This week in Scripture; dual citizenship.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God... - Ephesians 2:19

Several thousand immigrants come to the US every year, usually to become citizens of this country. Some have considered what's known as a dual citizenship (Being a citizen of both countries.); many have taken that route, while others simply call themselves as Americans and renounce their citizenship of the previous country.

This is the same thing for Christians; at one time, we were citizens of the sinful world and of the flesh. Now that we've been called to God through Christ, we are now citizens of Heaven; we don't have the option of dual-cititzenship and, honestly, we don't need that option! Why try to bunker down in this world when we have something much more awesome waiting for us? I'd rather have that than what is temporary in this life (Which happens to be almost everything!).


This week in Scripture; Bee chirps "Uh-oh!"

I'm working on Proverbs 3 for the next few days:

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. - Proverbs 3:11-12

The previous week was Proverbs 3:7-8:

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Both groups of verses speak of wisdom (A big player in the book of Proverbs overall.); this week speaks of the wisdom of accepting God's correction, while the previous week encourages the reader to accept God's wisdom rather than relying on the self's "wisdom".

Onto this week!

Think about this week's verses this way: As parents, we have to discipline our kids whenever they get themselves into trouble; we love them so much that we want them to do well. When they get out of line, we must correct that behavior.

Case in point: Bee is learning that she is not to throw toys (Thankfully, stuffed animals!) when she is in the backseat of our vehicle. She starts to learn that her daddy and I won't keep handing her the same toy to throw and to hear her say "Uh-oh" multiple times (It does get taxing after a few minutes!).

In the same way, we must allow ourselves to see that God does love us, even when He's correcting our bad behavior.


This week in Scripture; hiding spots!

This week's Scripture verse comes from Psalms 119 (The longest chapter in the Bible; it also happens to fall neatly right in the middle of the Book!):

"You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word." - Psalm 119:114

I loved playing hide-and-seek as a kid (I guess that's a good thing to have siblings play with you!); I manage to find some hiding spots that I know that I won't be found by my brother.

In a different take of hide-and-seek, I'm able to "hide" in God's Word, but I'm also found hoping in His Word as well! As Christians, we put our trust in Christ at conversion; should we not put our hope in His promises and Word as well?