Showing posts from March, 2012

Freedom of Choice

Occasionally when I’m out evangelizing and ask people if they think they are going to heaven, they respond with something like, “That’s for Him to decide.”  What they don’t realize is that man has been given the freedom to choose his destiny. 

Adam and Eve could have chosen to follow God’s instructions not to eat the forbidden fruit but did so anyway.  Cain could have chosen not to become bitter about his rejected offering but later murdered his brother Abel.  We can choose not to sin instead of using that old Flip Wilson alibi, “The devil made me do it.”  Hebrews 11:24-25 says that Moses “…refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.”
Some choices may seem insignificant such as what clothes to wear or where to eat dinner.  Then again, our choices can greatly affect the lives of others.  Just last night, a pastor I was riding with drove us to Papa John’s where he planned to buy…

A Grimm Reminder

A pastor’s wife I know who works part-time as a school bus driver recently watched a play put on by first graders. “Groovin’ with the Grimms” featured well-known fairy tale characters created by the Brothers Grimm.  Among the songs performed by the kids were “Please, Wake Up Sleeping Beauty”, “Rapunzel Rap”, “A Dragon Can Be a Princess, Too” and “Three Un-wicked Witches.” The latter song features these lyrics…

We’re three un-wicked witches, what trying times we’ve had. It really burns our britches when people say we’re “bad.” We’re three un-wicked witches, we try hard to be good. Of course, we have our glitches but we’re just misunderstood.
Worldly people will argue it’s harmless to expose children to witches. Most of us probably watched movies like “The Wizard of Oz” when we were little. My kindergarten teacher read books to us about “Dorrie the Little Witch.” I also remember having a comic book that featured “Wendy the Good Little Witch.”
On the other hand, we are commanded not to give…

Does God Hear Sinners?

During a morning bible study I attended in Charleston, South Carolina, one man in the congregation asked if God hears sinners.  Immediately I thought of John 9:31 which says, “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.”  Later I looked up this verse in the Amplified Bible, which clarifies the meaning better…
We know that God does not listen to sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and a worshiper of Him and does His will, He listens to him.”
There is a difference between hearing and listening.  The New Oxford American Dictionary defines hearing as “the faculty of perceiving sounds.”  That same dictionary defines listen as “give one’s attention to a sound.”  A person can hear somebody but not listen to what he is saying.  As a kid, you might have heard your mother calling you to come inside the house but didn’t listen to her because you wanted to stay outside longer.
Once I heard a humorous story told by Jesse Duplanti…

Mind Your Own Business

Recently the Lord gave me a vision of a minister I know who was covered up in black clothing like a ninja. I shared this with a friend who also knows this minister. We agreed the meaning of this vision was this man was covered in deception because of not being accountable to others.
However, being accountable doesn’t mean we must allow everyone to speak into our lives anytime they please. One man I used to work with has a big problem in this area. Over the years, he sent me numerous messages laced with unsolicited advice. In one recent email, he quoted 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat”) suggesting I’m in sin for not holding down a regular 40 hour/week job instead of traveling doing the Lord’s work. I replied by suggesting he read the very next verse. The Apostle Paul also comes against busybodies or as the New Living Translation says,“meddling in other people’s business.” One definition of meddle is “touch or handle something without permission.”