Double Standards

I’ve been reading through the book of Proverbs this week and have been amazed at the number of references to double standards.  We’re going to land on one Proverb, in particular, today. Chapter 20 verse 10 is very precise in its wording yet there is a deeper meaning to it.  It appears to be talking about weights and measures in the world of commerce but there is also a deeper meaning that applies to everyday life.  (I used the New Living Translation for this picture.)

  • Commandment 8 tells us we are not to bear false witness.  That’s dishonest and God has no use for it and reminds us of His desire for us to stop lying throughout the Bible. (Leviticus 19.11, Proverbs 12:22, Colossians 3:9, Revelation 22:15 and so many more…)
  • We are not to say one thing and mean another.
  • When we consider another person higher or lower than ourselves because of what they have or don’t have we are using a standard that is totally against God’s standard of simply loving one another.
  • God does not want us to cheat in any way.  God knows our hearts and minds.  We’re so full of double standards.  How about this one, do as I say, not as I do.  Or, you can listen but do not comment.  Or, That’s so easy, but you can’t do it yourself.
  • What did Jesus say about the issue?  Check out Matthew 7:3-5.

    In this culture we live in double standards, even multiple standards exist everywhere.  My prayer is we will all be able to see the planks in our own eyes before we comment on the specks in someone else’s.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

5-Sentence Friday 1 Corinthians 16:13

I decided to take the Strong, Brave, Loved 21-day Challenge with Holly Garth.  Today’s verse and devotional were both powerful and convicting for me.  Through many of my life experiences, it has been necessary to have strength and bravery as part of my arsenal.  Things like surviving a tornado that landed on the patio of our first home, surviving a t-bone crash, standing up for those who have been wronged, and many more of the uncertainties in this life, have required my dependence on the strength and courage that is given by God.

  1. Choose your battles carefully.  You don’t have to fight every one.
  2. Know that the evil one is always trying to get through your guard.
  3. Know God’s Word and use it to determine what He expects of you.
  4. Stand and persevere when you know it’s right.
  5. True strength is knowing where your power really lies.

I’ve discovered that sometimes we lose the battle, or it appears that way.  If we know it’s the right thing to do we should be doing it.  God is always the final judge.  Wouldn’t you rather hear why did you than why didn’t you?

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Five Sentence Friday – Luke 6:40

Do you have a favorite teacher?  Someone who has had a direct impact on your life?  Someone you could sit and listen to for hours without tiring at the sound of their voice?  I know you do.  We all do.

This verse spoke loudly to me.  So much so that I decided to use it for this post.

  • My ultimate teacher is Jesus.
  • I will never be greater than my Teacher.
  • I will become more like Him as I learn more from Him.
  • My training is directly from God because His Word is my manual.
  • No one knows more than my Teacher.

And there it is.  For everyone who is a teacher, myself included, it’s really important to remember that we don’t know everything.  Only God does!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Ask For Anything — 5 Sentence Friday

While reading today’s word in Jesus Speaks by Steven Scott I knew these were the words most needed by someone who reads this blog.  If that’s you would you take the time to leave a comment as to how this article has helped you? 

Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.  (John 14:13-14, ESV)

 

If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.     (John 15:7, NIV)

  1. Jesus is the Word.
  2. To abide in the Word/Jesus is to actively live it out.
  3. Knowing the Word helps us know what is with His will.
  4. Jesus wants to do ‘things’ for us.
  5. His commandments (found in the Word) are the key to His response.

Are you spending time in His Word? That’s so very important.  It doesn’t matter if you read a book or a verse at a time.  It simply matters that you are spending time with Him and want to abide in His Word.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

 

Do Good and Share – Five Sentence Friday

Whenever I read these words I think of the first day of school.  Especially with Kindergartners.  We would always tell them to be good to one another and to share with their neighbors.  God has applied to same words to adults.  Maybe we forget, as time goes by.  Maybe we don’t know how.  But the words are the same whether they apply to a 6-year-old or a 60-year-old.

  1. Part of God’s plan for our lives is to do good and share.
  2. When I sacrifice my time for others God is pleased.
  3. Whether I forget or remember, it’s still a choice.
  4. Sharing is hard.  After all, it’s mine, isn’t it?
  5. Doing good is more than being nice.

Think about that last one for a moment.  To do good we need to know what other’s need.  It’s not something we can assume.  For instance, I can assume that someone who is on a fixed income will need milk and bread by the end of the month.  Providing that is an awesome thing but what if you add a special treat to that.  I really don’t know anyone who doesn’t like some homemade cookies.  This is beyond nice and good.  It’s saying, I care about you and want you to enjoy the good things in life.  I hope this makes sense and that you can find it in your heart to go out and do good for someone.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

5 Sentence Friday – Judging Others

I’ve given a lot of thought to judging others lately.  It seems our culture wants us to not be openly judgmental.  That somehow it’s against God’s Word.  I’ve concluded it is not. We are human.  We will judge but, we need to be sure we are doing so in line with what God/Jesus has to say about it (John 5:30).

 

  1. Jesus was totally human and totally God. He judged.  I am totally human.  I judge.
  2. It is not wrong to judge.
  3. When judging we have to take ourselves out of the situation making it ALL about the other person, and what is best for them.
  4. When we choose to judge we must know His Word to know His will.’
  5. I can do nothing apart from God.  NOTHING!!!

So there you have it, with a final thought.  Knowing the Word is paramount to knowing God’s will.  Stay in the Word, my friends.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

Gail, over at Bible Love Notes, has written a great post on this issue.  Check it out!

5 Sentence Friday – Obedience and Submission

While reading my Bible this morning I came across Samuel’s words to Saul when God displaced him on the throne for not obeying His command to destroy every Amalekite and all they had.  The words of 1 Samuel 15:22-23 are powerful and convicting words for all of us.

22 But Samuel replied,

“What is more pleasing to the Lord:
    your burnt offerings and sacrifices
    or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
    and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,
    and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.
So because you have rejected the command of the Lord,
    he has rejected you as king.”

  1. Listen gives me the picture of my mother holding my chin between her thumb and forefinger to give her my total attention.
  2. God is pleased with my obedience and submission
  3. Obedience is simply doing what is asked of you
  4. Submission is knowing that someone who truly loves you has your best interests at heart when asking for your compliance.
  5. Rebellion and stubbornness are sins we often don’t recognize because they are part of the culture we live in.

I am convicted and challenged by these words.  Are you?

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

5 Sentence Friday

  1. When we argue and/or complain we are showing our “me attitudes”.
  2. Our light is dimmed by our perverse choices.
  3. As children of the King, we are held to a higher standard.
  4. This world is so perverse (warped) Believers will stand out.
  5. Complaining and arguing are sins.

As I worked through the five sentences I was once again convicted of my own sin.  As modern Christians we tend not to see arguing, complaining, grumbling… as sins. Discontent is evident everywhere. In our homes, our jobs, our churches, relationships,… someone is always complaining about something.

It doesn’t have to be that way.  We can (and must) make a conscious choice to stop the animosity.  Both the Old and the New Testament tell us to love our neighbors.  (see Luke 10:27 and  Leviticus 19:18) Are we being loving when we’re constantly complaining about something or someone?  I think not!  Make the right choice.  Quit complaining.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

5 Sentence Friday Psalm 139:14

Here it is. 5-Sentence Friday. Today’s verse is one that is often repeated. The One and Only thought of me, planned me, loved me from the beginning of time.  In the ‘fullness of time’ (phrase from Eph. 4:4) I came to be. Just thinking about this concept is overwhelming but it is what it is.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.  Psalm 139:14  TLB

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderfully made; I know that full well.  Psalm 139:14 NIV

  1. I had nothing to do with the complexity of who I would be.
  2. I am His wonderfully made creation.
  3. God deserves (and expects) my thanks for even thinking of me.
  4. Every heartbeat, every breath, every step is/was orchestrated by You.
  5. My skills, talents, and habits are part of Your purpose for me.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

5 Sentence Friday

My goodness. Where has my brain gone.  I had this ready on Friday and forgot to post it.  Better late than never…I guess.

I always enjoy reading the book of Proverbs because each time I do I find new ideas.  Consider the verse I’m using for this Friday’s 5 Sentences.  Are you a refreshing kind of person?  Do others enjoy your company?  Would you be missed if not present at a gathering.

Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.  Proverbs 11:25

My life goal should be putting others first.

Treat others well.

Giving the things I don’t need to another will refresh their life.

When I speak with others are my words and actions like a cool, refreshing drink?

Being generous is not hard when I understand that God gave it all to me to start with.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie