I’m concerned about our country. It has become divisive and intolerant. Case in point – the nomination to the Supreme Court of Brett Kavanaugh and all that came with it. Many people think this was about Democrats versus Republicans, but it was really a battle between good and evil.
It scares me that in a country that spouts “innocent before proven guilty” that we are condemning people – not just in the case Brett Kavanaugh – regardless whether he was guilty or innocent. But the glaring thing this confirmation hearing showed was that many of us in this country are leaving NO ROOM for redemption. Someone could have had an indiscretion as a young person, decided to never do it again (repent) and never does do it again, but it can come back and condemn a life of good and ruin a person for good.
This is where I will lose some people because they may not believe there is a God. But we forget that sin is sin. There is no degree of sin in God’s eyes – it’s all disgusting. Murder, lying, gossip, adultery and envy are equally bad in God’s eyes. We erroneously think that our sin is not as great as someone else’s, but that’s not the case. All sin is equally bad – PERIOD. Jesus says – even if you never do a certain sin, but you have it in your heart – you are guilty of that sin. That’s even more condemning for us!
It’s so easy to sin. We – every living human being – do it daily. That means we need forgiveness daily. We are all imperfect. We have all hurt someone and have the need for forgiveness from that person. We have all lied and cheated somehow. Condemning others is not our job, but God’s!
For us to get a thrill for pointing out someone else’s sin, means we are aligned with the devil. He’s the one that stands before God taunting Him about our sins. Satan gets tickled when we follow his lead. The Lord stands for forgiveness and love. If we love our fellow man, we will not be doing our best to see if we can make him/her fall or keep dinging him/her with everything he’s/she’s done wrong. We should follow the Lord’s example and extend our hand in love and forgiveness and not hold that sin against them.
This infighting in our country is about one group thinking they are better than the other. It is a fight for control to stomp on the other party and grind them under their heels. You can put any label you want on it – Democrat vs Republican, rich vs poor, right vs left – the label doesn’t matter. It shows that we are becoming a power grubbing (on all sides), unforgiving and hateful country. The greater good has been lost and EVERYONE is to blame.
We are – until Satan and His minions influence this change – one nation under God whether you believe in Him or not. It’s time we started acting like it. If we keep following this evil course we have set, God will forsake us because we’ve already turned so far away from Him. It’s time to put God and all He stands for back into our country in every way and place we can. This will allow our country to be more positive in its interaction with one another and other countries and not allow evil to win out.
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:1
What do you worry about? I know I worry about whether my husband and I have enough money in our retirement fund; how high gasoline and food prices will go; and I worry about my children. I also fret about what the world will be like when my grandchildren are adults. I could add to the list, but I think you get the drift.
Do you notice anything interesting in what you worry about? I do. I don’t worry about the things I can take care of and do, but if something is beyond my control, then I allow worry to gain a foothold. If you give worry a foothold, in a matter of time, it will be completely through the door. Worry is a nag. It is always whispering, “What if…what if…” It never allows a person to have a completely positive thought or mindset.
An anonymous author said, “Worry is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do, and it doesn’t get you anywhere.” What a great picture! When we worry, our mind goes back and forth between thoughts and doesn’t accomplish a thing, and we stay in the same place…never moving forward.
Usually there is nothing that can be done to change whatever we are worried about. Our thoughts are often about things that haven’t even happened yet or may never happen. Worry cannot change a thing in our lives and does nothing but squelch our joy and happiness. If we do it long and hard enough, worry can make us ill or feel ill.
Whatever is going to happen will happen, regardless of our thought life. It is always good to be prepared and have a plan, but not to dwell on the “what ifs”. When we are old and look back on our lives, we will see the things we did do and take note of what we enjoyed. How many of us will say, “I did not worry enough?” We will be ever so remorseful if we let worry stop us from living life to its fullest with joy.
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
From my book
When I was a young teen I was watching an Elvis Presley movie with my dad. In this movie Elvis took a dive from a high cliff in Acapulco. I sat enthralled as I watched Elvis stand on the edge of that cliff and dive into the ocean. My dad interjected that he had done the same thing. I was so impressed and excited. I remember going to school and telling my friends. Much later in life I discovered my dad never jumped from the cliffs in Acapulco but had dived from the top of a destroyer into the Pacific Ocean which he said was just as high and dangerous.
I had believed my dad and never questioned his experience. Because he was my dad, I did not think he would lie to me. I had faith that his story was true. It was a reminder to me about how easy it is to hear something and believe it because we trust the person who is telling us the information.
What a dangerous thing! That is exactly how sin entered the world. Eve was told by Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. She did not hear the warning straight from God. The serpent was able to use that fact to make her doubt Adam and what he had said. Of course, she could have asked God about it herself, but she did not. Instead, she ate from the forbidden tree and offered it to Adam bringing sin into the world.
Sin is disobedience to God and doubting His word. How easy that is to do if we do not study the Bible (God’s word) ourselves. I know it is so much easier to sit and listen to a sermon on Sunday by a trusted pastor than it is to spend time reading the Bible on my own. Yet, time alone with God quietly listening to Him speak as I read and pray has been validating and helped me to stay the course. I am getting the facts straight from God without someone else’s spin on it.
It’s easy to believe the lies Satan whispers in our ears about the Bible. For instance, he tells us how hard the Bible is to understand, how antiquated the values are, these are stories with morals not facts, and the list goes on and on. Like he did to Eve, he’s trying to discredit and keep us from getting to know and grow close to God. It’s a victory for Satan to turn us away from God and His ways.
It’s okay to read religious material and to listen to Bible-based podcasts, but don’t let that be your total diet. There is no substitution for prayer and reading God’s Word for yourself. The Bible is the main course, and all those other things are garnishes and side dishes that should complement and go along with the Bible and its teachings.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1