"Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls."
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8-9 (KJV)
Changing the joking atmosphere quite a bit from last week, we encounter a more serious topic today. In the last couple of weeks SCM has come into contact with some recently converted brothers and sisters in Christ that had many questions concerning their newfound faith in Christianity. Among the most popular of these questions was how to identify and define the “trinity” as referred to in Christian tradition and history? The “trinity” can be best defined as one God in three parts or applications. While many in America understand the concept and underestimate its difficulty in application for the rest of the world, most still cannot simply define the role of each distinct part of God. Many Muslims, Hindus, Buddhist, Jews, and others consider Christians to polytheistic (worshiping more than one God), but Christians are surely monotheistic (worshipping one God). How can someone who worships a God that claims three versions be monotheistic religion you ask? We will identify the parts of the trinity and explain in detail how each one impacts Christians and non-Christians daily in their life.
We have heard the trinity explained in many ways and various forms. One of the most detailed is that which explains the different dimensions of God. Take a tetrahedron for an example. This shape is all one part, but has many faces. They are three distinct and separate faces, yet they all meet at the tip. This allows it to form the shape and keep its structure. Each face shares the same surface area and purpose which is to support each other. The trinity works very similar to this example. While each form of God is separate and unique in its own way, the three parts come together to form a whole. Each form has its own set of unique characteristics and responsibilities depending on how the Father God wills to work through them. Sometimes He chooses to forgo the three various forms all together and work through beings such as Angels, but this is very rare and appears to be only on very special circumstances. My favorite example of the trinity form is water. Water can come in three very distinct forms, but yet maintains its chemical makeup at all times. The only thing that changes is the form that it is required to work through at that time by the given temperature. Water is a liquid which operates at very versatile temperatures above freezing and below boiling points. Gas is just water, which has been heated to a point of evaporation. It still has the same chemical makeup, but changes form due to temperature. Ice is a solid caused by the temperature of the water to get below freezing. Like water and steam, ice is useful for its own purposes unique to its form. The same way water is still chemically defined as water no matter what form it comes in would be the same reason that belief in the trinity allows a believer to be monotheistic. I consider the water to be the form that would represent the Father. He is the first (Alpha and Omega) and original form. The form which makes the decisions and runs the destiny of life. The steam represents the Holy Spirit. While not very visible to the eye, he works through the hearts and minds of men to convict them. He does the will of the Father by moving invisibly throughout this world. He inspires and creates zeal in the hearts of men. He corrects and rebukes through the assistance of the almighty Word of God. Jesus is the ice. He is the physical man who was once seen walking the earth, but now melted back down to a liquid form in the presence of the Father just waiting for His return to come back as the ice he was before. This time however, he won’t be here to cool the earth like ice does so many times, but to burn out the evil within it. He came into this world in the physical form the first time to lay himself down to be sacrificed for all mankind, but he will reign victoriously in his second coming in physical form during the second coming. So now that we have discovered how to define the trinity, who are these three forms and what can we know about God through them.
Who is God the Father? God the Father (also referred to as: Abba or Father, El Shaddai or God Almighty, El Elyon or The Most High God, El Olam or The Everlasting God, Yaweh, Adonai, and many other variations) is the God Head of the three distinct parts of God. In other words, He is the brains of the operation or the command center of the base. He determines the destiny of this world and the elements within it. We see scriptures like Isaiah 44:6 and Deuteronomy 6:4, which clearly shows us there is only one God and that is Jehovah Himself. He is the same God who breathed life into Adam in Genesis, made Abraham the father of many nations, delivered the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt, and gave His only begotten Son on the Cross to die for all mankind. Some forms of Christians refer to Jesus as if He were another or the only part of God, but yet He is just an extension of the Father God. The Father is merciful and graceful. It is obvious when you look all throughout the Old Testament days of the Israelites to the modern days of both Christians and Jews, where you can see God has shown His mercy on both of His groups of people. While God has never broken His promises to the Israeli people, he holds the children of Christ near and dear to his heart. We have a relationship with God where we allow part of Him to fill us. That is where the Holy Spirit Himself plays a part.
So who is the Holy Spirit (Author of Scripture, Indweller, Counselor, Comforter, Guide, Gift, Spirit of Truth, Witness, Teacher, and many more) and what is His job? Just as His many names displays, He acts as all of them. There are so many things that the Holy Spirit can do, but yet is often the most misunderstood part of God. Some Christians do not even realize that He exists. Because the Spirit lives within us, sometimes we identify Him as just God the Father. However, conviction and guidance that comes from within is sourced through the Father, but given by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit connects from within to our spirit. When we are lost and not a follower of God, he acts as a witness and conviction whenever the slightest opportunity presents itself (John 16:7-11). However, The Spirit is a gentleman and will not force us into faith in God. As long as we reject Him, He will give way to man’s free will for the moment until another opportunity for conviction arrives. Thank God that He doesn’t give up on us and is ready whenever He is needed. Even growing up as a teenager after I was saved, I walked astray from my relationship with God and dabbled in sin. The Holy Spirit never gave up on me and convicted me every step of the way until I was back in fellowship with God (Romans 8:26). One of the biggest contributors to our worship is the Holy Spirit allowing us to feel the goodness and love of God through Him. The Holy Spirit under the direction of God the Father even inspired men to write the words of scripture that would become our Bible (2 Peter 1:21 & 2 Timothy). Prophecy, the outpouring of the Spirit, speaking in other “tongues”, the “tongue” interpretations, and the messages of God are also inspired by the Holy Spirit as we see in Acts 2:1-4. We could go on for days about how the Father and Spirit work hand in hand and provide for us, but I am eager to discuss the man who died on Calvary for me.
Why do we not just worship Jesus since we know He walked the earth as God and man, then was risen in three days from the dead? This is because Jesus (The Son, Son of God, Son of Man, The Son of the Living God, The Only Begotten Son, Wonderful, The Christ, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Rabbi, Teacher, and many countless other names) is not a separate God, but He is Lord over us as a part of the trinity. John chapter 1 identifies Christ best. He is part of the Father, but is identified as the physical hand of the Father God. He created all that we see here in our world upon the very words that were spoken by the Father. He was sent here as God’s only begotten Son, who sacrificed Himself for us so that we would not have to die and go to Hell for our trespasses. God commands us to only have faith in Him and no other Gods, but yet he says the same about Jesus in 1 Corinthians 8:4-6. This command by God is not violated with faith in Christ because they are one in the same. Jesus is God and God is Jesus. Three distinct parts that come together and act as one. Just as you have one mind with two distinct halves, they both work in conjunction with each other so that we may shoot a basketball, kick a soccer ball, play a video game, or type as I am doing while looking out the window. All those actions are mind stimulations that go into the muscles from various parts of the brain all acting under one accord. This is why it is so important for the people of God to all be under “one accord” as commanded (Acts 1:14). In order for God to operate through us, we must be in agreement with Him and each other. If there is friction, God often jumps right over us causing us to miss a blessing by doing His will. By accepting Jesus as our savior we do several things at once. The first thing it does is seal our fate upon death or rapture. Our fate will be determined upon whether we accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior allowing us to go to heaven or by not accepting our redeemer and going to Hell voluntarily. The second thing that it does is provide us with grace and mercy in case we ever mess up again. All of us were born in sin and while we can’t simply use grace as a means of more sinful acts, it certainly helps to have a hand to grab when I fall to pull me back up. The third thing accepting Christ does is provide us a helper as explained regarding the Holy Spirit. While the Spirit is present prior to our conversion, He is much more active in the life of a believer because He is now welcomed and encouraged to be present because the Spirit can take refuge in a Holy Temple (our bodies). The more unclean our temple, the less blessing we will probably see from the Spirit in our lives. Jesus also provided a means of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing through his sufferings for us. He was beaten until the flesh hung off His back and the blood dripped off His body. The Father did not allow such suffering of His son for no reason. This was to provide a means for the enemy’s defeat and the ability for man to see miracle healing from God. Prior to the fall of Adam and Eve, there was no need for healing as there was no death. With the admission of death into the world through Adam and Eve’s sin, suffering began. Slowly our cells decay and die, our bodies do not heal as they normally would when inured, and eventually the whole body systems collapses and dies. The Bible assures us that through Christ sufferings we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 & James 5:14-15) Sickness, disease, and death were all brought about by the work of the enemy, which can be cast out by the power of God through the name of Jesus. I pray tonight that you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ so that these things may be experience in your life.
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Isaiah 44:6 (ESV)
6 Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel
and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
“I am the first and I am the last;
besides me there is no god.
Deuteronomy 6:4 (KJV)
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord
John 16:7-11 (ESV)
7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
Romans 8:26 (NIV)
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
2 Peter 1:21 (KJV)
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
John 1 (NIV)
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
Acts 2:1-4 (ESV)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
1 Corinthians 8:4-6 (NIV)
4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
Acts 1:14 (ESV)
14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.[a]
Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
James 5:14-15 (KJV)
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
I promise to keep it short and sweet today. With the subject area we are about to embark upon on, you will hope I do at least. I am pretty excited about what my youngest son achieved today. He told his mommy that he needed to do a number two in the potty, which he never used to do. Why would I broadcast such an awesome achievement you ask? I have to answer a question with a question in this scenario. So I ask you, have you ever purchased pull-ups? If you have you would know they cost more than a week’s groceries for a college kid. Not to mention, a little bit of new found freedom in the fact that we don’t have to make trash dumpster visits every time the little guy goes. He also really smells, so now we can contain the odor. LOL. You are probably wondering why somebody would dare make this the topic of a ministry blog, but this even symbolizes far greater subjects than just human waste. It realty highlights a topic that God has placed on my heart to bring to light in the last few days. No. It’s not about the water in Flint Michigan or feces in the rivers at the Rio Olympics.Nor is this about an heir to the porcelain throne. It has to do with the eternal state of our bodies.
I used to wonder what would happen to our clothes if we went to heaven. Would we be dressed like all the pictures you see drawn of Jesus? Would we wear robes of sackcloth and tear them when upset? The worse thought I ever had was when I watched the Left Behind series on film and all the people’s clothes were left in their place. I thought to myself, “Oh my goodness, God took them to Heaven naked! That’s pretty embarrassing.” I also used to wonder what kinds of food they would serve or we would cook. Another common question was, what kind of bathroom facilities Heaven would have. Would it be an outhouse like America in 1930’s, or the new motion detected toilets like you see at all those fancy government buildings? These questions are not silly and they represent a serious question for us all biblically. So what does really happen to our physical bodies when you get resurrected? What should we be prepared for physically in heaven? At SCM, we believe that the Word of God contains all the answers to these questions whether literally addressed or by insinuation of God’s Word. Let’s take a moment and see what the scriptures have to say about our flesh body after death.
Will we have physical bodies in the resurrection and millennial kingdom? According to scripture and the Apostle Paul we will (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). Not only will our souls be resurrected, but we will have physical bodies to house them. To deny our bodily resurrection, would be equivalent to denying the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ according to verses 12 and 13. To what degree will our bodies be like those we have now? It is clear that in Luke 24:39-40, that Jesus had the scars and markings from the crucifixion on his resurrected body because He showed the marks to the Disciples. What we have been told according to the scripture is that we will possess glorified bodies. The “glorified” bodies should still be a physical presence that you can touch, but with adaptations that will be necessary for heavenly presence and movement.
The Bible tends to not discuss many of the mundane humanly needs such as human waste, bodily maintenance, and basic hygiene. This may be in part because these things were simply drawbacks from the curse of death and sin. It is obvious according to 1 Corinthians chapter 15 that we will have a body which is nearly the same as our natural bodies of earth, but also glorified and altered for heaven. The needs for basic human life will be highly altered as we will not need to cope with the burdens of the “fall” any longer. Things such as human waste, bodily secretions, and hygiene I believe will be non-existent. Many secretions were due to reproduction, disease, allergy, and sickness as part of the curse from the Garden. Where we are headed (if you are indeed going to heaven) will not be any hard labor, pain, or sadness (Revelation 21:1-5). While we don’t know how many of the pleasures we enjoy here on earth will be in heaven, we can count of heaven being an awesome place regardless. It would be interesting to know whether I can enjoy a nice warm meal there, but I can wait for that answer on the day that I receive that glorified body with the perfected understanding of God’s will.
The Bible is pretty clear regarding clothing in heaven. Many believe that we will go to the same state as Adam and Eve being naked in the Garden, but the scripture tells us another perspective. Many of the Angels, Jesus, and God the Father are described in scripture as being clothed such as Matthew 28:3. After all, the idea of clothing and garments had to originate from somewhere. God had molded man out of the clay dirt of the earth and I am sure that covering it was probably the least of his worries at that time prior to the curse. It is plausible to believe that He probably admired His creation as an artist admires paintwork as man did not yet have any blemishes. Many “holy garments” were used in ceremonial events held in the Tabernacle and Temple. This gives a good clue as to what may be present in the heavenly realms. I pray this post gets you thinking about what to expect in Glory. Until then stay hungry and diligent for the Lord’s work and God Bless
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1 Corinthians 15:12-19 (KJV)
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
Luke 24:39-40 (KJV)
39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
1 Corinthians 15:40-54 (NIV)
40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[a]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man,so shall we[b] bear the image of the heavenly man.
50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[c]
Revelation 21:1-5 (KJV)
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Matthew 28:3 (KJV)
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
Stop it with the dad and mom bashing! Our little boys are turning into sissies, our girls are becoming sex objects, and our kids are looked upon as savages. There is a sexually deviate phenomenon going on in our country with the help of Hollywood and government alike. Women are being, or so they think they are being “empowered” with independence. Men are being downgraded to less than intelligent beings who act as rabid dogs with animal like instincts. Of course, we have also been told we evolved from a monkey which would explain the underestimated intelligence of such a being. This is something that has evolved over the last several decades dating all the way back to the early 1900’s, but has truly reached a tipping point in the last 10 years. This is the underground attack of the family, but most people are so blinded spiritually that they will never see it coming. Now, because they have negotiated their Godly standards for the progressive ideals of our society they must continue on this journey of downward decay. The ideals which are taught includes opinions about men which are completely false and highly offensive. The movement includes ideals about men such as: men are dumb, they lack critical thinking ability, lack vocabulary, are motivated by sex alone, only care about themselves (that is both men and women in our country), always unfaithful, without child rearing ability, incapable of caring for themselves, and my personal favorite being they are only capable of barbaric behavior. The standards for moms by the feministic agenda has not decreased one bit, but rather heightened expectations over time.
What motivated me to write on this topic has not only been my interest since realizing the attack on the family unit, but the recent release of a new movie causing women around the country to rave about how awesome it is. Normally I would not talk about nor promote movies with lots of inappropriate content (most of our weekly screen time is Veggie Tales and Leap Frog anyway), but when it deals with the moral dilemma in our country I have to investigate. After reviewing it and taking notes on the many social stigmas that it addresses, I can understand why many women would feel empowered or relieved by such a film. This movie titled “Bad Moms” concentrates on a few family units within a middle school setting. The main character of the movie deals with the daily requirements of being a “good mom” which includes not only taking care of her children; but also holding down a job, chauffeuring the kids to practices, maintaining extra-curricular activities, helping with the school PTO, and highlighted as the most mundane task would be taking care of her husband. After the husband gets caught having an online affair, the rogue mom then decides to go on a spree of being a “bad mom”. Instead of packing lunch, she provides Arby’s for the kids to take to school. She shows up late to work (although she also eventually stops altogether only to have her boss call her for a raise and additional benefits), is a no-show for various events for her kids, allows her kids to make their own breakfast, kicks out her husband (while also having an illicit affair with another gentleman herself), and goes on a spree of attacks against the whole ideal of being a “good mom”. This in turn sparks a rivalry with the PTA president mom. The remainder of the movie really reflects on the dispute between the “good moms” and “bad moms”. During this time while emphasizing as well as promoting their destructive behavior; these moms participate in illicit sex, binge drinking, drug use, and all out rebellion against the very idea of what it takes to be considered a good mom. Thankfully it ended better than it veered in the middle when the main mom finally begins to understand why she was doing what she did in the first place. Although her children were gaining independence to take care of themselves better, the neglect they suffered proved too much showing the mom needed to step back in at some point. While the married couple never repaired their marriage, the mom did return to being a more responsible mother and caretaker. Her two sidekicks however still showed behaviors of illicit sex, alcohol, and one even began to dominate her husband near the end of the movies. To her credit, he was the dominate partner prior to her “going bad”, but here at SCM we promote balanced and biblically based family values.
While I agree with the main stream that often we put too much pressure on moms to perform in this age, they take the ideals way too far in inciting all out rebellion against the very standards that make us good parents. Women are often pushed so far and hard that they have nervous breakdowns and lose what they fight so hard to accomplish all together. In essence, we have created this stigma that moms are required to be “super woman”. Holding it together while balancing their lives around everyone’s but theirs is what the new standards are. Even though our culture in most cases does not value children as human beings, they have high expectations of mothers. It is a common thought that moms should be able to control their little beasts (innocent children) in church so that the service isn’t interrupted. For goodness sakes, never let them lose it in the restaurant! The stares you will receive are worthy of the death penalty themselves. After the ravage beasts reach an age of maturity and turn out perfect, they can possibly enter the selfish world of existence today only to lose their innocence. Our culture is ironic in how moms are shunned for bottle feeding their kids, but child molestation is allowed to run rampant in our neighborhoods. I have personally dealt with many offenders and what I find is astonishing. It is ok to abort a child who has a soul, but not ok to murder his mother with the child inside the womb. You not only get time for her murder, but also the unborn child. Compare that with the drug user who is doing life for possession while a full-blown child rapist only does 5 years of jail time. I believe from my view point of observation, that God never wanted these types of standards for mothers. Going by God’s plan for family structure and planning allows for a much improved daily life for the family unit.
So what defines a good mom/woman you may ask? There is no better place in my opinion to look than the great book which is the Bible, which includes the stories of countless women who have raised remarkable children many times. To identify traits of a good mother we look at women like Sarah, Rebecca, Ruth, Mary, and the many countless Jewish women in history who have proven to be remarkable women of God. Proverbs 31:10-31 has much to say regarding the measure of a good woman. Traits such as wisdom, strength, honor, hard-working, gentle, kind, loving, and charitable are only some of the many characteristics that are highlighted in this most power packed scripture. I love the ideals that are also intertwined within its listings of strengths for a good woman, which includes the requirements of a good husband to help her reach these levels of achievement. A woman, just as a man cannot simply conquer the demands on their life and time by doing it alone. We need the helper in a spouse to get the job done in raising good quality legacies in this world. We have to remember that what we sow here follows us into the eternal life to come if we plan on living in heaven. What we fall short on or do not accomplish, we will be judged by in the second coming of the Lord.
Just because rebellion from the normal may grant some independence, freedom, and happiness in your life in the short-term; does not mean it will last. This euphoric feeling of happiness almost always disappears within a year, followed by the demise of the family unit with it. A strong family unit requires good husbands and fathers who play their roles within the family unit. While exact responsibilities and roles may adjust according to the needs of your household, the main roles are never lost in a good home. The more the main roles are lost, the more neglected the family becomes. We all know that today’s economy requires many households who wouldn’t normally require their wives to work to do so. We are not saying that wives need to stay home every day to only perform homely duties (although if you are able do this we tip our hats to you). I often wash dishes, do house chores, and watch the kids while my wife catches up on sleep because that is what is most needed some days within our home. This does not take away my responsibilities as a father or hers as a mother, but allows us to maximize our potential. God knows the desires of our hearts. If we truly care to be great parents and serve Him, you will be honored in that effort. We have seen the many effects of feminization in our country. Girls being girls are one thing, but our boys are turning into girls also. Many factors deem to be the cause of this phenomenon. The largest of them would be the absence of fathers in the home first and foremost. The second would be the degradation of the family unit from media such as the movie we have discussed here. When fathers are present in the home, they are absent mentally and emotionally a majority of the time. The federal government now punishes the positive characteristics of a good home, while rewarding promiscuity in women and men. It is easier to make it financially in today’s economy if you wish to have a family by simply getting the woman of your choice pregnant, allowing her to stay in whatever housing of her choice, and never claiming her residence as yours or marrying her. This could reward her with government assistance to eat, childcare, housing costs, and additional aid from child support. This also allows the father to avoid the responsibilities of engaging in care of the children at his choice, whenever he pleases since he is not obligated to the mother by marriage.
For all the moms out there who are inspired by this film to rebel against Gods requirements as a parent, please do not fall for the lies of Hollywood. I believe just by looking at the children of these actors and their lifestyles, you can see why I advise against it. You are stronger than that and your family deserves better. Never judge yourself according to a role in a perfectly screen-written movie, but hold yourself accountable to the Word of God and His plan for you. At the end of this walk in our lives, the only one you will answer to is Christ himself. He is the judge and our standard. He is the one who shed His blood for us, and He will be the anchor that will hold you amidst life’s biggest storms. Hang in there mom, you have a child of the King in your arms!
Proverbs 31:10-31 (KJV)
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth theLord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Only a few months ago on April 1st, my new favorite song came out. It’s called “Sparrows” by Jason Gray. This song inspires and uplifts those who are worried about their circumstances or trials that they face. Within the song, Jason uses themes and elements from scripture that helps encourage and give faith to anyone who feels hopeless if they put needs with God. Like Jason, I have come to realize through ministry that most of what we battle spiritually is within the small parameters of our own bodies. Our minds become a scene of battles between good and evil, the dark vs. the light (Ephesians 6:12). Worry and concern continues to be one of the biggest struggles for Christians today. You don’t have to read the prayer requests on this site or listen to the local church requests to understand that there is great need or concern in the world. Great worship artists make awesome songs that help us keep the faith fighting strong, but did you know that many of the elements that you hear in these songs can be found within a few flips of pages in your Bible? Today, we are going to discuss what these are and how to apply them in our lives so that we can be less stressed and more empowered through Christ.
According to a recent Gallup poll, around 15-20% of the adult population is diagnosed with depression in their lifetime. Although we know that depression doesn’t exactly equal a measure of worry, many times it correlates with one another. As a nation in America, we are facing constant worry. Whether it be finances, jobs, social life, or emotions; we worry a lot in our country. As one of the richest nations per capita in the world, why do we worry so much? The answer may be found in our trust of God to provide our means for us. According to a poll done by Barna we find that 19% of the population considers themselves engaged in scripture as Christians, while also 19% are skeptical of the Bible even coming from God and not man. This statistic of skepticism has nearly doubled from 10% within three years. If we do not believe that Bible to be a true inerrant Word of God, we could not possibly believe that what it says is true. The Bible has much to say about worry and the blessing of God to meet our needs and listen to our concerns (1 Peter 5:7). However, when nearly a fifth of our nation doesn’t even believe in what it says; there won’t be a lot you can do for them at that point other than pray for them. I fear, as the number of “skeptics” grows, so will the number of hopeless in our nation. Looking at the Gallup poll once again, we see that the lowest percentage of depression diagnoses were found among those who considered themselves as “very religious”. Here is how they defined people as very religious: “Religion is an important part of daily life and church/synagogue/mosque attendance occurs at least every week or almost every week. This group constitutes 43.7% of the adult population.” We see here that church engagement, fellowship, and a consistent influence of scripture along with the gathering of God’s people highly impacted being diagnosed or not with depression. A skeptic would probably argue that most “very religious” individuals are afraid of talking to a doctor regarding depression, but I would argue nothing could be farther from the truth. Most of the pastors of the local churches know the large percentage of the population affected by the crisis of depression and worry in our communities and receive requests daily for prayer. People aren’t shunned for mental, physical, and spiritual concerns like they may have been 400 years ago when the Catholic church was at the peak of its power. Today’s Evangelical body of faith challenges its members to take control of their spiritual walk and allows us to be more expressive and open about our faith. We understand that if we intend to minister and serve, we must be like Christ who always acted in love and concern for the brokenhearted. It is also interesting to note that Barna found that Bible engagement had a direct correlation with skepticism. It found that the more often we read the Bible, the less skeptical we become of its credibility. It seems that when faced with the test of the human skepticism, those who receive its message, cannot deny its power (Hebrews 4:12). What a powerful testimony to our faith!
So what does the scripture have to say about worry and concern? It says if you are a child of God, don’t worry yourselves with these matters, because your needs have already been met through the power of Christ (Matthew 6:25-34). Even if you are concerned because you are alone, God stands right beside you through your trial. Just as the song “Sparrows” highlights “even the sparrow knows He holds tomorrow”. He also goes on to sing, “If He can hold the world, He can hold this moment. Not a field or flower escapes His notice.” In other words: If God can handle all the needs of this world, His will, with every detail in our life simultaneously; he can handle our small problems. What is big in our eyes is small in God’s and he has the power to destroy the concern with the overpowering blessings of His Word. Mr. Gray goes on in his song to sing about the principle of giving/surrendering our problems to God. When we give God our problems, he takes the worry away for us (Philippians 4:6-7 & Isaiah 41:10). No one is stronger to carry the worry of our life on His shoulders except for our God in heaven. We can do this through a personal conversation between you and God. That’s right, I said conversation. Prayer should be an intimate conversation for you and God. Those who make it more complicated than that simply don’t know a lot about what God’s Word says regarding prayer. Even when Jesus was questioned by the disciples about the “perfect prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13), He gave them one that simply addressed all the factors concerning man while addressing God for who He was and what He has done for man. In essence, it was a perfect conversation for man to have with God when prayed wholeheartedly.
Now that we know what to do about our worry; let’s spread the hope, love, and Grace of Jesus Christ. We have seen the statistics and we know they are grim. Nearly 20% of the people need the hope and the good news of the Gospel. The media and television of today have constant influence over God’s people sharing every grim detail they can possibly get out 24 hours a day. Why not take a few minutes of your day to share the hope that Christ can restore in them. Share with that person the life giving water than flows from your heart, because of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Obviously, we can’t make that person not worry themselves over situations. What we have to do is share about hope in Jesus, not push it on them and when the time comes they will remember who cared enough for them to witness in the name of Jesus. Thank God that no one ever pushed the Gospel on me, but rather shared it for when the time was right. Today I am a believer in Christ and an advocate for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If a blind man who couldn’t even see my physical body, could see the love of Christ for us, how much more reason should we have to share it with everyone else? Our blessings are bountiful and many. When you take your eyes off yourself, your needs will be met by default just because God is good. Until next time, thanks for joining us!
God Bless, Pastor J.W.
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Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you,even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Barna Group, https://www.barna.org/barna-update/faith-spirituality/701-year-in-review-barna-s-top-10-findings-from-2014#.V6ZGC_krKUl
Barna Group: concerning scripture engagement, https://www.barna.org/barna-update/culture/664-the-state-of-the-bible-6-trends-for-2014#.VJRquC5AA
Gallup Poll, http://www.gallup.com/poll/144980/religious-americans-report-less-depression-worry.aspx
If you were brought up like I was in the muggy summers of the South by grandma, you were probably brought up the right way. In Grandma’s house you would say, “Yes mam” and “no mam”. You most definitely use “thank you”, unless you wished to get popped on the spot. Surely, never let grandma catch you lying. You would be trialed right on the spot with the execution of the good old belt whooping. There was no jury and the only judge found you guilty until proven innocent. You had better state your case faster than her arm could swing. Still today, I respect my grandmother with the utmost adoration and love. Those spankings didn’t scare me for life, they rarely happened until I asked for it to tell the truth. However, I learned the rights and wrongs in this life for the years to come. God strategically placed me in the right family at the right time so that I would be brought up with respect, so that I would show it when the time come. I was also brought up to tell the truth, so that no one would be able to question my integrity when I was an adult. For that I thank Him with all my heart. The problem is, today’s world was not raised in such a way to respect their parents and certainly not God with fear/trembling. In actuality they mock and curse God with every chance they get. Today’s political and social standards are certainly not any different. Cheating, lying, back biting, and hateful remarks are just a few of the displayed negative behaviors that you see every day in the news and will especially hear through November. Just today, it was released that WikiLeaks (An organization which prides itself on hacking into databases and stealing secrets, documents, and emails) has gathered more details regarding the pre-planned nomination of Hillary Clinton at. the DNC primaries. They have managed to get their hands on quite a few emails and are just now releasing the details a few at a time. The founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange, has confirmed this to be true and seems to be touting the DNC over the whole ordeal. While Assange’s behavior is certainly not praise worthy, another problem seems to be the DNC cheating candidates out of their right to run for office. Once again, we see a situation where another wrong is trying to justify its means and intentions through improper retaliation
While the news covers Hillary’s soap opera like shenanigans and Trump’s ill planned remarks, we have people hacking our government member’s emails and sharing the information with the general public. We know there is corruption within our own government ranks, but to allow outsiders with shady intentions to gain inside knowledge of our sensitive matters politically is totally out of line. Just because a vigilante goes after the accused wrong-doers, doesn’t make them immune to the law. When they commit crimes they are held accountable for the same consequences as anyone else who breaks them. WikiLeaks may have exposed a lot of proof for the corruption that we know is going on, but they broke laws in the process. To justify, they point fingers at the crooked Democrats in hopes that they will be celebrated as a good organization. In the meantime, while the Democrats point their fingers at WikiLeaks they also want to include that Russia may have assisted WikiLeaks in the process. This smells like the brewing of another cold-war era where we already have Russian fighter jets flying over our aircraft carriers in hopes of expressing their dominance militarily. So, what does the Bible say about wrongs committed to undo the problems with our world? We should love our neighbors as ourselves and treat them as our friends (Romans 12:20/ Matthew 5:43-48). This would be that lashing back out at those who have wronged us is much of a sin as the original committed by the person we are lashing out against. Instead of lashing back out at the Democratic Party, we need to love these people back to Jesus. There will come a dark period of time in their party, we just have to be there to show them the light of Christ. Remember that we will all be judged one day and if these wrong doings are left un-repented, there will be consequences. The consequences for dying in sin without salvation is an eternal suffering and burning in hell. I don’t think we can ever get anyone back when we compare our revenge to an eternal suffering judgment given against them. If we let God work out the wrongdoings done against us, somehow that person always reaps what is sown in this lifetime as well (Psalm 7:16). Scriptures like Galatians 6:7-9 should give us hope and strength to continue on in life doing the right things even when everyone else seems to be doing what is wrong. This is something both you Mrs. Clinton as well as Mr. Assange could benefit from learning.
Another problem we run into with situations such as this could be that double standards are dangerous. God created us to have the knowledge to know between good and bad, fair and unfair, glory vs. dishonor. What we find is that our society has created a world of double standards. It started with God’s people letting down their guard to the lies of the enemy. Lies such as we don’t have time for God or His Word, but we have time to spend on our kids many after-school activities. Lies such as it is ok to cheat when everyone else in the pack of competition is cheating to. What we have now created and continue to allow is a government and society based on double standards. It is ok for women to beat on men, but not ok for men to beat on women. While this doesn’t cover every possible situation, many times double standards come out where the rubber really meets the road (Proverbs 20:23). It is not ok for Hillary to rig elections and Donald to smear her integrity. None of these factors should be allowed from a leader of the free world. The biggest hypocrites of double standard I have ever read came from the Pharisees who persecuted Jesus because of what He was doing, but did very little in the way of doing God’s will themselves. So what does God expect from us amidst all this calamity, double standards, back biting, and taking will into our own hands? He expects us to live according to His Word, which is the greatest source of knowledge (Job 28:28 & Proverbs 2:1-9) If we live with honor, integrity, grace, and teaching of Jesus we would have done as much as we can do to show those in the wrong, how to be right. This is easy to commit to, but hard to do. Let’s be sure to do everything we can to live a life in service to the one who gave all He had.
God Bless and Shalom,
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Romans 12:20 (KJV)
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Matthew 5:43-48 (ESV)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[a] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Psalm 7:16 (KJV)
16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
Proverbs 20:23 (ESV)
23 Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,
and false scales are not good.
Job 28:28 (ESV)
28 And he said to man,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.’”
Proverbs 2:1-9 (KJV)
2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
You can read the full article regarding D.N.C. WikiLeaks findings here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/politics/dnc-ceo-resigns-in-wake-of-email-scandal/index.html