6 Aspects of Biblical Reconciliation — For ღ of God ✟ & Country 🇺🇸

Christians need wisdom in choosing friends. We should treat everyone kindly (Romans 12:9-21), but we should choose friends who are not rude, critical, ungodly, or selfish (1 Corinthians 15:33). We don’t, however, choose our family relationships. God does. And He wants us to do our very best to get along.  Reconciliation is a high priority in any […]

6 Aspects of Biblical Reconciliation — For ღ of God ✟ & Country 🇺🇸

When Did It Become All About the Likes?

or….has it always been about the likes, comments and follows?

Once again I feel like I’m focusing too much on what people think and whether or not I’m measuring up to their standards. It shouldn’t be this way. It shouldn’t be me trying to be like others. It should be ME being the person GOD created me to be. I’m trying so hard to fit in when I should be listening to God and remembering that He created me in His own image. He loves me and He longs to have that relationship with me. And here I am, pretending to be someone I really am not.

It’s always been about the likes, if I’m being completely honest. I have this feeling deep down inside that craves the likes my posts get. A feeling that craves the views, the comments….and it’s wrong. All of it. It sickens me that I find myself checking WordPress to see if anyone “liked” my latest post. To see if anyone “commented” on my post. Or I’ll log onto Facebook to see if I have any notifications.

Social media. In the age of technology it seems like there is always a new platform being created. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok (still haven’t really grasped the point of TikTok, lol)

Social media. It can become a harmful addiction.

According to AddictionCenter.com, psychologists estimate that as many as 5 to 10% of Americans meet the criteria for social media addiction today. Social media addiction is a behavioral addiction that is characterized as being overly concerned about social media, driven by an uncontrollable urge to log on to or use social media, and devoting so much time and effort to social media that it impairs other important life areas.

Honestly? I think we could all use a digital detox once in awhile! It’s healthy. We need to start spending time with our loved ones in person, if possible! We need to start living in the present, physically talking to others instead of having our face buried in our smartphones. And I’m just as guilty of this.

Social media use becomes problematic when someone views social networking sites as an important coping mechanism to relieve stress, loneliness, or depression.

AddictionCenter.com

So how are Christians supposed to use social media? How do YOU use social media? To spread God’s Word to a fallen world? Or to gain tons of followers and “earn” plenty of likes?

What should we do?

  1. Spend more time in our Bibles rather than on Facebook.

    “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
  2. Focus on what truly matters in this world.

    “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of Heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of Heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:1-2 (NLT)

3. Remember to not conform to this world.
 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

How are we to spread the love of God to the world when we are distracted by the same world?

Commandment #4: Remember the Sabbath

*****I have to be honest on this commandment….I had trouble with this one. Not because I don’t understand what the Sabbath is….but my words seemed to fail me this time around. I know in my head but couldn’t seem to get it translated on here. ******

20 And God spoke all these words:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”


What does remembering the Sabbath mean?

The word Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning “day of rest.”

When God created the world He finished it in 6 days. And on the 7th He rested.

So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested[a] from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

Genesis 2:1-3

In order to follow God’s example we must remember that God rested on the 7th day and we should too. Resting on the Sabbath should remind us of our Creator.

What does it mean that God rested? It means at least that he was satisfied that his work of creation was complete and was “very good.” His rest means that he wanted to now stand back as it were in leisure and savor the beauty and completeness of his creative work. —–John Piper

Remembering the Sabbath as it says in the commandment means that we are to…well, remember it! Always. We must realize that God rested on the 7th day so we must too!

“God gave His people Israel a day of rest each week to rejuvenate their bodies and minds. It was to be a time of rest, feasting, and enjoying family. More importantly, He gave it in order to break the day-in, day-out cycle of life, so that Israel would not forget their God and would worship and give thanks to Him on that day.” ( Pastor Kevin Sadler)

What does it mean to “keep it holy?”

“The Sabbath is more than just a day for sleeping and doing nothing.—it’s a day for doing something different; refocusing on God, worshipping and fellowshipping with Christians of like mind.” (Mike Bennett, https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/10-commandments/sabbath/

We must keep it holy meaning we are to set it aside as a day of “God-centered rest.” (John Piper)

It means to “set apart” “consecrate” or “sanctify”

It must be a day where we, as Bennett says , worship the One True God and fellowship with others who also are there to worship the Lord.

When we worship at church we are keeping the Sabbath holy. We are expressing our love for our Creator.

Sunday Rest Initiated by Constantine

For the first three centuries of the church, there was “no expectation that on the Lord’s Day one is to rest from one’s labors”). Roman slaves had to work on that day. Not until Christendom shaped commerce did Sunday become a day of rest.  DAVID SCHROCK

Christendom initiated by Constantine led to the practice of Sabbath-keeping on Sunday.

David Schrock, https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/reviews/a-brief-history-of-sunday/

Rest is a gift from God—more, a commandment, the practice of sabbath.

Carol Holbrook

Spurgeon: Would you “bleed Bible?” — Knowing God through His Word … Day by Day

Very good read by Pam Larson!

Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to […]

Spurgeon: Would you “bleed Bible?” — Knowing God through His Word … Day by Day

Take Care Of your Bodies

It feels so weird being able to smile again after a couple years of covering it up!

I am so thankful that I was able to get dentures. The Lord’s hand was definitely in this.

Dentures are so expensive! Even at a place called Affordable Dentures, LOL

But y’all…I have a smile again!

Next on my appearance list? Losing this weight. It’s time to get serious about following through with it.

However, I know that the Lord does not look on outward appearance but on the inside. (1 Samuel 16:7) But He also expects us to take care of our bodies for we are the temple (Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Romans 12:1-2

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

If we are to honor God with our bodies, then we must take care of ourselves.

Take care of your bodies and your health.

I Am Who I Say I Am: Believe In Me

“Who ARE you? they demanded.

Jesus replied, “The One I have always claimed to be

John 8:25

I was reading in John and came across this verse that I know I’ve read before but when I read it this time, I had to chuckle a little.

The people wanted to know who it was Jesus was claiming to be. I sensed a little bit of humor in Jesus’ voice when He says, “The One I have always claimed to be.” Like, “duh” LOL it was as if He was saying, “Come on, people, must I repeat myself over and over again? I have already told you!”

Why couldn’t they grasp that Jesus was who He said He was?

“But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him.” (John 12:37)

Why didn’t they believe? For the same reason some people today don’t believe, although they’ve heard the Bible’s message that God loves them, and that Christ died to give them new life, both now and forever. The problem is inside of us — in the stubbornness of our hearts and wills. We want to run our own lives — and we know that if we yield ourselves to Christ, we can’t keep on living the way we once did. Like the rebellious men in one of Jesus’ parables, we declare, “We don’t want this man to be our king” (Luke 19:14).

https://billygraham.org/answer/why-didnt-everyone-believe-in-jesus-during-his-lifetime/

The world has increasingly gotten worse since biblical times. Tons are ignoring the Bible, turning their back on God and acting as if God doesn’t even exist.

But let me tell you. GOD DOES EXIST! And one day those people who reject God are going to stand before Him and hear these words:   ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Then…they will spend eternity in Hell. Eternity.

It is OUR mission to reach out to this lost and dying world. We are called to be a light in this dark, dark world. We are called to plant that seed in their heart and allow God to water it. We may never see the growth but God does.

Plant that seed.

Dentures

Y’all I’m so excited. I have teeth!!! I got my dentures today. I am still numb although it is starting to wear off. I tried to take a pain killer and the water and the pill went right down the front of my shirt, LOL. So I stuck the pill in yogurt and got it down.

So I’m feeling a little woozy now, lol. I just wanted to update you all and let you know that my dentures are in! 🙂

To the Almost Christian — Already Not Yet

 “Almost-Christians will almost get to heaven. But almost isn’t going to be close enough.”

Great post by Peter Cockrell

Alistair Begg: Not all who profess faith in Christ actually follow Him. Not all who give lip service to Christianity necessarily know its truth. Various warning passages (e.g., Heb. 2:1–4; 3:7–4:13; 1 John 2:19), along with Jesus’ own words in the Gospels (e.g., Matt. 7:23; 25:41; Luke 13:27), alert us to the possibility that we can appear to have a relationship […]

To the Almost Christian — Already Not Yet

Commandment #3: Don’t Take The Lord’s Name in Vain

“OMG.!!” “Oh My God!”, “Good Lord!”

These are prime examples of taking the Lord’s name in vain.

Have I been guilty of using these phrases? Of course! I’m not just speaking to you all regarding this commandment, I’m speaking to myself as well.

Before I came to Christ, despite having grown up in the church and being taught the Ten Commandments and KNOWING it was wrong, I didn’t care. I used all of those.

Except one. To me, the worst one even though I wasn’t a Christian, I never used this one: “God” followed by the word “damn.” It just wasn’t one I could bring myself to use. (So I guess the lessons as a kid weren’t completely lost on me.

It’s a sin. Using God’s name in vain is breaking one of the commandments, therefore it’s a sin.

Our actions, our WORDS reflect God’s character! When we misuse His name, we are not only breaking a commandment….we are breaking his HEART as well!

Using God’s name flippantly, casually is, for lack of a better term, wrong.

Instead of using His name in vain with profanity, we are to reverence God and represent His name well.

Mike Bennett

God’s Name

Who is God? He is Yahweh, Jehovah Jireh, I AM, Alpha and Omega, Prince of Peace.

He is my Friend, my Confidant, My Healer. He is the Way, He is the Truth, He is the Life!

Who Is God To You?

  • ​El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
  • El Elyon (The Most High God)
  • Adonai (Lord, Master)
  • Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
  • Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
  • Jehovah Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
  • Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
  • Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)

He is Everything to me. Is He Everything to you? And if He is everything then why use His name in a way that dishonors His character and who He really is?

We should be PRAISING our Creator! We should be HONORING His name.

Psalm 29: 1-2 says to: Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings; honor the Lord for his glory and strength.Honor the Lord for the glory of his name.Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

Let’s not misuse God’s name. Let’s be ambassadors for him – not an embarrassment to him – because he is the Name above all names

Rick Ezel

Wrong Motives

 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

James 4:2-3

I’m not going to lie. I’ve been so obsessed with my stats on here that I seem to have forgotten the real reason for blogging.

I’ll log on, hoping to see lots of “views” and “comments” and there aren’t many. A post I’m certain would draw lots of views doesn’t and posts I think aren’t my best writing end up more popular.

When I created this blog way back in 2012, I believe, I just wrote sporadically and never anything worth much….It was in 2017 when I got right again with the Lord that I truly took off with this blog.

It’s been 4 years since I changed this blog around. My desire is to be able to reach out to people and let them know that God loves them and that He is all they need!

I’m ashamed I have become curious more about why my blog isn’t growing than I am about sowing that seed and letting God do the watering in someone’s life.

I apologize.

I published posts every single day in July and was going for another month in August and I just realized it’s not about how many posts I publish. If I’m writing for the wrong reasons, if I’m just concerned with the stats then I’m doing something wrong. I’m not honoring God with this attitude.

I am not going to stop posting but I AM going to stop publishing every single day until I am writing to truly reach other people and not concerned so much with the stats.

 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

2 Timothy 2:22

 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

Colossians 3:23

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes
but the Lord weighs the spirit. 

Proverbs 16:2

 We can pretend that we are choosing certain actions for God or the benefit of others, when in reality we have selfish reasons. God is not fooled by our selfishness and is “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-motives.html