Tag Archive: truth


“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”   1 Peter 5:8

I serve on the children’s security team once a month and this past Sunday was my weekend to ‘bounce.’

bouncers2

And because I’m monitoring the lobby and hallways, I’m obviously not able to hear the sermon let alone sit with my kids.  Thankfully there is a video feed of the sermon in the lobby while I monitor the areas to rid them of any shenanigans or hoodlums (which at our church are mostly said kids) so I am easily able to catch a glimpse of the sermon.

My pastor just started a sermon series called “Everyday Faith.”  We’re going through the book of James to learn how to take what we believe about God and bring it into everyday life.  It has been a most convicting series, one that would challenge any level of faith and one that could really change lives for Christ and that morning was no different.

It was a typical Sunday of bouncing, not much going on, so I was able to hear parts of the sermon which made me wish I was in there and listening first hand.

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for [once] he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the [law] of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.”   James 1:22-25

I could barely wait until it was over so I could talk to the kids to see what they thought and then go home and hear it online for myself.  But when church was over and my kids come to meet me outside the sanctuary, all I heard was complaining from Sami (my oldest) about how Sydney (2nd oldest) was not paying attention and distracting both the boys as well as people around them from the message.

kids_in_church

I was dumbfounded.  From what I heard it was a wonderful message, one that anyone would respond to.  How could she miss it and be such a distraction to others?

As I talked to Sydney about paying attention in church and being aware of what she’s doing and how her actions might be distracting others, God made it quite clear to me how effective His Word really is.

God’s Word is the one thing that the devil doesn’t have a grasp on.  He knows it and the power that it has, but he can’t control how it will affects us.  What he wants most in this world is to draw us away from God, and His Word, and the only thing he can try to do is distract us.  It wasn’t all Syd’s fault.  The devil was working overtime to pull people from hearing this message.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”   2 Corinthians 4:3-4

As I monitored the lobby that morning, shortly after the worship set was done and before the sermon started I noticed a friend of mine leaving the sanctuary, purse on her shoulder looking as if she were heading home.

I jokingly asked “Where do you think you’re going?!”

And she responded nonchalantly; “I’m just not feeling it today.”

I was so taken aback by her response that I didn’t even know what to say.  I thought it such a strange thing; she wasn’t “feeling it” so she was leaving and the sermon hadn’t even started yet.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been there…when I wasn’t “feeling it,” but I always found that when I’m “not feeling it” that’s when I need to be there most!  But all I squeaked out was a measly “Oh” and she went on her way.

It hit me as I explained to Syd how the devil uses us to distract others from hearing God’s message, that He distract us from hearing it as well and why my friend “wasn’t feeling it” that morning.

God was doing a mighty work in that sanctuary and the devil wanted as few people to hear it as possible.  Like a magician with slight of hand, the devil expertly manipulates us to look away from the truth, he draws our eyes away from what we should be watching; that which matters most.

stayalert

Related Articles:
Master of Distraction   (daileyfamilyministries.com)
1 Peter 5:8   (amwjournals.wordpress.com)

I have grown up with collectors; my maternal grandmother – stamps, my paternal grandmother – postcards, my father – coins.  I have watched as they sift and caress each treasure, studying each detail and holding it up to the light for a better view, a deeper knowledge, a hidden detail.

Grandma Shaben and I would sit for hours looking through her different stamps.  We would put them into piles separating them by color, value or design: ships, horses and birds to kings, queens and presidents.  But when we used a light and magnifying glass, something seen every day and took for granted became elaborate and beautiful.

Grandma Matts had a scrapbook that she pasted every postcard, invitation and ticket she ever received into.  I loved that scrapbook mostly because of the amazing treasures it held, including Gram’s handwriting, but also because when held up to the light, hidden images were revealed within each gem.  It was exciting to see what the next treasure secretly held; postcards and baby shower invitations that when held up to the light they sparkled, revealing something new!

My Dad loves coins and he has shown me how unique coins can be; how much we can learn from them and how rare and special it is when one is found with a mint error that so often can not be seen at a casual glance.  The coin has to be magnified and illuminated to truly see it’s worth.

There are differing ideas as to who wrote the book of Job and when exactly it was written…which I am not a debater and am not interested in starting one here.  However, what I do want to point out is that it seems Job was one of the first books of the Bible written.  It predates many of the wonderful old flannel graph stories we grew up with in Sunday school, and certainly Job was not around at the time of Jesus.

I am in chapter 9 of Job and I have seen Job’s countless confusion and questioning as to why He has been allowed such suffering.  He has lived a good life, followed God well and yet has endured such loss and pain he doesn’t understand it.

So here’s my question.  What did Job have to compare his suffering to?  Where did his friends gather their knowledge and teaching from?

Life.

They had only the stories passed down from generations before and the experiences they lived through.  They didn’t have a book full of examples of people with incredible faith, were terrible liars, had amazing courage, lost their tempers, gained astonishing strength and raised naughty children to learn from.

They weren’t able to use a magnifying glass.  They weren’t able to run their decision through with a fine-toothed comb.  They didn’t have a light to reveal their choices.

We do.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”   John 8:12

When a light is turned on, yucky things scamper, monsters disappear and fears vanish, but also truth is revealed.  We can’t hide in the light.  When God’s goodness illuminates our desires and choices, we can’t help but notice the flaws and errors.

Life Application Study Bible Commentary:
Jesus Christ is the Creator of life, and his life brings light to mankind.  In his light, we see ourselves as we really are (sinners in need of a Savior).  When we follow Jesus, the true Light, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin.  He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live.  He removes the darkness of sin from our lives.
Have you allowed the light of Christ to shine into your life?  Let Christ guide your life, and you’ll never need to stumble in darkness.

What is God trying to reveal to you?

Are you a sheep or goat?

As I was spending time in the Word this morning, I read in Matthew where Jesus was speaking to the disciples about the end of days; (Matthew 25:31-46)

“Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’”   Matthew 25:32-34
Oh, I praise God that I am one of His sheep. How sweet it will be to stand on my Lord’s right hand. What a joyful thing that will be.
Then it hit me…
I know without a doubt that I will be standing on the right side of my God, but I will also be standing face to face with those who are not.  I will be eye to eye to many of my friends and family, separated not only from me, but from our God – with the other goats.
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”   Matthew 25:41
Just imagine the pain of that.  The sound of it.  It will be unbearable, and it will be my fault.
“If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.”   Ezekiel 3:18
What in this world is keeping me from witnessing, or continuing to witness to the people that I love?
[IMAGE CREDIT]
What in this fallen world is more important than spending eternity in paradise with our Lord and Savior?
I think we all know the answer to that.
I can not bear to hear Him say to my dear friends and family; “depart from me, I never knew you.”
“And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”   Matthew 25:46
Oh Lord, I pray for forgiveness.  I pray that You give me a burden and drive to reach out to the lost… to those You have put into my life to share Your truth and Your love with…
WYSO Peru Tour 2018

Follow WYSO'S Youth Orchestra As They Tour Peru

Barefoot Lily Lady

Before I Forget: Sharing my love for God, family, gardens and my sweet Momma

Teach Them

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Marilyn Horton

"The Most Optimistic Woman in the World"

His Holy Temple

2 Corinthians 5:17b "The old has gone, the new is here!"

Damn girl, that's a lot of fattitude

Healthy lifestyler and certified nutjob

Never2late4's Blog

Adventures in procrastination

likeafighterpilot

Working on the Mind, Body, and Spirit

DREADmill Diaries

Because I don't love running but am determined to get these 20 pounds off!

Running With'em

Another boring running blog

Women Writers of the Triad

community | craft | excellence

See Jain Run

striving for non-violence while trit-trotting through the mainstream

voxifit

The Voice of Fitness Blog

If there is any magic in this world...

The world can be amazing when you are slightly … strange!

Ugly Grace

Because sometimes, God's grace in our lives, starts first with an ugly story.

Godly Quotes

for the christian life

Rome Wasn't Built by a Day

Providing unsolicited two-sense and witty commentary since 2012

Michael Wilson's Blog

All things are possible with God

%d bloggers like this: