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 This is my Story it is the Truth the way it happened

Please understand this before you sit in judgment


I was brought up in a religious family as a young boy I went to a Catholic school. I thought all about God, Jesus, and the Bible. I went to church and keep the idea that there was a God and he was in control of all things. I believed that God was in control of all my life until I reached the age of 50. At that time in my life, I started to rethink The whole status of what I  believed and everything about God. I started looking at the would and different people that claimed to be BRON AGAIN and filed with the spirit of the living GOD.

During the time I was active I did NOT feel the presents of a so-called GOD. I started to question the world. The way things worked and I asked Ware is GOD in all the hurt and pain and why is the world so unjust.  I talked with a PREACHER  a so-called man of the cloth or men of GOD and I did not receive the answer I thought that I should have.  I  was in the church every Sunday and I even performed in the PRAIS BAND for each service.

Each time I had a question I was told well that is just the way it is or some other BS answer. At that point, I started to put 2 and 2 together and thought that is just not right. If God made everything and everyone then HE had a plan for some people to go to hell from the start and they had no choice about it. I  looked at the so-called CHURCH and though they are one way in church and different outside or on a different day of the week. They Praise God in church They know every line in the bible and even what page it is on. They can look at someone and say, Look at me I walk on water, See how How GREATE I Am, see how holy I am, I Am BORN AGAIN, You will go to HELL. At home, they spit on you, they do not want to have anything to do with you, They say do not touch me You Are Trash. They do not Act or Show who they claim to BE.  You must be one way or the other, not both. You can not stand in the middle.

I asked a preacher A question:

God knew you before you were born he knows your past, present, and future right, He answered right.  Ok if that is true and he is who he says that he is why are so many so missed up at birth. He answered well it’s because of the Fall. In other words, He did not know so he gave me a  CANED BS answer I could have handled  I DO NOT KNOW  because sometimes that is the best answer.

then a lot of other things happened and I started to think using a logical mind and at that point, it was not enough to just accept it on faith I thought that large claims required a Lager and vast amounts of information, You need to prove it.  It is not enough to say it is in the Bible so That is the way it is.  I  looked at the bible and found a lot of things that did not add up. Could a true and just GOD approve of SLAVERY, KILLING, RAPE? Rejection of other people, Men sleeping with Men, The list is endless it was at that point I started to think that there is NO GOD. This was not an overnight trip it was over many years and now I am at the point where I just can not believe in the bible or GOD. I am an ATHEIST.  One would think that he, “God” Would make himself known to the world as we know it today.

The bible and Since do not add up to me in my opinion.  Until someone can prove the answer I am looking for It is at this point, I say That there is no GOD I am an Atheist. I can no longer believe something in a book that is 200000 years old that has all the hurt, abuse, and lies that the bible has in it.

During the History of time, there have been MANY GODS that claim to have the same abilities as JESUS. The same story fits several of them Just change the Names and dates and it is the same old story over and over.  If GOD is who he says that he is he could FIX or CHANGE it but he does not or will not so he does not care. As I said if you think your GOD is REAL PROVE IT. In short, I have been through a life-changing SHIFT there is nothing I or anyone else can do about it.

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And just so you know you can not Prove God with The BIBLE

As I said I require Prof to Prove it. I still have an open mind for the truth, not a lie not bs.  I invite you to comment as this will be an ongoing post.

This is from The Bible’s  “Goods Word”

There is a Time to Love, time Not to love, A time to Belive in CHURCH and follows its Teachings, and, A Time not to Belive. It is FREEDOM from RELIGION. That is the case that I am in Please understand.  It is one thing To say “YES” I believe in CHURCH, GOD, JESUS, and I Go to Church, and another to Be who You are.  Wake UP!

Most of the Christians Families That I have known during my life Do not apply this teaching that is found in the BIBLE the co-called word of GOD.

Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as you do to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

21  These are the laws you are to set before them:

Hebrew Servants

EXODUS 21

“If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything. 3 If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him. 4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman, and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.

“Now, therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.”
Numbers 31:17-18

Passages referencing and condoning slavery are common in the Old Testament. In one place, we read:

 

When a slaveowner strikes a male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies immediately, the owner shall be punished. But if the slave survives a day or two, there is no punishment; for the slave is the owner’s property. (Exodus 21:20-21)

 

So, the immediate killing of a slave is punishable, but a man may so grievously injure a slave that they die a few days later from their wounds without facing any punishment or retribution. All societies in the Middle East at this time condoned some form of slavery, so it shouldn’t be surprising to find approval for it in the Bible. As a human law, punishment for the slave owner would be commendable—there was nothing quite so advanced anywhere in the Middle East. But as the will of a ​loving God, it appears less than admirable.

 

The King James Version of the Bible presents the verse in an altered form, replacing “slave” with “servant”—seemingly misleading Christians as to the intentions and desires of their God. Though the “slaves” of that time were mostly bondservants, the Bible explicitly condemns the type of slave trade that flourished in the American South.

New Testament Views on Slavery

The New Testament also gave slave-supporting Christians fuel for their argument. Jesus never expressed disapproval of the enslaving of human beings, and many statements attributed to him suggest a tacit acceptance or even approval of that inhuman institution. Throughout the Gospels, we read passages like:

Who then is the faithful and wise slave, whom his master has put in charge of his household, to give the other slaves their allowance of food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master will find at work when he arrives. (Matthew 24:45-46)

 

Although Jesus used slavery to illustrate larger points, the question remains why he would directly acknowledge the existence of slavery without saying anything negative about it.

 

The letters attributed to Paul also seem to suggest the existence of slavery was not only acceptable but that slaves themselves should not presume to take the idea of freedom and equality preached by Jesus too far by attempting to escape their forced servitude.

 

Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be blasphemed. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful to them on the ground that they are members of the church; rather they must serve them all the more since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these duties. (1 Timothy 6:1-5)

 

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. (Ephesians 6:5-6)

 

Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to talk back, not to pilfer, but to show complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior. (Titus 2:9-10)

Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh. For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. (1 Peter 2:18-29)

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Bible Memorization For Adults – How To Understand The Bible As An Adult Christian

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Bible memorization is especially difficult for kids, but it can be equally hard on adults, too. The mind isn’t designed to remember a large volume of text at once unless it is trained to do so, like so many successful Christians out there.

Simply put, Bible memorization doesn’t happen overnight. This is the reason why it’s good to start your kids early if you want them to have an easier time memorizing the Bible later on. But for adults who didn’t have that luxury, it’s a long road ahead. But it is possible, don’t confuse that.

There’s more than a dozen ways, just about, for an adult Christian to memorize the Bible verses by heart. How effective each method is, depends on the willingness of the individual trying to learn God’s Word, you. Let’s discuss them in greater detail.

1. Bible memorization through index cards

The index card is one of the most indispensable tools in Bible memorization. Writer and novelist Raymond Carver wrote on index cards to remind himself of his principles as a literary author while he wrote.

In this method, you write down Bible verses on each index card and schedule them to be read out loud on a daily basis. This type of repetition helps the mind condition itself to recall what is being learned quickly and much more easily. Go over and re-read the verses on the index cards as many times as necessary.

2. Bible memorization through association

In this method, you capitalize on the mind’s uncanny ability to associate one thing with another thing in order to easily remember Bible verses.

For instance, first you memorize the location of the verse on the Bible. Then you get the “gist” of the verse, what it’s about. Then associate the first and second step together to paint a better picture of the Bible first. The last step is write down the verse on an index card along with its reference so you can pull it out of your pocket whenever the verse slips from your mind.

There are countless ways to memorize the Bible as an adult Christian. You can even find self help books about the subject on the internet, or even Bible memorization-related software. But what’s important is the determination of the Christian to learn the Word of God. You have to be aware of the tremendous task ahead and believe that you can do it. If you have that in you, you can memorize anything.



Source by Albert Seal

7 Thoughts From Scripture for Struggling Christian Business Owners

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I have seen a lot of articles that list scriptures for Christian business owners, but rarely do they have practical wisdom that goes with them. Yes, scripture can speak for itself, but when we are struggling Bible verses seem to get glossed over by our stressed out mind.

I want to share with you seven Bible verses with seven thoughts and seven insights. I know when I am going through a tough time, it helps me to ‘hear’ from someone who understands what I am going through. It makes the Bible come to life when someone shares it from a perspective of a Christian entrepreneur.

Worries are like butterflies, they need to be released.

It is easy to worry. There are so many things to think about it can be overwhelming. Take heart… and mind. When we look at the way we try to handle our problems, we often leave God out of the solution. He cares about all the things you go through and is there to help when we ask Him. We must learn to release our worries to God so that He can work wondrous things for us.

Philippians 4:6-7 “do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Humility lets us bring others into our struggles.

Sometimes when we get caught up in tough times we try to take on everything ourselves. We must learn to delegate and let others help us. We must bring others in to pray for us and with us. We are leaders in our business, but more than that, we are part of a faith community. God wants us to help us with our anxieties and He may have placed people in your life to do just that. We must remember that God cares for us.

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Our reaction to our struggles defines our success.

We don’t like to go through hard times, but when we do our reaction to those tough times can make or break us. When we redefine our struggles in light of what God is doing and has done in our lives, we find God’s power working even in the tough times.

James 1: 2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Perspectives help us define our problems.

When we go through tough times, we get caught up thinking about all the bad things that could happen. I have an elderly lady at my church tell me, “Quit sowing worries.” If you look at your troubles in light of all the things that others are going through, your problems may seem a lot less. Across the world people are starving, being beheaded for their faith and their homes are being destroyed by bombs. How does your problem look compared to those?

Psalm 46: 1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and mountains quake and with their surging.”

We can praise God even when times are tough.

David went through some horrible trials. His boss tried to kill him. His best friends betrayed him. His kids killed each other. Yet, through all of these things, he always took time to worship. He looked to God in the good and the bad. There are so many Psalms that start out talking about how bad thing are only to end by focusing his attention back to praising God for all he has.

Psalm 37: 3-6 “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this; He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

Action trumps worry almost every time.

Worrying is what happens when we are not taking action. Christian business owners are people of action. Instead of worrying about the things you cannot change, take action on the things you can. Action will lead to better results than thinking and worrying about your struggles. Take time to write out your problems, get them out of your head and plan a strategy to take care of business.

Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

You have a purpose

If there is one thing you will see over and over again on this webpage, it is the fact that you have a purpose. You are a Christian. You were created to be an entrepreneur. God placed a desire in your life to help other and you are a Christian business owner who can make a difference in the world. Go and do what God has called you to do.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”



Source by Lyle H

7 Top Tips From the Business Woman of the Bible, Lydia, for Today’s Woman of God

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Lydia was one of the most successful business women in the Bible. You will find her story in the Bible in Acts 16:14-15. According to Biblical records, Lydia was a business woman who dyed and sold purple cloth, a material used by the wealthy and elite of the day. This meant Lydia worked in a high-priced market with a high-end target market.

But Lydia was more than just a woman who sold luxury goods to the elite and the powerful. From all accounts it appears she was also the head of her household, an employer of others, and a woman of great Christian faith. She was the first European convert to Christianity and the first to establish a church in her home for other Christians. Fellowship times included examples of how to do business and worship as a part of a business woman’s day.

As a powerful woman of God, Lydia has much to offer today’s Christian business women. Here are seven valuable lessons for women of God from the Bible woman, Lydia.

1. Keep prayer in your daily activities. The bible story of Lydia says she met the Apostle Paul at a place of prayer. She also opened her home to have worship services for others. Keep your priorities in order as a woman of God. Remember to pray unceasingly about everything including your business activities by making prayer a priority activity on your daily schedule.

2. Work to please the Lord. Lydia took her responsibility as a Christian business woman to work “as unto the Lord” very seriously. You can show Christian beliefs through your nature and personality without being pushy or unprofessional. Show Biblical principles through your actions and decisions in your business.

3. Design a powerful company. Lydia was a no-nonsense business woman who built a major company in a wealthy market. Nothing says a woman of God has to play small in the business world. Christian business women should be open to working in all types of industries and not shy away from the potential of going big. If you are pursuing big dreams use Lydia as your role model for growth.

4. Try non-traditional opportunities. By being a successful and wealthy merchant of purple cloth Lydia was in a non-traditional business category during her times. Don’t shy away from embracing non-traditional business opportunities. Consider working in fields where few if any woman are already excelling and create new paths to success.

5. Find your balance between work and home. Lydia maintained her household even while running a powerful business. Each woman has to find the way to balance, keeping her home in order while running a business. It might mean downsizing or hiring help. Use your business skills to figure out what works for you to get it all done.

6. Learn to grow your business. Lydia’s business was so successful that she had to hire employees. Growing a business means eventually needing to hire help. That help might come in the form of a part time assistants, independent contractors, freelancers or full-time employees. Start in the initial business planning stages to consider how and when you will start to hire help so you can expand your business operations. This creates jobs for others, increases the economy of your area and increases your status and influence as a business professional.

7. Know you can be prosperous. Lydia shows that successful Christian women can be highly prosperous. There’s no reason to fear money or to shy away from earning large amounts of money in business. The important key is to keep a check on your heart so money does not become your focus instead of God. Lydia was a business woman in the Bible who prospered while giving all glory to God.



Source by Consuelo Meux, Ph.D.

Bible Prophecy 2-"Earthquakes & War"

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In part 2, of our Bible Prophecy series, we will look at earthquakes, War and their effect, not only on mankind, but of how they are effecting prophecy. Earthquakes have always occurred from the foundation of the earth. Why then are earthquakes so important now? The number and locations are the devideing factor between the earthquakes of the past and the ones that we are experience today.

What is a earthquake, trembling or shaking movement of the earth’s surface. Most earthquakes are minor tremors. Larger earthquakes usually begin with slight tremors but rapidly take the form of one or more violent shocks, and end in vibrations of gradually diminishing force called aftershocks. On average about 1,000 earthquakes with intensities of 5.0 or greater are recorded each year. Great earthquakes (intensity 8.0 or higher) occur once a year, major earthquakes (intensity 7.0-7.9) occur 18 times a year, strong earthquakes (intensity 6.0-6.9) 10 times a month, and moderate earthquakes (intensity 5.0-5.9) more than twice a day.

God has built in a natural safety valve into the earth for expansion and contraction. This safety valve is called an earthquake. The number, magnitude and location is important in understanding the Scriptures that deal with the end days. The first scripture that we will deal with is Matthew 24:7.

1.For nation shall rise against nation, ( The number of wars are continuing to grow each year.

In just my life time, I have seen, Wars in Viet-Nam, Granada, The cold war with the Soviet Union, Iraq 1, Iraq 2 , Afghanistan, Israel and all their wars with Egypt, Iran, Syria, East Bank, and the Gaza Strip, etc and The unseen war with the extreme elements of Alqaeda and The Nation of Muslim fanatics The Soviet Union and Afghanistan) and

2. kingdom against kingdom: The Muslim Nation is divided concerning Jehad and the way to convert all men to Mohmmad-ism. The United Nations are split into pieces barely holding on, because of the division among all nations.) and

3.there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. ( This section is easy to understand and relate to, India, Pakistan, Africa, Bird Flue, etc. The fear of another pandemic is growing among not only the people of earth but also the medical community.) (In recent years, and especially in 2005, we have seen earthquakes occur in China, Pakistan, America, South America, Japan, China, Philippens, The Soviet Union, etc.)

Mark 13:8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. (“these are the beginnings of sorrows.”) The Bible tells us in the end days, there will be a significant change in the nature of the earth and the attitude of man. Why is all this happening?

The will of man, his pride, arrogance, lust for power, possessions and fame, have over ridden the will of God and man kinds love for one another. Hate, distrust, fear, suspicion, prejudice, have all become the catalyst for many a disaster in the world and will be the down fall of man. To prove what I have already said, lets look at two sections of Scripture from the Book of Revelations.

1.Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen( This is past occurrence and future prophecy.), that great city ( The habitation of the Babylonian People and the Spirit of Babylon that has changed man-kinds attitude.), because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

(“Fornication.” Extramarital sex)(Sex here means a departure from the Truth of the Bible to in-joining of false doctrine and a criminal conversion from The Truth of scripture to follow after all manner of cult activities.) (that willfully and maliciously inter-fears with marriage relations. Criminal conversion.)(People that try to worship God on one hand and embrace false doctrine on the other.)

2. Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils (Devils in this instance means, People of Hatred, confusion, Cruel and inhuman people, haters of God and haters of man, demonic), and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

(The word “Bird” in Rev. 18:2 means, A cry or noise to display contempt or displeasure, an out cry of hate and prejudice.) If you’ve noticed in Rev.14:8 and 18:2, the phrase, “is fallen, is fallen” is repeated. Why? In Hebrew when a subject or word is mentioned twice, it signifies that the event mentioned will occur twice. Babylon the City was destroyed, The spirit of Babylon will also be destroyed.

This is what is starting to occur today. The Nations of the world have become what God has already destroyed once, Babylon. Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers (Many) places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights (tsunamis) and great signs shall there be from heaven. ( Meteorites, Meteors, Comets.)

Rev 11:13. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell (Jerusalem ), and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand:(a tenth part of the city’s population)(This signifies a population at the time of this earthquake at 700,000 people)

(The population of Jerusalem, as censored at the end of 2003, was 693,200 people.) and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.(References; Isa 22:5 For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.

Zec 14:3-7; Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.)

Rev 16:18-19 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city (Jerusalem) was divided into three parts,(EU Wants Israel to Divide Jerusalem. 15:51 Nov 27, ’05 / 25 Cheshvan 5766 By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu)

(For the past three years we have been reporting that the time is coming when the world will force Israel into dividing Jerusalem with the PA. Well that time is here. Watch over the coming years for a “political move ” to use the estab-lishment of the next Jewish temple as a bargaining chip for Israel to divide its capital.

The division of Jerusalem would fit into Bible Prophecy. We must keep in mind that the Lord declared that once the Jews took possession of Israel again (1947) it would never again go back into gentile hands. Hence, half of Jerusalem does not constitute a full surrender of it. I believe this issue could be the spring board that Satan will use to bring forth his false Messiah, the Anti-christ.

God’s plan for the end of the ages and the beginning of Messiah’s reign is moving forward with pin-point accuracy!) and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. ars. end pt. 2.



Source by Anthony Smith

Bible Memory Verses and Meditation – What’s the Difference?

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Bible verses memorization is commonplace in the modern Church. It’s in Sunday School, on web services, in emails, flashcards, and probably any other place you can think to put a verse. The question is: Is it effective?

Maybe you are — or were — like me. I thought I was a bad Christian. I had lots of Bible stories floating around, even a few key verses, but I could never remember them exactly right.

I would say something like, “Present yourselves a living sacrifice, that you… eh… are acceptable to God… and… eh… prove Him worthy.” But, I’d work at it, read and study more, and I would get better at remembering the verses, but would have trouble remembering book, chapter, and verse.

Then I would say, “Oh, I know them well, I just don’t know where they live.”

At that time, I was a Christian for about 12 years. My friend, a veritable toddler in the faith (2 years,) was quoting scriptures until he was blue in the face. Honestly, I was jealous.

That’s where my heart was. I wanted to learn Bible Memory Verses just to prove I knew something, gain recognition, show I was a ‘man of God.’

Now, I haven’t arrived yet, but I have definitely left. I realized my attitude was wrong and began looking at this whole concept of memory verses. What does the Bible say? Well, it really doesn’t say much about memorizing verses. There are a few verses that can be interpreted into memorizing, but I would go a step further. We are not just to memorize verses, but to focus intently on them, think on them, rehearse them in our minds and hearts, and chew on it like a cow chewing its cud; getting every last bit of nourishment.

So, what’s the difference between memorizing and meditating? What might seem like a small matter will make a huge difference in your life.

God told the Israelites make scripture integral to their life:

“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” – Deut. 6:6-9 (NIV)

The first instruction on meditation occurs in Joshua 1:8. God tells Joshua that he is (we are) to meditate on the book of the law day and night. Why? “That you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (NIV) The word meditate is the Hebrew word ‘Hagah’ (Strong’s H1897) which means to mumble, mutter, utter or speak. God tells Joshua, “You want to fill Moses shoes, then think about and speak about what is written day and night. Yes, even the book of Numbers.”

Then again, David writes, “[The blessed man’s] delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:2 NIV emphasis mine)

Let me digress. I do believe that memorizing Bible verses is better than not memorizing. It can only benefit you. BUT the Bible teaches going deeper than mere memorization. In fact, it teaches us not just to memorize but to hide the Word in our heart and make it a part of who we are. Memorization involves your mind while meditation involves your heart.

A simple story sums up this point. A man held a friends and family Christmas party. As they were gathered around the fire, they decided to, in the spirit of the season, quote their favorite verses. The host, an eloquent speaker, arose and recited the 23rd Psalm (The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want….) The guests were amazed at his flair for delivery and applauded. After a few others, it was Grandma’s turn. Now Grandma had been dozing for about a half hour and had missed what was going on. The host gently woke her and asked her to recite her favorite verse. The Grandmother sat up, cleared her throat, and recited the 23rd Psalm. When she was finished, there was not a dry eye in the room.

As his guests were leaving, one friend approached him and said, “I don’t get it, what was the difference between your recitation and your Grandmother’s? They were identical.” The host smiled and simply said, “I know the Psalm. She knows the Shepherd.”

So start today. Take a favorite memory verse, or look-up popular verse, and take the first step beyond memorization. Write it on the tablet of your heart. After a month, the results may surprise you.



Source by James R Cook

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