Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Applicable Ancient Words

Every generation believes themselves more clever than the previous one. The wisdom of the elderly is discarded as old-fashioned nonsense. Most believe new ideas to be superior to old thoughts. Prior rules and mores are considered archaic. Yet there is nothing new under the sun. 

We may live in the twenty-first-century but the heart of mankind is no different from its origin. Human hearts are full of sin. Human hearts need a Savior. Human hearts can be changed. Via the voices of His chosen ones, God has penned a book to guide us through the paths of this world into His loving arms of salvation. It’s called the Bible and it is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.

God’s ancient words, spoken for generations, were given to change hearts for the better. So why do some people still choose to disregard words of truth from God’s own heart? The modern age has traded the intrinsic value of Scripture for contemporary words that permit our chosen way of life. Humans would rather twist rules to fit present-day than have their actions conform to so-called primitive beliefs. 

But these precious words have been handed down to us through hundreds of generations for a reason. They are applicable and true for all people everywhere for all time because the Creator of the world inspired them. They are words to live by every day come what may. 

God’s heart hasn’t changed—He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Our hearts can be changed because of His love through Jesus Christ. And His Words can be found in the holy Scriptures. 

Read and heed the words of Christ. They have been imparted to us to help us make our way through this sinful world. They change us, transform us, and make us like our Savior, our God, and our Creator. Take to heart these ancient words. 

Uncover my eyes so that I may see the miraculous things in your teachings.  Psalm 119:18 (GW)

Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your Torah.  Psalm 119:18 CJB

Generations come, and generations go,
    but the earth lasts forever.
The sun rises, and the sun sets,
    and then it rushes back to the place where it will rise again.
The wind blows toward the south and shifts toward the north.
    Round and round it blows. It blows in a full circle.
All streams flow into the sea, but the sea is never full.
    The water goes back to the place where the streams began
        in order to start flowing again.
All of these sayings are worn-out phrases. They are more than anyone can express, comprehend, or understand.

Whatever has happened before will happen again. Whatever has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun. Can you say that anything is new? It has already been here long before us. Nothing from the past is remembered. Even in the future, nothing will be remembered by those who come after us.  Ecclesiastes 1:4-11 (GW)

Blessed is the person who does not follow the advice of wicked people, take the path of sinners, or join the company of mockers. Rather, he delights in the teachings of the Lord and reflects on his teachings day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 GW

Jesus said to them, “Aren’t you mistaken because you don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power?  Mark 12:24 (GW)

Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you. Think about how their lives turned out, and imitate their faith.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Don’t get carried away by all kinds of unfamiliar teachings. Gaining inner strength from God’s kindness is good for us. This strength does not come from following rules about food, rules that don’t help those who follow them.  Hebrews 13:7-9 (GW)

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