Monday, September 18, 2017

The Ant and the Grasshopper, How Does That Relate to the Bible?, Who Do We Let Influence Our Lives?, What Does the Bible Say About Sparing the Rod?

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


The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.  Proverbs, Chapter 13: 4.

This reminds me of the story my grandfather used to tell me when I was little about the Ant and the Grasshopper.  The ant worked busily throughout the spring, summer and fall and put food away for the winter while the Grasshopper enjoyed himself and played.  Then when the winter came along, the Ant had a plenty of food to last him and the lazy Grasshopper was cold and hungry.
Here is a related passage:
*Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.  Proverbs, Chapter 19, verse 15.




He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.  Proverbs, Chapter 13, verse 20.

Well, I have sadly noticed something over my years as a teacher.  I have often placed a student who was a good role model next to a disruptive student.  I thought the positive role model’s example would rub off on the disruptive student.  Almost every time, I found the exact opposite to be true.  It seems the role model student almost always starts taking on some of the characteristics of the disruptive student, not the other way around.

I think that this often applies to Christians, as well.  I think we often take on the traits of the people we hang around.  If we associate with people who live their lives focused on God, we are more apt to live in a similar manner.  If we hang around people who have worldly values and make lifestyle choices that don’t reflect their love for God, then we are more apt to live our lives in a like manner.  It boils down to who you think God would want influencing your life.

                   What Does the Bible Say About Sparing the Rod?


He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.  Proverbs, Chapter 13, verse 24.

Parents often feel guilty for being away from their children with their work and other things that take them away from home.  At times, some parents over compensate by giving their children all they desire, overlooking the child’s disobedience without realizing how counterproductive it is. 

If a parent gives in to a child’s demands when they are young and doesn’t provide appropriate consequences for misbehavior, do you think that child will behave any differently as a teenager or adult?  Maybe correcting children and having reasonable expectations for them while they’re young would be to their best advantage.  Our ultimate goal should be that they grow into responsible Christian men and women.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

I Wouldn't Want God to Put Me on the Back Shelf, With Music, Do We Throw the Baby Out With the Bath Water?, Watching where We Are Walking 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


He telleth the number of the stars: He calleth them all by their names.  Great is our LORD, and of great power: His understanding is infinite.  The LORD lifteth up the meek: He casteth the wicked down to the ground.  Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: Who covereth the heaven with clouds, Who prepareth rain for the earth, Who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.  He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young raven which cry.  Psalm, Chapter 147, verses 4-9.

This passage had the word thanksgiving in it long before there were any Pilgrims and national holidays.  When David talks about thanksgiving, he has the right idea.  God provides for us and all the creatures of the world.  My focus at Thanksgiving shouldn’t be on which recipes to cook, so that my relatives brag on the spread they had at our house.  Instead, my focus should consistently be on God, thanking Him for all He does for me.  I shouldn’t just thank Him on religious holidays.  I wonder what it might be like the other way around.  God would take care of my concerns on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  The rest of the year, God would put me back on the shelf to wait; because I interfered with all the things He was doing during the year.  I sure wouldn’t want the tables turned!
Here is a related passage:
*Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but Me: for there is no Saviour beside Me.  I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.  According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten Me.  Hosea, Chapter 13, verses 4-6.




Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.  Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals.  Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD, Praise ye the LORD.  Psalm, Chapter 150, verses 4-6.

I realize that some types of music present subject matter and promote beliefs and actions that don’t always glorify God.  There have been styles of dancing that are less apt to be what God would approve of than others.  I think that sometimes we “throw the baby out with the bath water”.  Here is another time that we are encouraged to sing and dance, showing our love of God.  In my opinion, this shows that singing and dancing, in and of themselves aren’t bad, especially when they are done to glorify God.  Of course, we need to have balance in all things.




Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.  Proverbs, Chapter 4, verses 26-27.

I remember walking with a friend on a dirt road that ran along the far side of my elementary school.  I was rambling on about something as I walked, only to be stopped by the squeals of delight from my walking partner.  She had found a silver dollar in my tracks.
I had been so busy focused on something else that I hadn't watched where I was walking, as she had.  If I had paid attention to what I was doing and where I was going, I would have been the person who found the treasure. 

Well, Christians also have to watch where they are going and whether the choices they are making are leading them astray.   The worldly things in life can lead us off our path of faith.  If we focus on God’s Will for us, as stated in the Bible, we are more apt to find the treasure of Salvation at the end of our road.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Jesus Wiped Our Tally Chart Clean, What Does a Light House Have to Do With This Passage?, Too Independent for My Own Good 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 that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.  Jeremiah, Chapter 18, verse 8.

I remember staying at my aunt’s house for a couple of weeks during the summer.  We had wonderful fun watching the “Soaps,” eating fried egg sandwiches and just spending time together.  The girl next door had an above ground pool.  I had been envious of her since I had gotten there.  At the end of my vacation at my aunt’s, the neighbor invited me over for a pool party.  I wasn’t allowed to go so I ranted and raved around the house, having a “royal hissy fit” because I didn’t get my way.
My aunt had been there supporting me all along like God supports us.  Then the minute I didn’t get everything I wanted, I had a fit and acted like everything wonderful didn’t matter anymore.  I’m sure she must have been hurt by my ungrateful behavior, the same as God is hurt through ours.
Once I calmed down and realized how unreasonable I was, I apologized and my aunt forgave me, much in the same way that God forgives us, even when we have behaved hatefully.  My aunt’s forgiving nature, not harboring resentments, allowed us to enjoy our last days of my vacation, creating fond memories to last a lifetime.  Fortunately, God doesn’t keep a tally sheet of all our shortcomings because Jesus wiped it clean.  He doesn’t harbor resentments for our sinful deeds.  What an awe inspiring and wonderful God!



Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path.  Psalm, Chapter 119, verse 105.
This passage has special significance to me because my husband collects light houses.  My thoughtful step-sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren got my husband a light house shower curtain for a gift.  When we moved into our house, I decided to paint light houses on the bathroom wall to go with the shower curtain.
My twelve year-old grandson drew the light houses free-hand and I painted them.  Being inspired when the painting was completed; I looked for a Bible passage to paint over the door to make a connection between God and the light houses.  There were several passages to choose from, although none spoke specifically about light houses.  I couldn’t decide, so I prayed and asked God for guidance.  I decided to use a portion of this passage: Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path.  Psalm, Chapter 119, verse 105.
     When we went to church with our grandsons that evening, one of the songs was Thy Word Is a Lamp Unto My Feet, and a Light Unto My Path.  At that point, I knew that God had me choose the passage that He wanted.  I was so excited that it was hard to wait until after church to tell my husband and grandsons all about it.  This passage pops back into my mind, at times when I’m feeling frustrated or discouraged.


Teach me to do Thy will for Thou art my God: Thy Spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.  Psalm, Chapter 143, verse 10.

Sometimes, I get too independent for my own good.  I figure that since I’m a Christian and a basically good person, I can see when someone needs help and just take care of it.  I’m starting to realize that the “I’s” and “Me’s” get me no where and I need to start praying for God’s guidance, first.  Sometimes I have rushed in to help someone, thinking “I” knew what was best for them, only to find out that I had undermined their dignity without realizing it.  It sure knocked my “Christian ego” down a few notches and hopefully, I will be more aware of this in the future.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I've Been a Gimme, Gimme Christian, I Want the Same Dedication, This Passage Helps Me Re-Evaluate My Priorities 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



Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right Spirit within me.  Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of Thy Salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.  Psalm, Chapter 51, verses 10-12.

I have a “Gimme Gimme Christian” relationship with God.  I have said these previous verses many times in church, asking God to make me a better Christian.  But the next verse says, Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.” Psalm, Chapter 51, verse 13.
 I have focused on what I want God to do for me all these years.  I want Him to forgive me for all the sinful things I have done.  I want Him to give me a new heart and fresh start so that I can go to heaven. 
I haven’t focused on the things that I should be doing for God, as stated in that last verse, like sharing God’s love with others.  I hesitate because I think, Big risk! Big risk!  But then I wonder, do I want to continue to be a “Gimme, Gimme Christian,” focused only on what’s in it for me?



O GOD, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see Thy power and Thy glory, so as I have seen Thee in the sanctuary.  Because Thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee.  Thus will I bless Thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in Thy Name.  Psalm, Chapter 63, verses 1-4.

I help my students analyze the descriptive writing styles of authors.  David would be a great example of this.  After reading how much David loves God when he says that his soul thirsteth and his flesh longeth for God in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is, makes me want to have that same dedication in my relationship with God.

This Passage Helps Me Re-Evaluate My Priorities

For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand.  I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.  O LORD of Hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.  Psalm, Chapter 84, verses 10-12.

David again, eloquently professes his love for God.  He says one day of life with God is better than a thousand days of life without Him.  He would rather have a lowly job in God’s house than to live with all the riches that the wicked have.  He tells us how well God takes care of the people who love Him.
This passage helps me to re-evaluate my priorities.  I’m looking for a job because we have moved back to the area where our grandchildren live.  I haven’t gotten a teaching position yet.  There are some smaller jobs in the newspaper that I haven’t applied for.  Part of me doesn’t want to go from being a teacher to a position of less significance.  I still want to impact the lives of students!

This passage makes me think that I shouldn’t minimize jobs.  It’s hard telling what God’s plan is.  It says that David would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.  I need to see that any position that God puts in my life has some special significance and I need to be open to it.

Monday, September 4, 2017

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 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.
Here is a related passage:
*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.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Turning to Bible Passages for Comfort, God Knows When the Timing is Right, and Our Love for Jesus Isn't a Private Secret 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


The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.  Psalm, Chapter 23, verses 1-6.

I like this passage because it’s so comforting.  Sometimes when I’m afraid in the dark, I think of this passage.  (Sometimes when my husband goes out of town for conferences, I hear noises that scare me in the night.)
No, I haven’t memorized it all word for word.  I don’t think a person has to be able to do that in order to be close to God.  (It is nice to be able to do that though, because it’s like carrying special messages from God with you all the time.  Bible passages are handy to know in case a friend needs to be comforted by them.)  Even though I don’t know this passage by heart, God comforts me when I think about it.  Then I don’t seem to be afraid anymore.
Here are some related passages:

*Lead me in Thy Truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my Salvation: on Thee do I wait all the day.  Remember, O LORD, Thy tender mercies and Thy loving kindnesses: for they have been ever of old.  Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to Thy mercy remember Thou me for Thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.  Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will He teach sinners in the way.  The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and Truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.  Psalm, Chapter 25, verses 5-10.
*Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.  Psalm, Chapter 31, verse 24.
*The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.  Psalm, Chapter 34, verse 7.
*The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.  Psalm, Chapter 34, verse 15.
*But the Salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.  Psalm, Chapter 37, verses 39-40.
*He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my defence; I shall not be moved.  In God is my Salvation and my glory: the Rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God.  Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us.  Selah.  Psalm, Chapter 62, verses 6-8.


The LORD, is my Light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm, Chapter 27: 1.

When I’m confused and afraid I’m going to make the wrong decision, I pray and God Lights the way for me.  He gives me a feeling of what to do.  No, He doesn’t say, “Debbie, this is what you should do.”  When I talk to Him, my prayers tend to be less formal and more like a conversation with God, except for when I say the Lord’s Prayer.

When I’m stressed and God doesn’t want me to worry, He gives me a calm feeling I call the Peace Which Passes All Understanding.

After I pray, asking God for guidance, I try to listen to the instincts that God gives me.  If I get a calm feeling, I move forward on it.  If I have an unsettling feeling, I wait because sometimes it’s not God’s Will or the timing just isn’t right.  God always sees the Big Picture and knows when the timing is right for us.  When I trust the instincts that God gives me, my life seems much more stress-free and things seem to fall into place.



Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.  Psalm, Chapter 32, verse 11.

Sometimes, we Christians walk around like our love for Jesus is this private secret that we keep to ourselves, lest anyone think we are religious fanatics.  I know that I have been guilty of this myself.  God wants us to be excited about all the wonderful things that He does in our lives and not to hide our joy.  This is something I still need to focus on.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Nothing to Worry About, Do the Words Out of My Mouth Reflect My Faith in Jesus? Old Testament Verses that Predict Jesus' Birth, Death, and Resurrection 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


O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth!  Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.  When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth!  Psalm, Chapter 8, verses 1-9.

Reading this makes me think of how foolish it is for me to worry.  If God can do all of this, surely He can take care of my concerns.


Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer.  Psalm, Chapter 19, verse 14.

I have said something similar to this in church for years, but do I always think about what I’m really saying or do I just rattle it off in a routine fashion?  I hate to admit it, but sometimes the latter is true.  Yet, I would like the words that come out of my mouth and all my thoughts to be ones that glorify God and make Him proud of me.
I also find myself thinking and saying things that don’t glorify God and don’t make me the best example of my love for Him.  Maybe if I put more thought into what I’m saying at church, I might be a better example of what I think and say elsewhere.
Here are some related passages:
*And He called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.  Matthew, Chapter 15, verses 10-11.
*Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.  Matthew, Chapter 15, verses 17-20.



GOD, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? why art Thou so far from helping Me, and from the Words of My roaring? Psalm, Chapter 22, verse 1. 
For dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet.  I may tell all My bones: they look and stare upon Me.  They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.  But be not Thou far from Me, O LORD, O My strength, haste Thee to help Me.  Psalm, Chapter 22, verses 16-19.

When I read this in Psalm, 22, I’m confused and amazed at the same time!  David is talking about when Jesus is crucified yet it’s many, many years before Jesus is even born.  I don’t profess to be a theologian, but I remember Jesus saying He had to fulfill the Scriptures.  So, I guess David and others told of the details that would happen to Jesus long before He was born.  Then, when Jesus had accomplished these prophesies, people would truly know He is the Son of God.
It’s distressing that so many people are looking for proof that Jesus is the Savior.  It’s like they want Jesus to come and touch them on the shoulder and say, “Sally, I want you to quit doubting My existence.  Now that you have seen Me, you know that I’m your Savior.”
It’s sad that they are missing out on a relationship with Him because they don’t read the Bible and are not aware of Jesus’ love for us through His death and Resurrection.  The Bible has so many passages that foretold of the birth, life, death and Resurrection of Jesus and how these Scriptures have been fulfilled that it would be difficult for skeptics to continue to ignore the Truth.

Here are some other passages that foretell of Jesus in the Old Testament:

*Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel.  Butter and honey shall He eat, that He may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.  Isaiah, Chapter 7, verses 14-15.
*For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Isaiah, Chapter 9, verse 6.
*Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the Arm of the LORD revealed?  For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him,  He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.  Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His Mouth: He is brought as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a Sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His Mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.  And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, either was any deceit in His Mouth.  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His Soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.  He shall see of the travail of His Soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall my Righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.  Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors: and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  Isaiah, Chapter 53, verses 1-12.
*Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.  In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His Name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.  Jeremiah, Chapter 23, verses 5-6.
*And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for His only Son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for His first born.  Zechariah, Chapter 12, verse 10.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Satan Works a Subtle Wedge When We Talk About Others, Needing to Listen Respectfully to the Advice of My Elders, and God Is Always Willing to Take Us Back 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 let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  1 Peter, Chapter 4, verses 15-16.

It’s easy to become self-righteous thinking, “Well, at least I haven’t killed anyone or stolen anything.”  It’s humbling to read how God feels that busybodies are just as sinful.  Getting caught up in talking about others is one of the ways that Satan works a subtle wedge in the lives of Christians.  It’s easy to get caught up in gossip, but we need to take a stand.  Sometimes just ignoring a situation is condoning that behavior.  It’s not always easy to let people know that you feel uncomfortable talking about others, but God will give you the words, if you let Him.
Here are some related passages:
*Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  Ephesians, Chapter 4, verse 29.
*Let all bitterness, and wrath and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  Ephesians, Chapter 4, verses 31-32.


Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.  Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.  1 Peter, Chapter 5, verses 5-7.

I remember becoming frustrated with people who were older who gave me common sense advice.  I thought that they must think I’m stupid.
Later, God showed me that I needed to listen respectfully to the advice of my elders.  It didn’t hurt me to listen, even though I already knew what they were telling me.  It made them feel better, because they were passing on some insight that they felt would be helpful to me.  I now realize that they do this out of love.
When I’m older, I sure wouldn’t want younger people treating me as if my advice didn’t matter.  I think this passage is important to remember.  If we aren’t good role models to the younger generation about being respectful to our elders, how will they know to be respectful to us when we’re older?

And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.  And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.  But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find Him. If thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.  When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto His Voice: (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which He sware unto them.  Deuteronomy, Chapter 4, verses 27-31.

I love reading passages like this.  God tells us how angry He is when we turn away from Him, but He also loves us and is willing to forgive us if we turn back to Him.  I think it’s appropriate that we call Him, God the Father, because He loves us as a parent would, only in a much more pure and consistent way.
When we were kids and ran through the house, knocking over a lamp and breaking it, our parents were unhappy.  We might have had a consequence for not following the rules, but our parents still loved us.  That was even more evident after we came to them to apologize for breaking the rules.
God is always willing to take us back and forgive us no matter how many times we missed church, used His Name in vain or acted in unchristian ways.  If we truly turn to Him, God is always there to forgive us and accept us, but we need to be committed enough to try to be examples of how He works in our lives.
Here are some related passages:
*Go and proclaim these Words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause Mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.  Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed My Voice, saith the LORD.  Jeremiah, Chapter 3, verses 12-13.
*If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent Me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.  Jeremiah, Chapter 26, verse 3.
*Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God?  shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?  Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the first of my body for the sin of my soul?  He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  Micah, Chapter 6, verses 6-8.

Monday, August 21, 2017

When We Truly Ask Him, God Forgives Us All of Our Past, Not Blaming God for Our Problems, Are Our Heads Turned Because of Flattery? 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 the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humblest himself greatly before the God of his fathers. And prayed unto Him: and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD, He was God. 2 Chronicles, Chapter 33, verses 11-13.

This is the most amazing passage! Manasseh used witchcraft, used people who contacted the dead, cast spells, were into Astrology and had his children walk through fire as some ritualistic show of loyalty, which really made God upset. After Manasseh was captured and became humble, he asked God to forgive him and God did. Pure and simple!

Even if we have made some pretty poor choices in our lives, God will forgive us, just as He did Manasseh if we turn to Him and truly turn our lives around.



All the while my breath is in me, and the Spirit of God is in my nostrils; My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit. God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I won’t remove mine integrity from me. My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live. Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous. For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? Job, Chapter 27, verses 3-9.

This is when Job had suffered many tribulations and his so-called friends were trying to help him. They challenged Job and his beliefs, but Job never wavered. He wouldn’t turn away from believing in God, even amidst his tragic situation. I want God to always keep my focus on Him. I never want to turn my back on God or to blame Him for my problems.



Lead me, O LORD, in Thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make Thy way straight before my face.  For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.  Psalm, Chapter 5, verses 8-9.

People’s flattery of us does not always reflect their true intent.
Here is a related passage:

*Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.  Psalm, Chapter 62, verse 9.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

How Does God Feel About Trying to Contact Dead Relatives? Do People Have to Have Monumental Miracles Before They Are Willing to Believe in God? Is God Trying to Get Our Attention? 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


So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the Word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it: And inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse. 1 Chronicles, Chapter 10, verses 13-14.


Saul had his servant contact a woman with a familiar spirit (my Bible refers to her as a witch.)  She called Samuel up from the dead to answer Saul’s questions, but God did NOT like this, which was the major reason that God had Saul die. Not only did Saul turn to someone who could conjure people from the dead, but he did this rather than turning to God to ask His will.

I’m including this passage because it reinforces my belief that God wouldn’t be appreciative of people who get involved in watching TV shows where dead relatives are contacted, even though they try to make it sound positive with some religious connection. We are turning to these shows rather than turning to God. I think God lets us know in this passage that He doesn’t take kindly to us turning to anything other than Him. Actually, why would we want to turn to anything else besides God? God takes care of our every need!


Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the Glory of the LORD filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of the LORD, because the Glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the Glory of the LORD upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped and praised the LORD, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever. 2 Chronicles, Chapter 7, verses 1-3.

This passage never really hit me before, but when I read it this time it left a stronger impact on me. I started thinking about how God has had to do all of these very dramatic miracles to get people to believe He is the One True God. I guess if I weren’t too sure of my faith and I saw fire come down from heaven and burn up a slab of meat, there would be no doubt in my mind that God was responsible for it, even if I had doubted before!

Do people have to have these monumental miracles before they believe in God? It’s kind of sad that some of us have a Missouri (the “Show-Me State”) mentality. Do I have to have God “Show-Me” miracles before I’m truly willing to believe in Him and not doubt His existence?

God does all types of miracles in my life each and every day. When I was taking a heavy class-load of difficult teacher preparatory classes, I didn’t know how I would get through all of them. I had petitioned the college to take 23 units that semester, so that I could have the required classes to start student teaching the next semester. I was praying to God about this on the way home from college one day. God put the thought in my mind that I wasn’t supposed to worry about it, because He was going to give me straight A’s.

I thought, “How could You do this? These are some of the hardest courses I have ever taken and I don’t have enough time to properly study for all of them.” Then the thought that God had in my mind was that He could do it, He’s God and He could do anything. I relaxed after I thought about it a few minutes. He can do anything, provided I trust Him to. I didn’t want to be like Peter who sank when he got fearful, so I asked God for the willingness to trust that He would take care of me.

I would pray a quick prayer over each homework and test question, something like, “God please take care of this one,” and the answer or the way to solve the statistical problem would just be in my mind. God did give me straight A’s through all of that. It was just like the thought He gave me those many months earlier in the car.

God works in my life in a variety of ways. I don’t always say formal prayers to God when I have something on my mind. I just talk to Him and I know God hears me. God answers me in lots of different ways, but I don’t hear the actual Voice of God from heaven saying, “Debbie, this is what you are supposed to do.”

Sometimes He answers me by having things happen, like my stalled car starts right after I pray about it. Sometimes He has things not happen, like when my first husband and I didn’t get a house we were trying to buy. We were so disappointed at the time, but six months afterward my husband got laid-off of work. Later, I realized that it was a good thing we hadn’t gotten the house, because we could have lost everything we owned. When things don’t turn out the way I ask, usually God will show me why at a later time, as in this example. Sometimes, God just puts thoughts or ideas in my mind, just like when God let me know that He was going to give me straight A’s. Sometimes He guides me by the instincts He gives me. The important thing is that I have to listen to them and not go off in my own direction, ignoring those instincts.

God does all types of miracles in our lives every day, if we would only open our eyes to see them. Do we have the “Show-Me” mentality where we need fire to come down from the sky before we believe in God?


And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to Myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people; If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now Mine Eyes shall be open, and Mine Ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that My Name may be there forever: and Mine Eyes and Mine Heart shall be there perpetually. 2 Chronicles, Chapter 7, verses 12-16.
And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath He brought all this evil upon them. 2 Chronicles, Chapter 7, verse 22.
This sounds like sometimes when we have droughts, floods or pestilence like locusts, etc., God is trying to get our attention. I feel like it’s His way of saying, “People down on Earth, you are losing your focus on Me. You are getting caught up in worldly things and doubt My existence by taking credit for the things I do.” God, who is infinitely merciful, goes on to say that if we turn back to Him, He will forgive us.

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