Apples to Oysters

Apples to Oysters

 

2 Corinthians 10:12

Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

In this verse, Paul tells us that we are all individuals.  Each of us has our own strengths and weaknesses, to compare each other and make judgements about individuals as compared to others or the group, well that’s just vanity. It’s folly, like the old phrase apples to oranges. 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

Abandon The Spirit To Please The Flesh

Abandon The Spirit To Please The Flesh

Micah 6:13-15

Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow,
    making you desolate because of your sins.
You shall eat, but not be satisfied,
    and there shall be hunger within you;
you shall put away, but not preserve,
    and what you preserve I will give to the sword.
You shall sow, but not reap;
    you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;
    you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.

Micah is explaining to Israel the consequences of their actions.  They have abandoned God and forsaken righteousness for the pleasures and treasures of the world.  Israel did in ancient times as we do today.  We abandon the spirit to please the flesh.  For the want of simple worldly things, we bypass righteousness and the work involved, and we do what we rationalize as necessary to make our existence comfortable and easy. Continue reading

Find Your Heart’s Desire

Find Your Heart’s Desire

Psalms 37:1-4

Fret not yourself because of evildoers;

be not envious of wrongdoers!

For they will soon fade like the grass

and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;

dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

I sat down this morning and randomly thumbed through the pages of my Bible, stopping and reading the first few verses that my finger landed on.  The is where my finger landed.

I thought this fit with my post “It’s In Our Hearts” which is about Deuteronomy 30:11-14, especially verse 14 which reads:

The word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart so that you can do it. Continue reading

Overcome The World

Overcome The World

John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

I don’t have much to say about this verse, but I didn’t want to skip over it either.

“I have overcome the world.”

I think this is a directive for all of us.  Our basic primal instinct is to survive, and God has given us everything we need to survive.  God has given us all the materials, and the knowledge to use those materials for our survival.  With all our technological wonders, we do not conjure up anything out of thin air.  Whatever we have, has been here from the beginning. Continue reading

The Glory Of Man

The Glory Of Man

John 12:42-43

Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

The glory of man, this is what we love.  We love the accolades, the compliments, and the admiration of others.  We love it so much that we are willing to literally stand naked in front of others just for the attention.  It feeds our vanity and it feeds our covetousness.  We covet the attention received by others and want it for ourselves.  We will deny ourselves and righteousness just to get our fifteen minutes of fame. Continue reading

Perception of Power

Perception of Power

John 5:44

How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

Chapter 5 of the Gospel of John begins with Jesus visiting the Pool of Bethesda.

Bethesda has two meanings.  “Beth” in Hebrew and Aramaic means “house of mercy” or “house of grace”.  “Hesda” means “shame, disgrace”.    “Shame, disgrace” came from all the invalids at the pool and “grace, mercy” came from the perceived healing powers of the waters in the pool. Continue reading