Archive for July, 2012


But Why?!

There comes a time in the life of a maturing child when he or she will not simply accept the easy or convenient answer from the person from whom he or she is asking; instead, the child, in effort to get further clarification will pose that powerful three letter word of a question, “why?” If we’ll be honest with ourselves, we all, at some point in time and in some form or fashion, have asked the question why. Far too often will people utilize the question “why” to spark a futile debate or to try and confuse or dissuade others; however, the sincerest of all the reasons why people ask “why” is so that one can truly understand a concept or a process, and hopefully, incorporate what is true into his or her own life. Proverbs 4:7 concludes, “Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore, get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding!” (NKJV) In our lives, God will allow us, from time to time, to come up against some tough opposition and expose us to some difficult challenges, all in effort to build our faith and endurance (James 1:2). While some people believe that asking God why in the midst of turmoil is like angrily shaking a fist at Him; truth be told, sincerely asking God why, coupled with prayer, supplication and seeking Godly counsel (the word of God, spiritually faithful brothers/sisters in Christ, elders, etc.) on the matter, will likely lead one to understand what God’s will is. God desires that all that we do or say be done or said with purpose, which ultimately is, to give Him the glory. If you are acting carelessly or out of ignorance or spite in your life and during trying times, God is not getting the glory; on the contrary, God is pleased when one aims to learn what He wills then follows through. Seek to live a purposefully consistent life, one that exalts God above all. Turn away from haphazard and riotous living, which only leads to the grave and eternal separation from God. Why ask why? So that you may understand what the Lord wants and obey.

MD 7/24/12

 

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Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Pet 2:1-3, NIV) The concepts presented by the Apostle Peter in this passage are not very difficult to understand; however, for one to truly apply them, humility is required. One phrase I’ve heard on several occasions, which I’ve observed to be true, states “Grown folks will do what grown folks wanna do!” Peter, in this text, is telling “grown folks” that if they expect to grow spiritually, that have to get rid of that “grown folks” mindset, which is what drives evil actions, lying, hypocrisy, evil speech, etc., and revert back to an “infant-like” one. Universally, milk is essential for the proper growth and development of an infant. While God has allowed man to develop milk formulas and substitutes that have proven to be adequate, doctors advise that milk from the mother’s breast is the most nourishing and most beneficial for the baby because it contains the mother’s antibodies, nutrients and such. If we can liken milk from the mother’s breast to the sincere and pure milk of the word, we can then see that while alternative ways for people to live and develop themselves exist, those alternatives are limited in comparison to God’s design. Only the pure word, God’s holy and divine word, can help us to grow and develop spiritually. The milk of His word gives His children what’s needed to be the people He wants them to be; the people who live the type of lives He wants them to live. So here’s a new saying, “The word of God will make those folks that are spiritually grown humble themselves and do what God wants them to do!” Keep in mind however, that just as babies transition from milk to stronger foods and meats, Christians must allow the word of God to build up their spiritual digestive systems so that they can advance from spiritual milk to spiritual meat as well! Don’t fall into the same category of spiritual malnourishment as those identified in the book of Hebrews. Hebrews 5:12 says, “By now you should be teachers, but you need someone to teach you again the first lessons of God’s message. You still need the teaching that is like milk. You are not ready for solid food.” (NCV) It’s time to get your “spiritual grown man/woman” on Christians!

MD 7/13/12

Seeing so many people trying to remain germane in a world that is fleeting is a sad sight indeed. There are a host of popular reality shows on television and other media channels that are centered on people who are either trying to create a name for themselves or trying to remain current in the eyes of the people; in essence, they’re all trying to stay relevant in a world that’s passing. It’s no secret that we all, in some form or fashion, like attention, however, one has to question his or her own motives if he or she desires to be in the spotlight more often than not. Yes, it’s ok to have a nice car, it’s quite alright to have a fine wardrobe, and it’s not a bad thing to have a little extra money to blow; however, when these things and others are used to obtain glory for oneself and not to honor God and bless others, one is tiptoeing that fine line between self-gratification and reverence to God. Consider what Jesus tells his disciples, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward!” (Matt 6:1-2, HCSB) If you practice wickedness before people in effort to be seen by them, you can be certain that God has something in store for you as well (not a reward)! If you’re striving to be a Christian, don’t miss out on what God has  prepared for you by being distracted by (or attracted to) things that will take your focus off of Him; be especially aware of those things that are intended to elevate your standings with others. Jesus states, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:25, NASB) Who, in their right mind, would want to invest all that they have in a stock that is clearly destined for failure? Why would one waste time, one of God’s greatest gifts, chasing temporal things. 1 John 2:17 reports, the world is passing away, and also its lusts. This same scripture closes by stating, “But the one who does the will of God lives forever.” (NASB) In other words, don’t spend your life trying to fit in with man, stand out for God! Don’t lose your soul pursuing momentary praise; pay homage to God and live forevermore!”

MD 7/3/12