Who Knows What the Tide Could Bring?

A powerful monologue for those troubled times in our lives, we have all had those moments. Just admit that to yourself and then think on it for a little while! In our darkest moments, in the deepest recesses of our minds and our intellect, we will not have hope and all will be dismal and dank. We may even do something stupid and against our nature, and we will fail at that attempt. Why is that?

God has more for us! More challenges and more failures, or non-successes or “success challenges” (to be PC.) God has something greater for us, a task to complete which will glorify Him in no uncertain terms! But sometimes all these failures and problems before us are just simple wake-up calls to our spirit, our mind, our human nature…because so many of us have forgotten to speak and pray to God. We need to make a greater effort to pray to Him who created each and everyone of us! It takes time, which so many of us refuse to part with because we are so busy. Guess what? We should always, ALWAYS be thankful to our Creator! ALWAYS!

We so often don’t get our way, but then we turn always from Him. We really need to steer clear of being spoiled brats in His sight. Because one day it will bite each and every one of us in the butt. As we owe Him; honor, blessings, tribute, etc. If it were not for Him we would not have an existence. Regardless of what is happening in your life, as well as mine, troubles and trials come our way to test our resolve, our faith, our hopes, our beliefs. But remember this:

…that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust… ~Matthew 5:45 NKJV

>AND<

Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity? ~Job 2:9-10 NKJV

Keep these thoughts in your mind. Man is equal before God. The sun rises upon his head and the rain falls upon his head. All so much, the very same! The righteous gain riches by following God’s mandates, yet this is not promised to all of us, now is it?? No, as we are simply promised a life of toil and the only guarantee we have is if stay true to God to the very end…we will be rewarded with a judgement by God permitting us to enter into heaven’s glory radiated by God and Jesus Himself.

…Yet man is born to trouble ~Job 5:7 NKJV

How do we know all of this stuff? Simple, the spirit of God within us all, granted at our birth:

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. ~Genesis 2:7 NKJV

>AND<

The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. ~Job 33:4 NKJV

And through that blessing of birth and endowment of the spirit of God

But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. ~Job 32:8 NKJV

we are also granted many bits & pieces of knowledge that other cannot know because they have turned their backs on God and God’s ways of life.

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

And at times, we screw up and are separated from God’s voice. Because God cannot be associated with evil and wickedness. It is that simple! The prophet Isaiah told us, and I have mentioned this before in other postings:

But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear. ~Isaiah 59:2 NKJV

But this is why David was the man after God’s own heart, the apple of God’s eye (if you will); this is because despite his evil nature as a man and all the temptation which he succumbed to, when he was faced with his guilt and evil nature…he ALWAYS sought God’s forgiveness! He always returned to God, knowing that God was the reason for all his blessings and conquests. We tend to forget such things. This was why, when pressed, Jesus answered:

“I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” ~Matthew 18:22 NKJV

We must forgive and be compassionate to those who have sinned against us. And in turn, God will grant us the same forgiveness. Even though, we are often not deserving of such forgiveness! (refer to The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant)

None of us knows what the tide could bring, each day is a new adventure (so-to-say). Each and every time we open our eyelids and find ourselves on the cleans side of the grass we could be presented with opportunities beyond our wildest dreams, or just sheer havoc; the blessing of a newborn child, or grandchild…, or a death sentence, or a long road of recovery. We each have a path which each of us must follow, but how we follow that path is strictly on us, no one else. We must either choose the path where we will follow the faith in which we hold our trust, and the God who promises to be with us in both the good and the bad times by never forsaking us. Remember but one promise:

…For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~Hebrew 13:5 NKJV , ~Deuteronomy 31:6,8 NKJV, ~Joshua 1:5 NKJV

Or we can choose to forsake the God that Created us, turn our backs on Him out of our anger for something we do not believe we deserve. Keep in mind that all sin is equal before God’s Judgement:

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.~James 2:10-11 NKJV

dont-worry-theres-always-tomorrowAnd guess what else? We often push off and pawn off our decisions until a later date, because we always belief we will have more time later. Friends, let me tell you this: DON’T PUSH OFF THESE IMPORTANT DECISIONS! You may not have the time you think you have. Judgement, death, the second coming, etc., all have one thing in common: They all come as a thief in the night, you do not know when nor what time of night it comes. But it will come when you least expect it! Remember the old adage: Don’t worry, there is always tomorrow…or is there?

We each mismanage our lives in differing ways, but the most common is through procrastination! Think about that for a little while…how many decision have you put off until later?…and then, later becomes even later? Take a more wise and proactive roll in your life, financially, spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, etc.

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May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

 

Why We Must Remember the Lord Our God

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And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.~Deuteronomy 8:2 NKJV

Deuteronomy 8 is rather profound in it’s teaching. It was from this chapter of the Old Testament that Jesus replied to the first of the three temptations of the evil one during His time in the desert. Do you remember?

…man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. ~Deuteronomy 8:3 NKJV

Remember what Jesus told the tempting spirit? Read Matthew 4:3-4!

We must know the accomplishments of God and all that He has done in order for us to honor and revere Him. We should be teaching our children these things. But as people move along in life and work harder, more overtime, more children, the spouse gets a job, etc. Man tends to forget the God that Created him. Why? Because man becomes too busy to live, survive, pay bills, pay his taxes, etc. We as the species of man are trained through commercials to spend more than we take in, get loans for those important purchases, such as cars & houses. Why is this? I suspect and believe that in order to kick God out of our lives the government needs to take God’s place. This is done by increasing your burden. How can a government do such a thing? They do so through the increase in taxes, through mandating healthcare, backing corporations which will push their products or the government can push their products through the Commerce Department, and other methods as such.

We have been brought up to have what we want NOW! Cost be damned! Have now, bratspay later, mentality for all. By promoting such a thing throughout our society, money, jobs, positions, etc. become our gods and idols of worship. Children are being taught to desire things NOW. Just recently, I was speaking with someone about an 8 or 9 year old child with a smartphone…call me old fashioned, but kids don’t need them! Children are getting away with murder, comparatively speaking to when I was growing up. Throw a tantrum, your butt was beat red. Not in an abusive way, but a corrective way. Unfortunately, children advocates, teachers and the courts have been taking people to task on this subject. Again, unfortunately, it has gotten to such a point where if you look at your child cross-eyed you could be on the receiving end of litigation.

Teacher Allegedly Banned Students From Wearing Crosses in a Tampa Florida school. Why? Because she noted that they were “gang symbols” and of course it went against her LGBT agenda which she promoted. Sadly, our teachers should only be teaching our children, not indoctrinating them! It is not their place to instill such ideologies in their minds, but rather challenge them to think, critically.

 Another problem in the parenting issue, is the fact that families don’t break bread anymore…you know dine together. “How was your day, today?” And other conversation events. Kids hardly have time for food anymore, because they are so into their computer reality games with 3D visual effects. We as parents have dropped the ball!

We should be praying together, talking together, being more open, teaching our children in the matters of importance. Lets face it…school is not the end all be all of life. They are not preparing our children for the life to come. We have a part in this. We must teach them of the greatness of our God and Creator. We must show them and teach them the morals taught to us through the Bible. Aid them to apply these new found notions. As they grow older, grant them a little leeway with decision making skills.

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We as parents are our children’s first sight of how God deals with us. YEAH, read that again! As parents, we have a very heavy burden placed squarely upon our shoulders. Our children learn their morals from us, they develop many tasks, which they will carry on into their parenting lives. By how we teach and act toward our kids, we are possessed with the potential of teaching even our children’s children’s children. (Yes, you figured it out…our great-grand-children!) Our children must learn to take a stance against much of this newly founded “trans-” lifestyle choices. You know, such as: Transgender…Transracial…Transabled… Guess what comes next?

We as parents are charged with developing the moral fiber of our children, teachers are to and can help…but they are not to hinder. God passed on to us the mandates that we are to teach our children in all aspects of the Laws of God, the Word of God, the Greatness of God, the Morals that God desires us to follow and stand up for. We have permitted the government to take so many obligations from our shoulders and place these mandates on to the school officials. That is wrong.

We as parents should take back the schools and the local and federal government. NOW HEAR ME & DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND ME! We must do so through the ballot box. We MUST vote each and every voting cycle…like it or not, apathy is what cause a low number of registered voters from showing up at the polls. By following the laws, by forcing a change in the bad laws, and if needs be fire some people. One of my greatest pet peeves is the fact that bad teachers remain on a payroll, just like many bad politicians remain in office. This country was founded upon our rights and liberties…which, through apathy of the American people, have been widdled away at and are dwindling away daily!

There is a US Supreme Court case which states:

…the first official act of this nation declared the foundation of government in these words:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident***.”  While such declaration of principles may not have the force of organic law, or be made the basis of judicial decision as to the limits of right and duty, and while in all cases reference must be had to the organic law of the nation for such limits, yet the latter is but the body and the letter of which the former is the thought and the spirit, and it is always safe to read the letter of the constitution in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence.”  – US Supreme Court, majority opinion; Gulf, Colorado & Sante Fe Railroad Co. v Ellis, 165 U.S. 150, 159-160 (1897)

Think about that for a moment! Our US Supreme Court Justices have been taking away our rights and liberties through a mis-reading and mis-construing the US Constitution and thereby eroding our country and its meaning through opinion and law, not by use of the amending process provided for by the US Constitution itself. But by God’s grace and by realigning ourselves with God and by voting for those who are Godly (which is a tough one, because they all act as godly people until they take office…) We, as a nation…ONE TRUE NATION, need to turn toward God and need to do more praying. But even Israel had failed God time and again, and God forgave them and brought them through some great trials and tribulations.

I hope you enjoyed this little rant on just a few of the reasons we need to remember the Lord our God…if it makes you feel any better…I enjoyed the rant!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

 

 

Forgiveness & Punishment

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Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”

And Moses said to the Lord: “Then the Egyptians will hear it, for by Your might You brought these people up from among them, and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are among these people; that You, Lord, are seen face to face and Your cloud stands above them, and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. Now if You kill these people as one man, then the nations which have heard of Your fame will speak, saying, ‘Because the Lord was not able to bring this people to the land which He swore to give them, therefore He killed them in the wilderness.’  And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying,  ‘The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation. Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”

Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice,  they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it. But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.  Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.” ~Numbers 14:11-25 NKJV

Even though God forgave the Israelites at the behest of Moses, He still knew that this choicespresent generation (20 years of age and older are considered adults in the eyes of the Old testament.) Even though man is forgiven his transgression and iniquities which he has committed, He still must receive punishment and chastisement for them. We are not immune from the judgment of God.

Even though, we as followers of Christ, believers in the Lord Jesus, and are saved by the grace of God…we are also sinful men who always remain in the nature of man, i.e. sinful and evil. Otherwise, under the grace of salvation of the One True God through the Lord Jesus the Christ, we would no longer possess our greatest gift and curse…choice. There are those who believe, choices1“Once saved always saved.” I, of course, do not believe this and believe it to be a misinterpretation of the biblical doctrine. To follow Jesus and live under God’s laws and commandments is, and always will be, a choice. A momentary, daily, weekly, annual, and life choice with eternal consequences. If we are, “Once saved always saved,” what prevents any of us from choosing to do evil? Think on that! Because if we are in such a state of grace by God, and at such a point in time that we cannot do any wrong that we lose our salvation, then we are free to do as we please…much as a heathen or hedonist. Throughout the Psalms and all that was written on King David, we see, despite his being a man after God’s own heart, the apple of His eye, he also knew that he was in constant danger of judgment by his own Creator. We are much in the same boat, if you will.

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All throughout the biblical text, we are constantly in a struggle of good versus evil. We are steeped in evil from our youth and when we face the music and see our path is going in the wrong direction we then seek to better ourselves. With that said, we tend to screw-up and revert back to our old selves. Which, regardless of how you look at it, is a choice; whether it is coaxed, cajoled, enticed, lured, or guided…you chose to give in to the “dark side”! (Sorry, couldn’t help the STAR WARS pun! lol)

While reading Stu Weber’s book SPIRIT WARRIORS, I came across this tid-bit:

“The Bible teaches that homosexual behavior is wrong and sinful, but it never holds a demon accountable for it. It is a human sin and a clear human responsibility, not a demonic problem.” page 141

It is very true that not just homosexual behavior is wrong & sinful in God’s eyes, but I will go one step further by saying that anything going against the Commandments of God are wrong & sinful in God’s eyes! After all, they are NOT the Ten Suggestions, are they??

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Forgiveness and punishment go hand in hand, God, our parents, brothers, sisters, friends, etc. will forgive us if they are true. God is always true, but we must be true in our hearts and He can see our hearts. But eventually we will be punished for out life of wrongs as there are consequences for our actions…each and every one of them.

For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil. ~Ecclesiastes 12:14 NKJV

While this is from the Book of Ecclesiastes, a poetical book of wisdom, and if the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom…wouldn’t it be wise to pay attention to to the wisdom passed on to us from those generations from days long gone by? Especially if that wisdom was, in-fact, inspired by God as put forth in the Epistle of 2 Timothy?

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. ~2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV

While we may have been forgiven of all our sins, our punishment may be a lower positioning in the heavenly realm – as inspired by Dante Alighieri’s  Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise and the multiple levels and stations within each of those realms.

What we as the species of man fail to either remember or understand is the fact that when we do something wrong, something must compensate for such wrongness and iniquity. Until we get right with God by asking His forgiveness – we are separated from God until we recognize we did such and admit to such. We are reminded that:

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. ~Isaiah 59:2 NKJV

But we are also reminded that when we cry out to God from our perceived grave of separation from God, that He will hear our cries and pleas in the Book of Jonah:

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. And he said: “I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, And He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
And You heard my voice…So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. ~Jonah 2:1-2, 10 NKJV

There are many of you out there that will disagree with my belief, or assessment, be that as it may as I have stated several times throughout my writings…DO NOT TRUST ME OR ANYONE ELSE…VERIFY WHAT IS SPOKEN TO YOU AND ENSURE WHAT IS TAUGHT TO YOU IS ASCRIBED TO IN THE BIBLE!

Understand this, if nothing else is taken away from any of my writings, that YOU as well as I and everyone else were commanded to and commissioned by Jesus to:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. ~Matthew 22:37 NKJV

What this means to all of us is we are to use our intellect and reason to understand and our hearts share with others and our souls as an umbilical cord to God in order to understand what is being taught to us. We are to pass this information on to (The Great Commission) our fellow man, our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors in order to help guide them to salvation. In so doing, we are to follow the command of Jesus to love our neighbor as ourselves, as spoken in The Great Commandment and of the Old Testament Great Commandment. So, do you think we can uphold the two commands of Jesus which were a synopsis of 10 commandments and numerous laws? Man being steeped in evil from his youth it is not likely as we will fail time and again…BUT God is Great and will forgive us if our hearts are truly repentant!

Hope you enjoyed this one…God Bless you all!

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

‘Tis the Season

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Once Thanksgiving dinner is over with, the cleaning up is complete, perhaps a little resting, the Black Friday abuse is over with and recovered from…it truly is a feeling of “’tis the season” moment! As believers in the Most High God, His loving Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit we should always be “in” that mood of “’tis the season” mindset. We are to be in the ever forgiving mood of our enemies, the ever loving of our neighbors, the always willing to give the shirt off our backs for those in need, etc. Jesus taught these things to all mankind…every person he came in contact with; whether high or low position in their lives. I, myself, have not been shopping on a Black Friday in many years, because it is like suicide by customer shopping. It is truly not the Christmas seasons and shopping experiences that I had when I was a kid; though I am certain that it was a little more festive shopping 40 years ago. People have lost the true Spirit of Christmas over the years. It is truly sad!

On a more positive note, we can each make that little bit of difference in the lives of everyone else simply by carrying on that little bit of Spirit in your lives while out shopping. Say “Merry Christmas” with a bit of a warm smile. Kindness truly can be spread easily and without personal pain. Just in that simple little act. Put the needs of another ahead of yourself; your wife, your husband, your son, your daughter, or a complete stranger. Just help them in some small way. Maybe they are having a meltdown and need a break; perhaps having a tough time and need to get something off their chest; the list can truly be endless. And I will not even get into the corporatizing of the Christmas holiday, THAT would be a completely different blog posting!

You may ask why would that be during the holiday season? The holiday season it the greatest time of pressure; whether it be personally imposed, work imposed, relative imposed, etc. The Christmas season is the highest known time where people think about, contemplate, and commit suicide.

Here are some numbers on Suicide, in general:
  • Suicide is the 10 th leading cause of death in the US
  • Each year 42,773 Americans die by suicide
  • For every suicide 25 attempt, and
  • Suicide costs the US $ 44  Billion annually. (AFFSP, 2016)
Some Additional Facts About Suicide in the US:

  • The annual age-adjusted suicide rate is 12.93 per 100,000 individuals.
  • Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women.
  • On average, there are 117 suicides per day.
  • White males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2014.
  • Firearms account for almost 50% of all suicides.
  • The rate of suicide is highest in middle age — white men in particular. (AFFSP, 2016)

Overall, the statistics show that between the years 1999-2014 that suicide has risen 24%. Which is both a travesty on a human level, but also understandable as the population has grown so do the potentiality of such travesties increase. While I cannot understand the reasoning to take one’s own life, it must be understood that the person thinking that to take their life is the best possible solution is very real to them at that time…if not for a period of time! It is truly sad and very devastating to the surviving family members. There are those in your daily walk where you have the potential of crossing the path of someone who has chosen or is planning to choose to take their life. You may even be the catalyst of their decision (without meaning to be so).

There are six reasons that people decide to commit suicide:

  1. They’re depressed
  2. They’re psychotic
  3. They’re impulsive
  4. They’re crying out for help
  5. They have a philosophical desire to die
  6. They’ve made a mistake

God’s word can guide each of us to help those in need, this season, by remembering the reason for the season! Many teens struggle with such thoughts. A multitude of veterans returning from hot zones & those undiagnosed from Vietnam and other conflicts still struggle. Be aware of those who are out there that seek their own demise as an answer.

For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil,  in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.  But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them,  I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.  I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;  that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” ~Deuteronomy 30:11-20 NKJV

We know the reason for the season is Jesus, because we celebrate His birth. We also remember His death on the cross where He suffered for our sins…the sins of the world! (John 1:29) Here are some other verses that indicate the wrongfulness of suicide in the Bible: 70 Bible Verses on Suicide.

While there is no proof that being kind to, or even loving our neighbor, or putting them first in your life will prevent even a single potential suicide; isn’t it worth a try? After all, as one person you can do so very little to effect change in the world…but you are ONE person and you can do SOMETHING! Even if that something is just being nice to those you come in contact with.

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

Let’s face it, none of us are in Gods will, as we’re all sinners!

sinners1I was reading a book on leadership by Billy Graham. He was speaking about an incident in which he inferred that Ruth’s father (his father-in-law) was not saved because of his denomination, i.e. due to the beliefs and tenets upon which this religion was based. Which, in my mind brought up an interesting point: Who are we to that one is, or is not saved? After all, don’t we all sin? Isn’t it written:

There is none who does good, No, not one.” ~Psalm 14:3

Hence, we are all sinners and doers of evil. Also, it is written in the book of Genesis:

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

There is a meme running around on Facebook which states, quite truthfully really:

sin-differently

There are other variations, but I believe they make a very valid point. Although, to a degree, it is taken out of context within ourselves. One of the commands given to us (within the laws) is this:

you shall put away the evil from among you.” ~Deuteronomy 17:7

However, I read this not as a community or societal action of primary importance, but of secondary importance. The primary importance is placed upon “you”, of course this is my opinion. But think on this for a moment, When God was speaking to Cain, and it was said:

If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”” ~Genesis 4:7

God was speaking directly to Cain, and for that matter…each and every one of us. We must control our own urges, desires, our sinful natures. We must place them under our control. Or more to the point, we must submit ourselves to God’s sovereignty. We must emulate the Christ in our everyday lives. In the midst of temptation, we need to be screaming out to God for His guidance and help. But all too often, we just give in to our sinful natures. Why? Firstly, because it is easier to sin and ask for forgiveness later. Secondly, because following God’s ways of righteousness, and spiritual revival within our hearts is, quite frankly too damned hard. These answers may surprise you. They may even astound you. But in our hearts you know you have felt that way, or some manner like it!

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.” ~1John 5:3

While God’s commandments are not burdensome in and of themselves, we make it much harder than it ought to be, because let’s face it…we want a simple and easy life. But we also know that easy and simple is not what we were promised. Anything good takes an amount of effort, sometimes more than we can bear…but God is willing to add to us the blessings of accomplishment if we will only try without ceasing! God will have your back and He will support you, and me. But we need to do our part. If you want a better world, society, community, country…you have to spread the word and message of God as it was given to us in 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.” ~Matthew 28:19-20

There is no such a thing as an inappropriate audience, because everyone needs to hear it…we were told to pass on the word! There is no such thing as an inappropriate time; although, there are better opportunities than other. But God will guide you in these matters.

Get into some quiet time with Him and seriously pray. Talk to Him. Listen for His voice. Seek His wisdom! For it is not until we fully and completely turn ourselves over to our Creator and to Jesus, that we will continue to be tempted. Unfortunately for all of us, it will not stop there, because we will be attacked by our temptations even more so until that time when we get hold of our carnal natures and God firmly has a grasp of us; thereby acknowledging that we have completely trusted in Him and Him alone for our eternal lives!

While we know that we “…can do all things through Christ who strengthens…” us (Philippians 4:13), intellectually; but many of us fail miserably with our spiritual understanding and truths! We can all use work on such things. This promise has such profound meaning, spiritually…but we all seem to rest on earthly meanings and descriptions. What is wrong with this picture? Like anything else in life…we are afraid. Afraid to stretch our faith a little bit further. We are afraid to stretch our limits just a little bit more. We as man have a nasty habit of fearing the unknown, but it is in the unknown where God seeks to take us; thereby enabling us all to spread our wings, so-to-say, and perhaps even test our fortitude. Through such testing, we build our character, integrity, mental acuity & strength, and other such valuable traits which will allow us to fulfill our purpose for our God!

We are sinners at our heart, our imagination, and at our baser instincts. But we can also be forgiven for all our sinfulness, we just have to ask for that gift. God freely offers each of us…all of us…the forgiveness we desire & need. It is out there for all, to be had by all, but you (we) need to change, truly desire to change ourselves. We also need to learn to control ourselves, our base instincts, rule over our sinful nature, etc.

Believe it, or not, God does desire to see each and every one of us in heaven; however, He wants each and every one of us to choose to submit ourselves to Him and His rule over our lives. People often think God is a heartless, megalomaniacal, egomaniac…along with numerous other descriptive terms. But the fact of the matter is that God created you and He loves you.Therefore, you are His property and He can do whatever He wishes with or to you.

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

The question is, or remains to be, What are you willing to do for such love shown to you? God gave you the breath of Life, the gift of Choice, and the passions that are in your heart (at least the good ones!) YOU must rule over all of the bad thoughts and sinfulness within yourself. With God’s guidance and help you can do all things, both within and without yourselves.

Keep the faith and God will keep the promises. We are all sinners at heart, but what YOU do with that free bit of knowledge is all on YOU. Are you wise or knowledgeable? Prove your wisdom by applying the knowledge you gain from the bible toward the ruling over your carnal and sinful nature, this will get you farther in life than anything else from an ethical standpoint. Many will judge you on how you act, and they do so daily whether you notice it or not. Here is a nickel’s worth of free advice: What you do in secret should match what you do in your public life. Most people’s secret & public lives are diametrically opposed or contradictory. Train, or rule, yourself to where you are ethical and good in both secret, as well as, public!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

God is Just

All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.” ~2Thessalonians 1:5-10 NIV

Just

There is much in this passage to be mulled over; however, the message that we need to take from it is that GOD IS JUST. Not just sometimes, not just most of the time, but all of the time. His judgements are based upon His ability to view the past, the present, and see all the way into the future of mankind and thereby determine that His judgement on any particular act is just and proper based upon morally sufficient reasons. God does not make heat of the moment decisions, they are morally sound and proper decisions. Those who have been judged guilty in His eyes we so done due to the fact that the evil needed to be punished and that NOW was the time. Those who are not judged guilty were so done due to sufficient reasons and future events that either they were to play a part, or a decision they were to make; thereby, turning their life over to Christ.

Gods view1God sees all things from beginning to end as one all encompassing picture, much like a panoramic view photograph. The only difference is that this picture has every detail written in place. In comparison, we can see a snapshot of something but we, being deletion creatures, pay no attention to specific things within the content. Although, we do spend much of our energy on very specific aspects of any particular photograph. God sees it all, takes it all in, and measures everything with respect to its representative perspective, or the point of view.

In other words: God sees us how we are, right now. God sees us how we were in our past. God sees us how we will be in our future. Knowing full well what decisions we will make. Knowing what paths we will take. He sees all our right turns and wrong turns. He is with us every step of the way. He communicates with us through the words in the Bible, through the Holy Spirit which was accepted by each of us when we turned our lives over to faith under fireChrist and received our salvation.

Our faith in His judgement and His decisions is constantly under fire. We are always filled with doubts and are asking questions of ourselves which can only increase our doubt and lessen our faith; again, thereby, turning us from our confidence in God’s ability to do just what needs to be done despite what we think! We must possess such a faith that if we receive what we ask we should feel ultimately blessed. On the other hand, if we do not receive what we desire…we should also feel blessed because God is either saying, “NO!” or He is saying, “Not yet, my child!”

We are ever filled with high hopes and beliefs of wealth, carefree lives, and living a fairy tale. Guess what? Without meaning to burst your bubbles, we were promised a blessed life if we obey. But we were also promised troubles and turmoil throughout our lives.

Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble. They spring up like flowers and wither away; like fleeting shadows, they do not endure.” ~Job 14:1-2

Let’s face, none of us are perfect; and hence, we have not honestly obeyed God and His commandments! On the other hand, if we changed our faith and belief in God to be perfect and just, then our perspective on all these things will change, as well. We would be able to see these things that happen to us as they should be and are…God’s perfect and just decision. Nothing is wrong, it simply is as it should be…HIS WAY!

Just because things are not going our way, the way we believe it should be – does not mean we are out of God’s will. Even when we are getting everything we want, this also does not prove we are in God’s will. Sometimes we are tested to see if we will fall down and get back up again. There are those other times where we are given comfort and temporal success to keep us from truly seeking God’s will. I am presently reading Billy Graham’s book “THE JOURNEY” in which he stated:

The Holy Spirit has been given to help us become more like Christ. We cannot become more like Christ on our own; we need God’s help. And He has given us His help by sending us His Holy Spirit.”

Being a follower of Christ is not for wimps or the faint of heart, it is for those who are strong in spirit and faith! When you have any doubts about God’s will for you…You, and I, are to be more like Christ Jesus! Will you fail? If you are like me…YES, you will! But you need to get back up and dust yourself off and start at it again. Much like your career at Gods view2walking. When you fell, you got back up and tried it again and again until you finally did it correctly. Then you learned to perfect it by placing your own twist on it. That same mindset was carried on into other aspect of your life: Riding a bike, talking, your physical prowess in sports, etc. This is that Spirit…of workmanship which God has blessed you with!

The only way to emulate Christ is to focus on Christ, His teachings, His interactions, and how He acted among us. This is what we need to cast our eyes on, the goal we should seek, and it should be our understood expectation for God’s will in our lives. Just think…with more of Christ in our lives there may be less war, crime, etc. occurring in this world…just a thought! Also, consider the fact that God will judge everyone who has treated you shamefully and that you responded to them in kindness and out of love. Trust and believe that God will take care of all these things. This is but another facet of our focus and faith!

May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD