The Basis For Many Of Our Problems

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Indecision, doubt & fear. I just recently finished reading “THINK AND GROW RICH,” which is something I do from time to time, but this time it struck me with the idea for this blog posting. While this book is generally equated to the accumulation of money and wealth, in his own words Napoleon Hill stated, “Why did you write a book about money? Why measure riches in dollars alone?” And such an assertion is true at its heart. This book is a wealth of knowledge and can be applied to your heart’s content. Wealth can be any number of things, dependent upon your mindset!

This is one of our greatest problems…indecision. And, yet, it is associated with a number of other problem children which are associated with FEAR, such as:

  • Indifference
  • Indecision
  • doubt
  • Worry
  • Over-caution
  • Procrastination

Believe it, or not, this blog post is based upon a chapter in the book by Napoleon Hill, “THINK AND GROW RICH.” More specifically, CHAPTER 15 “HOW TO OUTWIT THE SIX GHOSTS OF FEAR.” While I firmly believe that the majority of our problems stem from our divorcing God from our society, our families, and our hearts. That said, let us move on toward the “six ghosts.”

Indifference

It is my belief that without God in our hearts how can we truly have an interest in anything in a godly way? Generally speaking, this interest becomes more of a lust, or perhaps we see it as a god of sort. Which in both instances is rather ungodly.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” ~Matthew 6:33 NKJV

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” ~Romans 12:2 NKJV

Our focus should be on God and the heavenly, not on ourselves. By placing God first, God will guide us to those things that will aid and thrust us forward in our lives and in our profession.

Indecision

Our inability to decide is an ambivalent mind at work, or not…as the case may be.  We can often become indecisive over a number of reasons. Why you ask? Many times we are just too tired, other times we just don’t care about the subject matter, often we do not know enough about the subject matter but do not wish to seem as though we are ignorant…yet our ignorance is shouted out loudly by our disconnect. There are some messaged from the Bible that may help:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” ~Ephesians 5:17 NKJV

We can learn much from the Bible, often times we cast the book off to the side in order to read something more interesting like a mystery, sci-fy, or maybe a biography. However, if we truly wish to be grounded in Christ and have some semblance roots…we should read the Bible each and every day! On top of that, prayer is also needed in order to center and focus on God and the heavenly. I typically read in the morning to start my day off. I generally get home, after overtime, at 2:30 am. I will make green tea with honey and I will either watch a half hour instruction/education video (PureFlix) so I can gain another perspective on Biblical or Religious scholarly ideas. Yeah, I am geeky like that.

Doubt

Lets face it, we all doubt at some point in time. And that is usually at the worst possible time. Am I right? But our God is a big God and He can help us learn some of the greatest lessons through this doubt. Just as the Apostle Paul speaks of and boasts about his weaknesses, so does Dr. Michael Liacona. I have read some of his books, interviews, or books/articles which he co-authored and he discussed at great length his doubts and those that aided him in his faith.

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” ~Mark 11:23 NKJV

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.“~James 1:5-8 NKJV

Faith is something that comes through our many bouts of doubt. Sooner or later we come through with a better understanding where have that “Ah-HAH!” moment.

Worry

Worry seems to test us all, especially parents over their children. We all have worries over numerous things in our lives, but in the end our worries are usually for nought.

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” ~Matthew 6:25-34 NKJV

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ~John 14:27 NKJV

Worry, like doubt, is overcome by faith in the promises of God through the Bible.

Over-caution

Over-caution is bred out of fear and fear, as you will recall is bred out of punishment and torment (see 1 John 4:18 NKJV.)

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” ~Galatians 6:7 NKJV

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13 NKJV

Being over-cautious is something we do due to uncertainty and fear of the unknown. Either we should do something or we should not. If it is an ethical or moral question, it is not over-cautious but wise not to do or to do something. Meaning you can verify through the Bible what you should do. Dangerous things are a case by case basis, in that, we should weigh and decide based upon the costs and the benefits. If fear was a factor in the first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC, by the Wright brothers…we might not have airplanes right now…and many other things, to boot!

Procrastination

Procrastination is another story where we are just lazy or do not like to do something because of the way it makes us feel. Perhaps even because of the pain we may obtain through the process. Although, we all know that the task must be completed, regardless.

In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty.” ~ Proverbs 14:23 NKJV

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” ~Ephesians 5:15-17 NKJV

Sadly, procrastination gets the best of us, at times. But we can make that to do list go away by whittling away at it, one line at a time. Sometimes things just get away from us and our list becomes unmanageable…but you can manage it, one line at a time! Make better use of your time!

We all, at some point in time, have problems with each and every one of these “ghosts,” per se, bu we can control them by removing the fear that is presented by them. Usually that is all it takes. Figure out what you know. Find out what you do not know. Then, research the heck out of what you do not know… Voilà, now you have something new that was once unknown and now you know it. YouTube is a great research tool, Udemy, Khan Academy, and so many others. It all depends upon what you are researching. Any search engine, worth its weight, will get you to a good starting point.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy

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…do it heartily, as to the Lord…

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Colossians 3:23-24 NKJVAnd whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

Ephesians 6:5-8 NKJVBondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.

1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJVTherefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

No matter how you explain it, or say it, we are to work as though working for God, Himself! As we are God’s property, because He did create each and every one of us, as well as everything that is in this universe of His. We are to do so proudly, with happiness in our heart, with joy in our very soul, and as though our treasure in heaven depended upon it.

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.” ~Psalm 24:1 NKJV

We need to remember this. All too many people either have divorced themselves from God, or have helped to divorce God from our society only to replace God with big government. And in some cases we have become a polytheistic rabble; in that, we have replaced God with the following, but of course not limited to this list:

  • Big government
  • Our pleasures
  • Sports
  • Work
  • Money
  • Our entertainment idol(s)
  • Our spouse
  • Our animals
  • Our possessions
  • Our triumphs & accomplishments
  • Our “prowess”
  • Our agenda

Even I have a problem, quite often lately, of keeping my mind on work at my job. In that, I often believe that I am destined for something bigger, better, perhaps. But things often get in my way. Is this an excuse to allow me an out from my Godly destiny? No…perhaps it is just something that seems to get in my way, much as Napoleon Hill would describe as a roadblock, a challenge, etc. These are things that I (or we, as the case may be) need to make our way through, to conquer in order to truly achieve that greatness that we are destined to attain. But we cannot attain such greatness until we have overcome that which stands in our way. God does this for a reason!

Life-ChallengesHow can we truly work as though to the Lord, unless we can truly work through the difficulties and challenges  that lie before us?  That is a profound question…look at it for a bit and think on that for a moment or two.

Each of us tend to go through a period of time where things are going against us. Not only this, but many of us are brought to the brink of giving up. Think about that. Elijah, Moses, Job, and Jeremiah each were driven to the point of giving up and wanting to die. Now, think about that for a moment! Think also of the Apostles, each of them and the trials and tribulations that they went through up until their torturous end, excepting only John.

Those who stick with their task, until the end, will be rewarded. Those of us who will not stick to it until the end will end up quitting and depressed. We all hope for that golden ring at the end of the trek of ours, but guess what?..the golden ring will not be given to those who give up. In our youth we, or many of us, have heard the old adage:

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But times have truly changed as there is a wave of belief that all children should get a participation award and cut out who was first, second, etc. While I am a firm believer in the competitive spirit and I find it quite absurd to teach & raise our children with the mantra that “…the world owes you something…” attitude.

Without such a competitive how can we actually work as though to the Lord? There must be some kind of work ethic or attitude that the job must get done. However, that attitude will not be within any of us if we have the mindset that the world, or society, owes us something when it clearly does not! Napoleon Hill’s book, THINK AND GROW RICH, was based upon the competitive spirit within man to strive to accomplish your heart’s desire. Wealth, generally money, could actually be most anything. Just as the term “happiness”, originally it was to be “property”, within the framework of our Declaration of Independence was that which drove the American spirit.

We Christians, as a whole, truly have a great opportunity to show those around us Excellenceat work, shopping, etc., that we are ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven and truly represent God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We can do this by how we work at anything! Whether great or small task, it matters not, but we must work at it with a focus of excellence in our minds and hearts. Since we are not perfect, we can only be excellent, at best! Jesus reminded us:

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. ~Matthew 5:16 NKJV

And in what we do, we should reflect favorably in the eyes of those around us, who witness us, and observe us, that God will be glorified! Let us make a pact to teach up our children, grandchildren, and God willing our great-grandchildren in such a light. Let them each witness us to glorify God in all we do!

Until next we meet again, dear brothers and sisters!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

 

 

We Must Totally & Completely Rely On Christ To Save Us

Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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.

Mark 16:14-18 NKJV Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

We as Christians are called to spread the Good News and to make disciples of ALL PEOPLE and NATIONS. So, how is it that people seek to paint us out to be arrogant? We are doing what we were commanded to do, yes commissioned to do! We know we are sinful, as we are steeped in sin from birth; yet that does not make us hypocrites, but keepers of the word which we were commanded to keep and spread to all people.

Consider this, I read some time ago where Jilette Penn where he stated something to the affect that he thought Christians were hypocritical when they did no speak of their faith to him because of the mandate of Christ within the bible. So, how is it that when we do speak of salvation to others that we are deemed to be hypocritical, arrogant, and trolling others to pigeon hole them in Hell?

I came across this video on Facebook…

And cannot say I totally agree with his assessment of the Christian faith! There are Christians who go at things wrongly, simple as that. But are all Christians wrong? Man truly has painted himself to be one who desires the “comforting lies” and steer away from those unpleasant truths in life. But wouldn’t it make more sense, if man truly desired those “comforting lies”, that he would be drawn more toward the hedonistic and pleasurable ways of letting go? Instead the Christian follows the ways of the “unpleasant truth” where he is confronted with his vile ways. I truly believe that Morgue has things twisted just a bit.

There are those Atheists who have had much different experiences, such as Bryan Melvin.

Some people have much greater testimonies in comparison to those Christians who have been either Christian and believers for the majority, if not all of, their lives. Converted Atheists have much greater testimonies compared to those who have strayed from Christ and then went back much later in life.

Contrary to Morgue’s belief, Christians as a whole are not trolling others to stomp them down into the ground so they can feel better about themselves. Their mandated purpose is to steer others toward salvation for the glory of God…or as he noted the invisible alien, as well as other designations throughout his presentation. He asked the question why don’t Christians explain why Jesus didn’t appear before Pontius Pilot? Well, why should they? Also, because it didn’t happen is a great response, as well. There are a great many arguments concerning what would have been great propositions for the furtherance of the Christian faith, but what is in the bible is sufficient for us to understand our faith and promote it, perfectly.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ~Romans 10:17 NKJV

Even in the book THINK AND GROW RICH, by Napoleon Hill, mentions in the chapter on AUTO-SUGGESTION that repetitiveness of mantras, concepts and commands will eventually cause your mind to bring about into reality that which you desire and command from your mind. Is our faith bolstered by similar such repetitiveness? Perhaps it is, but what is the harm in such a thing??? Is it more advantageous for man to become a hedonist, or steer himself toward a more moral line of thinking?

If one is a hedonist, an atheist, or some other person of belief which dwells upon a relativistic thought…where do your morals come from? What is the basis of your “moral” stance? Being relativistic, your morals are centered on your beliefs, a person who has similar beliefs can have a different perspective. You may believe pedophilia is morally reprehensible; while your friend thinks it is alright. How can either of you take a moral stance against the other, because of the relativism of your beliefs and therefore it is believed that “He is living according to what is true for him.” You can neither argue or dissuade the point. Although, with the belief of a Christian, the moral laws are given by a moral law-giver, God. And therefore, your laws are set before you, they are true and they are to guide you.

Morgue fails to understand that sin has consequences, and there is a time to pay the piper. Everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ! Every knee will bow! Everyone will acknowledge the Lordship of Christ!

We are unworthy to go to heaven, excepting only through the grace of God and our faith in Christ! Because “the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…

We do not need to explain what and why something did not happen, we only have to present what did happen. After presenting the Gospel truth to our neighbors, friends, and family…it is up to the Holy Spirit to guide those whom God has elected to be saved. There are a great number of those professing to be Christian who will be sadly surprised upon their death and when they stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  This is perhaps the arrogance of man, by not checking himself at all times. Let this be a warning, not just to myself, but all others who follow Jesus and learn from the bible…we each must be willing to check our arrogance at the door and see truly what the bible teaches, as a whole, not piecemeal!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Comparatively Speaking…We All Suck

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The bible is rather explicit on this point!

As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;”” ~Romans 3:10 NKJV

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” ~Mark 10:18 NKJV

For there is not a just man on earth who does good
And does not sin.” ~Ecclesiastes 7:20 NKJV

The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.” ~Psalm 14:2-3 NKJV

This was but a sampling of what the bible has to say about the righteousness of the species of man. As the title of this blog posting indicates, COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING…WE ALL SUCK! That is of course if you compare man to God. Comparing yourself to others in the human race does you no good! While speaking on the good of a person many will think that they deserve to go to heaven because they are no Hitler or Stalin! Think about that for a moment. Nowhere in the bible does it indicate that only Hitlers and Stalins go to hell. No, nowhere!

We are saved by the grace of God…a gift to us that we do not deserve to have. Consider what God did for us, and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us:

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~Romans 5:8 NKJV

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” ~John 3:16 NKJV

All the while we are reminded from the very beginning that man is a bad boy on the block:

the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth” ~Genesis 8:21 NKJV

Do not get me wrong, man can do some good things, too. But the underlying ideology is that man is evil from his youth. Men do great things, we can accomplish feats of amazement, creating what was not long ago a thing of incomprehensible power, and the list can go on and on… Consider the following:

abacusThe Abacus (unknown when it was created) was used Mechanical_calculatorsprior to the Arabic numeral system. This sooner or later morphed into the calculating machine which came on the scene in the 1850’s. Which then morphed into the adding machines. Now I couldn’t tell you which idea came first the adding machine or the computer, but it is my suspicion that one was UNIVAC_1101spawned of the other. The crazy powerful computers (some truly are super computers.) The ENIAC (the first computer) was invented by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly at the University of Pennsylvania and began construction in 1943 and was not completed until 1946. It occupied about 1,800 square feet and used about 18,000 vacuum tubes, weighing almost 50 tons. iPhone8Then there was the UNIVAC 1101 which weighed about 8.4 short tons (7.6 t) and used 2700 vacuum tubes for its logic circuits. Its drum memory was 8.5 in (22 cm) in diameter, rotated at 3500 rpm, had 200 read-write heads, and held 16,384 24-bit words (a memory size equivalent to 48 kB.) Now you have the power of an iPhone (i have an 8 with 64 GB of memory); therefore the comparative difference is 1333333.333333333 times greater in your hand than that of the UNIVAC computer.

Sorry, got a little overboard there…but the idea was that man can do good. However, man whatever good he does has a nasty and historical tendency to take what is good and use it for evil intents. Consider the Tower of Babel. Man sought to be as God. Look at Sodom & Gomorrah. The Sodomites sought to do evil and unnatural things and were therefore destroyed due to their great abominations in God’s sight. The two towns of evil were discovered in the 20th century with the added mention of “The entire area was covered with a thick layer of ash from the firestorm that totally destroyed the town.” ~The Discovery of the Sin Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Apr 16, 2008 – by Bryant G. Wood PhD.

Sadly, man has proven himself to be good and bad, righteous and evil…and he needed no help from anyone else! We can do it all on our own. Consider medical advances over the last several decades. Some great and others not so much so. Heart transplants, lung transplants, the advancement in cancer research and survival rates have increased astronomically, stem cell research,  and of course Planned Parenthood.  Each can be used for the betterment of the human race, just as much so each can be used for the detriment of the human race. It has always been easier for man to destroy than to create. Now, man has kicked God out of schools and has, in essence, divorced God from his own soul.

We all fail to realize that man, his spirit and his soul, and everything he possesses, everything in and on the earth, as well as throughout the universe…IT ALL BELONGS TO GOD!

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.” ~Psalm 24:1 NKJV

It is truly our purpose to glorify God, that is our purpose in life. All we have to do is accept Christ into our hearts and lives and live for Him, seeking the Holy Spirit of God to be poured into our hearts and souls and therefore be guided by Him.

that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~Romans 15:6 NKJV

Let us seek to follow God and follow Him, thereby, glorifying Him by yielding our whole self, heart and mind to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit that we may do what we were originally designed to do!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD