At War On Foreign Soil

1 Peter 2:11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires that war against your soul. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – As Christians, we are at war (spiritual warfare) on foreign soil (this world is not our home).

My Advice – Be careful about getting too friendly with the things of this world. They will wear down your defenses.

Stop Hanging Around the Tree

James 1:14But each one of you is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Temptation will come. It will come and appeal to that part of our sin nature that captures our desire the most. We are enticed by that which appeals to us the most.

My Advice – Know your weaknesses. Those areas of your life that are most vulnerable to temptation. Then, do your best to avoid the situations that will appeal to those desires. Learn the lesson that Eve did not: if you don’t want to eat the apple, stop hanging around the tree.

Hold On Tight

Hebrews 4:14Let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Wouldn’t it be nice if we held as tightly onto our faith as we do to some of the sinful habits that we don’t want to let go of?

My Advice – Hold onto your faith tightly. There will be blatant and subtle, direct and indirect, expected and unexpected attempts to make you let loose. Be on guard.

Driftwood

Hebrews 2:1We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It is easier to drift away if we do not pay attention.

My Advice – Pay attention to your life in Christ and to developing your relationship in Him. Keep your spiritual focus so you do not drift away.

Milestones

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I Have Something To Say – My first blog was August 12, 2017.  Since then, I have written 591 musings.  This weekend, I got my 10,000th hit.  While the U.S. has over 90% of the hits (naturally), my site has been visited by individuals in 57 countries covering six continents (still waiting for Antarctica).  Other than the U.S., my top viewers are (in order of frequency) from India, Ireland, Canada, Indonesia, United Kingdom, South Africa, China, South Korea, Nigeria and Hong Kong.  Most of the other countries (like Australia, Fiji, Iraq, Myanmar, Qatar, Vietnam,  and Zambia) had only one hit.  At any rate, people in countries from A to Z have been shared The Word at least once.  Trusting that I really did have something to say, and that it was God who really sent it, it will not return without accomplishment.  Maybe I’ll get to meet most of you on the “other side” one day.  Many of you I know already know, (like my mom who probably has 8.999 hits – just kidding, kind of).  Thanks to all of you, especially my “frequent flyers.”

While these stats might seem like a lot to some, they are pretty modest compared to many other blogs I’ve seen and are following (they are an inspiration). But, they are encouraging enough that I will keep blogging “for the Kingdom.” For a bit longer at any rate.  My biggest disappointment so far is the lack of comments from those that read my blogs.  I have had a few, but I was looking forward to a bit of “iron sharpening iron” as comments go back and forth.

Thanks again, and I leave you with a re-blog of the one that started it all.

You Are Free

Genesis 2:16And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Freedom (“you are free”), responsibility (“you must not eat”), choice (“when you eat”) and consequences (“you will surely die“). A complete package, all present from the beginning.

Freedom is not a license to act outside the will of God. While we may choose to do so, there will inevitably be consequences if we do.

My Advice – Be responsible in how you exercise the freedom that God gives you. Make wise choices that are consistent with God’s moral laws. This way you can avoid the consequences of wrong choices.

The Devolution of Man (The Termination of the Species)

 

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Ready for Battle

Ephesians 6:12 – Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace…the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. 

My Musings – A soldier would not go into battle without being properly armed and protected. So it should be with us. We do spiritual battle every day but are largely unprepared for it, then wonder why God allows us to get beat up so much of the time.

My Advice – Be ready for spiritual battles. While there may not be demons hiding behind every challenge or misfortune, you still need to be wary. Satan does not want you living for God, so be on your guard. Be truthful and live a righteous life. Be ready to share the good news. Strengthen your faith. Be secure in your salvation and study God’s Word.

 

Evil on Masquerade

2 Corinthians 11:14-15Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Satan will not always use blatant evil to thwart the Gospel and sidetrack the believer. He may use “good causes” that only appear good on the surface, but are only a “mask” of the evil that hides beneath. He will hide evil behind such basic good causes as choice, diversity, science, freedom, rights, etc…. We must be careful that evil does not sneak in with the good.

My Advice – It is noble to be kind and tolerant of other people. But be careful about being tolerant and accepting of other peoples faiths and teachings. They may appear noble and bear a degree of social consciousness. Just be aware that Satan is a masquerader, a counterfeiter and a liar.