Sunday, January 23, 2011

Want to know a Secet - Part 2

How did you do with the questions from last time?

I have had situations where I just had to know what I was missing. And then I was very disappointed. I had built up the mystery in my mind only to say - oh was that all it was about. God tells us to be anxious for nothing; Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. The fact that this curiosity is so intense should be a clue that we are teetering out of God's protection. See whatever we think we are missing takes on a whole new level of responsibility. Yes with knowledge comes responsibility. Once we know something, we must act on it.

When Adam and Eve ate the fruit in the garden, their eyes were open and they KNEW they were naked, and then felt responsible to cover up. Genesis 3: 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. They were ashamed! So going back to the questions from last post; What Emotions did this "knowing" bring to surface in you? Happiness, joy, satisfaction, guilt, disgust, fear? For them it brought in fear - something they didn't have before. God did not design us to have fear, look at 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. However, when we don't operate in obedience to God and His word, we step out of His protection zone.

Someone once told me "Don' t let your ears be trash cans!" This is such a powerful statement and can pertain to so many circumstances that we encounter daily. Some of these are obvious, some are not so much. Sometimes we actively participate in filling our ear up with junk and sometimes we don't. If faith comes by hearing, good or bad, then what we hear becomes an integral part of who we become and how we act. Therefore who we want to become is what we should allow our ears hear.Here are some more questions to ponder that will help point out areas your ears are being trash cans. Remember, once we "know" something it takes on a responsibility in our lives to act or react.

1.) Have you ever had a time where someone tells you something personal about someone else?

2.) Did it change how you felt about that person?

3.) Has someone "vented" to you about a fight they had with someone else?

4.) Did that cause you to have an opinion about the other person?

5.) How did you feel once they made up and weren't fighting anymore?

6.) Do you struggle to be nice to someone after you have heard "trash" about them?

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Next post I want to go over some of the ways we can be pro-active instead of re-active. There are things we need to know in life, and wisdom we should seek. God was well pleased with Solomon for asking for wisdom. But there is a difference between knowing and wisdom. As I continue these next couple of posts, I want to point out some ways we can be more balanced between good knowing and bad knowing, and how to use Gods wisdom and self control.Be

Posted by Lynn

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Want to Know a Secret?

The Price we pay for being in the "Know"!
Part 1

Much of our lives is governed by a curious nature. We are driven by not wanting to be left out.

Eve was deceived by wanting to know what God knew. Read Gen 2:15-17 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

It continues that God did not want Adam to be alone, so God put him to sleep took his rib, and made Eve to be his helper, Genesis 18-24 .
Verse 25 - Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

Now lets read Gen 3:4-5 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

See Eve was "hooked" in by the temptation on "knowing". She had to know what she was missing. She wanted to know what God knew, or so she thought.

My husband and I get a chuckle out of our youngest daughter's curiosity. She just has to know. If we need her to respond to a message or text right away, all we need to do is say something like "Guess What"? or "I got a surprise to tell you", and she calls right back. She is catching on to this a little but it still works. Because like Eve we are all naturally/fleshly curious. We don't want to feel like we are being left out!

Much of our lives are governed by this, take television, they end a season with a cliff hanger to bring us back next year, we want to know what happens next.

Over the next few posts I want to point out some of the hidden traps that our curiosity gets us into. What dangers we can suffer from having to know, and what Gods word has to say to help guard us and save us from those traps.

Here are a few Questions to ponder about wanting to know.

1.) When was a time that you just had to know something?

2.) How did you feel after you found out?

3.) Were you happy or disappointed in you findings?

4.) What Emotions did this "knowing" bring to surface in you? Happiness, joy, satisfaction, guilt, disgust, fear?

I pray this series of posts will help you to grow. Until next time -