Archive for May, 2015

May 19, 2015

The ‘Art’ of Receiving

by Lester Young

We’ve all heard the old adage, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive”. Of course, it’s actually much more than just an adage: it’s recorded in the Bible (Acts 10:35). And exactly why it’s more “blessed” to give is pretty easy to understand, as long as you approach the matter from a spiritual point of view – which is something the world really can’t do (John 14:17; 1 Corinthians 2:14). How is it viewed ‘spiritually’? That’s even easier: you just pay attention to and obey what God has to say about it (or any subject, for that matter); because choosing to say and do God’s Word – whether or not you fully understand it and regardless of your ‘feelings’ – is the definition of “being spiritual” (John 1:1, 4:24, 6:63).

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May 11, 2015

Don’t Get Discouraged!

by Lester Young

Have you ever been so disgusted with yourself you just couldn’t stand it? Maybe you were committing some clear-cut sin. Or maybe you were doing something that in and of itself might not have been “wrong,” but nevertheless you’d been sensing the Lord didn’t want you doing it. Or perhaps you’d simply been trying to kick some bad habit. But whatever the situation, you seemed to find yourself continuing to do it. Despite your most sincere ‘I’m-putting-my-foot-down-and-that’s-all-there-is-to-it!’ resolution to yourself, and even after some short-term success, a toe from the very foot you set down gets caught and trips you back into the same behavior you thought you were finally free of. You’re frustrated, disappointed, hurt… and you can feel every jagged-edged tooth as your conscience chews you up and spits you out in little bite-sized, semi-digested chunks along the sidewalk of your day.

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May 6, 2015

It’s an ‘Abundance’-based System – Deal with It

by Lester Young

Okay, here are two not-so-subtle hints. The first one goes something like this:

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light’: and there was light. … And God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters’ …and it was so. … And God said …and it was so”; …etc., etc. (Genesis 1:1-3, 6-7, 9…)

And the second:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1-3)

Both the Old and New Testaments give us the broad stroke of how the worlds came into being. In the passages above we have two separate accounts of the means God used to create everything – and in the mouth of two or three witnesses all matters are confirmed (Deuteronomy 19:15; 2 Corinthians 13:1). So the Word of God, then, is the basis, catalyst and reason for all Creation, whether visible or invisible (John 1:3, 10; Psalm 33:6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2). And the fact of the matter is we can’t do anything to change that; it’s simply the way God chose to operate, and He never changes (Malachi 3:6). So if we’re created in His image and likeness, would it make any sense at all for Him to designate a different way for you and me – again, the ones who are made just like Him – to operate? (Genesis 1:26-27) That pretty much by default would make us not like Him.

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