ELDER’S WISDOM

Honor Your Parents

With Mothers Day just behind us and Fathers Day still coming I have been considering what I might try to convey and Ephesians 6 came to mind.   This is a concept that applies to 100% of the population because we all have a mother and a father.  

 

Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV)   Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

 

When you look at who we are it is safe to say that “we are all children” no matter our age.  We usually look at this scripture and view the children as a young individual.  But even for me being in my 60’s, I am still a “child to someone”.   I am lucky enough that my parents are still both alive.  That being the case I need to honor and respect them. So how do we do that?   First, we need to obey them since they probably have lived through what we are going though.     We should respect their guidance for our lives.  Second, I think it is important to spend time with them.   As we all age this appears to be very important and probably the best way to “honor our parents”.  Spending time with our parents is perhaps the best way to honor them.   That may very likely be what they need most. 

 

According to scriptures, there is a promise that comes with honoring our parents.  That promise is “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  To me this seems like a good thing for all individuals concerned no matter the ages.

Anyway:  Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Fathers Day. 

 

Blessings to all the Moms and Dads!  We Love You Both!

Chet Wiswell, Elder.


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ANGELS ALL AROUND

Psalm 91:11-13 (NIV)  11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.  13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
 
It’s an interesting reality that God will command his angels concerning us.  The first thing to understand is that we don’t have the “right” to command angels or even ask them for help.   All that authority is in God’s hand and he sends them our way based on when He thinks the timing is correct.  He sends His angels “to guard” us and “to lift us up”.  These angels are here to protect us from “striking our foot against a stone”   We are protected from stumbling and falling in “all your ways”. 
 
I don’t know about you but I need this defending, protective, provision that the angels bring my way.  It is a comforting thought to know they are here.
 
In verse 13, the lion, the cobra, the great lion, and the serpent are all descriptive of Satan and his demons.   The interesting thing here is that it says “you will tread on” and “you will trample”.   This sounds like, with God’s help through His angel, we will be able to go on the “offensive” and be proactive in warding off the schemes of the devil.  We need to “resist the devil”. 

James 4:7 (NIV) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

In James we read that we need to submit to God.   When we fall in line with God and allow him to be first in our lives and we trust Him, then we are to “take the offensive” and resist the Devil and he will flee from us.  Victory is ours through what Jesus has provided on the cross. 
As Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we are the righteousness of God through what Jesus has done.
Blessings to each of you this week.  

Chet Wiswell, Elder

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GIVING TUESDAY

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow.   This is a new global day of giving to promote unity in response to the need that people have for Hope caused by COVID-19. 

If you are watching much of the news on TV or the internet it doesn’t take long to get discouraged.  You quickly can see how much conflict and disagreement there is in our nation and the world today.   Most people are ready for relief and for normalcy to return.  I am thankful I live in a small town in SW Kansas where we have room to maneuver around without being threatened like I see going on in parts of our nation.   We are all blessed because we live in this small little part of the country. 

Right now and more than ever before many people are open and receptive to receiving Jesus as their Savior.  We have been created as social creatures.   This “social distancing” is an attach from Satan trying to disrupt our ability to interact.  But here in the last couple months we are learning how to get the Gospel out via Social Media type avenues.  With people cooped up at home it is possible that the word is going out more than ever before.  So as we all come back together many churches will continue the Social Media mode of sharing the Gospel.     God has won this battle we are in.  We are here to help play it out and share “the Hope” we have in our Jesus. 

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV)

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

So how should we act in this environment we are in today?  We need to hold on to the hope we profess in Jesus because He is faithful.  We need to be spurring one another on towards love and good deeds and we need to be meeting together, not social distancing in isolation like we have been.  And, at some point in the very near future we will come back together in corporate worship.  We need “not give up meeting together” as some may be getting in the habit of doing.  As verse 25 says, we need to be encouraging one another.  We need to be doing this all the more as we see the Day of the Lord approaching.  That Day is fast approaching. 

Great days lie ahead; let’s all do our part to make it happen.  Blessings to the Body of Christ!

Chet Wiswell, Elder.


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