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    Conviction vs Preference

    Saturday, September 15, 2012, 9:30 PM [General]

    Convictions are what drives us to do right. Preferences are temptations that fight against us to do right.

    Teen age years are probably the worst in our entire lives. They are also some of the best times we have ever lived. What makes this era so emotional and how can we control the drama that comes in and out of our lives? Well, unfortunately we cannot control what is going to happen let alone what other people are going to do. But there is one thing that we can do. We can determine the difference between what we need (conviction) vs what we want (preference). What we need is to be able to follow what the Lord would have us do in every situation (conviction). That seems to be an impossible quest. But in reality it is not so difficult if we know how to determine what is convicting us vs what we prefer. Often we have a desire and we follow it. After we witness the results of our actions we have 20/20 hindsight and realize that we would have done things differently if we had the opportunity.

    If and when we feel the conviction prior to the desire of preference we can often chose to follow our convictions. This would be the Lord’s preference for us. He is talking to us through our convictions of what we know is right vs what we are feeling like doing. Feelings are strong in teenagers. They motivate us to do horrendous things that we would not have done if we knew what the consequence was going to be before we did them. Your feelings will deceive you. Search your thoughts for the Lord’s leading in all things. We prefer to take the easy road instead of being convicted to do what is right. It is a hard lesson to learn, but it is one that must be learned in order for the Lord to use you in his will. Stop wandering aimlessly after your preferences and seek his wisdom and conviction for what is right.

    By Tom Moran

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    What is The Sovereignty of God?

    Friday, September 14, 2012, 7:43 PM [General]

    The mere meaning of the word “Sovereignty” is to set something apart as totally independent. Take a country for example, once the country becomes independent then they become sovereign. They make all their own rules of government and social living standards according to their own wishes and desires. I believe that God in his own way of doing things has shown us indispensably, his character of ”Sovereignty” in the way that he has allowed humans to operate within the confines of Governments set up here on earth. Each Country is in control of the laws that they enforce within their prospective borders. Why would humans chose such a system? How did we wind up here? Nuclear bombs and genocide just to mention a couple. People given Sovereignty will turn to the dark side every time. History continues to show this very fact.

    God has given us the bible for what purpose? Is it to show us about human character? NO! It is to show us His character and how he deals with humans! The bible is Gods way of letting us know who we are, what we are and why we are here. It all points to Him (God). God is the reason behind every event on earth and in heaven. God is Sovereign. He has created his own world and universe, that consists of every living creature. He is “GOD”.

    God has created a system of government that he is in control of. He Created everything that has been created in six days. Nothing new under the sun has been created since then. Day one he separated light from darkness. Day two he put a canopy of water over the water covered earth. Day three he brought forth land and made all the living plant life on earth. Day four he created the heavens and everything in them (Sun, Moon, Angels, Stars). Day five he made all the creatures in the sea and in the air. Day six God brought forth all the creatures on the land including Adam and Eve. Creation stopped after day six, and nothing new has ever been created since. Things have changed, with the exception of Gods character which never changes, but nothing new created.

    There are three entities that were not created however, and those three things are the manifestation of God himself. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. One God three persons of God. These three have been, since before the beginning of time. God the Father is at the helm and nothing happens outside the very will of the Father. This structure that God has set up is a predestined one. The bible tells us that he knows all. He knows how it all ends, who is going to heaven and who is not. He knows every thought you have had and are going to have. He is God and his word tells us this very thing. He is in control, he is Sovereign. He made the rules, he is not making them, he already made them before the foundations of the world was created. God in his Sovereignty has created a world of his own and we are the subjects of that creation, being created in his image.

    Man being the subject of Gods creation is the purpose for the earth, sky, animals even the heavens, were all created for man. Why? Why did God create this world and stick man right in the middle and say here, this is all for you? And then ignorant man only knowing what God has allowed him to understand, goes and follows exactly what God had already predestined that man would do. SIN! Disobey God. And immediately following sin, man was removed from the presence of God. Everything has a purpose, a meaning, one that we don’t always or very rarely understand. It is not for us to understand, we are told not to rely on our own understanding, but to trust that our Sovereign God is in control and he knows what he is doing.

    There are things that we do understand from scripture and here are just a few that will help you to understand the true “Sovereignty of God”. First and foremost it is important to understand that when God created Adam he created him “Good”. God said after he created everything, after the sixth and final day of creation, that everything he had created was “Good”. Man was created good and man wasn’t re-created bad. Man is still the same. Man is created good, with the ability to be deceived. Eve was deceived by Satan. Did this make Eve bad? No! It did however lay the foundation of sin. Sin is nothing more than disobeying God. And man is unfortunately incapable of discerning his thoughts to keep himself from sinning. Regardless of how much we love God and study his word, we will always be subject to Satan’s lies in our thoughts. It is our thoughts that control us and without the ability to control our thoughts we are subject to being able to do the most heinous of acts towards each other. Jesus told us to discern our thoughts. How do we do this? By knowing the word of God. When you know the truth, lies can’t harm you anymore. Jesus said that he is the truth and that the truth will set you free, free from the bondage of sin. Does this mean we are free from sin? No! Satan is still here to deceive us. But we as true believers have the wisdom of scripture to set ourselves apart from the lies of the world to know lies when we hear them and be able to hear Gods voice when he speaks to us. The only power Satan has on man is in his thoughts.

    So there it is in a nut shell. Our Gods Sovereignty lies in his structure of governing human behavior through mans own thoughts. If God didn’t want Adam to sin, than Adam would not have sinned. He would have made sure that Adam remembered and gave him a spirit of righteousness and grace and Adam would have gently reminded Eve that God said “NO”. But we already know that God had a plan and that plan had to come to fruition. No man can come to God and be saved unless God has already prepared him to receive the truth. It is God who decided who is saved and who is lost. It is all for a purpose that we can not and will not understand until we die. At that point God told us that we will understand just as we have been understood.

    There is so much to comment of this subject, but I don’t want to write a book. Just share with you, that the only thing you need to be afraid of is your own thoughts. If you have a desire to know that you are one of Gods chosen elect, than you would be praying for a discerning spirit and start to seek him with all your heart, soul and mind.

    Tom Moran

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    Don't Worry

    Monday, August 20, 2012, 6:22 PM [General]

    Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

    To wonder about something or be concerned is an attribute that God created us with. We are called to be concerned about our health and our relationship towards God and others.

    Worry on the other hand is nothing more than a lack of faith and trust. Worry is to fear the unknown. Fear is the real culprit. Worry is the effect of fear. To not fear something is to not be worried about it. God did not create us to worry, however he did create us with the ability to worry. God did not create us to sin, but he created us with the ability to sin. We Fear all sorts of things, like losing a job, what others are thinking, about your kids out late, your spouse and who they are with and how they are. This fear is brought on by the lack of knowledge. If you knew what was going to happen, and how it would all turn out, than you wouldn’t worry anymore. We worry about what we don’t know. Well unfortunately, there is an awful lot we don’t know, so this leaves the door wide open to worry about everything we don’t understand. I know that there are some of you that do that very thing. You are “Worry Warts” and you think that if you don’t worry about it, than who will? People worry about death a lot also, this one worry might be the most harshly effectual worry of them all, because this worry wont go away until the issue goes away. So they take this worry to the grave with them. Worry is to fear the unknown. The what if.

    I don’t think that anyone needs to be told, that worrying is bad for them. There are those of you who would say “I don’t worry that much” or “I have to worry about certain things that need to be addressed”, and that “not worrying about anything is considered irresponsible”. When I was a young child I worried all the time, in fact I wound up with terrible stomach pains that I had until the Lord took worry away from me. All from worrying about life in general, nothing specific, just general things that kids should not have to worry about. Or adults either for that matter. My Mom who is still alive today is a worrisome person. Hospitals are overrun with people who worry. Some worry about their health, so they run to the Dr.’s office. Some worry so much that the side effects drive them to their Dr’s office. The side effects of worrying are astronomical, like; headaches, sinus, back, stomach, nerves, anger, depression, anxiety, fear,.Your Dr. cannot help you when your symptoms are all self induced from worrying. Worrying is at an epidemic state today.

    For the most part people worry about things they can’t change, they worry about their past and future events. It is however important to be concerned about current events. Being concerned is to take preventive action towards an issue. If no action is required or can be addressed immediately, than it is no longer an immediate concern. It is important to consider what others are thinking, but only to curb our actions at the moment. We live in the moment, not in the past or the future. Being concerned at the moment is worthy of your thoughtfulness towards others. Taking care of issues when you can in the moment will take care of future and past issues. If you can’t fix something right now, than stop thinking about it. Worry is nothing more than a thought brought on by a concern about something or someone. It is OK to be concerned, but don’t let the concern turn into worry. If you cant fix it right now, in this moment, than stop thinking about it. Or is it that you think that your worrisome efforts are going to employ God to act?

    The Bible tells us that we have nothing to fear with the exception of Gods wrath. And that if we don’t fear God than we don’t know him. He tells us that those who know him fear him and follow what he says. He says a lot about worry. If fact
    Christ came right out and said:

    Luke 12:22-26, “Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’”

    1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”

    Proverbs 3:5-8 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones”

    Psalm 139:1-6 “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”

    Hebrews 13:6 “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

    God knows all men, he knows their thoughts before they think them, he knows everything before it happens. He is God! He allows everything to happen because his will cannot be stopped. It has already been written since before the beginning of time. You are right now, exactly where God wants you to be. He is in control and not you. Worry is to not trust in God. To know God is to trust in him, trust in the truth. Do you believe? Do you have Faith? Do you indeed trust that God created everything for a purpose and nothing can change Gods will? If you really trust in God than you will not worry about anything. God already has it all planned out, he knows every hair on your head, every word your going to say. He is God. He will give you the words to say. He will move you were he wants you to be. He will also give you the comfort to not worry. Just seek him with all your heart, soul and mind. He already knows you, so it is time to get to know him.

    So how do we stop worrying, and start trusting in God? It is true that we have issues that need to be taken care of. If you have a bill due and you don’t have the money, “oh what to do?” If you cant do anything about it right now, stop thinking about it. To worry is to not trust in God, and the consequences are devastating. To not trust in God, is to side with Satan. Worry comes from Satan, and if you spend one more second with Satan and not trusting in our Lord, than you don’t fear God.

    Tom Moran

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