Problems With the Modern World

 “The modern world has scrambled things

so badly that today we worship our work,

we work at our play, and we play at our worship.”

~Os Guiness

 

As you consider the above statement, it should give you pause to ask yourself, “How could one worship their work?”  The answer to this is to consider those who spend so much time and energy on their work that they have nothing left to give God their Father or their family.  Anything that becomes more important to us than God becomes our idol.  People who solely devote themselves to their work at the cost of all else have allowed their work to become their idol.  There are countless scriptures that warn against idolatry.

 

Ex 20:3-6 ““You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

 

Jonah 2:8 ““Those who regard worthless idols Forsake their own Mercy.”

Ps 135:15-18 “15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, The work of men’s hands. 16 They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see;17 They have ears, but they do not hear; Nor is there any breath in their mouths. 18 Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.”

1 Cor 10:14 “14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”

Col 3:5 “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”

1 Jn 5:21 “21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

In regards to “Working at our play”, have you ever met people who invest all their time and energy into playing games?  Have you seen those people today who are unwilling to work and make money because they are too busy sitting at home in front of their video games.  Even worse, these same people who refuse to work and devote all their time to “Playing” spend money they don’t have on more games to play.

Consider Solomon and how hard he, “Worked at play” and how much good he felt it did him.

Eccl 2:1-11 “I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity. I said of laughter—“Madness!”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?” I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives. I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove. I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me. I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments[a] of all kinds. So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. 10 Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.

Solomon clearly worked hard at “playing” by gathering all sorts of things to enjoy or play with all the days of his life holding back nothing but it brought him no profit.

In regards to “Playing at worship,” one writer offered the following.  “Churches of Christ aim never to “play at worship.” Worship is the most important thing humans do. It is a privilege to worship—more specifically, to be one from whom God accepts worship. In the Old Testament, believers offered sacrifices through priests. In the New, all Christians are priests—a kingdom of priests (Revelation 1:6). As a holy priesthood we offer spiritual sacrifices to Him who called us out of darkness (1 Peter 2:5, 9).

The bible is full of information concerning the seriousness of worship and that it is not a game.

1 Sam 15:22 “22 So Samuel said:“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.”

Is 29:13 “13 Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,”

Lk 4:8 “And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan![a] For[b] it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

Jn 4:23-24 “23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

 

Heb 12:28-29 “28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may[a] serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.”

 

May we all pray to God to help us keep our priorities in order and never forget to seek Him first.

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The ABC’s of an Inspired Life

26 Quick Tips for Living an Inspired Life

Ask God for guidance.
Be who you say you are.

Care about others.
Dare to live your dreams.
Ease through the day.
Find the best fit.
Give to another.
Hug a friend.
Inspire someone to greatness.
Jump over a boundary.
Kick a bad habit.
Leap across a fear.
Mention something uplifting.
Never say never.
Open your mind and heart.
Pursue your innermost passions.
Quit complaining.
Restore your smile.
Set your sights high.
Trust in God.
Use all the day.
Value everything.
Wait until God says Yes.
Xpress yourself.
Yank weeds from your mental garden.
Zoom into the now.
~Unknown

 

2 Cor 4:16-18 “16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

 

May we all try to live an inspired life lead by God and be an inspiration to those we come in contact with.

Thoughts on Col 3:16

I ran across the following on sermon.net and thought it would be great to share.  We are to teach and admonish one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs and we are  to sing with the spirit and sing with understanding.  I hope this gets you thinking as it did me.

 

Dear saints,

This old hymn really speaks of the journey with Christ we must all take. There are no shortcuts in the Christian walk. Our self is alive and deceptive and God is in the business of putting it to death. Until He does that He cannot use us as He wants to and we can’t bring Him much glory. May we all come to the place where our self is dead and Christ alive. Our Boast in the Cross of Christ and our weaknesses so the work is of Him and not of us.

Oh, the bitter pain and sorrow
That a time could ever be,
When I proudly said to Jesus,
“All of self, and none of Thee.”
All of self, and none of Thee,
All of self, and none of Thee,
When I proudly said to Jesus,
“All of self, and none of Thee.”

Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on th’ accursed tree,
And my wistful heart said faintly,
“Some of self, and some of Thee.”
Some of self, and some of Thee,
Some of self, and some of Thee,
And my wistful heart said faintly,
“Some of self, and some of Thee.”

Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Brought me lower while I whispered,
“Less of self, and more of Thee.”
Less of self, and more of Thee,
Less of self, and more or Thee,
Brought me lower while I whispered,
“Less of self, and more of Thee.”

Higher than the highest heaven,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered:
“None of self, and all of Thee.”
None of self, and all of Thee,
None of self, and all of Thee,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered:
“None of self, and all of Thee.”

_________________
SI Moderator – brother Greg

It Takes Courage

It takes strength to be firm,
It takes courage to be gentle.

It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubt.

It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to endure abuse,
It takes courage to stop it.
It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on another.

It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.
~Author Unknown

 

With God’s protection and guidance we should be able to conquer fears and live a life full of courage. It is God that commands us to have courage, for having courage means having faith and confidence in Him. Through scripture we can find the courage God desires us to have.

 

Deut 31:6-8 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

 

1 chron 16:11 “11 Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!”

Ps 27:1 “27 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”

Ps 56:3-4 “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”

Prov 28:1 “28 The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.”

Is 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’”

Is 41:10-13 “10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ 11 “Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and disgraced;
They shall be as nothing, And those who strive with you shall perish. 12 You shall seek them and not find them—Those who contended with you. Those who war against you
Shall be as nothing, As a nonexistent thing. 13 For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”

1 Cor 16:13 “13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”

Eph 6:10 “10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

May we all look to God for the courage to carry us on through the good times and bad.


 

Please do More than Just, “Hear me now”, Take Action!!!

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Remember this guy???

 

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Have you seen him recently???

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Many are saying….

 

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The basic thought behind the new Sprint message got me thinking.  You basically find a person who once synonymous with the name Verizon now telling people he is with “another company” because the times have changed and so has he.  He basically lets the viewer know that he has no loyalty to the company that made him a household name because he was given an “opportunity” to represent someone else.  Looks to me like the almighty dollar meant more to him than loyalty.

 

I encourage all of you to ask yourself, “Am I truly loyal to God, or if the Opportunity presented itself for me to find earthly gain, would I turn from Him?”  Consider the following verses that deal with loyalty…

 

Deut 7:9 ““Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

Prov 3:3-7 “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct[a] your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”

Josh 24:14-15 “14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 

Ruth 1:16-17 “16 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”

1 Kngs 8:61 “61 Let your heart therefore be loyal to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, as at this day.”

Prov 20:6 ” Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?”

Hos 6:4 ““O Ephraim, what shall I do to you? O Judah, what shall I do to you? For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud, And like the early dew it goes away.”

Acts 4:19-20 “19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

 

Rom 8:35-39 “35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:“For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[a] 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

May we all find ourselves faithful and loyal to our God and Father and never be found turning to another simply because of a physical opportunity.  I pray you all not only “Hear me now,” but truly listen and respond accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have You Taken the Time to do Something Good Today?

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Ps 37:3a “Trust in the Lord, and do good;…”

 

Mt 5:16 “16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

Gal 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

 

Eph 2:10 “10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

 

2 Thes 3:13 “13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.”

 

Jam 4:17 “17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.