Thursday, July 14, 2016

Are People in Our Country Losing Their Focus on God?, The Determining Factor of Our Salvation, Feelings That Drain Your Faith, Are Riches Worth Losing Our Salvation? 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 or four posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

Are People in Our Country Losing Their Focus on God?

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance. Psalm, Chapter 33, verse 12.

I am no authority on World History, but it seems that predominately Christian countries have been fairly prosperous over time.  It seems that when their citizens lose their focus on God (the Father, Son and Holy Ghost), their country doesn’t fare as well.  Look at our country and the lifestyle choices people are making.  Does it seem that people are losing their focus on God?

The LORD looketh from heaven: He beholdeth all the sons of men.  From the place of His habitation He looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.  He fashioneth their hearts alike: He considereth all their works.  There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.  Psalm, Chapter 33, verses 13-16.

God made all of us with the same kinds of hearts.  It’s up to us to choose to let Jesus into our heart or not.  That will be the determining factor of our Salvation, not how rich, popular, high on the social ladder or how strong we are.

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.  For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.  Psalm, Chapter 37, verses 8-9.

Sometimes when people do really hateful and inconsiderate things, I find myself plotting equally hateful things to do back to them.  Behavior like that isn’t befitting a Christian.  I need to turn these draining feelings (they drain my Christianity out of me) over to God, so I can get on with living the life that He wants.

A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.  Psalm, Chapter 37, verse 16.

I like this passage.  It’s saying that it’s better to be poor and have Jesus as our Savior than to have all the riches and live a worldly life with no chance of Salvation.  I agree.  What good does it do to have all the riches in the world, if you lose your own soul?

I remember watching movies that showed people who used to make pacts with the devil to have riches, fame or positions of power.  The movies would end with the people realizing that no amount of prestige or wealth was worth losing their soul.  Although those are movies, sometimes we make similar decisions by the choices we make in our lives.
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*Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.  Psalm, Chapter 49, verses 16-17.

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