Posts Tagged ‘Inspired Word of God’

Fooled

I was working in the kitchen and I heard the familiar, sickening “thud” of a bird crashing into the patio doors. I looked out and there laid a juvenile cardinal, sprawled on the deck on his back with its feet in the air.

I gently picked him up and  rubbed his back, smoothing his ruffled feathers. His piercing black eyes were open , but his feet stayed  tightly curled into balls and he didn’t flinch a muscle.  I sat and held him.  After a few minutes I gently set Mr. Cardinal on the deck railing.  He chirped several times and I settled in my chair with my camera to watch.  He remained upright, resting on his back hunches  with curled toes and open beak.  I thought, I believe this young lad has a chance. He seemed to be badly stunned but not injured. There was no blood oozing from his beak.

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For maybe ten minutes we sat and watched each other.  He pooped a very watery mess twice and once when I let my gaze stray and glanced back, my little friend was gone; without a sound or cheery good-bye.  I glanced at the nearby branches but didn’t see him. It was such a satisfying feeling to have helped Mr. Cardinal, possibly even saving his life.

I glanced at the patio doors and marveled at the almost perfect reflection of the yard in the tinted glass.  I have a suncatcher hanging to help deflect but realized it does not do a thing, doesn’t even show up.  The edging of the curtains are the only clue that this is a barrier.  Almost every time I am in the kitchen in the middle of the day I heard the dull thud of another victim of the mirage.

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The picture of the reflection does not show the clarity of of the actual mirage.

I started thinking about sin and how easily we are “fooled” into thinking it doesn’t matter, it is ok, or there is nothing wrong with it.  It may allure and look good until we crash head first into it’s wall and crash.  We are stunned. How did we get here, why did we fail to recognize it for what it was.  Satan always has his image stamped in the mirage.  We do not have to be deceived.

The Bible warns over and over and over to “be not deceived”.  That tells me that I need to be on guard, for I can be deceived. Wrong can look and feel right.  Mr. Cardinal did not look carefully. He thought he was flying through wide open spaces until his head crashed on the glass.  He never saw it coming, He never even had a moment to duck.  I remember one time a group of us gals were at a hotel, walking from one area to another when one of the girls turned and walked smack, nose first,  into a large glass pane.  She thought it was an open door. We laughed like fools at her ridiculous plight as it stopped her instantly in her tracks with a loud crash.  What she thought she saw in front of her was not the truth!

II Timothy 3 warns us that evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. Timothy also reminds us to remember what we were taught from the Holy Scriptures for it can make us wise for staying on course with our salvation.  “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness”.  (II Timothy 3:16)  In other words, scripture shows us the truth.  We can put our actions and thoughts against the inspired Word of God for guidance and  discernment.

Mr. Cardinal needed help. Left upside down on his back on the patio he probably would have died. But helping him back on his feet, giving him love and encouragement, he was able to fly free again.  We also need help. We need a fellowship of believers to encourage, correct, teach and lift us up when we fall down.

Lord, help me not to be deceived or fooled.

The Bible

Have you paused to think about how amazing the Bible is?  Do you struggle to believe that it is truly the inspired written Word of God?  Do you believe in its authenticity?  Our pastor (Tim Kennell) preached on this today and I just have to share some thoughts gleamed from his message (now he will know that I was listening!) along with my own pondering.

First let me share some facts:

  • The Bible is a collection of 66 different books.
  • It was written by 40 different authors.  The earliest being Job or Moses and ending with John in Revelation. These were men of many different occupations (shepherds, prophets, kings, fishermen, etc.), backgrounds (educated, uneducated), and nationalities.
  • It was written over a period of 1500 years.
  • It was written in 3 languages:  Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
  • It was written from 3 different continents:  Africa, Asia and Europe.
  • There is 1 storyline-1 theme: the Story of God’s Redemptive Plan.

Is there any other book written with such amazing facts?  1 theme-1 storyline going from cover to cover with so many authors, so much distance,  3 different languages and such a long period of time.  How can this be unless  it is the amazing, miraculous,  inspired work of God!

Scripture tells us about these words, written so we as broken, sinful people can be reconciled to a loving Heavenly Father.

  1. II Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”     Scripture is the inspired word of God, words that God breathed into being. They are not a haphazard collection of writings.  These words are for our correction so that we can be restored into a right relationship with God.
  2. Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”   God’s greatest desire is for us to know Him, to enjoy a relationship with Him, to be His sons and daughters. His Word corrects and restores. It lays bare the hidden thoughts and intents of our sinful hearts. It equips and prepares us for faithful, purposeful living.
  3. Psalms 12:6 “the words of the Lord are pure words…
  4. Psalms 19: 7 “the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”
  5. John 17: 17 “Your word is truth.”  God’s word is the basis for truth-all truth.
  6. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”   In verse 14 it says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory…” Maybe these are heavy and confusing words. But it shows us Jesus. Jesus is the living Word of God.  He was with God in the beginning of time.  In the beginning God spoke the world into existence. In the gospels (New Testament) God spoke His final word through the living Word, Jesus.

At the very end Revelations (22:18-22), is a final word from God,  a strict warning is given to those who add or subtract from the Words of God.  They will lose their place in the heaven. What a sad day that will be.  It should cause us to stop and ponder.

Do you read your Bible? If not, I encourage, beg, plead with you to begin reading, daily, the  words of a living God.

The pastor’s sermon (“The Bible” on April 22, 2012)  can be listened to at http://www.pmchurch.net/Sermons.htm 

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