Friday, July 28, 2017

Who's a Fool?

                       Who’s a Fool?
                                        Psalm 14:1a
              The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

The Bible has so much to say about being a fool. The word fool can mean, senseless, without reason or intelligence. A fool is someone who disregards God’s Word and whose heart continually turns towards foolishness. Fools do not always learn their lessons as seen in Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Fools continue to do the same foolish things over and over again leading to their own destruction.

A fool hates knowledge, enjoys wicked devices and will cause themselves trouble with their proud speech. Foolish people have a quick temper, mock sin and bring grief to their parents. The Bible is very clear in warning individuals not to associate with fools, “Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7). If you walk with the wise you will become wise, but if you walk with those that are fools you will suffer the consequences of their folly––harm (Proverbs 13:20).

The most notable definition of a fool is found in Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 which gives an account of what the fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Their ways are vile, corrupt and there is not one that does good. The meaning of the text is “sinful people do not believe in God.” It is a wicked thing to deny God, and a denial of God is often accompanied by a wicked lifestyle. As Christians we should be exhibiting love and compassion towards those that have turned their hearts away from God and are demonstrating behavior of a fool. Believers that walk in wisdom may be instrumental in turning a heart away from destruction to eternal salvation (James 5:20). The good news of the the Gospel is that God’s forgiving grace is greater than all our sin (Romans 5:20).

Lord, may I walk in Your wisdom before a lost and dying world.

Friday, July 21, 2017

What Are We Teaching at Home?

    What Are We Teaching at Home?
                                        Psalms 32:8
 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Here the Lord is speaking as our instructor. He teaches His children to walk in the way of integrity, and directs daily conversation. We are not saved so that we may live life after our own lusts, but that we may be educated in holiness and trained in sanctification. Practical biblical teaching is the best instruction. Though we have never sat at the feet of Gamaliel, we can learn to follow Christ, the greatest teacher of all.

Homeschooling is a disciplined form of teaching academics, spiritual truths and godly wisdom to children. If this type of teaching is a desired way of educating, order, discipline and routine are necessary. Applying instruction in the truths of God’s Word is essential and a critical part of the learning process. The fundamental principles of this kind of schooling should be more than a neat and organized classroom. It needs to be a place where children learn about real life situations and the truths that are most important in living out their life to honor God.

We see a great deal of ideas splashed across social media such as, “How to Decorate the Perfect Classroom.” It’s fun to share ideas with others about certain ways that we have decorated but, a learning classroom isn’t only about how it appears. It’s about each child’s needs and the difficulties they are having with their specific learning abilities. A classroom is how you, as Mom and teacher, can best equip them. Our focus as homeschool mom’s should be on teaching our children the gospel, godly wisdom, loving God and loving others. The best lessons learned in life are not in a picture-perfect schoolroom but are learned from just living life every day. Education is important and we are instructed to teach our children knowing that a sovereign God is working in our homeschool as we honor and glorify Him.

Lord, may I teach my children of You.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Guilt, What Do We Do With It?

       Guilt, What Do We Do With It?
                                        1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Thomas Aquinas, a philosopher and theologian, described the human conscience as the inner voice that either accuses or excuses us for our behavior. If we are to be wise in following our conscience, we must first make sure our conscience is guided by the Word of God. The conscience can be seared and become immune to God’s Word if we try to rationalize or deny our sin. We may even try to convince ourselves that some sinful behavior is really very logical according to today’s standards.

Self justification may work for a while but the Word of God tells us that His Law holds every human being accountable for their own sin (Romans 3:19).  People don’t understand that the debt owed to God for sin is so vast no one can ever repay it. If we can’t logically suppress our guilt or justify it away, what do we do?  We must acknowledge that the Laws of God are still valid. Sexual immorality is still wrong even though man says, “We need to find out if we are compatible sexually before we make a commitment.” Lying is wrong before a Holy God and murder is still sin. His Word is clear about right and wrong behavior. Our modern secular community is not the guideline by which we are to pattern our lives.

The power of forgiveness releases us from the shame that has paralyzed us in unresolved guilt. That power is the Gospel. When a person sins, they incur guilt but when a person has been forgiven, they are cleansed and renewed. God has promised that if we confess our sins, He will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). We can’t trust our feelings to tell  us we are forgiven but we can have confidence in God’s Word which emphatically states we are.

Lord, I know I’m forgiven no matter how I feel.

Friday, July 7, 2017

A Hear of Bitterness

               A Heart of Bitterness

                                     Ruth 1:19-20
So they both went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them, and the women said, “Is this Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.”

As Naomi enters the city of Bethlehem, with Ruth by her side, the people of the city begin to move about asking, “Is this Naomi?” Ten years had gone by since Naomi lived there and they didn’t know the overwhelming effect that bitterness had produced in her heart. To those standing near she bitterly replied, “Don’t call me Naomi, which means, “pleasant,” but call me Mara, meaning, “bitter,” for the LORD has brought me home to Bethlehem absolutely empty.

Satan wanted Naomi to focus on the negative, those areas of weakness where unforgiveness, anger, feelings of bitterness lived and would breed discouragement. She couldn’t think clearly when she focused on the lies of Satan. His lies divided her mind and caused her to shift the blame to God and of course, to others. Naomi’s bitterness was an attitude of deep discontentment that poisoned her soul and destroyed her peace. A sour Christian is one of Satan's greatest trophies and why the Bible says, "See to it…that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled” (Hebrews 12:15). If we continue to live in bitterness, this harmful condition will eventually be passed on to others causing immense negative effects.

How do you deal with bitterness? Do you confess your bitterness to God, and seek His forgiveness and help? “Yes!” On the cross, Christ took upon Himself every sin you ever committed—including your bitterness. No matter it’s cause, commit your bitterness to God, and replace it with the fruit of the Spirit of God (Galatians 5:22-23).

Lord, I realize that bitterness has infected my life, please forgive me and fill my heart with the precious fruit of God.