Coming Away Full!

“God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.” ~ D.L. Moody

The above quote came to my mind this morning while reading Proverbs 14:6 – “A scorner seeketh wisdom and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.”  The attitude with which we approach God’s Word will determine the outcome. One with a critical spirit will come away empty, but a hungry soul that is truly desirous for wisdom will come away full!  A portion of Matthew Henry’s notes on this are:

“The reason why some people seek wisdom, and do not find it, is because they do not seek it from a right principle and in a right manner. They are scorners, and it is in scorn that they ask instruction, that they may ridicule what is told them and may cavil at it…To those who understand aright, who depart from evil (for that is understanding), the knowledge of God and of his will is easy. The parables which harden scorners in their scorning, and make divine things more difficult to them, enlighten those who are willing to learn, and make the same things more plain, and intelligible, and familiar to them.”

May we always approach God’s Word with humility and a teachable spirit.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”  Matthew 5:6

~ Rachel ~

Only One Life…

“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”  Philippians 2:16

When I read the above verse this morning, I thought of the following poem by C.T. Studd:

Two little lines I heard one day,Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice, Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave, And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years, Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore, When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way, Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep, In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife, Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn, And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone, Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call, I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

~ Rachel ~

If We Were a Bible Character – Abigail

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?

The above thought was one of our topics of discussion last week as we read the description of Abigail:

“…and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance:…”  I Samuel 25:3

Too often, I’m afraid, we have a tendency to be blinded to our own faults and therefore think much more highly of ourselves than what God thinks. But, it might be a good idea to ask God what HE thinks of us…while being prepared to eat some humble pie.  After all, His opinion is the only one that really matters, isn’t it?

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139:23,24

~ Rachel ~

Pugnacious or Peaceable?

“The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.” Proverbs 17:14

Strife. This is something that all of humanity struggles with. Why? Because, we’re all human…and we all have our OWN opinions! Right? Our flesh hates to be told it’s wrong, so, as a result, strife begins. We must own up to the fact that we are NOT always right. But, even if we are right, must we argue about it? (Remember, it takes two to argue.) Probably not, considering that the majority of the time it’s over petty things…(notice, I am not speaking of taking a firm stand for truth from God’s Word). Why not resolve here and now that we are not going to add wood to the fire but rather purpose to speak with a soft answer as Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

We have two choices:  1.A Soft Answer and 2.Grievous Words. Which will we choose? If we are wise, we will choose the first one. To continually choose the latter over petty matters is evidence that we are giving in to the flesh and therefore adding kindle to the fire. Look at what Proverbs 26:21 says, “As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.” It takes courage to NOT argue. The question is, do we have that courage? “It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.”  Proverbs 20:3     

Below are some more verses concerning strife:

Proverbs 15:18, ” A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.”   

Proverbs 16:28a  “A froward man soweth strife:…”    

Proverbs 26:20  “Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.”   

Proverbs 28:25a  “He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife:…”

Proverbs 29:22  “An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.”

~ Bethany ~

 

 

Over and Over and Over…

This morning, in our Bible time, Anna shared from a couple verses in Acts 20. As we discussed verse 31 (below), I became curious and asked the girls to name some warnings or instructions from off the top of their heads that they have heard their Daddy or myself give over the years. They immediately began to name a few, with the Scripture from which the instruction was taken. Before they could continue, I quickly stopped them and gave individual assignments to begin an ongoing list of warnings and instructions they have been taught, Scripture included. From the few that they had already mentioned, I noticed something. Not one of them was a “one time warning”. Each of the ones they mentioned was an instruction/warning that had been repeated time and time and time again in our home.

The next time we are tempted to be discouraged because we feel that we are giving the same instructions and warnings to our children over….and over….and over…and over…it would be good for us to remember the Apostle Paul’s words in the verses below:

“Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”  Acts 20:31

“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.”  Philippians 3:1

Mommas, don’t quit! While teaching and training our children, keep in mind, some may learn simply by repetitive instruction while others (like many of us could testify) may unfortunately have to learn by experience. Our job as parents is to faithfully plant the seed of God’s Word, “water” the seeds of Truth over and over and over again, and then trust the Lord that it will eventually take root in their hearts.

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9

~ Rachel ~