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We Just Need To Practice

Hey there everyone,

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  I most certainly did.  My oldest came home from college for Christmas, my daughter turned 17 (She is making me and the hubby old very fast.)  She also got a job right before her birthday (Which is one week before Christmas).  We all celebrated my three holidays together at home with no big hoop la.  Which was just fine with all of us.

At the beginning of each year you might be finding yourself looking back.  People like to see what if anything they got accomplished and what they didn’t.  They make new goals for the upcoming months.  They try to adopt new, better habits.  One thing I have found is that they don’t set these out on a day-to-day basis.  No they spread them out over an entire year.  Yes, I realize that there are some that may take that long.  But ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the tasks that need to be done? Or perhaps a soreness/pain you may have for sleeping different then you needed.  I could list a whole number of things that ; not only have I said to myself, but have heard others as well.  We are to begin each day a new. With the joy of the Lord.   Not with bitterness or need.  In order to do this all it takes is …… practice.  Practice means that you are trying each and every day with all you mind, body, and soul.  Practice means you won’t get it perfected or even do it some days.  It means you are trying.  That you are actually doing it with a good heart.  Practice mean you have taken you out of it and are doing it for the Lord.

I don’t understand why people are putting so much disgust on themselves at the beginning of each year.  They haven’t lost enough weight, gotten any healthier, saved enough money, given enough money and so on. So what?!? Do the best you can with what you have daily and let God handle the rest.  Before you know it; it will be a new healthier, happier, habit and a wonderful start to your day.  Now for those who might be keeping score, I know that I didn’t write a whole lot last year, but within that time that I did these are the words I used most.

 

Angels, Bible, Child, Children, Christ, Christian, Church, Churches, Control, Faith, Family, Glory, God, Good, Gospel, Grace, Hear, Hearts, Jesus, Kids, Learn, Lessons, Life, Listen, Lord, Love, Luke, Man, Marriage, Matthew, Mercy, Mistakes, MS, Music, ORU, Parents, Pastor, People, Religion, Speak, Spirit, Trouble, Women, Word, Work.

 

I like to leave you with a song that I heard on a CD that my sister had a long time ago.  The song might be an old one but it still holds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslEJVlnjRI

Is The Church United Around The Truth?.

When we (The Church), let people just run their lives as they see fit, then we are not abiding by the word of God.  They are and want only self-will instead of the will of God.  And we (the Church) have let them.  They call us haters and say that we are not showing love as they quote the Bible themselves.  That part they seem to always know.  But they don’t want to hear, either with their ears or hearts (spirit) that the way they are living is against God’s word.  What happened to the elders of the Church?  The ones who are to give the guidelines to those whose lives are not showing the truth of the word through the way they live.  2 Timothy 2:14-15    Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  Did you see that even in Biblical times people tried to divide the word of God so that the word applied to the way they live instead of applying their life to the word.  Instead of doing what God Himself has said to do, we have looked the other way and allowed them to walk right into sin.  2 Timothy 16,17 But shun profane and vain babblings  for they will increase unto more ungodliness.  And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

The word of God has told us to shun them and to do this until they find the word of God as truth.  We cannot just pick and choose what scriptures we will follow and which we won’t.  We either follow them all, or none of them.  We are not told to be mean as we shun.  If you read further, you will see that this isn’t done until after they are spoken to multiple times and then with meekness and love they are to be shunned if there is no change in their lives.  I cannot begin to tell you how many Christians feel as though if they are acting ungodly if they follow God instead of following the person that is offensive to God.  Jesus told us that we will be hated, because they first hated Him.  Stand up people of Christ!  Stand up Church!  Where is the consequence to their behavior?  Not in the style as if a person was a mass murderer but in a way for them to understand that if they would like to live that way then they must do it without you.  Because you don’t want to betray the One.  Who should be more important to you than anyone else.  If one listens to someone over and over give excuses to the way that they live, then the next so called little thing won’t be so hard to believe.  Chip, chip, chip,  little by little they will whittle away to all your moral beliefs until you believe the exact same way that they do. And once you do, your children will follow you.  Which is completely the opposite of the Gospel.

Is It Any Of Your Business?

My oldest sent me a video of a comic who was talking about how Christians aren’t suppose to curse.  I found the video somewhat funny, but I also got the thoughts out of it as to how fingers are pointed at Christians if and when we mess up.  In the heat of a moment, whether it be a physical pain, or an emotional one, when you’re hit right out of the blue, we “Christians” have cursed.  I get after my kids all the time for this.  My kids don’t use the ordinary curse words.  As a matter of fact, my daughter used to say “tartar sauce” when she was younger, for something that she didn’t like.  She knew that cursing was wrong so she “used her words”.  At the time, we allowed her to do so.  We had the mind-set that she had found a way around cursing and the way she would say it, was kind of cute.  However today, we understand that what stands behind any word that is spoken is where the power of any cursing is at.  So that now when we hear that which is behind the words that are against the good of God, we will tell them to stop cursing.  Then we have to explain to them, well at least the younger ones, that they are cursing.

Then later in the week I was speaking to one of my neighbors and he was explaining to me how another neighbor told him that because he is a “Christian” that he couldn’t get mad at him for anything he may have done to him.  Seriously!!!  Christians are not allowed to get mad?!?  Give me a break.  We are all human.  And as such we all have the same emotions.  I will say that as a Christian, I do try to keep control of my emotions.  I do so so that they don’t control me.  However, there are times when everyone get mad, sad, upset, depressed, happy, joyful, and overwhelmed.

When I was young, my mom use to tell me all the time, (and now I tell my own kids) to mind my business and not the business of others.  My kids have a (bad) habit of helping when it isn’t asked for.  They see something that needs done and then they take over and do it.  The person who was to do it in the first place then gets upset and complains.  I have to remind them that one should not help unless they are asked to help.  My kids have come home from school and given me detailed info on a friend or a classmate that is not what we would call “good news”.  And their opinion about the situation then follows.  I listen because I don’t want them to think that I don’t care about them (the child talking).  But then, I have to ask them, what business is it of yours?  Usually the answer is none.  As Christians we are to tell of the gospel and lead people to Christ.  That is our business.  But to criticize others for the business of their own is not ours to do.  We are to stay away from the worldly ways.  And that is of the world.

I have found, as a general rule, that people like to think that they know better than another.  People have opinions about everything and a lot of them think that they have the “right” to express them to the ones that they feel are doing things wrong.  If we Christians, would only look on the business of God, then we would be keeping in our own business.  Stop looking into the business of the world.  Live your life in your business.  Express the love of God.  So that the world will then come and ask you for the help that they need.

Turning Your Frown Upside Down

I went shopping last week with my daughter at the grocery store.  As we got to the end of an aisle, a man with his own shopping cart was turning into the aisle and headed toward my cart.  When he realized what he was about to do, he quickly turned and said, “Sorry”.  Happy that here was no crash, I smiled back and said,” You’re good”.  He then frowned and went his unhappy way.  I was in total shock.  Nothing bad happened.  No bad words were inserted.  No scene had occurred.  So why was he unhappy?  I started looking around to see if maybe I had missed something.  Then I noticed that there was no one smiling.  Or  even had a pleasant expression for that matter.   I asked my daughter as we were walking to the van if she could see anyone around the parking lot smiling. She looked around and replied,”No, no one.”When we got home and after we had put the groceries away, I went to my news links to see if  something had happened that I was aware of that may be affected everyone.  There was nothing out of the ordinary this and that. As I was wondering as to why this was happening, I heard with an extreme measure of sound, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14 

These people, like so many in the world were not living in the joy and love of God.  Because, if you were, you could not help yourself in smiling to everyone.  And I do mean everyone.  Because His love and joy surpasses everything you or I could ever imagine.  Now, I grant you, I was not overjoyed when I was shopping for groceries.  Had it been clothes, or shoes, then the smiles would have been seen across the entire store.  However, I go with the intent of knowing that whatever I get will nourish my family in the manner that they need.  And that is a very happy thought within itself.

Matthew 16:15 And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  Most people, when hearing that scripture think about missionaries traveling to remote places across this vast planet, spreading the “good news” to people while also teaching them how to read and write.  Getting clean water for them to drink and medicine for the ill.  Churches are always collecting money to send so that these good things can be accomplished.  And they are good things to get done.  But those same churches then turn around and tell their congregation to bring people in the church.  Churches look at numbers.  The number of people filling the chairs. The number of children attending an event.  The number at the end of the total of tithe.  All the while thinking that they have done their part in  Matthew 16:15.  Because after all they have missionaries that they send money to every month. And they allow those missionaries to come and talk to the congregations when they come back to the states.  I have even heard a church bribe the visiting children with gifts if they attend for a certain amount of time.

Instead of doing what Jesus said to do.  Go out.  They want the people to come in.  People don’t like to get uncomfortable with all the walking and talking that would have to come with it.  Even though it is a command from God.  I now don’t think that the man that I had encountered at the grocery store, gets too many smiles and didn’t know how to nicely respond back.  However, if he were to get more smiles throughout the days, weeks, months, years ahead, who knows?

I mean really, don’t you physically and emotionally feel better when someone smiles at you?  When I see someone smile, it causes me to smile.  I don’t even have to know what they are smiling about.  It just makes me happy to see others happy.  So tell me, how many smiles have you given out today?  Are you going out into your community and spreading the gospel?  Small steps, like smiles can be a good stepping stone to reach the real good news.  Reaching out to others can at times be hard.  But it doesn’t always have to be.  When we remember that God is with us always.  Hebrews 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Wow, with that knowledge in your back pocket, just think of the strength and faith you can be showing to all!  And all for doing what you were told to do.  Shining God’s glory to everyone you meet can begin with something as simple as the smile God gave you.  So I am taking on a mission for myself.  I am pledging to smile at every single person I meet no matter what may be going on or who it is for an entire month.  Because I know that God will work through that on someone who is less likely to expect it.  Will you join me and smile your way through a month?  Yes, I know it might be hard sometimes when you see someone that you don’t necessarily like.  I’m not asking you or me to like them.  Just smile.  But this kind of challenge will truly show the stuff your made of.  

Whose Are You Going By?

How committed are you?  Do you stand on the standards of God? Or do you only go by the ones that you like?  Are you one of those people who make up your own as the situations come in front of you?  I find myself in a state of confusion when I hear people talk about doing something that they know in their heart is in difference to God’s word.  The reasons (excuses), which they use, when you step back and look at them closely, are for self-gain.  I find that there are a lot of people who hide behind others in order to give the appearance that it’s fine for them to do what it is that they are doing.  This is done so that they are not inconvenienced, or have a sense of guilt when they see that person(s) again.  They do it so that they “fit in” at the office, to not make waves with family members, so that the children will be happy, get followers on their blog, etc.  What they are really doing is going alone with the world and not with God.  This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t want you to fit in, smooth sailing with the family, or happy children.  He absolutely does.  However, He wants all those things with Him and for His glory.  God doesn’t want His people to give lip service.  You will be a hypocrite.  Stating one thing to this group of people, and then stating something altogether different to another group.  God is universal.  His standards have been laid out for us.  There have been times that I have heard people say, “God is a mystery.  Therefore we are not to know everything.” I do agree that God knows that we should not know everything and has, with His wisdom, hidden it from us.  But what they are alluding to is that we are not to understand His standards.  However, if that were a true statement, then why do millions…..no, billions of people study the word?  Do you believe that God has universal standards for all or just for those who choose to live by them?  Just how much authority do we think we have of our lives?   1 Corinthians 9:18  What is my reward then?  That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.

A great gift that God has given us is the power to choose.  He has allowed us to be able to choose every single thing that we do or don’t do.  I get to choose if I get out of bed, whether or not I get dressed, what I want to eat, what I teach my children, whether to follow His Son or not, to obey His commands and so on.  God does not push Himself on anyone.  He has laid out His word, given people warnings, given people blessings, and sacrificed His only Son so that we will see His love for us.  And yet, people go about their own day as if they only have to obey God when they are around other Christians.  How might your day look if you saw everyone as a Christian?  Chew on that for a moment.  If you treated every person, you laid your eyes on, as a Christian (whether they are or not).  Do you think that it would be any easier to follow the commands of God?  I do understand that there are some who truly don’t know what is acceptable to God.  For those and for those who do know, I would like to remind you that if you question it; no matter how big or small something might appear to be, look it up.  If you need guidance as to something that is going on in your life, then do as the Bereans.  Acts 17:11  These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.  If you choose to do something simply because, and you don’t have Biblical backing for it, do you really think that it is not against God?  I use standards every time I write anything, and even though my blog is called My Perspective, it isn’t the one that counts.   For every time I write it is His standards that move my fingers.

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