Sin is fun, until payday comes due. R.C. Sproul said, “At the Final Judgment, everyone will stand before God alone.” It really is a sobering thought, that we will have to give an account of our actions (or inactions) in this life. Jesus even said in Matthew 12:26, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
“If you are ignorant of God’s Word, you will always be ignorant of God’s will.” – Billy Graham
I love the Scriptures, as I’m sure you do. Each time I read the Bible I am reminded of how precious and wonderful it is. The Word truly is a living book, and not just another piece of literature. Contained in the pages of the Law of the Lord are the precepts, instructions, and mind of God almighty.
I am very thankful for my heritage, my linage, my pedigree. Some months ago I had the opportunity to trace my family tree back several hundred years. My great great grandfather’s name was General Pugh, how cool is that! I found some interesting tid-bits of information, but nothing that was earth shattering. My grandfather was rough man who loved alcohol, and the Lord saved him. He never was full time in the ministry, but he would itinerate preach and serve in any way possible. My father was called to preach in High School, and is a pastor currently.
“Pride erects a little kingdom of its own, and acts as sovereign in it.” – William Hazliti
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people, and of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.” C S. Lewis
Our focus often determines our direction. A person will go the direction that they are looking, and if not… they usually stumble and fall.
I have enjoyed watching all four of my children learn to walk. Madison is beginning to attempt her first steps, and it won’t be long before she is running around like the rest of them. One funny thing that every toddler does when they learn to walk is stare at their parents. They get so excited that they are taking small steps, that they have to look at the smiles and approval of their parents. Usually when children look to the side to see their smiling parents… they lose their balance and fall.
“I love people so much I’m willing to speak a truth that may cause me to sound crazy, lose friends, or become unpopular. But I don’t mind. Jesus said that would happen.” – Source Unknown
As a Junior in High School, I did one of the most uncharacteristic things in my life. By nature, I am very passivist and will do ANYTHING to avoid conflict. I am a people person and a people pleaser, and I do not want to offend. As a believer, I felt I needed to be confrontational and take a stand.
Who do you trust? Who do you really trust? You might already be thinking of a list in your mind of people who you trust deeply and completely. Siblings, parents, children, spouse, friends maybe are on your “short list” of truly trustworthy people. But, what about the Lord, do you trust Him? You probably say, “YES, of course I trust the Lord”, but do you really? I believe our actions speak much louder than words, and sometimes our words say, “I trust you”, but our actions declare, “I don’t think you have this…”.
It hurts when you make a bad decision and it affects you in a major way. Like when I made the decision to cut squash with a mandolin cutter without knowing what I was doing... slice and there goes the tip of my finger. For the next month, I couldn’t do much of anything with that hand (especially typing, which is a lot of what I do lol). In an instance a mistake was made that had adverse side effects for a long time.
Where does true happiness and joy come from? If you just breezed over that question (like I usually do) go back and honestly consider and answer it. We could come up with a ton of answers of what may produce happiness, but if we are honest there is only one thing that consistently produces lasting joy, happiness, contentment, and peace.... being in fellowship with God by being right with God. It may be an oversimplified answer, but basically that is what it boils down to.
I love reading the account of the dedication of Solomon’s Temple. Everything that is involved is centrally focused on the Lord and His goodness. In response to their worship and praise, God fills the temple with a thick cloud... His presence. I believe there are some observations about the aspects of praise and worship that they possessed.