Monday, July 5, 2010
Life is said to be an accumulation of our own experiences and the experiences of others that can directly/indirectly influence us. Whether those experiences be positive (enjoyable) or negative (endurable/sufferable) they are part of the whole of our being and existence. John Donne (1573-1631) a Jacobean poet and preacher influenced Hemingway... For Whom the Bell Tolls;
No man is an island, entire of itself
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main
if a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is less, as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were
any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls
it tolls for thee.
(Taken from; Meditation #17, "Devotions upon Emergent Occasions")
King David had a plan to construct a temple to house the venerated Ark of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments, which God had given to Moses on Mount Sinai. But God thwarted his plans on the basis that the King had caused to much bloodshed and was an iterate sinner. So King David who was said to be a man after God's heart was judged unworthy by God to build the temple that would house the Ark of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments. So the task fell to his son Solomon whom is said to have had more wisdom than any other man ever in the history of all mankind, even unto today.
But, despite Solomon's great wisdom even he succumbed to a great fall and showed that he too, was after all only human, just like his Dad. The bible says we are all sinners that fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). And that we are justified by the grace of God through Jesus Christ.
Justified to what end?
Lies? A lie told in ignorance is still a lie...
Murder? Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind...
Deception? The greatest lie every told was convincing the world that the Devil/Satan doesn't exist...
Surely in this time more so than any other time in the history of mankind we have become smarter due to the availability of information at the fingertips of each any every single person world wide. No longer shall we be conformed or relegated to being just what our cultural and societal conditioning says we are to be. We can break free with the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help us God. Also we can own our own thoughts, actions and deeds instead of blaming the Devil for what we do. Let us be accountable for our actions, words and thoughts if not to each other, than surely to God.
The Truth Shall Set You Free....
Saturday, July 3, 2010
We all live in the same world. However within this world there are many degrees of separation. Such as; geography, language, cultural differences, belief, religion, socio-economic position, politics, interests, etc. just to name a few.
These things become hurdles in our effort to unite the body of Christ here on earth. But what about the hurdles we cant see? Should we as believers be worried about these things? Remember the bibles states; We do not wrestle against (flesh and blood) but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
NOT AGAINST EACH OTHER DO WE WRESTLE...
We are to put on the whole armour of God so we can withstand these beings that are older, smarter and more powerful than us finite human beings. And God assures us that we can stand firm if we only put on this armour to protect us.
Where do you get this armour?
Can you get it from your Pastor/Priest/Spiritual Leader?
How about by going to church every Sunday?
Can you buy this armour through a television ad or a ministry?
Can you make it yourself?
Or is the only way to get it is by studying and understanding the word of God through daily reading, meditating and prayer?
You be the judge share your armour story here if you like....