Mag's Thoughts

Don't Push The Worry Button

The veracity of our faith to others is proven by the measure of our trust in a perfect God who controls the cosmos. We profess our Christianity, yet often punch the worry button. In the midst of today's news, would it not be prudent to stop, breathe, and go to our Heavenly Father? What do  non-believers see in us? Do they see panic, or do they see our trust in God?

Luke 10:41-42

"But the Lord answered her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Jesus speaks to Martha as she scurries about becoming frustrated with household chores and cooking. Jesus gently reminds her that Mary has stopped and is listening to His words. Jesus wants Martha to stop as well and just be in His presence, listening to His words.

We glean a valuable lesson here in this passage. If we pause a moment,  ask God for discernment,  and listen quietly for His perfect wisdom, He will guide us. Often in prayer, we do all the talking telling God instead of asking God. After all, He is our Creator and our Heavenly Father.   

Yes, we must dilligently follow the guidlines of those health officials at this particular time.  That is the prudent thing to do.    Even of more import, we must trust God. Know He gives perfect wisdom, walks the valleys with us, and has guaranteed our eternity through His Son, Jesus Christ. So, there is no need  to overuse the worry button. Instead, let others see our Savior in you. 

Truth Be Told

     We live in a world that is technologically connected. We also live in a world where Anti-Christian and pagan ideologies are active in the world today.  Norman Geisler says, “Christianity is under attack today… there are attacks from within by cults, sects, heresies, and there are attacks from without by atheists, skeptics, Anti- American politics, and other religions.”  We must be secure in our faith and beliefs and understand the heresy of these ideologies, not to argue, but to spread the Gospel.  We often fall short of being secure as we spend little time studying, searching out scripture and referring to commentaries. The psalmist proclaims in Psalms 90:2, “Before the mountains were born, or Thou didst give birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.”  In Hebrews 4:12, the Word of God is described, “For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit of both bone and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Lastly, In John 17:17, Jesus said, “Sanctify them in truth Thy word is truth.” The Triune God and the Bible are truth and Christians must stand upon this truth at all times against those who profess truth, but what they say, profess is heresy.
     We have the Word of God, the Truth, and we absolutely must obey the commandment of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20, known as the Great Commission. The pagan ideologies and political leanings have acquired vast membership because of their diligence in recruiting and utilizing modern technology (Just think what we Christians can do if we flood social media with the Word of God).  We have the greatest of all tools, the Good News of Jesus Christ, but we must be knowledgeable, obedient, and diligent. That requires time in study and in prayer, basing our words and our lives on the truth of our Mighty and Perfect God.

"Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand firm, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; in addition to all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.   And take the helmet of Salvation, and the sword  of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints."

Ephesians 6:13-18

 

A Woman Called Lydia

14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized,she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us. Acts 16:14-15

I've often wondered about those people that heard the Good News when Jesus spoke, and after His ascension, when Paul traveled from city to city.   Lydia was a working woman who already worshiped God. As Paul spoke, Lydia responded to the message of Jesus Christ, and  she and all her household followed in baptism.  Her response, her boldness in responding to the message from Paul is example to all today. When the Holy Spirit speaks to the heart and the heart is changed, then, like Lydia, we must respond and do so with confidence.

When the Holy Spirit stirs the heart, God is directing us toward His design and will for our lives.  We, in kind, respond by following His direction.  We surrender ourselves over to our Lord and Savior. The lesson here is obedience.

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