Hard Headed

Hard Headed

Isaiah 48:4

Because I know that you are obstinate,
    and your neck is an iron sinew
    and your forehead brass,

This is Isaiah summing up man.

In Isaiah 48, Isaiah is telling the Israelites how God has shown them miracles, brought them out of bondage, and informed them of the consequences of their actions.  God reminds them that all the things told to them and shown to them have come to pass.  The Israelites knew of the consequences of their actions and chose to ignore them, they turned to man-made idols for their salvation. Continue reading

Your Liberty

Your Liberty

1 Corinthians 10:29

I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience?

Paul asks the question, why should another person dictate to me my sense of right and wrong?  God has endowed us with an innate sense of right and wrong.  This sense, is only changed by the world.  We become driven by the world, its desires and pitfalls. Continue reading

A Bag With Holes

A Bag With Holes

Haggai 1:5-6

Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.

In a previous post I dealt with the book of Haggai and cited chapter 1 verse 4.  I wrote about verse 4 telling us that we must take care of our spiritual house.  We live in worldly houses and every day we get up and work to maintain our worldly house, but far and few between are the days we strive to maintain and improve our spiritual house.  In verses five and six, Haggai is informing the people of Israel and all people, past, present and future, of the consequences of not maintaining and improving your spiritual house. Continue reading

The Calling

The Calling

1 Corinthians 7:17

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.

The Bible verses I cite are taken from the English Standard Version.  In the ESV, titles are given to different sections.  The section which verse 17 begins is titled; “Live As You Are Called”.

I really like that title, and I think that could be the mantra for every one of us.  It’s like a mission statement for each individual.  Paul is telling us that we are all unique individuals and each one of us has our own talents, quirks, ways of thinking and no one way is the only right way; except the way of love and righteousness. Continue reading

The Trees And The Bramble

The Trees And The Bramble

Today I wanted to write about Judges 9:1-21.  This is the story of Abimelech and his thirst for power.

Abimelech was the son of Jerubbaal a/k/a Gideon.  Gideon was a great judge of Israel who helped free the Israelites from Midian.  For doing this the Israelites wanted to make Gideon king but Gideon refused.  He didn’t want to be king because he knew the Lord God was king.

Gideon left seventy sons who were to judge Israel, but Abimelech, who was the son of one of Gideon’s concubines, wanted to take complete control of the Israelites. Continue reading

The Spirit Within

The Spirit Within

1 Corinthians 2:10 -11

…these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

God is within each of us.  We do not have to search the world for God, we only have to look no further than our hearts. That is where God dwells within each and every individual.

Paul confirms this in the verses above. Continue reading

Living In Your Paneled House

Living In Your Paneled House

Haggai 1:4

“Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?

Haggai was one of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament.  I wondered why a prophet would be referred to as a minor prophet.  It seemed to me that saying he was a minor prophet was like saying you had a minor heart attack.  There’s nothing minor about a heart attack, just like there’s nothing minor about a prophet of God. Continue reading