Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Be Nots

You have heard of the “have” and the “have not’s” but have you considered the “be” and the “be not‘s” of Scripture? Many of the “be’s” are familiar such as “be fruitful and multiply,” “be holy as I Am holy,” “be kind one to another.” The “be not’s” are just as prevalent throughout Scripture. Just as “Thou shalt not” are commands to us from God, so are the “be not’s” sprinkled throughout Scripture; they are not just mere suggestions. All of God’s commands are for our benefit; to disobey them is sin. Although not exhaustive, here are several of God’s “Be not…”:

Be not wise in your own eyes” – Proverbs 3:7

Be not afraid of sudden fear” – Proverbs 3:25

Be not among winebibbers” – Proverbs 23:20

Be not rash with thy mouth” – Ecclesiastes 5:2

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry” – Ecclesiastes 7:9

Be not dismayed” – Isaiah 41:10

Be not proud” – Jeremiah 13:15

Be not as the hypocrites” – Matthew 6:16

Be not troubled” – Matthew 24:6

Be not deceived” – Luke 21:8

Be not terrified” – Luke 21:9

Be not faithless” – John 20:27

Be not highminded” – Romans 11:20

Be not conformed to this world” – Romans 12:2

Be not children in understanding” – I Corinthians 14:20

Be not drunk with wine” – Ephesians 5:18

Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel” – Colossians 1:23

Be not bitter” – Colossians 3:19

Be not weary in well doing” – II Thessalonians 3:13

Alone Yet Not Alone

The title song from a Christian film is up for an Academy Award this year. The song for the movie “Alone Yet Not Alone” is sung by Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni is a quadriplegic who was injured in a diving accident in the Chesapeake Bay as a teenager. In her limited capacity throughout her life since the accident she has become an author, artist, singer, radio personality and an advocate for the disabled. Because of her limited lung capacity as a quadriplegic her husband had to assist her by pressing on her diaphragm in order for her to have enough air in her lungs to hit the high notes during the recording of the song. An amazing woman who still gives God the Glory for the great things He continues to do in her life in spite of her affliction.

Listen as Joni records “Alone Yet Not Alone”:

The Sound of Abortion

January 22nd marks the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in the Supreme Court legalizing the taking of human life known as abortion. Over 56,000,000 babies have lost their lives before even taking their first breath, a whole generation. To put that number in even greater perspective, 6 million Jews lost their lives in the Holocaust.

The following video will affect your every emotion as you listen to “The Sound of Abortion” dramatically displayed with the use of metal BBs striking the side of a tin can in relation to all the lives lost in America’s wars versus all the lives lost to abortion. At its conclusion you may find yourself asking, “ …is it any wonder why God is not blessing America?”

The Weakness of Resolutions

Have you made any resolutions for the New Year? How’s it going? Broken any yet? Someone has said his resolution for the New Year is not to make any resolutions. Sounds like a good idea. We always hear talk of resolutions early in the year but as the year progresses the talk fades and becomes buried in the past. Nothing shows us just how weak we are as human beings than our inability to keep our well-intentioned resolutions.

Stop smoking, lose weight, be kinder to neighbors, those are all worthy resolutions. But try as we might few achieve those goals, most do not. If we have such trouble following through on our own resolutions, how much more dire is man’s thinking that he can become good enough to enter God’s Heaven based on his own lifetime merits, his own good works. God’s Word says we are all an unclean thing and our self-imposed righteousness is seen by God as filthy rags. We all know how awful filthy rags can be, something we don’t even want to touch. He continues on to say in Isaiah 64 our iniquities (sin) have taken us far away from God. There is only one thing that can bring us back into a right relationship with Him that was broken in the Garden and passed on to all generations, and it is not our good works. It is the blood of Jesus Christ that is able to cleanse us from all sin (I John 1:7). There is not anything we can or are able to do in and of ourselves; we are too weak, sinful, depraved to even find our way to God. It is by His mercy He saves us.

Titus 3:5 states, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saves us.” Just as we are too weak to keep our New Year’s resolutions, we are too weak to save ourselves by our own good works. Any good work attempted by sinful man will always be tainted with sin. Nothing but perfection enters God’s Heaven. Jesus was the Perfect Lamb of God sent to save us from our sinful behavior. It is only by placing our faith and trust in Him, committing our lives to living for Him and doing His good pleasure, will God the Father look upon His Son, our Advocate, and see us covered by the sinless blood of the Lamb. Then the Savior will say, “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,” Matthew 25:34.

Reading Through the Bible in a Year

How many times have we resolved at the first of each New Year to read through the Bible in its entirety by the end of the year and always seem to come up short? Untold numbers of books, brochures and even Bibles have been produced over the years to aid us in following a specified plan of Bible reading in order to accomplish our God-given desire to bring us to the last chapter of Revelation at the close of the year in December.

For a few weeks we are able to keep pace but then life gets busier and we find ourselves lagging behind because of missing days or chapters of the predetermined Bible reading plan. By February we rush to catch up only to find it impossible because we still cannot get on track. Eventually guilt sets in as springtime blooms and by Easter we feel like a failure with thoughts of abandoning daily Bible reading altogether.

A better, less stressful way to read through God’s Word is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide your reading. It may take a year, it may take longer, for as you read from day-to-day you may read one chapter and find so much to meditate on, whereas other days you may read several chapters as you become engrossed with what you are reading and don’t want to stop.

We are told in Scripture to read God’s Word, meditate on it day and night, and hide its words in our hearts that we might not sin against Him. The most important thing is to be reading God’s Word. We are promised the Holy Spirit will guide us unto all Truth (John 16:13). Let the Holy Spirit guide your Bible reading this year, not man, for man is fallible and not up to the task!

2014… or 5774

The NEW YEAR has arrived, 2014 A.D… or is it the year 5774?

According to those who follow the universally accepted Gregorian calendar, it has been 2,014 years since the birth of Christ. The notation A.D. is Latin for Anno Domini, meaning “in the year of Our Lord.” For the years spoken of “before Christ” the notation B.C. is used.

The Hebrew calendar does not coincide with the Gregorian calendar concerning the year. Having not recognized Jesus as the Messiah to come prophesied in the Old Testament, the Jews are still waiting for the Promised One and therefore do not recognize Jesus’ birth as Christianity does. Their calendar records the years from the beginning of time.

The Jerusalem Post online at jpost.com records both years in their heading, 2014 and 5774. Which is the correct year? Both are correct! It has been 2,014 years since the birth of Christ and 5,774 years since the creation of the world.