Adversity: To Get Man’s Attention

Adversity: To Get Man’s Attention

  There is an old saying that sometimes it is necessary for one to lie on her back before she will look to heaven. I remember after retirement and moving back to Arkansas soon the death angel claimed the lives of both my parents approximately six months apart. That really required some endurance and got my attention. But I had three children and a husband who needed me; and I was fortunate to have my parents and their love all the past years. So life continued and soon all was going well: my family and I were enjoying good health, we owned a nice new house, an automobile and pick …

Adversity Develops Character

Adversity Develops Character

  Romans 5: 3-5  “we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Another reason God allows adversity is to develop character. Paul wrote that through Jesus we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces character. But how does suffering produce character? How can anything good result from something so painful? During suffering and we come to …

Adversities Develops Self Confidence

Adversities Develops Self Confidence

  Readers, forgive me for using my personal life and situations to illustrate these truths, but I trust that God can use them to help you. For my life is one true example of how adversities developed confidence. Early in life I developed a sense of low esteem and dependence on others. Usually this inferior attitude occurs during early childhood as a result of others’ negative remarks and attitudes toward a child. But that was not true in my life. Nor was it my younger sister’s fault, who is about eighteen months younger than I, but soon she overtook me in school. I didn’t fail a grade,  but I …

To Test Our Faith

To Test Our Faith

  We know after rain falls on the ground, some soil will remain moist and soft even after it dries in the sunshine; but after the sun dries red clay it becomes hard. The same rain fell on both types of soil, but the kind of soil made the difference in the soil’s response to sun. Likewise God makes His sun shine on the good and evil, and sends rain on the just and unjust. Matthew 5: 45 “your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust” So whether Christian or unbeliever, we …

Adversities for Discipline

  Another reason God allows adversities is to rid us of pride. Even some great preachers, perhaps most, cope with pride, and the apostle Paul was no exception. Therefore, while writing to the believers at Corinth he confessed: “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of my revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I plead with God to remove the thorn, but He said to me that His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect through weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9a. Pride appears to be an …

Response to Adversity

It is said that usually adversity will make a person bitter or better. Perhaps my immediate response to my husband’s diagnoses of having cancer was neither a feeling of bitterness or of well being: I felt a sense of almost numbness while he was being transferred by ambulance from that Hot Springs hospital to Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.   We had been retired only a little over three years, Ray was in his sixties, we had moved into a new house, he was serving the Lord as a deacon and general Sunday school director, and we had not expected this situation.    But I would not …

Why Play Make Believe?

Why Play Make Believe?

Perhaps playing make believe sounds a little more innocent than the word hypocrisy. But it is surprising how many people are guilty of this sin. We find the words hypocrisy and hypocrite only a few times in the Bible, but those professing to adhere to and practice beliefs, standards, or principles contrary to his or her true behavior or character was repulsive to Jesus, and Pharisees were a prime example. In Psalm 26: 4 David wrote, ” I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites.” He was not a perfect man, but he found it repulsive to associate with those who were …

Born With Tendency To Pretend

Born With Tendency To Pretend

Parents would never purposely encourage activities that might later grow into hypocrisy, and this is just a thought: but could allowing little girls to play dress up, and little boys to play cowboys and Indians lead to pretense and hypocrisy? However, normal children appear to be born with imaginary minds. That appears especially true of an only child who has no siblings with whom to play, and often they’ll have an imaginary friend. Also little girls enjoy dressing up in their mothers’ clothes, high heel shoes, hats and gloves, and wearing make-up. Then they enjoy attending imaginary tea parties and drinking imaginary tea. Could this wanting to look like adults …

Pretenders in the Church

Pretenders in the Church

Jesus loves You and me for who we are; not what we pretend to be. And Jesus denounced hypocrisy vehemently. After mentioning other woes, He compared the  Pharisees, leaders in the church, as hypocrites. He said they were like white washed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside they appear to people as righteous, but on the inside are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. He continued by saying they build tombs for prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous saying, “If we had lived in the …

Really Who Am I?

Really Who Am I?

My desire is to be a true worshipper of God who not one who only pretends to worship and serve Him. But God sees my heart and knows that sometimes, perhaps many times, I faithfully attend church services but my mind and thoughts are filled with cares of daily living. Though I out-smarted Satan and made it to church, he continues to distract my thoughts to other things or people in the congregation. I am disappointed that my friend Susan is not sitting in her pew and wonder why. A tall man is sitting in front of me and that is a …

Who or What Would I Like to Be?

Who or What Would I Like to Be?

While we were children, sometimes we thought we’d like to be a certain favorite movie star or other famous person. Other times we thought we’d like to be in a certain vocation when we grew up. Perhaps it is part of childhood to fantasize, whether we express our thoughts or not.  I remember even thinking if I could be any of God’s other creatures, what I would choose to be. Perhaps I would choose to be a dove with a mournful song; a colorful humming bird with ability to flutter around pretty flowers and suck their sweet nectar, or a beautiful butterfly with colorful …

There’ll be No Hypocrisy in Heaven!

There’ll be No Hypocrisy in Heaven!

It will be wonderful to live in heaven where no one will need to try and impress each other. And whether we admit it or not, deep within each life is the desire to be loved and accepted. I believe the most devout and famous preacher long to be accepted by his congregation. Pastors are human, and they want to be loved and accepted. In the largest churches, if attendance dwindled down consistently, pastors would be looking for other churches to pastor. I’m not suggesting the message be watered  down, but he wants to present the gospel in an appealing manner …