Friday, February 24, 2012

Woe to Them

Luke 17:1
1Jesus said to the disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.

Jesus was quite clear to the disciples that no matter what sin will be present. But if one is blatant in stirring up sin in others then truly they will cause their own downfall. Without repentance for causing others to sin whether it be in anger or anything else, causing strife is not just done to the Lord's precious one, it's also being done unto the Lord. In essence, you hurt his children, you hurt Him. One who is full of sin who would send others that may be weaker down the hole of sin destroys themselves. Remember that we are to "love thy neighbor as thyself." One full of sin is on a destructive path and if they are not willing to see how much the Lord wants to love them so they can love as He loves, how then can one love thy neighbor? They can't. Unfortunately, one who desires sin and leads others down that path doesn't care for their own future so they are incapable of caring for the future of others. Jesus said back in Matthew 18:15 that one whose brother sins against him should go and show his brother his fault. But how many are willing to admit to that fault? It will prove exactly as Jesus said to the disciples, woe to that person.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

At the Mercy

Isaiah 16:3
3Give us counsel, render a decision. Make your shadow like night-at high noon. Hide the fugitives, do not betray the refugees.

Isaiah gave a prophecy against Moab. The people of Moab fought against Israel more than once and kept its thumb on Israel. But the tables turned and it was Moab which sought leniency. The Moabites fled to Judah seeking cover from their enemies. Are you used to being the one calling the shots? God has a funny way of humbling us by putting us at the mercy of someone we'd rather not be. Better yet, being at His mercy will bring one to their knees. Those who constantly have their thumb against God's people unjustly surely have to feel the same fate at some point. No it's not pleasant but the one in need will gain a greater understanding of their actions against others. It puts in perspective the need to be just at all times. Moab was looking for Judah to assist by making the decision to give them refuge. It is in this time that God shows who He is. When He turns the tables, he seeks to teach a lesson that one will never forget. Has your oppressor turned to you for assistance? Are you the one to whom which the lesson is being given?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stop Sitting in the Dark!

Luke 11:33
33"No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.

What is the point of turning on a lamp if you're only going to sit it in a place where no one can see it? Our Lord Jesus Christ is our lamp and He's provided each true believer in Him with His light as a lamp. But if we are bent on hiding ourselves in places and doing things where no one can see His light in us, then what was the point of Him turning on our lamp? If we know that Jesus' light shines through us, why would we still desire to act as if the light was never turned on? What do we think we will miss? Not only do we do a disservice to ourselves when we suppress Him in our lives, but also to anyone around us. We are to be a light to help draw others we come in contact with to Jesus. How can we do that if we think, speak and do like those who are still operating in the dark? What happens when we are in a room of complete darkness? We stumble and bump into things and hurt ourselves and/or someone else if they're near. We hurt ourselves and others in ways we wouldn't if there had been sufficient light. Jesus gives enough light. We must make the choice not to sit it in the dark.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Thorns and Snares

Proverbs 22:5
5In the paths of the wicked lie thorns and snares, but he who guards his soul stay far from them.

What are thorns and snares? Thorns cause distress. On the stem of a rose if one is not careful, one can be pricked and caused to bleed. Is this not distress? Who wants to cause themselves to bleed?  And snares are traps that cause one to become intertwined. In other words, those who plot and live in wickedness cause their own distress and are so entangled in it they have to fight to keep it going. But the one who guards his soul stays away. The soul consists of the heart and mind. One who lives in and by the word of God does not delight in causing themselves to be caught in thorns and snares. Those who desire what is of the Lord does not desire to plot evil nor live by it. Those who desire to live in wickedness plot destruction of others but in the end cause their own destruction. The best way not to cause ones own destruction is to not live that way. Did not Jesus say to Peter in Matthew 26:52, "For all who draw the sword will die by the sword?" When one lives with wickedness in their heart and plots it for others, they cause their own demise. The only way to stay far from snares and thorns is to live in and by the word of God. It must not just be words read on a page but it must be absorbed in one's mind and heart. For the heart is where everything flows as King Solomon said in Proverbs and the warning Jesus gave to the Pharisees. Without the Lord, one will not guard anything but their wicked schemes. For the interest will always be of self-preservation and nothing more. Walking in wickedness leads to destruction far greater than one who plots it.

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