Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is the verse I am working this week to memorize with the kids in AWANA. What a difference a timely verse from the scriptures can make to my heart and thought life. When the Bible says that our minds can be renewed, and at peace, it is a fact.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
Is God’s Word active and alive as it says in Hebrews 4:12? Yes it is.
When you are going through a major ordeal, and six friends who do not even know each other, all send you the same verse, it is time to pay attention.
I never really had paid attention to Psalm 23, thinking it just for funerals, I shrugged it off. Especially the part about the Lord preparing a table in the presence of my enemies. I didn’t have any enemies like the author of the song, King David. No one was trying to hit me with a Javelin, so I thought that section was only for people who had real wars going on.
Then the Cancer/Rejection season manifested itself here in 2019, and while I dealt with treatments and emotions, I watched in horror as a whole bunch of enemies realized it would be the perfect time to attack. Okay, so they didn’t have javelins, or as one observant said,
If there is one thing I know about myself, it is that I am an open book. I don’t put on airs, or do any acting, or hide behind a facade of “put together.” I am not two faced. I am just real, with my heart out there transparent and open. I am not bragging. I am not proud of this, it is just how I am wired.
I don’t have a problem with the idea of putting up walls to keep from being hurt, or even being selective on who gets to see the real me. I would like to do more of those things, and I need to.
What I do have a problem with, is the lack of integrity, authenticity, and the fruit of the Spirit, in Christian organizations.
Our culture despises the concept of absolute truth, or that a person can actually know THE truth. We have the Oprah’s of the world telling us we can all have our own truth, the Osteen’s of the “church” telling us we can twist God’s truths to fit our fancy.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a
The Simple and the Deep
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