Know Your Bible

VOL. 5                           October 22, 2006                           NO. 40

On A Daily Basis

    A man, asked recently to describe memories of his college days twenty-five years ago, replied, "A few big moments; many goofs, but, overall, pleasant memories."Would these words not describe our memories of life generally? As we recall our years, there are always the "big" moments, the emotional "highs," that we love to relish. Then there are the "goofs," the embarrassing occasions that just keep coming back to haunt us. But, through it all, the pleasant memories sufficiently prevail to enable us to feel generally good about life.

    But, in reality, success or failure in life is not determined by the "big moments" or "the goofs." We will not be eternally saved on the basis of a few great spiritual achievements or eternally lost on the basis of a few gross mistakes (assuming they have been repented of). Life consists of everyday actions and decisions, and it is these that bring ultimate success or failure, eternal happiness or eternal damnation. "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me" (Luke 9:23).

    It is one thing to express concern for our children as we talk of their future spirituality and faithfulness. It is quite another to provide on a daily basis a spiritual atmosphere in the home, a good example of godliness and faithfulness, consistent and loving discipline and a love for God and respect for fellow man that are so essential to the training of our children. It's the little impressions that are made day by day that prove to be so decisive.

    It is one thing to dream of some day being appointed an elder in the church. It is quite another thing to put forth the effort on a daily basis to learn the scriptures, to develop leadership ability, to grow spiritually, and to live as to gain the confidence of a discerning congregation. One does not qualify for the eldership in one big leap. It comes through daily development.

    It is one thing to talk a "good line" on priorities. It is quite another thing to put God first on a daily basis. The devil knows so many ways to test our resolve in these realms. Our intentions are good, but, through his subtlety, he has us selling our souls for a mess of pottage or thirty pieces of silver.

    It is one thing to think that we would die for the Lord if our faith were so tested. It is quite another thing truly to live for Him on a daily basis. Egos may be fed on the "big moments," but true spirituality develops through daily prayer, study and meditation.

    Our lesson is this. Set your goals for the future, and set them high. But recognize that it's the little, day-by-day moments, the often forgotten moments, accumulated through the years, that truly shape our destiny. Tomorrow's success depends upon the choices and decisions that are made today. Make them with care.

---Bill Hall

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Why We Can't Quit

    "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! For then I would fly away and be at rest." So said king David in Psalm 55:6 in response to his problems. Sound familiar? How many of us have not thought similar thoughts in response to our own ordeals? "If only I could run away, everything would be all right." "No more problems, no more burdens and no more overwhelming responsibilities." Or so we think. Just peace and happiness in a "land far away," free from the people and problems we are now facing. But really, what will we accomplish in "flying away"?

(1) Problems exist everywhere in life. Every community, every job and every church has its own issues and challenges. We may think we can avoid the slander and immorality, but where we are running to will have the same kinds of problems. Some places may have more of it than others, like Sodom, but every corner of the world has something to deal with. This is especially true of churches and cantankerous people. Every church has to eventually deal with ungodly and unruly members (1 Tim. 6:4,5; Titus 3:10,11).

(2) What if we are the problem? What if the trouble we are facing in life is a consequence of our own arrogant, irresponsible, immoral behavior? What if we have been the troublemaker and not even realize it? Or what if our poor stewardship has caused our heartache? Do we actually think we will not stir up trouble and have similar conflicts wherever we go? Can we run from ourselves?

(3) How will we ever mature as a Christian if we always run at the first sight of trouble? What does it mean to "let patience have its perfect work", if it does not mean to sit still and endure? Have you ever heard of anyone becoming stronger (in any aspect) without enduring intense pain? That’s what sets them apart from everyone else. While the average person is quitting, they have given themselves to patience and commitment.

    What about God? First of all, does His will permit us to run, especially from our responsibilities to others? Does He approve of not working, not forgiving or not repenting and confessing (if these are what we are running from)? Secondly, if we run from the truth, who will resume our stand when we leave? Who else will speak up for God if we do not? One less voice for God is one more voice for Satan! (Matt. 12:30).

(4) Rest is not in this life. Maybe we forget that God does not promise us rest from our trials in this life (2 Thess. 1:7). For now, we must endure and do as Paul said, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God." Even Jesus had to suffer while on earth (Hebrews 5:8), but now He has rest.

    Let us count this world as rubbish, brethren, that we may gain Christ, and "know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings". We will eventually fly away from our trials (1 Thess. 4:17), if we remain loyal to God. But "let patience have its perfect work" on us for now "that we may be complete, lacking nothing." (James 1:4).

---Mike Thomas

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Wild oats need no fertilizer.


Better to be alone than in bad company.


He that will not command his thoughts will soon lose the command of his actions.


Gold is tested by fire; man is tested by gold.


Admitting that you've been wrong proves you are wiser now than you were before.


When you meet temptation, turn to the right.


Postponed obedience is disobedience.

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