Romans 2:14 explains how “Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.” Seeing this scripture made me think about a documentary I recently viewed about a family living in a dense forest away from civilization. The husband of this family thought it honorable to climb a very tall tree to retrieve a bunch of honey for his wife and family. On the ground, his family were looking up at him praising him for his bravery. You see, this man could have easily died while reaching his hand into the swarming bee hive to get his family some sweets. Honey was a rare delicacy they could enjoyed a couple times a year. The husband withstood multiple bee stings. I thought to myself how this man has no access to laws like many so-called civilized human beings yet this man knows that love is an action word and he was willing to take the chance of getting stung by hundreds of bees just so his family would be happy. This documentary was really moving in that it showed how those whom we label as uncivilized were actually more civilized that we are. The unity of this family was astonishing. They fit together like a hand in a glove. These people were obeying God’s command to love one another with a true love. (See 1 Corinthians 13) They were in sincere harmony and showed so much respect for one another. I am clueless as to how God works out situations like this but I do know that God is a God of Love and He is a God of justice. He does the right thing always. I believe that us so-called civilized one’s have much to learn from these so-called uncivilized people. Families like these can impact the world in profound ways. The point is if we would all take part in building strong, bonding, peaceful God-honoring family units, we could actually put a stop to much of the madness that’s going on in this world. Trusting in the righteousness of God sewn into our hearts can make us a better world to live in.
Tough times can teach us to keep pressing forward or leave us at a standstill full of distress and confusion. As Christians we must expect challenges which comes in all shapes, sizes and forms. Nevertheless, it is imperative to stay watchful or spiritually awake at all times. Often times we have to run from aggressive influences of those who are trying to steer us away from what the Bible says and get us to believe worldly teachings contrary to Biblical principles. In fact 2 Timothy 2:23 says: But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels. Foolish disputes do not promote peace. The devil uses foolish disputes to steel our joy. Often times when Christians attempt to address and issue they are accused of judging others. Matthew 7 says “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Well, If we keep reading, down to verse 6, Jesus talks about not giving what is holy to dogs and not casting your pearls before swine? Well, right there Jesus made a righteous judgment. The Holy Spirit gives us discernment and guidance so we can judge what’s right and wrong. Jesus was actually saying don’t try to judge someone’s minor issues especially when we have major issues. He was telling us to judge righteously. Jesus explained his meaning concerning judging others in John 7:24 (NLT) saying: Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 said “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” Furthermore, many of us Christians try to clean the fish before we catch the fish. This is not possible. So let us ask the Lord to help us to avoid foolish things in life and instead strive for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Let’s get our praise on! We Love you Forever Dear Lord!
Bitterness …Bitterness is bitter feelings that results in hostility towards others. The Bible teaches us to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” The Bible reminds us of the good fruits of being “kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ forgave us” read and study Ephesians 4:31-32
When we give in to bitterness and allow it to rule our hearts we become unbalanced in our spirit. . Such unchecked fury and anger often lead to destruction of ourselves and others.
A bitter person is hard to be around. Bitterness is sin against God, and those who continue in bitterness will not inherit His kingdom see Galatians 5:19-2. Furthermore, Hebrews 12:15 warns us to “see to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” We must always be on guard and not allow “bitter roots” to grow in our hearts; such roots will cause us to fall short of the grace of God. God wants His people live in love, joy, peace, and holiness—not in bitterness.
Isaiah 26:3 Tells us: Thou wilt keep him I perfect peace, who’s mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Have you notice that you are not at peace lately? Maybe you have been concentrating on how you are going to pay your bills, an uncompleted work project or may be some type of family issue is really bothering you a lot. What is it that constantly stays on your mind?
Like the scripture above tells us, God want us to trust him and he will keep us in perfect peace. However, it is not easy to keep your mind on someone you cannot see. Overall, that is the real problem. We are guided pretty much by our emotions and sometimes that gets to be so cumbersome.
However, the only way to get out of the mode or worry is to divert your thoughts to pleasant things. We cannot think on pleasant things until we allow God to transform our minds to think in the spiritual realm and not the natural realm.
We are spiritual beings in a physical body, possessing a soul. The problem is we must learn to operate as who we really are “Spiritual being” When the body dies, it goes back to the dust. However our spirit never dies, but it will go back to whomever you served while you were here on this earth in that body.
God is a God of Peace
The Devil is the master of chaos.
Everyday we experience different confrontations and so many different people cross our pathways. Sometime we get caught up in situations and it it difficult to figure out how we got there. For this reason, It is important that each day before we take off into the world of battles we should ask the Lord to prepare us for what is coming.
Take this scripture with you each day and say it:
THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH PASSETH ALL UNDERSTANDING KEEPS MY HEART AND MY MIND THROUGH CHRIST JESUS. AND THINGS WHICH ARE GOOD, AND PURE AND PERFECT AND LOVELY AND OF A GOOD REPORT, I THINK ON THESE THINGS.