Lean Not on Our Own Understanding!

1947785_438162936287494_464308161565628042_nJust yesterday I had this person on my friends list comment on a picture I posted about God’s NOT Dead. I’m not sure exactly if he is a person of faith, agnostic or an atheist. But the question he presented me with was “I change my mind when presented with new evidence. How about YOU?” He posted an article about this and I have to say that it was way over my head which of course I didn’t understand or grasp what so ever. But I can totally grasp my faith in God.

Now, I’m the kind of person that can change my mind on a lot of things depending on what it is about. There are countless things that we don’t know or understand. Everyday is a new lesson presented to us.

There is always going to be a way to look at things from a different view. I’m the kind of person that likes to learn and sometimes my curiosity has gotten me into a whole boat load of trouble. But I still learned from those experiences. I am also the kind of person who wants to be right all the time. I don’t know anyone who would want to be wrong all the time.

When presented with information and someone can back up what and why they feel a certain way, then I have been known to change my mind. Although there is one thing that will never change. And that is my faith in God. Through my own life experiences I know without a doubt that God exists. Now if I didn’t have my personal experiences and a heart that is set on God, then yeah, I would be able to have my mind changed.

I do think it is interesting to learn about other faiths and about life in general. Like I said earlier, we are learning everyday. How can I better understand those around me if I’m not willing to learn more? I can’t! But at the same time, I feel that I need to make sure that my faith is strong enough for those times I encounter those who beleive in a God or no God at all. How can I know what and why I believe if I’m not grounded in my faith?

religion-vs-faithFaith is different than religion. I’m pretty sure we are all religious about something. One of the things I’m religious about is turning my computer on to watch Once Upon a Time on Sunday evenings. Many are religious about going to church each Sunday. But going to church isn’t going to save the person.

When looking online for the meaning of faith and religion I came across this and it was a simple way to put it. Faith is all the elements that we touch God with, in our minds or through circumstances. It is mainly GOD communicating to us. Religion is all the things mankind attaches to that communication; buildings, leaders, statues, and rules of worship. For those who want the technical term and meanings, I included those below.

Meaning of Religion:

The outward act or form by which men indicate their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due; the feeling or expression of human love, fear, or awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life; a system of faith and worship; a manifestation of piety; as, ethical religions; monotheistic religions; natural religion; revealed religion; the religion of the Jews; the religion of idol worshipers.”

Meaning of Faith:

Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting solely and implicitly on his authority and veracity; reliance on testimony. 2. The assent of the mind to the statement or proposition of another, on the ground of the manifest truth of what he utters; firm and earnest belief, on probable evidence of any kind, especially in regard to important moral truth. Faith, that is, fidelity, — the fealty of the finite will and understanding to the reason.

There are many religions out there and I do believe that you need to have faith of some sort when it comes to joining and participating in church activities, missions and so on.

There is a huge difference between the person who believes in their heart and participates in an activity, and the person who does not believe and just goes along as if it is a social hour or they want to fit in. If you take away all the man made baggage of religion you are left with faith

trust[Pr 3:5-6]: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct[a] your paths.;

We aren’t to lean on our own understanding. When I read this I am taking God at His Word. And if we aren’t, then we are leaning on our own understanding. Which I have had way too many experiences where the way I see things can be distorted in many ways. But because of my faith, I know without a doubt that I can trust and believe that God will be there, even when I don’t get it. Which is quite often.

Notice: lean not on your own understanding. But without an understanding through a study and acceptance of what God has said in His Word, we are only left with our own understanding.

There is one last thing I want to add. I seen this posted on Mandisa’s Facebook page and thought it was profound on how her post flowed so well with my topic. If you don’t know Mandisa or her music, she use to be on Idol and has won awards and I love her music so much and the words always seem to be something I need to hear.

When we walk by faith—not by sight—we are #Overcomers. When we believe what our Heavenly Father says about us, what Jesus says we can do, and what the Holy Spirit Himself will do through us, we are #Overcomers. We don’t have to rely on our strength alone. Our mighty Deliverer fights our battles. Our job is to stay close to Him and let Him do what only He can! Overcomer Music Video

Judging Others

ImageI know I shouldn’t be overhearing other peoples conversations. But there are times it can’t be helped. This is how it went down.

I was at a restaurant and there was this lady and her friend talking rather loudly. She was talking about how horrible it is that a young lady made the choice to not keep her virginity. And because she decided to do something that was a sin, she didn’t want this young lady to be at her home or to be around her kids.

Now from my understanding this woman and her friend must be Christians because of the way they talked. But when listening to them I also didn’t hear anything that would show Christian love and concern towards this young lady. If she did, she would understand that the flesh is weak and that ALL of us have come short of the glory of God. I couldn’t help but wonder if they thought they were beyond sinning and have ever made a bad choice in their life.

“JUDGE NOT, THAT YOU BE NOT JUDGED. FOR WITH THE JUDGMENT YOU PRONOUNCE YOU WILL BE JUDGED, AND WITH THE MEASURE YOU USE IT WILL BE MEASURED TO YOU. WHY DO YOU SEE THE SPECK THAT IS IN YOUR BROTHER’S EYE, BUT DO NOT NOTICE THE LOG THAT IS IN YOUR OWN EYE? OR HOW CAN YOU SAY TO YOUR BROTHER, ‘LET ME TAKE THE SPECK OUT OF YOUR EYE,’ WHEN THERE IS THE LOG IN YOUR OWN EYE? YOU HYPOCRITE, FIRST TAKE THE LOG OUT OF YOUR OWN EYE, AND THEN YOU WILL SEE CLEARLY TO TAKE THE SPECK OUT OF YOUR BROTHER’S EYE. MATTHEW 7:1-5

I know I made many bad choices. I left home when I was a teenager and became pregnant when I was 17. My husband and I got married and we are still married to this day. I knew I was doing what I shouldn’t have been doing. But what was great is that the pastor at my church in my home town showed nothing but love and concern for me. He never lectured me or treated me like I was beneath him. I have a feeling that if I had these two women in my life at the time, I would have looked at myself in a different way. But because Pastor Randy knew what I needed was someone to be there for me and to help me. He told me that I made a mistake, but God doesn’t. Now we had to make the right choices.

It gets me that people think that just because they are Christians that they are better than others. They have no right to look down on others. They should be lifting them up and being there for them. Not one of us is perfect.

I have known many people and some were those who I thought were friends that thought they were better. Just because a person does things different or has a different life, doesn’t mean they are lesser than anyone else in God’s eyes. It bugs the bajilbbers out of me when people put themselves up on a holier than though pedistal and look down on others who have less or who made choices that they never would have made.

I have had my fair share of bad choices in life and in friends. But I can tell you that if this young lady that was being shunned and looked down on came to me, I would tell her that no matter what, God loves her. She has made bad choices, but we all have. If someone treats you like a lesser person, you don’t need them in your life. They aren’t friends, but Jesus is the best friend ever. Don’t let some snob or holier than though person ruin your day. They aren’t worth it. Love yourself, pray and do the best you can do. You don’t have to please this person or persons. Besides, you never know what skeletons may be in thier closet.

And to these ladies that were bad mouthing this young lady. I would hope they get a grip and know that what they are doing is hurting this young lady. They aren’t showing the true love of God and it isn’t right to be talking about someone else in public like that. I was able to overhear the young ladies name and her circumstances because you decided to be loud mouths in a public restaurant. I would say, shame on you both.

I know I shouldn’t have been listening to what these ladies were saying. What I say about that is that they shouldn’t have been talking so loudly and gossiping about another.