Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Bible Passage for Supervisors and Managers, Turning to God First When Not Well, This Passage Shows How God Can Take Care of Us Despite All Odds 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


I want to deviate some from the writing format I’ve been using, so far. I want to give the background of this chapter in order to condense this. This is about 2 Chronicles, Chapter 10. I hate to include the whole chapter.

Rehoboam, who is Solomon’s son, became king after Solomon died. The Israelites sent spokesmen to King Rehoboam to ask him to lighten their work load. They said his father had been much too harsh on them. They asked him to lighten their work load and promised they would be loyal to him in return. He told them to come back in three days so that he could have some time to think about it.

First, King Rehoboam went to get advice from the old men who told him that if he lightened the Israelites work load and talked nicely to them, they would be his servants forever. Then King Rehoboam went to get the advice of the young men (his friends) who told him to tell the Israelites that if they thought his father made their workload heavy, just wait and see how heavy he was going to make it. His friends told him that he was much more of a man than his father. (Paraphrased)

Well, after three days, the Israelites came back to King Rehoboam to get his reply to their request to lighten their workload. He ignored the advice of the older men. And answered the advice of the young men, sayingMy father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 2 Chronicles, Chapter 10, verse 14. The Israelites rebelled against King Rehoboam.

I wish supervisors and managers would read this passage. It shows that the treatment the boss gives their employees can make the difference of whether the employees are loyal and productive or whether they rebel. The other thing that this passage reminds me of is how easy it is for people to ignore the advice God has given them through the Bible and choose to follow the advice of their friends instead. Obviously, friends don’t always have the best of advice, as evidenced in this passage.


And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign. 2 Chronicles 16, verses 12-13.


This passage makes me stand up and take note. It becomes apparent to me that God wants us to turn to Him first and foremost when we are ill. I’m not saying that physicians don’t have a place, but I get a clear message that Asa didn’t turn to God at all. He put his faith totally in physicians, and he died in the natural course of his disease.

In contrast, if Asa had turned to God and put his faith in Him, he wouldn’t have died. Sometimes it gets easy to get caught up in the world of science and medicine and to put our total trust in them. I feel that although there have been many medical and scientific breakthroughs; we need to make sure our primary focus is on God. We want Him to guide us to the correct physicians, when needed and to guide those physicians in their actions.

This Passage Shows How God Can Take Care of Us Despite All Odds

And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; And He said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the Salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD. And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high. 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20, verses 13-19.

God told Jehoshaphat that his men wouldn’t even need to fight this battle, because God wanted them to see the Salvation of the LORD. Now, Jehoshaphat didn’t doubt God. He didn’t even tell his men to carry spears with them just in case God didn’t pull through. Jehoshaphat trusted God to take care of him, just as we need to trust God will take care of us.
In the following verses, it tells how the men who wanted to fight with Jehoshaphat had hidden themselves in the countryside. Jehoshaphat had singers walk in front of his men saying, Praise the LORD for His mercy endureth for ever.” 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20, part of verse 21.
Anyway, the soldiers that were in the countryside preparing to ambush Jehoshaphat and his men, killed each other instead. Jehoshaphat and his men didn’t have to lift a finger.
It says in 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20, verse 29, And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
So, God used this battle as a sign to help people realize that He is the One True God, all powerful, and He takes care of His people when they obey Him.

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If God Can Provide for the Widow, He Can Surely Provide for Us, God's Graphic Illustrations, Looking for Clues Instead of Just Letting God Guide Me 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


Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? Tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest. 2 Kings, Chapter 4, verses 1-7.


This passage gives me goosebumps when I read it. It shows the great extent that God goes to in order to take care of us. Miraculously, He made the container of endless oil in order to take care of this widow and her sons. It makes me think of how foolish I am to worry about bills and finances. If God provided for this widow and her children, He can surely provide for me!



In this passage, Naaman is a leper. He goes to see Elisha to see if he could cure him of his leprosy.

So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the Name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel: now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant. 2 Kings, Chapter 5, verses 9-15.


Naaman leaves Elisha saying, “That’s too easy, I could have bathed in the rivers by my own town. How could something so easy take care of my disease?” (Paraphrased) Sometimes God asks us to do simple things and we don’t trust Him.

All we have to do for Salvation is to believe that Jesus is our Savior and to try to live as examples of how He works in our lives. We are “Made in the Shade Christians,” because God doesn’t ask us to give up everything we own, go into the airport selling flowers, to meditate for hours or to go through great personal sacrifice. Yet many people look elsewhere for God and have been known to jump through all sorts of hoops to find Salvation that is elusive, because they are not focusing on God’s simple requirement.

Naaman eventually realized that it was worth giving the simple request a try and it paid off. He was cured from his leprosy by doing what God wanted him to do. I like the way God uses graphic illustrations to demonstrate the lessons He wants me to learn.



In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus said the LORD. Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before Thee in Truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in Thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the Word of the LORD came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of My people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for Mine own sake, and for My servant David’s sake. And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered. 2 Kings, Chapter 20, verses 1-7.

This passage makes me realize that God takes all things into consideration. Sometimes I find myself thinking things happen a particular way because that’s the way they are meant to be. This passage shows me that although that may be true, it isn’t always the way God works. Isn’t it funny that I get caught up in trying to figure out how God works? It’s kind of like I’m a detective looking for clues, rather than just letting God guide me and show me what He wants.
This passage tells me to continue praying about issues of concern and not to give up hope, because God can decide to turn things around. This is evidenced by God deciding to let the king live fifteen more years after he prayed to Him. God can do anything. He is God! He defies all explanation!

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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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Christians Don't Have a Free Ride on the Gravy Train, How Is a Computer Like Our Relationship With Jesus?, and I'm a Pick Your Battles 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


And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  1 Peter, Chapter 1, verses 17-21.

Christians don’t have a “free ride on the gravy train.”  God is going to judge us by our faith and our actions which should be examples of our devotion to Him.  Our Salvation wasn’t purchased for us by some worldly thing like money.  We can’t pay a fine when we are caught sinning, like a person who has been speeding pays a fine as restitution.  Our Salvation is earned through Jesus’ suffering, death and Resurrection on our behalf.


Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the Truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the Word of the Lord endureth for ever.  And this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto you.  1 Peter, Chapter 1, verses 22-25.

Think of a brand new computer in the box.  Look inside the box and you would see machinery with potential, but of no use unless it is plugged in.  Similarly, we have potential that becomes realized once we develop a relationship with Jesus.
When the computer is properly hooked up, just as a Christian who is focused on God, the machinery works at optimum capacity.  Once a virus corrupts our files like worldly choices corrupt our lives, the machinery performs inconsistently, at best.  Both the computer and the Christian can continue to get progressively worse.  After we realize that help is needed and turn to a computer technologist to repair the hard drive, in much the same way a Christian turns to God for assistance, both can get started running “like new” again.  I need to turn to God for periodic “overhauls,” making sure my faith and my lifestyle choices are running smoothly and are attuned with what God wants.

And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?  But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled: But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.  For it is better, if the Will of God be so, that ye suffer for the well doing, than for evil doing.  1 Peter, Chapter 3, verses 13-17.

As Christians, we might get laughed at, stigmatized or even isolated from others but that’s a small price to pay for our belief in God.  I would much rather suffer this ridicule than to give in for momentary peace, giving up my eternal peace and Salvation.  I’m a “Pick Your Battles Christian.”  If I look at my two options, I could live life in the fast lane now and be popular but go to hell, or I can risk some ridicule by living up to my Christian ethics and go to heaven.  I plan to put my money where there is the greatest chance for reward-heaven!

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, April 25, 2016

How God Wants Us to Let People Know We Are Saying the Truth, Trying to Help Those Drowning in Their Worldly Ways, and Letting Off Color Words Slip Out 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


But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.  James, Chapter 5, verse 12.

This passage lets me know that I can tell the truth when I’m talking to people without saying, “It’s the truth, too-Swear to God,” or, “It’s the truth, too-I Swear it on the Bible.”  These extra sayings for emphasis aren’t necessary and aren’t what God wants.
Here is a related passage:
*But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth: for it is His footstool: neither by Jerusalem: for it is the city of the great King, Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black, But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.  Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 34-37.


Brethren, if any of you do err from the Truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.  James, Chapter 5, verses 19-20.

When I was about 11 or 12, I remember being horrified by hearing how a bunch of people saw a car drive over the levee in a nearby community.  They stood by and watched the whole family drown without ever making an attempt to save them.  I didn’t know how those people could live with themselves.  If a person had made an effort but had been unable to save them, they would have at least known they had tried.
I feel like Christians often do the same thing.  We see people who are making lifestyle choices where they are apt to “drown” in their worldly ways, but we just sit back and watch without even attempting to save them.  If we make an attempt, at least we will know that we tried and didn’t just sit back and do nothing.  Who knows, maybe we will be the person who plants the seed of change in their life.


But as He which hath called you is Holy, so be ye Holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye Holy; for I am Holy.  1 Peter, Chapter 1, verses 15-16.

It’s easy to become complacent and to let a few off color words slip out every now and then.  Yes, God will forgive us for these shortcomings if we ask Him, but are we being the example He wants us to be?

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.

These are other blogs I felt led to create:

This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

How Is God Similar to the Marines?, Regretting Being So Shallow, and When I'm Being Critical of Others 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


But He giveth more grace.  Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  James, Chapter 4, verses 6-8.

I think that God is looking for a few good men and women just like the Marines.  They don’t want proud, boastful people who go around saying they are better than others.  They want people who show their worth by their behavior and choices all the time.


But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.  James, Chapter 4, verses 16-17.

This passage makes me sad because I know I have been guilty of this more times than I would like to mention.  I was teaching in a suburb of a larger city with more affluent families.  A friend who teaches there asked me to go to the city with her to read with some “inner city” kids after school.  Instead, I chose to co-sponsor the Art Club, doing projects with those more affluent.  I regret being so shallow.



Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.  James, Chapter 5, verse 9.

You know, it seems that our character flaws have been ingrained in us for so long that they would be almost impossible to change, but not so with God.  I have found that since I’m focusing on God’s Will for my life, the thought about God judging me like I judge others pops into my mind when I’m being critical of others, allowing me to make the changes that He wants.

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.

These are other blogs I felt led to create:

This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 
Please click on comments below to share your suggestions. Thanks! Debbie

Monday, April 18, 2016

An Erroneous Quote from the Bible, Are We Backseat Christians?, and Can a Christian Be Two-Faced? 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 the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the Truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  2 Timothy, Chapter 4, verses 3-4.

This passage has special significance because I first got interested in the Bible due to the erroneous quote from the Bible that really was from an Aesop’s Fable (god helps him who helps himself.)  I did not capitalize the “g” on god because the god they are talking about is a Mythological god, not the One True God.  I try to always capitalize the “g” on God out of respect for our Heavenly Father.


If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.  James, Chapter 1, verses 26-27.

It’s easy to be a “Back-Seat Christian,” becoming complacent in our relationship with God.  In doing so, we are letting everyone else take care of God’s work while we focus on ourselves.  God says He wants us to take an active role as Christians.  He wants us to visit the fatherless, those grieving and we are not to get caught up in worldly values.
With so many single parent families, visiting the fatherless could be a relatively easy thing to do.  If we each took the time to touch the life of one child, we could make a major difference.  Some might think that they don’t have the time, but you could include neighbor kids in your game of basketball with your child.  Family board games are nice to invite other kids to play.  Even if you don’t have children of your own, you can take a child you know with you to the library.  You can invite them over to bake or BBQ.  Even doing routine chores seem special when you’ve invited a child to help you.  It gives them a sense of accomplishment and helps them feel like they are contributing.  When you take your child to a scouting, church or school activity; include a child who wouldn’t have been able to attend otherwise.
Going to a school once a week for 30 minutes, can positively impact the life of a child.  (When I was a teacher in a low income school, I tried to get volunteers to come and read for 30 minutes a week with my students who had behavior problems.  Within days, I would notice a positive change in the behavior choices that these children made.  Interestingly, I wasn’t having the volunteer focus on teaching the child to read or anything else academic.  The vast majority of these kids are quite capable of doing academic tasks.  They just have so many other things going on in their lives that it’s often difficult for them to focus on academics.  The time with the volunteers was really meant to be a positive time for the adult and the child to spend together.  Isn’t it amazing that 30 minutes of contact with a child each week could make such a difference?)
I’m not suggesting that everyone should volunteer to spend time with kids who have behavior problems, although that’s not a bad idea.  I’m using this as an example.  If we each took the time to be with a child for 30 minutes a week, just think of the positive impact we could have on the children of our country.  It has the added benefit of making us positive role models of our Christian values to our own children.


But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and there with curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the Truth.  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  James, Chapter 3, verses 8-18.

I think God is asking us if a Christian can truly be two-faced.  You wouldn’t consider someone a true friend, who is nice to your face but works against you, behind your back.
I think God is telling us through this passage that we can’t truly be both.  Can we truly be a Christian one day a week, but participate in a worldly life with no attempt to change the rest of the week?  I think God tells us that if we truly profess to be a Christian, we will be examples of our faith seven days a week instead of just one.

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.

These are other blogs I felt led to create:

This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

God's Reminder to Stay Away from People With Corrupt Minds, Trusting God When I'm Afraid of What Others Might Think, and People Who Try to Confuse Us

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


Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the Truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.  1 Timothy, Chapter 6, verses 5-12.

God is reminding us to stay away from people who have corrupt minds or those who distort the Word of God.  There are some who feel the proof of being a good Christian would be having all the worldly possessions they want.  Actually, there are people who believe that way today.  They feel God would want them to have all types of nice things (possessions) and they actively pray for them.  I know someone who looks at a picture of her dream car each day and then visualizes God giving it to her.  I know God said that He would take care of our every need, but I don’t think that means we are going to eat steak and prime rib every night because we are Christians, and we aren’t guaranteed we’ll drive fancy cars.
In fact, a big portion of this passage talks about how a lot of Christians get caught up in trying to attain money, status and worldly possessions which corrupt them.  He says we are to be content with the food and the clothes we have, not visualizing ourselves being given fancy cars, high level jobs and lots of money.  The desire for these things could very well lead us astray.


Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the Salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us.  2 Timothy, Chapter 2, verses 10-12.

Boy, this passage always makes me sit up and take notice.  It makes me think of all those times when I have the opportunity to say something to someone else about how God works in my life and I don’t.  I’m afraid of what they might think of me, but I’m really denying God.  I would sure hate for Him to deny me in much the same way.
This is something I have to continue to work on.  Yeah, I’m typing this book right now about how God works in my life, but I’m not taking any big time risk.  For me, risking is when I need to share my faith personally with someone else, taking the chance that they may reject me for standing up for my beliefs.
Actually, whenever I have taken that risk, I haven’t had people reject me.  Most everyone I’ve talked to has been very respectful of my beliefs.  Most of them have even shared situations from their lives that have ended up strengthening my faith.  I think the point is that we need to be willing to stand up for God if the situation arises, instead of leaving it to someone else.


Who concerning the Truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His.  And, Let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from iniquity.  2 Timothy, Chapter 2, verses 18-19.

I think this passage speaks to people who try to confuse us by saying things like, “Heaven is here on earth, right now,” or “You can make your life a heaven or a hell by the choices you make.”  Your choices do bring about logical consequences.  If you make poor lifestyle choices, you usually have a life that reflects those choices.  If you make lifestyle choices that reflect your faith in God, you won’t have steak on the table every night, but God will take care of you.
My concern is that people can get confused by others and lose their focus on God when they engage in philosophical religious debates with them.  Even though some profess to be devout Christians, reading the Bible is one of the best ways to find out God’s Will for us.
God wants us to leave behind our sinful ways and to live a life that reflects how He has influenced us.  We don’t have to get public notoriety as a Christian in order to have Salvation.  God knows who the Christians are and who just says they are.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Bible Provides Guidelines for Our Lives, Not Beholding to Anyone, and They Care for Their Own 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


Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.  But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only deceiving your own selves.  James, Chapter 1, verses 19-22.
But whoso looketh into the perfect Law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  James, Chapter 1, verse 25.

This is of special importance to me right now, because a minor matter has worked a wedge in my relationship with someone I care about.  God didn’t put these words in the Bible to be something nice for us to read.  He had the Bible written to provide guidelines for our lives and to remind us how things like anger, resentment and hatred can subtly interfere with our relationship with God and others.  I can read this passage and just say, “Yeah, God is right.  I shouldn’t let wedges develop between others and me,” and then do nothing further about it.  Or I can be an example of how God works in my life by taking the first step, however awkward it might be to set things right.  The choice is up to us.


Now we command you, brethren, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.  For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us; for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.  For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.  Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.  But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.  And if any man obey not our Word by this Epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.  Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.  Now the Lord of Peace Himself give you peace always by all means.  The Lord be with you all.  2 Thessalonians, Chapter 3, verses 6-16.

Apostle Paul was talking about how the followers of Jesus didn’t want to be beholding to anyone or to be perceived as taking advantage of others.  When they stayed with people as they went around spreading the Word of God, they worked for their food.  Paul was saying that this is the way it should be and those who didn’t work shouldn’t eat.
He was into “Reality Therapy”.  Those Christians who didn’t work and let others do all the work while they found time to be busybodies and visit, shouldn’t be given food.  He thought this would motivate them to talk less and to work more, that is…if they planned on eating.
He said that Christians shouldn’t hang around people who were not obeying the Word of God.  Maybe this shame might motivate others to change their behavior, but goes on to say that they shouldn’t treat that person like their enemy either.  They are doing these things to help motivate the person to make changes in their behavior choices, in the same way you might treat a brother who was going astray.


But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.  1 Timothy, Chapter 5, verse 8.

I remember hearing this over the years, “They take care of their own.”  Well, God is telling us this is exactly what we are supposed to do.  There is a big difference between empowering and enabling, though.  So, our help should be supportive in a way that maintains the person’s self-respect, encouraging them always to make positive choices in their lives.

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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Thursday, April 7, 2016

God Knows When We Are Trying to Manipulate Him, Our Example Can Lead People to God or Push Them Away, and Don't Just Believe That Something Is In the Bible Just Because Someone Says It's There: Check It Out for Yourself 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


But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  1 Thessalonians 5: 1-2.

We are told over and over again in the Bible that no one knows when the end of the world will be.  It will sneak up on us just like a thief is able to sneak around in the night without anyone knowing.  We need to be examples of how God works in our lives, not just in ten or twenty years from now, when we have finished sowing our wild oats, but always.  God is forgiving but we should not push Him too far, either.  We can’t go around manipulating God and our faith by saying that I’m sinful and God will forgive me anyway, so I will just go ahead and do this sinful thing and ask for forgiveness later.
Well, God knows what is in our hearts.  He knows when we are trying to manipulate Him and when we are genuinely trying to be Christians.  Although none of us is perfect, we need to attempt to be the best examples we can of how God works in our lives.


Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.  See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.  Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks: for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5, verses 14-18.

There are times in our lives when we can share our genuine concern for those who are making self-destructive choices.  You never know if the things you say may be at a time that will help refocus that person.  (I always like to ask God to provide the words when I’m in a situation like this.  He always provides the right things for me to say.)
We are to be patient, tolerant and supportive of those who are mentally disabled, as well as those with any other disability.  We are to be patient with everyone because we are supposed to be examples of how God works in our lives.
Have you ever overheard someone saying, “Yeah, they profess to be a Christian.  You should have seen him out drinking the night away in the local bars-some Christian, huh?”  Or, “You should have seen the way she was yelling at her kids and she says she’s a Christian.  If that’s what Christians do, I want no part of it.”
Did you realize that our example could either lead people to God or push them away from having a relationship with Him?  Well, it can!  Sometimes our example is as close as anyone gets to knowing Jesus and the impact that He leaves on our lives.


Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  Abstain from all appearance of evil.  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole Spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5, verses 21-23.

I think the “Prove all things” is good sound advice.  We aren’t to believe everything someone says is in the Bible just because someone who sounds knowledgeable says it’s in there.  It means we are to check it out first. 
This passage also says that we should make sure we are in situations that are good for us and to stay away from anything that is evil or could lead us astray.  Sometimes when I’m angry with someone, I ask God to take care of it, but in reality I still really want to be angry a little longer.  When I ask God to take care of my willingness to let Him take my anger away, then I’m surrendering my need to stay angry.

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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Monday, April 4, 2016

Responding to the Needy, Being More Compassionate to Those Imprisoned, and Does God Tempt Us? 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


Let brotherly love continue.  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Hebrews, Chapter 13, verses 1-2.

After reading forwarded emails telling how people’s lives have been changed by reaching out to someone less fortunate, I am more reflective about my lack of action.  When approached by the needy, I have to admit my response has not always been of Christian love to my fellow human beings.  This definitely is something I need to work on, being mindful about how I would feel if people ignored and rejected me.  I only hope God continues to be patient with me and brings me to the level of brotherly love that He wants us all to show to each other.


Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.  Hebrews, Chapter 13, verse 3.

I need to work on being more compassionate to those who have been imprisoned.  It’s easy for me to sit back in my comfortable house and forget about the plight of others less fortunate.  I can rationalize that they have made poor choices and have been removed from society as a consequence for these actions.  In reality, I’m not sure I agree with that philosophy anymore.  Sure, I think rapists, child molesters and mass murders should be kept from returning to society.  Often these people get released from prison on parole after a certain amount of time and some therapy, only to rape, molest and kill again.  This makes no sense when the prisons are full of other people who have done much less and may never get out.  I just don’t understand.
There are people who are in prison indefinitely for stealing food or cigarettes, doing stupid pranks and generally making poor choices.  Are these people a threat to society?  I’m sure there are some sociopaths who pose a threat, but I think there are many prisoners who would be more help to society on the outside than behind bars. 
There is a Bible passage that says: Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.  Proverbs, Chapter 6, verses 30-31.  God is talking about having him make restitution rather than imprisoning him.
With our country’s financial situation, we can’t afford to hire enough people to clean our parks and waterways, assist the aged, work with the handicapped and provide productive services for the community.  These options would allow prisoners to maintain their dignity while making restitution at the same time.  It sure beats having people in a penal system where they are more apt to become corrupted by the quantity of negative influences they encounter than to be rehabilitated.  Many of those imprisoned have the potential to be productive members of society with some assistance and guidance.  (As I said before, I’m not including people who are rapists, molesters and killers in this category.)
It saddens me to think that there is no real equity in the penal system.  There are people who were CEO’s for multimillion dollar firms, who embezzled the funds of their company.  Many of their co-workers have since lost their jobs, their retirements and their livelihoods because of the impact the embezzlement had on the company’s finances.  Often these people don’t go to jail, because they have enough money to hire expensive attorneys.  If they do go to jail, it’s for a short amount of time in a swanky prison.  They write their memoirs and make a fortune.
It’s sad that the system doesn’t make them make restitution to all those who lost their retirements.  Don’t you think it would be an excellent logical consequence if they had to take the royalties from their memoirs to pay for the retirements of those hard workers whose retirement funds had been embezzled?
Then there are minorities who are imprisoned and are doing hard time because they didn’t have a ritzy lawyer defending them for things that pale in comparison.  They end up spending a big portion their lives in prisons that could never compare to the swanky ones of those who embezzled millions.  This just doesn’t seem equitable to me.
I need to remember to keep prisoners in my prayers, but there may be other things we can do.  There are organizations that we could contact that would tell us ways that we could help the families of prisoners.  A monumental way we can help is by being willing to hire someone who has formerly been in prison.  How are they ever going to support their family and become a productive member of society if no one hires them?  We could make a difference in their lives.


Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  Do not err, my beloved brethren.  James, Chapter 1, verses 13-16.

It was very interesting for me to read this.  Somehow, I was under the impression that God tempted us to test us, but I was wrong.  It’s our own sinful human nature that is tempted by things.  Our choice to follow these temptations or to turn to God is what makes the difference.



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. 
Please click on comments below to share your suggestions. Thanks! Debbie

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