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Do You Really Believe?

 

“Jesus therefore said unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will in no wise believe” (John 4:48).

We live in an age of skepticism. From an early age, our children are taught the scientific method. Nothing is true unless it is proven by testing and observation. Even in Jesus’s day, the people would not believe without signs and wonders. Hundreds, perhaps even thousands, gathered around Him to see the miracles He performed. Jesus gave them plenty to see. But does that mean that all believed? We know many, if not most, did not.


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The “Highly” Educated

“Be diligent to present yourself to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of God” (2 Tim. 2:15). 

While attending college in the 40’s, I came across those who made a career of their attendance, year after year pursuing further learning in what turned out to be a secure and organized life without worry about a vocational effort. In spiritual matters, most church members stand above those we associate daily. Why? In most cases, you and I have been richly educated in the word of God. 


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Instant Gratification

Ponder: I want what I want, and I want it now!

Scripture: “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:24, 25, NKJV).

An old adage says, “Good things come to those who wait.” In this era of entitlement, many are unwilling to wait. Why save up for that car when I can get financing stretched out five years or longer? Why wait to pay cash for what I want when I can have it right now by putting it on my credit card? It’s called “Instant Gratification,” and it is epidemic in America. It’s the reason so many are turning to people like Dave Ramsey to help them learn to live within their means.


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