1When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
– Genesis 6:1-2 (NIV)
The sons of God, the angels, slept with the “daughters of men.” This was referenced by Jude as he wrote about the ways of the wicked and wayward who strayed from God. Peter makes reference to it in his second epistle when he says: “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned.” There were angels who took it upon themselves to do as they wished, not keeping to their assigned tasks ordained by the Almighty.
Read on in Genesis 6 and see how much the inhabitants of the earth displeased God. Then, take a long and hard look at our society today. Are we living in violent and chaotic times? Has sexual immorality taken a hold of our people, spewing with infidelity and pornographic images? Look at it.
What was going on among the people bothered God. It grieved God. It made God sorry that He had made mankind and put them on earth. It broke his heart.
Let’s stop the madness and mayhem. Let’s do our part to live differently. Jude wrote it as a reminder to us. Peter wrote it as a warning. We need to live in truth and not falsehood. We need to live for God, upholding what we know of Him and clinging to Him with utter dependence for all that we do not know and cannot foresee.
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Posted in choices, Christian, discipleship, endurance, expectations, growth, patience, reading, trouble, values, warning, tagged discipleship, faithful, help, patience, pitfalls, problems, support on July 15, 2010|
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Patience is more than endurance.– Oswald Chambers
Knowing that the proving of your faith worketh patience.- James 1:3 (ASV)
Patience can present a problem. Patience becomes a problem when it leads to pitfalls. You have to be careful to exercise patience to the right degree in the right situation.
Do not allow your patience to turn into:
Keep your patience in proper perspective. Do not allow your patience become a pitfall that lets you fall into a problematic trap.
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Posted in ancestors, change, Christian, deliverance, encouragement, faith, memorial, miracle, praise, reflection, sign, stones, testimony, warning, witnesses, works, tagged change, faithful, glory, praise, work on May 31, 2010|
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“. . . And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”
Joshua 4:7 NKJV
The children of Israel needed these stones. They didn’t need them erected as an idol. They needed these stones to serve as a reminder, a memorial of what God had done on their behalf. These stones would not simply serve as a conversation piece. Joshua shared: They will be a sign among you. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these rocks mean?’ These stones would allow the children of Israel to share their testimony with their children and their children’s children.
It’s one thing to have testimony, but many of us need to have lives that serve as a voiceless testimony of God’s goodness to us. People need to see God in our lives as much as they hear about Him from us. We need to demonstrate and display the change that God has made in our lives. People will see it. Although they may not recognize it, they will see it as something different that sets us apart from others.
Proverbs warns us not to remove the landmark set in place by our forefathers. In Proverbs 22:28, the Word teaches that the landmark was set in place for a reason that was given to those who came before us. Let us learn about that reason before we set our hearts and minds on removing it. In Proverbs 23:10, greed is addressed by warning people not to remove the ‘ancient landmark’ or oppress the poor by taking their land. Our obsession with accumulation may make us oblivious to the way we treat others, even our ancestors and their legacy.
With a lifestyle that respects the past, people will see us as blessed and ask what does it mean and how did we arrive at such a place in this life. We will be able to share about His goodness and His mercy towards us. God wants to work through us to reach others. Let the ancient landmark serve as a reminder to us that our lives our on display before the entire world. Keep it as a memorial.
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“As a man thinketh. . .” seems to be the type of quote that leads to a lot of discussion on mental stability versus instability, illness versus wellness, and overall mental health issues. Truly, it does not bring much philosphy to mind. However, it address some philosophical junk that has been piling up for years. Descartes sahred: ” I think, therefore, I am” as a means of explaining his very existence. Even the African proverb that says,”Man, know thyself” places knowledge and awareness together as akin or at least bedfellows. For the Christian, however, we must remain in think on the things above. not earthly things. Consider where your mind wanders. Think about how things come to mind for a short time, and then they are gone. Let your mind focus on the things above, not the things on earth.
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