Why does man place himself high on a pedestal?

Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure ~Psalm 2:1-5

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Men, nations, people’s, and whole societies all seem to be placing themselves up on high pedestals, high above others, without regard of the importance of others. Humility is a great character trait that we must cultivate within ourselves and those around us. Another character trait to consider is that of confidence, but confidence if left uncheck can easily turn into arrogance. Beware of yourself…know thyself, dear friends! Of course, arrogance could be seen as a false sense of pride, which is one of the 7 deadly sins.

Face it, we all wish to have a sense of importance about us. Most of us live rather mundane lives, not meaning to berate or judge anyone, but that is simply an observation that can be asserted. We wake up, eat breakfast, eat lunch, go to work, take our breaks at work, head home, watch some television, read, social media, etc., and then we go to bed. Sorry, if that is not a mundane life, then I don’t know what I am talking about!

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. ~Matthew 10:24 NKJV

A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. ~Luke 6:40 NKJV

‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ ~John 15:20 NKJV

2 of the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew & Luke) and the Gospel of John are in agreement. And of course the Apostle Paul agrees, as well:

everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly… ~Romans 12:3 NKJV

We are to be more humble and lowly of thought. This is not to mean that we shouldn’t take pride in our work, because all that we do should be done as if we were working for the Lord God of Heaven above! We need to have the mindset in which we see that all things in this world, everything that we have is simply on loan to us from God:

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters. ~Psalm 24:1-2 NKJV

Let’s face it, everything is God’s property, yes…including you! When you create or make something, that is yours, as a matter of law. Well, the same applies to God, wouldn’t it? We are speaking of metaphysical law, or natural law. Whatever God created is His! It just makes sense.

Each and every one of us, when we start out on our own actually seek to make his, or her, mark on this world. We seek to obtain our 15 minutes of fame, in one, way, shape, or form. Some of us do so, some of us are redirected by meeting Jesus, and many of us hold on to the notion of wealth and riches without God as part of our plan. God knows and sees into our hearts, we are told in the Bible:

for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. ~ 1Chronicles 28:9 NKJV

These are but a few of the things that we learn. God searches our hearts, He understands ALL the intentions of your thoughts. If you truly seek Him, YOU will find Him. If you cast Him off, you too will be cast away, forever!

Humble yourselves before your fellow man, you can actually garner more cooperation this way. Cut away all arrogance from your daily diet on how to treat people, you will find a greater respect toward you. Everything falls back to simplicity; consider this: Jesus taught everyone in a simple and yet profound fashion. He taught with parables in order to get everyone’s attention, in order to, expand upon that which was taught in the scriptures. Jesus spoke with authority and He redefined what was meant by the scriptures. Something the Pharisees and the Sadducees did not do. Jesus also warned us, or His fellow Jews, that the actions of the teachers of the law was wrong and improper. They would place heavy burdens upon the people and at no time would they help them; while at the same time they themselves would would act contrary to the teachings they espoused (because, like all men, believe themselves to be exempt.)

Beware of what you feed your mind with…including the teaching of pastors. We must be willing to challenge that which is contrarily taught in comparison to the Biblical text. We need to have such integrity, and if we are wrong this is where you get the necessary clarification. Don’t make it a big argument, just approach the pastor and ask. talk to one or two others and get their take on it.

Sorry, didn’t mean to get run off track there, but it does happen. Everyone, being human, has tendencies to seek out their 15 minutes of fame. We don’t always find it…but we search. Sometimes we never attain it because we finally find God it trying to talk to us and guide us toward our primary purpose, for which He made us! Some of us listen and begin to follow, others ignore. Just remember, you have until your final breath in order to turn your life around.

Just think about that! We are all the same, believe it or not.

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Woe To You…

Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”


This is a message to pastors everywhere! Seek the anointing of God that your flock shall not be lost on account of you. And also to all the people, everywhere, for we are the light of guidance for all the unsaved to see the way of God…God’s most perfect way. Seek God’s anointing and guidance. However, we each tend to go too far in our own decisions and our actions and with that bad habit we go beyond the boundaries of God’s ways. So, woe to you and beware of your actions!

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.~Ephesians 4:26-27 NKJV

We are to walk in God’s ways, live by God’s rules, be forgiving of others (no matter their transgression against us), be loving of ALL our neighbors, and we are to be that guiding light by which our neighbors, our unbelieving friends, and those we come in contact daily (yes, they too, are our neighbors!) It is only through constant and never ending prayer, reading the word, following and applying those very same words within the Bible.

In order for others to be captivated by our actions, our actions must have changed in some way, shape, or form. Man has this horrible problem with starting and not finishing because it is too hard. Being good is hard, especially if you’ve been doing what was wrong all your life. Just like any bad habit that you, or I, have attempted to break…it is very difficult to accomplish. But you need to remember that God is with you every step of the way. If you need to complain about how tough a time you are having…God’s ear is just a shout and a prayer away from you.

It is sad to admit this, but I get angry all the time. Yes, I do; and sometimes I sin in my anger…more than likely…all the time. Why? Well, that really isn’t relevant because I can come up with all sorts of excuses which are meaningless. The fact is, I know that it is wrong to get angry over the majority of things that I do; and therefore, I believe I am sinning when I get angry. After all it is foolhardy, don’t you think?

Some of the worst sins we can commit are based in our anger. We become skewed in our reason as to what is reasonable, what is right, and what is just. When we walk away from the Word of God, we skew our perception toward the wrong…this is automatic. Why, you ask? Because we, by casting aside God, begin to follow a trail hard to recover from where wrong is the new right.

“If there is no God…then everything is permitted…” ~Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Без бога-то и без будущей жизни? Ведь это, стало быть, теперь всё позволено, всё можно делать?’ ‘А ты и не знал?'” (The original Russian)

Though the sentiment is true to secularistic and athiestic thought, there are also Christians who maintain that all things are permissible as a Christian and as a follower of Christ.  Just simply by misreading or misinterpreting the writing of the Apostle Paul:

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.~1Corinthians 10:23-24 NKJV

Everyone seems to read what they want to read and hear what they want to hear, and to heck with the actual facts before you…yes, I include Christians in that statement!

We are all warned because we are all called by God to follow Him. That being said, we are also called to the priesthood of God, to minister the Word of God to all of mankind (remember the Great Commission?) Our purpose, as mentioned in previous blogs, is to glorify God in all that we do. We are to do the best we can possibly do, with every fiber of our body, mind and spirit!

Just thinking how lax I tend to be, it is a wonder that anyone gets into heaven. The more I place thought toward the subject, a great number of Christians will be surprised as to their final resting spot! Many believe they are saved from the pit of hell because they proclaimed Jesus as King and the Lord and Savior over their lives…but then turn to do some of the most despicable things which God would not approve. ‘

God judges our hearts, based upon what is in them and what we do with our time, our efforts, our charitableness, etc. Are we giving because we want to or because we are suppose to? Are we following ritualistic beliefs, or are we praying what is in our hearts? I could go on and on with this list, but like beating a dead dog…what exactly is the use???

God desires us to follow Jesus freely and without reservation. Breaking the habits of old, yes, they do come into play here–we tend to put off til tomorrow what we should have done yesterday, more than likely…last week or last year, even!

My friends you are forewarned! WOE to YOU! We each sin and we each tend to follow the wrong path at times, but God tugs at your heart to get back on track! REPENT of what you did and move back onto the narrow and rarely followed path of God’s righteousness!

Only God can SAVE us, ’tis true! Only God will judge us by the content of our heart, ’tis also true! Unless many of us do not change our directions and begin to walk the path that God laid out before us (namely, the one written on the pages of the Bible), then we do not stand a chance of gaining entry into heaven…despite our affirmations. God wants us to live the bible in our heart of hearts, and walk the walk, as well as – talk the talk!

Can I challenge y’all to live the life set out in the Bible? It is not easy, due to all of the bad habits we must break…but I believe in my heart of hearts that it is well worth it!

Brothers & Sisters —

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

Bible Reading Plans

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As a follow on to yesterday’s Scripture Memory post I thought a good Bible Reading Plan would be appropriate. While there are many of these out there, YOU need to choose one which will suit your needs and fit your schedule!

2017 Bible Reading Plan – Calvary Christian Church

A Bing Search for Printable Bible Reading Plans

Bible Gateway Reading Plans

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

Scripture Memory

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While scripture memorization, in and of itself, will not save you but such a task will aid you and I to stay on the straight and narrow path of God’s word, His commandments, be a constant reminder of His promises, and a good prodding to honor and follow the tasks we are called to follow.

Today’s post will not be over-bearing but light and hopefully chock full of helpful information to start, or continue, on the path of scripture memory work.

I find it easiest, these days to pull scriptures from my daily reading. But if you prefer, order a packet, which you can learn. However, keep in mind that you will eventually run out of scriptures…and you will either start pulling them from your reading or you might just stop the study. Trust me, it happens, especially if you do not have a plan in place to handle these things.

It is not enough just to know God from nature, or have a general idea of God. The only way you can really come to know God is through his revelation in the Bible.
— DAVE BAST

How will you study? Index cards…I can relate to that, I am old school. Although, if you have a smart phone you could use Quizlet, a free application and accessible from your computer. This way you can update from either your phone or computer and while on the go if you have spare moment or two…study on the fly. It is especially helpful if you are in school, as well…just sayin’!

And for one final point, my personal opinion, just shoot for one scripture per week. Once you memorize it, work on making it personal. What do I mean? Well, what does THAT verse mean to you? Break it down, line by line. Is it telling you anything? Is it inferring or commanding something? Perhaps, it is urging you to do something. While you are studying the verse, what do the notes in your study bible say about that verse? After leaning from your bible, what did Matthew Henry’s Commentary speak on the subject of that specific verse? By learning the history, the inferences, the commands and urgings of the writer.

We each are called to but one task and that is to glorify God. In order to do so, we are commanded to Love the Lord God with all YOUR Heart, Soul, and Mind! We do this through reason, strength and guidance that will enable us to learn His word, follow His word and willingly give our whole self over to Him that He will mold us into the man or woman we were meant to truly become.

Spend time each day running through all of your scriptures.

As you learn more and as you study more, pray more, and seek His will more…you will find that guidance from Him in that quiet place in your heart. I hope this was helpful to you.

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

A call for an ‘All-Round Strike In Hollywood’

on-strike-gnomeWas reading an article and actually became hopeful for the morals of this country! People, children mostly, emulate their heroes. It has become a rarity that kids look up to their mothers and fathers when they hit their teens anymore. Sad really, but it has become a reality!

 

Many well known actors, actresses, and entertainers have called for a strike of Hollywood until President elect Trump resigns. Now, I really try not to get political with this site, because that is not it’s purpose. And I do not intend to start being political now; however, my point is this one question:

If Hollywood went on strike and produced nothing, no movies, no videos, NOTHING, would we as Americans miss out on anything?

Just think about it for a bit…most of the movies that have come out of Hollywood over the past few years have been remakes, remakes of remakes, bad sequels and a few good movies. Although, many movies would not make it if it were not for the special effects, others would not make it if not for the blood and guts, and others wouldn’t make if not for the sexual hedonism portrayed. And of course there are those movies that could not sell one ticket if it were not for the mixture of all three mixed together.

We as Americans, or as American Christians, are charged to influence our children, family members, and friends, as well as neighbors, to be likened to Christ. But if we are sending our kids off to a movie filled with death, destruction, hedonism, and meaningless boundless sex, and yet are acting as a beacon of hope for others are we really doing what Christ would want of us? Are we really following the word of God and living it’s true meaning before others??

I THINK NOT!

This would be my opinionated answer. And it is true. The reality is we have become lazy as parents, lazy as followers of Christ, and lazy as God’s beacons of light and hope to the world. If we are lazy at these tasks then we are less than perfect, if this is so…how truly faithful toward God, His Word, and to Jesus could we possibly be?

I can look back and see many areas of my life as a husband, a father (or step father), as a friend and as a neighbor where I have failed everyone I was suppose to aid in guiding them toward God’s glorious salvation. I will have to answer for that in each and everyone of those instances; so says (possibly) King Solomon:

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.~Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NKJV

I am often facing the sad, but true fact that most of what is on television these days is utter garbage! Sex, drugs, the glorifying of gang or mob mentality, the glorifying of killing indiscriminately, lying, cheating, and I haven’t even spoke of the news casters just yet, either! You cannot trust the news, even Edward Murrow gave us this warning long ago. I think it was put greatest most recently by Denzel Washington in his slamming of the ‘fake news’ fiasco.

I have come to not just appreciate his artwork, but his demeanor, and his integrity as a Christian.

We all have a responsibility, that is a fact and truth of life. Those in the News industry have the responsibility of stating the facts (both good and bad) and allow each of us to make the determination! We as parents have the responsibility to teach our children to have character traits of honest hard working men and women of our society; filling them with integrity that they will not fear standing alone, if necessary for that which is right.

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.~Deuteronomy 6:6-8 NKJV

We as parents, sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors were also given other tasks by Jesus, Himself:

The Great Commandment:

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”~Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV

And, of course, The Great Commission:

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. ~Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

We are intended to do great things for God, but how can we do these great things if we permit ourselves to remain lazy throughout our lives? If we permit imperfection to be our output, what will God think of us if we do not try to perfect ourselves? Try to perfect our output? If we do not try to perfect what we do, how can we expect God to perfect us through Jesus’ blood and our repentant hearts? What if God just stops helping us because we refuse to do what is expected of us??

Just think about that…

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD