Month: October 2013
When Peter wanted to walk on the water like Jesus did,
Jesus gave him permission by saying, “Come.”
What if Peter had walked all the way to Jesus on the water and
then back to the boat with Him? What joy! But instead
we have the story of Peter’s lack of faith.
Sometimes we have a little “Lack of faith” also. What
causes it in us? A lack of study of His word, because we
read in Romans 10:17 that…”Faith comes by hearing and
hearing by the Word of God.”
But Peter grew in his faith to the point that he, according
to history, laid down his life for the cause of Christ. In fact so did
all the apostles die by persecution, except for John who wrote
the book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible. If we study God’s
Word, we will grow in our faith too and be less likely to lose it.
What if we walk with Jesus while on earth…and then all the way
to heaven with Him? What joy! We can if we will. Edna L. Ingram
Guilt can eat you up, spit you out,
throw you down in the dirt
and stomp on you!
Besides that, it can make you feel bad! -Edna Ingram
Bobby gave a devotional one Wednesday night about our conscience. Little babies do not have a conscience…nor do they need one. They are pure and innocent just like Adam and Eve, before they disobeyed God and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 3:1-13) He related that it feels like there is a little box inside our chest that turns.
As soon as they ate of the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve had a conscience…and wow! Did it hurt! Their conscience hurt so bad they hid from God. Most of us who are of sound mind and are pre-teen and above can relate to that hurt!
Bobby went on to say that when we do develop a conscience, it is round…like the piece of wood in the background above. It doesn’t hurt when it turns. But when we are educated to discern between right and wrong, and then…when we do something wrong, it is like the square one in the foreground. It does hurt at every turn.
The second time we do the wrong it doesn’t hurt quite as badly, because the corners are worn down a little. Every time we do the wrong, the corners are worn down a little more…until it is rounded like the first one and it doesn’t hurt at all. Scary, isn’t it? There are many who are in this predicament because they can do a lot of bad stuff and it doesn’t bother them at all.
The apostle Paul in Acts 8 was persecuting Christians and he was living under the old law at a time when the new law was in effect. He even put Christians in jail and in some cases had them killed for following Jesus. (Stephen, first Christian to die for Christ) Acts 7:54-60.Paul (Saul, at the time) didn’t know the new law was in effect and had been since Acts chapter 2, when the church of Christ began.
Paul was on his way to Damascus to seize Christians to arrest them and take them back to Jerusalem to prison. Paul’s conscience did not bother him at that time, because he thought he was doing God’s will. God got his attention in Acts chapter 9 and it tells of his conversion, after he went on into Damascus to see Ananias.
I think Bobby described the conscience in graphic detail and I remember that is what it feels like. Most of us over the age of about 6 know the pain of a guilty conscience. The rest of the book of Acts continues with the history of the Lord’s church.
Since the church began in A D 33, there have been a lot of false doctrines mixed up in the truth of the gospel and it makes it hard for people to see through the maze, unless they use the Bible only. Some of the false doctrines are so far removed from the Bible that there is no semblance at all to it…in fact some doctrines are the direct opposite.
That is a tragedy…but another tragedy is when some, with good intentions in trying to defeat the false doctrines, let the pendulum swing too far in the other direction, and some of the things they teach, also can not be found in the Bible. We need to be very careful when we attempt to teach God’s Word.
Dont’ fret over wrinkles; they are caused by the joys
Of all our descendents, both our girls and our boys.
The wrinkles don’t hurt; they don’t bring any pain….
They just testify to us, of the joy that we gained.
They’re given by God, They are ours to keep…
and pressed in by our pillow, at night as we sleep.
©Edna L. Ingram; October 11, 2013
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While there are many things in our world in short supply, one thing you will find to be in great abundance is advice. No matter what the endeavor, you will find a number of people who want to advise you on the best course of action. But let’s be honest. We all like to share with others what we have learned through our own experiences and observations. And, if we will admit it, we have all at times taken offense at someone seeking to give us unsolicited advice.
I must admit that there have been times I have gotten angry (though I tried not to show it) when people have tried to give me advice. I suppose it is just human nature. But if you will permit me, I would like to give some advice about getting advice.
The first thing we should remember is that no matter what we are experiencing or what endeavors we are involved in, there are others who have had similar experiences and been involve in similar endeavors. Listening to their advice based on their experiences and observations can be very profitable. That’s not to say that all advice is good, but it never hurts to listen.
The second thing we should consider is that most people who give us advice do so with our best interests at heart. Even when the advice is not sound it is almost always given in sincerity with a desire to help us succeed and avoid the mistakes that they have witnessed or made themselves. We should never take offense at someone who is sincerely trying to help.
Another thing we should consider is that advice is almost always free. Most people do not charge for advice so all it costs us is a little time to listen. I have been given a lot of advice throughout the years and a lot of it was not good and I did not follow it, but it didn’t cost me a thing to listen. On the other hand, some of the advice I have received throughout the years has been very profitable to me and it was free as well. Advice is one of the best bargains around!
We should also consider that it is a bit arrogant to think that we cannot benefit from the advice of others. There are two major avenues of learning as we live our lives. The first is through our own experiences and observations and the second is through communicating our experiences and observations to one another. If we depend solely on learning from our own experiences and observations and refuse to listen to the wisdom of advisers we greatly limit our opportunities to learn and be successful. Proverbs 12:15 says, The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Notice, it doesn’t say a wise man follows all advice, but that a wise man listens. Again in Proverbs 15:22 we are told, Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. One of the major keys to success is learning to listen to advisers.
So my advice about advice is to humbly listen to any advice on any subject from anyone who is willing to give it. Keep in mind that not all advice is sound and should always be filtered through common sense and especially through God’s Word. We will find that a lot of advice we receive is useless but occasionally we will receive a piece of advice that is priceless. We will only find these treasures of wisdom if we have trained ourselves to humbly listen to advice.
My sweet sister in law gave me some bulbs about 3 years ago. I put them in the fridge way back on a shelf until time to set them out…and forgot them. I kept seeing them when I’d clean the fridge but every time, I thought it wasn’t time to set them outside.
Well… I noticed them again the other day and some of them had gotten a little mushy so I decided to put a few in a large pretty glass vase with a little water. It wasn’t long until little green stems started coming up from the little mushy things. I do believe I’ll have some flowers from those little bulbs. I have also forgotten what kind of flower they are….
Enter spiritual thoughts: When we die, we are buried in the ground but unlike the bulbs, we are completely dead. (the bulbs are physical but we are both physical and spiritual and our spirit is separated from our physical body and that means that our physical body is dead.) But God has not forgotten us!
Some people have the idea that we are a body and have a spirit…but actually we are a spirit and have a body. We will not always have this physical body…it will be resurrected and changed. There will come a day when Christians who are in their graves will hear His voice and will rise and be reunited with their spirit and the resurrected body, will be changed into a radiant body…not the same kind of body that was buried. What a wonderful day that will be for some.
“… For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
No, God has not forgotten us and He also hasn’t forgotten what kind of “flower” we were while we were alive on this earth.