Posts tagged ‘God’

April 28, 2016

Idolatry

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I got this quote below from a good article about Idolatry. I felt the need to post this because of the power and essence of what it said. The way it was worded so eloquently I had to share it with you. Excerpt taken  from this link: http://www.christianunion.org/publications/christian-union-the-magazine/past-issues/fall-2015/1245-idolatry-and-sexual-immorality

Richard Keyes provides a useful psychological description of how idolatry actually functions in our lives:

“At the most basic level, idols are what we make out of the evidence for God within ourselves and in the world—if we do not want to face the face of God Himself in His majesty and holiness.  Rather than look to the Creator and have to deal with His lordship, we orient our lives toward the creation, where we can be more free to control and shape our lives in our desired directions…since we were made to relate to God, but do not want to face Him, we forever inflate things in this world to religious proportions to fill the vacuum left by God’s exclusion…An idol is something within creation that is inflated to function as a substitute for God.”

 

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April 22, 2016

Super Chapters of The Bible – Old Testament

To begin this blog post I wanted to preface it by sharing with you how I got the idea. My pastor David Dunn was speaking one Sunday recently and he honed in on a Luke Chapter 16 as a focus for the cross-reference of James Chapter 5. What stood out to me was so much insight and knowledge and gumption to this Chapter in Luke that I named it a “Super Chapter”. I also felt like other Books of the Bible had that same effect on all of us. I am not saying that other chapters aren’t as important as these are, I am just saying that I feel like these Chapters in the Bible are extra special…at least to me and maybe to you as well. This isn’t a perfect science either and this is mostly for fun and education as well. I will also highlight a verse or two that I think ‘coin’ the chapter in my opinion also. I would love for you to comment on your own “Super Chapters” you think are as good as the ones I will be focusing on below. Enjoy:

Genesis 50. Besides Chapter 1 being so important with the Words,”In the Beginning God created”, I felt so much goes into Chapter 50 along with forgiveness/redemption and Verse 20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Exodus 20. Great stories/depictions of the Israelite’s leaving Egypt, etc. but come on, The Ten Commandments….which are still valid today! Thou shalt not….
Leviticus 18. Big on rules, this Book with its regulations and laws of how to properly handle yourself in this life. God gives us the ‘what not to do’ summed up in Verse 22-23,‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.”
Numbers 14. Grumbling from the Israelite’s and Verse 2, Joshua and Caleb’s good report, The Glory of the Lord shows up and more. Verse 8 is the highlight of that Chapter as well,”If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.”
Deuteronomy 6. Jesus quotes this chapter in Verse 5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Also, do not put the Lord to the test, and Fear the Lord.” Pervading topics throughout the Bible.
Joshua 24. Now I know Chapter 1 is great but Chapter 24 summarizes the whole book well. Highlight Verse 15,”But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Judges 4 I love that a Woman named Deborah leads the army and people of Israel in battle and service. Verse 9 “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” Notable mention is Samson in Judges 15 & Gideon Judges 6.
Ruth 1. Only 4 Chapters, but a powerful account of her life I think we can relate to in some ways. Summed up in this verse, the Faith of Ruth is shown here, Verse 16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”
1 Samuel. Too many good chapters for sure and thus debatable. I have always liked this Verse 22 in Chapter 15: But Samuel replied:“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice,and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
2 Samuel 12. The culmination of accountability comes to a head with David’s initial response and then his penitent heart after Nathan rebukes him. Verse 13 “I have sinned against the Lord.”
1 Kings 3 The wisdom of Solomon is on display here as God had granted him. Verse 28 “When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.”
2 Kings 19 Many Kings of Israel that do good in the sight of the Lord on the throne and Many that do evil just the same during their reigns. I love this prayer and the Chapter is powerful in itself. Verse 15 “And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.”
1 Chronicles 4. The Prayer of Jabez. Famous book and a good read. Verse 10,”Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.”
2 Chronicles 7. Famous Verse 14 from the book and chapter “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Notable mention is Chapter 1 when Solomon asks for Wisdom rather than anything in the world and God gives him more than he expected because he asked with right motives a la Matthew 6:33.
Ezra 7. Some Chapters in books of the Bible are more ‘Super’ than others. Still others have more than one. In the case of Ezra it wasn’t so easy. I went with Chapter 7 Verse 28..”Because the hand of the Lord my God was on me,…” and this chapter had the most substance of God being addressed than the others as well.
Nehemiah 1. Boom, right off Nehemiah gets into the grit of what the whole book is about. Fasting, Mourning and Praying. The Rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls. Verse 5,”Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,” – This is how we should pray, like our forefathers.
Esther 4. Powerful story of bravery. Not any mention of God in this Book(The only Biblical book to do so) and the famous words of encouragement from Mordecai in Verse 14…”And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Job 38. The Hammer drops! After Job’s wife says to Job “curse God and die” in Chapter 1.The conversation between God & Satan and the litany of 3 of Job’s badgering friends ridicule him and on and on, God gives the last word…Are you done? Verse 4-5,“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?Tell me, if you understand.Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!Who stretched a measuring line across it?” I love these verses. Puts us all in CHECK! WHERE WERE YOU…
Psalm 91. With TOO many good Chapters to count, I’m going with this one. Verses 1-2 are beautiful in a maze of others “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,my God, in whom I trust.”  I must share that I love Psalm 23 as well, which I do have memorized.
Proverbs 3. Again pick your favorite and go with it.They are all Super! Verses 5-6 always quickly come to my mind “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways submit(acknowledge) to him,and he will make your paths straight.”
Ecclesiastes 2. Amongst the ‘Wisdom’ of Solomon and so much meaningless…Verse 25 makes a point “for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”
Song of Songs 1. Starts off so beautifully and I must go with beauty, Verse 15 “How beautiful you are, my darling!Oh, how beautiful!Your eyes are doves.” Speak like this to your spouse and your marriage shall endure!
Isaiah 53. Without question, in my opinion, one of the most important Chapters in the entire OT. Verse 5 about Jesus(The coming Messiah) “But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that brought us peace was on him,and by his wounds we are healed.” *Honorable mention to Chapter 1:18 and 40:31. Again too many good Chapters in this Book.
Jeremiah(aka Weeping Prophet) Chapter 1. So many great verses in this first Chapter alone. Verse 5, 9 & 17. I really like the Verse 5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Notable mention to Chapter 29:11.
Lamentations 3. Not sure there is really a Super Chapter here, but if there was, 3 would be it. Verse 31-33 “For no one is cast off by the Lord forever.32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.”
Ezekiel 37. Not a very famous book, but of the quoted and powerful chapters in a 48 Chapter book this is it. Verse 4-6,”Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
Daniel 3. One of my most favorite books of the OT and this Chapter in particular. Jesus comes alive as the 4th person in the blazing furnace. Verse 25- He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
Hosea 4. The adulteress/whore wife likened to Israel’s prostituting herself to other god’s. Verse 14b”a people without understanding will come to ruin!”
Joel 2. Quickly becoming one of my favorite Minor prophet books. This famous Verse 28,”“And afterward,I will pour out my Spirit on all people.Your sons and daughters will prophesy,your old men will dream dreams,your young men will see visions.”
Amos 4. A serious call-out of Israel throughout the book and in Verse 13 God makes a statement,”He who forms the mountains,who creates the wind,and who reveals his thoughts to mankind,who turns dawn to darkness,and treads on the heights of the earth—the Lord God Almighty is his name.”
Obadiah 1. Only 1 Chapter here and Verse 15 stands out ““The day of the Lord is near for all nations.As you have done, it will be done to you;your deeds will return upon your own head.”
Jonah 3. Oh how we love to tell this tale to our children in SS class 🙂 Chapter 3 really points to God’s willing nature to forgive as shown in Verse 10 “When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.” However, Nineveh was destroyed some decades later for her same faults historically.
Micah 6. Another famous and quoted verse that I truly love. Verse 8,”He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.And what does the Lord require of you?To act justly and to love mercy & to walk humbly with your God.”
Nahum 1. Three short Chapters and mostly in regard to God’s wrath. Verse 3a,”The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.”
Habakkuk 2. Anther 3 Chapter book. Habakkuk brings 2 complaints to the Lord and He responds twice. Verse 20 “The Lord is in his holy temple;let all the earth be silent before him.”
Zephaniah 3. Three Chapters again. More judgement and wrath but ultimate restoration found in Chapter 3 Verse 17,”The Lord your God is with you,the Mighty Warrior who saves.He will take great delight in you;in his love he will no longer rebuke you,but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Haggai 2. Two Chapter book. That is why these are called the minor prophets. Shorter books many of them. Haggai ends leaving you wanting…but I like Verse 5 “‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’
Zechariah 4. Verse 6b ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
Malachi 3. This is the end of the OT. Famous verse from this book in this chapter Verse 10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it”

November 20, 2015

Gettysburg Address

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I thought it profound to read the President Lincoln speech. It is very short, yet profound. Concise and encapsulating. It takes your breath away. One of the best writings to have been spoken since the origin of America’s birth. Read it for yourself:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln

November 19, 1863

April 15, 2015

The name of God

I wanted to post this for a long time. The reason is because from what I know now is of importance to mostly the ‘Western Hemisphere’. Of most importance to get across for me in this blog today is the name “ALLAH”. This name is a beautiful name of God in Arabic. It is also the ONLY way to call him “GOD” in Arabic. Just like we say “GOD” in English, the same holds true in Arabic. Muslims don’t hold the sole right to call God “Allah” just like Christians don’t either. It is the universal name of God in Arabic.
So for education purposes I wanted to share this with you. I am also including a great excerpt from Wikipedia.org about the many understandings of the name ALLAH below:

**Allah (English pronunciation: /ˈælə/ or /ˈɑːlə/;[1] Arabic: الله‎ Allāh, IPA: [ʔalˤˈlˤɑːh] ( listen)) is the Arabic word for God (al ilāh, literally “the God”).The word has cognates in other Semitic languages, including Elah in Aramaic, ʾĒl in Canaanite and Elohim in Hebrew.

It is used mainly by Muslims to refer to God in Islam,but it has also been used by Arab Christians since pre-Islamic times. It is also often, albeit not exclusively, used by Bábists, Bahá’ís, Indonesian and Maltese Christians, and Mizrahi Jews. Christians and Sikhs in West Malaysia also use and have used the word to refer to God. This has caused political and legal controversies there as the law in West Malaysia prohibits non-Islamic uses of the word.

The Aramaic word for “God” in the language of Assyrian Christians is ʼĔlāhā, or Alaha. Arabic-speakers of all Abrahamic faiths, including Christians and Jews, use the word “Allah” to mean “God”. The Christian Arabs of today have no other word for “God” than “Allah”.(Even the Arabic-descended Maltese language of Malta, whose population is almost entirely Roman Catholic, uses Alla for “God”.) Arab Christians, for example, use the terms Allāh al-ab (الله الأب) for God the Father, Allāh al-ibn (الله الابن) for God the Son, and Allāh al-rūḥ al-quds (الله الروح القدس) for God the Holy Spirit.**

I hope this helps when from now on you hear the word Allah, you realize that it is the beautiful name of God in the Middle-East and other parts of the world.

I also wanted to iterate the fact that God’s name should never be taken in vain, Exodus 20. This is where the 10 commandments lye and the respect, reverence and holiness of our Father should never be taken lightly or in vain.

Blessings

July 24, 2013

Wisdom

Imparting wisdom is not that easy. Especially when it comes to young people. What I have learned though is that those who seek it will find it.

As you grow older you take notes of things that have worked and haven’t worked. Like wasting time with sales people in person or on the phone(Don’t do it). But, more importantly is God and your relationship with Jesus. This relationship will be your most important relationship of your entire life, bet!!

So to impart the most important wisdom is to share about my life experiences walking with God with you. Memorizing scripture is one of the first ways in which you can begin to grow in your walk with God. Building close relationships with other Christians is also important. You need those around you to keep you accountable and hold you to a higher standard. Reading scripture is second to none as well. You need to know what God says about topics you will face in your time here on earth and how Jesus responded to those situations as well. Having a healthy Church home(close to where you live) is also needed.

As I’m writing this I am thinking of many scriptures that come to mind to justify my imparted wisdom to you. Don’t give up the assembling of yourselves together(Hebrews 10:25) – As iron sharpens iron, so does one brother sharpen another(Proverbs 27:17). These are scriptures I know by heart.

The opposite of these is true as well. Pray for those you want to evangelise and spend quality time with them and build a rapport. Help them to know that you care and when they realize that, they will realize that your God is real and loves them too!

Stay away from those who are rebellious and spew hatred, racism and evil deeds. They will do nothing but cause you harm now and possibly forever. Pray for them, but keep those people out of your circle of friends.

Trust…that everyone in your life will disappoint you! The quicker you come to this realization, the better off you will be. Then realize that God will never leave nor forsake you. He loves you and always wants the best for you, even if you think that it is not the best in that moment. That HE should be your trust and he will take care of you.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge,
but Fools despise wisdom and instruction – Proverbs 1:7

May 31, 2011

Sheep

I learned something very interesting I didn’t know before while visiting a friend’s Church in Dallas this past Sunday.  The message was a good one and I really enjoyed it.

The scripture had come from Psalm 23 and the preacher was breaking down the verses. When he started to discuss the sheep, he made an interesting comment on how we(Humans) are like sheep and how scripture refers to us as such. Point is that we are like sheep and sheep are stupid by nature. What does that say about us? I thought that was pretty funny.  One scripture states that we are like sheep and have gone astray. He also elaborated on how the shepherd handles his flock with his staff.  He goes on to state that when a sheep wanders off that the shepherd will go after the sheep and break one of its legs and then wrap up the leg so it will heal and then hang the sheep around his neck until the sheep is healed and then the sheep returns to the flock, never to wander again. WOW, I didn’t know that and what an amazing course of action that is.

I feel like when we have tough times and troubles that maybe it’s those times when God has broken one of our legs in order to get us back on the right path with Him.  What should we expect? That life should be easy and to never go through trials and difficulties? What good would that do for us? How would we be better as a people if we didn’t go through hard times? We wouldn’t would we. Hey growing pains are hard. I can recall growing up and feeling pain in my legs because I was growing. I was Ok with it because I knew that I would be growing taller and in order to do so, I had to deal with some pain. Such is life.

So, remember, the next time your going through hard times or are going through hard times now, that this soon shall pass and that it is for the better ultimately because our God cares for us like a shepherd loves his sheep.

Yea, though I walk through the valley…you God are always with me.

Read 1 Peter

January 11, 2011

Learning

In my search to know God more, I continue on with my daily readings of His word.  My current study is in the book of Hebrews.  Lots of powerful words of wisdom in that book.  The main point I’m finding in Hebrews is proving that Jesus has come, His life is everlasting and His kingdom will remain forever even after Heaven and Earth disappear.  Jesus is not confined to some mind-set of who we think He is either. I know I tend to do that sometimes. No, He is much bigger than what we can even fathom or dream of. Moreover, there is a new covenant with God’s people(everyone) now and that is the covenant of grace and that sin has been bought and paid for once and for all by Jesus’ blood. Eveytime I think about that, it hits me hard, because I think about my sinful self and realize that no matter how bad I have been or will ever be, Jesus died for me and for those sins and they are all paid for, I just have to believe, repent and receive. WOW, Amazing Grace!

A few nuggets of scripture I would like to share with you for your reading enjoyment from Hebrews are:

Hebrews 2:18, 4:12, 4:15, 4:16, 6:12, 6:18, 7:22, 8:13, 9:27, 10:25, 11:1, 12:1&2, 13:5

Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you – Hebrews 13:5

September 28, 2010

Using your Talents

To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability – Matthew 25:15

In SS class this past Sunday we discussed the Parable of the Talents.  2 of the 3 people used their talent and doubled it’s worth and 1 hid his talent and never used it out of fear.  The 2 that used their talents were blessed and given high praise while the 3rd was given scorn and cast out where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth.

I thought about this scripture before and it hit me then as it hits me today. How important it is to give back what you have been blessed with(For it is better to give than to receive.)  How important it is to leave a legacy of good after you leave this planet.  To use the gifts God Almighty has given you while you are here on earth.  To share and not be stingy and greedy.  To smile and encourage someone.  To leave loving impressions on people and to leave people in a better state than when you met them.

I don’t think life is meant to be a huge riddle or some hard quiz.  I think it is simple in lots of ways. The problem is us.  I think we let the world jade us to points of forgetfulness.  Where we forget to smile.  Forget to love and give and share and say “Thank You” 

We must not be conformed to this world(Romans 12:2), but be transformed by the renewing of our minds in Christ Jesus. 

If we keep our eyes on the prize(Jesus) then I think we will be able to conquer anything that comes our way. I truly believe this. 

Life isn’t easy or fair.  But, to know that God himself is on our side.  To know that the creator of the Universe loves you & me and wants the best for us.  How comforting is that to know?  I know it gives me joy and happiness.  I know that no matter what happens, God loves me…Period!

We all get caught up in the daily grind.  I do too.  But, it doesn’t take me long to snap real quick and know that God is right beside me and that’s when I pray to Him and thank Him for where I am and what He has done for me and where He has brought me from.

I always pray.  I keep praying.  And no matter what God is right there listening and loving on me, wholeheartedly. 

For He will never leave you nor forsake you – Hebrews 13:5

I know this to be true.  I have burned these scriptures upon my heart.  There is no lie the devil can tell me because God Himself has promised me these things and I don’t need a book in hand to remind me, for I have burned these verses upon my heart.

Take this word of encouragement from me today.  Be bold in the Lord and KNOW that Jesus loves you FOREVER!!  amen!

September 13, 2010

Praise God

While there is breath in your lungs, Praise Him everyday.  Time flies by so fast.  I realize that more and more everyday.  My memory gets longer and not all the days are so vivid like they once were when my memory was shorter.

It’s funny to look back at old pictures and be blown away at what you look like now compared to then.

Life is fun. I try to enjoy it as much as possible.  But for me, life without God is no life at all.  He is my everything first and foremost!

I went to a fun football game yesterday between the Texans and Colts as this was the first game of the 2010 season and my Texans won 34-24. Great game.  Heather, Kevin, Heather and myself all went. Good times spending it with family too!

My days at work are long currently. I’m going through a reorg here at work and it really sucks! Good thing is I have a few short weeks before this is all over and I can get back to doing my old job before I started this one which is IT Analyst(software/hardware support)  My job isn’t guaranteed, but my faith and hope are in God and I trust that as He has taken care of me all my life so far, He will continue to do so through this time.

The scripture that comes to mind from all this rambling is:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Be thankful in all circumstances”   Not necessarily FOR the circumstances but in them.

GOD LOVES YOU!

May 20, 2010

Keep Watch

“29I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.”   – Acts 20:29-31

I was lead to this verse today by the Holy Spirit.  I feel of how great importance it is to share the truth and cold hard truth to the world today.  Jesus’ own words above speak of how corruption will occur in the church today amongst the ‘flock’ or the body of Christ…us believers.  Corruption in the sense of drawing away the people of God for an easy, soft, pretty and happy Gospel, that says, Jesus is OK with you and your life no matter what and no matter how you live.  That is NOT TRUE!!!

Distorting truth means exactly that, distortion of what Jesus has said, what God has said in His WORD, the Bible.  If you’re not familiar with the BIBLE, then how do you know what truth is?  If you don’t know what you believe, than you will fall for anything that sounds ‘Good’.   That’s wrong and is a very sad truth in the Church as a whole today. 

It reminds me of my Sunday School class last sunday, where many folks were blurting out things about future and past events, that I felt weren’t on par with what Jesus or scripture says.  I was recalling scripture after scripture in my head of countering what they were saying.  Sometimes you must pick and choose your battles, but at the same time, if I didn’t/don’t know God’s WORD, then how will I know what truth is?  How will you know what’s being distorted versus what scripture says about a particular topic? 

That’s why it’s so easy to be mislead.  In the world today, so many folks are ‘accepting’ of so many things.  We move past a stance of acceptance for acceptance sake.  There must be times where we stand up for God and say,  sorry, no, that’s not true or right!  But, how do we do that?  By our own thoughts and or feelings that have no basis or roots?  No, by our knowledge of the WORD and knowing that Christ himself said this and that and being able to point to those verses to support the truth. 

“So, be on your guard!  Keep Watch”, Jesus exhorts us!  What does that mean?  In a boxing match, in order to protect yourself, you must put up a guard, a shield of sorts and block the enemies punches and attacks.  To say yes all the time and accept everything is heresy!  It’s not what God says is right or true.  He says to be on guards against others that will arise ‘amongst us’ and draw us away.  That seems not too hard to do today in a world that is so accepting of EVERYTHING!

What are you saying NO to?  What are you saying YES to?  Have you ever made a stand for Jesus and said No, sorry, I don’t agree with that based on scripture?  Do you know scripture well enough to NOT be swayed by some ‘sweet’ words that allure you? 

Heavenly Father, please guide and protect us, your children, to and through your truth, so that we may know the right from wrong and know your way versus the evil one’s way.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.