Is not obeying as bad as sinning?

 

 

Sometimes, I get questions that I sorta think I know the answer to but wonder exactly how right my opinion is on the subject. Some of the questions that pop into my head don’t have a good answer. Such as, why is it a fine one pays for getting a speeding ticket? It aint fine, it is awful, why not call the payment an awful? Besides silly thoughts and questions I do sometimes have profound thoughts and questions, much to the surprise of a lot of people. But, thinking on times God has put a burden on me to do something; talk to someone about Christ; do something for someone, help them somehow, or other things He has made me feel lead to do. Sometimes I do them but other times, despite knowing that He was speaking to my heart and knowing that I should do something because He wants me to do it, I don’t and later I feel guilty and convicted for not doing so. At times, not listening to Him results in me getting into, or staying in, an unpleasant situation. Sometimes I get myself into spots, I may not have sinned, but something in me told me it was not what I should do (yeah, it was God telling me) and I didn’t listen to His still small voice, so I blunder on my own and even though He doesn’t stop me, He does not reward me either and allows me to deal with the consequences of not obeying.

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.    James 4:17

AND….that is the question of the day. Is not obeying as bad as sinning? Is knowing what He wants and not doing so as bad as committing a sin. Well, intuitively I want to say, yes, not obeying is sinning. I can be doing nothing wrong, I may not be disobeying God’s will, I may not be doing contrary to Christ’s teachings, but then again if I am not obeying God then, well, sadly I am sinning. Like when I was a child and my parents told me to do something, clean my room perhaps, and I played dumb later when it wasn’t done and even though I didn’t misbehave, not obeying them was disobeying and that is misbehaving. The same applies to with what God tells us. If we pretend not to hear, or due to pride, fear, thinking we are too busy, or some other excuse/reason we fail to obey, we sinned.

But he said, Yea rather, blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it.   Luke 11:28

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.    Romans 13:1

Well, so far, yup, He is telling me I am supposed to do as I feel He leads me and that not doing so is wrong in His sight.

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?  Luke 6:46

And, there it is, He tells us to obey Him and that if we know what is good but fail to do it, that is a sin. Seems to me I need to be better about obeying. I have been working hard on not sinning other ways but still through whatever stubbornness, insecurity, fear, pride, or what ever excuse I try to make up as an excuse to not obey when He speaks to me, I am not obeying and therefore I am sinning. If you hear or feel God speaking to you, do as He leads you. Such a simple concept, but sometimes, the simple things are not so easy.

 

Lord, I thank You for the forgiveness and mercy You give me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me better hear and listen to Your voice and that I get better about obeying what I know is Your will for me. And that when I hear that I follow without trying to find excuses not to obey. I thank You for teaching all the things You have taught me and ask that You help me hold all the lessons to heart and incorporate those into my life. I ask that You continue to work with me to make me a better Christian. I ask that You draw all my loved ones closer to You that we all know You and the salvation You give us that was paid for by the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus who died for my sins. I pray You help me be a better example for Christ.

Amen

 

Thank you all for your time. I hope all are blessed today and have a chance to be a blessing to someone else as well.

 

I want to see!!!

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It’s a mild winter day here today which is quite welcome after the sub-zero temperatures a few days ago, but as they say here, “If you don’t like the weather just wait, it will change in a day or two.” That ends up being quite true often, in the last 3 days there has been a close to 70 degree difference. But, I digress and now, back on topic: with the milder weather I was out on the porch looking to see if there was any wildlife in the fields: deer, turkey or most anything really. I was thinking that I would like to see some deer or turkey out there. I enjoy seeing them play in the fields.

I want to see. I want to see the weather get better; I want to see the wildlife. BUT, more than those things, I want to see the blessings He has in store for me. I want to see what it is like to be in the presence of Christ. I want to see and experience more of the fruits of the Spirit. I want to see more of the perfect love He has in store for us all. I have seen some of the blessings and what He has for me. I have felt what it is like to be in His presence but I guess I am greedy, because I want to see again.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

In order to see and experience those things, and all the other blessings Christ has in store for me I have to seek Him.

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.   Matthew 6:33

 

I need to seek God first, and, then He will show me the path for me. He will bless me as He has planned to bless me. He will show me the gifts He wishes me to have and experience all He has in store for me.

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

 

I will seek Him, but I need to seek God for Him and His righteousness, I need to seek His kingdom. For that, I will be rewarded with blessings I cannot fathom. He will show me all I ask and more. I just need to remember that sometimes, patience is necessary. Waiting for Him to do what He plans for me if I prove myself faithful. What an amazing God we serve.

But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].     Romans 8:25

 

 

 

My Lord, I praise You. Thank You for the blessings I have received, Thank You for the blessings to come. I pray in the name of Jesus that I learn the patience and faith to wait on You and that You continue to help me seek You and to know the heart of Christ. Help me strive to serve You first. I ask You to draw us all closer to You that we may know the blessings of Your forgiveness and mercy. I thank You for the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and for His defeat over death that made our redemption possible. I pray for those that are suffering, whether financially, physically, emotionally or in any other way and who are yearning to see the blessings You have in store for each of us.

Amen

 

I hope all have a blessed day and that you are a blessing to someone else as well.

Remade

I heard a song on the radio this morning that I had not heard before, or like many other times, I heard it, but didn’t. You know, music in the background that is there, but you are not REALLY paying attention to it. Sometimes I have the radio on and am thinking about this or that so what I hear doesn’t really sink in. Regardless, the song: “You are more.” As I thought about the lyrics it occurred to me that this song really sums up much of what we all go through and what Christ did, and does, do for us. Oh, the circumstances are different for each individual, some sins in human minds are far worse than others, but to God, all sin is sin and we are all sinners because we all make mistakes. But, through Jesus we really are more than our sins, more than our past. We, who seek forgiveness of Him are made new. Not cleaned up and polished, our dings and dents are not straightened, the broken pieces are not glued, we are made NEW!

Here is the chorus:

You are more than the choices that you’ve made
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes
You are more than the problems you create
You’ve been remade

Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Yes, there is far more to the Bible and to salvation than this simple concept, but the fact is that without this part nothing else would be possible. But, it all rests on the fact that he takes what we have broken and He does not simply repair it, He makes it into a new and perfect thing. Sort of like if you have an accident and the insurance repairs the damage. The car is no longer dented but it is still the same car. He doesn’t simply straighten out a few dents and replace a few parts. He makes one brand new.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

It always sort of bothers me when one professes to be a Christian, yet they see someone else who has been saved, but they continue to remind them of their sins. The supposed Christian still wants to judge and criticize and not give the newly saved person what Christ bought for them, salvation, redemption and forgiveness. But, if one truly is saved, there is a change in them, I know this personally. I have a past, but that is no longer who I am and my mind, actions and well, the very essence of my being is totally different. THAT is the power of the forgiveness and salvation we have available. If one Christian, lets call him Sam, continues to remind someone, lets call him George, who has been saved of their past, their failures and doesn’t accept them as a new creature, then Sam is still in sin and needs prayer because by constantly doing what he is, he essentially denies Christ. Whether Sam professes Christianity or not, if he does anything that does not build up George, he is trying to damage George and not help him. Now if George returns to his old ways, that would be a different situation, but if George has truly been saved and no longer is sinning, then reminding him of his past is only trying to tear him down. I guarantee you that is not what Christ wants us to do for others.

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

 

Well, I know that judging is a human thing, I suspect we have all been a little too critical and judgmental of others. I wish it weren’t so, but in the past, I have been critical of other Christians. One way that God has changed me is that He removed that from me. Instead of seeing the fault, I try to see the good changes and not focus or point out the past. I probably need to work on that more but Jesus has made a tremendous difference in that area as well as others.

Lord,

I worship Your Holy Name and praise You. I thank You for making me a new creature with the forgiveness I have been given through the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross when He paid the price for the sins of my past and removed them from me and made me a new creature. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to refine me into the servant that You want me to be for Your glory. I pray that You remind me that others who have been saved, like me, are not who they once were but are new creatures. Remind us all that Your salvation and redemption that You give us is not conditional or partial. Please draw us all closer to You that we may all be saved and only serve You.

Amen

 

Thanks for coming by my blog. I hope something that goes through my mind is helpful and a blessing to someone. Please, try to be a blessing to someone else today too.

 

 

 

He forgives!

 

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Well, it may seem weird, but bear with me. I was flipping channels and came across the movie Tombstone. It’s several years old, about, surprise, surprise, Wyatt Earp and his time in Tombstone, AZ. It was a dramatized, historical telling of the events. We all know that Hollywood takes some liberties with the facts, but the big points about things were pretty accurate. But, one of the scenes I can’t say is, or is not, based on fact or just Hollywood’s way of telling about a relationship that Wyatt Earp had with a woman. But, in one scene there has been some gunfights with an outlaw gang and the woman he was in love with was on a stage coach that was robbed and a friend of hers was killed, shortly after that the stage coach stopped to water the horses at a ranch where Wyatt and his friends were staying. He saw her and went out to talk and he said, “I’m sorry about your friend. I…..” as he started to try to come up with an excuse or reason but she interrupted him and said, “I forgave you as soon as you said it.” Now, that got me to thinking how God forgives us instantly, just like that, as soon as we say we are sinners and ask for His forgiveness, He gives it to us. We don’t need to explain or rationalize; we are just forgiven. In addition to that, we are given salvation, redeemed of all our sins, and granted life eternal through the sacrifice Christ made on the cross.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

As a human, it is sometimes not easy to forgive that quickly, the human in us likes to hang on to the slights and hurts for a while before we forgive. The human in us wants to hold a grudge, at least for a while, to somehow make others pay for the wrongs they did us when they apologize. That is not what Jesus would do, or wants us to do. He wants us to be like Him and forgive, instantly and unconditionally. I wish I could say I have always been exactly how He wanted to me in that regard (and in other ways as well) but I am human and because of that, I have in the past, held onto the hurt caused by whatever action and not forgiven immediately, fully and unconditionally. I am much better than I was in that regard because I have learned that the feelings that keep me from forgiving unconditionally hurt me more than anyone. Those feelings interfere with my walk with Christ. So, I do better than I once did.

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  Ephesians 4:32

All that being said, I hope anyone out there that may have done me wrong, before you say it, or if you never say it, I forgive you. I pray that any that feel that I did them wrong, forgive me as well.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.  Mark 11:25

 

Lord, I thank You for the forgiveness You give so quickly, even though I don’t deserve it. I thank Christ for His sacrifice that made it all possible. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me better learn how to forgive as You forgive, immediately and completely. I thank You for helping me be better at it and helping me understand the benefit it gives me to forgive as You instruct us. I also ask that You help others understand forgiveness as well and that You help them forgive as You do. I pray that You draw loved ones to You and help us all learn to serve You better and to be more like You.

Amen

Thank you all for your time. I hope all are blessed somehow today and have a chance to be a blessing to someone else too.

The after Christmas returns.

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Christmas is over and all the retailers are preparing for the rush of people returning gifts they received. Maybe the gifts were the wrong size or color; perhaps someone received gifts from different people that are the same or they started using the gift and found out that it was defective somehow; maybe the recipient just did not like the gift, there are many reasons a person may want to return something to the store to exchange it. The good thing about this time of year is that most retailers are more willing to accept exchanges with less fuss, without the receipts and work with people to make the process less of a hassle.

God lets us exchange without hesitation, but not only after Christmas. He allows us to exchange anytime. We can exchange our anger and sorrow for joy, our hate for love, our confusion for clarity and understanding. As it says in the song I have been hearing on the radio and He  “take all that is wrong and make it right.” All we need to do is listen to Him and let Him have His will in our lives. Just follow where we know He is leading us.

If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.  Job 22:23

Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.  Lamentations 3:40

Yeah, the Lord takes returns and He does so gladly. He takes us with all our faults and sins, no matter how we have used and abused our souls. He takes the damaged and defective creatures and makes us new and perfect, that is a better exchange program than any store.

For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  1 Peter 2:25

Just as in the parable of the prodigal son, the son is not only allowed to return but is welcomed back by his father with rejoicing, open arms and without judgement or criticism, without saying “I told you so.” That is how God does when we return to the life He wants for us and turn away from sin. He accepts us; He’s glad that we are back; and He doesn’t try to tell us He told us so. He rejoices that we did return. That’s how I aspire to be, I hope I prove myself worthy.

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.  Luke 15:20

 

22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Luke 15:22-24

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.  Luke 15:32

Yes, I hope to be as the father here, as God our Father, and rejoice when a lost one returns. No other thoughts than how important it is to rejoice.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34

 

Lord, I praise You for welcoming me back when I had strayed from You. Thank You for accepting me and not dwelling on my mistakes. Thank You for the mercy and grace You showed. I pray in the name of Jesus that I learn from You and from Christ’s words about the prodigal son whose return was met with only rejoicing and no other thoughts or concerns. That when I see other’s return to You, and Your will for them, that I not say or think about anything but rejoicing on their return. That all I think, say or do, be a reflection of the joy You feel and the way You respond when one returns to You. I ask that You draw us all to You so we may all know the perfect love and forgiveness You give and that we all know that it was paid for through the sacrifice of Your son, Jesus, when He died on the cross.

Amen

 

I hope all are enjoying the last of this current year and are blessed throughout the rest of this year and all of next year. Remember to try to be a blessing to someone as you go through your days.

 

 

It’s Six Thirty: Where should YOU be now?

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(second picture added for younger folks that may not know how to read old fashioned clocks) LOL

So, there I was, piddling around and thinking I had more time than I did when my alarm went off. My regular alarm is set for six thirty but on days I need to get around early I usually don’t mess with turning off the normal alarm, I just set an earlier alarm in addition to the regular alarm time and when it goes off again I just fumble with my phone trying to find it and turn it off then go about my business. Well, that morning I had somewhere to be and the alarm going off reminded me I should have been on the road already to avoid traffic jams and to give myself a little cushion as far as time goes. But instead I would be cutting it a little close to being on time. I finished up and got on my way and God was looking out for me as traffic wasn’t bad and I arrived at my destination just a little early so things were fine.

But, it got me to thinking about the times I was one place and should have been elsewhere. Doing one thing when I should have been doing another. Not just due to running late, but because I got caught up in one thing or another and was not where I really should have been at the time I should have been there, thinking about times when I was younger and I should have been home instead of running around or I was running around with people with whom I should not have been associating.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.  PROVERBS 16:9

God has a plan for us and a time he wants us in certain places and times the He wants and He wants that for our benefit and for His glory. He won’t stop us when we do things that He doesn’t want us to do and He won’t force us to be where and when He wants us someplace but I have to think it hurts Him to see us do things against His will. But He still loves us and tries to bring us back to where He wants us. Thankfully, He does not give up. He could have easily given up on me but He didn’t and I did finally get to the place He desires. God is far more gracious and forgiving than we deserve.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

EPHESIANS 2:8-9

There is a time and place for everything and even though we humans sometimes interfere with God’s plans He is faithful and true to put us back on the path He has laid out for us. WHAT AN AMAZING GOD WE SERVE.

1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

 

But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.  Mark 13:32

So, I ask you again: It’s 6:30, where should you be now?

Heavenly Father, I thank You for my salvation and praise Your Holy Name. I thank You for reminding me that there is an anointed time and place for me and I ask in the name of Jesus that You continue to guide my steps and that I know the difference between my will and Yours and that I always follow Your way and not my own. I pray that You help others to know Your plans for them so that they may be in the place and at the time that You intend and that they listen to Your will for them. Please draw my family and loved ones to You so we can all serve You.

Amen

I do appreciate the time you readers take to visit and read my blog. I hope something I write blesses you and that you are able to be a blessing to others.

Wings of an Eagle

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But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

I have mentioned my service in the military before and have several years of active duty, now in the National Guard and I am going to be promoted to Colonel. The rank insignia is an eagle. It’s a pretty big deal and comes with some extra responsibilities and duties that I am really looking forward to performing. As I think about that, I realize that as Christians, as in the military, we grow in our walk and in a manner we are promoted to positions of progressively greater responsibilities.

But grow in grace, and [in] the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him [be] glory both now and for ever. Amen.  2 Peter 3:18

 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

 

We start as, in the case of officers, as a Second Lieutenant where we are new to the military with barely any real knowledge. We are commissioned as Christians through the forgiveness paid for through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Then, as we learn by spending time in prayer we become stronger in our faith we stumble less and we understand deeper meanings in the scripture.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15

As we move up through the ranks in Christ’s Army we are given more and more responsibilities. We go from being mentored and taught, to learning from studying the Bible and talking with other Christians, then when we have the experience necessary we are expected to mentor and teach less mature Christians and lead people to Christ, some become Ministers, others minister through songs, teaching Bible studies or as elders in the Church. But regardless of how we serve God, we will not only be expected to, but will want to, assume those responsibilities.

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.  Romans 10:9

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

While forgiveness and salvation are given freely to all who believe in Christ as the Son of God who died for our sins and was resurrected, the free gifts come with responsibilities for if we don’t grow and assume those progressively greater and greater responsibilities we can stagnate in our walks with Jesus.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  Romans 12:2

As we grow in Christ we also have to expect, no demand, more of ourselves and be even more diligent in our actions and behavior as the “junior Christians” will be using the more spiritually mature individuals as role models and will often emulate or imitate those individuals and a bad example can not only damage our own Christian lives but that of others. It requires that we not hold ourselves to the standards we perceive as proper but to even higher standards.

Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.  1 Timothy 4:15

 

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Titus 2:12-14

 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

 

Be ye followers of me, even as I also [am] of Christ.  1 Corinthians 11:1

 

There are many other verses that discuss how we should grow in Christ and as we grow be an example for others.  He wants us to grow, become mature, lead others to Him and help them grow in Christ as well.

 

Lord, I thank You for the understanding You give me on how You want me to live for You. I praise You for helping me grow in Christ and improve my walk with Jesus. I ask in His name that You continue the work You are doing in me and in my life. Help me move up through the ranks of service to You and help me be the mentor, teacher and example that You wish me to be. I ask that You draw loved ones to You that they may know salvation and know how to walk with Christ as well.

Amen

 

Thank you all for your time. I pray the He blesses you richly this Christmas season and that you are able to be a blessing to others.

Never happy, always angry.

Have you ever had to deal with someone that for no good reason is just never happy. Oh, they pretend to be happy but if you look it’s a facade and you can tell there is no true joy. Even worse than that, they are obviously angry and it’s easy to see since they are continuously not only quick to complain about almost everyone and everything if not absolutely everyone and everything. But not only are they trying to find any excuse to complain about things they almost immediately go from complaining about others but they attack them. Spreading half truths, outright lies and saying vile things about them. And, when they are doing all that, creating chaos and drama that they seem to thrive. Only being happy themselves when they are hurting others and causing them to be unhappy. Doing all they can to try to harass others and spread misery.

11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

James 4:11-12

When one reviews the psychiatry and psychology literature it becomes obvious that those who behave that way are actually trying to project the feelings they have about themselves onto others. They feel badly about themselves and want to make others feel badly too, so that they feel “normal” because they think “if everyone else is miserable like me, I am mostly normal, and if I was the cause of the misery, then I have some power in life over others.” The individuals are filled with self hate, self loathing, low self esteem and the only way they can feel a sense of self worth is through trying to hurt others and make them feel badly. It is truly sad that one has that mindset, but there are a lot of people out there that are exactly that way. Finding joy in others sorrow and feeling sad if they realize others have any joy. They feel no remorse when they mistreat others, instead feeling or at least acting like, it is their personal right to do such.

How does one help someone like that? Can they be helped? Sadly, most are narcissistic to one extent or another and they justify their actions as their right that supersedes the rights of others. The literally have no regard for others but can do a great job pretending to be concerned and can at times be quite charming when they feel they have something to gain from someone and they believe that behavior will help them so at times, will say nice things to make another feel good about themselves, but that is usually short lived and once they decide another person is not beneficial to them, they will attack, and attack ruthlessly. Which takes us back to the way that some will complain and attack others. But, the bottom line for those people is that they hate themselves, try to use others to validate themselves and in other ways use people to try to help their own self esteem.

12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

2 Corinthians 11:12-15

If having some sort of “crisis” where they express doubts and concerns to people, ask for help, ask what is wrong, etc, and the person tries to help them by telling them what they have observed, then they attack that person as well.

He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.  Proverbs 15:32

Sadly, these people can be subtle how they do things, sometimes, not so subtle, but when that pattern of behavior is observed, be cautious and realize that you can pray for them, but that they often will deny they are wrong so feel they have no reason to talk to God about anything. But, one continues to pray with the hope that God works in that person’s life.

Lord, I praise Your name and worship you for Your majesty. Thank You for the blessings and life lessons that helps me to improve my walk with You and makes my life better. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue to help me see and understand others better and how to deal with those that behave in negative manner so I can avoid getting trapped in difficult circumstances or caught up in the drama that some try to create. I ask that You reach those who are that way and show them Your truth and work in their hearts that the do right by You and others. I pray that You draw my loved ones to You and show them how to receive the forgiveness and mercy that You offer.

Amen.

I appreciate those who take the time to visit my blog and read my posts. I hope all are having a blessed Christmas season and are able to be a blessing to others as well.

The sights are off.

 

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I decided to do some target shooting. Just to double check that my scope was adjusted properly and to make sure I could hit what I was shooting at and, as I lined up the cross hairs on the target and pulled the trigger….I MISSED?!?!?!? I was stunned to say the least, well, except that I had bumped the rifle scope recently and was a little concerned that my sights were possibly off. So, I make some adjustments, another couple shots, still not there. A few more adjustments and a few more shots and finally I was back on zero. Now, if I aim, then I will hit what I shoot at and that is pretty important.

Great! You may be thinking, but why do I care? You ask yourselves.  Well, as I realized that even though I thought I was on target I actually wasn’t and despite my efforts I was missing the mark. That made me think about times that I thought I was missing the mark in my life. THINKING I was doing the right thing, that I was doing all the things right to reach goals or targets, I sometimes didn’t make it. And, that applies not only to my life, but also to my Christian life. OK, I should say semi-Christian as I was “only sinning a little” and still believed in God, Jesus as the son of God and that He died for my sins, but I was not living a proper Christian life. I was allowing worldly measurements to set my goals. I one uses the wrong measuring system, they will not hit the target at which they are aiming. Oh, they will hit a target, but not the one that they should have hit. Even though one THINKS they are aiming well and proper, if one’s sight is not on Christ, whatever they hit will not be what God intends. If one is seeking something, but not the right thing, they won’t be truly blessed, even if they get what they think they want.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

If one’s sight/vision, one’s eyes, are not on the right target or if they are not seeing things in the way Jesus would have us see, then we are full of darkness, we do not hit the target He plans for us.

22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Matthew 6:22-23

 

3 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Philippians 3:13-15

God has a plan for us, to see things properly and not through worldly eyes, to have our sights properly aligned on the RIGHT target. We need set our sights on Christ and we will hit the bullseye every time and in accordance with His perfect plan.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Jeremiah 29:11

 

Dear Lord,  I worship You and praise You for all You have done for me. I thank You for the blessings I have received, for the better understanding You give me on how You want us to think and see. I pray in the name of Jesus that I keep my sight true, that I seek the proper target and that I do not miss the mark. That I remember the target, the goal and that I stay on the path You want me to follow and I not get my vision, my sights off and You guide my steps as You wish to get me to the expected end, the bullseye, life eternal with Christ. I pray You draw us all closer and teach us all how to keep our sight true and on You. Please, help my loved ones see Your truth and to come to know You, Your will and Your way for them. Help them turn away from the wrong goals so that they may live the way You wish them to live and to serve You. I thank You for helping me better understand You and your wishes for me. I praise You for caring so much about me that You sent Your own Son to suffer and die on the cross that I have forgiveness and salvation.

Amen

 

My apologies for sparse posts recently, seems there has been a lot going on and  no matter how I try, I haven’t been able to sit down long enough to write a good post. Sometimes, I wonder if they are good. I know they are good for me to think things out and putting words on paper (so to speak) helps me better organize my thoughts. I hope somehow they are a blessing to someone else as well. Please, have a blessed day and try to be a blessing to someone else too.

 

 

The things that come out of some peoples’ mouths.

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My great uncle was an evangelist and would travel all over to preach and several times a year he would be in our town holding services so obviously we would go. He was very much the stereo-typical southern preacher. MAN, he would get to going and hands would be flying, pacing all over the elevated platform where the pulpit was located. This was back before churches had PA systems so preachers had to speak up and for him, that was ABSOLUTELY NOT an issue. I was pretty young and I will be honest, other than little bits and pieces of sermons I really couldn’t tell you what he actually preached about. For the kids that were dragged along, and honestly, not unwillingly as my great-aunt always had some kind of treats in her purse so we would “fight” over who sat next to her. Beyond that, there was a certain entertainment value as my great uncle had dentures, false teeth, and when he would get to going and was preaching hard, he would get to something that he really wanted to emphasize, but the dentures were not quite fitted properly and he hated using the adhesive,  so mid-sentence at times they would pop out.  No, pop out isn’t strong enough, they would SHOOT out of his mouth. Now, we had learned about him doing this and we waited and waited and no matter what we were doing, we all knew the sound of his voice when he was getting more fired up preaching, so we would start watching and then, POW, out of his mouth the teeth would come and then in a blink of an eye his hand would come out, he would point at the congregation than open his hand, grab his teeth and slap them in. Many times it happened and the kids that knew would be waiting, giggle and otherwise, most had no clue that anything had happened. Many of the adults didn’t know it was a frequent occurrence but if you watched closely you could see it happen. But, it was amazing how slick he was at not just catching his teeth and putting them back in, but that he could coordinate his gestures with that movement and rarely even miss a word. But, whether or not he caught the teeth (and I never saw them hit the floor) his mouth still got ahead of itself.

Unfortunately, not everything that comes out of one’s mouth is as easily put back. What is said makes a difference and can have significant impact. Words spoken in anger, frustration, or out of ignorance can’t be put back.

16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?
17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Matthew 15:16-20

I always had thought this meant words but words (mostly because I only read one verse) are not the only way we communicate with others; We also use tone of voice, body language, our eyes and  actions. Who hasn’t heard the saying “actions speak louder than words”?  So our actions and behavior can defile us as much as what is said.

I also was thinking on words that may be spoken in anger at times and those words can be pretty harsh and hurtful. But the more I think about it, the more I realize it’s the insincere but kind words and actions that are far more hurtful to others and as such defile us more than angry words.

At least for me, words spoken in the heat of the moment can be more easily forgiven than the deceptive words and actions from one telling you kind things or doing nice things for you only to learn the nice was only a way to try to get something for themselves. Essentially such words and deeds are lies and the way those who behaved as such treat someone cuts deeper and hurts more than harsh words, much like a sharp knife cuts deeper than a dull knife and while the dull knife wounds hurt more initially the wounds from a sharp knife take much longer to heal. And one who speaks and acts kindly with a hidden agenda that is their only true priority hurts more when the truth finally comes out and as such is much more defiled than one who speaks harshly.

He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.  Psalms 101:7

The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?  Jeremiah 17:9

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.     Colossians 2:8

I suspect we have all been guilty of defiling ourselves with our words and actions and far more likely than not we have all one way or another been to one degree or another at least a little deceptive in our words and deeds. We have all been nice to someone to serve ourselves, said nice things or acted like we were their friends to waiters, maybe a car salesman trying to sell a car, and such. And I suppose society has taught us to do so. I don’t say one should treat someone badly because they don’t know them, we should treat all others kindly. But doing or saying things to give one false hopes and expectations only to cast them aside is wrong and far more wrong than a lot of other ways one can mistreat others.

8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

1 Peter 3:8-12

If course, none of that is how Christ wants from us. He wants us to be honorable, behave towards others as we want to be treated and to not say or do things that defile us, and for Christians, because we are representatives of Him, in a way those actions define Christ as well. Such words and actions from Christians reflect on us and Christ.

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  John 13:34

That verse kinda says it all about what He expects of us. Most of the things we do to others would not be done or said if we remembered that verse.

 

Lord, I worship You for all that You are and praise Your name. I thank You for teaching how to be a better Christian, reminding me of things I learned, or should have learned, long ago. I ask in the name of Jesus that You continue to help me grow in Christ, that I remember that what comes out of me affects me, impacts others and most importantly reflects on Christ. Help me say, act, behave in the manner that brings positive attention to Jesus and the impact He has had in my life. Help us all learn to do the best we can to make right any wrong things we have said or done and to avoid doing such things to defile ourselves in the future.  Draw us all closer to You so we can spend eternity with Christ.

Amen

 

I hope all are well, a lot of places with some bad roads due to snow. Thank You for your visit. Hoping for blessings for all and that all do their best to be a blessing to at least one other person today.