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Meddler

There is something to be said about a person that sticks their nose into other people’s business. This is a person that doesn’t understand boundaries or personal space and enters an argument between two people either because they feel a false ability to resolve issues for others or because they like to be in the spotlight.
Solomon identified them in the following way, “Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.” (Proverbs 26:17) “A quarrel not his own” states the essence of the problem with them. It is not your fight to fight and if you make it yours you will be sorry.
It is important that all of us be careful about injecting our self into other people’s problems. We can place our self in a position to short-circuit the necessary process of discussion and resolution and further exacerbate the problem. We can bring false solutions that create hope for the moment and then despair because they fail.
When we inject our self into the lives of ot…

Love

There are many emotions but none are as strong as love and hate. These two carry their owners through much to reach their desired end. They are seen as the opposite ends of the spectrum of emotion. Like the parallel ends of two magnets when pushed together, resistance is created and when released they repel each other.
So, it comes as no surprise in Psalm 97:10 to see the following statement, “Let those who love the Lord hate evil,” for if you LOVE the Lord your focus is on Him and His purity. You experience Him in His holiness and it causes you to hate evil in yourself and around you in others.
God is already loving you in a way that protects you which is explained in the rest of the verse, “for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.” He is living out what it means to love and wants you to do the same. But further, His deliverance is promised against evil when the believer is focusing on loving the Lord.
Have you ever really determined ho…

god crazy

I googled “gods” and books and videos are abundant to explain their beginnings and progeny. To name a few, they are Buddha, Krishna, Ra, Chemosh, Molech, Diana, Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon, Neptune, Athena, Artemus, Aphrodite, and thousands more. In every culture and on every continent gods are abundant. We could add to all of these the gods we have today in our society, gods of education, money, power, and more.
It is overwhelming to investigate gods. They have reasons for their existence and purposes for their lives. They are controllers of man and like Zeus can bring on them good and evil. They are to be honored and respected or else you will feel their wrath.
The Psalms speak of the God in powerful terms, “splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.” (Psalm 96:6) And right before this statement comes one that blows all gods out of the water, “For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.” (Psalm 96:5)
Paul, in the New Testament…

Prominent

What place does the Bible maintain in your life? Is it set aside to accompany you only to church? Is it dust covered and unopened? The place it maintains may tell you something about the life you are living.
Paul in speaking to Timothy made the following statement, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
There is a purpose for every word of Scripture. It is a conduit for truth into your life. Righteousness is not inherent within the heart of any one of us, it must be learned, built in by perpetual submission to the Word of God.
The Bible is beneficial to help God accomplish His purpose of transforming us into the image of His Son. It is practical about life, indispensable, and instrumental in creating change within us.
Four important activities are accomplished by the Word of God as it massages our soul. It is useful for imparting knowledge concerning what God wants from us. That is teaching. It is us…

Confident

It can be easy to lose heart as a believer; to allow your circumstances to control your feelings and responses. This is a life lived on the basis of our five senses rather than on our spiritual understandings of our exalted God. Our way narrows and darkens when we let ourselves be blown in the wind. Our life dwindles rather than expands and brightens.
Look for a moment at the life that maintains closeness to God. It experiences different feelings and endings. In Psalm 92:9-15, we see several results of this type of life. It is a life that is victorious, seeing “the defeat of my adversaries.” It is flourishing and growing because it is planted “in the courts of our God.”
It is fruitful and resilient, staying “fresh and green,” even “in old age.” It is built upon a solid and stable “Rock.” And most of all, it is convinced of the righteousness of God, that “there is no wickedness in him.” It believes that He is always acting with pure motive and in the best interest of His children. This i…

Fear

One of the feelings that causes us to shrink back when we are confronted by unbelievers is fear. It captures our soul and spirit and hinders us from sharing the great gospel of Christ. Can there be any bigger event in our own lives than salvation coming to our heart? Then, why are we so reticent to share its details with those around us?
We fear rejection, ridicule, or a strong offensive reaction by those with which we are sharing. How can we be internally indifferent to these possibilities?
Paul spoke to a young man named Timothy about this very issue. He reminded him that timidity was not given to us by God but rather “a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
These three create a means by which we can fend of fear. Out of our spirit we can have power. This comes as a result of the presence of the Holy Spirit. When our spirit is in tune with the Holy Spirit, and that means there is purity of life for this to happen, then we will have the inner power available …

Timing

It is sometimes difficult to understand the timing of God. We can pray for something and it is fulfilled very quickly and other times we can pray and pray and pray and it is not fulfilled. Sometimes we feel unheard and other times we feel God is listening to our every word. How can we understand the process of God?
Paul exhorted Timothy to keep fighting the good fight “until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time…” (1 Timothy 6:14-15) So, we see here that God does have a plan and that it will come to pass but in His time not ours.
This “plan” had to do with the future when the future was a long time ago. Note Paul’s words to the Galatians in 4:4 related to the coming of Christ, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem…”
God does have a plan and it is ever in the works. It is not simple and is not being worked without consideration of man but involves man and works all circumstances to …