Thursday, December 31, 2015

Our Faith in God Gives Us a Lot of Freedom, I Think that Christians are Like the Gears and Mechanisms of the Watch, and God Gives Us a Choice Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  Galatians, Chapter 5, verse 13.

Our faith in God gives us a lot of freedom.  I know I don’t have to worry about my kids starving because I know that God will provide food for my family since He says so in the Bible.  Realizing things like this has freed up my life so much that it’s difficult to explain.
Recognizing this, we have some choices.  We could say, “Well, I know that God won’t let us starve, so I could take the money I used to set aside from the budget for food and go out drinking with my friends who have been asking me for some time.  In the past, I had told them no because I couldn’t afford it.  Now, I can go out and party with them because God will make sure the kids don’t go hungry.”  I’m not sure that God would be pleased with this decision.
It’s a choice that God gives us.  Instead, I could say, “Since I don’t have to spend so much time worrying about my family having enough to eat the way I used to, I can spend my extra time helping the elderly neighbor across the street by cleaning her house or watering her plants.”


But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  Wherefore He saith, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  (Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.)  And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect Man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.  Ephesians, Chapter 4, verses 7-13.

This makes me think about a watch with its back taken off.  There are all kinds of mechanisms and gears in a watch.  Each gear and mechanism looks a little different from each other and does something a little different, but all the gears and mechanisms of the watch work together with one ultimate goal.
I think Christians are like the gears and mechanisms of the watch.  We all have different gifts and abilities, but should all have the one unifying and ultimate goal of being the examples God wants us to be.  We might all do this in different ways.  Some might go door to door sharing their love for Jesus, while someone else does this by asking a friend to go to church with them.  Some accomplish this by giving their money, their time or their talents to do God’s work.  Still others do God’s work through being a good example of how Christ works in their life.
Hopefully all, regardless of their gifts, take the time to pray for those who don’t know Christ in their lives, since they all have the same ultimate and unifying goal. Click on this post's title to read a related Bible passage.


Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.  And with many other Words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.  Then they that gladly received his Word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.  Acts, Chapter 2, verses 36-43.

Jesus didn’t want the apostles or us to sit back on our laurels after He ascended into heaven.  He wants us to take an active stand in sharing so that others have Salvation through Jesus, as well.  I’m ashamed to say that I tend to work on this when the situation feels safe and comfortable.
This isn’t the Army where the drill sergeant comes up to the new recruits in line saying, “Johnson, Scott and Harris, you have just volunteered for K.P. Duty.”  God gives us a choice.  After Jesus gave His Life for me, I want to be a much better example than I have been in the past.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Jesus Wants Us to be Followers Out of Blind Faith and Love, To Be Shared Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth, and God Had Witnesses to This Special Occasion! Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?  And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath put in His own power.  Acts, Chapter 1, verses 6-7.

Although this isn’t really what this passage is about, it reminds me of when one of my grandsons was younger and we would ask him if he wanted to spend the day with us.  He wanted to know what we were going to do before he would commit to coming with us.
I don’t think it’s positive for us to foster the attitude that if we do something exciting enough, then he will grace us with his presence.  Out of stubbornness, I didn’t tell him what we were doing before he made his decision.  If he decided to go with us, he could do all the interesting things that we were going to do.  If not, that was okay too, because he has the ability to make his own choices.
Well, I think that God works in much the same way.  God doesn’t give us the dates of the major events of the world.  Or else we might reply, “Well, if I know what’s in it for me first, God, and I think it’s to my advantage, then I will consider being Your follower.”  God wants us to be His followers out of blind faith and love.


But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.  Acts, Chapter 1, verses 8-11.

The last thing Jesus said to His disciples as He ascends into heaven is extremely significant.  Jesus tells them to let others know what He had done to provide Salvation for everyone, not just for a specific country, nationality or race but it is to be shared,“unto the uttermost part of the earth.”


And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.  Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.  And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans?  And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?  Acts, Chapter 2, verses 1-8.

The gift of the Holy Spirit makes a Grand entrance!  God didn’t want this to go unnoticed or He would have just given this gift subtly to the disciples.  He wanted people to know that this is a gift from God so He had witnesses to this special occasion!
It tells about how the Holy Spirit came down and gave the disciples and other followers the ability to talk to different nationalities and cultures of people in their native tongue.  Otherwise the disciples and followers of God would not be able to minister to anyone other than those who could understand the disciple’s language.
Whether people still talk in tongues or whether it was just during the time of the disciples isn’t exactly clear to me, at this point.  I just know that the disciples and followers did then in order to be able to preach to everyone.  God didn’t want anyone excluded from the opportunity to hear His Word.
There is a lot of controversy about talking in tongues, but I don’t have to get involved in disputes on that topic.  It doesn’t say in the Bible that a requirement for Salvation is to believe in Jesus and to talk in tongues.  It just says that we are supposed to believe in Jesus as our Savior and to try to lead our lives as an example for Him.  So, I don’t have to know all the answers in order to have Salvation.  If God wants me to know this, He’ll show me what He wants me to know, when He wants me to know it.  You can read more about this in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12, Chapter 13 and Chapter 14 to make up your own mind on this matter which is definitely preferable to someone else telling you what to believe.  God does have suggestions for these gifts so that they don’t alienate visitors.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

God Will Be There With Us, Jesus Has Conquered the World, The Opportunity of Growing in Christ Posts

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And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing.  Verily, verily, I say unto you.  Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it you.  John, Chapter 16, verse 23.

There have been times in my life when I have had situations larger than my plate could handle.  Fortunately, God answered my prayer by providing friends and family who would support me in ways that defy explanation.  I am truly blessed!

NOTE: In the situations mentioned, when I prayed, I couldn't ask God to have such and such happen, just the way I wanted Him to resolve things.We don't always get everything we ask of God. Some of the things we ask for aren't what's best for us. Some of the things we ask for aren't what are in God's plan, because He always knows the Big Picture. The thing that is significant to know, that no matter how bad things might get, God is there with us and will get us through whatever is going on...if we let Him.


Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.  These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  John, Chapter 16, verses 32-33.

Jesus knows of the terrible travesty of justice that is about to befall Him, and yet He takes the time to reassure His disciples (and us.)  This passage gives me so much hope, even when worldly things seem to get me down.  Jesus has conquered the world, so it can’t ever get the best of me as long as I continue to focus on Him.


Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their Word; That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou has sent Me, And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One.  John, Chapter 17, verses 20-22.

I have been trying to go back through my feeble brain to remember what this reminds me of.  Well, I have finally figured it out.  There is a portion of my daily prayer which is, “Dear God, please dwell with us and in us now and always, and please have us dwell with You and in You now and always.”  That’s what it reminds me of!
The significance of this prayer is that our relationship with God is of no importance if it’s only one-sided.  We can ask God to dwell with us and in us, but if we choose not to act on that, we are lost.  If we dwell with Him and in Him, as well, we are united and open to the opportunity of growing in Christ.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

I Sure Wouldn't Want to Get Pruned! Christians Rely Heavily on the Nourishment that Jesus Gives Them, Nicer Thing to Share with Expectant Mothers

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it that it may bring forth more fruit.  John, Chapter 15, verses 1-2.

I love the comparison Jesus makes in this chapter with a grapevine and His followers (Christians.)  Just like the farmer in the grape vineyard who cuts down unproductive branches, God weeds out so-called Christians who aren’t productive, as well.  Christians who produce fruit will be trained in the ways to become better examples of how God works in their lives.  I need to be a better example, because I sure wouldn’t want to get pruned!


Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.  John, Chapter 15, verse 4.

In this comparison, Christians are the branches and Jesus is the vine.  If a heavy wind had broken a branch off, that branch could not continue to produce grapes year after year on its own.  People who stray away from Jesus lose their focus as Christians if they don’t have an ongoing relationship with Him.  The branch needs a vine with a strong root system to get nourishment up through it; into the branches and into the grapes.  Christians rely heavily on the nourishment that Jesus gives them through His Word (the Bible) to help us grow as His examples for others.  In this same way, we rely on Jesus, who also relies on us to be productive by sharing our faith with others.


A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.  John, Chapter 16, verse 21.

My mother told me something like this when I was expecting my daughter.  I was somewhat apprehensive since this was my first child.  Ever since then, I share this with other expectant mothers who tend to be overwhelmed by all the delivery-room horror stories that their supposed friends and co-workers share with them.
I have never figured out why women do this to each other.  You would think that if they had been scared by the delivery stories that other people had told them, they wouldn’t want to do this to their friends.  I have continued to see women do this over the years and in different parts of the country.  It’s almost like some female bonding ritual, where mothers get to see if the expectant mother is worthy of her newborn child by living through all the delivery-room horror stories shared with them.
My mother told me that God made childbirth very special.  Although there is some pain involved, it’s only for a little while and your focus is on having your new child born healthy.  The pain tends to pale in comparison to the anticipation of having a happy, healthy child.
She reminded me of scars I had as a youngster.  I can remember that the original cut hurt, but I can’t actually feel the pain associated with those scars anymore.  She told me that God made childbirth pain in much the same way since people wouldn’t continue to have children if they held onto the pain.
My mother said the pain experienced disappears from your focus once you have your new child in your arms.  Now, I think this is a much nicer thing to share with expectant mothers than the other delivery-room stories that I mentioned, and it’s nice there is Scripture to back it up.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

I Let Food or Possession Become Too Important, The Peace Which Passes All Understanding, I've Been a Do As I Say, Not as I Do Christian Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.  If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.  John, Chapter 14, verses 6-7.

Knowing how patient, understanding and forgiving Jesus is gives me a clear picture of God the Father who is exactly the same.  Fortunately for me, since I need lots of patience and forgiveness.  I tend to keep making the same mistakes over and over again by getting caught up in feeling self-righteous about things, judging other people and letting food or possessions become too important in my life (just to mention a few of my many shortcomings.)


Verily, verily, I say unto you.  He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in My Name, I will do it.  If ye love Me, Keep My Commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.  John, Chapter 14, verses 12-16.

When my son was born, he had to be rushed to a large hospital hours away from us for a life-threatening surgery.  It can be pretty lonely when the nurses bring out the babies for their mothers to hold and your arms are empty.  Fortunately, the Comforter (Holy Spirit) had given me what I call the Peace Which Passes All Understanding.  It’s a calm feeling when I would normally be really upset or extremely concerned.  Instead, I felt at peace knowing that God was taking excellent care of things so that I shouldn’t worry…and He did! Click on this post's title to read a related Bible passage.


He that hath My Commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.  John, Chapter 14, verse 21.
I have often been more of a “Do as I Say, Not as I Do Christian.”  It’s sure a lot easier to tell others how they should live their lives according to what God tells us in the Bible, than to actually live as the example He wants.
Here is a related passage:

*He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and he that receiveth Me receiveth Him that sent Me.  Matthew, Chapter 10, verse 40.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

I'm Ashamed to Say, I've Been a Self-Righteous Christian, Jesus' Life Is No Coincidence, We Are Often Skeptical and Ungrateful Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


There they made Him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him.  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then saith one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray Him.  Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor: but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.  Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of My burying hath she kept this.  For the poor always ye have with you; but Me ye have not always.  John, Chapter 12, verses 2-8.

Judas chastises Mary for doing something good when he really had ulterior motives.  He really wanted the money for himself.  How many times do we have ulterior motives but sound very self-righteous to others?
I know eating was one of the subtle ways that I let Satan sneak into my life.  You wouldn’t think Satan could have a stronghold on a person with something as seemingly insignificant as eating.  Generally, we think about major things like drinking, taking drugs, infidelity, stealing, etc., not eating.  Things that seem minor are easier for us “Self-righteous Christians” to let into our lives without noticing how it works a wedge in our relationship with God.
God showed me how important food and my compulsive eating had become when I yelled at my daughter when she was little.  She had brought some of her neighborhood friends over and had given them each one of the green Pippin Apples that I had stored in our refrigerator.  I yelled at her, telling her that she shouldn’t have given the apples to them because there wouldn’t be enough for the family.  Actually, I wasn’t really worried about the family.  Those apples were my favorite and I had bought them for me!
I was being a terrible example of my faith!  My ulterior motives interfered when I should have been complimenting my daughter for sharing with others.  Instead, I was hoarding the apples for myself!  It seems silly to have let something as insignificant as apples sneak in between my relationship with my daughter and my faith, but I’m ashamed to say that I did.


On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet Him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the Name of the Lord.  And Jesus, when He had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Zion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt. These things understood not His disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things unto Him.  John, Chapter 12, verses 12-16.

This reminds me of a really good instructor who tells you before-hand what you’re going to learn.  That way you can identify the important information when you see it.  The really good instructor gives you a variety of examples to prove a point.  That’s what I see happening in the Bible.
The Old Testament tells us we are looking for the Savior and what He will do and say, along with what things will happen to Him when He comes.  The New Testament not only tells about Jesus fulfilling these things that had been predicted, but tells of all the miracles that He did, as proof to those who are doubtful.  These things are verified through different people who described what Jesus said and how He saved us from our sins through His death and Resurrection.  If a person has any doubts, reading the Bible would help them see how Jesus’ life is no coincidence.
This is one of the many passages from the Old Testament that foretells of Jesus:
*Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having Salvation: lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.  Zechariah, Chapter 9, verse 9.
Here is one of the related New Testament passages that show how Jesus had fulfilled the ancient prophesy:
*And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto Me.  And if any man say aught unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.  And this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold; thy King cometh sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.  Matthew, Chapter 21, verses 1-5.


And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of Man should be glorified.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honour.  Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say?  Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.  Father, glorify Thy Name.  Then came there a Voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified It, and will glorify It again.  The people therefore, that stood by, and heard It said that It thundered: others said, An angel spake to Him.  Jesus answered and said, This Voice came not because of Me, but for your sakes.  John, Chapter 12, verses 23-30.

I love the way Jesus made the comparison between His life and a kernel of wheat that dies, but through its death brings forth much fruit.  Jesus was willing to give up His life for us so that we could be forgiven from our sins.  Yet, we are often skeptical which seems awfully ungrateful after all Jesus has done for us.  Jesus goes on to say that those who are willing to give their lives for Him will have eternal life.  Are we willing to give our worldly lives over to God and become examples of how Jesus works in us?  That’s what it takes! Click on this post's title to read a related Bible passage.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

I Could Have Been a Little Skeptical, Saying When I Get Around to It, Jesus, and Truth, Mommy. Truth Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


If I do not the works of My Father, believe Me not.  But if I do, though ye believe not Me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.  John, Chapter 10, verses 37-38.

It amazes me.  The Israelites were told for generations that there would be a Savior and they waited for Him all those years.  When Jesus, the Savior, did come, they didn’t believe Him.  Now, you might be able to understand why they might not believe Him just because He tells them that He is the Savior.  I guess I could have been a little skeptical at that point, as well.  Jesus knows they are doubtful and does major miracles like making people see who had been blind from birth, making the lame walk, bringing the dead back to life, taking water and making it into wine and taking a little bread and a few fish and making it feed thousands.
He did major miracles so people would realize He isn’t just any man who is saying that He is the Savior.  He really IS the Savior!!  His miracles and all His actions attested to this, but still people don’t believe Him.  We have record in the Bible of all the great things that Jesus did and said, but He gives us a choice.  Do you believe Him?  I hope for your sake you do!


Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die.  Believest thou this? She saith unto Him, Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.  And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, the Master is come, and calleth for thee.  As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto Him.  John, Chapter 11, verses 25-29.

This passage reminds me of asking kids to come do something and you hear, “In a minute,” “During the commercial,” or “When I get around to it.”  Actually, I have been guilty of saying the exact same things myself.  As Christians, do we jump up and respond when we feel Jesus is calling us to do something or do we tell Him, “When I get around to it”?


For when the Gentiles, which have not the Law, do by nature the things contained in the Law, these, having not the Law, are a Law unto themselves: Which show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.  In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to My Gospel.  Romans, Chapter 2, verses 14-16.

Our family had a policy that if our children told the truth, there would be a lighter consequence to try to reinforce their being honest.  I remember hearing my pre-school aged son at the other end of the house saying, “Truth, Mommy.  Truth,” when he had done something that he knew he wasn’t supposed to do.
I’m proud to say that my children have grown to trust the instincts that God gives them through their conscience, much more than I ever did. Click on this post's title to read a related Bible passage.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Hopefully, We Aren't Blind Christians, Isn't It Amazing?, They Work Slyly Trying to Deceive Christians Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the World.  When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.)  He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.  The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?  Some said, this is he: others said, he is like him: but he said, I am he.  Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?  He answered and said, A Man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.  Then said they unto him, Where is He?  He said, I know not.  They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.  And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.  Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight.  He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.  Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because He keepeth not the Sabbath day.  Others said, How can a Man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.  They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of Him, that He hath opened thine eyes?  He said, He is a prophet.  But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.  And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind?  how then doth he now see?  His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.  These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.  Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.  Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise, we know that this Man is a sinner.  He answered and said, Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.  Then said they to him again, What did He to thee? how opened He thine eyes?  He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again?  will ye also be His disciples?  Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples.  We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this Fellow, we know not from whence He is.  The man answered and said unto them.  Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet He hath opened mine eyes.  Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth.  Since the world began it was not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.  If this Man were not of God, He could do nothing.  They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us?  And they cast him out.  Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?  He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?  And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee.  And he said, Lord, I believe.  And he worshipped Him.  John, Chapter 9, 5-38.

If you ask me, it wasn’t the person who was healed that was blind.  Those men investigating the miracle Jesus performed on this man seemed to be blind.  They still could not acknowledge that Jesus is their Savior, even after the miracle.  Hopefully, we aren’t “Blind Christians” who ignore the things that Jesus shows us in our lives.


Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep My saying, he shall never see death.  John, Chapter 8, verse 51.

Isn’t it amazing?  If we try to live our lives in a manner that reflects the positive impact that Jesus has on us, we will have everlasting life with Him in heaven!


Verily, Verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the Door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  But he that entereth in by the Door is the Shepherd of the sheep.  To Him the porter openeth: and the sheep hear His Voice: and He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out, And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His Voice.  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.  This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which He spake unto them.  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the Door of the sheep.  All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.  I am the Door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth His Life for the sheep.  But he that is an hireling, and not the Shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.  I am the Good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine.  As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My Life for the sheep.  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My Voice; and there shall be one fold, and One Shepherd.  Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My Life, that I might take it again.  No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.  I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.  This Commandment have I received of My Father.  John, Chapter 10, verses 1-18.
Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in My Father’s Name, they bear witness of Me.  But ye believe not, because ye are not of My sheep, as I said unto you.  My sheep hear My Voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.  My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s Hand.  I and My Father are One.  John, Chapter 10, verses 25-30.

Wow!  There are so many wonderful comparisons that Jesus makes in this passage that I’m afraid I might leave some out.  If I do, please forgive me.  This is what this passage means to me, although I realize others may interpret it differently.
Jesus is speaking of the sheep as Christians (His people.)  People who want to lead Christians (His people) astray aren’t going to do it in a forthright manner.  They aren’t going to come through the front door and say, “I’m here to deceive you and lead you astray.  Follow me and you are bound to lose your Salvation.”  If the Christians would know better than to follow them, they would stay with the rest of the sheep knowing that Jesus, their Shepherd, would always protect them and lead them to Salvation.
Instead, people who want to lead Christians astray, do it in a more subtle manner like the robber who sneaks in to steal the sheep.  They work slyly trying to deceive Christians by making them believe that they are doing the Will of God-so sad!
True Christians stay focused on Jesus and His will for us, as shown in the Bible.  That way we will know Jesus’ Voice and won’t be led astray by others who profess to be followers of His, but aren’t.  God the Father gave us to Jesus to be His sheep, and Jesus and God the Father are One.
Jesus is dedicated to protecting us like a Shepard who protects His sheep from wolves.  A Shepherd would give His life to save His sheep, just as Jesus gave His Life to save us from our sinful nature.  Those who deceive Christians are going to run for the hills when they see the wolves coming or when we stop giving them the money or the things they want from us.  As long as we listen to our Shepherd’s Voice, Jesus will keep us from being misled. Please click on this post's title to read a related Bible passage.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Yes, as Long as My Friends Don't Know I'm Christian, Are We Selective Listening Christians?, Are we Making the Choices We Want Our Children to Emulate Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.  And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.  When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, He saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?  The impotent man answered Him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.  Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.  And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath.  The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the Sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.  He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.  Then asked they him, What Man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?  And he that was healed wist not Who it was: for Jesus had conveyed Himself away, a multitude being in that place.  Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.  John, Chapter 5, verses 3-14.

Something that impresses me about this passage is that Jesus asked the handicapped man, “Wilt thou be made whole?”  Now, it would seem any handicapped person in their right mind would say, “Sure I will.  I would do anything to be made whole!”  But I don’t think we always do that as Christians.  When Jesus gave His life for us and rose again to gain us Salvation, He is asking all of us, “Wilt thou be made whole?”  What would we reply? 
Would it be, “Yes, as long as my friends don’t know that I’m a Christian”?  “Yes, as long as I can still cheat on my spouse every now and then.  It really doesn’t mean a thing!”  “Yes, as long as I can still stab my co-workers in the back to get another wrung up the ladder of success.”  “Yes, just as long as I can party every now and then.  You know it doesn’t really hurt anything.  Besides, I need to relax now and then.”  When Jesus asks us if we will be made whole, all we have to do is believe in Him as our Lord and Savior.  The other part of being made whole is trying to live as examples of how He works in our lives.  I don’t think any of the responses above reflect that.  What will you say to the question Jesus poses in our lives, “Wilt thou be made whole?”


Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the Voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.  John, Chapter 5, verses 24-25.

I had a hearing problem when I was growing up.  My mother took me to a specialist to check my hearing to make sure that there weren’t any major problems.  The doctor told my mother that I had selective-listening.  This meant I tuned out the things that I didn’t want to hear and only listened to the things that I wanted to hear.  Are we “Selective-listening Christians,” listening only to what we want to hear when it comes to God?  Are we only open to doing the Christian acts that are comfortable for us and don’t really require us to make any changes to grow as Christians?
You will notice that it talks about he that heareth My Word and believeth on Him that sent Me, not he that heareth only what he wants to hear and only believes when it’s convenient.  Hopefully, we aren’t using selective-listening in our Christian lives.


And when even was now come, His disciples went down unto the sea, And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum.  And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them.  And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew.  So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.  But He saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.  Then they willingly received Him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at land whither they went.  John, Chapter 6, verses 16-21.

I recently talked with my daughter and told her that I say the Lord’s Prayer or sing I Surrender All, when I’m feeling scared, stressed or like Satan is trying to pervade my thoughts to lead me astray.  She told me that she says: Be Not Afraid when she is experiencing similar things.  So, this passage has special significance for me for that reason.
I was thinking about the influence we have on our children’s lifestyle choices and their relationship with God, through the modeling we do.  My daughter has picked up some similar strategies to connect with God when she is feeling stressed, concerned, etc.  It’s much better that she picks up positive strategies like this, than seeing me turn to alcohol or worse, as situations arise.  You don’t realize the impact you have on your children by the choices you make.  Are you making choices you want your children to emulate?  If not, it’s not too late to change the way you turn to God in time of need, joy, etc.  It may have a positive impact on your child’s life, regardless of their age. Click on this post's title to read a related Bible passage.


Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

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This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 
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Monday, November 30, 2015

How to Satisfy Our Thirst, Looking for Jesus in All the Wrong Places Christians, and Some Can Believe in Looking at Their Horoscope, but Don't Trust in Jesus Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling


Then cometh He to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.  Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.  There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give Me to drink.  (For His disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)  Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, How is it that Thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and Who It is that saith to thee, Give Me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee Living Water.  The woman saith unto Him, Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast Thou that Living Water?  Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the Water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the Water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of Water springing up into everlasting life.  John, Chapter 4, verses 5-14.

I like the picture I get when I read this.  I know that I get thirsty and get a glass of water; but in a little while, I might get thirsty again.  Sometimes, it becomes annoying when I have to run downstairs to get another glass of water.  Other times when I’m away from home and find myself without a place to get water, my thirst seems unquenchable.
I have never thought of being so satisfied that I’m never thirsty again.  Of course, Jesus isn’t talking about actual water, but we do have a thirst to have eternal life with Him.  If we ignore that inner thirst and choose to lead a more worldly life, that thirst is still there, unquenched.  If we satisfy our thirst, by finding out more about Jesus and His love for us and try to be examples of how He works in our lives, our thirst for a relationship with Jesus is quenched.  We don’t have to seek eternal life, because we will have it through our love of Jesus, who will quench all our needs, if we only ask Him.


God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.  The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will tell us all things.  Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He.  John, Chapter 4, verses 24-26.
Have you ever watched movies where men or women are looking for their true love, but have a good friend they overlook because they are looking for the ideal partner?  The majority of the movie is focused on the main character pursuing people who are attractive, popular, etc., but never are satisfied.  Later, in the movie, they find that the ideal person for them is their true-blue friend who has been there, all along.
It’s like this lady who is desperately searching for Jesus, without realizing He is right in front of her.  He isn’t attractive, popular, etc., so He might go unnoticed.  He is our true-blue friend and Savior who is there to save us, but do we notice Him?  Like the song says, “Looking for love in all the wrong places,” do we want to be a “Looking for Jesus in All the Wrong Places Christian” or should we stop to realize that He has been right here in front of us, all along?


So Jesus Himself came again into Cana of Galilee, where He made the water wine.  And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.  When he had heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Gaililee, he went unto Him, and besought Him that He would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.  Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.  The nobleman saith unto Him, Sir, come down ere my child die.  Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth.  And the man believed the Word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.  And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.  Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend.  And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.  So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.  This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when He was come out of Judaea into Galilee.  John, Chapter 4, verses 46-54.

The thing that made all the difference in the life of the young boy was what the father believed Jesus when He told him that his son liveth.  Now if the father had doubted Jesus, his son would be dead and he would have always regretted not having had the faith necessary to trust Jesus.
The sad thing is that some can’t believe that Jesus is going to take care of their needs.  It’s almost funny that they can believe things like the following:
It’s funny, they can believe their concerns are going to be taken care of by sending money to someone on TV, but they don’t trust in Jesus.  It’s funny, they can believe in someone who looks at some tea leaves, crystals or lines in their hands, but they don’t trust in Jesus.  It’s funny, some can believe in chanting some positive affirmation, but they don’t trust in Jesus.  It’s funny, some believe in looking at their horoscope, but they don’t trust in Jesus.  It’s funny, some can believe in putting positive thoughts in their minds, but they don’t trust in Jesus.  People can believe in all these ridiculous things and all they had to do was to have faith in Jesus.  It’s almost so simple that it eludes them.
We have choices in our lives.  We can believe God is going to take care of our concerns in whichever way is His will (because He sees the Big Picture).  Or we can doubt and live to regret, not having the faith necessary to trust Jesus. Click on the title of this post to read a related Bible passage.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

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This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 
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