A Beautiful Mind: The Mind of God

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Have we truly considered the beauty of the Mind of God? He is both the Creator of worlds and the Creator of butterflies, every intricate and minute particle. He is the Artist of rainbow colors, fall splendor, and white sands. His creativity is evidenced in each snowflake, each seashell, each pebble, and each seed.

The Mind of God is imaginative in design. He made the tiny hummingbird and the flamboyant peacock, the bleating lamb and the growling tiger. His protective design allows the color-changing chameleon, the shape-shifting mimic octopus, and the winter white/summer brown snowshoe hare to merge with its environment and thrive.

God has a Mind beyond the scope of any scientist’s understanding. Albert Einstein, an acknowledged agnostic and theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, wrote this in 1954, “I don’t try to imagine a God; it suffices to stand in awe of the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.”¹ Einstein later made this statement in 1955: “I want to know how God created this world. I’m not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.” ² A man whose name is usually associated with the highest form of human genius does not know how this world was created, cannot find the answer in science, and is in awe of the structure– as designed by God.

The Mind of God created man, granting him the mind to choose. How does one comprehend the awesome wisdom of the Creator of everything in this decision to grant mankind the choice to love and worship Him or deny and turn from Him. This beautiful Mind of our Father sent His only begotten Son to die for us, His adopted children, offspring who could love Him or reject Him.

33) Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34) “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
35) “Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
36) For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)

To Him be the glory forever! Amen.

Citations:
¹ Letter to S. Flesch, April 16, 1954; Einstein Archive 30-1154
² From E. Salaman, “A Talk With Einstein,” The Listener 54 (1955), pp. 370-371, quoted in Jammer, p. 123.

Sharon G. Tate blog (08/30/15) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

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Sisters in Christ: The Relationship that Never Ends

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SISTERS

Servants of Christ

Involved in the work of the Lord

Sensitive to others’ needs

Teachers of the Word

Encouraging in times of difficulty and struggle

Respectful of different life experiences, talents, ideas

Sharing seasons of life and change together

We have a special gift from God in our sisters in the Lord. Our relationship with sisters should not be a one-hour-a-week Sunday acquaintance. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we have an everlasting relationship with each other. We must build and nurture our relationship with each other in this world to impact the lives around us—and beyond us.

The power of Christ within gives us the means to change our society. In God’s plan of life, we have been given the ability to bear children, nurture them, teach and raise them to be followers and servants of the Lord. We have a lasting effect on the future. The responsibility is great– and has been given to us.

As teachers to our own children and those children around us—at church, in our children’s classrooms, in our neighborhoods—we can make the Word of God known. When we are sensitive and encouraging to others and respectful of differing life experiences and backgrounds, we are teachers of the Word by our example. Sensitive respect and encouraging attitudes can open doors with others who are not yet our sisters—but could become members of this beautiful body of women.

As sisters in Christ, are we not also serving each other through involvement in our lives, needs, struggles, tears, and joys? Can we not learn from each other, teach by our example, respect our differences, and encourage and support our individual talents and skills. We become stronger Christian women when we are growing, learning, praying, and sharing together.

Special relationships with women of faith who have been through the same seasons of this life—young motherhood, the teen years, changes in mid-life, aging parents, grandchildren, and more—are blessings from God. Sisters in the Lord, who will continue even to the last breath with us, are unwrapped gifts of love from above.

Sisters in Christ, have we developed and strengthened our relationships with each other in this life? Have we joined together, united in purpose and deed for Him? What would our “Sisters’ Page” on a church website show to those women who are looking for answers, seeking God, and desiring relationships with sisters who love the Lord? Would they see us actively engaged in working for God, praying together, meeting in fellowship with laughter and with tears, joining hands and hearts in a common love for the Lord? Would our page be updated– regularly?

“Sisters” –-a plural word, more than one, a body of many.

Have we been the force for God that He intended us to be–TOGETHER?

(Sharon G. Tate blog 08/22/15) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

JESUS NEVER CHANGES—BUT WE MUST!

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New International Version: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Revised Standard Version: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.

New King James: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

King James: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Hebrews 13:8

The message is the same: Jesus does NOT change. He does NOT read new interpretations of the Bible, reflect on the author’s views, and decide to compromise His own knowledge. He does NOT listen to a speaker in a large auditorium who claims to proclaim new wisdom regarding the Word of God, question His own understanding, and change His entire belief system. He does NOT follow the daily concerns expressed on Facebook, Twitter, messaging or the newscasts with a fear of tomorrow; His faith is NOT shaken. He does NOT become desensitized to the despair, poverty, war, and violence in the world. He does NOT take a break or tire from listening to and hearing the prayers of those who lift up their voices to Him in supplication. “For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, He’s always totally Himself”(Hebrews 13:8 The Message).

There is no one else we can count on to be the same always. As we grow up, we see different aspects of our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and trusted adults. These important people in our lives are changing human beings, and so are we.

For us, change is necessary in order to grow spiritually. We need to examine differing perspectives, question those views, hold them up against the Word of God, read and study the Bible, and talk and pray with others who are searching for the Truth. We need to be able to discern what truth is, who is speaking truth, and who is speaking untruth. We haven’t arrived at the state where Jesus is—to fully know and understand.

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.” (I Corinthians 13:12 RSV)
We don’t know now, but as Jesus promised His disciples, one day we will: “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”(John 13:7 NIV)

Our goal is to be more like Jesus, striving to reach that high standard—but we aren’t there yet. We can’t stay the same yesterday and today and forever to be like Him. We must change.

One day, we will know in full. One day, we will understand completely. One promised day, we shall be like Jesus: “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”(I John 3:2 NIV)

What changes do you and I need to make daily to
become more like our unchanging Savior?

(Sharon G. Tate blog 08/15/15) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

Who will be on watch when the Lord comes?

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“For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman,
let him declare what he seeth” (Isaiah 21:6)

Ticking time. Who is watching?

Time seems to be elusive. We age, our children are “suddenly” adults, and our parents become cherished memories. When did it all happen? Who was watching?

It can happen in a moment—even though it was a decade. It can occur when we aren’t watching. Likewise, the coming of Christ can take us by surprise, unawares, if we aren’t  alert and ever watchful.

We are told in God’s Word that we must be on watch at all times:

Luke 21:34-36  (34) But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. (35) For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. (36) Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.
Matthew 24:42  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
1 Corinthians 16:13  Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

In order to be watchful, we must be awake:

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

When we are not vigilant in our watch, we can risk our own salvation– and the salvation of others who may be watching us. When we do not declare what we see and know about God and the coming of Christ and what we must do to prepare—we have failed as watchmen.
We must each take care that we do not stumble, becoming our own Watchman, so that we are ready when the Lord returns.

Ticking time. Are you watchful?

(Sharon G. Tate blog 08/09/15) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

The Right Time is God’s Time

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         Everything Has Its Time

1) To everything there is a season,
     A time for every purpose under heaven:

 2) A time to be born, And a time to die;
     A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
3) A time to kill, And a time to heal;
     A time to break down, And a time to build up;
4) A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
     A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
5) A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
     A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
6) A time to gain, And a time to lose;
     A time to keep,And a time to throw away;
7) A time to tear, And a time to sew;
     A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
8) A time to love, And a time to hate;
     A time of war, And a time of peace.

              Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

But how do we know when it is “time” for each of these? How do we determine the “season” that is right—to act or not to act, to do the first course of action or the opposite? The answer is that we don’t know. By our own knowledge, by our own judgments, by our own opinions, by our own instincts, by our own feelings—we don’t know. It is only through communication with God in His Word and through prayer that we can find the answers we need.

Self-reliance leads us into actions with consequences that can be devastating. “I didn’t see that one coming” is a familiar phrase and one that is often true, because we don’t have the sight of God. The corner, the turn, the distance are not visible to us. “God is my co-pilot” used to be a bumper sticker on vehicles. But God must be the pilot, and we can’t be “back-seat drivers.”

In a world of uncertainty, untruth, immorality, and sin, isn’t it time to be still and listen to God for the answers? His direction is available any time we ask for it—if we just take the time to seek His wisdom, His insight, and His sight to guide us in our thoughts, in our decisions, and in our actions. That time is now.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 08/02/15) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word