Nov 2013 Questions & Answers

The question before us today, is why do people clam up or refuse to speak of spiritual things?  Well, I to have experienced these things, and for years wondered why? I call them "runners."

Do you suppose it is because they are running? Not willing to face up to their situation in life.  Time and experience and observation have taught me some things about runners. They find many ways to do it, for example consider the following. . . .

1. Runners may become addicted to working being away from those that confront them with their problem, for example, occupations, schooling, arts, hobbies.  2 Runners may become obsessed with books, puzzles, games, anything to be "to busy" to confront dealing with the problem. They are like the proverbial ostrich burying its head so as to not see it.  3.  Runners may seek another authority until they find one that agrees with them. This is particularity true of religious lifestyles.  4. Runners may, move away, thinking they can find a place their problem will just go away. However wherever thy go their problem is there.  

All of the above are possible motives and excuses, for those running away from issues they are afraid to deal with. There are reasons for this that are common to the weakness of our sin nature.

1. Could they be religious, but not Christians, that is they satisfy themselves or possibly others in knowing about Jesus and not receiving Him and following Him. Such are goats and not sheep.  John 1:43 "The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.", John 10:27 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:", John 12:26 "If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour."

Many people know of Him but never receive Him following Him and His Word, such are fooling themselves and others with religious feelings.  Consider: Matthew 25:31-34 "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: [32] And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: [33] And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. [34] Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: "

Consider: Numbers 32:23 "But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out. "Beware: They can fool themselves, but not the Lord!

2. Could it be they have seen other religious people, instructors and conferences destroy their own kind, to lift themselves up in their own eyes and that of others.  Such hypocrisy turns them off of such individuals or instructors, they not only lose all their credibility, but also those they represent. Yes, Christians are mirrors reflecting the God they profess to believe in.  Consider: 2 Cor. 3:2-3 "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: [3] Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart."  2 Cor. 4:3-4 "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: [4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."

If they are Christians, and are practicing hypocrisy, hurting the Lord and those in God's family, the Lord has a way of dealing with them and does.  Hebrews 12:1-14" [1] Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  (Remember: They can fool themselves and others, but not the Lord! ) [2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. [3] For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. [4] Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. [5] And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: [6] For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. [7] If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? [8] But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. [9] Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? [10] For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. [11] Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. [12] Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; [13] And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. [14] Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Remembering VS.6"For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." My dear friends praise the Lord discipline is the test of love, it is the test of belonging to the Father's family. "nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Remember its purpose, "[14] Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:"

Friends, praise the Lord we have such a God.

Remember and beware: 2 Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

It is something to think about, pray about, and act upon.

Now go do what is right in the eyes of the Lord and may your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

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