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Honor

This is something we all seek even if it is in small things. Honor at home, on the job or in the community or church is desirable. We all want to look good in these venues. Ananias and Sapphira sought it through a gift of money to the church provided by the sale of their property but they were dishonest about the full value and died as a result. They could have given a portion of the sale and still been honored but chose to lie and were dishonored.
Solomon, who had much honor, spoke of it in Proverbs 25:27 when he said, “It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor.” Honey is a powerfully sweet thing. Solomon advised that a little bit of honey is enough but too much will make you sick.
Honor is like honey, a powerful thing, and too much honor or honor entreated by yourself will cause wrong results like pride. If you have to advertise how good you are, then, you’re really not that good.
Paul spoke to Timothy saying, “good deeds are obvious, and even th…

Train

All of us while in school did some training of our physical body. We did a little running, sit-ups, pushups and the like as instructed by a teacher. These were meant to keep us fit; to establish a routine by which we would stay healthy. They were done for the development of the body to serve us better.
There is a counter to this in the spiritual side of our life. Paul challenged Timothy with these words: “train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7b-8).
Paul here is not downplaying the benefit of physical exercise; rather he is using it to illustrate a spiritual truth. Every person needs to be exercising his spirit and developing spiritual character. Just as the individual bent on gaining physical prowess would spare no efforts to attain it, release himself from anything that would hold him back, and be constantly in pursuit of his goal, the bel…

Doubt

Have you ever done something you thought to be God’s direction and then doubted it to be so after you did what God said? Jeremiah had such an experience. He was told to buy a field from his uncle, Hanamel, which was a field in the middle of the Babylonian army, encamped outside the city of Jerusalem. There was no way that this land could be built on or farmed because of its location but God had told Jeremiah to buy it and he had obeyed.
It seemed like this purchase was a stupid thing to do but when Jeremiah doubted he went to God in prayer. He said the following to God, “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)
The reason for his purchase was to express faith in God that He would restore the city of Jerusalem to its original greatness and that one day it and the land around it would be valuable and ruled over by the King of Israel. Later in the passage, (32:26-27), the Lord respon…

Good Friends

All of us have probably experienced the pain of a bad tooth. We try taking an aspirin or something stronger but the pain continues. It drives us crazy as the little tooth radiates out its distress call of pain. I have laid on the right side of my head trying to find relief from an abscessed tooth but it didn’t help. The only thing that made it better was the dentist and his drill.
Also, a stubbed toe can give us lots of trouble. It is hard to put a shoe on or walk without a limp because of the pain from the injury. The appendage is so small compared to the rest of our body but the pain can be intense affecting all our body.
Solomon made these two things, a lame foot and an infected tooth, illustrations of what we will experience as theresult of trusting an unfaithful person in a difficult time. He said, “Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.” (Proverbs 25:19)
He indicated that when we are in pain we will only receive more pain by relying on on…

Undivided Heart

What is the greatest battle of every believer? It is the battle over loyalty of the heart. Caleb and Joshua came back from spying the land with a message of hope and trust in God to conquer what He had promised. The other ten spies came home with the same evidences of the land’s goodness but with a divided heart. Their hearts were filled with fear and the inability to obey God and trust His promises.
Caleb was identified by God to have “followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.” (Joshua 14:9)This idea of wholeheartedness is also seen in Psalm 86:11 where the Psalmists (possibly David) made a request for understanding with the promise of obedience. “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”
To be able to have as his highest purpose a reverence for God was the desire of the Psalmist. He realized that this didn’t come out of thin air but was the result of learning God’s ways (as taught by God), and promising to walk in …

No Hiding

How often do we think of God as being far away? How often do we rationalize that He does not see our attitudes and actions; that somehow He is not privy to our misdeeds and sins? This is a lie we tell ourselves.
God spoke to Jeremiah about the prophets of his day and how God saw every false word they spoke and every false action they had taken. He said, “’Am I only a God nearby,’ declares the Lord, ‘and not a God far away?’ ‘Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do not I fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:23-24)
God is omnipresent. He is everywhere all the time; there is no hiding from Him. He is all seeing, all knowing and always present. What we believe about God should determine how we live. Can God see you in hiding? Can He hear the thoughts of your mind and see the intent of your will. Absolutely, therefore believe He is with you and hears you every moment of every day and because of this live a life that is worthy bef…