I’m sure you are aware of this phrase in the Pledge that says, “One nation under God, indivisible.” Indivisible? What about:
Value of babies in the womb–divided.
Value of children–divided.
Legalization of drugs–divided.
Value of the elderly–divided.
Value of family time–divided.
= One nation under God–divided.
As the person, so the family, so the church and so the nation. Each must evaluate his heart via the Word before our God. Then we repent and conform to God’s Word.
“And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:24-25)
I am amazed—well saddened actually—when I observe husbands and dads seeking to give their wife and children a good gift, whether it be for Christmas or a birthday, and yet they pass up giving the best gift they could possibly give. The best gift is free, yet costly. Why give good when you can give the best? It’s not just a great idea but a command of the Spirit.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” (Ephesians 5:25)
Jesus Christ gave His life—everything—for His Bride and “children.” We, too, are commanded to give all. Will we? Our families need us.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)
What would you prefer?
- To be on the ground wishing to catch a plane somewhere or flying in a plane wishing you were on the ground?
- On the shore wishing you were out on a boat in the water or out at sea in a boat wishing you were ashore?
- Single and wishing you were married or married and wishing you were single?
- Wishing you had children or wishing you had none?
- Wishing you had a job or wishing you didn’t have the one you have?
Some people will never experience the joy of contentment. It isn’t about what we have or don’t have but about being at peace in the Lord Jesus with “where we are in life.” Paul learned to be abased and to abound. He was God’s man, and yet he suffered greatly. We read more about his trials than about his successes.
May we choose to be content in all things. Notice I said “choose” to be content. It’s a choice we make as we rest in the Lord, walking in His Spirit. All things work together for good—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” (Philippians 4:12)
Have you ever had a time when you haven’t been able to brush your teeth for a while, and they felt grimy, cruddy, or even hairy? If you weren’t in the good habit of brushing your teeth, then having hairy teeth would feel normal. For most of us, however, teeth brushing is due to the diligence of our mother’s training (okay hounding). Good habits don’t come naturally, but when acquired they are a lifelong blessing.
Over the years many have written and asked if they should require their children to read the Bible daily. Here’s a question for you. In light of eternity, which do you think is a more important habit— brushing your teeth or reading your Bible every day? The answer is ridiculously obvious. Reading one’s Bible every day is critical to our wellbeing and our future.
Scripture shines God’s lamp into our souls and exposes the things that God wants to change or remove and feeds our souls for real life in Christ. Our souls must be so dependent on our daily cleansing and filling via the Word of God that we feel odd and uncomfortable if we haven’t had our time in the Word.
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” (Psalm 119:9)
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
We are coming into an age when loving the Lord Jesus and living for Him is not cool. That’s okay, life here is very short compared to eternity! Oh, how wonderful to serve the risen Savior!
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)