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What is Good For Us

God knows what is good for us. I love this about Him because there is a purpose to all His the things He asks us to obey and avoid. He does this because He wants to protect us.Satan, on the other hand, wants to deceive us. He wants us to doubt God’s intentions towards us. All you have to do is look at what is going on in the world to see that he is having a field day. People are being deceived into thinking that God wants to control us, not allow us to be our own person or to express who we really are. The list is endless. Just watch the news and you’ll see what I’m trying to point out.

I have read the story of the fall of man so many times that it is hard not to gloss over it. This time around I was struck by the fact that God is our ultimate protector. He calls us to avoid the things of this world because He knows if we expose ourselves to them we’ll weaken ourselves spiritually and possibly get hurt in the process.

If you have the time please read through Genesis 2-3. If you don’t have the time here are the highlights:

The doubt:

Genesis 3:1 (Satan) starts to put doubt into Eve’s mind, “Indeed, as God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?'”

The truth:

The truth of the matter is that God provided for Adam and Eve all they needed. They could eat from any tree in the garden, “Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food” (Genesis 2:9a).

God allows Adam and Eve to eat of any tree except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “The Lord God commanded the man saying, ‘From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat from it you will surely die'” (Genesis 2:16-17).

What Eve knows:

Eve knows she isn’t suppose to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “The woman said to the serpent, ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we shall eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die'” (Genesis 3:2-3).

Satan twisting God’s Word:

Satan uses doubt to twist Eve’s mind into thinking that God is withholding something good from her, “The serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely will not die! For God knows that the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil'” (Genesis 3:4-5). What Satan said is a twisted version of the truth – They will know good and evil and with this knowledge they will start to die.

God had a protecting hand over His creation. He knew if Adam and Eve exposed themselves to knowledge that was potentially harmful that they’d lose their innocence by their gained knowledge. This, my friends, ended up harming them and all of mankind. It is the reason why we are in the situation we are in today. Sin entreated into the world because Adam and Eve listened to Satan’s lies and deceived themselves into thinking God was withholding something from them.

The world is a harmful place because Satan is in it. He wants to deceive us into believing what God says is a lie. He twists the truth and tries to open our eyes to the things of this world so we’ll desire them more than God. Don’t be deceived. Don’t allow the world to dictate to you what you should believe. God’s Word is the truth even if it is sometimes hard to understand. We just have to trust that God knows what’s best for us. Learn from Adam and Eve, trust in God and believe what He says is ultimately for our own good.


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January’s Memory Verse

With the new year comes our new passage to memorize!! Every month we on the Stillness blog memorize a verse from the bible. This year we’re going through John 15:1-11.

The key to memorization is the review. Always review all the verses you’ve memorized to keep them fresh in your mind. This is why I only memorize one verse a month. It allows me to learn a new verse but also take the time to review older verses.

There are many ways you can go about reviewing your verses. If you’ve got the time you can review all the verses you’ve memorized. I find this to be difficult so I split them up into groups. This way I’ll go through them all a few times in one week. It is all about baby steps my friends. I don’t believe God cares how long it takes for you to memorize His Word. I think He cares more about the fact that you are memorizing His Word.

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Welcome to 2018!

I find it hard to believe another year has come and gone. We’ve done a lot on the Stillness blog. We’ve read through the bible in two years. We’ve also memorized the Beatitudes which means we’ve memorized another larger portion of scripture.

My goal for the Stillness blog is that we learn to make the Lord part of our daily lives. I want us to go beyond just reading someone’s devotional thought (even my own) to digging into the Word on our own. I feel that reading the bible daily, memorizing scripture and prayer are vital to our spiritual health and growth.

Over the years we’ve been reading through the whole bible. Some years we’ve taken only a quick year to get through the bible while other years we’ve taken two to three years. I’ll be the first to congratulate you on your daily bible reading if you’ve stuck with it these past two years with us. This year we’ll be reading through the bible chronologically. I’ll provide the new reading plan on the right hand side of the blog. If this is a plan doesn’t work for you than by all means feel free to find one that fits your needs. My goal isn’t that you stick with us but that you read your bible on a daily basis.

Memorizing scripture is not easy for me. I struggle with it and find it to be a challenge. Even though this is true for me I still think it is important to work on memorizing scripture. There will be a time in our lives that we may not have a physical bible to read and will have to rely upon what we’ve motorized. This year we’ll be memorizing John 15:1-11. I realize this is one verse shy of a year but I think we’ll be okay. I know December is a difficult month for many so we’ll just take the time to review the whole passage next December.

I pray that the Lord will lead you into this new year with new insights from what you learned from last year. That you won’t look back with regret that clings to your future. To know that mistakes happen but repenting and forgiveness releases you from them. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

I’m looking forward to spending another year with you!

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Holy, Holy, Holy

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I thought we’d get back to listening to our hymns and/or worship music today.

Isaiah 6:3 says, And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!'” 

I remember singing this song in church while I was growing up and one of my favorite verses from this hymn is, “Lord, only Thou art holy and there is none beside Thee; Perfect in power, in love and purity.”