Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wise Choices

Todays Post is a digested Bible Study lesson taught by our teacher Linda. 

How we live is an example to others.  The Scriptures tell us to "Be angry and sin not." 
Our teacher told how this week she was angry at a co-worker because she was misusing their resources.  She had to check herself and stay in control as she took the worker aside for a reprimand.  “Tell me about orientation and how you were told to do certain things?” 
The worker knew she was in the wrong and quickly apologized.  Our teacher wondered if this warning would correct her future behavior.  Are you praying for slackers on the job, and for those who make you angry?  Do they understand your expectations? 

Events such as this can cause us to be anxious and stressed out. 

Philippians 4:6-8 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

This verse is a wonderful verse to remember.  It is helpful to write it down and take the words apart.  Murmur the scripture to yourself as you write and read it.  Allow the Words of God to alter your behavior.

We have been studying the journey of the Children of Israel and the Ten Commandments given to Moses on the Mountain.  In the Old Testament the Law was given and God said, “I will be your God.” The people broke the covenant. 

In the New Testament Jesus died on Pass Over, and a New Covenant was received.  Fifty days after the sacrificial Lamb was the Feast of Pentecost.  At that time, the Holy Spirit fell and three thousand were saved as Peter preached.

Both events had similar sounds and symbols; Wind, fire, smoke, and voices.

At Sinai the fire was visible but the people were kept away from God’s Presence.

In the second Chapter of Acts, tongues of fire came down on the people praying there and they were filled with God's Presence, and Peter was changed into a powerful leader.

1 Peter 1:13-16 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Understand the evil in Peter’s day –  there were many gods, idol worship, fortune tellers, and sexual sins.

Wickedness continues also in our day as babies are slaughtered while still in the womb, schools are teaching against Godly behavior, sexual sins continue and many are not worshiping the True God, and Christians are being executed for their faith in Jesus.

Peter called Christians to Holiness and reminded them in 1 Peter 1:18-19  That you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

So how can we treat one another? - - In love, caring about each other and watching how we speak to others.  Can we walk in forgiveness when we are offended or treated wrongfully?

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