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
1 John 4: 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
(This is not a part of the book: Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life.)
We recently were blessed with the opportunity to visit South Korea. In fact, we just got back on Friday night. That's why I'm up at 3:00 a.m. typing this blog post instead of sleeping. It looks like I'm not back on U.S. time, yet.
While we were in South Korea, my husband and I met many wonderful and very helpful people. We had the opportunity to talk with someone who filled us in on some of the political concerns of South Korea. I was told that there are some young adults in South Korea who are strongly pushing for the reunification with North Korea. Not to mention the financial burden on South Koreans, there is the ethical and moral decisions that they have to debate.
I was told, hopefully I explain it accurately, that their concern is with the well-being of the North Koreans, their brothers, because they are all Korean. Some feel that if they are reunified, then their North Korean brothers would have the same freedoms that they have. They look to the reunification of families when the Berlin Wall was taken down and feel that to not reunify, leaves the North Koreans living in extreme poverty, while the economy in South Korea flourishes.
As an American, I am concerned about the Communist Party of North Korea. It would be nice if all of Korea could reunify and all live together and have democracy and freedom. I get concerned about recent TV reports in the states, of those in South Korea who have subtle connections to North Korea, plotting to overthrow the the South Korean government. What if, instead of all living with freedom, they all lived together in a reunified country with little rights and extreme poverty like the North Koreans? Are the Koreans being too idealistic to think that reunification would provide freedom for everyone?
What does God want in this situation? I wish I knew, but thought that it might be good to open up Christian dialogue on this topic, so we can all be prayerful for what's best for all Koreans-North and South. Since this is a Christian Blog, I would like to only have comments with a Biblical focus and no hateful comments. Debbie Seiling
But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians, Chapter 11, verses 12-15.
This passage reminds us to be careful to not be deceived. There will be people who say they are Christians, proposing beliefs that sound good but will lead many astray. It goes on to say that Satan transforms himself into a minister of righteousness to mislead people.
I always remember Jim Jones who was a minister years ago. He took a group of “believers” to
. These people must have been very devoted to their “beliefs.” I’m not sure that if push came to shove that I would leave my home and family to go to another country just because someone told me this is what God wanted me to do. Anyway, they must have been very dedicated to leave everything and everyone behind. Jonestown, Guyana
Jim Jones either convinced or tricked these “believers” into committing suicide when the authorities got too involved. Well, although these were very committed “believers” who gave up all for their faith in God, it was for nothing. They gave up all their things, friends, family and lives for a very disturbed minister who led these people to believe he was doing the will of God. (If you want more details; look up the Jonestown Massacre in Guyana during 1978.) Did these people find Salvation? I can’t speak to that, but it’s highly questionable.
We don’t want to find ourselves misled by others who profess to be followers of God. I think it’s very important for all Christians to check things out in the Bible. Don’t take things for granted just because someone else says them, whether it’s a minister, a devoted Christian, me, someone on a Christian Channel or Radio Station. It’s very easy to take a verse or two out of the Bible and make it support just about anything. That’s considered using the Bible passages out of context.
Reading a chapter before the passage and after the passage is beneficial. Each chapter is about a page or two. This gives you a better idea of what the quoted Bible verses really mean. That’s why I always tell you where I get the Bible passages. I want you to be able to look them up and verify them. It’s a very important thing to do.
You need to look at the people who have an influence on your religious life. What type of lifestyle do they lead? Are they running in the fast lane? Are they preaching something that has become very popular or a fad type of belief? Are they taking too much credit for things rather than keeping the focus on God? Are they putting an undue emphasis on giving money? Be cautious about who you give ultimate control of your religious life. Check things out. Passages like this one remind me that very dedicated believers can still be misled by others as in the Jonestown Massacre. It pays to check things out. It may have a direct impact on your Salvation.
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians, Chapter 12, verses 8-10.
This is really from Paul speaking about a vision he had from God. Even though he asked Jesus to take away his burden, God's reply was, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
It reminds me of when God asked Moses to talk to the Pharaoh to let God’s people go and for Moses to lead these people to the Promised Land. Moses told God that he wouldn’t make a very good leader because he wasn’t a good speaker. God told him not to worry about it because he was the person that God wanted to lead His people. (Paraphrased)
I’m ashamed to say that there have been times when God has led me to be a witness to someone else and I told God through my actions, “That’s not my thing, God. I’m not the type who is good at confronting people and telling them about You. Why don’t You save it for someone else from those other religions that don’t mind being embarrassed by going door to door and confronting people? Now, if You need someone to do a low-risk thing like saying a prayer for someone or giving a little money to the needy, then I’m Your person.”
I need to remember that God will take care of my weaknesses if I let Him, and will provide the strength necessary to do whatever He wants, just like He did for Moses.
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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