Jonah 2:2 – “In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Unfortunately, we often wait until we are in distress or the depths of despair before we call upon the Lord. We need to be in constant communion with Him, not just when we need His help.
My Advice – Do not restrict your calling on God to when times are bad. You would not like your friends, family or anyone else to treat you like that and you do not want to treat God like that.
Obadiah 1:12 – You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – When God raises us up, we should not respond by looking down on those less fortunate. We’ve been down before and should not forget what it was like, and have compassion on others.
My Advice – As God blesses you, do not forget your friends and family who may be not as fortunate as you.
Philippians 3:10 – I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His suffering.
My Musings – Trials and suffering are an inevitable fact of life for the Christian. Just like a newborn baby, it seems like no sooner are we born again than we are being slapped around just to make us to cry. Or so it seems. Certainly, our new adversary the devil will do everything he can to discourage us, keep us from growing and just make us cry. But Satan is not the source of all the “slapping.” Sometimes God will also permit difficulties in our lives. These may involve some crying too, but that is not their real purpose. God wants us to take that first breath of spiritual air. He wants us to learn to live the new life we have begun in Him. He wants to instruct us, train us, develop us, and yes, sometimes discipline us. To learn to walk in faith, He knows that we will have to take a few spills along the way. Just like our physical parents, He is there to make sure we do not hurt ourselves, to pick us up and to help us along our way.
But that is not all. Just like our physical parents are there to protect us from actual harm from bullies, our heavenly Father is also there to protect us from any real or lasting harm from that ultimate bully, Satan. While God wants us to learn how to stand up for ourselves, He is always there to make sure things do not get out of hand. With the insights that we gain by fixing on eyes on the unseen, perhaps, we can better understand and appreciate why we must encounter so much trials and suffering in our earthly lives. In so doing we will be in a better position to endure “the fellowship of sharing in His suffering,” which are “light and momentary,” by focusing on the “eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Maybe we will even stop seeing the cloud in every silver-lining.
My Advice – Trials and suffering should not catch us off guard. Nor should we consider it strange when we do encounter them. For Jesus very clearly told us we would encounter persecution in this world, simply because we were His followers. In fact, He said if we will unwilling to “carry our own crosses” and follow Jesus (a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief) we could not be His disciple. These are hard sayings, but we must understand that Jesus not only willingly carried Hs own cross; He was nailed to it and died on it for us in order to give us eternal life. It is the promise (His promise, sealed by His blood) of that eternal life that makes the suffering and trials here on earth bearable.
Coming Soon – An updated version of my Bible study “Got Spiritual Milk?” will soon be available in the Store link on my home page. What you see above is a short excerpt the chapter dealing with the ninth of twelve “steps” discussed in the study.
A MYSTERY – This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES, AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? (Revelation 17:5, 7)
Spiritual Babylon – In the last days, many believe that a one world church will be formed, perhaps an amalgam or intermarriage of all world religions in the ultimate in coexistence. This world church (the harlot) will be involved in Continue reading “Mystery Babylon, the Mother of Prostitutes”
Obadiah 1:3, 4 – “The pride of your heart has deceived you…you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Though you soar like an eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Pride is a strong narcotic and can deceive us to such a point that we think we do not need God, or least to the point where we forget about Him. When this happens He may have to bring us down, to get us to look up.
My Advice – Never get so full of yourself that you need to be taken down a notch. Better to be humble so that He can rather lift you up.
Amos 8:11, 12 – “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine on the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the Word of the Lord, but they will not find it.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We can drift so far apart from the Lord that we no longer hear His word.
My Advice – Do not wander away from God. Stay connected so that when you search for a word from Him, He will send it.
Amos 3:3 – Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We are God’s children, but it is entirely up to us whether or not we walk with him.
My Advice – Agree to walk with God. He’s already agreed to walk with you.