Biblical principles in modern times

I was shopping for a supplement. A calcium supplement to be exact. I was reading some information on this company’s website and was struck by how, yet again, biblical principles are relevant in modern times, despite many secular opponents of the Bible claiming otherwise.
The site stated the following:

Your food is not providing you enough vitamins and minerals!causes of osteoporosis - not enough fresh, natural foods

50 years ago, vegetables were farmed as they had been for centuries, in mineral rich soil. The ground was purposely left fallow for long periods to allow minerals to replenish and fertilizers were not needed because the ground provided the nutrients to the plants.

The Bible speaks of leaving the ground fallow (letting it remain untended) every seventh year, so that the land can naturally replenish itself, and also so that the poor and wildlife can eat what is left in the field.  (“…but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.” Exodus 23:11 ESV)

Modern day commercial farming uses principles of man, of agriculture, of man made science. In commercial farming, crops are rotated every few years, presumably so that the land can replenish itself, yet, planting another crop on it doesn’t replenish it, hence, the need for man made fertilizers. The result of this exhaustive farming practice has resulted in mineral deficient foods. Mineral deficient plants are then fed to livestock, which are slaughtered for food sources, but the quality of meats are also lacking in minerals and vitamins. When you think about it, terms like “Grass Fed” and “Organic” mean nothing, if the farming practices follow anything close to the commercial farming principle of constantly farming out the soil.

Opponents of the Bible would like the world to believe that we have evolved past the sandals wearing fire and brimstone prophets portrayed in this dusty old, outdated book. That in these post modern times, we no longer need the once sage advice of these
“old timey” preachers because we now have computers and knowledge that they didn’t have.
And yet, there it was. Plain as day on a site that had no intention of relating its content to biblical principles. Letting the ground replenish itself naturally.
Huh. Go figure. You mean, THAT’S in the Bible?|
Yes. Yes it is. Along with many other tidbits of modern wisdom.

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I died again and no one cared

There seems a never ending list of people these days, who disappoint me daily. From friends who never pick up their phones when I call, or only call me when they need something, to my husband, who, in finding out that I had the flu, peeled out of the house as fast as he could to go on a business trip clear across the country for 5 days.
Every time I turn around, someone is letting me down.

It’s very difficult not to feel hurt, not to feel let down by those around me. I’m not going to lie.  I feel like most people in my generally vicinity suck. That’s the long and short of it. And I could, very easily, fall victim to a mindset of getting back at them. Ignoring them, making life difficult for them, all because I hurt.
But I choose not to.

Self centeredness is something that every person, Christian or not, will struggle with until the day we die. When we are self centered, nothing spiritual gets through. Any blessing, any breakthrough, is bogged up, like a clog in the line of the drain from Heaven to Earth. Sure, you can justify your hurt all day long, telling yourself that others deserve what they get from you. After all, they’re the ones who forced you to act this way.
But no one is forcing you to act poorly. It’s just an excuse. It’s a demand that self centeredness requires to keep you in bondage.

The Apostle Paul said that he died daily (1 Corinthians 15:31). He didn’t mean that his body physically died, but that he had to choose not to be self centered every day.
The cure for self centeredness is God’s Word. To replace your thoughts with God’s thoughts.
And God’s thoughts are not of this world.
Renewing your mind with God’s thoughts requires the death of your old mind. It’s constant and dynamic, requires choice on your part and a willingness to do the work.

Proverbs 14:12 states “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”.
We live in a modern world where 144 characters can define our moods. Where we have 1000 opportunities a minute to be offended at the very slightest thing. We talk at each other instead of with each other, each waiting for their turn to get their points across.
But no one ever gets their points across because we are all too busy making points.

I choose not to be offended, because God has shown me that in doing so, I will have peace.
His peace.
A peace that surpasses all understanding.
Quite frankly, it’s too much work now to get rankled over every little thing. For the length of time I’d spend being angry, hurt or plotting revenge, I could spend that time more productively, at peace.
I’m not perfect, not every day. There are days I would much rather cut someone than love them, much rather pick a fight than walk away from one. But those days come less often than in the past.

I could’ve spent the 5 days my husband was gone, moping around angry. Instead, since I was down for the count anyway, I CHOSE to renew my mind with God’s Word. To replace the anger with His Peace.
I CHOSE to die to self. And I am grateful for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world may promise but only Jesus delivers

1-19-2017

I sat at my kitchen table this morning, eating breakfast as usual, checking the weather on my phone. The app said 10% chance of snow.
The weather at my house apparently didn’t get the memo, as I sat watching fat flakes tumble to the ground.
How many times does the world get it wrong?
Many.

Did I mention that I really like snow and that warm weather had melted all that had previously fallen? That our area’s 7 day forecast is more warm weather to come? Or that it was technically too warm to snow this morning? Did I also mention that I am usually not up at that hour, that circumstances arose to get me out of bed earlier than normal?

The Holy Spirit whispered to me: “All things are possible to those that believe”.