In Heaven We’ll Understand

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

“In Heaven We’ll Understand”

Not now, but in the coming years
It may be in the Heavenly Land,
We’ll read the meaning of our tears;
Some day in Heaven, we’ll understand.

We’ll know why clouds instead of sun
Were over many a cherished plan;
Why smiles have ceased when just begun;
Some day, in Heaven, we’ll understand.

Then trust in God, through all thy days;
Fear not, He doth hold thy hand;
But, whilst you live, still sing and praise;
Some day, in Heaven, you’ll understand.

While going through some of her mother’s old things this evening, my wife found the poem above. I don’t know who wrote it but I why my mother-in-law found it dear and kept it for so long, that I surely understand.

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Thanksgiving

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

As I sit this evening, pondering the tasks ahead for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving meal, my mind is drawn toward the things that I take for granted every day that I am thankful for: having a family to serve dinner to, a home to prepare it in, being able to afford the items to make the meal, and so, so much more. Truly our Father takes so good care of us that we often do forget to give Him the thanks and praise and honor we should and that He deserves.

I wonder if at times when our prayers seem to be unanswered, which they are never not answered, just some times answered “no”, if the cause isn’t a simple one: we make our cares and our supplication to God but we neglect the thanksgiving part. I can only answer that question for myself but for me the answer would have to be “yes”.

As you celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season, take time out every day, starting with Thanksgiving Day, through Christmas to thank God for what He has given you, done for you and the blessings you’ve yet to receive. Our Lord is worthy of that. And by Christmas you will have developed a great new habit to really start the New Year off right with.

God bless,

Greg

The Fight Within

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

*The Fight Within*

“An old Cherokee chief is teaching his grandson about life: “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

“One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance,
self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

“This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.””
– Unattributed

This story is very much an illustration of our walk of faith. Scripture says that the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and that the carnal mind is enmity against God. We battle daily against our sinful nature. We therefore must nourish ourselves daily with the Bread of Life, drink of the Living Water and be present in the House of the Lord as often as possible to feed the Spirit that lives inside of us. By starving Him, we are feeding our own enemy and setting ourselves up for defeat.

God bless,

Greg

The Wise Old Dog

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

As most of you know, we have two dogs: Jack, the “prodigal” that ran away not too long ago and Gypsy, the older, wiser of the “fur kids”. Gypsy is as near perfect a dog as you could want; she minds well, doesn’t bother anything she’s not supposed to, loves kids (and everyone else for that matter). I mean she is really almost perfect: except for grooming-related matters. She will run and hide, for hours, at the first hint of a bath, sight of a brush or nail clippers. And she knows where I keep the grooming tools, and hides when I begin to get them. So I have to change my tactics: place the brush and clippers in new spots every other time I use them, close off escape routes before I do go after the brush or clippers. It’s a never ending battle, it really is.

Our adversary does the same kind of thing. He will change up his tactics to try to catch us off guard. Just when things seem go be going along smoothly, he will hit you from the blind side with or by some thing or means you never saw coming. And the closer you walk with the Lord, the more productive you are for Him, the more attacks you can expect. Make no mistake about it: we are in a spiritual war. But through Christ the victory is already certain. All we have go do is keep on fighting the battles, following our spiritual General. Now that’s something to get excited about, isn’t it? It ought to be!

Say What?

Acts 17:10-11
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

After hearing Paul and Silas preach the Bereans then searched through Scripture for themselves to determine if what they heard was truth. They took it upon themselves to make certain they weren’t being taught bad doctrine.

This evening I turned a Christian tv program that I wasn’t familiar with. I watched for a few minutes, interested in who the man was and what he was preaching about. After about five minutes I turned the channel; he was teaching incorrect about a passage from the Old Testament. (I should say that this was not a prophetic teaching, just so you don’t think I was biased. Clearly there are differing views on eschatology and I don’t think that is an issue with our salvation.) He was just plainly teaching it wrong: bad doctrine. I knew this only because I had studied on this passage a few months, maybe longer, ago so I was familiar with the meaning.

The Bible exhorts us to study for many reasons. Not the least of these is so that we will know if someone is teaching or preaching bad doctrine. If you have not studied a subject or passage and you hear it taught or preached on it is your duty to study it and see if it has been presented right. If you think about it, quite a large portion of the New Testament addressed heresy and bad doctrine at the time of it’s writing. And God’s Word clearly tells us there will be false teachers and heresy to deal with until the end. Being mislead by a teacher or preacher is very serious; both his and your eternal destiny could be at stake.

Legacies

Proverbs 10:7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing…

Our church family is mourning the recent loss of a beloved father, grandfather and brother in Christ. After learning of Bro. Waitman Davis’ passing on Wednesday I was blessed to hear several wonderful memories that some of my brothers and sisters have of him. Adding those touching stories to the personal memories of him I have somehow makes him all the more precious to me.

During one of my conversations, Sis. Vaunda and I had the same thought at nearly the same moment: these memories are a part of his legacy. What kind of legacy are we leaving with the memories we make with those around us? Bro. Waitman’s left memories of how kind and loving he was. How devoted to his family and church he was, among other things. But the most significant memory attached to his legacy: his love and devotion to his Lord. Now that is a legacy worth leaving and remembering.

Living with Godly Fear

Psalm 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

This morning I shared this thought as my “status” on my Facebook account; There can’t be joy in salvation with sorrow for sin. The Bible tells us that a broken heart and contrite spirit are necessary for true repentance.

This evening I was watching a program that spoke on this very subject to some degree. But the question was then flipped around, so to speak, to ask how can we expect the lost to fear God when so often the church doesn’t?

Do we show in our lives a reverence for God? Do we exhibit a godly fear in our daily dealings and actions? As the familiar story of “The Living Bible” illustrates the testimony of our lives speak louder to the lost family, friends, co-workers, and other folks we come in contact with than the words we speak to them that more often than not seem to fall upon deaf ears. Yes, actions truly do speak louder than words. What are your actions saying to those that are “listening” to you?