Since Then

Colossians 3:1, 2 – Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on the things above, not on earthly things. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Notice the order. If we set our hearts on the things above, our minds will surely follow. However, it is not always the case that if we set our minds on the things above our hearts will follow.

My Advice – Whenever you find yourself setting your mind on worldly principles, check out your heart. Is it still longing for the things of God?

Establish Every Matter

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2 Corinthians 13:1Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – One person can deceive, so we should not take action. Two or more can still conspire to deceive, so the matter still must be established. But the deceit among conspirators is more likely to unravel due to inconsistencies in their stories.

My Advice – Take no action and form no firm opinions based upon what only one person has told you. Wait for corroboration of at least one more witness or other evidence. You will be less likely to take actions that you will live to regret.

Innocent Awareness

1 Corinthians 14:20In regard to evil, be infants, but in your thinking be adults. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Infants are innocent. Adults are aware.

My Advice – Evaluate situations and circumstances like an adult and be aware of the evil that they might entail. Keep your innocence. Do not get involved in the evil.

Too Intellectual

1 Corinthians 8:1Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God. (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Sometimes, the more we know, the more arrogant we become. Then our head gets in the way of our heart and drives a wedge between us and God. We must not allow ourselves to become too intellectual for God.

My Advice – Don’t let your education go to your head. Let your heart, and your love of God, be your primary guide, not the knowledge of the world.

God’s Foolishness

1 Corinthians 1:25For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – This is the age of science and knowledge. But if it contradicts God’s Word, then it is foolishness.

My Advice – Don’t become too impressed with the wisdom of philosopher’s, educators and scientists. Their greatest wisdom is foolishness to God.

On Giving Advice

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Exodus 18:19Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you.  (NIV 1984)

My Musings – More often than not, my blogs conclude with some advice.  Most (not all) are reflections from “A Dad’s Devotions,” a daily devotional that I wrote for my son when he graduated from college, and that I have been sharing on this site.   Apart from my son, who did not necessarily seek it, and those who come to me seeking it, perhaps it is a bit presumptuous of me to otherwise offer it.   Although I do try to make sure it is well-grounded in in the Word. Some you may think wise, and some foolish. Much of it comes from my life experiences or mistakes I’ve made along the way when I either did not seek advice when it was offered, of follow it when it was given.

My Advice – Here I go again. Now [my blog followers] were of more noble character than [those who google], for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if [the Brew’s musings and advice] was true. (A personalized paraphrase of Acts 17:11).  Don’t just take my word for it, take the Word for it.

As always, I welcome your comments and my daily musings.  God bless.

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