Leaving Something Behind

Proverbs 13:22
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

Proverbs while not being scriptural mandates for godly people nevertheless are guides for the wise. This proverb observes that the person who is farsighted plans ahead for the provision of his family. This holds true for Christian and non-Christian alike. Therefore, this passage of scripture, would not exclude the prudent ungodly person who carefully and wisely plans for the provision of his future and his family. Neither is it suggesting that the godly are always wise and farsighted.

The person who lives beyond his means enjoying the pleasure of the present is doomed to suffer the pain of poverty. The anguish of debt and the pressures that accompany it are the lot of those who desire to overlook the necessity of providing for the future in the present. A bumper sticker that glibly states this concept in selfish humor says, “We’re spending our children’s inheritance.”
As the proverbs are not mandates they are also not determinations of certainty. This is borne out in the realization that just because a person is godly and makes careful wise decisions does not mean that he will be wealthy and leave a great inheritance to his descendants. An inheritance that all can leave their descendants in spite of their financial circumstance, however, is a legacy of godliness. To leave descendants with a healthy fear of the Lord, a deep love for the Word of God, and a determined desire to live a life pleasing to the Lord are matters of most precious value.

by Dr. Gayle Woods

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We Are Not Quitters

John 8:31-36 (31)

Winston Churchill was a man who refused to surrender.  On May 13, 1940, facing overwhelming odds as Hitler planned the destruction of England, Churchill addressed the House of Commons with this challenge:  “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”  Just three weeks later he addressed the nation with the same challenge. 

“We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.” 

A year later he told Hitler and his Nazi forces:  “We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will. You do your worst-—and we will do our best.” And later, “We shall never turn from our purpose, however somber the road, however grievous the cost.”

It is this same spirit that motivates the child of God in spiritual warfare.  We will stand with the Captain of our Salvation.  We will never relent, recant, or retreat.  We will be true to the end for we are disciples of Christ.

By Dr. Gayle Woods

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Friendly Fire – Not so Friendly

Galatians 5:13-15 (14)

    The news reports flooded into the United States.  Pat Tillman the safety for the Arizona Cardinals who turned down a 3.6 million dollar contract in order to join the army following 9/11 made us proud to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  According to initial reports, this Army Ranger, was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004 as he charged the enemy, saving the rest of his platoon.  In honor of his  heroism, Arizona Senator John McCain presented the Silver Star for Combat Valor and the Purple Heart to Tillman’s family.   

Then other news stories began to surface.  Our hero, Pat Tillman was not killed by enemy fire after all.  Instead there was a mine explosion that was mistaken for mortar attack.  Another group of Army Rangers saw Tillman and the four Afghan fighters who were in his group and thought they were the enemy.  When the smoke cleared, Tillman lay dead.  Three other American soldiers were wounded as well.  There were no enemy forces in the area.  He was killed by “friendly fire.”

Unfortunately friendly fire is too common among Christians.  Paul addressed this problem when he said that just because some Christians are not bound by the traditions of the elders, and the interpretation of the law that is specific to their congregation they should not feel free to condemn or criticize those who are still in this spiritual bondage.  Rather, the love of Christ should always be expressed by those who serve Him.

By Dr. Gayle Woods

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