2017 SHM WISDOM TITBIT_WEEK 36

 

WEEK 36. HIS LAWS, OUR BENEFIT.

Another wonderful week my friends. Is this truly the 36th week of this year already? Wow! Shouldn’t we thank The Lord for preserving our lives thus far? Lord, we praise you!

This week let us encourage ourselves on an issue many would rather not discuss, or merely gloss over. Has to do with God’s laws.

What He wants is crystal clear – to love Him with the totality of who we are; and then to love the next person as we so ourselves. Not hard, right? So, why is there still so much pain and wickedness in the world?

One simple reason this has been hard and will continue to be so for many people is this thing called ‘free will’.

God designed every human being to have it. Free will is the ability to act at your own discretion without any constraint! It is interesting, (but a story for another day) why God chose to give every human that capacity; but for our task this week, it is enough to understand why many find it so hard to obey His laws.

Whatever you think you have a discretion about, you tend to do in a way that pleases only you! Reason why many would plan for a people in a way that benefits just a few of the planners! But if we examine this more critically, we would realize that discretion improperly exercised can really become a trap. How?

Because what you do, thinking is all about you; is really more about others, many more than you! Because our actions have reverberative effect on those around us, to just on us. Yes, because we are social creatures! So, how we exercise our discretion will always after others! Lesson to learn is this: exercise your free will more about others than yourself!

Another aspect of His laws, is that God does not really need them those laws. Trust me. He has existed for eons without man and if He so chooses can still do so for eternity. So, why give mankind laws? Well, as my topic suggests – FOR OUR OWN BENEFITS.

Take another look at His laws in broad form, what some may call the 10 commandments. You will discover that an in depth study of them will show that all ten (which are really the two I started with) are for man’s own good!

So, in truth, obeying His commandments are for my benefit and yours! Seen from this angle, we should begin to realize that we must work on our minds (the workshop for all things good and evil) to compel our bodies to obey His commandments – at all times!

Would it be easy? You bet NOT! That is why each must work out his salvation with fear, with trembling.

Have a great week dear friends. You shall excel In Jesus’ mighty name.

We love you!

September 5th 2017. Salvation House.

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SHM REFLECTIONS_What Gain Is There?

My dear friends, I hope this new year has been good to you so far? It has been for me! I pray that this year will be your best year yet IJMN. Amen.

Today, I charge you to reflect on why we take certain decisions and engage in certain acts that may hurt others but still leaves a sour after taste in our mouths.

Look again at the story of the execution of John the Baptist in Mark chapter 6:16-28. I mean, what would Herodias possibly do with the head she got on a charger? Yes, she got her revenge on the Baptist’s audacity to tell her God’s truth, but WHAT GAIN IS THERE FOR HER after that?

The death of John DOES NOT MAKE HER SIN LESS OF A SIN, neither does it MAKE HER INCESTUOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH HER BROTHER-IN-LAW RIGHT.

You see, dear friends, many find themselves in this very same position. Many if us hold on to slights, bear grudges, take actions over what we consider appropriate response to ‘infractions’ against us, only to go away with a sour taste STILL.

Today, I often wonder, for example, how putting capital offense convicts to death would assuage the emotional, and a times physical pain of relatives of murdered victims? Yet in some parts of the world THAT IS THE REVENGE the state promotes, any sadly many people of faith supports it! It surely cannot repair the loss suffered by the victim’s family! In fact research has shown it creates fresh emotional wounds in them!

So, as you relax and enjoy this weekend, reflect with me on this if you would – WHAT GAIN IS THERE IN KEEPING A GRUDGE? IN STRATEGIZING TO SETTLE A SCORE? WOULD IT
NOT BE BETTER FOR OUR LONG TERM GOOD HEALTH TO LET GO? I believe it would!!!

Have a wonderful weekend, and God bless you! We love you. Shalom.

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