blessed when we see those choosing Jesus regarding salvation. Let us also determine to choose Him each day. May we indeed rejoice in our choice!

 

4/2/2012

 

Yesterday we mentioned this time in the life of Jesus from the Biblical record. It is interesting that the scriptures really slow down and become more detailed in the last week. There is so much that Jesus must accomplish and though many of us have heard countless sermons about this time period, the depth of meaning and spiritual purpose in all that Jesus would do takes time to seek out and grasp. Jesus would fulfill the law, pay the price for sin, have what is called the Last Supper, and bring the new covenant into being for mankind - and of course the resurrection.

 

There are a number of ways people have described this week. One of the terms used is; Passion Week. His greatest passion is described as Jesus desiring to fulfill the will of His Father to the ultimate. This indeed speaks of true passion.

 

A good question to ask: Will this week be a passion week for us? Indeed we may be moved to tears, a hallelujah shout, or some response that indicates that we have been stirred. But will there be a passion for God - a craving, longing, devotion and enthusiasm to fulfill the will of God in our lives.

 

If there ever was a time to seek that out, stir it up, and cry out to God for it; this week should certainly be it. May we all fulfill our calling with a passion for our Lord.

 

4/3/2012

 

As we again consider this week in scripture, we are reminded that Jesus humbled Himself even unto death. We are told in the scripture to humble ourselves.

 

Humbling yourself can be a great act of faith. When you humble yourself, you are yielding to another, putting someone else's will before yours; it is an act of selflessness.

 

The question has been asked if God humbles people. God can certainly do things to get our attention, and circumstances can arise that can take us down a peg. But true humbling is something that we do ourselves - because it is a matter of the heart. It is when we humble ourselves that we are well on our way to pleasing God.

 

As we think about this aspect of the week of Jesus, we could check our hearts to see if we need to deal with any pride. Remember that humbling ourselves is the exact opposite of lifting (or puffing up) ourselves.

 

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. ~ James 4:10

 

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: ~ I Peter 5:6

 

4/4/2012

 

As we mentioned a few days ago, Jesus had a lot to accomplish during His final week. With all the things to do, He still took time particularly for His disciples.

 

Note John 17 as an example - His prayer for them, the desire for all to be one together, that they might have joy, and for them to know that the Father loves them just the same as He loves Jesus. We see in verse 20 that Jesus does not just pray for them but for those who would believe on Him through their word - that is us! Jesus had us in mind with all He was facing.

 

It has been said that one of the greatest acts of faith and humility is to do something for someone else and pray for someone else when you are dealing with matters yourself. When we are facing something ourselves, can we be mindful of others and do something for them?

 

This is what we see Jesus doing with all that was before Him - For God so loved "us" that He gave...

 

4/5/2012

 

Here is an intriguing scripture: If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. ~ Proverbs 24:8. This is one of those verses that can almost irritate you - especially if you take it the wrong way.

 

The times of adversity are generally the times when people faint - we all can be strong when we are not struggling with something. So it makes sense that the fainting comes in times of adversity.

 

We could get irritated at the verse if we take it as a "put down". We are good at this: Whenever someone tries to tell us something or point something out, we can often take offense and get "huffy".

 

But receive the verse like God is trying to get a principle over to us. The real test of strength comes with adversity. If our strength does not keep us from fainting, it is not at the level it should be and we need to get to work. Preparing ahead of time is much better than trying to build strength during times of intensity or crisis.

 

We mention this because this week brought a lot of adversity to Jesus. He did not faint because His strength was built up. He knew to pray and admonished his disciples in that regard so that they would not faint or yield to temptation.

 

Notice the concept of "fainting" here and how it describes Jesus' striving: For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. ~ Hebrews 12:3-4

 

The purpose of the Proverbs scripture is to show us that strength (particularly the strength of God) will keep us from fainting in the day of adversity. We can certainly use that and we can work on it, pray for it, build ourselves up in it, and determine beforehand how we want to respond in situations of adversity.

 

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; ~ Ephesians 3:16

 

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; ~ Colossians 1:11

 

4/6/2012

 

As we come to the day that we remember the sacrifice of Jesus for the sin of man and to redeem us from the curse of the law, we note this scripture in particular:

 

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. ~ Luke 23:34

 

We note Jesus fulfilling all righteousness: He was condemned but He did not condemn - He forgave. Remember Jesus told Hid disciples to forgive if they had ought against any - Jesus did the same thing.

 

What a precious picture this is as opposed to such a scene of horror as the crucifixion. May this remind us each day that we are forgiven and we forgive. Resurrection is coming!

 

4/7/2012

 

Can you imagine yourself as one of the disciples of Jesus the day after He was crucified? You would probably be wondering "What do I do now"? You would likely be dealing with a rush of emotions and from the scripture record they would not likely be joyful.

 

Though Jesus had talked to His disciples about the resurrection, the jolt of seeing Him crucified seem to erase any idea in their minds that He was talking about it happening after this crucifixion. We all know that it is often very difficult to believe in something you rarely see happen. As Christians we know it takes faith based upon what the Word of God tells us to develop a picture within us that something we believe is going to happen. For the disciples, it seems the picture of the death of Jesus was the most prevalent thing on their minds.

 

We have all had our "what do I do now?" moments. It has been said that we should not doubt in the darkness what God has shown us in the light. This is something we must do intentionally when darkness and the pictures it generates come against our faith. We all need to recognize that truth is true even when it is not readily apparent. This is likely one of the greatest battles we face in this life.

 

We may not be able to explain everything, but we do not have to lose hope and throw in the towel. The circumstances may not give us any encouragement, but we do not have to give up our faith or give up on God. We can boldly declare that we are still on the Lord's side, and we look to Him to deal with the things that are beyond us.

 

Resurrection was coming. Mourning would turn to shouts of praise and joy. We pray for each person dear heavenly Father who is seeking You in regards to some situation - that the power of the resurrection would be real to them and in all of us each day!

 

4/8/2012

 

As we celebrate and rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we know it has very special meaning in the lives of many. It can be both a time of public celebration and also one of very private reflection. This is because the resurrection of Jesus impacts us personally across a very broad spectrum. Thus there are many ways to praise and remember this in our lives.

 

There us a scripture in Hebrews that seems very applicable to this day we celebrate. Concerning Jesus we read:

 

Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.  ~ Hebrews 7:13

 

Have you ever considered those words: the power of an endless life?

 

So much of what we do today revolves around the fact that this physical life will end. We only have a certain amount of time. This  is always a focal point of decisions we make in this life.

But suppose this life would not end - we can immediately see that our thinking and actions would change immediately.

 

This shows the power of an endless life. Thank God we have that now in Jesus Christ - and we will have it at some point in a new body that is incorruptible and immortal ~ I Corinthians 15:53-54. Then we will be able to both experience and walk in the power of an endless life.

 

We rejoice in reality of it now and look forward to its full manifestation.

 

We pray that anyone reading who does not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior would receive Him today. What a great day to be born again! That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ~ Romans 10:9-10

 

4/9/2012

 

Though the Sunday we celebrate the resurrection has passed, new life goes on:

 

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory ~ Colossians 3:1-4

 

As we have mentioned before, the death and resurrection of Christ was for our benefit:

 

Who (Jesus) was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. ~ Romans 4:25

 

Yesterday we sang some old standard Easter hymns along with the contemporary "He's Alive".

As a special we did Chris Tomlin's "I Will Rise" and which included the following words:

 

Jesus has overcome, and the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won, He is risen from the dead

And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain. I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees, and rise, I will  rise.

 

May we continue to grow and develop in this new life that Jesus has given us.

 

4/10/2012

 

In thinking about the resurrection of Jesus and that He would send the promise of the Spirit, we note the words of Luke: Of all that Jesus began both to do and teach ~ Acts 1:1

 

As we look back on that, we are reminded of His compassion. What a wonderful word and what a wonderful act! Compassion is something that is done, something given to others - indeed it is an act.

 

We further note that it is something anyone can do. It does not require a sermon or any type of theological degree. It just takes someone with motivation and a heart to act on it.

 

Here is just another way to share the love of God and be a blessing. May we find a way to be compassionate today.

 

4/11/2012

 

Some prayer quotes from E.M. Bounds:

 

Prayer is a trade to be learned. We must be apprentices and serve our time at it. Painstaking care, much thought, practice and labour are required to be a skillful tradesman in praying. Practice in this, as well as in all other trades, makes perfect.

 

Praying which does not result in pure conduct is a delusion. We have missed the whole office and virtue of praying if it does not rectify conduct. It is in the very nature of things that we must quit praying, or quit bad conduct.

 

Our praying, to be strong, must be buttressed by holy living. The life of faith perfects the prayer of faith.

 

Jesus taught that perseverance is the essential element of prayer. Men must be in earnest when they kneel at God's footstool. Too often we get faint-hearted and quit praying at the point when we ought to begin. We let go at the very point where we should hold on strongest. Our prayers are weak because they are not impassioned by an unfailing and resistless will.

 

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Of all things the disciples could ask for, they asked the Lord to teach them to pray.

 

4/12/2012

 

Note these verses from Proverbs:

 

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. ~ Proverbs 24:30-31

 

Now verse 32: Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

 

Does this verse describe us? Do we consider what we see and receive instruction? Or do we ignore it and go on our way? Do we act the same way but reason that it would never happen to us - we are smarter than that! To borrow an expression from our young folks - NOT!

 

Oh Lord help us to consider what we see and receive instruction. Know that it can be good or bad, right or wrong. Help us to discern the difference and act upon it.

 

This is good instruction for all of us.

 

4/13/2012

 

When we think of the word "commitment" from a Biblical standpoint, we normally view it as something good and positive. We envision being dedicated to the Lord, the giving of ourselves, and making a decision to serve.

 

Yet when we think about the root of that word "commit" we can think of the negative - like committing sin. "Commit" can be positive or negative depending on the circumstances.

 

The point we want to make is that something we commit is something that we do. When we think about "commitment" we think about an inner decision or something in a person's character.

Our commitments should be demonstrated in actions.

 

Think about natural commitments to a spouse, children, friends, jobs, etc. We recognize that things will not always go smoothly and people may let us down. But that should not stop our commitment to do what is right and desire the please the Lord. People that count on us will greatly appreciate this.

 

The spiritual is the same way. Things will not always go like we want them to. Disappointments and tough times come. But in the same way, these things should not stop our commitment to do what is right and desire the please the Lord.

 

Lord help us to make the right commitments and carry them out.

 

4/14/2012

 

Written around 600 BC - certainly relevant today:

 

JER 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

 

It is amazing the amount of time, effort and money some give to plot and perpetrate evil. Let us counter this with our time, effort, and money toward that which is good.

 

4/15/2012

 

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. ~ II Corinthians 10:12

 

Notice the interesting beginning: We dare not do this...  It is a strong admonition.

 

How well we know this comparing ourselves among ourselves is something our young people particularly struggle with. Older adults often have seen the folly of doing such and hopefully it is less of a temptation. Yet it is good word for people of all ages.

 

We can certainly admire and thank God for people who may stand out for a Godly reason. But we also know that anyone can slip, and our standard of both conduct and true admiration is the Lord Jesus Christ. Our goal is to please Him and also to let our light shine so that others may be drawn to our Lord.

 

It has been said that when neither praise nor criticism can shake our foundation and determination to serve the Lord with our best, we are well on our way to walking in maturity and humbleness of mind. May we desire to be His vessels of honor.

 

4/16/2012

 

Do you recall these first lines of a hymn?

 

Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to Thee!

 

This could be our prayer each day. Though we may be saved and born again, we realize that our conduct and attitudes always need "tending to".

 

It is great when we are able to have victory over a temptation before it ever comes. This does not happen by accident, but comes with prayer, meditation in the Word, standing in the armor of God, and confessing our faith of what we have in Christ.

 

Lord help us to train ourselves to resist temptation. Show us the path to victory that we may overcome. May we not grow weary in well doing and may this demonstrate our consecration Lord to Thee.

 

4/17/2012

 

The story is told of a couple meeting with their child's teacher. The main thing the teacher told the parents was: Your child has potential! The mother took that one way and the father took it another.

 

The mother understood the teacher as saying the child was ready for some special program - probably with the gifted and talented group. The father believed the teacher was saying there was potential but the child was essentially doing nothing but wasting time. He was planning on a good "stimulus package" for the youngster.

 

Our point here is to say we all hear things differently. Potential is the same way - what do we hear on the inside of us if we are told we have potential? From the Bible we see God instilling gifts and potential in everyone.

 

An old saying has been: Potential is God's gift to us. What we do with it is our gift back to God.

 

May we take seriously the gifts and calling God has given us. 

 

4/18/2012

 

We have written often about the power of words. This scripture from the book of Acts is Peter's account to the church leaders about his experience with Cornelius:

 

And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house: And he showed us how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. ~ Acts 11:12-14

 

It is very interesting how it is phrased: Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved

 

The power of words is certainly demonstrated and that is what Cornelius and his house needed - not a sign or a wonder but something to believe on. The very next verse reads: And the Holy Ghost fell...

 

This should stir us to spend more time in the Word, speak the Word, meditate on the Word, and expect the Holy Ghost to indeed fall and minister.

 

4/19/2012

 

Yesterday we wrote about the power of words. If you think about it, the words we embrace set the path we will travel and the things we will get involved in.

 

For example, as you were growing up someone may have approached you with the idea of getting into music - playing an instrument or singing. Maybe you were approached about getting into sports. Perhaps the idea of becoming a doctor, lawyer, chemist, welder, or farmer was presented to you.

 

Whatever word we embraced and acted on took us down a particular path, we started thinking on the various aspects of what we decided to pursue, and something appealed to us in such a way that we gave it our all..

 

The point is to help us see how powerful words (and the ideas they bring) are in our lives. At this time of year, we think about all the young people who will graduate high school. Words will present them with every idea imaginable that they can pursue. We pray that they will embrace the right words which will lead them in paths of righteousness.

 

Lord help us to give a word fitly spoken at the right time to those we encounter today.

 

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. ~ Psalm 119:9

 

4/20/2012

 

In Mark chapter 4 Jesus tells the parable of the sower. In verse 5, He talks about seed that falls on stony ground. It sprang up immediately but ended up withering and dying.

 

From these verses, it has been noted that growth often comes faster than the production of fruit.

We can note that in the natural - we see people who seem to "pop up" quickly. Perhaps they are just skilled at gathering information, knowledge, or maybe they have a talent that has given them great popularity.

 

But in the midst of this can be a great lack of maturity. Talent, popularity, pizzazz, and money as well can launch someone's career or life into the stars. But if character and a good foundation is not present, a person can indeed become what the world called "a shooting star". The person may be bright for a moment and bring "ooos" and "aaahs", but essentially fade over the horizon.

 

We do not write this to disparage anyone, but to point out a reality. Fruit takes a while to produce and mature. Both naturally and also when we think about the fruit of the spirit as mentioned in Galatians chapter 5: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. These take time to grow and develop in our lives.

 

The good news is that these can grow and develop. Do not be discouraged if you do not see results immediately. They do take time and we remember that we have this treasure in earthen vessels (II Corinthians 4:7).

 

We write this to encourage you in the Lord - just don't give up. Put your confidence in Him even if you feel like you must completely start over:

 

Lord we pray for Your mercy today on anyone who is discouraged. May You renew their joy and determination. Through the eyes of faith may they be able to see themselves in victory instead of defeat. May they know more fully the Christ in them, the hope of glory.

 

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: ~ Philippians 1:6

 

4/21/2012

 

As we have written so much lately about words and their power, we remember this beautiful hymn:

 

Sing them over again to me,
Wonderful words of life,
Let me more of their beauty see,
Wonderful words of life;
Words of life and beauty
Teach me faith and duty.

 

Refrain:
            Beautiful words, wonderful words,   
            Wonderful words of life;
            Beautiful words, wonderful words,
            Wonderful words of life.

 

Christ, the blessed One, gives to all
Wonderful words of life;
Sinner, list to the loving call,
Wonderful words of life;
All so freely given,
Wooing us to heaven.

 

Sweetly echo the Gospel call,
Wonderful words of life;
Offer pardon and peace to all,
Wonderful words of life;
Jesus, only Savior,
Sanctify us forever
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May the reality of these words serve to strengthen and motivate us daily.

 

4/22/2012

 

Have an attitude of gratitude is one of those sayings that has stood the test of time. Likely it is because most people do not want to be around the opposite very long - griping and complaining.

 

Certainly there are days when gratitude can just come more easily. But we must realize that we can choose to be grateful. We can also choose to not gripe and complain. We know that feelings and circumstances do not always cooperate. We should recognize that feelings and circumstances will always bring their challenges. We just need to prepare for them.

 

We have all visited "Grumble Town" -  but we certainly do not want to live there. If you have ever spent much time in hospital visits or seeing those in rehabilitation wards, it will likely help your attitude of gratitude. Indeed there are people who are facing challenges way beyond ours.

 

So we ask the Lord to give us the right perspective and recognize the blessings that we do have even in the midst of the difficulties.

 

4/23/2012

 

We know many things in the world today fly right in the face of Christianity and the God of the Bible. We need to realize it has always been the case since the fall of man, and Jesus certainly dealt with it first hand. Yet it did not deter Him from the ministry He was to fulfill. His focus was on what man needed, not man's response at the time.

 

Today is the same and the body of Christ faces the same challenges. Yes, we confront error with truth, sin with righteous, but also hate with love. We must remember there are so many hurting people around us that do not need another rebuke but the beautiful words of life that we mentioned the other day.

 

Paul Baloche's new CD entitled "The Same Love" has a track "Loved By You" that has an interesting perspective. Parents should particularly relate to this and you consider your children. The words below go out to all that need a touch of love today.

 

River flow from Your throne

From Your heart through my soul

Healing flood, God of peace

Speak Your word and quiet me

 

CHORUS:       I was made to be loved by You

                        To be loved by You

                        To be loved by You Jesus

 

Mercy rain down on me

Hide me now beneath your wings

Hold me close to Your side

I am yours, You are mine

 

Open up wide, your arms and my eyes

Take all I have and make it yours

You've given your life and no I'm alive

To worship You now forevermore

 

4/24/2012

 

It would be hard to find anyone who does not appreciate excellent service. Those people who do what they say, stay in touch with you, will listen to your concerns and do their best to get you what you need, and are available and helpful after whatever initial service is done.

 

These are the people and companies that you want to deal with and you will let others know about their level of quality.

 

Wouldn't it be great if people could say this describes us! Oh that the Lord could say this about us. Granted it is a high standard to meet, but it is certainly worth shooting for.

 

4/25/2012

 

Perhaps you ever heard the old country expression: I've got more time than money. We may not hear it as much today with the time crunch that people seem to be in.

 

But have you ever considered which is more valuable - time or money? Circumstances may have a bearing of course but when you think about it, money can be replaced but time cannot.

 

Money certainly has its usefulness, but time for each of us in this life will in some way come to an end.

 

May we have the expected end that God promised in Jeremiah 29:11. May we comprehend indeed how precious our time is and that we make good use of it. Thank you Jesus for making our time on this earth so meaningful and for preparing a glorious eternity for us.

 

4/26/2012

 

There is little to compare with the blessing and joy we receive when we help someone else. When we have an answer, meet a need, give some aid and comfort, or relieve some pressure regarding someone's life, the glory of God just seems to flow down on the inside.

 

Sometimes we may not be able to do a lot, but we can assure that person that we will be there for them and do what we can - they do not have to be alone. As we have said before, these are things any of us can do. May God open the doors for us to do as much of this as we can.

 

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2

 

4/27/2012

 

A common little catch phrase in the business world is "the edge". Who's got the edge these days and what are they going to do with it? We know it means having an advantage, the upper hand, or a way to do something better.

 

As Christians there is nothing wrong with having an edge, as long as we do not use it unethically. We certainly know that our main thrust is to glorify God and not ourselves.

 

Further, we note this verse:

 

From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. ~ Ephesians 4:16

 

Notice the emphasis is on the increase of the body that comes because the individual parts are functioning well. When the body functions well, the individual members (that's us) are blessed.

 

Suppose a particular part of your body just became interested in building itself up or doing its own thing. We can see very quickly where that will lead and we can see when this happens in the church, in a business, in a family, or in any relationship.

 

Our point here is to avoid selfishness and not to use our "edge" just on self. We should use the blessings of our "edge" to bless as many people as possible.

 

4/28/2012

 

If you look up the word "service", you will see that it always denotes or implies action. To serve is to do something. Even the word as a noun (a service of some type that you may attend) implies that something is going to be done, something is going to happen.

 

Remember in Psalm 100: Serve the Lord with gladness.

 

Colossians 3:23-24 ~ And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

 

As we have noted before, people appreciate good service. Certainly the Lord does as well - remember He commended to good and faithful SERVant.

 

Father, I come before You to pray

What can I do to serve You today

Let my light shine to glorify Thee

Let Your love flow to others through me.

 

4/29/2012

 

We have seen the secular world pound the drum for education - and for the money to go into it. Many are familiar with this scripture:

 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. ~ Hosea 4:6

 

It would be difficult to write the verse any plainer. Notice the lack of knowledge is in regards to the law of thy God. We certainly encourage good education - naturally and certainly spiritually.

But much of secular education today fails to teach people how to deal with life. It fails to teach the principles that build a strong and Godly foundation and character into the lives of people. It does not teach our young people how to deal with temptation - which is desperately needed.

 

Proverbs 4:7 tells us to get wisdom and understanding. When a person gets these (both in the natural and the spiritual), that person has a powerful foundation.

 

May we seek to grow in wisdom and understanding: When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: ~ Proverbs 2:10-11.

 

May this describe each one of us ASAP!

 

4/30/2012

 

An interesting verse: Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. ~ I Corinthians 15:33

 

We certainly do not want to communicate evil ourselves, and we see here that we do not want to be the recipients of this type of communication.

 

It is interesting that when we see these verses in regards to our children, the Word often becomes quite clear. We know very well when our children come home and their vocabulary is different (not good) or the way they act has transformed (not good) . We immediately ask ourselves, "Who have they been around", "What influenced that type of behavior" or "Did they see that on TV". We know they heard, saw something, or have been around the type of communication that they just communicated to you.

 

The scripture admonishes us not to deceive ourselves into believing it cannot happen to us even if we are adults. Even if we think we are strong in the Lord, people of the Word, filled with the Spirit ... We should take heed lest we fall ~ I Corinthians 10:12

 

We need to recognize that any type of evil communications - outright lies, trash talk, deceptions, things that come across the TV or movie screen, magazines, and on and on ... are not meant to help us or enhance our lives for the better.

 

If we see this in our children we know it will take them down a wrong path and the end will not be good. As adults we need to make sure we understand this for ourselves as well.

 

 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. ~ Psalm 19:14

 



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