In today’s world, meekness = weakness. God does not view it that way, however. The Bible says of Moses,”Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3) And in a world where power is everything, Jesus entered the scene in a wooden manger surrounded by barnyard animals. He grew up in an humble village, the son of a carpenter, of modest means. He lived His life serving others, yet Jesus was certainly the most influential leader in all of history.
If I’m not honoring my wife, I cannot possibly claim to be growing spiritually. Neither can you. I’m planting and pastoring a church. I write articles for Christian blogs and websites. I’m Editor of one of the world’s leading websites for Pastors. I also consult with ministries on social media and communication strategies. I’ve spoken in a conference or two. But if I don’t honor my precious wife, I could count all of that other stuff pretty much worthless.
I must confess, as a Baptist, it took me a rather long time to come to understand the healing nature of God. We Baptists, as Adrian Rogers put it, “believe in miracles, but trust in Jesus.” I still believe this is best. But I also freely admit that in our reaction to the extremism of “healing evangelists” like Binny Hinn and other obvious hucksters and false prophets, that we have a tendency to write off all supposed healings as a mere charade.
The blog has been put on hold for a couple of weeks now, primarily because of all that my wife and I have been experiencing in our personal lives. Here’s a recounting of it…
“Love not the world… for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world, and the world passeth away…” -1 John 2:15-17
“The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” -Amos 3:8
“And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords (of the Philistines), and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life… And he judged Israel twenty years.” -Judges 16:30-31
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” -Psalm 66:18
Perhaps this verse, among others, is the source of the idea that “God doesn’t hear sinners” (which He does) except for the “sinner’s prayer.” This odd and old-fashioned idea ignores God’s omniscience through which He hears and knows everything. There are two important words in this verse that need to be rightly interpreted. First, the word “regard” comes from the Hebrew word har which means to approve or to respect. Second, the word “hear” is the word shama which means to hear intelligently, to pay attention, or to respond with obedience.
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification… For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7)
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”—1 Corinthians 16:13
I’ve always enjoyed watching baseball but I do believe the sport lacks a significant element today and that is team loyalty. Some of my favorite players were George Brett, Robin Yount, and Cal Ripken, Jr., all of whom stayed with their respective teams through the high and low years, no matter what. Trades were rare deals and contracts were secondary to being part of a team for life.