God Bless

God is not going to bless a goal motivated by greed, envy, guilt, fear, or pride. But he does honor your goal that is motivated by a desire to demonstrate love to him and to others, because life is all about learning how to love.

Why is it important for you to have goals that are based on love? Because if you set loveless goals, you’re going to treat people as projects. You’re going to run all over them to get to your goal. You’re going to run over your marriage, your friends, and other people as you climb up the ladder of success. God says, “No. You’ve got it all wrong. It’s not about accomplishments. It’s about relationships. It’s about learning how to love.”

“Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV). The number one goal in your life should be to learn to really love — your family, neighbors, unlovely people, and those who are hard to love. That makes you more like God, because God is love.

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Gentiles were part of King Davids mighty men.

There were a number of Gentiles among King David’s mighty men.  They were Zelek the Ammonite. Uriah the Hittite, Igal of Zobah, Iggai the Gittite, and maybe there were more that we don’t know about. Davids deeds on the battlefield had made his God famous, and David actively sought to convert foreigners to the God of Israel. Missionary work did exist in the OT, and this is where these men came from. 

There is a description of David’s mighty men in 1 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11. 

Psalm 32:1-11

Most scholars agree that this Psalm and Psalm 51 were responses to David’s sin with Bathsheba (2 Samuel ch. 11). For a while, David did not ask God to forgive him. When he asked forgiveness from God, and He forgave David. David repented to God. 

David uses three words to describe disobeying God: Disobedience, sin, and doing bad things. These three words describe all the ways we disobey God. 

Next, David uses three words for what God does: God forgives, God covers, and He does not hold our sin against us: He will save us from going to hell for doing it. 

In verses 3-5 we see where David asks God’s forgiveness. A burden was lifted from David when he asked for forgiveness from God and he was once again happy. God always forgives us if we ask Him no matter what we have done. 

In verses 6-7 we see that David now feels different. He now feels free from sin. He tells everyone “Pray to God” He means if you sin ask God to forgive you; do not wait”. God was David’s hiding place. God will hide us from the bad times that are sure to come. He will keep us safe. 

Verses 8-9 is God speaking now. God will always show us what we should do if we will ask Him. We should be people God can talk to, not like the animals.

In verses 10-11 we see that the people who trust God will not be sad. The only real way to be happy is to ask God to forgive you for your sin. You will have a clean heart then. It will be as though you have never sinned. 

Sources: https://www.easyenglish.bible/psalms/psalm032-taw.htm

Attention seeking and fake Christians

Some of the so-called Christians are seeking attention from man and not God (Matthew 6:2; John 5:44; Philippians 2:21; James 4:6). Some believe that crying while singing Hymns or during church service guarantees them a place in heaven. They also believe if they recite a prayer or go to the altar call every time that also will guarantee them a place in heaven. They complacently remain convinced they are true Christians. The reason these people believe they are true Christians are many but certainly, one reason is False teaching. When churches do not teach sound doctrine the end result will be those who do not know the true word of God.

Sources:https://www.gotquestions.org/fake-Christians.html

https://www.openbible.info/topics/fake_christians

https://www.openbible.info/topics/attention_seekers

Avoid arguments

Some people just want to argue about everything. People who like to argue are not looking for solutions to a problem. They just want to win. Win at what you may ask. They just want to win at arguing. It does not matter what the subject is they just want to win. They want to win because it makes them feel superior. They do this because they learned early in life this is how to solve conflicts, (or what they perceive to be conflicts) this way and never outgrew it. How does one handle people like this? Here are a few suggestions.

Speak with respect to others. The Bible says that we should speak to others with love. Our speech should be kind but firm (Ephesians 4:15; Proverbs 15:1; Clossains 4:6).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tell them what Jesus has done for you. Nobody can argue with your own story. People won’t usually get defensive when you are talking about yourself.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sometimes it is best to just walk away from an argument. There are things that are not worth your time. They can spoil your relationship with the Lord. Allow the Lord to give you direction on how to deal with different problems. Before David took the throne of Israel he had to deal with Saul. David allowed God to fight on his behalf. David had wisdom to know when to fight and when to walk away (1 Samuel 24:10).

You are accountable to God for your actions, not the other person’s actions. God will hold you responsible for you act towards them (Proverbs 28:13; Romans 14:10-13).

Pray for them (1 Corinthians 1:3-4; 1Corinthians 16:23-24; Matthew 5:44-45).

Sometimes you just have to agree to disagree. Ignoring a problem will not make it go away. The apostle Paul had a disagreement with his mentor Barnabas. These two men could not avoid conflict. They were able to deal with conflict by agreeing to disagree (Acts 15:37-49).

Jeremiah 11:11 (God will not hear Judahs cry for help)

God would not hear Judah’s cry for help. They had broken God’s covenant (verses 2-8). They had broken God’s covenant and had gone off into paganism (verses 9-10). Therefore their fellowship with God was broken and He would not hear their requests. Where there is Godless living (Isaiah 56:11-12) neglecting those in need (Isaiah 58:6-9) and carelessness in regarding the clear instructions of God (Jeremiah 35:17), God cannot honor the person praying. As a matter of fact, the one who does this in danger of divine judgment (Zechariah 7: 8-14). However, God will answer the call of His people who are intimate with him (Job 13:22; Job 14:14-15; Psalms 22:24-25; Psalms 91:15; Psalms 102:1-2; Isaiah 58:9; Isaiah 65:27). 

The word, Therefore, connects verse 10 which tells about the breaking of the covenant. Their deliberate unfaithfulness will bring evil on them. 

Is it wrong to pray for someone to die?

In Matthew 5:43-44, Jesus says ” Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy. v.44 ” But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” The Lord was saying (“In former days it was okay to hate your enemy (Psalm 79); Psalm 74), Godly Jews prayed for the death of their enemies). But now I (Jesus) want you to love your enemy. Do not pray for them to die instead bless them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The change came because the Lord came to bless men with God’s salvation! On the cross, Jesus said ” Father forgive them for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots, (Luke 23:34). In grace and love, Jesus did pray for their salvation. In Acts 7:60 Stephen was being stoned by his enemies yet he prayed for them asking the Lord not to charge them for their sin. Stephen, like Jesus, was filled with love for his enemies. 

Sports addiction

Idolatry first begins when we take our focus off Christ and replace Christ with something else. There is nothing wrong with just enjoying the sport itself but the problem comes when you focus your attention on that sport more than on anything else (family included). It is a sad thing to see someone who ignores their children when they need that attention. 

Another thing that shows how badly Americans are addicted to sports are those cities that are building these ridiculously expensive sports stadiums. Some of these stadiums cost close to 1 billion dollars. I saw highlights of a game the other day where this city built a brand new stadium so a certain team would come there to play their games and because of this virus, fans were not allowed in. There were only sound effects of a cheering crowd. The money could have been put to better use somewhere else. God sees the folly of man.

Another problem is spending a lot of money on the sports memorabilia you mentioned. It seems as though that kind of obsession is bad because putting that stuff first before thinking of God or your family you are taking money from them both. 

Sexism

Sexism is one gender, usually male, having dominance over the other gender, usually female. The Bible contains many references to women that, to our modern mindset, sound discriminatory towards women. But we have to remember that when the Bible describes an action, it does not necessarily mean that the Bible endorses that action. The Bible describes men treating women as little more than property, but that does not mean God approves of that action. The Bible is far more focused on reforming our souls than our societies. God knows that a changed heart will result in a changed attitude.