Monday, April 09, 2007

"Ancient Words, ever true
Changing me and changing you
We have come with open hearts
O let the ancient words impart."

~ Lynn DeShazo~
Recently we had a discussion in our house about the validity of the Bible and how the words written so long ago are still relevant today. Our children wanted to know how we can be sure the words in the Bible are still relevant because they were written so long ago. One of the children asked if there were situations happening today that were not covered in the Bible?

Within the last few months I heard a message in Church that was really one of those "ah ha!" moments for me. The pastor was talking about how our citizenship is in heaven and not here on earth. He gave an example like this: As citizen's of the United States we have certain laws and customs that we are used to. If an American woman suddenly moved to a Country in the Middle East where she had to have her face covered when going out in public, her husband had total control over her, she had no personal rights, could not vote and her daughters were not allowed to go to school, she may have a problem with this. She would probably not be comfortable living in that country and giving up her citizenship in the United States. This is how God wants us to feel about heaven. Our true citizenship is with him and the laws we should be following and obeying are set forth in his word which he gave us a very long time ago. God does not change. His laws and truths do not change. They are forever.

Many times I have heard Christians say things like "Times change and the Bible needs to adapt." or "This situation isn't really covered in the Bible". Everything is covered in the Bible. When you study the Bible you realize that Biblical times are not so different from the times we live in now. Just because we live in a society that now says it is OK to have a baby when you are not married. God does not. Just because we live in a society that says it is OK to live with someone before marriage, God does not. As Christians we need to remember that our citizenship is in heaven, not here on Earth. Satan rules the earth, where we come from God rules.

The grass withers and the flowers fall off, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. I Peter 1:24

Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. Hebrews 6:17,18

If you want to read others thoughts on this quote head on over to Joy in the Morning who is hosting "In Other Words" this week.


  posted at 6:28 PM  

At 5:28 AM, Anonymous eph2810 said...

You are so right, our citizenship is in heaven and not here. And His Word is still very relevant in these days of ours.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this week's IOW quote.

Blessings to your day and always.

At 6:33 AM, Blogger janiswrites said...

You are so right on with this post! We had much the same thoughts this morning! Everything IS covered in the Bible. That is what makes it so great! Blessings!

At 7:30 AM, Blogger Pearls of Wisdom said...

Dear Julie,

I love your blog and your post for IOW Tuesday. It is so true Gods words are the same today as they were thousands of years ago. May the Lord bless you and your family.
I will be back to visit your blog again.

In his endless love,

Angel ():) ( Pearls of Wisdom)

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Melanie said...


At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Loni said...

Thank you so much for sharing so beautifully here. Thanks for participating in the CWO. It's been an encouragement to read everyone's thoughts.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Heidi said...

Good post Julie. I looked at the quote for this week and was totally uninspired, but you covered it so well!

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Jenny said...


This is my first time stopping by. I found your through In "Other" Words. I love the passage from 1 Peter that you included. And your blog design is just adorable!


At 1:27 PM, Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

You are right EVERYTHING is covered in the bible! I loved the story you shared, thanks for participating!!

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Denise said...

Amen to this, thanks for sharing.

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Bonnie W said...

Thanks for your post today Julie - I am really enjoying getting to know everyone through their blogs.
God Bless,

At 7:37 PM, Blogger Rhonda said...

Excellent post Julie. We really have to remember that we are not of this world.

Blessings to you.

At 7:51 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Great words, Julie! Wow. I love reminders like this. It reminds me of that old Petra song, ". . . we are children, in a strange land. We are so far, from our homeland . . . we are not of this world."

Great post!


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