Friday, January 21, 2022

"Who Is It Hurting?"

"The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh." Proverb 11:17

One of my mother's sayings is- "what goes around, comes around". I have heard her say that all my life and discovered that it is true. It is true because there is a Biblical principal involved in those words. It is called sowing and reaping. Sowing and reaping applies to more areas than just our finances.

One area it applies to is our treatment of others. You can't be cruel to someone, and it not eventually show up on your own "doorstep". You can't mistreat someone, and it not come back to you. When you take advantage of another person, you will pay for it. The most visual illustration that I can give of this is when someone commits a crime. If a young man murders someone, yes, he has destroyed that life, but that was not the only hurt he did. He himself will reap the punishment of his actions for the rest of his life. He "troubled" his own soul, he hurt himself, he brought misery upon his own life.

We must be cautious of how we treat (or mistreat) others. First, because they are people who God has created, and He loves them. Secondly, Jesus taught us to "do to others as we would have others do to us". Not only should we treat others the way we want to be treated, but there is a warning in His words that tell us the way we treat others will be the same way we are treated. How do you want to be treated? How do you not want to be treated? We must remember that our treatment of others will eventually come back to us-- either to "haunt" us or to "bless" us. Which will it be? Another wise saying I have heard is, "You aren't hurting anybody but yourself".

Have a great day. What goes around, comes around. What you do to another, good or bad, will come back upon you.

For further reading:
Galatians 6:7
Matthew 7:1,2,12
Luke 6:31

Thursday, January 20, 2022

"Eat The Honey"

“And he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.’ So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.’ So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.” – Ezekiel 3:3

In 1 Samuel 14 we read the account of Israel and their battle against the Philistines.  King Saul commanded the people not to eat that day until the battle was won or they would be cursed.  As a result, the people were faint and weary from lack of food.  When they got to the woods, there was honey all on the ground dripping from the trees-- but they were not allowed to eat because of the king's command.  King Saul's son, Jonathan, had not heard the king's command so he dipped his rod in the honey and ate.  After he ate the honey, he was refreshed, strengthened and able to fight the battle.  

Whether we are fighting battles or just going through life, we all get weary at times.  When we are, we need to be strengthened and refreshed. The Bible says that God's word is sweet like honey. Like Jonathan was strengthened physically by taking a taste of honey.  You and I need to "taste" God's word and get the renewed strength that we need. 

God's word will give us strength.  It will give us all that we need to face the task that is before us.  So, don't do foolishly like King Saul.  He thought the people shouldn't eat during the battle.  He was wrong, it only weakened them.  Spiritually speaking, we need to "eat" God's word when we are in a battle.  In doing so we will have the strength we need to destroy the enemy.

Have a great day.  "Eat" God's word and be strengthened to fight the battles you face and make it through life. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

"Persevere"

"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."  Galatians 6:9

Last week I had to work on getting the ministry books closed out for the year.  We do have an accountant but there are things that I have to do myself in getting amounts posted, etc.  I sat down at my desk that morning and began to work.  For some reason I could not get my columns to balance.  I added and readded, and then readded again.  I went back over every total and every page more times than I can count.  I sat in that chair all day trying to figure out what the problem was, stopping only for dinner.  After dinner I went back to the books.  I stayed up until midnight and finally had to go to bed.  I sat in that chair for so long reading and recalculating that my whole body ached.  My fingers, my legs, my knees, even my head hurt.  The next morning, I got up and went right back to trying to solve the problem.  Thankfully, about mid-morning I figured out my mistake and everything balanced perfectly.

I tell you this because it is a lesson in perseverance.  The definition of perseverance is:  persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.  I could not quit until I got the books to balance.  It didn't matter how many hours, how uncomfortable my body was or how tired I got, I had to keep on until the goal was achieved.  As a result of my perseverance everything balanced the way it should.

The Bible encourages us to persevere and not give up until we reach the prize that is set before us-- eternity with Jesus.  Sometimes it gets hard, tiring and painful.  Sometimes you may want to give up and quit.  Sometimes it doesn't feel like it is worth the effort.  Sometimes it seems like it is impossible, and it will never "balance".  It's in those times that we have to get more determined not to give up.  When everything is telling you to quit, you have to persevere through it and press on. 

The Bible also promises that when we don't quit but continue to persevere, we will reach the goal-- we will reap what we have hoped for.  

The Bible also warns that if we do get faint and give up, we will not reap. 

So, which one are you going to be?  One who gives up and quits running the race that is set before you?  Or the one who doesn't quit but keeps on not matter what until you reach the prize?

Have a great day.  If you continue to preserver and don't give up, you will reach the goal-- and prize.    

For further reading:

Hebrews 12:1

Philippines 3:14




Tuesday, January 18, 2022

"EXIT"

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

God always makes a way out of the temptation. The way is there and has already been provided, we just have to look for it. When I go into a public building, I will notice that there are "EXIT" signs over each door. When the designer of that building started drafting his plans, he included exits out of the building. He saw past the design stage of the building to the completed structure. By doing so he took into consideration the fact that one day there might be a fire or other reason for those who were in the building to have to evacuate quickly. So he provided for that when he was drawing up the plans.

Our Heavenly Father, the great designer of our lives, looks past the moment and sees the times in our future when we will be faced with temptation and need an "EXIT" route in order to flee from it. So He placed them there ahead of time, we just have to look for them. When I go into a public building the "EXIT" signs are there, I just have to look for them. They aren't hard to find, they are easily marked. There is a red sign that says "EXIT" above them all. God's exit routes from the temptation are not hard to find either, they are easily marked. And they are "red" also. Red is the color of the blood. The way of escape has been provided for and marked by the blood of Jesus. His shed blood assures us of victory over each temptation as we follow His example and do what He did when He was tempted.

If I need to get out of a building, I not only look for the "EXIT" sign but I have to go through the opening that is marked by it. I can't ignore it or make my own exit. That is the one I must use- the one that was provided for that purpose. We can't make our own way of escape from temptation, we must follow God's escape route. Which is, following His Son Jesus and applying His word to our lives. His word will always give you a way of escape when it is heeded.

Have a great day. Look for the "EXIT" sign, it is not hard to find.

For further reading:
Hebrews 4:15
2 Corinthians 2:14
Matthew 6:13
Luke 8:13
James 1:12

Monday, January 17, 2022

"Which Perspective?"

"For we walk by faith, not by sight". 2 Corinthians 5:7

I had a dream that I was invited to speak at a Men's Conference. I was so excited because I have never done that before. I love encouraging men to be all that God has planned for them to be, plus it would be good for the men to hear from a woman's perspective about some things- esp. like how to treat women.

We tend to look at things from one perspective. Usually it is from the perspective of our gender, race, age or culture. Because I am a woman, I see things from a woman's perspective. It takes my husband to show me that there are often two sides to the situation. I see the situation from the emotional side. He sees it from a more practical side.

By looking at things "one sided" we miss so much. We do this not only on a physical level but on a spiritual one as well. We tend to look at things from a natural perspective instead of a spiritual perspective. We judge everything by what we can see, hear, feel, taste or touch. We are motivated by what the natural evidence shows us. Our behavior, attitude and actions are prompted by the physical world around us. Our emotions are governed by those things that are tangible.

As believers in Christ we can't look at everything on a natural level. We must see them through the eyes of faith and from the perspective of God's word. That's what is meant by "the just shall live by faith". We don't live solely by what we see in the natural, we don't live solely by what we hear from human voices. We live by what we see in God's word and what we hear from the voice of the Spirit. For example, when David went out to fight Goliath, King Saul tried to put his armor on David so that he would be protected in battle. The king was looking from a natural perspective-- you go to war, you need weapons of protection. God's perspective was, "the battle is the Lord's". God's perspective is what brought the giant down and gave David the victory. Another example is the walls of Jericho. From a natural perspective those walls couldn't come down without some heavy artillery. God's perspective was "march around the city and blow a horn". God's perspective brought those walls down.

There is a natural perspective and then there is God's perspective, and for the believer God's perspective is the one we need to heed, follow and allow to govern our lives.

Have a great day. Are you looking at things from one perspective only- a natural perspective? Or are you living your life by looking at things from God's perspective.

For further reading:
Hebrews 10:38
1 Corinthians 2:14
Romans 4:17
1 Samuel 17