No Place I'd rather be

No Place I'd rather be
Join me...

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Faith, Patience, Doubting, Double-Minded, and Wisdom

 
James 1:2-9


My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials (testing, proving, temptation) knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.


While studying James 1, I got a bit distracted with the word conviction. (We are going to be studying the roots of words this year in school.) It happened when I was looking up the word "faith", I saw "conviction" and knew con- means "with". But I wondered what "viction" meant, this started a treasure hunt.

Faith (lexicon @ blb.org) conviction of the truth; belief
  
Conviction




late Middle English: from Latin convictio(n-), from the verb convincere (see convince).




 Latin convict- ‘demonstrated, refuted, convicted,’ from the verb convincere (see convince). 


 Compare with convict.

 

 
 
So, correct me if I am wrong, faith is to be conquered, overcome, defeated with the truth; Jesus told us that He is the way the TRUTH and the light.
As you know, faith is not something we can make in ourselves. It is something that God does for us. Romans 10:17 tells us, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."
 
While reading about faith at blb.org I saw this, "faith is a power that seizes the soul....see Acts 6:7". The word of God spread, the number  of disciples multiplied greatly... and a great many of the priest were obedient to the faith. MANY PRIEST were obedient to the faith!!!

I decided to study a few other words. The next one is patience. I've heard many people joke about not asking God for patience. I never really understood why. I thought we wanted the fruits that patience produces. However, let's take a closer look at the word;
 
Patience-- (Lexicon) steadfast, consistency, endurance, patience, sustaining, perseverance.

Patience = suffering? No wonder people don't ask God for patience.

The next two words are very similar: doubt and double-minded

Doubt (v.6) [KJV uses wavering] 1. to separate, make a distinction, discriminate, to prefer; to learn by discrimination, to try, decide; 2. withdraw from one, desert; 3.to separate one's self in a hostile spirit, to oppose, strive with dispute, contend; 4.to be at variance with one's self, hesitate, doubt
Read number two and three again and think about doubting God and all He is and what He can do.
< Double-minded (v.8) (Lexicon G1374) double-minded, wavering uncertain, doubting; divided interest

Wavering was in both definitions so I used that:
Word Origin and History for waver
v. late 13c., weyveren"to show indecision," probably related to Old English wæfre"restless, wavering," from Proto-Germanic *wæbraz (cf. Middle High German wabern"to waver," Old Norse vafra "to hover about"), a frequentative form from the root ofwave (v.). Related: Wavered wavering.

I think wavering is a good description for doubt  and double-minded, because you show indecision, restless, unsure if you doubt or are double-minded.

Wisdom (n.) wisdom, broad and full of intelligence; used of the knowledge of very diverse matters.

wise + dom (Latin)
Experience, knowledge, good judgement  
+
master of 
 
 
Master of experience, knowledge, good judgment


I like to reread the text and after I've studied the words:

....the testing of your (conviction of the truth or you being overcome by the TRUTH) produces (suffering). But let (suffering) have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks (mastering experience, knowledge, good judgment), let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without (scolding), and it will be given to him. But let him ask in (the conviction of the truth), with no (wavering or being indecisive), for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded (wavering)man, unstable in all his ways.
 


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Respect God Your Maker


In that day a man will look to his Maker
and his eyes will have respect
for the Holy One of Israel.
He will not look to the altars,
the work of his hands;
he will not respect what his fingers have made nor the wooden images
nor the incense altars.
(Isaiah 17:7-8)

I waited patiently for the Lord; inclined to me and heard my  cry. He also brought me up out of the horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock and established my thoughts. He has put a new song in my mouth -- praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.


Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies....I delight to do Your will, O my God, and your law is within my heart. I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great assembly.   O Lord, You Yourself know, I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart. I had declared Your faithfulness and salvation. I have not concealed Your loving kindness and Your truth from the great assembly.
(Psalm 40:1-4,8-10)

If I remember correctly, God ordered that the reigning king was to make a copy the law, so that, they could meditate on it. Also it needed to be shared or read to the people, to those who were lacking the good news of righteous living. How else would they know it unless they were told? Not everyone could read and meditate on God's Word. Because not everyone had access  to the words of God which were written on scrolls.

It amazes me how the Old Testament is a foreshadow of the New Testament. As followers of Christ we are a royal priesthood. We too need our own copy of the Word of God, that we may meditate on it. Not only meditate on it, but proclaim the good news to those who are Biblical illiterate, lost, in need of hope; we should be ready to share the Gospel of Christ to those who have not heard. How will they know, if we don't tell them? Over in John chapter 12 verse 18 it tells us they met with Jesus because they heard what he had done.

But remember, no can come to Jesus unless the Father draws them. (John 6:44)

As followers of Christ, disciples, we all have been given a mission: to proclaim the good news, make disciples of all nations, baptising * them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, AND teaching them to observe all hat Jesus commanded us. (Matthew 28:19-20)

*I agree with mostly everything except two things. First, the way to receive the Holy Spirit is through the laying on of hands (I am only two references, but there are more. John 20:22 -Jesus breathed on them, ; Acts 2 -upper room). I do not see Scripture that states all believers will or must speak in tongues. I base this on 1 Corinthians 12 (gifts of the Spirit). I think we should seek God's face (have a relationship with Him) not His hand (what He can do and give us). A gift is just that, a gift. I think that we can ask to fill us with His Spirit, but He decides how. 


If you have time and haven't done so already, I urge you to go deeper by clicking the links in this blog. :-)