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Persecution either sees a person leave their faith, or sees them grow stronger in their walk with God.

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If your faith is growing, it will be demonstrated by an increasing love for others.

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Remember, whatever God calls you to do, He will equip you to do!

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In a matter of minutes my brother Andy, our friend Eddy and I were headed out of town on our bikes. We were following a narrow dirt road that was used by the numerous farmers and ranchers that lived to the north of our community. We scooted along at a good clip for the first half mile, when we came to a sharp right turn and the road became narrower and had a few curves to it. That slowed us down some. At one point we had to pull over and let a farm truck go by that was loaded with cows. They were no doubt headed for the sales yard. The farmer gave us a wave as he passed. As soon as the dust settled down that his truck had stirred up, we were on our way, once more. We were on a mission!

We barely had our bikes up to speed when we saw another rig coming towards us. We pulled to the side of the road again, and let it pass. Hey! It was the old pickup we had seen going through town that had been loaded with junk in the back. And now it was empty! Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Oh, boy!

Seeing that pickup, with the back having been emptied of its cargo, gave the three of us an extra burst of energy. All of us were peddling our bikes as hard as we could. Each of us wanted to arrive at our destination first! The junk pile! This was serious business!

We peddled up a slight hill and the road began a curve to the left. Suddenly, there it was—the Junk pile! The three of us coasted to a stop and got off our bikes, our eyes sweeping the heaps of litter that lay off to the side of the road. What a treasure chest lay opened before us! We could hardly take it all in!

Apparently the word “treasure” holds different meanings for all of us. To three young boys, looking over a huge pile of junk and garbage, a piece of treasure could mean nearly anything they felt might have some future use for them.

In Proverbs 2:3-5, we see treasure spoken of, but in a much different light than three boys about ready to begin stirring through a pile of junk and garbage. The writer of these verses states: “Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.”

Insight and understanding. I am not sure everyone would agree that they should be considered treasure for those who have those aspects of their character. Yet, I wonder if the Lord would not be pleased if we regularly prayed for insight and understanding as we approach the various challenges we each must face in life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us. Thank you for your great grace and mercy. Would you grant us real insight, and deep understanding, as we travel along this journey in life? Give us your wisdom Lord, and lead us in every decision we must make. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

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Christian, to believe in something not yet proved, and underwrite it with your life, is the only way to keep your future open!

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Be careful you don’t lose your faith, even though we live in a world that “has to see it to believe it.”

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While we yet live is the time for a decision regarding whether or not we will live for Christ. After death, decision-making is over!

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