Matthew 5:38 [Jesus said] “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person.”
Jesus says we’re not supposed to resist the evil person. We’re supposed to give up, give in, let them have their way. How can we possibly do that? The only way we can even consider doing it is if we have truly surrendered to God and we have His Spirit in our hearts. Then we can say, “Lord, I don’t like this, but I’m going to do what You say. I’m going to be obedient.” Why? Because God really CAN do something about it. He turns the world upside down every day, just to bring honor and glory to Him. He can supernaturally intervene and change peoples’ lives, just because we surrender and obey.
It reminds me of Bobby Ray, a friend of mine in prison. Bobby Ray leads a little Bible study out in the Rec Yard. One day, he’s getting ready to have the Bible study, and this guy walks up to him and says, “You make me mad. I’m going to whip your ‘rear’.” Now Bobby Ray is a big guy, about 50 years old, maybe 6’2”, weigh about 250, not an ounce of fat on him. He says to himself, “I don’t have to take this kinda stuff off this guy.” Continue reading →
Deuteronomy 4:29-31: If [even after worshipping idols] you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him, if you seek Him with all your heart and soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you . . . when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.
What does it mean, ‘With All Your Heart”? Yes, I know, it means that you’re really serious; that you really want to have a relationship with God; that you want the benefits of having a close relationship with Him, because what you’ve been doing definitely isn’t working.
Sounds like, from the next sentence, that if you’re tired of going on without God, and you’ve done a whole lot of really stupid stuff, (like worshipping something besides God), and all these [bad] things come upon you . . . when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice. . . God won’t forsake you or destroy you or forget the covenant He made with your fathers, because He is a merciful God. Continue reading →
He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt. 4:19. What does that mean? I mean really, what does that mean to you and me in this day and age? OK I’m ready, tell me what ‘Follow Me’ means. Does it mean ‘walk behind Me’? Or does it mean ‘Do what I do’? Or maybe, ‘Be like Me.’? Think about that. You decide. What does it mean to you? Continue reading →
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4
“We also glory [rejoice] in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 3:4-5 When I was a little kid, my Momma used to say, often, that tribulation builds character.
My Momma used to say, “Tribulation builds character.” Turns out it says something like that in the Bible. In Romans 5:3-5 it says, “. . tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance character, and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”