Okay, not really. I actually get along really well with my boss and we work together nicely. Sometimes, though he gets bored and wants to have fun. I also tend to concentrate really hard when I think and forget what my face is doing. Apparently he stalked me all day to put together THIS winning combination, which he immediately sent via text to our entire region.
Remember this when the thought of witnessing to another makes you nervous:
We are called to be witnesses, not lawyers.
In this narrative, Naaman, the top general of the Army of the Syrians, had been stricken with leprosy. He had taken himself and his entourage to see the prophet Elisha to be healed of his disease. He clearly came expecting that the Prophet would run out of the door, and with honor, pomp, and circumstance and heal the great general.
That is not what happened at all; Elisha never even came out to meet Naaman. He sent a lowly messenger out to relay some simple instructions on how to be healed. Naaman was “wroth;” basically he was exceedingly and greatly angry. He clearly didn’t want to be healed in the way of some common man; he wanted to be healed in a manner appropriate to his station. Who was this prophet to tell this great general to take off his fancy regalia and take a swim in the the muddy Jordan River?
We are like that, too, are we not? God issues simple instructions and we balk at them when they do not fit our preconceived notions of ourselves. We want to be given the “big” callings, but not the small ones. We want to be seen, and we certainly do not want to be seen lowering ourselves to a place below what we believe our station to be.
When God give us instructions, are we willing to take off our uniform and do what He asks?
We often think we don’t worship idols because we don’t serve some golden calf. We may be serving an idol, even if we don’t think so! Comments closed here; blessings and enjoy!
Exodus 20:3 (NKJV)
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
Let me first say this is NOT a condemnation of football. I enjoy football. I enjoy playing and I enjoy watching. But, the purpose of this article is for my fellow Christians who enjoy football to give themselves a self-examination…
2 Corinthians 13:5 (NKJV)
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
I’m talking about going beyond enjoying football to loving it. I’m talking about going beyond loving it to allowing it to become your God.
How? At what point?
Football may have become your God when…
You put regularly going to or watching games before going to worship (whether you worship on Saturday (College) or SONday (Professional)…
Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV)
25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves…
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Before we speak:
Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Is it kind?
Hezekiah was the 13th King of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, and the son of the evil King Ahaz. During the time of the divided Kingdom, some kings were good Godly kings, and some were not. As we can see in the beginning of the passage, this good King had made a decision to bring the nation of Judah back to worship of the One True God.
Hezekiah sent out messengers to all the corners of his Kingdom in an effort to bring them all to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, which had fallen into disfavor in prior years. His command for the people to come was met with some general success in the Southern Kingdom of Judah; however the response in the King’s outreach to some of the Jews in the Northern Kingdom of Israel who had not been carried away by the Assyrians was not nearly so positive. In fact. their response to the messengers was to laugh at and mock them.
We are told elsewhere that there is nothing new under the sun, and is a true statement to this day. Even now, God has a message for those who have turned their backs on Him. Even now, God sends his messengers to tell them of sin, repentance and redemption. Even now, God’s messengers are laughed at and mocked.
What will we do when that happens? Hezekiah did not give up. We can see from more study onward in this story, that the King did bring the nation back to God. He never became perfect, and he made mistakes along the way; however, Hezekiah in his heart was always in the right place with God. How about us? What will be OUR reaction?