Wednesday, April 6, 2011

See For Yourself

Most heavenly and gracious God, I come once more before your throne of grace, first to say thank you.  I thank you for family and friends.  I thank you for the blessings of security.  I thank you for health and strength.  I thank you for life and the ability to see a new day.  I just thank you for being one of your children, and I thank you for your Son Jesus.  I pray now Father for those who have heard your word, but have yet to abide by it.  I pray Father that you continue to show mercy by extending the time for them to receive it.  I pray Father, if it be your will that you not hand them over to the results of their wickedness.  I pray Father now for the hearer and doer of your word.  I pray a blessing on them, on what they touch, and their homes and families.  I pray that you comfort those who are comfortless, and pray that you strengthen those who are weak.  And Father, if I have not said enough, I pray that you forgive us of any trespasses committed against you and our fellow man.  We give you all honor and glory, and we pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

There was a commercial a while back regarding the power in using Google.  A woman’s washing machine went bad and she called in a technician to take a look at it.  After the technician took the machine apart, he was telling her how in bad shape the machine is, but it can be repaired.  He said it would need a part, and he told her the name of the part.  He continued to say how expensive the part is but he can get it at a discount for $200.  While he was talking and wiping the grease off of his hands, she ran into another room and searched for the part on Google.  The part listed for $50 dollars, so she made a print out of the part and showed it to the technician, and in a sarcastic way asked if this was the part he was referring to.  He looked at the paper and at her and displayed a grin that showed his embarrassment, in which she responded back with a “yeah right” smirk.  What one can grab from this commercial is when you know the truth, no one can lie to you, and not be aware of it.
The word of God is recorded in the bible.  It has been preached on the streets.  It has been preached in churches.  It has been preached on the television.  It has been preached on the radio.  Family, friends, and strangers at one time or another had made attempts to share the word of God, and there are those who are just not convinced.  They are not convinced regarding the power or the authenticity of the words.  Some disregard it because it was written by men, so they ignore the inspiration by God part.  Some feel because of the time frame that it was written, it was directed for that specific period and that it does not transcend time.  Some feel with the many advances that science and technology have made, these things prove that God does not exists.  Some simply just can’t come to grips in believing or trusting in something that their senses cannot identify with.
If you noticed, all that I described points to a form of logical thinking.  For the sake of seeking the truth, let’s put on our logical hats for a bit.  These same people who find it difficult to adhere to the bible or believe in God, are the first ones to say they are lucky if they nearly lost their life, or by some reason unknown a great deal of money lands in their possession.  What is luck?  It is defined as the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person's life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities.  Logically, luck does not identify with our senses either.   What about when you are crossing the street?  People would trust in those two yellow lines first before they trust in the word of God.  Those yellow lines serve one purpose and one purpose only, which is to separate the traffic of cars traveling in opposite directions.  Yet you see many people who choose not to cross on the green stand on the yellow lines as though the lines will provide protection from being hit by a car.  Can the yellow lines affect if a driver is impaired?  Can it affect a car which the gas pedal, brakes, or steering wheel malfunction?  Can it persuade a driver who have it in his heart to hit somebody that day, and you just happen to be in his sight?  Logically, the answer is no.  So with our logical hat still on, how can one believe in one item that does not identify with our senses, yet disregard another?  Logically, it does not make sense.
Let’s continue a bit on the logical road, if you do not mind.  In one of the verses of the New Testament, it reads “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”  (2 Tim 3:1-5)  Are we not seeing this now?  There was a time when watching the television, the only word that may have been offensive and consider a curse to some is “damn”.  Now, forget about it.  Almost all shows are viewer discretion advised.  The writing of 2 Timothy is said to have been written between 64-68 A.D.  That is over 1900 years ago.  How did Paul know this?  So if this book is said to be the authoritative word of God, and it speaks regarding past, present, and things to come; after reading the above verse, would it not be logical to see what else is said?
The bottom line is many will continue to be skeptical.  Many will ask questions to why is this or why is that.  Here is the solution.  Instead of hearing other people proving it one way or the other, why not you do it yourself?  Why not form your own opinion afterwards.  The bible speaks about the people of Berea when it came to things of God.  It states “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”  (Acts 17:11)  Why not do what they do?  See for yourself and your logic may end up turning into faith.  Amen!

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