Published on July 23, 2014
Knowing how & when to use the resources available to me...: Knowing how & when to use the resources available to me... "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart & lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, & He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, & depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, & marrow to thy bones. Proverbs 3:5-8 Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 214-225 Also various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 3 Who Am I?: Who Am I? In Nature… There are some 3000 species in this family Can be found all over the world Operates on the victim with surgeon's tools From Scripture… Once was a God-fearing leader Became comfortable as king Tended to stray from his first love & resource Mosquito Family:Culicidae (Culicidae = mosquito): Mosquito Family:Culicidae ( Culicidae = mosquito) On being a mosquito: On being a mosquito We don’t live long, but have LOTS of babies We don’t travel far Females “hum” louder than males (between C & E flat) The Hebrew word for “fly” can also mean midges, no- seeums , & mosquito http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/mosquito Living as a “skeeter”: *If you are female, you get non-skid, friction pads so to hang on, have leverage, & take in 3x the body wt. *The majority of your food is nectar & other liquids *Swarms = mostly males Living as a “ skeeter ” Scriptural Applications: Scriptural Applications Don’t fully ignore the little irritants, those small choices/events that can finally destroy your walk. Like a mosquito, those small irritants can lead to a deep, soul-reaching disease… Mat 25:3,10-13 They that were foolish took their lamps, & took no oil with them… And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; & they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: & the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered & said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not . Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. A conquering king becomes complacent: 3 rd King of Judah Maacah , the Queen Mother, was an idolatress (he removed her from the throne for that) Cleansed Judah from idolatry Conquered an army of a million when he trusted in God, but lost his way after 35 years of ruling & turned to the world… A conquering king becomes complacent Good King Asa: Good King Asa Excellent start… sad end When he was rebuked for turning to the world, he threw the prophet in prison His name meant “physician” yet he died trusting his physician more than God He died after ruling for 41 years, greatly honored by his people & succeeded by his son Jehoshaphat. Watch out for the slow leak…: Watch out for the slow leak… Why did Asa imprison Hanani , after winning a militarily successful campaign? He may have been justifying his actions by the outward success (even tho ’ this meant compromising the temple to pay the Syrians) What was the cost of turning from God? The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. Deu 28:35 Hmmm... that slow leak comes from becoming too familiar…: Hmmm... that slow leak comes from becoming too familiar… Just how many decisions do you make without first checking in????