A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

I think we all agree that God gave us a brain to think for ourselves, right?  There are so many denominations and we need to look at the core values of the church and compare them with God’s Word.  There’s never going to be a perfect church – the church is people, and people are imperfect.  God is perfect – He is the standard by which we measure the place we go to worship Him.I’ve been in congregations that don’t believe exactly as I do – but there are times when a person has to make allowances and, while not adopting the parts that I disagree with, show respect for others because as long as the whole Bible is preached, I can be a part.

Not every minister preaches the whole Bible – they are known as false prophets and ear ticklers.  If every sermon you hear makes you smile and giggle, chances are you are listening to an ear tickler – which is not helping you grow in your faith.  Unless you are challenged a little along the way, you will stagnate and stay immature.  Some churches just want money, which is sad because the goal of those in God’s house should be to help one another spiritually, not bilk them of their finances.

It’s okay to tithe to your local church – but if you feel pressured to give until it hurts, you may want to rethink that.  Finances are such a personal thing, but we do know that all we have comes from God’s hand.  If the Lord had not given you the ability to work for what money you get, you wouldn’t be able to work and that would be bad.  We give our first fruits to God because we’re so thankful to Him for His provision.

We can’t expect to find a perfect church, but we need to hold the beliefs of the church up next to God’s Word and make sure it’s a Bible-believing congregation that has godly priorities and is focused on outreach in the community.  🙂

 

PROVERBS 9:1 ON 9/1

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Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.  – Proverbs 9:1

The wisdom of God is in the person of Christ Jesus.  He has prepared a church with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, pastors and teachers.  Have you ever heard the phrase “A pillar of the community” – ?  In the Southern Baptist church there are deacons.  In the Nazarene church there is a church board.  Every denomination has some degree of organization – they have to.  It’s definitely a good idea and based on biblical principles.

The church is built on Christ.  Christ Jesus is God’s wisdom.  If we claim Christ as our personal Savior, we have access to wisdom through the Holy Spirit of God.  Where is wisdom for decision-making found?  On our knees.  It’s that simple.

So much of the non-stop drama and less than enviable circumstances in life are self-inflicted.  How insane is that?  We just keep making the same bad decisions while expecting a better outcome!  When are we going to humble ourselves before God and seek His wisdom in decision-making?  What is it going to take?

EAR TICKLING PROMISES

Today I want to encourage you to pray about the upcoming 2016 election.  So many Republicans are angry and see one candidate as the one who will make all the frustration disappear.  But my Christian brothers and sisters, please temper all that frustration you feel with wisdom from God’s Holy Spirit.  I believe what we are hearing from this frontrunner is some ear tickling with little substance or common sense.

Don’t we want a president who will seek wisdom from God the Father regarding all of the decisions that must be made on behalf of our country?  I do not want a president who is so self-sufficient that he can or will not seek godly counsel or pray to the Father for direction.

There are many godly men running for office, some of them are not career politicians either.  I guess it’s not secret, I’m hoping and praying for a Cruz/Carson or Carson/Cruz ticket.  I believe they would take our country in the right direction.

I hear people say they won’t even think about the 2016 race until the choices get narrowed down.  I have an idea for us, though.  I think we should be praying about it now.  Who’s with me?

You know a little prayer for God’s wisdom never hurt.  🙂

ROMANS 8:8 ON 8/8

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Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  – Romans 8:8

DON'T GET STUCK

This portion of Scripture is fairly straight forward.  In order to honor God, we have to embrace His Word and His Way of living.  God’s Holy Word – every bit of it.

I was reading about how important it is to have proper lighting surround you when you are chatting on Skype.  It’s not a simple fix, but you can look lovely if you put forth some effort, they say.  The article went on to explain that if you position your light directly behind your gadget’s camera and place a sheet of white paper on the table, directly below your chin (which will bounce a soft glow onto your face) – then you will look really good!

How much effort are we willing to make to look good for our Heavenly Father?  Do we care if He is pleased?  Does it matter if He sees us in a flattering light?  Will we put more effort into looking good on Skype than we do in being godly?

Is anyone else saying OUCH… ???

We do tend to spend a lot of time on the external, don’t we?  If Christians (I’m pointing to myself too) would spend half the time working on the internal, how great would that be?  That’s why daily devotionals and Bible study classes are so important.  We need to have that head knowledge of God’s Word to make us wise.  We need to have that heart knowledge of God’s Word to make us strong.

Let’s have the proper lighting on board as we walk in God’s Way…  God Himself.  Before you step out into the world today, don’t forget to pray.  Ask the Lord to light your way and point you in the right direction.  Ask Him to keep you safe from harm and hold you closely.  He will honor that heart-felt prayer and protect you along life’s way.  Why?  Because He loves you, silly!  🙂