The Importance Of Humility

The Importance Of Humility

Deuteronomy 8:17:18

Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

This is part of Moses’s speech to Israel as they are about to pass into the land of Jordan after wandering in the wilderness for forty years.

Moses and God are reminding the Israelites and us of the importance of humility. Continue reading

Falling Into Temptation

Falling Into Temptation

I thought I would make one more point about the verses of 1 Timothy 6:6-10.

I’ve written about verse 10 and how much is has been misquoted, how most people drop the important word of the verse when making reference to it.  I’ve written how they omit the word LOVE, condemning an inanimate object and not the true source of sin and evil.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

And I’ve written about verses 6 through 8 where St. Paul confirms the writings of King Solomon.

King Solomon writes:

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.”

St. Paul agrees when he writes:

“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world.  But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.”

But what St. Paul writes after that is the point I wanted to write about today. Continue reading

Blood On The Watchman

Blood On The Watchman

Ezekiel 33:1-6

The word of the Lord came to me:  “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.

God is telling Ezekiel he is the watchman for Israel and if he follows through by warning them of their impending doom then he will have no blood on his hands.  But if he fails to warn them he is just as guilty as those that God is going to destroy.

To me this also speaks about our personal responsibilities. Continue reading

Habits, They Define Who You Are

Habits, They Define Who You Are

Habits, they define who you are.

The older I get the more I believe in that statement.

I think about it during my morning rituals. I have a very set way of doing things each morning, even to the point of how I lay out my toiletries.

My deodorant always goes on my left and my razor, toothbrush and dental floss are laid out in that order to my right with the mouthwash behind them.  They are laid out in the order in which they are used.

Twelve strokes with the deodorant as the water is filling the basin, then I reach for two Q-tips and clean my ears just as the water in the basin is at the proper level for shaving.  Then it’s shave, brush my teeth, floss and mouthwash.  And while I’m swishing the mouthwash around in my mouth I clean the mirror and the sink.  Finally I comb out my beard.

It’s quite the routine. Continue reading

Relax, It Was Made For Man

Relax, It Was Made For Man

Exodus 23:12

Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed.

Deuteronomy 5:12:15

Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.  You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

Sabbath – a day of rest as commanded by God in the Ten Commandments.  So important is the concept of rest and renewal, that is was in the top five of all the laws given to the Jews by God.

As a child I remember how everything, except for a few restaurants, shut down on Sunday.  It was one day during the week you knew everything was closed and if you were a working man it was the one day you were sure to have off. Continue reading

Set Your Heart

Set Your Heart

Daniel 10:12

Then he said to me “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard and I have come because of your words.”

I like the message in this verse.

People say, where is God, why hasn’t God done what I wanted?  Why hasn’t God taken care of me?  How could God let this happen to me?

They conclude “Since my life isn’t what I think it should be or what I want it to be, there must not be a God.”

The problem in that conclusion is the word “I”.  It’s not about you and you wanting your carefree life. Continue reading

The Meekness Of Wisdom

The Meekness Of Wisdom

James 3:13-16

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.   But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.  This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

James, who is believed to be the half brother of Christ, wrote these words over 1900 years ago.

I find these words to ring true today, and I thought I would share how true they are for those who profess to serve us each day in the political world.  The point I wanted to make with these prophetic words is to those who delude themselves into believing that our “representatives” and “leaders”, no matter which side, are there for some altruistic desire to make this world a better place for you and me.

That belief, that sentiment, is pure bullshit! Continue reading