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Time and Tide by violscraper

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Have you ever heard the expression, “Time and tide wait for no man?”  If you really think about it, it’s quite a profound statement – and so very true.  Simply put, it means that just as we cannot stop the tide from rising, we cannot stop time from advancing – no matter how much we may want to.  Eventually, both will catch up and overtake us.

Let’s say, for example, we’re at the beach, and we decide to see how far we can walk out into the ocean before we can no longer keep our heads above water.  This particular beach actually has low areas as well as high areas of sand bars below the surface of the water, and we’ve actually encountered quite a few on our way out, which is quite a considerable distance.  However, we are totally oblivious to the fact that the tide is now starting to come in, and the water level is rising.  We’re safe for the time being on a high area of sand – but if we try and walk back to the shore, there are areas that are now too deep to keep our heads above water.  Unfortunately, not all of us are good swimmers, and we’re not wearing life jackets.  But thankfully, this scenario has a happy ending because there are life guards at the beach who see our predicament and paddle out on bodyboards with lifesavers attached to rescue us.

Just as the tide is no respecter of persons, and it doesn’t care that you are stranded far out in the ocean and in danger of drowning, time is no respecter of persons, either.  Everybody’s going to die sooner or later (Hebrews 9:27), and none of us knows exactly when that time will be.  Most people think they’re going to live to be old and gray.  But for many, that’s not always the case.

None of us are promised tomorrow.  I’m sure all would agree with this statement.  But how many of us are ready to face what lies beyond death when it finally does catch up with us?  How many reading this know for sure that when death does come knocking on your door, you have a “Life Saver” who is able to rescue you from eternal death?

Just as the tide will not wait for us to get to higher ground if we are trapped in a low-lying area, death will not wait for us if it’s our time to leave this earth.  Just as we would need a life saver to help keep us from drowning if tide waters do overtake us, we need a Savior to rescue us from eternal death once our time on this earth comes to an end.  And we have such a Savior.  His name is Jesus Christ.  Learn more about Him in the article entitled “Who is Jesus Christ?” at GotQuestions.org.  Be blessed.

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German Box for Board Games Wikicommons Walters 7193

After the game, the king and the pawn

go into the same box.

~ Italian Proverb

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In the game of chess, the players strategize to corner or checkmate the opposing side’s king.  Many pieces are used in order to do this – some more expendable than others.  At the bottom of importance is the lowly pawn.  But even though the king is the most valuable piece and the pawn is the least valuable, after the game ends, the fate of both is the same.  They both are placed in the same box.

Such is the case in real life.  All people – whether kings or commoners, rich or poor, famous or obscure – all will have the same fate one day.  We all will die.  Death is no respecter of persons…and neither is God. (Colossians 3:25)

We’re all made of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7), and no human life is more valuable than any other to God.  We are all made in His image and He loves us so much that He sent His Son to this earth to save us from the punishment of sin, which is eternal death.  (John 3:16)  He did this by becoming the perfect human sacrifice and shedding His blood to cover our sins because “without the shedding of blood, there is no remission” or forgiveness of sins.  (Hebrews 9:22)  He had to do this because the blood of animals could not permanently erase sin.  Only the blood of a perfect human being, without sin or blemish, could satisfy once and for all the requirements for permanently blotting out the sins of mankind.  This perfect human being is named Jesus Christ.  (Read all of Hebrews Chapter 9 for a thorough explanation of this.) 

Whether you’re a king or just a regular person, if you confess to God that you are a sinner and believe that His Son, Jesus, died on the cross to cover your sins, then when the day comes when you die and are placed in a box, you’ll have the assurance that you will have eternal life with God and not have to face an eternal death of unimaginable horrors.  The choice is yours.

Just something to think about…

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People have many different ways in which they view the world.  There’s a wide diversity of thoughts on this matter ranging from the extremely liberal to the ultra-conservative.  Have you ever sat down and actually mapped out where you fit on this vast worldview spectrum?  Have you ever wondered, “Does it really matter?”

In this article, we’ll examine what exactly constitutes a worldview, some of the contrasting points of view regarding this, and what that means to us personally in the grand scheme of things.  This should help us to pinpoint where we stand in our individual worldview beliefs.

Let’s start by defining worldview.  Simply put, it is how we see the world.  However, a deeper explanation would be “the core beliefs in every individual that steer their thoughts and responses about any given matter.”  For instance, why do some people believe that abortion is okay when other people believe that it’s not?  It’s because of their deeply ingrained beliefs about human life, what it really is, when it begins, and a whole myriad of other variables thrown in that make up the sum total of their beliefs on this matter.

Another good example would be why some people believe that there’s nothing wrong with homosexuality while others believe it’s a sin.  Once again, this is because each side has a different core belief about human life, its origins, its purpose, and a great deal of other reasons behind their final conclusion into this matter.

Even people who have similar religious beliefs can have diverse points of view on the worldview spectrum.  These diversities all boil down to how they interpret their particular religious writings.  This is where the different denominations and sects originate within the various religions.

So with all the differing cultural, religious, and ethical backgrounds that form the various worldviews that exist today, who’s to say which is right or wrong?  What standard should be used to measure this?

It is this writer’s belief that the only standard that should be used is that of the One who created the world and everything in it – and that One is none other than God.  It only makes sense that if someone makes something, then they would be the best authority on its care.  For example, if you make an article of clothing, then you are the person to ask about how to best care for that clothing.   It would be ridiculous to ask the clothing for instructions on caring for itself.

Likewise, God knows what’s best for us and everything else He created.  And He also knows how He intended things to be in the beginning before everything got corrupted by a cunning and crafty being known as Satan, the devil.  The Bible says that he “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (I Peter 5:8)  And he devours people mainly by the lies that he sets up in their minds; lies such as, there is no God… there is no Heaven or Hell… there’s no such thing as a devil… and many other false beliefs that he’s succeeded in perpetuating throughout society.  (Read more about this master deceiver here.)

So does it really matter what our worldview is?  If there truly is a God who created the world and everything in it – and there is – then it most definitely matters that our worldview lines up with His.  Otherwise, we have an adversarial worldview which is in line with the lies that the devil has perpetuated.  And this has grave consequences.  (Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. ~ Matthew 25:41)

Of course, there are some reading this who don’t believe in God and would beg to differ that our individual view of the world matters.  If this describes you, then once again, you may want to check out the link above to see if there’s even the slightest possibility that you are being deceived into thinking the way that you do.  Wouldn’t you want to know if you are?

Ultimately, we are all responsible for making up our own minds.  And some of us are responsible for influencing impressionable little minds who trust us to tell them the truth.  We should make sure we’re believing the right things; not only for ourselves, but also for them.  (Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6)

So what is your worldview?

Below is a flowchart from Feva Ministries that will give you a general idea of the fundamental beliefs on which your view of the world is based.  Hopefully, this will inspire you to delve into why you believe the things you do.  Did you learn your beliefs from others – or did you come up with them yourself?  If from others, are you absolutely sure they’re right?  If they’re wrong, what’s the worst thing that could happen to you?

Anyway, have fun with the flowchart, and be very blessed!

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 For an explanation of your basic worldview according to the chart above, please refer to the following:  http://www.feva.org/pdf/wv_sum.pdf.

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Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” ~ Genesis 3:1-4

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That’s the oldest trick in human history!  The serpent convinced Eve that what God had told her husband, Adam, wasn’t true.  God had given him very specific instructions about which trees in the Garden of Eden could be used for food.  He told him that the fruit from all of the trees, except for one, could be eaten.  He also told him that if he disobeyed and ate of this one forbidden tree, then he would surely die. (Genesis 2:15-17)  Apparently, Adam had relayed this information to Eve and she understood the parameters perfectly.

But the serpent – also known as Satan the devil – deceived her by putting doubts in her mind about the truthfulness of God’s words.  And you know, he’s using the same old deception with humans today – convincing the great majority that God’s words in the Bible are not true.

For instance, God tells us in the Bible that He created the universe and everything in it in six days.  He then gives us the genealogies of people down through the ages, starting with the first man, Adam.  And according to the sum of these genealogies along with historical records since the Bible was completed, the earth (and the universe) is only about 6,000 years old. 

But secular science tells us that the universe is billions and billions of years old and that it started from nothing…and then the “nothing” went BANG!…and all the planets, stars, galaxies, etc., just happened to evolve along with life.  Not only is this logically impossible, but it contradicts science which states that “matter can neither be created nor destroyed.”  Interestingly, this belief is also in total opposition to what God tells us in the Bible.  What, or who, could’ve introduced this into the minds of otherwise intelligent human beings?

God tells us in the Bible that we have an adversary, Satan the devil, who “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)  He does this mainly by putting thoughts that are contrary to scripture into the minds of unsuspecting people.  Most people don’t even believe there is a devil (another one of his deceptions) and so they just accept these thoughts as their own.  How clever of him!  He battles us in our minds, and he knows that people can’t fight a battle that they don’t even realize is happening.

God also tells us that Satan is “a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)  He’s the one who lied to Eve in the beginning and continues to lie to humans today.   He even lied to and deceived one-third of the angels into revolting against God in the distant past.  He was actually able to convince them that they could succeed in overthrowing the God of the universe – to their ultimate peril.  He’s obviously very good at what he does.

Satan even had the audacity to try and deceive Jesus Christ while He was here on earth.  He came to Jesus during a time that He had been fasting in the wilderness for 40 days and nights.  No doubt Jesus was very weak and hungry, and Satan saw this as His opportunity to make Him fall.   The following passage from Matthew 4:1-11 shows us what transpired:

1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

So we see that Jesus didn’t fall for Satan’s trickery.  Even though the devil was trying to use scripture (out of context, I might add) to trip Jesus up, because Jesus knows scripture inside and out, He was able to discern that this fallen angel was trying to deceive Him.  So He quoted scripture right back to him and let him know that He wasn’t going to fall for his lies.  This is what we have to do, as well.  We all need to read the Bible so that we will know what is truth and what is deception.  This way, when we hear something that may sound good but goes against what God says, then we’ll be able to discern that it’s a lie and reject it.  We need to teach our children to do the same.

It’s interesting to note that the root cause of all the various political, social, and moral issues we face in the world today is our adversary, the devil, placing it in the hearts and minds of human beings to go against what God has told us in His word, the Bible.  I’m sure we can all think of some points that are hotbeds of contention in society today.  If we truly want to know which side is right, the litmus test would be to see which beliefs are in line with what God says in scripture, and we’ll have our answer.  Those who still choose to believe the devil’s lie that the Bible is an antiquated book and no longer applies to us today have fallen for his trickery and will have to answer to a holy God one day.

The devil is not playing games.  Just as he caused the horrible fall of so many of his fellow angels, he wants to take as many humans down as possible because we are made in God’s image and he hates us immensely.  He will do and say anything to convince us that his way is right and God’s way is wrong.   He’s very cunning and hides this deception very well.  Our only protection is to believe God’s word and reject anything contrary to it.

If anyone reading this may be doubting God and the Bible, I encourage you to think back to where you got your present beliefs.  Consider the possibility that the source of your beliefs may have been deceived – whether it’s a trusted person, organization, or maybe even yourself.  Are you willing to jeopardize your own well-being for all eternity (and possibly that of your children) because you are unknowingly believing a lie?  It can’t hurt to read the Bible for yourself to prove whether or not it’s true.  Don’t just take someone else’s word for it.   What if they’re wrong?

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Image Credits:  Radbod Commandeur (1890 – 1955); photo by Deror avi.


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Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; ~ Psalm 33:18

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What a comforting thought!  God’s watchful eye sees everything that goes on in our lives.  There’s nothing that happens to us that escapes His notice.  He sees our successes and our failures.  He sees our joys and our pains.  He sees the times when we are sad, fearful, lonely, or discouraged. And He sees when others seek to do us harm.

This is a hard concept for some people to grasp, though.  For example, atheists believe, among other things, that there could not possibly be a God because if there was, He would stop all the horrible evils that occur in the world.  If there was a God, there would be no sickness and disease.  If there was a God, there would be peace on earth.

Then there are deists who believe that there is a God who created everything on earth but after He finished, He just left us here and went to another part of the universe, never to intercede in the affairs of humans again.  This belief is also based on a similar premise as the one above in that God can’t possibly be around to see what’s going on down here because if He was, He would not allow all the evils there are in the world.

God Himself addresses this in Jeremiah 23:23-24 by asking, Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?  Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.”

These are rhetorical questions, of course.  God is very much “at hand” and not far off.  (Acts 17:27)  No matter where we go on the earth, under the earth, or anywhere in the universe, God sees us.  (Psalm 139:8)  He fills all heaven and earth with His glory.  (Isaiah 6:3)  And Hebrews 4:13 tells us, “There there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

However, just because He sees what’s going on down here doesn’t mean He chooses to arrest every single horrible act that occurs on earth.  For whatever reason, He delays deliverance and judgment until He sees fit to move.  We don’t understand this because we’re mere humans and He’s an omnipotent God.  He says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.  ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”  So we can only surmise the reasons behind Him not intervening in every horrible act that occurs.

One reason could be that God is not a tyrant.  He doesn’t force people to follow Him, or even believe in Him.  He could’ve stopped Adam and Eve from eating of the “forbidden fruit,” but He gave them the freedom to choose to do right.  They chose otherwise.  He could’ve stopped all the evils that happened in the days before Noah’s flood, but He gave them the freedom to choose to do right.  They chose otherwise.  And He could stop all the evils that are going on in our world today, but once again, He gives us the freedom to choose to do right.  Most people today are choosing to do otherwise.

God desires for all His creation to do what’s right, but He doesn’t force us to do anything.  Some religions force people to follow their “god” – even to the point of threatening death.  However, the one true God does not require His followers to force others to follow Him.  He wants people’s genuine loyalty to Him by making up their own minds to worship and submit to Him.  He knows what’s best for us and how we should live.  And when we choose to follow His mandates as listed in His word, the Bible, we will reap the benefits for all eternity.

God does, however, intervene miraculously at times, and there can be no denying that it was Him who did it.  He sometimes bends the laws of physics to do so.  The following is my personal testimony of where the life of one of my sons was spared, and there is no plausible explanation other than it was by divine intervention.  My story:

When my youngest son was a baby, about a year and a half old, he had wandered into the path of a girl who was on a swing.  She was swinging very high and with great momentum.  My son “toddled” directly behind her swing and just stood there.  I was horrified because I knew the swing was going to hit him and neither my husband nor I would’ve been able to get there in time to rescue him.  Just as he was about to get knocked to “kingdom come,” the swing veered to the left of him.  It’s like the swing’s trajectory shifted at the last second.  Then as the girl swung forward and upward again, the trajectory shifted back to pointing straight ahead (as opposed to diagonally) after it passed him.  This happened twice before my husband was able to reach our son and swoop him up to safety.  It was like an invisible force field was around him that kept him from being hit.  I shudder to think what could’ve been if God – or one of His holy angels – had not protected him that day!

There are numerous examples of God choosing to step in and rescue people at the last minute – not only in the Bible but in today’s news, as well.  But there are probably many more where, even though He sees what’s going on, He chooses not to act.  We’ll probably never know why on this side of eternity.

And just as He saw when Adam and Eve were about to eat of the forbidden fruit, He sees when evil people are about to do atrocious acts.  He also sees when we decide to go our own way apart from His biblical mandates.  He gave us guidelines to live by that He knows are in our best interest.  Whether we choose to follow them or not is entirely up to us and if we don’t, we will suffer the consequences.

I’ll end with a word of encouragement coupled with a somber warning from 1.Peter 3:15, which says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.  But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 

May we all find favor in the eyes of the Lord.  Amen.

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* If any reading this have personal examples of where God miraculously stepped in and intervened in a situation, I’d love to hear about it.  I’m sure others would, too.  Feel free to comment below.

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I posted a link to this video in a reply I wrote to an atheist’s comment on my latest “Something to Think About” article.  It’s such a cool video that I wanted to share it with everyone who may not have read the comment.  I really don’t know how anyone could not at least question their belief in evolution after watching this? 

Comments are welcome!  Enjoy!

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A single moment of understanding can flood a whole life with meaning.

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Have you ever heard the story of The Ugly Duckling?  It’s about a little “duckling” who was hatched in a farmyard along with other ducklings.  However, he was quite different than the rest and was horribly picked on and ostracized.  He eventually ran away and suffered months and months of very heartbreaking rejection everywhere he went.  He finally came across a flock of swans and much to his amazement – they accepted him!  While swimming with these lovely birds, he looked at this own reflection in the water and discovered that he looked just like them!  He had grown into a beautiful swan!  He was NEVER a duck, as he had believed for so long!

Some people believe that they, as humans, are nothing more than the result of a cosmic accident that happened billions of years ago; that our origins began in some primordial “soup” in which our distant ancestors just happened to sprout legs and crawl out of; and that there is absolutely no reason for our existence.  This belief is called “evolution” and it has caused a lot of confusion throughout the years.  It also makes our lives totally devoid of purpose.

How many of us have let this belief supersede our innate understanding that life could not possibly have come about by accident?  The complexity of every system in our bodies gives credence to this truth – especially since we now have the technology to peer into the very essence of a simple cell… which we now know is not simple at all. This technology was not available when these crude evolutionary theories came about.

It’s interesting that Charles Darwin, who is known as the father of evolution, always referred to evolution as a “theory.”  He never claimed it as fact, as some are doing today.  He even laid down a criterion for testing it in which he stated:

“If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. But I can find out no such case.” (The Origin of Species)

Darwin wrote this in 1859 – over 150 years before the scientific advancements of today.  Hence, there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to continue believing this way today.  We know better.  Even many scientists have denounced this theory.  But some choose to stubbornly ignore the facts. (Romans 1:19-22)

Just as the ugly duckling realized that he was not a duck at all but a beautiful swan, we need to realize that we are not just an accidental “thing” that crawled out of the slime billions of years ago.  We are human beings made in Gods image, whom He created for a purpose.  We just have to find out what that purpose is.  And God is the only one who can reveal it to us.  All we need to do is ask.  (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Just something to think about…

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