July 23, 2012
I apologize for not sending out the Thought for the Week for a while. After writing something every week since 1999, I have decided to give myself a break – a long, possibly permanent break. The brethren at WCF are deciding what to do with it.
I haven’t given up writing. At present I am engaged in writing a book about the how to overcome our deceitful mind and achieve the fruit of the Spirit through love and truth. I feel like there is a very real need for this in the world. If God so blesses me, I intend to do my best to lay out a process one how to overcome this deceitfulness. My hope is to have a finished draft by the end of the year.
When I began this endeavor in 1999, it was with the intent of exhorting brethren weekly but more importantly, giving everyone something to think about. I never felt like everyone should agree with me though I tried to persuade of the validity of my argument. The purpose was to get the mind moving. Thinking is a critical element to spiritual warfare. When we stop thinking, we allow others to control us. Seldom is the outcome a godly one. Jesus said “seek and ye shall find.” He didn’t say “let someone else seek, give you all the answers and then follow blindly.” I am often reminded of the words of Bertrand Russell who said “Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.” If I have achieved anything over the past 13 years it is hopefully to have provided you with something to get your gray matter moving and expanding in the areas of God, Christ, the Bible and morality whether you agreed or disagreed with what I wrote. The very act of thinking consistently about God’s word is in itself a worthy goal.
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. (Ps. 119:18)
The benefit for the Thought for the Week has accumulated mainly to me. Not only did it keep me thinking and searching the Scriptures, but I was caused to think by many of the comments and questions posed by you, the reader. Thank you for all the comments and questions both to me personally and on the blog. Proverbs 11:14 says “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.”
I also appreciate the many friendships that were forged near and far as a result of this effort. It has been a privilege to get to know so many people around the world.
I pray that you will continue to meditate on God’s word and urge me on in this as well. If you have any Scriptural ideas you would like to share with me, you can always track me down. I would love to hear from you.
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes. (Ps. 119:45-48)
Have a great week,