Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Where is your Ephesus?

Last spring I brought home from Wisconsin a flat of Impatiens to plant in two pots for our patio. I planted them and since they like shade, we moved them to the front porch. It is a tighter space so the two pots were side by side. Recently I noticed that one pot was completely green - no flowers! The other pot was over-flowing with flowers. So I separated them and within days the flowerless pot produced flowers!   H-m-m-...

In I Thessalonians 4:11-12 there is great practical application of the Word for each of us individually:
And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
 Paul writes about this practical walk that just doesn’t apply to us physically but spiritually as well. He lists three things to do and two explanations of the purpose of doing those things:

1. Study to learn by exerting oneself from a love of self (self-honor) to be at rest or at ease within oneself.

2. Do your own business (personal affairs) in a continuous  and on-going process. Romans 12:11

3. Work with your own hands. Colossians 3:23, II Timothy 2:6

4. That you may walk honestly toward them that are without. Walk as it becomes one who has the fullness of the spirit in him.

5. That you have need of not one thing!

God has made us complete spiritually. It is God that causes us to bloom as we bask in his sonlight individually and rely on him . As we do this we have so much to give others.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Organic Wisdom

To be labeled organic, food must be certified. In order to be certified, standards must be met. No synthetic substances, genetically altered or radiation-treated substances will pass the tests. Even the seeds from which a crop is planted have to pass standards.

The Word of God is like organic food to our minds.
In Philippians 4:8 God tells us how to wholesomely nourish our minds:

8Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true (God’s Word is true),
whatsoever things are honest (respectful),
whatsoever things are just (God is right),
whatsoever things are pure, (uncontaminated)
whatsoever things are lovely(dear to one),
whatsoever things are of good report (well-written);
if there be any virtue (spiritual excellence), and
if there be any praise (applause),
think on these things.

When we are free of the pollutants and contamination of the world, we can live Philippians 4:6-7:

6Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7And the peace of God, which passeth (juts out over) all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.