Defilement, fear, and abiding

I wanted to record a few scriptures that I have found recently.

Mark 7:15, 21-23.

There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile a man.

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

This one is just alway a good reminder. I have also been thinking a lot of judgement and whether we recognize it in ourselves or not. When people say, “No judgement,” that is almost assuredly a sign that they ARE judging. I really want to shout from the rooftops that if we would all just stop judging, we would all be happier people! Of course it’s a lesson that took me a long time to understand.

Mark 6:50

Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

When we are with the Lord, like the apostles were when this was said, we have nothing to fear. So think- are you with the Lord, or against him?

Mark 6:10

In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.

This was very apt for me as I wonder how much longer we will be here in Germany. The definition for ‘abide’ is very interesting, look it up. I haven’t truly been “abiding” here, but my heart and my thoughts have still been at home. I go back and forth wondering what it means. First I feel like it has taught me about myself. I thought I could be the kind of person who enjoys an adventure and travel and all that, but really I just want to be home. (Hm, I wonder if this could apply to my spiritual home as well?) Secondly, I am sure that I have missed out on so much because I am so fearful of putting myself out there. What am I missing right here in this town that I will most likely never be able to do again? What will I regret not doing?

It also reminds me of the counsel given by my stake president while we lived in Sunnyvale. He told me to live on the land as if we would never leave and we would be blessed. So we did. We bought a condo and were very financially blessed to be able to buy a larger house when we moved to Colorado a few years later. We have continued to be blessed. However, I don’t feel like I have lived this counsel here in Germany. And now I see why the Lord instructed me so; it makes a big difference in my attitude about life and how happy I am.

These are just a few of the thoughts from my scripture study recently. I continue to read through the New Testament, focusing on the words of Christ.

Fruit and Purpose

Let no fruit grow on thee, henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

Matthew 21:19.

This verse is normally referenced on the topic of faith. But the other day as I stumbled upon it, I realized it could be applied in a much more personal way.

If, a fig tree which can no longer produce fruit, withers away straight away, does this not mean that its purpose is to produce fruit? And once its purpose is fulfilled, it goes “the way of the earth.”

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Can we not assume the same about ourselves? Obviously, our “fruit” is not literal, but more defined as the product of our lives– whatever your personal purpose is. So if we are still alive, then we could assume that we still have fruit to bare. We still have purpose.

If you are feeling–like me– that you have lost your purpose, if you are wondering what the Lord has in store for you, at least find solace in the fact that you are still alive. Therefore you still have purpose.