THE ULTIMATE GOAL
LIFE 'IN' JESUS CHRIST
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (NKJV)
Seasons of Life In Jesus Christ.
Delicious looking, are they not!! Hello, my friends. Thank you for coming back. If you will allow me, I will lay the 'ground-work' of some events that transpired in my life, BEFORE CONVERSION, DURING, REGENERATION. IT MAY HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND YOURSELF, OR, SOMEONE ELSE.
Without any hesitation, let me say this clearly. None of us would have ventured into Uncle Emory's 'watermelon patch' - alone, solo, single. No. You see, he was very generous and we loved him. AND, he was also one of the 'disciplinarians' for us. [Yes, he could spank us, if we were in danger and would not stop. Like jumping into the pond, without adult supervision! That sort of danger.] The watermelon patch was not out in 'plain sight' to tempt us. [He did his part as an adult]. It was hide in the middle of the 'tobacco field', and there had been 'stories' that the 'buggy man' roamed the 'tobacco fields' at night. I kid you not! Further, we all knew not to go into the watermelon patch. PERIOD.
But, when you get a group of 'friends' of any age together, whether ages 7-9-10-11-12 or so; well, you know, "who is afraid of 'the big, bad wolf'". or, 'the buggy man'! Right? And, the 'prize', just to sit there and bust open those sweet, warm and juicy melons! And, to have a 'watermelon fight', washing each others' faces in the juicy leftovers!! Oh, what fun! The thrill of it all! But, there was so much more thrills. It was especially more thrilling, running from the 'bees' coming to the smell!!
None of us had at this point, developed - 'self-control', for we were still 'being regenerated to be converted'. We were in 'the grasp of His Grace'. But, we were 'sneaking' behind our parents backs.
[Galatians 5:16-25; Philippians 2:12-13] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Time to learn - as it is written: 'You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor's....anything that is your neighbor's'. [Exodus 20:15,16,17]. And, for me, a time to 'choose' God, first. And, it would be a time to learn about the same thing Adam and Eve had to learn - 'the lust of the flesh'; 'the lust of the eyes'; the pride of life'. [Genesis 3; 1 John 2:15-17]
What, no fear of consequences? What consequences? "Nothing bad could happen to 'me'." Right? 'It is only once.' Right? [You get the picture.]
Yes, it was legitimately thrilling that is, when the watermelon is 'lawfully' given to us and we play after dinner. No guilt, no questionable shame. No 'negative' consequences of such as guilt and shame. No 'nightmares'. No looking over our shoulders. No 'dis-ease' of the conscious'. AND CERTAINLY, NO CORPORAL PUNISHMENT!! [That 'last thing' on the 'list above', always deterred me. I would not 'push authority' to that 'limit'. Oh, no. For real!]
But, we did not know all of this, at the time. [Proverbs 22:6] We had to learn. We all do. AND THAT IS WHAT 'PARENTING' IS TRULY ALL ABOUT. Training us.
Speaking of which, my friends. You are not going through anything 'unique'. This is some of what I had to deal with in my 'early years'. What you have to deal with in your young or older years, may be different. But, we have to live life, We all - have choices to make, 'dealing with temptations', making right choices, and, making wrong choices. 'Situational ethics' will NEVER WORK. AND THE CONSEQUENCES? We all learn from them. Sometimes you learn MORE from the 'painful' consequences, than, from things going perfect. [Romans 7-8]
There is no getting around it. There are 'no safe zones'.; 'NO BUBBLE WHERE EVERYTHING IS 'PERFECT'! [Ephesians 6 ]
But, what we were about to venture into was not to end up 'thrilling', With a 'choice' to go on our own, to 'find' and 'steal' the watermelons, we were definitely heading for some 'real consequences'. Why? It was worse because we were planning, and 'conspiring'. We knew we were doing - wrong. Oh, yes. "But then, there was that - dare, that betrayal." Egads! [Yeah, right, 'the devil made us do it'! Genesis 3]
'Bad company ruins good morals'. We were tentatively - ALL BAD FOR EACH OTHER!! [1 Corinthians 15:33]
Where are you, right now? A time to 'pause and to reflect'. Consider where you are, and, how you may have gotten there. Take responsibility for the decisions you have made and consequences. Time to lay the past down, learning from the lessons, knowing not to repeat them, and it just may be time to consider ever so carefully - are you causing or encouraging someone to - stumble? Are you allowing someone to cause you to 'stumble', to deviate from what you know you do not want to do? Or, maybe it is something you know you should do, like 'give up that bad relationship'. etc. Consider carefully. Time for a change?
Remember to always 'search the Scriptures' for yourself. [Acts 17:11]
I shall continue in a few days - the 'watermelon' patch 'temptation'. Would I 'go alone, to get along'? How would I deal with 'conflict' with right and wrong, please my brother, or, face the loss of 'friendship' and be misunderstood? There are no 'safe zones', even in families. Families are fertile soil for the development of 'character'. For real! For all. Amen. Amen.
'The LORD bless you and keep you. The LORD make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. LORD please put your name upon all who venture into the 'rooms' of 'my house' 'in Jesus' and please bless them, even as you graciously blessed the people of Israel of old, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen. Amen. [Numbers 6:22-27]
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