Okay, so this morning i spent 2 hours engulfed in the Bible, and prayer, and striving for connection with God... and at the end i decided i wanted to post about it... which im really excited about because i used to want to be a pastor, and well... i sort of still do, but i dont know...
for the most part im just gonna post a TOOON of scripture, and let you make of it what you want because i dont want to feed you false things, so im just gonna show you the Truth in the Word and hopefully you make of it correctly, but ill let you know a bit how it fits in my life at the moment...
so im not gonna go in order or when i found what... so okay here-goes.
This is kind of my verse of the moment right now... or well... i just relate to David a lot in this.
"1-Answer me when I call to you, O God who declares me innocent. Free me from my troubles. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 2-How long will you people ruin my reputation? How long will you make groundless accusations? How long will you continue your lies? 4-Don't sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. 5-Offer sacrifices in the right spirit and trust in the Lord."
Also, tonight at Common Ground i was really inspired to read more about David's life... his story sounds really interesting! i wish i could find a Bible that is chronoligical... because theres the story of Bethsheba in 2 Samuel, and then after he admits he has sinned, then he writes Psalm 51... so im like ahhh i wanna read it in order! Brian, do you know of any chronological bibles?
but... back to this post.
So here's an Anger theme that i found today... oh and btw, i wasnt going by any bible reading plan, this all happened out of different guidances from God that happened in rad ways.
oh and also btw, the reason this applies to me right now is because ive been very interested in anger, and how to be angry righteously...
Ephesians 4:26 "And 'don't sin by letting anger control you' (reference to Psalm 4:4) Don't let the sun go down while you're still angry. 27-for anger gives a foothold for the devil. 31- Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you."
^^ i like that one... essspeeccciiially vs. 31
Psalm 4:8 "In peace i will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe."
i just liked that because it kind of like applies to the "dont let the sun go down while youre still angry" so like... you sleep in peace, not in anger... idk i just liked it.
and then these two verses moreso apply to my friend's dad who ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS "teases" and he says its not in a mean way, but if he knew that it was hurtful, he wouldnt stop...
ive noticed that Colossians and Ephesians are like... almost identical... at least in content. maybe not exact words, but the content is for sure the same... (i read both complete books today)
anyway (sorry im so scatterbrained)
Ephesians 6:4 "Fathers, do not prevoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord."
Colossians 3:21 "Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged."
so... friend.. (you know who you are) feel free to use those scriptures in arguments if need be since he does.
and then my next "theme" is of
-Living in the Light-
which i have talked about in blogs before... remember the whole "blurry lines" deal, well yeah... okay so here it is... this is a long one btw.
Ephesians 5:1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
3Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God's people. (this one really applies to my friends ->)4Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes - these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
6Dont be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7Dont participate in things these people do. 8For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them. 14for the light makes everything visible. This is why it's said,
"Awake, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will give you light."
15So be careful how you live. Dont live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17Dont act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18Dont be drunk with wine, because the will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,19singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is some really similar stuff in Colossians
5So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don't be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. 7You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 8But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9Dont lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
12Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
16Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to god with thankful hearts. 17And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Colossians 1:27 "For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
that verse is better when you read the whole chapter, because you kind of get to know Paul's heart and compassion for the people of Colosse (and every other city he wrote to)(and every other person on the face of the planet)
and of course Jesus's words...
Matthew 5 14You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
another theme is not listening to what someone says about the bible and instantly believing it. even with pastors... because i know so many people that just believe anything Brian says, or Ed says, or Todd says, because they are pastors and thats just what people do... they believe what pastors say...
but you should test it.
so heres a few verses i found.
(btw you see a bit of Paul's compassion in this)
Colossians 2:1-5 1I want you to know how much i have agnoized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. 2I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God's myserious plan, which is Christ himself. 3In him lie hidden all the treasrues of wisdom and knowledge. 4I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. 5For though i am far away from you, my heart is with you. And i rejoice that you are living as you shouldd and that your faith in Christ is strong.
6-7 6And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
8Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
thats what i found today,
read my next post for how it all tied in together at Common Ground tonight