The Eyes Of The Lord Are Everywhere

Does that title scare?

In Proverbs 15, Solomon wrote:

“The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” -Proverbs 15:3

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere…

There are things we do in front of God that we would NEVER do in front of other people.  Maybe there are thoughts we think that we’d never share with anyone else, or maybe we’d commit an act that we would never do if someone was watching.

Think about that in your own life.

Maybe you look at porn and don’t want anyone to know.  Maybe you have bad sexual thoughts or thoughts of harming someone.

What is it you’d never want anyone to know about you?  Well, guess what… God knows.

If you don’t want someone else to know what you’re thinking or doing, then do you really want God to know?  Probably not.

Never do in front of God what you wouldn’t do in front of someone else.

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Humble Yourselves So God May Lift You Up In Due Time

It’s never easy to let go, but sometimes you have to humble yourselves and know that God is ALWAYS in control.

For about a year and a half, I’ve been doing my own ‘thang’ with business.  So I wasn’t working under anyone.  But, every month was different.  Some months were good and some were bad.  I finally decided if I want to really grow my little business I’d need to go get a, gulp, J-O-B.

So, I ended up getting a job.  At first I felt like a failure, but then I realized I needed to humble myself and know that God is in control.

A funny thing happened when I realized that… about 30 minutes later I went to go read my early evening devotional, from The Duck Commander, and the title of the devotional was Let God Take Control.  And the passage they gave was… 

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:6-7

Absolutely amazing.  I knew right then and there that God’s plan for my life is bigger than I can even imagine.  He knows the ultimate plans for my life.

It’s hard for us to see the future.  All we can really see is what’s going on in our lives right now… the short term.  We can’t even fathom the future and what God has in store for us.  His ultimate plan.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28

Just remember:  Humble yourselves so “…he may lift you up in due time.

Keep spreading the Word!

What’s The Context Of That Passage In The Bible?

Yesterday I saw some atheists complaining about a man preaching the gospel in a subway car.  One commenter said when she sees these ‘street preachers’ she always hands them a little note with this verse of Jesus speaking that leaves them speechless:  “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them.  If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1, NIV)

Now does this verse mean you can’t publicly preach and display your faith?  If you read the rest of the passage you’ll see that Jesus is talking about hypocrites who speak loudly about their good deeds.

These people are doing it for their own benefit like, “Everybody!  Look at me!  I just gave to the needy.  Praise me!”  Now that’s wrong.

So, if this man who is preaching on the subway car was doing it for his own gain, then yes, it’s wrong.  But, if he’s doing it for God and the benefit of other people, then who’s to say it’s wrong?  Who are we to judge another man’s heart?  Only God knows what someone’s ‘real’ motivates are.

Today, as I was reading a devotional from Walter Henrichsen, I came across this… “You should read and study God’s Word like you read the morning newspaper.  The context gives you the meaning of the words.  Let the text make its case.  Don’t try and be cleaver by seeing any more or less in the passage than what the words warrant.”

What perfect timing!  🙂

I’ll admit, when I first started reading the Bible, I’d take things out of context.  I’d even use verses to make my case (out of context) and listen to other’s quote the bible out of context (and I believed them).  Now I’m always looking for the whole verse and passage.  I’m looking for the context of what is written before setting them in stone.

Just remember, taking verses and passages out of context leads to errors and misunderstanding.

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Pray and Do NOT Give Up

The past couple of weeks at church we have been going over a series called, Conversations with Jesus.

Yesterday’s lesson was titled Conversations About Prayer.

It goes hand-in-hand with my previous article about feeling disconnected from God (You can check out the article by Clicking Here).

Here’s the passage from Luke 18:1-8 (NIV).

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.  He said:  “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused.  But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming.'”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?  Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.  However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

The first sentence of this passage explains it all, “…to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”

It’s about always praying and to never give up… NO MATTER WHAT.

When you’re feeling down, pray.  When you’re going through a trial, pray.  When everything is going good… You know it… Pray!

Here are the ‘takeaways’ from yesterday’s notes:

  • Remind yourself each day who you are, and who He is.
  • See prayer as an ongoing conversation with the Lord.
  • God’s delays are opportunities for faith to be deepened.
  • Faith is not so much trusting God for something.  It’s simply trusting God.
  • Pray with others.
  • Remember that this is the only chance you have to live by faith.
  • Accept the invitation of Jesus:  “Always pray… don’t give up!”

And that’s the most important one of them all, “…they should always pray and not give up.”

Keep spreading the Word!