Everybody Has an Obligation I recalled this humorous poem I heard years ago. It’s entitled, Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody: This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done…Details
Jack of All Trades . . . teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and…Details
Converts or Disciples? The recent passing of the great Billy Graham has caused me to ponder evangelism. Evangelism is a wonderful thing. All of us should be willing to share our faith (2 Tim 4:5), but God has given some of us the gift of evangelism (Eph 4:11), and those individuals may feel that God…Details
The House that Faith Builds This is part 3 of 4 in a series entitled: The House that Faith Builds. In Part three I talked about wisdom and understanding, two primary tools that are necessary for building a Godly home. King Solomon shares this wisdom in Proverbs 24:3-4. Today we will discover…Details
The Beauty of the Lord’s Discipline My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:11–12). Several years ago, God allowed me to experience the full-on consequences of a poor…Details
The Heart of Praise: Where God Lives While teaching Sunday School I have often been asked by children, “Where does God live?” Psalm 22:3 (KJV) tells us, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” The Hebrew word translated as “inhabitest” is yashab, and means to dwell, abide or settle, remain…Details
Daddy, Can I Talk to You? “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” (1 John 5:14-15) Children are a trove of wisdom.…Details
Phases & Stages, part 8 And now, the final entry of this series, we move on to “fatherhood.” I John 2:14 I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. . . STAGE FOUR – FATHERS (Greek word – Pater) literally – nourisher, protector, upholder. I Corinthians 4:15 Even though…Details
Phases & Stages, part 7 Now we move from the “Phases” part of this series to the “Stages” portion. As we grow from infancy through childhood, to adulthood, we pass through different stages. We begin with I John 2:12-14. I John 2:12-14 I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on…Details
Stages & Phases, part 6
The Challenging or Skeptic Phase
If you find yourself in this phase, you need to realize that this is a very dangerous time. This phase can be similar to what we see in our culture as the “teenager” phase. We question and challenge all the rules, beliefs and authorities that we once accepted. You may be angry, and even rebellious.
Don’t be like Korah, Dathan and Abiram (among others) who rebelled against Moses (Numbers 16). Moses was a good leader, put into position by God Himself. He hadn’t done anything wrong. But these guys developed an attitude, saying, “Is Moses the ONLY one who hears from God?” They accused their leaders of “lording it over them.” They complained about having to leave Egypt and go into the wilderness. They didn’t trust that God would bring them into a good place. They were impatient, immature, angry, & rebellious. They wanted their own way and they wanted it NOW. Moses allowed God to deal with these guys — Numbers 16:32 says that the ground opened up its mouth and swallowed them!
Instead, be like David. Even though he had a ruler who was unfair to him – he refused to strike God’s anointed! He would not retaliate against his leader! He allowed God to deal with King Saul!
If you’re going through this phase, you may not even realize it, because this is a time when the enemy comes in and uses our pride to deceive us, encouraging us to think we are right.
This is the MOST important time to submit yourself to God, to search out His Word for truth and balance, and to find mature people to counsel with you. Guard your own heart and control your attitudes and behavior. Do not go through this alone. Be careful not to vent only to those who agree with you. Get advice from those who are wise and have different perspectives. You may feel you have been damaged somehow – but you, yourself can do great damage to others if you do not go through this time wisely.
If you emerge from this phase with your faith and relationships intact, you will have gained a lot of maturity!
Revelation 3:12 says, “He that overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God.”
OVERCOMING! Some of the things we need to overcome is our own immaturity, wanting our own way, harboring offenses. When you become an overcomer, God says he will make you a pillar! A pillar is stable. A pillar carries weight. A pillar does not run around looking for other roofs to support, it has been placed by God in a place where it STAYS. It becomes a permanent fixture, helping to bear the weight of its structure. This speaks of support and leadership. I’d even venture to say that a person shouldn’t even be considered for leadership unless they had learned to overcome in this way.
Next time — we start looking at the Stages we go through in our growth in Christ.