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Sufficiency

Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die:Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. PROVERBS 30:7-9

An idea worth considering: enough resources to live on but not so little as to be in want, nor so much as too become proud or arrogant.  

A Prayer for this week

Pray for All People:  First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. – 1 Timothy 2:1 – 2 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Timothy2:1-2&version=ESV

We pray as our Christian calling, seeking the Lord’s direction, because it is our duty as citizens of the Kingdom.

We vote as our civic duty, for someone to fulfill a job, but only as a secondary concern.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33.

Be Still

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  Psalm 46:10

Being still is hard work.  At least for me.  I have to remind myself to breath.  I have to remind myself to trust Him.  I have to remind myself that I never was in control and that God is always in control.  I have to remind myself to surrender, to stop, to listen, to just BE!  Hard work.

I want things fixed now.  I want this move over now.  I want all these headaches and delays gone now.  God says, “Wait for Me.  I know best.”

I also have to remember to thank Him in the midst of the turmoil and uncertainty, to give Him the praise for holding us close and guiding each step we take.  So right now I am taking that time.

I’ll praise you in this storm, and I will lift my hands,

For You are who You are, no matter where I am.

So, Heavenly Father, I just thank you know for the You, for being the Rock in the storm, a shelter from all the chaos.  I thank you for the truth that You fulfill all the promises that You make.  I thank you that You will ‘never leave me nor forsake me.’  Mostly  I thank you for being the Almighty, El Shaddai, King of kings and Lord of lords.  But above all this, I thank you for the free and priceless gift of Your salvation, Jesus Christ, Messiah, Name above all names, Redeemer! Amen.

Monday Matters

C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. (Copied from Goodreads.com)

I read this statement the other day, and it struck me on a number of levels and applications.  First, what are the ‘jungles’ Lewis was writing about?  What are the ‘deserts’?  In thinking about this over the last couple of days, I think perhaps that the jungles are the entangling vines of ignorance, bureaucratic requirements, government interference.  These are the things that inhibit true learning, because they do not impart a desire to know, to grow, to seek.  All they do is establish arbitrary ‘standards’ that someone decides need to be met in order to…what?  To pass a test, to move to the next level, to qualify for something.  Useful skills to know, maybe, but not true learning.

The true learning comes when you recognize, on some level, that you don’t know but that you want to know.  You want to find out something new, experience more, grow somehow.  That is the desert – the wasteland of not knowing, of seeking the cool refreshment of the learning.  A good teacher, nay, a great teacher, is the one that teaches the student where to find that refreshment – in the ability to think; to be able to learn; to know, not what the answer is, but HOW TO FIND/ DISCOVER/ LEARN where the answer may lie, what to do in order to either seek out someone else’s solution or develop your own.

Too often, both in education and in our Christian lives, we settle for rote learning of facts and figures; settle for being able to ‘pass the test;’ settle for just the bare minimum.  We need to learn how to learn, how to seek the answer for our selves, how to test the so-called ‘facts’ we hear.  We settle for accepting the ‘truth’ we see, on social media, the news, etc., instead of checking for ourselves whether what we see is indeed true, and not a fabrication, or worse, a semi-truth that has been deliberately twisted in order to deceive!

As Christians, we are called to test the words of man against what God’s inerrant word says.  Is what that preacher saying contradicting God’s Word?  If it is, run!  Is someone preaching any gospel other than Jesus?  Then Paul tells us “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”

So, educators, both secular and Christian, water the deserts by teaching others how to learn, how to seek out their own answers, how to discern the difference truth and lies.  Let us not succumb to ‘spin doctors’ of either secular knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ!  Check your facts, check your sources, and check your bias!

Monday Matters- Temptation

I recently came across a passage in My Utmost for His Highestby Oswald Chambers.  It said:

Satan does not tempt us just to make us do wrong things–he tempts us to make us lose what God has put into us through regeneration, namely, the possibility of being of value to God.

The Bible speaks about this regeneration often.  Jesus said “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)  Paul wrote to the Corinthians “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)  And in Romans 6:4: “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

So what did God put into us when we chose to accept Jesus as Lord?  Well, we became sons of God, heirs with Christ, and adopted into the family.  We get to cry out “Abba” or “daddy” to the creator of the universe.  We are brothers of God’s Son, Jesus, and our identity is in Him.  What he has, he gives to us.  He is given all by his Father–we are given all.  He suffered the temptations and trials of this broken world–so will we.  He was raised into eternal life–so are we.  What we may lose now have no comparison to what God has given us in Jesus.

As we turn more towards this new life the Father has to, the temptations of Satan change.  Where once he might have tempted us with things that would prevent us from becoming a part of God’s family, now he will seek to render us unable to serve Him.  Oswald Chambers said it better:  “He does not come to us on the premise of tempting us to sin, but on the premise of shifting our point of view, and only the Spirit of God can detect this as a temptation of the devil.”  He seeks to rob us of the ability to serve, to render useless the new life in Christ that is ours when we choose to follow Jesus.  It is only by continually seeking God both through his word and in prayer that we can learn to hear the Spirit when it seeks to turn us from this trap of Satan, and keep steady in our walk with Jesus.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  (1 Peter 5:8)

by Ryk Neethling

by Ryk Neethling