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NOT MY CUP OF TEA BUT THANKWORTHY

Not bacon & eggs but bugs & eggs.

I know that the verses leading up to 1 Timothy 4:3 have to do with false, apostate & corrupt  teachers who were prone to legalism.

But one of the underlying principles is that all food is given to us by our Father’s kind hand.

” … forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.”
(1 Timothy 4:3)

Bon appetite!



LURED

This big boy saw a lure that tricked him into thinking it was delicious.

James 1:13-16 – “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.”

What’s tempting about fishing lure is that it looks like food to a hungry fish.

What’s enticing about any sinful temptation that it appeals to our own lusts.

Here’s the equation:
TEMPTATION = DESIRE + BAIT

Desire without bait is not temptation.

Bait without desire is also not temptation.

Watch your desires. Bring them under the Lordship of Christ; then you won’t get “hooked”!



SILENCE IS GOLDEN 

Proverbs 17:28 – “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.”

My grandfather often said: “if you can’t improve on silence then don’t speak.”

He lived by that adage.

He was a man of few but weighty words.

It’s only the Holy Spirit who can hold a believer’s tongue!
And often the believer’s tongue needs holding!



DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT?

It’s great to see these two having a belly-laugh together!

Proverbs 17:22 assures:
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

There certainly is a time to take things & oneself seriously but only doing that is unhealthy.

There are a lot of broken-spirit, dried-up-boned persons. They rarely laugh & they usually criticize those who do laugh. These unhappy & unhealthy souls take themselves altogether too seriously.

Every once and a while it will do you good to watch or to listen to some clean humour.

How about this Saturday?

It’s good medicine.


THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD

Sometimes we make the big mistake of taking upon ourselves the weight of the world.

When we do this we over estimate ourselves and underestimate our God.

1 Peter 5:6-7 are clear!

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

The word “casting” carries the idea of happily throwing aside
not to pick it up again. Like the high-schooler who casts aside his backpack full of school books on Friday afternoon, not at all intending to use those books all weekend.

The other thing about prayerfully giving the weight of the world back to God is: It’s a very practical way to humble oneself.

Really, taking on the weight of the world is an act of incredible pride.

The weight of the world clearly belongs on God Almighty’s shoulders! He is more than able & willing to have it!