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10/06/2010

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All About Perspective


"And the peace of God that transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:7).

Several months ago, we were studying the Book of Judges in our Sunday morning adult Bible study. We almost made a joke about a verse that would often precede the appointing of another judge. It would invariably go something like this; "And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord" (4:1). The Israelites were to learn that prosperity and well-being were tied into their faithfulness to God. This has dove-tailed into the erroneous "prosperity ministry" that we see on many of the televangelist shows. You know the message about prosperity being likened to how much that you give...This of course is not to intimate that prosperity does not have it's origins in God, just not necessarily in that way. The same God who wanted to bless His people in the Old Testament, still wants to bless Christians today. There are some not so subtle differences. Often, the blessings of God were likened to Israel as a nation, as we think of blessings today as individual. For people who do not know the Lord, there is a different perspective because of their lack of understanding. Christians as well as non-Christians will often suffer an amount of pain and suffering today.

It isn't true that all blessings for a Christian are brought to fruition in this world, but it is true that blessings in this world are for those who are faithful to Him. If you are wondering what today's verse has to do with all of this, remember that it was written while the apostle Paul was doing time...He was in prison! He could still write what I consider to be the most joyous book in the New Testament while in jail. It is all about perspective. In Christ there is a quiet assurance and a confident hope. For this reason, Paul was not reluctant to write about joy, even when in prison. The joy and prosperity of a Christian are tied in with loving families, vibrant Christian fellowship and a rich prayer life. It is a lesson that the world would do good to learn. The richness and fullness of life are enjoyed while walking down the road of faithfulness to the Lord. There is much to say about perspective...

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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