Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Something New - Two Verse Musings #1

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We're adding another feature to the blog.  At this point, it's more idea than full fledged feature.  Let me give you a little background.  I've been using smartphones since the days of Windows Mobile. And I've been actively Christian, even before that.  So, I've been very aware of the potential of smartphones both in aiding personal growth and for evangelism.

When I got my first Android phone, I discovered two Bible widgets and a sequence for reading them that almost always gave me a blessed meditation.  I say almost always because there were rare times when both widgets showed the same verse.  And there were occasions where I wasn't getting anything from the combination of verses.  But, mostly, God gave me things to "chew on" for the rest of the day, coming back for more at random intervals.


Over the years, I've considered sharing those gems, but God kept indicating it wasn't time, yet.  Till now.  My problem, now, is figuring out how best to share those.  There's Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, the blog and Lifeletter Cafe for sharing written versions.  Or an email list.  There's also the possibilities of a brief podcast, a video-log, or a book.  And, of course, we might end up with some combination of those.  While we work out the final details, we thought we'd share a few, here on the blog.

Psalm 33:12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

2 Timothy 1:7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

What a way to start!  If a country is aligned with God, it will be blessed.  And we've seen it before. All it takes is a remnant strong enough to prevent the country from falling off the spiritual cliff, in the wrong direction.  As if that's not enough, our first verse gives us an explosive insight.

We end the verse with it speaking of "The people He has chosen as His own inheritance".  We know God is omniscient.  He knows who will choose Him.  And He mutually chooses them!  Whether it's a remnant or a whole country, the people aren't just randomly selected, they're chosen by God Himself!
Let's not start getting too proud at that one.  We're chosen, no matter how quickly or slowly we spiritually grow.  The person who isn't "getting it" easily or quickly, who's having a real struggle, is just as chosen as the supposed spiritual giant.  There's nothing about us that adds to our state of being chosen.  It's all God.  But 2 Timothy tells us there are some perks to being chosen.

The first one we see is that God doesn't give us a spirit of fear.  Yes, we have free will, which means we can choose wrong thinking and give in to fear.  Indeed, our flesh leans in that direction - wrong thinking and fear.  Despite God offering us a way out of that, we can choose to live in that. We have to choose rightly.  And we're free not to.

The second half of the verse in Timothy looks like three separate segments, but is it?  Can we have God's power without having God's love in us?  Can we have that power with out doctrinally sound thinking?  Can we have a sound mind without having latched onto God's power and His love?  It's when we fully allow God to feed our mind, soul and spirit with all of those things that the fears disappear.  The more we think with God, the greater the blessings and the more we understand the enormity of the privilege of being chosen by God!

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