I was reading on the Book of Acts and witnessed Paul in his frustration to preach to the Jews the news of the Messiah, Acts 18, ["... 1After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; 2And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. 3And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers. 4And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. 5And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. 6And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean; from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. 7And he departed thence,..."] And just gave up on those in Corinth. And looking at what Jesus had said before in the Parable of the Sower, there are three things that stumble the word sown in the hearts of men. And firstly the one whose seed fell in the hard place, the birds, the devil and his demons, reason with the new dicipile and pry the word out of their heart with the reasoning of the world and the devils eat it and that the end of the word there... And in the second stance, the trials, the insults, the disdain, the hardship to confront people, just make also a new dicipile collapse and give up on the new teaching. And this are the ones who are excited about Jesus and his message but what come later just is not what they thought Jesus would be and there is stress between what they were told and expected and what really happens after they come to the knowledge of the truth... The third stumble is more incedious and takes more time and is very serious. The cares for this life and its worries and the desire for to make it in this life, just doesn't square with what the word say and how we should live and worst what the word says we should believe and we just don't want to give up the old life, freinds and neighborhood. And we rather focus on this life and the pleasure it give us to continue living as we had before... And it is sad that it take a lot for the word to take real root and reach maturity and give fruit. But then we did not say different that becoming a dicipile is nothing short of a miracle. But it is not a miracle we conjure on our own, God executed this miracle before us on our behalf for us in our life. So that everything will always be to the praise of his glory... May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
Paul did not have the same problem with in Berea who were more noble and open minded and examined the scriptures to see whether what he said was true? We turn to Acts 17:10-12,
["... 10And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few..."]
And I too examine myself if I check the bible to see if what think, say and meditate upon is true! And do we do that be noble and open minded and give the bible a chance to see if things are so?...
May you be blessed. Amen.
I set to to something and then I doubted! I worry about lack in so much abundance! And I became untrusting, unbelieving and uncaring! How can one become so un in three ways in such a short time? I have this spell of lack of peace, when I know I think I trust in God! But do I really? Then why do I fret with my worries?...
And the cares and worries of this life, choke the word and we, I'm unfruit in it, the word! Please pray that peace comes and we come to put our God in the right perspecive and do away with the worry!!!...
May you be blessed. Amen.