Only by Pride…

“Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”

We see, in this verse, that the root of all contention, arguments, disagreements, conflicts, controversies, strife, etc. is PRIDE. If we take the time to think, why do we argue? We will soon come to the conclusion that so often it is because we are right, and until everyone else recognizes this… we will continue to quarrel. That is pride. None of us like to acknowledge that we could ever be wrong. To admit, “I was wrong”, requires the painful process of swallowing our pride. But, I must tell you it is not at all as painful as what pride can and will do to you. Proverbs 16:18  “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”  If we find that we are often in the center of arguments, disagreements, strife, etc., we must accept the fact that we have a problem with pride and then, with God’s help, go on to fix it. The next time we are about to start an argument or get involved in one, let’s first consider this: Proverbs 29:23, “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”

~ Bethany ~

Counseling Teens and Young Adults – The Golden Rule

“And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?” II Chronicles 10:6

“But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.”  II Chronicles 10:8

“…and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, And answered them after the advice of the young men,…”  II Chronicles 10:13,14

 The story of King Rehoboam forsaking the counsel of the older men and heeding the fleshly counsel of inexperience from the younger men resulted in the revolt of ten tribes. (I would hate to have been one of those younger men whose ungodly counsel led to such a disastrous outcome!) When I read this passage, I often wonder how things could have been very different if the king had taken heed to the older men. I think of how the younger men could have made that difference if they had only pointed King Rehoboam back to the wisdom of the aged.

When given the opportunity to influence/counsel teenagers and young adults, we need to first consider the time when our own children or even grandchildren may be seeking counsel. As we ask ourselves, “If this were my son or daughter, what counsel would I be praying that they receive?”…we, in turn, should carefully and prayerfully do likewise. “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”  Matthew 7:12   I don’t know of a parent that would not want their advice-seeking son or daughter pointed back to them. Never say never. We would all like to think that our children will always heed our counsel, but in this day where so many young peoples’ hearts are being turned from their parents, that may not be the case. When our children or grandchildren are young, or even if we do not have children, we may not be able to look that far ahead to when they are grown, but the time will come sooner than we think. And, when it does, I am sure we will be very grateful if we have, in wisdom and spiritual maturity, planted seeds of respect toward the parents of young people who may have sought our counsel. “…for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7 On the other hand, I am quite sure we will forever regret sowing seeds of disrespect and usurping the authority of parents whose children have sought our advice by neglecting to point them back to their own God-given authority.

“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers…” Malachi 4:6

~ Rachel ~

If We Were a Bible Character – Onesimus

If we were a Bible character; our life, men had read.

From the pages of Scripture, just what would be said?

If God were writing our profile today,

To record in His Word; just what would it say?

 

“I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:” Philemon 1:10

Onesimus, a “son in the faith” to the apostle Paul, was converted while in prison. I love how Paul immediately gives evidence, in verse 11, of this believer’s salvation by comparing his past with his present:

Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:” Philemon 1:11

From unprofitable to profitable, the testimony of Onesimus is a clear example of II Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Before salvation, Onesimus’ life was unprofitable concerning the work of the Lord, but now, Paul himself is benefiting from this profitable servant of God!

Reading the above passage this morning immediately reminded me of a conversation I had last night after church. While talking with a dear lady, she began to express her strong desire to serve the Lord. Having been saved later in life, she felt such a heavy burden of wasted years. As I looked at her and noticed tears in her eyes, I knew that these were not just words she was speaking. Her new life in Christ had put such a fervent desire within her…a desire to live the rest of her life in a profitable way…a desire to live for her Saviour! Although I knew she was indeed serving the Lord in various ways, she wanted to do more! Yes, the love that Christ had shown in dying for her was now constraining her to live for HIM!  “For the love of Christ constraineth us …” II Corinthians 5:14

As in the life of Onesimus, does our life portray a “past” and “present”? There is certainly the need to allow time for growth in baby Christians, but, at salvation, was there evidence that we passed from death to life? And then, as Christians,  is it our sincere desire to become more and more “profitable”…for the glory of GOD?

“This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”  Titus 3:8 

~ Rachel ~

I am the least…

When the Lord allowed Bethany and I to start this blogging journey, I told Anna that she would have the opportunity to “guest post” from time-to-time. The following was taken from Anna’s Bible Journal:

“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  “And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.” I Corinthians 1:26-29 

Verse 27 is talking about how God can use the weak to confound the mighty. Confound means to make ashamed. God isn’t just looking for rich, educated, good-looking people to work for Him. He is looking for willing, humble, separated, etc. vessels to do His work. In Judges 6, God called a man named Gideon to deliver His people from the Midianites. His reply was, “…Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” Judges 6:15  Notice he said, “I am the least”. Gideon had a humble spirit. He thought that he was too small to do such a task, but God used him and he fought a very interesting battle where God gave the victory! God used the “least” to lead an army.  There are many other examples where God used the “weak” or “least”. So, don’t get discouraged and think that you can’t be used of God, because ANYONE can!!! Just have a willing and humble spirit and a life consecrated to God!!

~ Anna ~

“The Great I Am”

God’s children were in bondage

In Egypt’s land for many years

When they cried unto their Father

Through their pain and through their tears

Then He raised a man named Moses

To lead them to the promised land

When Moses said Lord I am nothing

God said just trust Me, The Great I Am

CHORUS

I am thy God Jehovah

Is anything too hard for Me

When the water’s too high for crossing

I’ll be there to part the sea

When the flames of doubt enfold you

I am the fourth Man in the fire

Fear thou not for I am with thee

I am your God, you are My child

~~~

Though we walk through the fiery trials

And though we trod the valley low

There’s a refuge for God’s children

And a place where we can go

Just like Moses, I am helpless

By myself I cannot stand

Then I hear the Saviour whisper

Just trust in Me, The Great I Am

BRIDGE

I am the Rose of Sharon

I am your strength when you are weak

I am the great Physician

The Provider of all your needs

The Lily in your valley

When storms of life are raging wild

Fear thou not, for I am with thee

I am your God, you are My child

(Traci Jones)