Thoughts on the Bible

Proverbs 3:5-5 - Trust to Straighten Your Path

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬-‭6

This is one of the first verses I memorized. I remember when I realized the word “lean” snuggled in there. It says “do not lean” but it doesn’t say “do not use.”  Understanding, using the evidence provided, and applying our God given logic and reason, along with acknowledging God in all our ways is the key to this verse. It seems to me that mysticism and ignoring the evidence is making a lot of Christians fools these days.

Proverbs 16:8 - Righteousness vs Injustice

“Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice.”
Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭8‬

Righteousness is better than injustice but income does not determine which one we are. I’ve known wealthy saints and crooked poor. This verse is not mutually exclusive as some would like to think. Just because a person has a low income does not mean he’s righteous, the same way, a great income doesn’t mean he’s unjust. Judge income with income scales and judge righteousness on righteousness scales.

Romans 15:4 - Cure for anxiety and depression

“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭4‬

Gratitude and hope cure anxiety and depression. Every suicide note says, in one way or another, “I had nothing left to live for.” Hope, a future desire to be realized, is that “something to live for.” Too many however have false hope or foolish hope. This is a hope based on delusion and things that are not based in reality. Or through laziness and procrastination they kill their hopes, dreams and desires. Scripture is the truth. It is sound, a stone and steadfast. You can build on a foundation like that. But, it takes work and perseverance which is fueled and kept alive through encouragement. All of which, again, is found in Scripture.

Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭1‬ - Judge

““Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭1

“ Sadly, this universally misapplied verse has replaced the once popular John 3:16 as the most quoted Bible verse. Cultists and nefarious individuals have stripped this verse from its obvious context to deceive the sheep into believing nonsense.”

1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬-‭18‬ - Choices

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬-‭18‬

Notice that all of these are choices. Rejoice or be happy, that is a choice.

Prayer is a choice. Pray for what you want (your hopes) and how you can better align with Gods Word.
Gratitude or give thanks in everything.

These are all decisions we must consciously make. Why? Because in our fallen world the natural way is to be miserable, pray when we’re in trouble and live with ingratitude. That is mental gravity, always there and always pulling us down. But, the Lord commands you to go a different way. God will never tell you to do something you can’t.

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