Archive for January, 2012


Control Your Thoughts

The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. Genesis 6: 5

Wow, this sounds like today. We have traveled so far from God and His plan for us. There are many of us on this earth that still follow and believe, but it seems like there are many more that are trying to drag us down and feed us with lies. Temptation lurks around just about every corner and it does not let up even for a minute.

If it were not for the promise God made to Noah in the next chapter of Genesis, I would feel afraid of when the next flood was coming. I mean, I don’t even know how to build a boat, I sometimes have a hard time getting one into the water. God promised Noah and the rest of us that He would never destroy the earth again. Good News!

Let’s look at the verse I quoted earlier again, the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil all of the time. Only evil, not a shred of goodness was found. I know there are times when I remember the things that I had thought throughout the day and feel bad about some of my thoughts. But they are not “all” evil, most are good thoughts with some bad ones thrown in. But this shows just how much God wants us to pay attention not only to our actions that everyone else sees, but also our thoughts that only God and we see. Try this, during your day, make notes of some of your thoughts and take inventory at the end of the day to see where you fell during the day. This exercise is not meant to tear you down but to show how you can build yourself up and fight the temptation that creeps in without you knowing it.

Thank you God for the rainbows!

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Cain’s Punishment

What’s the worst that could happen? Have you ever asked this question of anyone, maybe of yourself? I think at some point, I have. It happens when you reach a point of not knowing whether or not you should do something radical, do something conservative or even do nothing at all. You aren’t sure what is going to happen so you think; what’s the worst that could happen.

In Genesis 4; 16, I hear the worst that could happen. “So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.” Can you imagine your world without God? Without your Savior?

I think of a barren desert for miles and miles with no end in sight. No chance of escape. No life, no water, no food, no love; nothing. That is the worst that could happen.

Now Cain did something wrong, he killed his brother Abel because he was jealous. Cain was not being looked on with favor from the Lord and he wanted what his brother Abel had. But instead of changing his ways, he took his brother out in the fields and killed him. Then he did something that we are almost all guilty of; he lied. God asked him where his brother was and Cain answered, I don’t know. How many times have our parents asked where something was or how something got broken and we answer, I don’t know? I am reminded of the old Family Circle cartoon with a ghost double of one of the kids who always wears the sign; “Not Me.”

Now, with my little understanding of the scriptures, I still know that you can’t hide anything from God. Partly because He wants to be with you at all times. He wants to protect you and tell you that you are loved. So why did Cain lie to God? I’m not exactly sure but I do know that God punished him by sending him away. Away from Eden and God’s presence. I can not image my life without God in it. Let me rephrase that! I don’t want to image my life without God in it. I want Him to walk with me every day and be there to celebrate my triumphs as well as to be there when I fall short and need encouragement.

I pray that no one ever is punished in this way, but I know there are some that do not believe in God and if I or someone else does not show them how much God loves them, then they may be separated from God when their time on this earth is over. Not on my watch!

Deception

Sin’s origin came from deception. Eve was deceived into eating from tree of knowledge by the serpent, then she continued the deception by offering the fruit to Adam. Genesis chapter 3 is all about how Adam and Eve fell away from God and out of the Garden of Eden.

What does this tell us about how we fall into trouble? One can think that it isn’t our fault, however we are the ones that make the decisions. Inevitably the choice rest with us because God has given us free will to do what we want to, even if it means that we fall away from our relationship with God.

As we begin a new year, let us all make resolutions to help us grow in our relationship with our Savior and spend more time with Him in prayer and worship.