The Fool Hath Said In His Heart…

30 07 2009

I was surfing the web (www.google.com to be exact) looking for different things about “The Potter and The Clay”, and I came across an interesting blog. It’s title: “Memoirs of an Ex-Christian” (http://mexc.blogspot.com/). I looked at my computer screen with a puzzled look on my face. “Huh…”, I wondered, “I’ve never heard someone call themselves an ‘EX-Christian’ before…” My curiosity was pricked just enough for me to read a couple of his posts. I read a poem he wrote called “The Potter and The Clay” (http://mexc.blogspot.com/2008/10/potter-and-clay.html). I was shocked to see this man set HIMSELF up as the potter, and Almighty God as the clay. I have but one word for this: backwards. The only reasons I could find for his conversion to being an “ex-Christian” are as follows:
1. He prayed and asked for help, and when the answer didn’t come when he wanted it to – surely there must not be a God. (It’s simple really: God is God, and you are not. He’ll answer you when He’s good and ready… not when you begin a demanding tantrum.)
2. He can’t see God; therefore, what proof do we have that God is real. (shallow, faithless individual)
3. How can Christians say they have the absolute truth, when there is yet “no proof” (an ignorant statement)
4. (There are more… but instead of sporting with your intelligence, I’m choosing to just stop there.)

Below is my entire response to this individual’s post… I just couldn’t quit. 🙂 Every time I thought I’d end my response, the Lord would bring another Scripture to mind… enjoy.

[9] Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
[10] All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
[11] Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
[12] How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
[13] For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
[14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
[15] Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
[16] They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
[17] That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
[18] All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
[19] But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
[20] Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
[21] Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
[22] For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.
[23] I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.
[24] The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
[25] That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
[26] This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
[27] For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
–Isaiah 14:9-27

Hey! Satan thought the same thing you did. He tried to set Himself up as the potter, and God as the clay — just look where He ended up! Let me caution you to be very careful with your thoughts on this subject.

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.” (Psalm 53:1)

I would like to think that you’re not a “fool”… I would like to believe that you have more knowledge than that. Here’s a definition for you:
FOOL (noun):
1. a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.
2. a professional jester, formerly kept by a person of royal or noble rank for amusement: the court fool.
3. a person who has been tricked or deceived into appearing or acting silly or stupid: to make a fool of someone.
4. an ardent enthusiast who cannot resist an opportunity to indulge an enthusiasm (usually prec. by a present participle): He’s just a dancing fool.
5. a weak-minded or idiotic person.

God doesn’t NEED to show Himself to you – He’s God. He CHOOSES to show Himself to those who have faith in Him. Sounds to me like you’re lacking in that area.

“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

Thomas also doubted… and He got the surprise of His life. God is not a man that He should lie – so therefore, we KNOW that He is honest and true.

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

In Matthew 4, Satan met Jesus out in the wilderness and tempted Him. Trying to get Jesus to admit He wasn’t Who He claimed to be (God in the flesh). Read on:
[1] Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
[2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
[3] And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
[4] But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
[5] Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
[6] And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
[7] Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
[8] Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
[9] And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
[10] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
[11] Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

One last thought for you…
“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) — I sure hope you’ll change your mind.

~ Heather
http://wheresinabounded.blogspot.com/
https://redemptionjournal.wordpress.com/

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Project: Separation

26 07 2009

The subject of “separation”has always been one that brings somewhat of alot of controversy. Most times, when someone hears the word “separation” they roll their eyes, call you legalistic, and walk away. However, let me share a couple thoughts with you…

The word “separation” (noun) means:
1. an act or instance of separating or the state of being separated;
2. a place, line, or point of parting;
3. a gap, hole, rent, or the like;
4. something that separates or divides;
5. Law.

When people hear someone talking or preaching about separation, their mind automatically goes to a list of “Do’s” and “Don’ts”. The Bible says in II Corinthians 6 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (vs 17).  But that’s not where the thought ends… there’s still yet another verse after that. It says, “And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” See, it’s not just about being separated FROM something, it’s also about being separated UNTO something. This is where most of us have the problem. When we separate ourselves FROM the world in one area of our life there is going to be a void – that void needs to be filled with the things of God! We need to separate ourselves UNTO the Lord.

The second thought I want to share is this…
You know those vows a bride and groom exchange on their wedding day? You know: “to love, comfort, honor and keep, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse,” etc… Well, somewhere towards the end of the vows it says something like this: “forsaking all others, keeping yourselves only unto each other as long as you both shall live.”

Let’s look at that for a few minutes. When we ask Jesus to be our Savior, we become “Christians” – do you know what a Christian is? Christians make up the church – and the church is the “Bride of Christ”!

When you go to a wedding and you watch that couple – so in love with each other, they’re oblivious to anything and anyone around them – there’s no holding back. When the vows are being exchanged, that boy is so in love with that girl that he’s willing to agree to anything so that she will be his forever. When the preacher comes to that last part of the vow: “Do you promise to forsake all others, and keep yourself only unto her as long as you both shall live?” What if the groom said, “Now hold on here… you’re being a little bit narrow-minded, aren’t you. That’s just a little bit legalistic, wouldn’t you say? You’re asking me to only be with this woman for the rest of my life? I’d say that’s just a little bit old fashioned, preacher… a little too legalistic for me!” How do you think his his bride would feel about that? I venture to say she wouldn’t be too thrilled. No! Of course, we know the groom isn’t going to say that because he loves his bride!

Now… how do you think Jesus feels when He tells us to come out and be separated from the world? How do you think He feels when He tells us to separate ourselves, and we refuse? We (as Christians) are the bride of Christ.

I know people have argued: “Well, if we come out and are all different and weird and stuff, the world will want nothing to do with us… we’re gonna drive them away from Christianity altogether, and then how are we supposed to win them to Christ?” Friend, that’s the stupidest arguement I’ve ever heard in my life. A teacher I had in highschool said it this way:

“If we become like the world to reach the world, what will we have to offer the world?” (Jeff Redlin)

Jesus was very plain in stating that the world isn’t going to like us. In fact, let me share a few Bible verses with you:

“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.” (Luke 6:22, 27)

“The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” (John 7:7)

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18)

“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.” (I John 3:13)

You see, it’s not a “legal” issue, it’s a “love” issue. You only love the Lord as much as you’re willing to serve Him, as much as you’re willing to give and sacrifice for Him, as much as you’re willing to obey Him. I love the Lord, but not nearly as much as I ought to. It’s not really a suggestion. If you’ll notice there isn’t an “If you want to…” before the “Come out from among them…” part of the verse. It’s a direct command from Almighty God. However, God has instilled in us a free will to do what we want, and it’s up to us to make the right choice.

How much do you love the Lord? Are you willing to separate yourself FROM the world and UNTO Jesus.

(Thought from Pastor Steve Brown/Pastor Ken Graham)





Have You Seen My Husband…?

23 07 2009

Let’s face it – we all get lonely at times. We all want that special someone that we can call our own. I think it’s safe to say that this feeling is not a 24/7 feeling – there are times when I am glad I am single – but the majority of the time, I generally like to dream of having a significant other.

Most every girl dreams of how her wedding will be, where she’ll go on their honeymoon, where she’ll live, how she’ll decorate her house, what she’ll name her children, etc. I’ll be honest with you, I have everything already planned out… and I mean *everything*. I know what I want my dress to look like (I even have a picture!), I know *some* of the people who will (most likely) be in the wedding party, I have most of the music picked out already, I already know who I’m going to ask to be the pianist, I have the menu planned out, I even know what I want my cake to look like (and let me tell you, it’s spectacular)! Most every girl also dreams of sharing those dreams with Prince Charming – who, of course, will be tall, dark, and handsome. 🙂

This is all perfectly normal and good – but I think the problem is this: most girls are so eager to get married, that they’ll accept the first male thing that comes along that has two legs and walks.

I have a challenge for the girls: pray for your future husband; ask God to bring the “right one” across your path; and then patiently wait. The “waiting” part is the hardest. Trust me, I know… from experience. Girls, if we’d just realize that God has a perfect plan for our lives, and He will bring it to pass in His perfect time – then everything else would just fall into place. We’d stop worrying about the “when’s”, “what if’s”, “why’s”, and “who’s”.

C.S. Lewis said it this way: “A woman’s heart should be so close to God that a man should have to chase Him to find her.” I like that.

Stop trying to “find” that perfect someone for you… let God “bring” him to you! Truly, God has a plan – and if we would just do His will, we would have no time for disputing with Him as He works to put together the puzzle.

I like what Eric Ludy (the author of “When God Writes Your Love Story”) said: “If I ever expected a match made in Heaven, I knew I had to give Him (God) the pen to write my love story.”

Instead of searching for earthly, physical love – set out on a quest to better know the love of God. Let yourself be consumed in His presence! Remember: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).