THE RAINY SEASON

Rainy SeasonRain, rain go away, come back another day. Children sang this popular hymn when the rain stopped their activity of play.

There are some people who think the rainy season is a soppy, problematic annoyance hindering their activities of daily living.

Farmers, because of their livelihood, view rain as a blessing, they realize the importance of rain for the growth of their crops.

In certain areas of the world, April is considered as the rainy season. It does not matter which one of the above you consider. We need rain.

Let’s take a positive attitude about rain. Rain is the water from heaven. It is another one of God’s precious gifts. Rain is God’s way of watering the earth. We need water for all types of reasons.

We need water for:

  • Hydration
  • To quench thirst
  • Personal hygiene
  • Purification and cleansing
  • Growth of plants, flowers, and all greenery.

The Word of God has been symbolized by water.

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. Ephesians 5:26King James Version (KJV)

For many of the same reasons and much more, we need the Word of God in our life.

We need the water of the Word for:

  • Hydration of our hearts and minds
  • To quench our thirst in God’s wisdom, will, and ways for our lives
  • Spiritual hygiene to keep us clean and holy to maintain a God filled life
  • Purification to cleanse us from the noxious ways of the devil, the world, and evil people.
  • Growth of our relationship with God, family, and people

You can hear the Word of God on Sunday mornings at church. Or, maybe a 30 minute gospel program. That is great. However, drinking the Word of God should be a daily activity, throughout the day. Do you drink water only on Sundays? Do you perform personal hygiene only on Sundays? Why do you think hearing the Word only on Sundays is enough?

Reading and studying the Word is the best way to know God. Don’t put it off like the children, saying rain, rain go away, I will read another day. Or, the people who think studying the Word is a cumbersome task and it is not really needed.  Be like the farmers, who realize rain, (the water of the Word) is a blessing and a way of life and is much needed.

Hydrate, purify with the Word and give life to your life and be like the tree in Psalms 1.

 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:3King James Version (KJV)

Tips: Start by reading the Word every day. Read a few scriptures, working your way up to a chapter. Read for quality NOT quantity. Many people are on a reading the Bible in a year regime, which is a great concept, if you are absorbing, understanding, and applying the Word in your everyday life. People get lost in the pride of their accomplishment and brag about how they are keeping on the Bible regime. But if they are questioned on what they read or how they are using the Word, they may be at a lost.

Read the Word for necessity, because it is essential to life as water.

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63 (KJV)

GO GREEN

Earth Day, April 22nd is a worldwide event held to demonstrate support for the Earth Dayenvironment’s protection. People all over the world celebrate and honor this day, by sharing innovating ways to save the earth. Ideas of recycling, replenishing or ways to conserve energy are shared. Techniques, methods and various approaches are expressed to save the environment. An environment is a condition that surrounds someone or something. Or, it can be conditions or influences that affect growth, health or progress of someone or something.

Conditions are ways of living or existing. Influences are powers to change or affect.  Are you learning new methods or approaches to protect your environment? Have you celebrated the concept of Earth Day in your life?

  • What conditions are surrounding you that you need to protect?
  • What influences are affecting your growth, health or progress?

Are you around?

  • Negative people only seeing the wrong in everything?
  • Unmotivated or compliant people who have no goals?
  • People with an old mentality, acting older than their age?
  • Angry people?

The company you keep will affect you positively or negatively. You may not realize it, but you will eventually become like them.

 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20 (KJV)

Ask yourself: are you always stimulating the people around you, but they don’t stimulate you? If the people you hang out with is exactly like you, where are you getting your stimulation?

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels. Proverbs 1:5 (KJV)

I am not telling you to befriend all your companions. Or, to stop communicating with family members. I am telling you to broaden your horizons and go beyond your boundaries. Meet new people, acquaint yourself with people who may bring positive flavor in your life and not the same dull seasonings.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13 (KJV)

What influences are affecting your growth, health or progress?

  • No end job
  • Not getting a college degree or completing school
  • An area or location you have outgrown
  • Overweight

All of the above are difficult tasks—alone. But, with God, they can be performed.

With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26 (KJV)

If you don’t know where to begin, how to execute new things or to neglect old ways, if you are ready to change, ask God for help.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

Don’t wait for one specific day to acknowledge your conditions and influences. Start today and work every day to support and protect yourself and your environment. Go Green in your life.

APRIL FOOL’S DAY

April 1st is observed throughout the western world, as April Fool’s day. It is a dayApril Fool (revised) when pranksters play tricks on people. They may:

  • Send someone on a fool’s errand
  • Have people look for things that don’t exist
  • Try to get people to believe ridiculous things

Personally, I do partake in this day’s activity, but I will use this day as an opportunity to introduce one of the oldest pranksters that exist, the devil.

Don’t be fooled by the devil. The greatest lie ever told is when the devil convinced the world he did not exist. Today, some people do not believe there is a devil and he dwells on the planet earth. He does exist.

 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Revelation 12:9 (KJV)

The devil is a liar.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44 (KJV)

The devil does not wait for one day a year to fool you. He attempts daily and multiple times a day to beguile you.

  • He attempts to send you on a fool’s errand. A fool’s errand is a task or activity that has no hope of success. He wants you to trust in man and self and not God. He wants you to be selfish and not think about others. He wants you to look about at the negative circumstances and not look up to God.
  • He wants you to look for things that don’t exist. Looking for love in one night stands. Looking for happiness in money. Looking for peace through drugs and alcohol.
  • He tries to fool you into believing ridiculous things. He wants you to believe God does not love you. God is mad at you. God will not forgive you. God does not hear your prayers.

The devil’s motto is to play tricks, spread untruths, increase doubt, destroy faith and provoke fear. He begins his works through our minds. Whispering negative thoughts against you, God and the Word. Be wise. If you don’t know the Word you will be beguiled.

Think of it this way. If you partake in Aprils Fool’s Day. What do you do?

  • You prepare yourself
  • You are more alert
  • Question all things

Do the same for the oldest, most cunning prankster.

  • Prepare yourself: by reading, and studying the Word of God.
  • Be alert to the wiles of the devil. Wiles are tricks and strategies.
  • Question all things. If it does not align with God and His Word. It’s a lie.

If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32 (KJV)

The devil is a liar and a prankster. Don’t be hoodwinked.