Posts Tagged ‘murderer’

M ♥ Y ♥ O ♥ B

Feb 03

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, it does not pay well to mind other people’s business, so why is that we sometimes easily find our ourselves making a “career” of it? The book of First Thessalonians admonishes us to, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business …” Yet, instead of minding our own business we focus on the habits, shortcomings, success, etc. of those around us. Even the disciple Peter fell into this trap when he asked Jesus what would become of John. Jesus quickly let’s him know that he should mind his own business. He tells him, “… what is that to you?”

We are told over and over in the Scriptures to not focus on others, but instead look inward at ourselves. In the book of Galatians we are instructed to test our own actions and not compare ourselves with somebody else. We are not to be busybodies, but to be busy with our own lives. I do not know about you girlfriends, but I have a fulltime job attempting to make sure I behave myself without worrying about anybody else.

Dearest girlfriends, let us concern ourselves with leading our lives in a godly manner and not being busybodies.

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NIV
 
Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. … When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?” ~ John 21:20-23 NIV
 
But you deserve to suffer if you are a murderer, a thief, a crook, or a busybody. ~ 1 Peter 4:15 CEV
 
We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:11 NIV
 
Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to. ~ 1 Timothy 5:13 NIV
 
Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load. ~ Galatians 6:4-5 NIV

Is Sin Crouching at Your Door?

Jan 27

by Victoria Robinson

Is opportunity knocking at your door? In the book of Genesis, Cain found opportunity knocking at his door. Unfortunately this opportunity came in the form of sin.

Cain’s opportunity to sin presented itself because he did not do what was right. That may be putting it mildly. In fact, his jealousy over his brother’s offerings to the Lord gave birth to murder. This was actually the world’s first murder. So sad and painful to watch this story unfold. In between Cain’s jealousy and his becoming a murderer, we see a warning from the Lord. The Lord told him, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” If only Cain had heeded that warning! How different his life and those around him would have turned out. It has been said that the loss of a child is the most painful death one can experience. Girlfriends, I cannot read this story and not be moved by the agony Cain’s mother Eve experienced. One son killed her other son … a dreaded double loss.

And all this happened because evil desire gave birth to sin. Are you and I any different? Sorry to say—no! Our evil desires may look different, but sin is sin. Girlfriends, you and I have much more power to overcome sin that we sometimes realize. In the words of the apostle Peter, “… he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” The key here is to fill ourselves with His great and precious promises. Immerse yourself into the Word of God and allow it’s power to take away your evil desires.

By the way, Peter certainly knew a thing or two about sin. Remember it was he who denied Christ three times even after Christ Himself warned him what would happen. There is great hope even in our sin, God’s great mercy is amazing. Peter failed more than once and yet went on to live a committed life to his Lord and Savior. In the case of Cain, after God confronted him about his sin, He also told him He would protect him. Now girlfriends, that is pure love!

Dearest girlfriends, let us examine our hearts for evil desires and do what is right and not allow them to give birth to sin.

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” ~ Genesis 4:6-7 NIV
 
… Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. ~ Genesis 4:2-5 NIV
 
Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” ~ Genesis 4:8-12 NIV
 
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. ~ Romans 14-25 NIV
 
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. ~ James 1:13-15 NIV
 
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. ~ 2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV
 
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12 NIV

Falling Into the Hands of Mercy

Jan 04

by Victoria Robinson

How and when our heavenly Father chooses to have mercy on us is a mystery. In fact what the Lord told Moses only deepens the mystery. He said, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy …” The Hebrew word for mercy King David used in the twenty-fourth chapter of Second Samuel is racham, which means compassion, and tender love. He was in distress and relied upon the thought of falling into the hands of the Lord for His mercy.

The mystery of His mercy is unexplainable. Nothing exemplifies this more than the parable of The Workers in the Vineyard. This story shows us the complete mercy of our heavenly Father. Here we see a landowner hiring men to work in his vineyard for a day and agreeing to pay them each a denarius. Sounds straight forward and fair to all the workers except not all the workers worked all day. In fact he hired workers throughout the day so that some worked all day and the last ones hired worked only one hour. When the pay was given, each man got the same pay of one denarius. The workers who had worked all day were upset at the irrationality of the pay scale. Why should they be paid the same as those working less hours, and yet the landowner set them straight in his answer. He said, “Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?” This story brings to mind all of the comments I have heard from lost people who say, “God would never let a murderer or worse into heaven just the same as a good man like Billy Graham.” The mystery of our heavenly Father’s mercy is the only explanation for such a gracious act of generosity.

There is however one aspect of mercy where you will find no mystery. To retain the mercy your heavenly Father has lavished on you, you must give mercy to those in your life.

Our heavenly Father’s mercy is a mystery and unexplainable which is good for us all. Girlfriends, lest you think His mercy is doled out wrongly, you better look into the annuls of your own life and consider the wonderous mercy He has shown you. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would marvel at the mystery of His mercy and give thanks that His love is unconditional.

David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men.” ~ 2 Samuel 24:14 NIV
 
 
What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?” But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use? What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? ~ Romans 9:14-24 NIV 
 
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. “About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace … He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. “He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. … “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ “The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ “But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ ~ Matthew 20:1-15 NIV
 
“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart. ~ Matthew 18:32-35 NIV