Category Archives: Bible

Just Another 9/11 Story?

I really don’t know where I was or what I was doing on 9/11/2001. I do remember watching the TV, and seeing how at first it was presented as an accident. Then the 2nd plane hit, and my stomach dropped. I’m sure every American watching it was horrified, just like me, because it was then we knew: it was out and out terrorism. Hatred against America. Hatred against you, and me, and our children.

I was torn between not being able to keep my eyes from the screen, and not wanting to believe it was true. No one who was around at that time was the same after that. The only good thing that came from it was that we were drawn together to help one another. We saw what human compassion was, and, most important, we drew close to God and begged for His help, together.

This compassion, this help, this love and care for one another, and especially, this turning toward God, did not last. In fact, many in our great Nation have become violent, unruly, disrespectful, and selfish. People have many explanations for why this is happening. Some are silent, some outspoken, some engaged in out-and-out war. This has been happening in different degrees over time, long before 9/11, but seeing it now breaks my heart. It has become the norm to see terrorism nearly every day on the news, whether it’s by a large group or a few individuals.

Who knows if something like 9/11 might happen again? Then again, as I said, terrorism is happening right on our streets today. I don’t point my finger at any one group or person, and you shouldn’t either. Jesus said, “… He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone…” (from John 8:7). We also read that “… all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

What if our land is attacked once again? Why do we have to wait ’til then? What is it going to take, how bad does it have to get NOW, before we start over with the caring and compassion? Most important, when do we start begging God, like the Israelites did, for mercy, for a cease-fire?

But we CAN have peace. God has indeed provided a way for all of us to receive His grace and mercy: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). Peace may not happen all around us, but we will have peace with God through Christ (Romans 5:1).

Think this is unrelated? For me to “sneak in” a little Bible, “just because I can?”

Think on this, and this is my point: How many people died that day, outside of Christ? The statistics can be found anywhere online. They left their homes that morning, having no idea they would not return. Now, think on how many people, young and old, lose their lives unexpectedly now, from different causes. Frightening thought if they no longer have the opportunity to come before God, because they thought they had time.

God made a big investment in us, while we were yet sinners. He has made it quite simple for us to receive His salvation. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)

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Artificial Christian  — The Hope Filled Addict

I’m cheating tonight, mostly because of a busy (but fulfilling) day, cold weather, a large supper, fun with a friend, the emotional release of undecorating the tree and forcing it out the door, and polishing off with some “really good meds” (sknxxx) – yeah, I can’t really come up with anything cohesive. I thought this would be a good read for those who, like me, want to be a true Christian and not an actress. The author belongs to a Bible-based support group called Reformers Unanimous, to which I also belong. It’s good. I’ll explain more later (unless I already did, in which case I will reblog myself, lol!)

 

Please Lord don’t let this be me. Keep me from judging people, remind me that is your job. Don’t let me be a prayer girl in public but not get on my knees in my home. If I’m ever able to do good for your name, please let that be only for you to shine, […]

via Artificial Christian  — The Hope Filled Addict

In all thy ways …

January 3. I was reading Proverbs 3 today (I aim to read the Proverb that corresponds to the day each day. For example, today being the 3rd, I read Proverbs 3).

I had only read the first two verses and became instantly discouraged:

“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.”

It wasn’t the “forget not my law” that tripped me up. It was the length of days and long life that I objected to. I am all for the peace part of it, but not so much the other. I started to pray:

Lord, the days are long enough. Why would I want to add to them? And long life? I just want to come Home to you. [As someone with a long history of depression and suicidality, living longer just does not appeal to me]. I’m tired, I’m always messing up, and I just don’t feel like I am getting – or giving – much out of life. So this year, help me to want to prolong the days and live a long life, so that I will have more time to serve You. I know you have work for me to do, give me the courage to do it. Show me what to do, give me the oomph to do it!

I kept reading. There is so much richness in this chapter, I thought to myself. Verse 5 was very familiar to me:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

I nodded. Yep, I get that. I’d mess up a lot less if I gave that verse a little more heed.

Then verse 6 popped up, and it was one of those “aha” moments, as in, “Aha, I’ve never seen that verse before.”

But you know I have. I just never noticed it before. This is one way that God speaks to me. He brings the text alive as I am reading, and I may have seen it a hundred times, but the hundred and first time, God nudges me to pay attention: “Hey, Kat. This here is for you. Sit with this for a while.” It said:

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

In all my ways? Do I do that? And what does that mean, “acknowledge”?

Websters 1828 Dictionary says it is “To own or notice with particular regard.” So do I do that in all of my ways? Do I own or notice God with particular regard in my:

  • Family relationships
  • Work
  • Leisure
  • Driving
  • Church activities
  • Friendships
  • Service
  • Handling of money
  • Care of myself physically
  • Care of myself emotionally
  • Care of myself spiritually

In what ways could I improve?

To me, to acknowledge God means that I don’t just forge ahead with my life. I must “bring God along” in all my ways (paths). And I must also acknowledge that He is the author and the giver of it all. Kinda like at Christmas when you would rip into a present, and Mom would make me stop and acknowledge the giver. I didn’t even realize there was a giver, half the time. I was just so eager to get, get, get!

The verse says that if I do acknowledge God in all my ways, He will direct my paths. It is like what we were learning tonight in the lesson at church about David. He would ask God: Should I go here? or maybe here? Should I do battle with this people, or should I not? We also see plenty of examples in David’s life where he would fail to ask direction, fail to acknowledge God, and fail in his life. It was that simple for him.

Shouldn’t it be that simple for me?