The Bridge From One Scripture To Another Scripture
As the inner battles continue, I am in a constant quest for a discerning heart to walk by faith and not by sight.
Proverbs 2:6, 10-11 – For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
Recently, God has put Bobby and me, for the third time, back in the path of a dear loved one. This winding, twisting, turning path we have been on since January 2013 has had more detours, roadblocks and just plain out confusion for us than walking blindfolded within the deep dark forest in the middle of the night with total darkness all around.
Does true beauty start with the face? Mary Kay, Avon, Cover Girl, and countless other cosmetic companies that produce product after product would have all to believe that their products hold the secret to true beauty.
What about the clothes we wear? Abercrombie and Fitch, Adidas, Levi Strauss and other brand name clothing companies, will they give us the beauty we are so desperately looking for?
Is diamonds and other priceless stones truly a girl’s best friend?
Proverbs 20:9 – Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?
No one is without sin. As soon as we confess our sin and repent, sinful thoughts and actions begin to creep back into our lives. Thank God that He provides forgiveness and ongoing cleansing moment by moment with His grace and mercy when we ask for it.
When the winds, lightning, and thunder of adversity started shaking the ground beneath our feet, Bobby and I took cover in the only place and with the only person that could and would carry us through the forceful assault.
Were Judas or Peter flawless men? Am I a flawless person? The Christian life is a process of becoming more and more like Christ. In the process of becoming, we must overcome.
Sometimes what we are tempted to do is not wrong in itself. Eve wanted to be like God. This is humanity’s highest goal. However, Satan misled Eve concerning the right way to accomplish this goal. He told her that she could become more like God by defying God’s authority, by taking God’s place and deciding for herself what was best for her life. Satan told her to become her own god.
Am I a true disciple and follower of Christ, or am I an uncommitted pretender?
It has been over three painful, heart breaking, years since someone I love dearly has called me a hypocrite and other cutting hurtful words. As I unfolded the letter that this individual wrote, I was frozen. I could not believe that I was reading this type of letter from this individual. The words that were in this letter could not be from this person.
The cutting words not only stabbed my heart but it was the statement after the cutting words that have torn my heart into a million pieces. I was told that our relationship could not be restored. There was no explanation for either the cutting words or for our relationship to be cut.
Hypocrite- pretense of piety, insincerity, pretender, false appearance of virtue
A hypocrite is a person who puts on religious behavior in order to gain attention, approval, acceptance, or admiration from others. They are people who do good acts for appearance only not out of compassion or other good motives. Actions may be good but their motives are hollow.
In the process of refining metals, the raw metal is heated with fire until it melts. The impurities separate from it and rise to the surface. They are skimmed off leaving the pure metal. Without this heating and melting, there would be no purifying. As the impurities are skimmed off the top, the reflection of the worker appears in the smooth pure surface. As we are purified by God, His reflection in our lives will become more and more clear.
1 Peter 1:6-7 – In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith, of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire, may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
As the hands of time moved from my childhood into my young teen years, the road my mother was traveling opened wide and dark into the sea of a massive hidden volcano deep in the sea of guilt, despair, anger, loneliness, and desperation. She had followed God for five years after the death of my father. She and I were going to church and she would read God’s Word to me. The Lord’s Heartbeat was clear during those years.
Proverbs 26: 24-26 – A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart. His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
We all know that there are consequences to any action we take. What we do can set into motion a series of events that may continue long after we are gone. Unfortunately, when we are making a decision most of us think only of the immediate consequences. These are often misleading because they are short-lived.
Jeremiah 17: 9-10 – The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.