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1 Corinthians 13:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Different translations. Different versions. Different interpretations of the Bible. Misinterpretations. Misunderstandings. Who is right? All of them and none of them.
I think it was Ayn Rand who said
“We see the world not as it is, but as we are.”
I agree with that, and I think everyone one views the Bible the same way; not as it is, but through a lense coated with preconcieved notions, our upbringing; we often see only what we want to see when we read the Bible. I am stopping there and leaving that open ended because I want to hear your thoughts on this topic.
This is my story: at 8 years old I first heard God’s voice. At the age of 12, I was saved by Jesus, at Oasis of Hope church.
At the age of 14, I turned my back and walked away from everything thing I knew, everything I had been taught, and anything to do with God.
At the age of twenty, when everyone else had given up on me, Jesus hadn’t. I will never again turn away from Him.
Women already have access to the best health care. Why is it not enough? Why is it necessary to have later and later term abortions?
Here are a few better solutions:
Birth control: easily obtainable, if you can’t afford it from your doctor, there are many clinics that offer free or low cost birth control.
This is my grandson, he is not a blob of tissue, and he is not a clump of cells. Never has been. He is a precious life, from the moment of conception. My beautiful daughter, was and is, a precious life. Every life is precious. What right does anyone have to redefine whole groups of people as ‘sub-human’ and therefore able to be murdered for convenience?
Even though adoption is expensive for the family adopting, it is not expensive for the pregnant woman:
Adoption fees pay for:
This information comes from:
So the birth mother gets her hospital, food and housing paid for by the adopting family. Why aren’t more people advocating for adoption, with the same fervor that they are advocating abortion?
“For example, in 1987 Mrs. Baker James Cauthen taught English at a Chinese university. Born in China of missionary parents, she was a former missionary in China and wife of the late, longtime president of the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board. However, she served not under the auspices of a mission board, but as an individual on a mission.”
I like that she chose to work, not just rely on handouts, like Paul who continued to work as a tent maker, supporting himself while he traveled and preached.
This doesnn’t say you should never co-sign for somoen, but it is a caution saying that if you do, you will likely end up paying your friends debt.
I have heard it said that diligence and hard work can make up for lack of talent and lack of opportunities. There are many stories of talented people who did not make the most of their talents, or thought they could succeed on talent alone and were not diligent in doing the mundane tasks required to be successful. Here is an example.
My husband and I recently watched the movie “Founder” about Ray Kroc, the man who (supposedly) founded McDonalds. Actually, the original idea and the name came from two brothers, who built the original one, a hamburger stand in San Bernardino, California.
When Ray Kroc met the McDonald brothers, he was a travelling salesman, selling mixers out of his trunk. The McDonald brothers ordered eight mixers from him. He is excited by this, because he has been having a streak of rejections in trying to sell these mixers.
Ray drives to San Bernardino to meet the McDonald brothers in person. While he is there, he orders lunch and is pleasantly surprised at how fast the food arrives, and how good it is; especially compared to other drive in restaurants he ate at on the road, where the food took nearly an hour, and it was wrong, when it did arrive. After the brothers give Ray the tour, he is really impressed, and wants in on the operation. I won’t spoil the rest of the story for you, if you haven’t seen it, but here is what I took away from this story….
You begin to see Ray Kroc’s determination to succeed on his own terms. At this point in the movie, he is a visionary who sees that McDonald’s has the potential to be hugely successful, throughout America, and he sets out to make it happen. Now he doesn’t have much cash flow up to this point, he is just a guy selling mixers out of his trunk. His diligence however, overcomes the lack of funds, and lack of opportunity, that’s the first obstacle.
Next obstacle is discouragement from the person closest to him–his wife. She sees that he has not been very successful with the mixer business, and she remembers his string of failed businesses before that. So discouraging voices around him and past failures, could have been the second and third hindrances, but he doesn’t allow them to stop him. Facts aren’t always truth, and the past does not always determine the future.
The next hindrance is that the people holding the purse strings are holding him and the franchise back from full potential, because of fear. So Ray has a choice here–is he going to stay fearful and cautious, or is he going to step out in boldness and accomplish what could be–will he step out of what’s comfortable, to begin something bigger and better?
That is the fourth and fifth obstacle–separating yourself from people who don’t share your vision, aligning yourself with those who do, and moving out of your comfort zone to accomplish greater things that benefit many people, not just you.
Matthew 12: 7-8
“But f you had known (known in your heart–which is far more valuable, than head knowledge, in my opinion) What this means, I will have mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless.”
Happy joyful people are those who understand mercy–it has been extended to them, and they have understood and appropriated it, not just once, but on an ongoing basis. It has become part of them–mercy lives in their spirit and soul, so they are able to extend mercy to others. They don’t go around judging, gossiping, condemning other people. Understanding mercy makes a happy, joyful soul, and helps to solve a lot of problems that might other wise make a person miserable. Better by far to be Christ focused, instead of problem focused.
Sometimes people can become bitter and miserable because the mercy they extend has been misunderstood–the person they showed mercy to either takes advantage of them because they don’t understand mercy and perceives it as weakness, or the person is suspicious and goes on the defensive and launches a passive-aggressive attack.
That can make a person bitter, and turn them into one of those other two types, but it doesn’t have to be that way–it is a series of choices. If they are Christ centered, and continue to choose to stay that way, instead of being problem centered, it won’t happen–they won’t become bitter, suspicious and defensive. This doesn’t mean you will never get your feelings hurt, just don’t let it change your center, and your focus. If you don’t stay Christ centered, those problem circumstances WILL erode your faith and make you bitter, and cause you to turn to something other than Christ for answers.
Jesus’ words are simple, and yet full of wisdom. Simple, so that everyone could understand them. He never wasted words, and he never wasted any opportunity to teach. He was, and is, Master and Shepard. He did not come as a Scholar, though His was the greatest human mind in all of human history. He was the King of Kings, but he appeared as a carpenter’s Son, but in reality he was and is The Son of God. Jesus was a quiet mature person (Mt 12:20) but as a man, he was fully human, and had personal preferences like everyone else–he preferred certain of his disciples though He chose them all, and he was closest to John.
Is it wrong to ask the Lord that?
Every trial is designed to teach us something. There is something in each trial that the Lord wants us to see, both about ourselves, and about Him. There is often something He wants to fix in us–or something He wants to equip us with for the next area of service He is moving us into. He also uses trials to teach us some aspect of Him that we would not have known experientially if not for that particular trial.
So from that mindset, it is not wrong to ask the Lord what the purpose of the trial is, as long as we are asking with a teachable spirit. Look at the difference in the responses of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, and Mary, when the angel Gabriel appeared with an important message.
Remember, you are going THROUGH–not staying in that trial forever.
For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.
This was written by David, about the betrayal of Ahithophel, one of his closest advisors, and his wife Bathsheba’s grandfather. This passage also describes Judas’ betrayal of Christ. Have you ever been betrayed like this? By someone close to you–a person you thought was a friend? I have. It is only when we are down and out that we truly know who our friends are. Job also found this out.
Throughout the book of Job, you can read about the “encouragement” of these high and mighty (in their opinion) so called friends. Even though Job found out the true nature of these three men who he thought were his friends, God never let him down; God was shown to be consistent in His nature toward Job–He showed Job just as much grace when he was destitute as when he had been wealthy. God’s nature does not change–one of the many lessons in the book of Job
Now most of us–had this happened to us–would have wanted to see those friends dealt with severely by God. They weren’t–but they were chastised and told to offer sacrifice. Do you know what that tells me? These men were saved–they knew the Lord in a very real way, but their hearts were far from him, and so they condemned a man whom God had justified.
For the Lord disciplines the one He loves and punishes every son He receives.
Furthermore, God required Job to forgive these friends, and not only to forgive them, but to intercede for them for forgiveness for the very sin they had committed against him.
And Job did.
I believe that Job truly forgave them because God would not have accepted the sacrifice he offered for them, other wise.
Memorial Day is tomorrow, and I just want to say thank you to all my readers who have served in the armed forces. I would like to hear your stories in the comments.
My father served in the army, all four of my uncles served in the navy, and my husband’s father was a marine (Once a marine, always a marine). One of my earliest memories was from when we were living on the army base in New York; I remember my sister and I playing tag under and around the tables in the mess hall.
When I was 20 years old, I seriously considered enlisting in the army, but my daughter was only a year and 1/2 old, and I didn’t want to be away from her for that long while I went to boot camp. I ended up losing her anyway, her dad took her out of state, years later, and I didn’t see her again for several years. I have often wondered how my life may have been different if I had enlisted.
Update: happy and blessed in the Lord. Settling in here in Kentucky. We left Baton Rouge about three weeks ago. I’ve really seen the Lord provide amazing ways like to be able to go into but I want to protect other people’s privacy so I can’t go into detail. But we are very blessed the Lord has met all of our needs according to His riches in glory. I have started posting brief audio clips to the Wilderness Well page on Facebook. My husband and I have been reading “My Utmost For His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, and it has inspired me to record the audio clips.
I’m learning a lot from the devotionals, such as being thankful in all circumstances. I’m also trying to be consistent, and finish things I start, like the series of Proverbs posts, on this blog….And….Drum roll….The ebook I am writing, called The Well in the Wilderness. More details about that to follow.
Thank you for reading. Please pray for me that I will be able to stay consistent with the important things, and not always be distracted by the seemingly urgent.
Here is what is currently inspiring me:
My Utmost For His Highest
Seven Habits of Highly Successful People
“Freedom in the Home” by Frances Allen
Have you read any of these? I would enjoy reading your thoughts in the comments.