At times, we all can get stuck on things. Most of the time it’s something bad that happened. We think about it and think about it. But someone says to us, “You need to put that behind you and move on.”
In Deuteronomy 1, God spoke to Moses and told him to counsel Israel to move on. He said to them, “You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on.”
Sometimes we can stay at mountains where good things happened. We don’t want to leave. We want to live in the glory days.
But the Lord tells us, whether it’s a bad event or good, to move on. You have stayed at this mountain long enough.
Is there a mountain you need to move on from today?
Thomas Jefferson was asked by a friend to write a letter to give to his son who had been named “Thomas Jefferson.” Toward the end of his life, Jefferson wrote the letter. One of the pieces of advice he gave him was,
“Murmur not at the ways of Providence.”
Think about that; “Murmur not…” that means don’t complain. Don’t complain at ways of Providence…don’t murmur at God. That’s strong.
Providence refers to the direction and provision of God. When we commit our lives to Christ, we fall under the Providence of God.
It means to trust God whatever our circumstances. That’s tough to do. If something bad happens it can cause us to question God. Things happen that we don’t understand; it can cause us to question of God.
I can assure you I do not always understand God. And I have questioned God. But we should try to trust instead of murmuring.
“You need to grow up!”
Has anyone ever told you that or have you told anyone that? Recently I was talking with a friend on the phone and he said “Gregg, you have to turn this loose and give it to God. You have been stewing about it for some time….let it go.” My friend was right.
Now I could have gotten angry and said “What do you mean telling me that?” I’m NOT bragging on myself but I realized he was right, choked it down and said, “You’re right.”
It was a moment of correction.
Proverbs 10:17 says, “People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.”
So, are you open to discipline and instruction. If not, we all need to be. The only way we can grow is to be open to instruction. Look in the mirror today and be open to correction.
Love and hate go all the way back to Cain and Abel. Cain hated his brother because Abel gave a better offering and he killed Abel.
Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.”
Browse Facebook, watch the news or talk with people and you unfortunately hear lots of hate…name-calling….criticism…half-truths. None of that gets you anywhere.
On the other hand, the scripture says, “…love makes up for all offenses.”
Think about that verse; “Love makes up for all offenses.”
Think how powerful the words “I love you” are.
Or, “Luv U man.”
Or, someone may say, “Luv U sweet friend.”
Love and hate; both four-letter words but powerful.
“I love you!” or, “I hate you!”
It’s our choice. Which words do we choose?
I choose to understand. I choose not to judge. I choose to accept all people. I choose to encourage.
I choose to love.
Country musician Randy Travis had a song entitled, “The storms of life are washing me away.”
All of us have experienced the storms of life. It may be a stormy home life or a stormy relationship or storms at work or health storms or storms of addiction. But we all go through storms.
In Mark 4, the disciples were in a boat with Jesus when a storm came up. The disciples freaked! They went and woke up Jesus and asked, “Master don’t you care that we are about to drown?”
Then Jesus said to the storm; “Silence! Be still!” And the wind stopped. Jesus had calmed the storm.
Jesus will call the storms in our lives as well. Now how does that happen? The first thing we need to do is give our lives to Christ and He gives us supernatural power to deal with our storms. We may go to a Doctor who prescribes medication to heal our storm. We may make some personal changes to heal our storm.
Maybe we talk with someone whom we have some problems with to heal our storms.
If you are dealing with storms, Jesus can help you. It may not happen overnight but Jesus can and will help you if you will let Him.
Considering that Jesus loves us and promises to forgive our sins, it’s difficult to think that there is one sin that is unforgivable. But the Bible tells us there is one sin that’s unpardonable.
There was a time when the religious leaders said of Jesus; “He’s possessed by Satan, the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.”
Hearing this, Jesus asked, “How can a demon cast out a demon?”
Then Jesus there is only sin that is unforgivable and that is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
So if a person has heard the gospel and refuses to receive Christ, when they die they are separated from God where there is no forgiveness of sins.
Friend, if you have never received Christ I encourage you too. Don’t commit the unpardonable sin.
Yesterday I was in a conversation with a couple of people and someone asked how I felt about tattoos. I responded, “Well, if you had asked me that ten years ago, my answer would be different. But now, It’s not a deal.” Now someone may ask, “Ok, what changed your mind?” Time and love I am a Christian. I love Jesus and Jesus was about love. I want to stay focused on love. We can get wrapped up in things that don’t affect the price of beans in China.
In the gospels some people wanted to stone a lady who they said had been caught in the act of adultery. Jesus said to them, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
I’m not a stone-thrower. I’m a lover. Let’s focus on loving others Instead of pointing what we think are faults.
Friends….I’ve had this blog for several years but haven’t used it in a while. I’m going to resume using it for encouragement and help in daily living. If you know anyone anyone you think might like it, please pass it along. You can also subscribe.
What is wisdom? It’s what is required to make good decisions. When a person is wise, they have wisdom. Wisdom leads us to make good choices.
Proverbs 9:11-12 says, “Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.”
Where do we get wisdom? Proverbs 2 says “All wisdom comes from the Lord.”
Wisdom….good choices…multiplies our years.
As we head out the door, ask the Lord for wisdom so that we can make good decisions.
The Beatles had a hit song entitled “I get by with a little help from my friends.” All of us, at times, need help from our friends.
In the gospels Jesus was carrying his cross up Golgotha’s hill. He began to stumble under the weight of the cross. The Roman soldiers surveyed the area and grabbed a man named Simon of Cyrene and pressed him into service. So Simon carried Jesus cross.
Everyone needs help at times. Simon helped our Lord. Be aware of people around you who need help. You may work with someone who needs help carrying a cross. Or a family member may need help. Or a neighbor.
Today, on Valentine’s Day, help carry someone’s cross.
One of the best-known stories in the Bible is Daniel in the lion’s den. Daniel was placed in a lion’s den because he had prayed to his God even when Darius the king had signed an edict forbidding it.
So Daniel was placed in a lion’s den to die. But God closed the mouth of the lion and Daniel lived. Daniel had survived because God saved him.
This world is a lion’s den. It can be tough to live the Christian life. It can be challenging to stand for Christian principles. But our Lord protects us in the lions den. Today ask the Lord to be with you…to sustain you in the lions den of the world.