The Sweet Stuff Ministry

Friday, February 25, 2011

Contentment

     Philippians 4:11-13    "...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."

     As I hear folks talking of the state of our economy and some of the uncertainties of what is yet to come with economic situations, this scripture keeps coming to mind.  The sooner that we can learn contentment, the sooner we can have peace and let go of fear in uncertain times.  God is in charge and we must find contentment in each day and each situation and know that he can handle it. 
     I wonder if what people really mean is that they fear that they may have to make adjustments to their lifestyles?  Maybe eat at home more, find a vehicle that has more reasonable payments, cut back on some entertainment activities.  After all, our ancestors ate at home pretty much all the time and at that they ate what was on hand and learned to be content.  Their entertainment consisted of church socials or family gatherings and the home was a place where they spent a great deal of time together.  A vehicle was something to get you where you were going and back home again, not a status symbol or something that cost more than most people's homes.  I believe that people were more content 75-100 years ago when society did not put so much peer pressure on everyone.
   

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Birds

   Genesis 1:20-21   "And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."  So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems,  according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.  And God  saw that it was good."

     Our Biology lessons this week focused on birds, their skeletal structure, feather composition and their ability to fly.  God made the birds and gave them the ability to fly in an instant.  Man tried for many, many years to figure out how to construct an airplane that would fly.  Even though the airplane would fly like a bird, for a long period of time, there was an issue with turbulence.  Scientists revisited the bird in order to figure out how to deal with turbulence.  Birds have a single feather that lifts up on takeoff and landing that eliminates turbulence.  One small solitary feather!!!!!   While airplane engineers knew that this technique worked on planes, the reason why it worked was not discovered until 1989.  Planes had been flying for over 75 years without really knowing how they were doing it. 

     This is a wonderful illustration to God's magnificence and intelligence!!!!  He made the birds with the ability to fly perfectly in an instant.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Are you a Christian chameleon?

Psalms 27:1-4  The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?  When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.

Chameleons are interesting creatures.  They are a class of lizards that are able to change the color of their skin in order to blend in with the environment around them.  Chameleons are able to vary their skin color in 11 different hues and some can even alter the pattern of their skin to include spots and stripes.  The variance in skin colors is dependent upon the chameleons state of relaxation or excitement, affected by sensations of safety or danger.  The chameleon determines the need for changing colors by a situation called social signaling.  In other words, a chameleon may change colors depending upon the perceived intentions of other chameleons.  What they think their peers are planning to do to them, can change their skin color and its patterns.

How many times are Christians much like chameleons?  How often have we seen Christians in our environment, or as leaders in our communities and country, change their colors and/or add spots in order to blend in with the environment around them?  Can you think of a time when a Christian allowed fear of peers or colleagues to prevent standing for God's word?  Has there been a time when you witnessed a Christian being a different person according to the crowd in which he/she is around?  Do Christians hold onto God's promises for protection of their businesses and families or are they afraid when the enemy lashes out and threatens to destroy?


Self-preservation is a dangerous mind set.  The Lord promises through salvation that we need not fear the attacks of the enemy.  He expects integrity.  He wants us to be in the same skin no matter where we are or who we are with.  He does not want us to camouflage our Christianity. 

There may be times when you feel inhibited to display your Christianity.  There may be times when the world expects you to be divided in your actions and behaviors.  Stand strong with integrity.  Be the same in every environment, even when the enemy is up close and in your face.  God will protect you and bless you for your integrity.

Standing up for God's word is not always easy.  But, it IS always worth it!