Thursday, December 1, 2016

Subtle Things Can Shake Our Foundation, Losing Your Salvation in the Process, and God and American Graffiti 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

Whosoever cometh to Me, and heareth My sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the storm did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.  Luke, Chapter 6, verses 47-49.

I need to make sure that my faith in God has a firm foundation like the house built on rock, because my faith has to withstand all the human temptations that arise.  Some of those temptations are very subtle and can let little things into our lives that seem very minor but still shake our foundation.  Food has always been one of my bigger vices.
My younger brother was always very giving.  I’m ashamed to say that I took advantage of him when he wasn’t even in school yet.  Being the youngest and the only boy in the family, he had a piggy bank full of money.  When my parents weren’t around, I talked him into breaking into his piggy bank to get all his money out to take with us to the movies.  Being the generous person that he is, he shared all his money with his older sister.  I bought ice cream after ice cream, followed by enough candy bars to make a person sick.  He had trusted me, but my ulterior motives interfered with being an example of my faith.  Like I said, we have to be careful about the subtle things in life that sneak in and shake our foundation on rock.  Something very minor could cause that foundation to crumble! Click on the Post title to read a related Bible passage.

And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.  For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?  Luke, Chapter 9, verses 23-25.

I think God is telling us that we have to be totally dedicated to Him.  It’s all too easy to get caught up in our daily lives and focus on getting ahead in the world.  It’s especially difficult since there is so much pressure to try to keep up with the Jones’s that we might lose sight of our goal.  To paraphrase what Jesus said, “What good is it to have all these worldly things and lose your Salvation in the process?  Click on the Post title to read some related Bible passages.

For whosoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own Glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.  Luke, Chapter 9, verse 26.

This relates to a situation that made a major difference in my relationship with God.  One time, I was doing something that was an outward sign of my faith.  It was in a place where other people could see what I was doing and would have known I am a Christian.  I’m ashamed to say that this had made me really uncomfortable.
The thought in my mind shortly after this was about the movie “American Graffiti”.  One of the main characters had been in charge of keeping an eye on a young pre-teen or teenage girl.  He had a reputation of being “cool” and didn’t like being a glorified babysitter.  Later, he and the young lady got to know each other better and became friends.  Then there was a point in the movie where he was driving down the main drag and he saw a group of his friends.  He realized that they would see him with this young girl and it could hurt his “cool image” if they knew he was babysitting.  So he asked his new found friend to duck down in the seat so his other friends wouldn’t see her sitting in his car, thus maintaining his reputation.
Well, that’s what I was doing with God.  I was saying to God, “You are really important to me and I love you a lot, but I don’t want other people to know how important You are to me.  I want to look ‘cool’ to others and don’t want them to think I’m a religious fanatic.  So, God, please duck down so they don’t know I’m a Christian.”
This movie impacted my life and my relationship with God because it helped me realize that I used to shy away from mentioning anything about God or my faith to anyone.  I can’t say it’s all that easy for me now, because I’m still very weak and have a hard time risking ridicule from others.  I do try to say things like, “Boy, God was really looking after you,” when there was a miracle in someone’s life that they may have overlooked.

When I do this, I’m generally anxious because I never know how anyone is going to respond to these statements.  I’m always afraid that they are going to think I’m a fanatic and shy away from me, but I have never received that response from anyone.  In fact, people have been very appreciative and it has opened up opportunities for the other person to share their perspective of how God has influenced their life.  I need to continue to focus on being more willing to take risks for God.  I would never want Him to turn His back on me the way I have done to Him.

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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