Thursday, June 29, 2017

Our Enthusiasm for a Relationship With Christ Should Be Contagious, Looking Down the Tunnel and Seeing the Path that God Provides, and Prayer Chains 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, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  2 Peter, Chapter 3, verse 8.

I think this passage is important for us to remember when we read Bible passages that refer to specific amounts of time, so that we don’t take the dates too literally.

This makes me think about how insignificant time can be.  When I was younger, I used to spend some time in the summers with my grandmother.  The weeks with her sped by so quickly that before I knew it, I was leaving to return home.  She approached everything with enthusiasm, whether it was trying to figure out answers on game shows or reading.

She had a zest for everything she did and her enthusiasm was contagious.  She is the person who developed my love for reading.  She read thick novels and when I was about 8 years old I told her that I wished I could read big books like she did.  She told me that I could and took me to the public library.  She helped me pick out a humorous adult novel that would interest me.  I took great pride in reading that novel, encouraged by her confidence in my abilities.  I’m not sure that I would have attempted something like that, otherwise.

Well, I think the same is true for Christians.  Our enthusiasm for our relationship with God can be contagious, as well.  We can share this with others with confidence in their ability to be open to all God has for them.  Our moral support and encouragement can make all the difference in their developing this important relationship that might not have happened otherwise.


This then is the message which we have heard of Him and declare unto you, that God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the Truth: But if we walk in the Light, as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the Truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.  1 John, Chapter 1, verses 5-10.

This reminds me of being lost in a cave with lots of different tunnels.  If we know that God is the Light that we see at the end of the tunnel, we are relieved.  If we move confidently toward that Light, we will be saved.  The darkness is all types of worldly things like: greed, drugs, infidelity, gossip and a variety of other things that can lead us away from our focus on Jesus, who is our Light and Salvation.
Now, if we tell ourselves that the Light at the end of the tunnel is too far away and give up, we can lose our way by getting lost running down the wrong tunnels, trying to navigate the worldly temptations in darkness and lose our focus on God.
Salvation is ours if we look down the tunnel and see the path that God provides for us as He illuminates the way, if we’d only let Him.


Is any among you afflicted?  let him pray.  Is any merry? let him sing psalms.  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  James, Chapter 5, verses 13-16.

I like the way that some of the churches I have gone to have a prayer chain.  When someone brings a special need to the attention of this group, they call the next person on their list and then there are a multitude of people praying for this same cause.  Having the additional prayers of the prayer chain gave me a sense of relief when I asked them to pray for my friend’s husband and my uncle when they both had bypass surgery.
I have since realized that if I think the prayer chain is such a positive thing, I should try to give something back by volunteering to be a member of the prayer chain, as well.

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:

Monday, June 26, 2017

God Will Guide You As You Read the Bible, God Doesn't Want Me to Be a So-So Christian, and This Isn't Something to Be Manipulated posts

ince 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


We have also a more sure Word of prophecy; where unto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a Light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.  2 Peter, Chapter 1, verses 19-21.

The ability to interpret the Bible’s message doesn’t belong to any one person or group, especially if they feel that they are the only ones who know what God’s Will is.  It’s important for me to remember this because there are religious fads, cults, trends and religious leaders who may suggest beliefs that sound good but are really contrary to God’s Will, as stated in the Bible.  It’s easier to interpret the Bible than many lead you to believe.  Trust the instincts that God gives you and He will guide you as you read the Bible for yourself.


For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.  2 Peter, Chapter 2, verses 4 -9.

I’m reminded that God didn’t spare the fallen angels (Satan and his followers).  He did spare Noah and his family and the rest of the people in the world perished in the flood due to their beliefs and lifestyle choices.  God saved Lot and the rest of Gomorrha perished due to their beliefs and lifestyle choices.
God is definitely not telling me that it’s okay to be a “So-so Christian” and that I’ll get to heaven anyway.  I feel He’s telling me that all these people perished for their wayward beliefs and choices.  Only those who were dedicated to God were saved.  I need to be equally dedicated to my belief in God if I want to be saved too.  God knows that I won’t be perfect, but He also knows what’s in my heart and if I’m genuinely trying be an example of how He works in my life.


For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.  2 Peter, Chapter 2, verses 18-19.

This passage reminds me of the story Pinocchio.  Pinocchio was encouraged to go with the others boys to the Land of Toys where they had no responsibilities.  People could do worldly things and have fun all the time.  Well, Pinocchio was led astray just as some people are led astray by false prophets.

Pinocchio and the others had extreme consequences for living the worldly life.  They started turning into donkeys.  Well, I think people who lead the same type of worldly lives today end up not only looking like donkeys to others, but lose their chance for Salvation in the process.

Fortunately, if we turn our lives around after having lived the life of Pinocchio, God will forgive us and guide us.  This isn’t something to be manipulated.  “Oh, I’ll lead a worldly life now, while I’m younger.  Then, when I’m older, I will settle down because I know God will forgive me for making these choices.”

God tells us in this passage to not be taken in like Pinocchio was.  Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter, Chapter 3, verses 17-18.

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:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

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, June 19, 2017

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.

These are other blogs I felt led to create:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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.

These are other blogs I felt led to create:

Monday, June 12, 2017

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:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

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:

Monday, June 5, 2017

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.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

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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