Encouragement for Fellow Bloggers

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Isaiah 55:11[S]o is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (NIV 1984)

My Musing – As a blogger, it is easy to become discouraged at times.  You write a blog that you feel particularly good about and receive no comments, likes or shares and very few views.  You begin to ask yourself, why am I doing this?  This is a question we should continually ask ourselves.  If we are doing it for the comments, likes, shares or number of views, then perhaps we are doing it for the wrong reason (perhaps our own glory?).  But if we are doing solely for the glory of God (soli Deo Gloria), statistics are not the point.

If God has called us to the ministry of blogging, He merely calls us to be faithful.  Being faithful does not always mean being “successful.”  At least in terms of statistics. Jesus had a mere twelve followers and lost one, but look what happened. When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13, NIV 1984)

But if the words we are blogging are in reality going out from the “mouth” of God (we should be so blessed), then they will not return empty, but will accomplish whatever He desires.  As a blogger, I may never actually see the results, and the results can never really be measured by comments, likes, shares or views.  But if He uses any blog of mine to accomplish just one of His purposes, that will be statistic enough.

My Advice – Blog on, soli Deo gloria!

Engages With The Church

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Romans 12:5In Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (NIV 1978)

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My Musings – While not the only reasons, some believers have forsaken the church because they feel it is full of hypocrites or they believe they can worship at anyplace or anytime. It is true that there is Continue reading “Engages With The Church”

Is She A Revived Roman Empire?

WHO SHE ISThe woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth. (Revelation 17:18)

John is told by the angel that the woman is “the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” There are a variety of interpretations given by various Bible scholars. Last week we looked at the Babylon interpretations.  This week we will look at the “revived” Roman Empire interpretations. I apologize for its length, but perhaps some might find the narrative compelling. Continue reading “Is She A Revived Roman Empire?”

Proud & Forgetful

Hosea 13:6“When I fed them, they were satisfied, when they were satisfied, they became proud, then they forgot me.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – How sad but true. God is generous in giving us the things that we need. We are satisfied in what we have and forget Him, becoming proud and self-sufficient.

My Advice – Make every effort to remain satisfied with the things that God provides for you. Do not forget that it is He that provided them. Be thankful for these things. Be humble before God, not proud.

Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Hosea 6:6 – “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – God is merciful. He will freely forgive. But He would much rather that we not break His commandments and need to ask forgiveness.

My Advice – Better to obey God in the first place than to sin and have to ask His forgiveness.

Let It Go

Hosea 5:4 – Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We cannot return to God if we are holding onto deeds that are pulling us away from Him. We have to let go, so we can turn around.

My Advice – Hold onto things of this world loosely. Do not let them turn into deeds that will prevent you from having fellowship with God.

Destroyed by Lack of Knowledge

Hosea 4:5 – “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is a pity that we as Christians have so little knowledge about God’s Word, how it applies to us and our situations and how we can use it.

My Advice – Become knowledgeable in God’s Word by reading it, attending church and Sunday school and being part of a small group. This may sound like a lot to do, but the benefits of knowing His Word should not be underestimated.