Inspiration

Understanding Faith….


Since most people don’t read the Bible, they know little about God. Many aren’t even sure whether God is real. What about you? What kind of faith do you have? Do you want to have more? Do you understand what faith really is?

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. See All…, New International Version).

Do you see much faith in the world around you? Much of society today is secular-oriented and virtually devoid of faith. Since most people don’t read the Bible, they don’t know much about the true God.

Many are not even sure there is  a God. Others, although they believe in Him, don’t know what kind of God He is. This situation shouldn’t surprise us. After all, it’s impossible for people to have living faith in a God they don’t know or even know much about.

What about you? Have you thought about—do you know —what God is able and willing to do for you?

The God of the Bible tells us that we can come to know and develop a relationship with Him. We can know what He has planned for us and our families in this life and in the future. We can rest assured that He wants good things for us. His Word tells us that “godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is  and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. See All…, emphasis added throughout).

Not only can we come to know God, to believe  in  God, but—much more—we can learn to believe  God.

There is a huge difference. Many people believe in  God. They assume He exists, although they probably haven’t given His existence much thought. But God is not real enough to them, and this lack of reality affects what they think and do.

To believe  God, on the other hand, is to have faith that God can and will do for us whatever He has promised to do.  The Bible tells us that the ancient patriarch Abraham “believed God” and explains that “he did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to [and would] perform” (Romans 4:3For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. See All…, 20-21).

God expects us to act  on this trusting belief. He requires that we have living faith  in His existence, power and promises.

Faith isn’t some magical ingredient. It does, however, lead to a confident attitude toward God. Faith motivates our minds to the assurance of God’s power and will to act in our lives. Faith becomes more than a mental conviction as it grows into a commitment—not only to trust God to involve Himself in our lives but, with His help, to do His will. We can rest assured that God’s will does not include frivolous or unproductive behavior—only, as we saw above, “godliness [that] is profitable for all things.”

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Parenting

Honor + Parents = LIFE


 

Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in deep darkness” (Proverbs 20:20). The word “curses” means more than a child who uses profanity at his parents. Such is wrong because it shows the contempt the child holds for his parents. Yet, “curses” literally means to make light of one’s parents or to treat them with contempt.

Hence, it includes much more than use of profane words. Whenever a child treats his parents as if they really don’t matter, he is cursing them. When they tell him to be home by midnight and he response with “whatever,” he is treating them with contempt. “And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death” (Exodus 21:17).

In our era of lax parenthood, a death penalty for cursing one’s parents seems overly harsh. But there is reason behind this law. A child who holds his parents in contempt, will hold other forms of authority in contempt as well. If a child believes he can ignore his parents as he pleases, he will assume that he can ignore the laws of society and the laws of God as well. A child who curses his parents is a disaster in the making.

A direct application of this law against cursing one’s parents is that a child must not strike his parents. “He who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death” (Exodus 21:15). Parents represent authority to a child. To strike back at authority cannot be tolerated in a peaceful society.

Parents need to reserve their most severe punishments for children who are willing to strike back. They have forgotten honor and reverence. It is up to the parents to put some fear back into their relationship. Without that fear, the child’s soul will be in jeopardy. A child who thinks he can overrun his parents will destroy himself. “Whoever robs his father or his mother, and says, “It is no transgression,” the same is companion to a destroyer” (Proverbs 28:24).

Finally, honoring your parents means seeing to their needs. “Honor widows who are really widows. … But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. …

If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows” (I Timothy 5:3, 8, 16).

Praying for my children IN SPITE OF – Yes it is hard but God still holds me accountable to do my part even if they lack in doing theirs!

Lord, please do not strike my teenagers DEAD because they have indeed went against everything in your word!!! Save their souls-

 

Helping Self...

10 Mind TwistingThings


I was thinking ( AS USUAL ) and things via The Old Testament……The New Testament and PRESENT DAY LIVING with the different cultures – traditions – cultures – morals – values and beliefs and I do not feel that there is not ONE ethnic group that follows ” THEIR OWN” Holy Scriptures 100%. We all find ways to add or take away the full value for our own purpose or use. The Old Testament has its own set of rules just as The New Testament does but haven’t you also noticed that our Present Day Living Habits have developed its own set of rules? Seriously!

It sounds like the passages forbid all wearing of braids, gold, pearls, or costly clothing. But note that 1 Timothy 2 lists kinds of clothing women should “not” wear, but included is simply “putting on apparel” (ASV). Obviously women are not absolutely forbidden to wear apparel.

In Prov. 31:21,22, the worthy woman was praised because she provided for her family and herself clothing of scarlet, fine linen, and purple. In Gen. 24:22 Abraham’s servant gave a gold nose ring and gold bracelets to Rebekah when he sought her to be Isaac’s wife.

Many Bible passages contain a “not (this), but (that)” expression, which is not intended to absolutely prohibit the first item (“not this”). The intent is rather to emphasize the second item (“but that”) as being far more important than the first. The first item may, in some such expressions, be absolutely wrong. But sometimes it is not wrong, but is just not to be emphasized as the second item is.

Well  the scripture talking about NOT wearing basically gold / tons of jewelry would be one that I would need some serious help with! LOL There are times that I have on so much GAUDDI Jewelry that you would think that I was a PERSIAN! However, I feel that I wear it “tastefully and very modestly” and I feel bare without it to be honest.

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1. Fortune Telling Leviticus 19:31: “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”

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2. Tattoos Leviticus 19:28 reads, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.”

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 3. No unnatural fabricsLeviticus 19:19 reads, “You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of of material mixed together.”

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 4. Divorce Mark 10:11-12, “And He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.”

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5. Wearing Gold 1 Timothy 2:9 reads “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.”

 

 

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6. Shellfish Leviticus 11:10 reads, “But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you.”

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 7. Shaving Leviticus 19:27: “You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.”

 

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8. Gossip Leviticus 19:16: “You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your neighbor ; I am the LORD.”

 

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9. No football or working on Sundays Exodus 20:8: “The seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.”

 

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10. Women cover your hair in church 1 Corinthians 11: 5-6: “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”