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Spiritually Speaking for week of April 12, 2012

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By Pearl Harper

Spiritually Speaking
Pearl Harper
10 Commandments Good rules to follow

I recently read a little quote that stayed with me. “A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.”
My family knows I am notorious for seeing in print and copying quotes, some are on my refrigerator along with many pictures.
Another of my favorites, “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
Another is “An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.”
Some short thoughts put in print are quite inspiring or thought provoking. Something I have been thinking about for a long time. We as a nation of blessed people are taking our blessing for granted and making some poor decisions. We spend more time and money trying to fix things that never should have been done in the first place. Do we find genius or stupidity in some decisions?
Of course I believe in the 10 commandments.
They are a good rule for living even if you say you don’t believe in God. They are all found in Exodus 20:3-17.
I do believe in our Great Big Sovereign loving God. It is my peace in this troubled world.
Commandment six states, “Thou shalt not kill.”
If there were no killing for malice or assault and battery or vengeance it would be a safer world.
Number seven says, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Think of all the heartache that would be avoided if everyone were true to his or her husband or wife. Think of all the confused children, think of all the spouses that are hurt because the marriage comes to an end if adultery is the cause.
Number eight, “Thou shalt not steal.” This means we are not to secretly or openly remove the property of others.
Number nine, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” We would not give false testimony in courts of justice or willfully lie about anyone.
How many heartbreaking headaches would be cured if these rules (or laws) were applied to our daily lives?
I don’t believe a study will ever be done in order to test the consequences.
The Bible does not prohibit death as punishment for crimes.
If there were no adultery or fornication of any type, there would be no sexually transmitted diseases. Again, genius or stupidity?
I personally believe the 10 commandments are a rule, a standard to live by. If we try to follow them, God says in Exodus 20:6, (he will) “show mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” Who in their right mind would not want God to demonstrate and bestow His love on them?
There is any urgency in our world, in out nation, I believe our nation was always blessed because we knew and recognized our creator. Now nothing is sacred to so many, I don’t think most of the younger generations realize what is happening.
Commandment number three states, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” Never have we seen such lack of reverence for God.
Dakes commentary says this means no swearing blasphemy, a contempleous or profane act, utterance or writing concerning God or a sacred entity. God’s name is to be used in prayer, praise, teaching or worship.
I believe one of the most important things we can do right now is to pray for our nation, pray for our children. Tell them that what is happening in their make believe world is not how it is supposed to be.
Our culture s being saturated with every vile, filthy thing imaginable, and unless we tell our children, our grandchildren the truth they will not know the severity of what is happening. Read all of II Timothy 3:1-4 see if you think it applies to our day.
“Perilous times shall come – men will be lovers of their own selves, covetous boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, with out natural affection, trucebreakers, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers, of pleasure more then lovers of God.”
It doesn’t take a genius to know we had better get busy and be about our Father’s business.
God bless.