I recently found this picture that brought back great memories of the time I spent in Canada. I love the outdoors and the beauty of creation. One of the neatest places on earth is the Hockley Valley area in Ontario, near Orangeville. This picture was taken while I was sighting in my new 270 caliber rifle. A friend named Tim helped me enjoy some great adventures there Ontario. We also spent hours in the Hockley Valley General Store eating breakfast and discussing the Scriptures. The ski-doo in the picture above is one of the bikes we took to the Georgian Bay and rode across Lake Huron. We had a guide on those trips who would always say, as we looked across the beautiful landscape, “We are some lucky people.” I always laughed inside at that saying because we were more than lucky, we were BLESSED by an amazing God who created that beautiful place. Did I mention we did 100 mph across the iced over Lake Huron? Sometimes in life you have to slow down and smell the roses, while other times you speed up and enjoy the thrill of the ride!
You have probably heard the old saying, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and make you pay more than you want to pay.”
Sin, as defined by God, will hold you back from the blessing of God and REAL success in life. It will ultimately lead to death. Sin kills. What we need more than anything else in the world is God’s blessing. The gifts that come from Him are far better than anything anyone can perceive or achieve for themselves. Sin says you can’t have the blessings and gifts from God.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
On the subject of gifts, one of the greatest gifts and graces from God is the revelation of our sin. When God convicts and reveals specific sins in your life, He is showing you grace and leading you to repentance. Why would He reveal our sin nature and specific sins to us? The answer in short is, because He loves those who belong to Him with a special love, and refuses to leave us in our selfish ambitions and sinful desires. When God reveals your sinfulness, He is proving His love for you and showing you a better way.
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:25-32
Note: I used all CAPS on the word REAL above because humans tend to over exaggerate their success or define it differently than God does.
Someone recently commented on my post about victims in Iran, that I must be one of those ‘Trump Christians.’ My question is, what in the world is a ‘Trump Christian.’ They also asserted that I wanted a theocracy. These repetitive talking points were used because I agree with some of Trump’s policy decisions. This is another case of the extreme liberal partisan attacks in which these kinds of individuals can’t think for themselves, and use ad hominems to attack anyone who agrees with Trump’s decisions.
First, let me answer the question posed. No, Trump is not our king. I don’t want a theocracy, and Trump isn’t even my ideal candidate for president.
Second, I don’t believe our country is a Christian nation. And certainly our government doesn’t represent Christianity throughout the world. All the wars we are in have nothing to do with Christianity or advancing Christianity. We are not in a holy war as a nation. And I don’t believe Trump even remotely identifies himself as a born again Christian. Nor do I see him as one. That being said, I believe our government has been put in place by a Sovereign God and functions according to His rule by democrats and republicans. A person does not have to be a Christian for God to use that person for His purpose. Read the book of Exodus, Daniel, and the history of even evil nations God used for His purpose.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:1
Finally, I agree with most of the policy decisions of the Trump administration. While I do not like Trump’s way of communicating and dealing with his opponents, I would much rather have him in the White House surrounded by conservatives as opposed to liberal democrats willing to do and say anything to get their power back. Also, Trump is actually doing everything he promised to do during his 2016 campaign which is very rare, especially for subtle, lying, swamp loving politicians like Joe Biden.
You don’t have to like it, but you must understand we are a divided country over policy and ideas, and everybody does not get what they want all the time. If the democrats were as smart as they presume to be, they would understand Trump’s personality and use different strategies to actually get things accomplished on their agenda. For crying out loud, Trump was not even a republican before running for president. They have blown up the bridge of by-partisanship with the president by ultimately impeaching him, and then they cry, “he didn’t call us before he killed Soleimani”. Intelligent people get things done by understanding who they are dealing with. Obviously, democrats have chosen to wine and be angry about Trump’s personality, instead of getting things done.
I pray for Trump, and all of our politicians to step back and work together for the good of the country, not their party’s power. Trump is not a king, and he is not God, but WE THE PEOPLE elected him. And he will be elected for a second term.
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” Isaiah 46:9-10
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22
How do you read the Bible? If you don’t have resources or solid teachers to help you, your perception of Scripture is probably way off. If you can’t figure out what Scripture meant at the time it was written, as the readers understood it, then you are most likely missing the point. Many Western Christians read the Bible with a modern worldview and overlook what the Bible is actually saying. Often dismissive of it’s correction of their own lifestyles.
In order to be doers of the Word and not hearers only, you must know what the Bible actually says. That isn’t to say knowing what it says means you will do what it says, but it is none the less a good place to start. Christians must not simply read the Bible for pleasure or knowledge, but instead dig down into it’s truths, precepts, commands, and promises for the purpose of implementing them into their routine and daily behavior. If Scripture is not changing you, you are not reading it correctly. If the storms, rains, and winds keep knocking you down in life, you are not obeying the Scripture.
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27
3 Things That Will Help You:
- Read whole books or letters in the Bible. Figure out the overall context of the writing. Pick up a good book that surveys or introduces each book in the Bible. The Reformation Study Bible by R.C. Sproul is a great resource. John MacArthur’s Study Bible is also a very helpful tool with commentary.
- Earnestly pray each day for the Holy Spirit to teach you, and strengthen you to conform to the teachings of the Word.
- Find someone who really knows you that will tell you tough truths about yourself and help you change.
The following link will also prove to be a very helpful place to go for answers about hard questions and the history of Jesus’ church in the world.
No one succeeds in the end by doing wrong. It is never right to do wrong, and never wrong to do right. Authentic people are willing to admit their wrongdoings, so they can overcome them. What about you?
One human tactic that hinders a person’s ability to be authentic is to portray one’s self as a victim, instead of taking responsibility for wrong behavior. Some individuals learn this behavior early and live their lives manipulating others to feel sorry for them. This may help you protect yourself, but it never helps you to overcome the problem that is holding you back. Parents often victimize their children in relation to authoritative figures such as teachers. Instead of giving them a hard speech about respecting those in authority, they side with them in their wrong doing, teaching them to self-victimize. By thinking your child is always a little angel, you are enabling them to manipulate and play the victim when they very well know they have done wrong and are lying to you. I know this because I did it as a kid. No one likes to be caught doing wrong, or called out for bad behavior. When this happens we get defensive and lie to our graves, unless we want to change and grow past our character problems.
It is time to put an end to this generational epidemic of self-victimization. Charles H. Spurgeon said something to the effect of, if someone accuses you of something you didn’t do, don’t take offense, for you have done far worse in most cases.
Hi my name is Bill and my hope is that something here will change your life. This blog is meant to be helpful for people who struggle with the status quo, and politically correct narratives that seem to plague our society. I will discuss difficult subjects of human behavior, and strategies for winning in life. I am a Christian, but I do understand the skepticism that keeps unbelievers from taking that step of faith. Come on a journey with me over the next few years and enjoy the great blessings available to us! PLEASE CHECK OUT MY MOST RECENT BIBLE STUDY AT THE BOOKSTORE LINK BELOW: http://thebp.site/221771