I ate what?????

 

feast

 

The other day at work the conversation turned to unusual foods and I was asked what the most unusual food I had ever eaten. Over the course of my military career and life in general I found myself in many countries, more often than not working closely with the locals in those countries. Most of the time we would eat what we were served and eventually they would serve some sort of specialty food they consider delicacies. I have been “fortunate” enough to eat many different things and I told them I wasn’t sure what would be the worst as I have had sea horse soup, thousand year old eggs, cat, dog, guinea pig, snakes, iguana, turtle, among other things as well as so many different fruits and vegetables that I couldn’t remember them all. There were more questions about all those different foods and were any gross was among them. Well, to be honest, some of those foods were not things I would go out of my way to eat, but none were really vile tasting or disgusting. But, as we talked, I remembered one instance when we were eating guinea pig we were being served in Ecuador. One of the others had eaten a couple of them as, well, he loved to eat, and was enjoying his meal and then asked what it was exactly. Now, he didn’t speak Spanish so I was translating. I asked the locals and they said it was conejillo which is similar to the word for rabbit, conejo. As I spoke with the locals I tried to clarify and found out that it was definitely not young rabbit and when I couldn’t fully understand what they meant by conejillo, they went into the kitchen and brought back a live guinea pig and said, “Eso es comiendo.”  “this is what you are eating.” As soon as the other guy realized what he had been eating, he suddenly became nauseated and headed to the bathroom. Apparently he had a pet guinea pig when he was young and it didn’t sit well knowing that is what he had eaten.

I hadn’t thought about that for years but as we were discussing it I thought about the times that things that seemed good suddenly were not as wonderful when one found out the truth about it. Sometimes that can apply to food but it can apply to other things as well: jobs, cars, houses, people, almost anything really. But, many times something seems great at first, you almost can’t believe how good it is and then, you find out what it really is, despite all the seasoning and presentation, what it truly is you realize is no where near what you thought. What seemed fantastic is far from that. Rather than being something marvelous, it is something that you find, not only is it not what you thought, but the opposite. All because deep down inside, what it is made from is something that is not only not good, but the complete opposite.

How does one reconcile the facts with the perception? Does one adapt the thought that it was always like it seems now, and for some reason what was thought to be delicious was really not palatable at all? Is knowledge about something what makes it better or worse? Applying that to one’s spiritual life, I know there are things that in the past I thought were marvelous and now, not only do I not find those things appealing, I find myself puzzled that I could ever think such things were anything worth the effort, when looking back on what I “enjoyed” I realize that now, God has changed my thoughts about a lot of things. Some is because I think differently about things because of how He has worked in my life and changed my tastes? Yes, I do believe He has done that and more. Is it that, combined with the fact He has shown me some truths that I was not willing or able to face in the past? Probably yes. Perhaps He is helping me be better able to discern what is true from what I thought to be true but is not; showing me the difference between my perception of truth and what IS TRUE!

4 For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

1 Timothy 4:4-5

So, things may be okay to eat, but not necessarily taste good or even seem appetizing, regarding actual food, so the concept of what is good is within the person. But, sometimes, because of how food is prepared and presented, it can look more appetizing, or very much the opposite. Yet, the foods that look less appetizing can actually taste better.

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.              1 Samuel 16:7

Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Matthew 23:28

But, with things that seem good based on outward appearances, without knowledge of the truth of that thing, person, etc we may mistakenly take part, then realize either it is far from good and nothing near what it looked to be initially. With that thought, it is obvious He wants us to be better informed, educated, wise about things.

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.       1 Timothy 2:4

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

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

Yes, He will give us knowledge and wisdom; He will show us the truth. We must seek the truth, ask for wisdom and knowledge of things before we partake, only then will we avoid that which is not good. Delaying getting involved in a situation that until after we earnestly seek God, and seek the knowledge and understanding He provides will ensure that we do not find ourselves sickened by what we find to be the truth. Just as had my friend inquired and learned the truth about what he was eating would have helped him avoid being sickened by finding out after he had consumed it.

 

Lord, I praise You and worship Your Holy Name. I thank You for using my life experiences to teach me better ways to think and live. That You show me that what once seemed to be wonderful is not always so. I pray in the name of Jesus that You show us all the truths about various situations and give us the wisdom and desire to seek You before we partake. That You help us realize that not all that looks good is good and that what can seem good at first is often something that will cause us some sort of suffering in the long run. I pray that You draw me and loved ones closer to You, teach us all Your love for one another and that You show us, should we be in a situation that we suddenly find sickens us because it is not of You, how we can remove ourselves from that and help us avoid those things in the future.

Amen

 

Well, thank you all again for your time. I hope my rambling makes sense and is of some sort of blessing to someone. Please try to be a blessing to another as you go about your days.

 

Ignorance

Ignorant

 

I have heard the phrase ignorance is bliss pretty much my whole life. The other day someone made a statement about someone being ignorant and in the context used it meant that the person had no knowledge about a particular matter and that is a correct way to use the word. It doesn’t mean a person is stupid, but rather, uneducated or uniformed about a particular matter. But, hearing it got me to thinking, and why I didn’t think of it before, ignore is the root word from which ignorant is derived. (Yeah, I know….a definite Captain Obvious moment.) While ignorant does mean uneducated, but since it contained ignore I wondered if there was more to the meaning. So, I looked into it and in addition to meaning uninformed it also means to deliberately ignore or disregard important information or facts. So, ignorance isn’t simply not knowing, it is more importantly knowing and not using the information you know.

Thinking about that, I wonder how many people that claim to be Christian, or maybe they don’t claim to be but they were raised as Christians, that go about their lives ignoring God’s commandments or in other ways sinning. I wonder how much worse it is to KNOW the truth, but to ignore it. Pretending what one does is fine and not offensive to God. How many Christians know what God wants, but still do something different, perhaps not sinning exactly, but having God speak to their hearts so they know what He wants from them, but ignore it and do what they want to do. I will admit, that has been me a lot of times; knowing exactly what He wants me to do but not do it. Not actually committing a sin but still not following His plans for me. Of course, there are times I have known He didn’t want me to do something and did it anyway. I’m not talking about sinning, but instead when given options there are times I have KNOWN which He wanted me to do, but doing the other. This is in regards to many facets of my life where I didn’t sin, but ignored what I could feel God wanted me to do and ignored that, taking the path He didn’t want me to take. He didn’t punish me, but He didn’t bless me as He would have if I had listened. Choosing one option when there is no doubt that God has something better planned for me if I follow His guidance. BUT, I am sometimes headstrong and stubborn. Good thing for me He is forgiving and merciful.

I know I am not alone in doing such things. I have seen many Christians that during conversations they have told me things they felt God trying to do with them, for them, yet they don’t do what He wants. Many take a path that God does not want them to take and they know it, they ignore God’s plan and make up their own. I know that no matter what happens, they won’t be blessed the same as if they had not ignored God.

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

Here, He talks about His people rejecting knowledge, that sounds to me like they actually KNEW but turned their back on His laws.  They ignored what they knew.

30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
33 So Paul departed from among them.

Acts 17:30-33

Now we see that God, while He may not like ignorance (the not knowing kind,) He tolerated it, but as it says, He has given the message to repent and provided a way to do so, to be forgiven of our sins and when told about it, they rejected (or ignored) the knowledge they were given.

24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Proverbs 1:24-30

Obviously, God does not want us to ignore Him or His will. Yet, people have not really changed since the Old Testament.

Lord, I praise You and thank You for the blessings that You give me. I thank You for my salvation through the sacrifice that Jesus made for me on the cross. I thank You that my ignorance of You and Your plan for me did not cause You to turn Your back on me, even though that is what I deserved. I worship my Lord that is patient, merciful and graceful, who loves me so much He allows me to be ignorant, but then when I do finally listen He blesses me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me not be ignorant of your will or way, teach me so I have the knowledge and help me not be so foolish as to ignore You. I ask that You help me better learn Your will and way for me and help me better have the mind of Christ. I pray that You draw me, my loved ones and all others to You that we have the forgiveness and salvation that You offer us all.

Amen

 

I hope all have a wonderfully blessed day and that you have a chance to bless someone along the way.

I crossed a bridge!

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Spiritually that is to say. I believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I know some don’t believe in them, but I was raised in that type of church. It is Biblical and what I was taught. If some don’t agree, I am not here to argue. Just telling about my experience today. I was on my way to the Armory for another “fun filled day” of annual training. Work load is not bad, pretty light for me so far and that is great. It gave me time to work on some posts I had started, but not finished.

ANYWAY, I digress. While on the way, I had about 40 minutes before I was due to start work and there is a couple blocks away, a little parking area by the river. So, I went down there, just wanted some alone time with Christ. So, I pulled into the area. Its right under the bridge I had just driven over a couple minutes before. I find places like that, with river flowing near by peaceful places for me. I decided to get out, walked to the river bank. Its the Missouri River and it was muddy, I thought on the flow of rivers, flow of life and such. Then, decided to do some praying. I was just talking to God, praising Him, giving thanks, talked to Him about wanting to be a better servant, that I wanted Him to teach my HOW to seek Jesus and for guidance on several things going on in my life to know that I am taking the right steps for Him. Asked Christ to help give me the topics and words for my blog. Prayed that He use me and this blog to help others. As I was praying, I don’t know exactly how to explain it, but my legs and knees felt weak, my whole body did. I felt something like a shiver, but more intense, rush over me. It was a powerful sensation. I kept praying, the sensation continued a little longer. After I finished, I just stood there, praising God. I felt an anointing of sorts. I felt liberation. I felt He promised to answer my prayers. Things I have asked for He will deliver. My faith is so much stronger now.

It was nothing short of AMAZING! I don’t know if that is how other people have felt when overcome by the Holy Spirit, but WOW! Never felt anything like that.

1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

I Corinthians  12:1-12

 

I don’t know which gift He gave me, I don’t feel like I have the gift of prophesy. I was praying in my heart and mind so don’t think it was tongues. I don’t feel smarter so not sure if it is wisdom or knowledge. Maybe healing, as with my profession, that is what I do, or at least try to do. I do know that faith is a gift, and I definitely feel much more faith. Maybe that’s it. I just know I felt the presence of Christ more intensely than I have ever felt it before. Praise God for His majesty and gifts.

Lord, I praise You and glorify You, Your Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I thank You for the experience this morning. I want more of that in my life. Please, keep me strong and dedicated to serving You.

Amen

 

Thanks for coming by, not a huge message, but I did want to share. Have a blessed day.

 

And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Matthew 27:12

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Has anyone ever been falsely accused? I have. And, I hate to admit, but have done so to others. But, the me that ever did so is gone, replaced by a new man. Unfortunately, I still get accused falsely. Now, I used to fight, argue, protest my innocence. But, I finally realized that there are a few things i need to remember: if I am really innocent, but the other is trying to persecute me for some reason and I try to argue my innocence it falls on deaf ears. They have decided that I am guilty. They may KNOW I am not, but still have the attitude that I am and treat me as I am, regardless of any information I try to provide. And, the second big thing is that those that TRULY KNOW ME, will know it isn’t true, they also may not admit it, but they know and not listening to the truth they know is a sin they will have to live with themselves. Finally piece, and the biggest one of all, is that if Jesus will not defend Himself against false accusations, knowing that even if He successfully did so, the Pharisees and high priests would have made stronger, louder, more aggressive accusations.

Christ left the decision on His own innocence to those that KNOW HIM. He suffered the pain, torture, punishment and execution that I, and the rest of us, deserved. WOW, what a gracious, loving God we serve.

11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
12  And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
13  Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
14  And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

Matthew 27:11-14

Now, I am not Christ, not by a long shot, but I am trying to live as He would have me, trying to be more Christ like. That being said, I have no reason to argue against false accusations. True accusations, I must admit and ask for forgiveness. But, if standing before false accusers, knowing they will not only persist in their attacks, but likely increase those attacks if I say I protest and swear my innocence. So, all I can say is, God knows the truth, I know the truth, and those that really know me, know the truth. And, the others, well, to be honest, their opinion is of no concern to me.

 

Lord, I thank You for the example of how to behave when falsely accused, that sometimes any answer will be taken as wrong and increase anger against one, such that no answer is sometimes the only one. I praise You for Your courage, sacrifice and mercy to save one such as me. I thank You for my salvation and forgiveness. I pray You speak to the hearts  of loved ones that they see that You are their hope and salvation. That You have a plan and that they find your way for their lives.

Amen.

 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day and be a blessing to any and all you can.