Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4.17-18

Are you ever discouraged? When you get discouraged, what do you use to lift yourself up? Some go on a shopping spree. Others eat lots of “comfort” food. Some might try to read a self-help book. What you choose to lift you up makes all the difference!

Paul told the Corinthians what helped him during the times of suffering. It was vision, or rather it was where he was focusing his vision. Paul had suffered many trials, but what kept him going was his focus on the spiritual, what could not be seen. He wrote to the Colossians, 3.1-4, to keep thinking about the things above in heaven where Christ is.

It is important where you focus! If you concentrate on negative things, you will have a negative life. That is not what God wants for you. He wants you to accept and obey his will, concentrating your focus on things that will help you grow in your faith, Philippians 4.8, strengthening you to walk even in the midst of suffering.

Where is your focus?

#risingjoy #devotional #vision


4-4-2017 Is Your Life Real?

An angel of the Lord led Peter out of prison, “So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.” After leaving the prison without incident, “they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. And when Peter had come to himself, he said, ‘Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people’” (Acts 12:9-11 NKJV). What showed Peter this was not a “vision?” The reality of where he ended up, actually out of prison! A video game, movie, TV program, “reality show,” or propaganda media are not reality. Peter came to himself, when reality set in. Is your “reality” real?

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

#angel, #reality, #vision


(#196) The Proverbs of Solomon 29:18-Be Happy

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.”

“Revelation” (“vision” in the King James Version) refers to God’s inspired Word. As God miraculously led His people, he spoke to them through a “prophet:” “So the LORD said to Moses: ‘See, I have made you as God to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you. And Aaron your brother shall speak to Pharaoh to send the children of Israel out of his land’” (Exodus 7:1-2). Moses then became “the prophet” (Numbers 12:6-8) through whom God’s Law was given (Deuteronomy 34:9-12), and by following that written Law, the nation of Israel would remain separate from other peoples (Joshua 23:6-8). After Moses, unless God inspired a prophet to call the people back to that written Law, they forgot God: “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). “Then the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation” (1 Samuel 3:1).

King Zedekiah is an example of what this proverb is saying: “He did evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of the LORD” (2 Chronicles 36:12). Even though Christ’s Law has been given, people sin when they made to think there is no Law of God that applies to them: “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled” (Titus 1:15).

The New Testament is the written Law of Christ and God has not had a prophet since it was written: “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:37). Whatever people say to demean, diminish, or destroy their confidence in God’s Word does not change God’s Word: “But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit” (Jude 17-19). Christians are admonished: “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (Romans 13:13-14), because God’s written Word is our Judge, for Jesus said: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him–the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).

Where sin abounds is a fertile field for preaching and teaching the Word of God, for Jesus said: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Mark 2:17).

“The revelation” from God is in our Bible – Be “happy!”

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible, #bible-study, #gods-word, #happy, #obedience, #preaching, #prophet, #proverbs, #revelation, #vision

In a president, character is everything….

In a president, character is everything. A president doesn’t have to be brilliant… He doesn’t have to be clever; you can hire clever… You can hire pragmatic, and you can buy and bring in policy wonks. But you cant buy courage and decency, you cant rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him. He needs to have, in that much maligned word, but a good one nonetheless, a vision of the future he wishes to create.. But a vision is worth little if a president doesn’t have the character – the courage and heart – to see it through.

Peggy Noonan, 20th century American author, speech writer for U.S. President Ronald Reagan

#character, #courage, #decency, #moral, #policy, #pragmatic, #president, #vision

What is Your Vision?

I am working on some lessons for a ladies day.  I would like to get your feedback on the following:

These first two questions apply to both males and females:

1.  What vision or goals do you have for your personal spiritual growth, and what are you doing to make it happen?

2.  What vision do you have for your family?  What are you doing to help your family accomplish your vision?  Hopefully we all have the vision of our family being in heaven, so please be more specific. 🙂

This last question is for females (men, you may ask your wives if you wish:) )
3.  If you had the opportunity to attend a ladies day, what topics would you particularly like to have addressed?

#spiritual-goals, #vision

Hell begins the day that God grants you …

Hell begins the day that God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done, but did not do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, novelist, playwright, scientist and philosopher (1749-1832)

#grant, #hell, #vision

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly de…

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.

Dr. Robert Jarvik, 20th-century American heart surgeon

#fear, #impossible, #leader, #odds, #vision

My favorite character

            Like Randal, Joseph is my favorite character in the Bible.

            Joseph kept looking at things from God’s perspective instead of his own. Because of this, Joseph resisted temptation and kept himself pure (Genesis 39:9). Some men, in the same situation as Joseph was with Potiphar’s wife, would have fallen to the possibility of potential pleasure, but not Joseph.

            How was Joseph able to withstand false accusation and consequential imprisonment? It was because the Lord was with this young man (Genesis 39:21-23). Don’t you think he knew it? The keeper of the prison did (verse 23).

            One of the most telling signs of Joseph’s ability to look at things from God’s perspective is in Genesis 45:5-7, especially verse 7: “God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”

            This same kind of foresight was seen in the anointed David when he was chased into a cave, was homeless and being pursued, David wrote, “He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth,” (Psalm 57:3).

            Were we to see things from God’s side, how much more would we understand how blessed we are!

#bible-character, #vision

The only thing worse than being blind is…

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.

Helen Keller

#blind, #vision