‘What is good’ Romans 12.17 VOTD

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people.”

Romans 12.17

Chapter 12 begins the section of the letter about the practice of the faith and what it means to be a living sacrifice for Christ.

God defines what is good, so why should a Christian be concerned about what is good before others? [See verse in many versions.]

#VOTD #good #vengeance

5-16-2017 Doubtful Faith

And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31 NKJV). Jesus walked on water to the Apostles’ storm-tossed boat. Peter’s faith let him step on the water with Jesus, but his concern for the storm caused “doubt.” “Doubt” is from a word meaning “pulled in two directions.” Doubt is like “malware” that holds “faith” for “ransom.” Peter’s confident faith in Jesus had let him overcome the storm. Jesus also said: “everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40 NKJV). But when we look around through slanted news headlines, police reports, or public media, at what people are doing, we “doubt” whether Jesus saves, or people can be saved! Has your faith “doubted?”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#doubt, #malware

5-17-2017 Humbling History

“And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph” (Exodus 1:4-8 NKJV). The “new king over Egypt” must have been taught Egypt’s history without having to admit that Joseph, and his God, had absolutely saved Egypt from complete starvation! How can something so meaningful be omitted from their history books? Life’s lessons may be painful to remember, but they are humbling. “By humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches and honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4 NKJV). Without the humility of history, the pride of the present creates cruel tyrants and dictators. “A proud and haughty man -‘Scoffer’ is his name; He acts with arrogant pride” (Proverbs 21:24 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#history, #humility

5-18-2017 Statues Of History

God commanded the Israelites who crossed the Jordan River on dry land to enter the Promised Land, to leave a pile of 12 stones “that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:6-7 NKJV). This monument would cause a new generation to ask this question, and learn a needed lesson. People who remove statues and monuments because they don’t want to be reminded of the past will raise a generation whose curiosity will not be sparked to learn much-needed lessons!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#statues-of-history

5-19-2017 Church Assembling

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18 NKJV). The word “church” means “assembly,” so when Jesus was raised from the dead, His “disciples were assembled” (John 20:19 NKNV), and before He ascended into Heaven, He “assembled together with them(Acts 1:4 NKJV). Once baptized into Christ to wash away his sins, Saul of Tarsus came to Antioch with Barnabas, and “for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:26 NKJV). Only the Devil would convince people they can be Christians without assembling with the saints! Only the Devil would convince people they can be saved by Jesus Christ without needing “church!” Without “church,” sinners are alone!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#assembling, #church

May 22. Elijah’s Transformation; Elisha’s Miracles Begin

II Kin. 2:1-25

Many years earlier, Enoch, a faithful man of God had been taken up into heaven without dying a physical death. Elijah, also a mighty prophet of God had been informed that his departure from earth would be similar. Apparently, his departure had also been revealed to Elisha and other prophets. Elijah’s work on earth had been completed.

Elisha refused to allow Elijah to travel without his accompanying him on his journey. Upon reaching the Jordan River, Elijah took his mantle and struck the water. God divided the river as He had done for Moses and the Israelites long ago and he and Elisha crossed to the other side on dry ground.

When the time came for Elijah to depart, a chariot of fire with horses of fire came down from heaven and a whirlwind took him away. Elisha had witnessed a great miracle as his friend and mentor had been taken to his glorious reward. However, he was also very sorrowful and he tore his clothes in mourning. Elijah’s mantle of authority had fallen upon Elisha as he was taken up. Taking the mantle with him, he struck the Jordan River as Elijah had done earlier and returned to Jericho upon dry land.

We are faced in the Scriptures with many evidences of the power of God and the saving power of the blood of Christ. However, we are like the apostle, Thomas who wanted to feel the scars and nail prints on the risen Christ before we will believe. The people of Jericho knew of the departure of Elijah, but they thought that he had possibly been dropped on top of a high mountain in the region. Upon their insistence, Elisha allowed them to search for the departed prophet until they were convinced after three days that he, indeed had gone directly into heaven.

Elisha was soon called upon for help. Jericho is possibly the oldest city on earth, but there was a dire problem. It being about 840 feet below sea level, its water was bad and the land was barren. He threw salt into the water and God sweetened it. The land began to flourish.

God does not look kindly upon blasphemy. A group of roguish young men were casting insults toward Elisha. When one blasphemes a man of God, he is also blaspheming God. They were mauled by bears because of their evil deed. Following those events, the prophet returned to Samaria.

#chronological-bible-study

Add to this list of ‘minor’ faults

Check out this list of solutions to so-called minor faults. What others might you add to it?

Help us to keep our promises, to pay debts, to remember commitments, to guard our tongues, to avoid seeking attention and credit, to be on time, to be gentle and compassionate, to be truthful and honest in the smallest things, to carry through on projects, to finish what we start, … —Correct faults that mar the good example – Believing Prayer

Some might consider the faults behind these solutions as the fly in the ointment, Eccl 10.1. The Lord might make them into something larger, however.