A Reign of Paradoxical Meanderings!

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:9-13 NIV

Is anyone paying attention to what they say any more? Yes, even though James warns us that the tongue is difficult to tame, we don’t seem to exercise any restraints when it is in our power to do so.

Simply put–unbelievers should not hear or see Believers say contradictory things and expect anyone to believe us.

Though we are not perfect, we are certainly capable of recognizing our shortcomings and working toward correcting them.

We post comments attempting to convince others of our faith and yet post pictures and posts by others that are totally contradictory to what we say we believe. When we do these things, the enemy wins because we are made to look foolish in the eyes of all who read what we say and do–on social media sites.

Stop praying–in posts that make it appear that you are sincerely talking to God, and then in a few frames from that post–you post something entirely opposed to what God would have you say. That does not impress anyone of your spirituality, but it does reveal your carnality.

Are we spiritual or are we yet carnal? Are we trying to please God or appease flesh? We cannot do both with any degree of success, but we can confuse all those who are watching or listening to us.

When we create confusion by allowing undisciplined posts to reign in prolific meanderings in cyberspace, we create the greatest paradox of what a Believer should be and say.

It is time, we put a stop to the confusion observed by the masses and be true to the One we say we serve. If it is God, then serve Him. If it is the devil, then serve him without the spiritual trappings that contradict and confuse.

Remember this–God knows those who are His and He is not confused by paradoxes displayed by those who claim to know Him. If we think we’re fooling God about anything–we lie and fool only ourselves.

 

Why Faith in God? Part 2

“Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you. And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” (Matthew 9:29; 13: 58 NIV)

If we are like the two blind men who Jesus was speaking to, we must be believe that He is able to do what we expect Him to do.

The two blind men followed Him, begging for mercy (so they could see) and He stopped them and asked them, “Do you believe I able to do this?”

Their response was, “Yes Lord, we believe.”

His response was, “According to your faith (not another person’s faith, not even His), let it be done to you.”

God’s response to our petitions is based upon our faith, not our emotions. He knows every issue we have and He knows whether or not we have enough courage to ask for His help and enough faith to believe He will do it. When we speak, what we believe He will do, it is a demonstration of our faith.

Some of us need our spiritual eyes opened so we can see–all the good things He has in store for us, for the natural eye (the mind using man’s logic), cannot see into the spirit realm to understand just how much God loves us. Now, we can speak what we need–by faith–into existence, we can also speak–a lack of faith–and never see what we ask for.

When Jesus went to His home town, the people there had heard about the miracles He performed, but when they saw Him, they were full of disbelief, saying out loud, “Isn’t this carpenter’s son? Who does He think He is going around trying to make people believe He’s anything special.” I’ve paraphrased their response, but it’s accurate in intent.

Because of their dismay in who He was and their unbelief, not many people were healed and certainly not many miracles witnessed. Why? They spoke their lack of faith in Him! It was not His faith that needed to operate, but theirs if they wanted to see miracles.

Some people are doing the same thing today with their tongues–speaking their lack of faith–and then proclaiming that God doesn’t hear or respond to prayers. It is because of their lack of faith and actually their double-mindedness that keeps change from occurring. If we say–there is no God–why do we expect Him to do anything (He doesn’t exist for the naysayers, so why complain about Him). And then those same people who proclaim God doesn’t exist–dare to question the faith of those who know–He exists and He is faithful to those who call upon Him, by faith and obedience and He responds to ” our faith  in Him” not a lack of faith.

If we have no faith in Him and what He is able to do–don’t be surprised when He does not respond to our requests.

Remember this–He responds to our faith–spoken–in support of our belief--and He will do all He said He would do in His Word. “Yes, Lord, we believe You are able to do all things well for our benefit.”

Part 3 tomorrow!