Character

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I was reading several articles on-line concerning character and character traits. Many interesting ideas, but quite valid and handy, in my opinion. We each have our own beliefs about what are good character traits that we should possess; perhaps even desire. As we grow older we find that we needed many different traits, but failed to realize such and also failed to instill them as good habits. They say, “Youth is wasted on all the wrong people.” I tend to agree with that and believe it even stronger now, while in my youth challenged state. Perhaps, I can learn something new in my elderly status…or, perhaps, I am simply reminding myself that in this respect I must live vicariously through others who happen to be far more youthful than I.

Character traits are those things that make you stand out to a crowd of people. It is what you might deem to be a bright yellow highlighting of you among the rabble of black and white words on a page…helping you become noticeable to others, in order to stand out for memory’s sake. For instance: being on-time for an interview is a character trait a business seeks in it’s new hires; thinking fast on your feet or in less than optimal circumstances is another trait others seek; courtesy and chivalry are other traits that people desire to see in others that they come in contact with; kindness toward others and toward animals;..and the list can go on,  etc.

In order to better ourselves, we need to assess our present character traits and decide if they need to be better than they are presently, or if we must replace some traits with other traits. We each go through this at some point in time, thus allowing us to expand our horizons and better ourselves! Not just for our own sake, but for the sake of humanity and the betterment of society. God tugs at our heart from time to time insisting that we better ourselves; unfortunately, in God’s eye, we have a plethora of changes that need to be made!

In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin created a system to develop his character. In his autobiographytp, Franklin listed his thirteen virtues.  Benjamin Franklin spent one week on each trait, then switched to the next one in the list. Upon completion of each on the list (i.e., 13 traits in 13 weeks,) he would start the list all over again. In one year’s time you can go through the list 4 times. While these are not necessarily the only traits within the context of the bible, but Benjamin Franklin  found them to be the best ones for himself. But, in this respect, we each must find such a path for ourselves, because we each handle things differently than others. In fact, some of us may have a longer list of virtues to create as character traits we desire to possess, other might have a shorter list.

Good character traits can be learned, as they are simply good habits of an outward and caring nature toward others. In the blog post of “God’s Ten Commandments versus Jesus’ Two Commandments“, on May 8th, 2017, I had explained about Jesus’ Two Commandments to us, explaining the nature of such commands. Their simplicity is what makes them so great! In essence, we love God by our outward show of love toward Him. Which is done by our actions of honoring His commandments, showing our gratefulness by giving our tithes and offerings, by also treating our fellow neighbors with love and honoring our word that we may give when we strike a deal or bargain. The simplicity of Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:37-40 are as such:

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.”

We are witnessing, in present day, the demise of character within the millennial community; as well as within society as a whole. The majority of millennials are under the belief that all things should be handed to them, even when they have lost the battle or election. They believe the government owes them something (a job, free education, free healthcare, etc.) They have been taught, indoctrinated really, to believe and understand facts that don’t exist in our history. We are also witnessing the demise of American history, soon to be revised within the history books…a sad chapter in our future history books. Think about this for a bit…Robert E. Lee’s monument is being removed, Jefferson Davis’ monument is being removes, Confederate monuments are being removed, and the Ten Commandments monument was removed by order of the US Supreme Court. This sanitizing of our history, good or bad as it may have been, is a purposeful destruction of what actually happened in our history. This will at some point in time, should I gamble on this,  be scrubbed from the history books in favor of a more likeable historical write-up?

The sad truth is this, character is built upon all of the good and the bad, together! We are human and thus we make mistakes. If we are smart, we will learn from those GeorgeSantayanaQuote1mistakes and use those weaknesses in order to become stronger and wiser. History, good or bad, is there to remind us where we did things right and those things we did wrong. By remembering history, we are reminded never to let such bad things ever happen again. Unfortunately, we as humans are a stupid race and if we are not reminded from time to time of our mistakes…we will repeat them! Sadly, yes we will.

Character is built as you are growing up by watching your parents. As your relationship with your parents wane away your character is developed partially by your peers and your heroes.

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Character is something we build up over the years. It is, for the most part, trial and error. But if we are wise, or shall I say if we grow in wisdom, our character traits of our older age will be better than when we were growing up and maturing. There is one place I believe you can truly gain the wiser wisdom to learn from and that is the Bible and the text within that cumulative set of writings. Based upon the wisdom and writings of over 50 authors, written over the span one thousand five hundred years. And if you think about it, our thoughts are not original in the least. Though the technology may change, the basis of most, if not all, thoughts is not original to us. They are synthetic changes on something that has happened in the past.

In order to change the society in which we live, for the better, we must first ourselves possess the character traits and leadership traits to lead other to make all of the necessary changes. Prayers is our starting point…on our knees in reverence to God seeking His will to accomplish His greatest good. We as Christians, must take on the roles to necessary to accomplish what must be done. Such as: Teaching and education positions, leadership and political position, law enforcement and first responder positions, etc. We need to stop cow-towing down to these other people of other faiths, or non-faiths if you will, and stand up for the will of God and to become know as lovers of Jesus.

What will you be known best for by all your fiends? I would like to be known as a person who loves God and a sharer of the faith! What about you??

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

‘God doesn’t make mistakes’

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While we are human and make numerous mistakes, God does not make any; therefore, God is perfect. Yet, man, from the dawn of time has inferred and lead all to believe that God does make mistakes. Made mistakes with the birth of a down syndrome child, limbless, stillborn, wrong century, too late or early, too tall or short, too big or small, gay, or the wrong sex entirely. Sorry, just because things didn’t go as you planned them, or as someone else planned them for you…you are as you are because God designed the world such a way.

Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson says ‘God doesn’t make mistakes’ when it comes to gender. It is odd how many Christians lean toward the possibility that God “could” have made a mistake. NO! I beg to differ, God does not make ANY mistakes! None what-so-ever! The only mistake made was the one where things were somehow destined to go in your favor all of the time. Sorry, God’s plans go according to His own design and according to His own plan. Read the Bible, you will eventually get that fact and will see that God’s plan is not according to your personal plan or agenda.

According to the article:

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson fires up the crowd for U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz during a campaign event in Sioux City Iowa“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson made it to the news back in 2013 when he commented that homosexuality is sinful and that members of the LGBT community “won’t inherit the kingdom of God.”

He was lambasted heavily by the media and secular society because of his comments.

On Friday, Robertson risked stoking the ire of his critics again with his comments on gender during the Liberty University Convocation, according to PR Web.

“God made male and female,” Robertson stressed. “When I am looking at males, hair comes out of their faces. Females, they don’t have beards. Males, they have beards. God doesn’t make mistakes. This is what a man is supposed to look like.”

Robertson knows a lot of people don’t appreciate his controversial comments and have left scathing remarks against him on social media. But he quips that he doesn’t mind these criticisms because he doesn’t read them. […read more…]

While you may not appreciate his candor and consider him a bigot, racist, a homophobe, etc. You must acknowledge that he has taken a moral stance, you do not have to agree with him. You do not have to like him or his opinion. But guess what? When I was growing up my mother and my grandmother both had the habit of telling me, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names can never hurt me,” or “just ignore them.” I may have had an easier childhood, had I listened. But as most kids do not listen to such wisdom, neither did I. Phil Robertson’s moral stance is based solely upon the Biblical text:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. ~1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV

But guess what? That does not promise everyone who claims to be a Christian will inherit the Kingdom either. Let us be honest here, Christians can be some of the biggest hypocrites and such hypocrisies are sins in their own right. People tend to act differently in private than they do in their public life. Everyone, well almost everyone, does. There are some people that are the same in their private as well as their public life. But those are so few. Remember where Jesus told us that “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (ref: Matthew 22:14 NKJV)

The Bible dictates that we must not just expound the truths of the Bible itself, but we must life those dictates. They MUST become part of us. We must be changes, truly, by the word of God! And we must act in such a way. But there is a way to do such:

And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. ~1Corinthians 6:11 NKJV

Thus indicating that we can be washed clean from our sins of the past and be renewed by God, through Jesus Christ via the Holy Spirit. The greatest and easiest way to learn how to be saved and washed clean is through THE ROMAN’S ROAD to Salvation. Though your path to salvation is, in essence, a simple one; dependent upon your lifestyle it can be a hard road to follow. Many changes are needed to be made, but take them in stride, because once you turn your life over to God – TRULY turn it over to Him – your life will begin to change. Seek out a bible believing teaching church. Seek out those who are like minded (the mind of Christ) to mentor you and guide you on your new path and life. When the time is right, which is usually when you claim Christ as your Lord. But most churches happen to schedule mass baptisms so many times a year.

Find a good Bible, one that is easy for you to understand the message of God’s word. Personally, I suggest the New International Version (NIV), Revised Standard Version (RSV), New King James Version (NKJV), but there are numerous versions. NIV is written in an 8th grade level of reading which gives you the message in today’s words. NKJV removes much of the thee’s and thou’s of the KJV, which makes for an easier reading experience. You should seek out a good study bible or perhaps a chain reference bible. And begin to read your bible, but not from the beginning! It will make it truly tougher for you to understand the message of the bible by doing so. Start with John or even with 1 John. Seek out a reading plan for yourself.

Good resources are:

Bible Gateway

Blue Letter Bible

Both contain commentaries, numerous versions of the Bible to read (an aid in deciding which bible you prefer to read) and each has a set of differing reading plans for the bible itself.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Upon the Rise of the Zombie Apocalypse, How Will You Act & Rule?

These are the things you shall do:
Speak each man the truth to his neighbor;
Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;
Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor;
And do not love a false oath.
For all these are things that I hate,’
Says the Lord.”  ~Ezekiel 8:16-17

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I believe it to be a very fair question, even though, there is NO likelihood, nor any probability, of such a thing happening. From an imaginative and horror aspect it is intriguing to expand your imagination to let it run wild, at times, as to not lose that childlike quality. IF you are a Walking Dead fan, then the question posited to all is: How will you act? And if the leader of a group of survivors, how will you lead and rule?

Will you be a cruel relentless leader such as the Governor or Negan? Or will you be a live at peace with all, if possible, as King Ezekiel? Or more of the middle of the road as in the likes of Rick Grimes? Only you can truly decide this matter for yourself! But, in my opinion, this is an excellent exercise in our moral philosophies on life. Will we be willing to truly test ourselves? Or, and I am not a fan of the series, but are you “morally flexible” as in the character Saul in “Better Call Saul”? Think about it…

We each have what we perceive of ourselves as our morally superior self, we all have ourselves depicted as the warrior that is possessed within each of us as well; but are we able to make such “judgments” with respect to our own clan, group or society as it’s leader? “Judgments” which are for “truth, justice, and peace” of the group as a whole ? Of course, we each say yes to this question without any forethought to the actual implication of the question, at large…

…BUT…

could you sentence someone to their death? Could you excommunicate someone from your society or clan for the remainder of their natural lives? Could you make such decisions with such harsh ramifications, both for the people of your clan, society, or community as a whole, for the person of whom is the target of the decision, and for the moral mind set of even yourself? Could you?? I have found, even with my own children and grandchildren, while the decision may be necessary…it can be heart wrenching. And consider the life of another which is held in the balance based upon YOUR decision…could you take or order the taking of another’s life because of what they have done? It is one thing to make judgment on someone who has taken the life of another, or had defiled the life of another (rape & molestation) but what of theft in the zombie apocalypse…could you sentence another to die? Would you excommunicate them, only giving them the chance to join another group and yielding them an opportunity to render a revenging attack on you for the “wrong” you committed against him?

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Would YOU be committed to a moral society, community, or clan? And what would, or could, you do to ensure such a “utopia” or paradise of sorts?

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And to just make matters worse, if that is possible, by seeking to create your utopian society – which everyone seems to like accomplishing without any knowledge of how to do so – we tend to fail miserably at the actual journey of creating said paradise for mankind, in general.

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Without a doubt, we will fight every up-hill battle, regardless of it’s actual value for the society at large, or for our own growth & knowledge. Most of the battles we take on, good or bad, have no value for us, nor any value for our clan or people! This is why it is important to prioritize your needs and resources. Even Jesus spoke of the necessity for determining if you had the resources to go to war or not. (reference: Luke 14:31-33 NIV)

“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

While determining the benefits and welfare of those whom you both serve and care for, you must, at certain points in time, be willing to compromise. Because some of those times when our leaders in the heat of argument and anger, or frustration, tend to get their people into wars that the people had nothing to do with…BUT are forced to send their children into battle for their country’s honor. Remember prior to the time when Saul was made king of Israel? The warning that Samuel gave the Israelites after they desired to have a king:

“This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. ~ 1Samuel 8:10-18 NIV

Our children, and we, will always tend to be food & fodder for wars at the behest of those in charge of the countries at hand…whichever one we happen to be a citizen of at the time!

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But how can you as a leader, as a people, as a society or community or as a clan actually remain as a moral body? You MUST teach, learn, and act from the word of God as an emissary or as an ambassador of Christ and God the Father. It is only through the bible itself that we can learn this and understand this through much prayer! We are but children of God, and brothers to Christ, and vessels for the Holy spirit to accomplish it’s works through, but if we bide our time, learn the word, and apply it diligently in our lives…faith will grow. It was noted that Father Zossima stated, “Love your neighbor, really love him…” and it will really open in your heart the faith that you truly seek. (The original quote escapes me but this was a mish-mash synopsis of it.)

If you are to be a person of God, you will remember this one thing:

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Genuine leadership – leadership with a “little l”, as he puts it, is not conferred by a title, or limited to the executive suite. Rather, it is shown through our everyday actions and the way we influence the lives of those around us. Among the qualities that genuine leaders share:

• Acting with purpose rather than getting bogged down by mindless activity

• Caring about and listening to others

• Looking for ways to encourage the contributions and development of others rather than focusing solely on personal achievements

• Creating a legacy of accomplishment and contribution in everything they do

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…Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace…

Within your clan, society, or community YOU must lead & YOU must judge rightly!

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Mix-N-Match Jesus…the American Way…Right?

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America, land of the free and home of the brave! You can say and believe anything! And it is even better if you can get others to believe the same. America! The home of the right to freedom of speech and religion. But can all that freedom be the undoing of America???

<based upon Challenge or Chapter #6 the case for the real Jesus – 73%>

We are presently, worldwide and not just in America, where we create our own Mix-n-Match Jesus! Think about that for a moment…just consider the facts:

  1. How many sects of Christianity exist in the world today? Latest numbers indicate in excess of 40,000 separate and distinct denominations of Christianity throughout the world. And what, you may ask, does it take to have a “separate and distinctly different denomination”? Just one tenet, just one word change within a tenet or doctrine…Yes, that is all it takes! Comparatively speaking it doesn’t make it much different but due to that one change it makes it more “unique,” if you will.
  2. Some denominations believe in drinking in moderation, as depicted in the bible. Other denominations are quite the opposite where drinking is prohibited because you MAY cause a brother or a sister to stumble in their walk with God. (As is inferred by the writings of the Apostle Paul and the Prophet Ezekiel.) Of course, other denominations have opposing views about marriage, snakes, dancing, and the list goes on and on.
  3. Some believers acknowledge Jesus as being White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestan, Others see Him as a white southern boy with a rebel heart, Others see Him as the Pope (but on a much grander scale), others see Him as a Black man, others as Oriental, and of course now there is the crowd that sees Jesus as not a man but a woman, a queer, a homosexual, or even a transgender person. And let us not forget the ever popular Kanye West’s Book of Yezus! (And I am certain this is not an all inclusive look into the ideologies of all denominations!)

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According to Lee Strobel in his book “The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ”we are, essentially, living in a world of do-it-yourself spirituality. Man reads of God and His commandments, moral doctrines & tenets, laws, etc. And since mankind does not like the way things are, he has to change them for his own good. Because once man changes it, it will make everyone else feel better about themselves. And why does man do this..?..he does this to garner support from others so they too can feel good about themselves. And lo and behold, a new religion is born, a new denomination of Christianity arises. Man seems to think that God is too strict and since mankind as a whole ‘feels’ so bad about himself, which is not good in the eyes of his fellow man. His fellow man changes a few things so his fellow man can feel better about himself. There you have it. A new religion, a new denomination, and a new 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization is born into the world, in order to collect millions from it’s followers.

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If you are tired of feeling bad about yourself…you don’t have to repent and change your ways. NO! You can just become a member of a new organization which says all you want to believe about God…no need in paying attention to what the bible ACTUALLY says about God…it is all about interpretation and sleight of hand! Voilà you have become a new man, or woman, in the eyes of your fellow man in the name of God (the one he fashioned after the desires of your heart!) You may as well have accomplished a lobotomy on yourself.

What is it that I have heard over the years about people’s personal beliefs about God:

  1. God doesn’t really send people to hell.
  2. If God is all good, why is there evil?
  3. God promised me…
  4. God could not possibly exist because there is evil, hate, murder, war, etc.
  5. God is the basis of a religion that judges, why can’t I just be a good person?

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But what most people fail to realize is that God created man to live by His rules and commandments and His word. But as man comes to a point of reality in his own life where God does not quickly and swiftly correct and chastise him for his wrong doing, man becomes bolder and bolder in his actions against God and His will. This separating man from God, man increasingly becomes a god in his own right and in his own mind. All things are permissible when you either believe you are god, or there is no god/God. And we see this truism through the biblical texts of Sodom & Gomorrah, Jonah, the trials of King David, Gideon, Joshua, and others. Man forgets that quick and swift judgment of God is not the same as man’s quick and swift judgment. God can judge you up until your last breath, allowing you the ability to change your evil ways, or after your final breath and grant you eternal judgment; on the other hand, man intends “quick and swift judgment” to mean right after your iniquity is perpetrated, or soon thereafter.

Consider, I implore you, to take God at His word and understand His word. This can only be done through continual lifelong reading and studying. This is a lifelong commitment. And when you read and study the Word of God, you must make it a point to study, and research, the culture and understanding of the words written. And after a time when you have gotten comfortable with that aspect of God’s Word, you might even consider a deeper understanding through the study and research of the Greek, Aramaic, Syriac, and Hebrew writings. By leaning such you will deeply enrich your understanding and the intended meanings of the written Word. An added dimension, if you will.

As a word of warning, do not give in to your base desires to create a mix-n-match Jesus and/or God, but study and research so you will enhance your true understanding of God, God’s meaning of life, and God’s purpose for you in this life. Seek Him and He will be found by YOU!

May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

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Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”~Exodus 14:13-4 NIV

In this passage, I truly like and appreciate the narrative of the NIV Bible! Man, by nature needs to see in order to believe the supernatural and the miracle. As a Christian, and as a Jew, we are called to believe in order for the supernatural and the miracle to transpire and occur. Man limits himself through his skeptical attitudes and absolute lack of faith in the power of God. In fact, man further limits his potential blessings by not researching for himself, or herself, but blindly following the words of others because they sound very authoritative on any particular point or matter on the dogma or doctrines of the church or the tenets espouse within the bible.

Everyone gets so hung up on the infallibility issue with respect to the Word of God. Are we saying that they were perfect men? By no means! David was an adulterer, murderer, liar, and a cover-up artist. Adam could not keep one simple command. Moses disobeyed God’s command. Isaiah ran away from the queen because he feared her threats, despite the proofs God had shown. Matthew was a Tax Collector (they were considered scum by all the respectable Jews in the community.) Saul of Tarsus (the Apostle Paul) was a hunter and killer of all those who followed “the Way.” Peter denied the Christ in order to save his own skin, despite his vehement denial of such an assertion by the Christ, himself. All of the Apostles hid behind closed doors after Jesus’ crucifixion and let the women go to check on the tomb; this all occurred in a cultural time-frame where women’s words were meaningless. But yet their words, initially, are a testament that show the the tomb was emptied.

So if you are a person with questionable faith, low faith, or even no faith…you are, without a doubt, among great company! All men, women, and children waver in their faith at some point in time in their lives, or at every turn on their journey. Everyone is different and handles problems differently. Like anything else, faith is just like your mind or a muscle, where it becomes stronger with use, trial, error, and yes – even failure at times! Your childhood heroes, whether they are basketball players – baseball players – football players – hockey players – wrestlers – etc. and so on…are all failures! Now, think about that for a few moments!!!

Yes, they are all failures. Why do I say this? Because all of those hoops they made, ‘Hail Mary’ passes completed, home-runs made, goals accomplished, or the pins of a lifetime against all the odds…those all came into being because of grueling training where each and every one of them sought to better themselves, accomplish a dream, and to be the absolute best that they could possibly be. Failure occurred 70 or more percent of the time, and yes it was usually more than 70% failure. But each and every one of those childhood heroes of yours stuck with the practice because deep down they knew they could and would get better, in due time!

Well guess what? Your faith works much the same way, in that, while things are going wrong – your faith dictates to you through your heart to not just look at what is happening and become discouraged…but rather, look at the Word of God and seek out His promises for His followers! What did He promise you and me?

  • Never promised an easy life, but did promise an eternal life in His glory!
  • Never promised you a life of wealth and luxury, but a life of hard work and inheritance (physical wealth or spiritual wealth…it is different for all).
  • Yes, there are a number of Millionaires & Billionaires, but there is no promise that you will be wealthy or rich; however, there are various forms of wealth, also this may be a test of your covetousness, eh?
  • You are not promised to be a hero, a great man/woman, nor perfect; BUT you were given the promise that you would be held high in God’s eye by taking every task and treating it as though YOU worked for God Himself as opposed to your boss. (read Colossians 3:22-4:1)

The Word of God says that He has your back, consider taking that to heart! Consider the present trial and tribulation as being a test or learning situation. Perhaps, just perhaps, you had need of learning something very specific, or if you are like me (Irish, a man, and hard headed, lol) you just might take a little longer to learn some of the basic things that ‘other’ people have a tendency to learn a bit quicker…hmmmmm…

I am very partial to this Psalm of David, because it was something that was strongly impressed upon me while in prayer. While I delayed, hemmed and hawed on fulfilling His command, or demand, of me. Something really simple, but me being the lazy person I tend to be and possess few skills or talents (if you will.) All I was to do was to build a simple prayer bench for myself, nothing extravagant. I looked for plans, ideas, and layouts. Then once that was done start cutting the wood, get the screws, and pre-drill, then put it together. Shouldn’t have taken more than a day in real people’s time…several months later, it still was not complete. I just hunkered down and did the work to finish it. But that is not the end…I disobeyed what God told be to do. When God tells you to do something then YOU NEED TO DO IT, NOW! Stop playing around, when YOUR Creator asks or demands something of you…JUST DO IT!

God the Help of Those Who Seek Him

A Song of Ascents.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

~Psalm 121 NKJV

According to Matthew Henry’s Commentary (MHC):

Some call this the soldier’s psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when David was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus trusted God to cover his head in the day of battle. Others call it the traveller’s psalm (for there is nothing in it of military dangers) and think David penned it when he was going abroad, and designed it pro vehiculo—for the carriage, for a good man’s convoy and companion in a journey or voyage. But we need not thus appropriate it; wherever we are, at home or abroad, we are exposed to danger more than we are aware of; and this psalm directs and encourages us to repose ourselves and our confidence in God, and by faith to put ourselves under his protection and commit ourselves to his care, which we must do, with an entire resignation and satisfaction, in singing this psalm.

We are theoretically at the doorstep of fear daily, if you read the Psalm and its basic meaning by MHC. We could potentially be killed  by any number of possibilities, or by others, or by any freak accident on the road while on our way to work, or to the store. But we are to look to God, look up to Him because 1) He created us, 2) He supplies all out help and assistance, and 3) He promises to preserve  us from all evil by preserving our soul for all eternity.

Just as the miracles of the Israelite’s occurred while escaping the Egyptians, similar miracles could happen to protect you daily. Unfortunately, it is the problem of the lack of faith of man that Jesus was unable to perform miracles in His own hometown.

Just remember: The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

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

 

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