My father-in-law used to plant a huge garden every year and never even thought about watering it. That’s because he lived in an area where he depended upon the regular rains to irrigate it during the growing season. It was quite a shock for my wife to discover that one must continually water the lawn and plants here in this drier climate.
Sometimes rain comes in gentle showers and at other times in pounding downpours. God controls the rain and decides when and where it will fall ( Job 5:10) ( Gen 7:a4) (1ki 18:1) (Lev 26:4). He causes it to rain on one city and not on another( Amos 4:7). He also makes it rain on the just and the unjust alike (Mt 5: 45).
Rain is used in several metaphors throughout the Bible. God will rain righteousness on those who seek Him ( Hos 10:12). However, He will rain snares fire and brimstone upon the wicked ( Ps 11: 6). He promised to rain blessings upon the obedient ( Mal 3:10) ( Ez 34:26). He literally rained bread ( manna) from heaven on the Israelites during the wilderness wanderings. ( Ex 16:4). His doctrine shall drop as the rain then as well as now ( De 32:2).
When Christians deal with brethren or outsiders, our words should be like gentle raindrops not destructive hailstones ( 2 Sam 23:4) ( 1Tim 3:3) ( Eph 4:2) ( Col 4: 5). Jesus himself said, “…for I am gentle and humble in heart…” ( Mt 11: 29).
Those who live in a rainy place soon learn to carry an umbrella top avoid getting soaked. Christians need to protect themselves from the constant attacks of the devil and the evil that exists in this world. They have the indwelling Holy Spirit who acts as a spiritual umbrella to shield them from the constant downpours of temptation and false doctrine.
Submitted by Jery Bailey, Elder
Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
Light dispels darkness. It removes darkness, immediately, completely. (Remember this concept)
John 3:20 (NKJV)20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. (Remember, Light exposes and removes Darkness)
Sounds like the “light” will expose the darkness or evil in our lives. If you are in or experiencing any kind of darkness in your life, get into the “light” or into the “Word of God”.
Luke 11:33-34 (NKJV)33 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. 34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
This is saying that the eyes are the lamp of the body. The eyes are what bring in data or information into our minds. Our eyes can be used to fill our minds with good thing or evil things. If our eyes are focused on helping others and looking into the Word of God or the Bible, this is good. But, if our eyes are focused on self image, evil behavior, dirty magazines, or even too much social media and TV, we can be filling our minds with darkness and evil. Our eyes are “sucking it in”. So, I opened up my home page and evaluated the first 20 articles. They ranged from Mothers Day Flowers all the way to Nuclear War talks. 85% were negative, evil, and darkness while only 15% were of the positive nature and could be considered good. Is this the ratio of evil verses good that we are filling our minds with??? If it is, then we have a problem. How many hours a day are we introducing “Darkness” into our minds? We need to be in the “Word”, the Bible, on a regular, steady, consistent basis allowing the “Word” to change our lives. And it will if that becomes our focus.
Psalm 100:4 (NKJV) 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.We need to be in the Bible. The light will help us with “being Thankful”, “Praising God”, and “Blessing His Holy Name”.
Chet Wiswell, Elder
All of us no doubt hear the question, “How are you?” several times each day. Instead of responding with the expected “Fine” or “Good”, what if more peop0le replied, B. B. B.? That has nothing to do with the Better Business Bureau, rather it is an acronym for Blessed Beyond Belief. I’m going to try using it as a conversation starter and a declaration of my faith
Surely all Christians can truthfully claim the many blessings God pours out on us continually. We can access the very throne room of the Godhead with confidence ( Heb 4:16) any time and any place without ritual, preamble or fanfare. Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit intercede and advocate for us in our prayers ( 1 Jo 2:1) ( Heb 4: 15-16) ( Rom 8:34 ( Rom 8: 14-16) ( Rom 8: 26-27) ( Heb 7:24-25). All these verses tell us how blessed we are to be children of God and fellow heirs with Christ Jesus ( Rom 8: 14-17). Unbelievable!
All have sinned ( Rom 3:23) and continue to sin ( 1 Jo 1 : 8-10) but when one becomes an immersed believer in Christ our sins are washed away ( Acts 22:16) ( Heb 8: 12) ( Acts 2:38). Only the one who was without sin is able to sympathize with our weaknesses having been tempted in every way just as we are ( Heb 4: 14-16). What a blessing!
Our material blessings are almost numberless. In our country we enjoy freedom, affluence, good health care and a myriad of other things. We are virtually without persecution when teaching our beliefs. Incredible!
We can assemble with our brethren any time to glorify God ( Heb 10:25) and to enjoy the love, concern and forgiveness of our fellow Christians ( Gal 5:13) ( Rom 13: 8) ( Col 3: 13). My hope is that some of you will join me in the B. B. B. campaign and perhaps it will catch on and be a real motivation for our friends to think deeper about their own soul. That would be a blessing beyond belief.
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