Wednesday, April 30, 2014

APRIL 30 "ARE YOU A FLAKE?"

This is one of my least favorite stories in the Bible, especially having a daughter myself.  Jephthah's irrational promise to God is going to take his daughter's life.  This just goes to prove, that even the best of us have the propensity to be serious "flakes" at times.  Here is a man whom "the Spirit of the Lord" is upon. Here is a man whom God is using, a man who goes out and accomplishes a great conquest for God and for Israel, but when he comes home, Jephthah must deal with a very ugly situation, that has stemmed from his, and his only's, incredible, stupid and irrational promise he has made to God.  As if he had to make this promise to God in order to gain this victory. This is a horrible story about a poor young girl, who's life is going to be cut short because of a Father who is just "a flake".  The lives of many children have been subjected to "the whims" of flaky parents and I'm talking about Christian parents.  Our text today reveals to us, that we can be men and women that God is moving through, but yet still be making some horrible decisions and at times, making irrational promises to God, that our going to effect our spouses and our children in a very negative way. The problem with this, is often God takes the blame and the parties that are effected by these flaky people are the ones that get bitter and angry towards God.  We must make sure to take note, that God has nothing to do with this irrational promise that Jephthah makes, unfortunately, in life, we often don't have the benefit of reading a story, looking at a situation, from the outside in, to realize, God is not to blame. How many children are out there today, turned away from God, because of irrational promises and decisions their parent(s) made in a moment of hype, fear or excitement? Are you a flake?  Of course your answer is emphatically "no". However, it would be wise to realize, that each and every one of us, has the propensity to be "a flake" when we are not on our guard. Some good advice I once received from an older, seasoned, Pastor was, "don't let your highs get to high and don't let your lows get to low", that was good advice! Why? Because it is in those times, when we are "super high" and/or "super low" that we make decisions, in the heat of the moment, that we will live to regret, further down the road. Remember God's word, "better not to make a vow to God, then to make a vow and break it". God doesn't need us to make vows to him to try and influence him to do what we want. Don't ever try to get God to do something for you by making a vow to him, this is a sign, that you are somewhat "flaky" and if you continue in that habit, one day, you will live to regret it, just ask Jephthah. The saddest part of this story is that God was going to bring that victory regardless of Jephthah's irrational vow, Jephthah, lost his daughter for nothing!

Monday, April 28, 2014

APRIL 28 "WILL YOU RISE FROM THE DEAD?"

 APRIL 28  "ILL YOU RISE FROM THE DEAD?:"      Imagine for one who was the Alpha and Omega, according to John He was the word who had always been.  Never was death even a concept to ...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

APRIL 26 " WHERE'S GOD!!!"

 APRIL 26 WHERE'S GOD!!!:      " 4 They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep ...

Friday, April 25, 2014

APRIL 25 "WHEN DARKNESS REIGNS"

 APRIL 25 WHEN DARKNESS REIGNS:       "But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.” We know Jesus is physically speaking to the Roman Soldiers, but who is He really s...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

APRIL 24. "NO DISCIPLE"

If you follow the life of Joshua, you will find little to no error, in his service to God. Nor will you find any flaws in his character. Perhaps Joshua learned enough watching Aaron over the years, to learn what not to be and what not to do. Joshua is pretty much a straight shooter, impeccable in his ways, so why does he not leave a disciple, why "no disciple" for Joshua? Where would Israel have been if Moses had not discipled Joshua? Yet, even knowing the impact and the importance of a disciple, Joshua leaves none.  "No disciple" is the only thing you can hold against Joshua, but it doesn't make sense. If Joshua was such a stellar disciple in every other area, why did he fail in this most important area? I've often thought about this and there can only be one conclusion......it's not that he failed to think, or to leave a disciple, it's that there was none to disciple. Yes, Moses discipled Joshua, but Joshua was interested in being discipled, it takes "two to tango" as the saying goes. I beleive, that this group got so apathetic that there was nobody in the "up an comming", there was no man that saw that as a place he would like to be, no the places they could see themselves were, let's say, less than Holy. You'll notice the trend continues, as God begins to raise up individual judges to rescue Israel, but every time the deliverer,the judge dies, there is nobody to follow in his footstops. Currently in one of our churches we have a leadership, Joshua position, that has recently vacated and to everyone's dismay, there is no likely candidate to step into his shoes and neither is there anyone volunteering. I beleive, Joshua did not fail in leaving a disciple. I beleive there was no man desiring or willing to be discipled and that's how bad the apathy and spiritual lethargy had gotten in this bunch. The proof, is in following the mind set of the people, through the era of The Judges. Synergy can be both a good thing and a bad thing, depends in whose favor it's working. I remember a time where synergy created a movement in our church where every man wanted to be a disciple and get sent out to Pastor. Surely God was not calling 95 percent of men in a church to leave to go Pastor. No doubt some of those men were called, but many were not and just caught up in the synergy of that moment. As it goes, the more people who wanted to be discipled, go out and preach, the more people that wanted to go out and preach. However this synergy can work against you too. The more people that aren't interested in being discipled, then the more people....I beleive this is the time frame Joshua is in. They've seen the costs, the sacrifices and hardships and this group sees absolutely no reason why they would ever want that whole discipleship thing, " you must be crazy", they think and this mindset then becomes pervasive throughout the camp and Joshua has no man even remotely interested in the job. How sad that is for Israel and how sad that is for a church, to have "no disciples", to have no men, who desire to be a Moses, who desire to be the next Joshua. For all the bells and whistles of the modern day church, you can tell a lot about the  spiritual climate of a church, by looking around to see, if there be any disciples!

APRIL 23 "FIGHT NOW OR PAY LATER"

 APRIL 23 FIGHT NOW OR PAY LATER:      I'm not sure which 1/2 of the tribe of Manasseh this is that "did not drive out the people of Beth Shan.....for the Canaanites...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

APRIL 22 "ARE YOU RELIGIOUS?"

 APRIL 22 ARE YOU RELIGIOUS?:      It's hard to imagine Abraham ever serving any other God but Jehovah, but he did and so did all his family.  “This is what the LORD,...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

APRIL 20 "NO LOVE LOSS FOR JESUS"

APRIL 20 NO LOVE LOSS FOR JESUS:      THE group of Pharisees hated Jesus, there was no love loss between the Pharisees and Jesus. There were other groups who loved Jesus and...

Friday, April 18, 2014

APRIL 18 "I'M SOOOO TIRED!"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: APRIL 18   I'M SOOOO TIRED!:      Unlike the world, we do not just find ourselves physically tired, we also find ourselves spiritually tired. Not only are we having to d...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

APRIL 17 "TOO OLD TO FIGHT?"

Too old to fight?  Not Caleb!  He was one of the original 12 spies to spy out this land many decades earlier and was one of the two (the other was Joshua) . When a young man is entering puberty we know that a surge of Testosterone runs into and through his body. This testosterone causes hair to grow, pimples to form and aggressiveness to rise up in him. Here is the transformation from boy to manhood and the fight; that once was not in the boy, is now there! He becomes more aggressive, stronger, muscles begin to develop, but what happens in old age? The opposite, Testosterone begins to wear off in our later years of life. So much so, that men, today, can purchase drugs to increase their testosterone in their latter years. As men grow old, because of the decrease in Testosterone, they lose the fight that once was in them. They become very complacent, they become very passive. This is how it works in the Physical world and I wonder how much the Physical mirrors the spiritual? Fewer and fewer converts, that are strong and faithful, old pillars; are found in the church. As the Church Laymen are working hard to maintain the new life that is coming in, they find that the old converts are now giving up the fight at a time where it is most crucial for them to be the Caleb's of the group.  We see that there is a lot of new young life, now in the Israeli camp, but we also, see that it is Joshua and Caleb, with years of experience, faithfulness and great testimony with God, that are leading them. Are you too old to fight? Never is the right answer! At least not spiritually. As we get older in Christ, we must pray, "God infuse me with a fresh does of Spiritual Testosterone, I've come to far to give in now".  This is why Paul commends himself, "I have fought the good fight of faith". As an old convert and old man Paul is proud to say; not that in his younger days he put up a good fight, but that in his latter days, physically older days, he is still spiritually strong, has made the journey and fought to the end.  Many older Christians are slipping in their later years and what a shame that is, what a shame we do not have more Caleb's around. Caleb says, "I am as strong today, as the day I spied out the land many decades ago, and I am still good for the fight and I still want all that God has for me". In your latter years will you still have that fight? Or perhaps you are already in your latter years and you already feel your spiritual rigor slipping and passivity and complacency settling in. It is never to late to cry out to God and pray that He would infuse you with a fresh dose of Spiritual Testosterone, lest you find yourself missing out, on what you have spend the last few decades living for, ie: Heaven.
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

APRIL 15 "ARE CHRISTIANS ALTRUISTIC"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: APRIL 15 ARE CHRISTIANS ALTRUISTIC:      ARE Christians altruistic? There's a questions that deserves some thought! I personally don't know the answer to that, but I do...

Monday, April 14, 2014

APRIL 14 "ARE YOU RIGHTEOUS?"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: APRIL 14 ARE YOU RIGHTEOUS?:      OUR idea of righteousness is not even close to what "righteousness" truly is.  I was at a convenience store this morning, bou...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

APRIL 13 "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!"

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: APRIL 13 CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!:      I'm not so sure if " catch me if you can " is the best policy to follow in life.  There is a mindset that says, "it&...

Friday, April 11, 2014

APRIL 11. "Who wants to go to a party?"

We all want to go to a party right? "Well, that all depends on who's having it", we would say. I guess you could say, "a Christian" (can we call JESUS a CHRISTIAN?) is having this party, still want to go? "I guess that means there won't be any alcohol?"  Probably not!  " I guess there won't be any drugs there?"  You guessed right! " and I guess there won't be any chance of "hooking up" at this party either?"  No, there won't be any hooking up, that's for sure!  So, just let me know if you are going to be going? "Oh, I can tell you right now, I'm not going, sounds like a pretty lame party to me. I don't know who you're going to be able to get to go to that party".  To many people, "a Christian Party" is an Oxi-Moron, because it's missing all the elements of a good party, ie: SIN! Jesus gives us a parable of a party He is throwing and people are not overtly interested in going, any excuse, no matter how lame, is a good excuse for them not going. It's just like trying to get people to go to church and some of the excuses they give us, we just want to say, "how could you look at me with a straight face and give me that, as a reason why you can't come to church?" Everybody wants to go to Heavan, and then again, many do not want to go to Heavan, it's just the alternative, "Hell" is worse, so I guess I will take "the so called Christian Party instead, how lame this is going to be, no wonder I don't want to die, I have nothing to look forward too. If I'm really bad, I go to Hell to be tortured and burn and if I'm really good I get to go to a Christian party, yippie yeah!"  Truth is, people are not knocking down doors to get into Heavan. Jesus is having a hard time getting people to this party. No doubt Heavan will not be empty, but there will be more who refuse to go than those that do accept the   Invitation.  Have you accepted the invitation? And if you have accepted the invitation, but only grudgingly because there's nothing else, then chances are, when you get there, you will not be let in anyway. This is why we must make the "metamorphis" while we are here on earth. In our unregenerated state, Heavan is not for us. Heavan is not for caterpillars, only for butterflies. Every human is born a caterpillar, uninterested in what Heavan has to offer and each caterpillar must make the metamorphis into a butterfly, before dieing. It's called being "Born-Again". Jesus said, " unless a man is Born Again" He will not see/enter, The Kingdom of God". What is the Kingdom of God? It's JESUS' banquet, it's Heavan,  it's His Party! See you there, I hope!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

APRIL 10. "FIGHT FOR THEM, WHY?"

I don't know how they did it, they, being the tribe of Gad, Reuben and the half tribe of Manasseh, but they did. They left their wives and children behind to go fight for the rest of the Israelites that still had not possessed their land. Imagine knowing and or thinking..."this is crazy, I have my inheritance, my land and here I am, out here fighting, I could get killed doing this and never get to go back to my family, who am I fighting for and why?! Let them fight for this land, they are the ones that want it, I already settled for my land on the other side of the Jordan!" I know what you are going to say, "they had already promised they would when Moses agreed to let them have that land".  And to that I say, "big deal!"  People promise all sorts of things when they are excited, but when reality sets in they retract every promise they made under the guise of, "it was irrational, c'mon, I was to excited to be thinking straight, I mean what would be the point of me settling for this land on the east side of the Jordan if I am going to go die fighting Jericho, let's be real?" I did read that "any that did not go would be killed" and that is a strong motivation, no doubt, but I don't sense, from what I read that that is the driving motivation in them going. The feel I get from the text is that they are totally on board with this idea that they go fight with and for their brothers until all have their inheritence. The Israelites have been through some rough times and have not really shined in character, to say the least, but it is good to see them here with a good attitude and a valiant spirit. It just goes to show, that even the worse of us, still have some good in us. While in other areas they failed, they are showing exemplary character here, fighting and risking all, when they already have received what they wanted. Most would have tried to get the three tribes together and try to force this promise, to go fight, to be revoked. The more you work with people the more you see, everyone has weak character in some areas and strong character in other areas. Sometimes an individual will totally disappoint us in one area, while another person shines and then, the next weak the roles are completely reversed in another situation, where that person fails you and the other rises to the occasion. Any group of people, that is going to try to advance together "as a group" is going to have to remember these moments, where someone or some people, shined, because it will only be a week or two later where they may not shine so bright and that's when we need to remember we all have are moments of heroism and our moments of cowardice, we all have our moments of brilliance and our moments of stupidity and we all have our moments of great character and our moments where we are void of character. To advance as a group we must always acknowledge and accept these truths to be what they are and to remember that we ourselves are also included in that mix, lest any of us become self righteous.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

APRIL 9 "GIVE IT A YEAR"

In our reading today, we read a very good parable about a fig tree that is about to be chopped down, for the simple reason, it's not producing figs. For 3 years now this fig tree has been visited, never once bearing any fruit, finally the command is made, to "chop it down". Your average person, would have said, "sure, it the stupid tree is not producing figs, cut it down, what do I care". However the average person is not the subject of this parable. It is a man that is above average. We would do well to have men and women like him in the church. He steps in on behalf of the tree and negotiates for the tree's life, even though it has no bearing on him. Not only does he negotiate for the tree's life, but makes a commitment to invest in the tree, do some digging, add some fertilizer, anything to give this tree "once more year". What a difference a year can make! The wisdom of this simple sentence, how many lives could have been saved from much heartache and baggage, had these simple words been adhered too. How many of us in hindsight would say, "if only I'd given it a year", my whole life would be different today. A year may have seemed like a long stretch at the time, but now I have way more than one year to reap the consequences of a bad decision. The man says, "give me another year, and not just another year of the same, but I will make the added effort and change/improve what I can. Many might say, "sure, let's give it another year" but do nothing different, but yet expect different results. That is either na├»ve, wishful thinking or just plain dumb. This man says, "I will dig around, I will add fertilizer, let me see what I can do and we will leave the rest to mother nature", or as in our case, leave it to God. The wisdom here is not to go chopping things down and making irreversible decisions in the heat of the moment, give it a year! It's never to late to learn from the wisdom of God. Don't put an axe to the root quite yet, make whatever improvements & changes you can...and give it a year!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

APRIL 8. "READY OR NOT, HERE I COME!"

It's hard to believe, that we "Christians" actually get a warning from God, that He's coming back and that some of us are still not going to be ready! And even with this warning, even with time to get things right, many of us will still be caught with our pants down, figuratively of course! Actually, in some cases it will be quite literally!  I believe that God's frustration with us, is not a whole lot different than his frustration with the Israelites in the Old Testament reading. It doesn't help that we have Preachers teaching that once you get saved you can do whatever you want and you will still make Heaven your home. This kind of preaching really takes the punch out of Jesus' warning to us to get ready or else! Or else what? If I'm going to Heavan, then what? What is there to watch for, what is there to be ready for?  Jesus is clear to illustrate in His story "that they that know what they should be doing and don't do it, will be greatly punished". I remember that adrenaline I felt as a kid when we would play Hide & Seek and the person who was it would finish counting and scream out, "ready or not  here I come!" And that's when the adrenaline would kick in and I would run as fast as I could to my secret spot or just bunker down where I was.  There was something scarry about being caught even though there was no repercussions. Jesus has said, "ready or not, here I come" and some of us need to feel that rush of adrenaline, instead of apathy and spiritual despondency. And just like "Hide & Seek" apparently many will try to run and hide (scripture reveals) and Jesus is sure to make clear; there will be no place to hide, no place to run. Jesus has screamed, "ready or not here I come" and let the adrenaline or should I say reverence kick in now. If you haven't seen him, if He hasn't found you yet, there's still time, but once He appears to you, as in Hide & Seek, you're done! You're caught! The world will not know what to think when "The Rapture" happens, but we who were supposed Christians will know and for some it will be a dream come true and for others it will be their greatest nightmare come true as they know they're caught. Jesus has called out, "ready or not here I come", don't run and hide, but rather fall to your knees and repent, if need be!

Monday, April 7, 2014

APRIL 7. "DOOM AND GLOOM"

There's a lot of negativity in today's Old Testament reading. Moses is telling them they need to memorize a song because it will serve as a testimony against them when they enter the land they have been promised. God seems upset with these people, Moses seems upset with these people. The Church of Jesus Christ remains a Paradox. It is both a very pleasant place and a very negative place. I guess it's up to us what aisle ( so to speak ) that we want to serve God in. God has worked with these people knowing the end result, how much more so are we required to work with difficult and ungrateful people, NOT knowing the results. It's a difficult bunch, this group of Israelites seems like they just can't live for God with any measure of long term faithfulness. The Church is in a constant flux. The average Church functions somewhere along these lines.....for every 20 people added to the Church 10-15 leave, net gain, 5! Ministry leaders and laymen are being removed from ministry, other members are having to be removed from Church all together, their are factions in the Church, unfaithfulness, uncommitted, as I said, The Church, The Israelites, we are a difficult and unfaithful bunch. The longer you stay in the Church and The deeper you get involved in the Church the more you see what a mess it really is. As I said earlier, The Church is a Paradox, it is both a very pleasant and helpful place but also a very negative place, but The Church is God's idea and still and will always be, His last great hope for Planet Earth. What we have to decide is what side of the aisle do we want to serve on? The positive, the helpful, the faithful or the negative, unfaithful and backsliding bunch? Joshua remained faithful and his destiny and blessing remained in tact. You don't need to go in search of the perfect bunch, you just need to stay where you are and decide what side of the aisle do you want to serve on?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: APRIL 5 ARE YOU SPIRITUALLY MATURE?

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: APRIL 5 ARE YOU SPIRITUALLY MATURE?:      WE know that a mother gets her loving and nurturing instinct from God, but here's where God and the mother differentiate; a Mother ...

Friday, April 4, 2014

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: APRIL 4 IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU BABY!!!

THE ONE YEAR BIBLE CLUB: APRIL 4 IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU BABY!!!:      Mary and Martha, this has always been a peculiar story to me.  As one that has hosted many social gatherings, I know and can relate to ...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

APRIL 2 "TWO BY TWO"


After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two THERE WAS MUCH WISDOM IN SENDING THEM THIS WAY, EVEN AS HE HAD GIVEN SOLOMON THE SAME WISDOM. Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. IT WAS DONE OBVIOUSLY THAT THEY MIGHT HELP ONE ANOTHER, SO THEY COULD SUSTAIN AND COMFORT ONE ANOTHER IN THE PERSECUTIONS AND TRIALS THEY WERE ABOUT TO FACE. JESUS SET THE EXAMPLE HERE, WITH THESE MEN; OF THE IMPORTANCE OF A CHRISTIAN COUNTER PART, A FRIEND, WITH SOMEONE WE COULD CONFIDE IN AND HELP EACH OTHER. THIS WOULD BE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF THE MISSION OF THESE 70 MEN. EVERY CHRISTIAN, NEEDS SUCH A FRIEND. EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO SEEK SOMEONE IN WHOM THEY CAN UNLOAD THEMSELVES TOO. SOMEONE WHO CAN BE THEIR FRIEND. YES I KNOW, OUR MINDSET IS “NO NEED FOR THAT, NO TIME FOR THAT.”
I WAS READING ALSO IN CHRONICLES AND FOUND INTERESTING THIS VERSE… Ahithophel was the king's counselor. Joab was the commander of the royal army. Hushai the Arkite was the king's friend. I READ THREE TIMES, IN THE FOLLOWING VERSES ABOUT THIS FRIEND  DAVID HAD, BY THE NAME OF HUSHAI.  HERE WE SEE THE BREAKDOWN OF KING DAVID’S ENTOURAGE, WHO HE SURROUNDED HIMSELF WITH AS A KING. 1ST, HE REALIZES HE NEEDS A COUNSELOR. 2ND, HE REALIZES HE WILL NEED A COMMANDER OF HIS ARMIES AND 3RD DAVID REALIZES HE WILL NEED A FRIEND.  DAVID HAS THE SENSE TO KNOW, THAT HE NEEDS A FRIEND. DO YOU HAVE THAT SENSE TO KNOW, YOU ALSO NEED A FRIEND? YOU HAVE A PASTOR, OR I HOPE YOU HAVE A PASTOR. YOU HAVE A BOSS, MAYBE YOU HAVE AN ACCOUNTANT, OR YOU HAVE AN ATTORNEY OR AN ESTATE PLANNER, BUT DO YOU HAVE A FRIEND??????? MANY CHRISTIANS BELIEVE ALL THEY NEED IS JESUS, THEIR BIBLE AND THEIR DOG, BUT THEIR DOCTRINE IS WRONG, THEY ERR IN THEIR THINKING. TWO BY TWO JESUS SENT THEM BACK THEN AND TWO BY TWO JESUS SENDS US TODAY. WE NEED FRIENDS, YOU THINK FRIENDS ARE OVER RATED, YOU THINK IT’S CORNY TO NEED FRIENDS, YET, GOD THIS MIGHTY, INCREDIBLE BEING, COMES TO EARTH AND MAKES FRIENDS. WHEN SOLOMON ASKED FOR WISDOM, GOD GAVE HIM THIS TO WRITE, Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. WHEN THAT SAME GOD CAME TO EARTH, WHO INSPIRED THIS WISDOM TO SOLOMON, HE HIMSELF, LIVED OUT, THE VERY WORDS HE GAVE TO SOLOMON. HE PRACTICED WHAT HE PREACHED, My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends and you, are my friends.

 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

APRIL 1ST. APRIL FOOLS, THAT WASN'T GOD!

"How can you tell if what a prophet speaks is from God?" Here we are waiting for some great Revelation from God, but yet in our daily reading today, April 1st, we learn that it is actually quite simple. "If what the prophet speaks does not come true, then he did not speak my words". 
Very simple. Common sense right?
So why would someone speak what is not of God? Well, the 1st and most obvious reason is, they are deliberately doing so, evil men, being guided by an evil spirit. The 2nd reason would be because they prophecy out of "the inclinations of their own hearts", as stated in another verse in the bible. They are not evil, but the words they are speaking are what they think and what they feel or perceive about the situation and/or person. And quite frankly, they are hit and miss on their words, depending on their discernment. Very few people actually speak directly from God. And the few that do you will see that 100% of what they speak, comes true, it's not hit and miss. I have heard words, prophesying that a particular woman, who was barren, would be pregnant one year later and sure enough she was and delivered a healthy baby after having adopted about 3 kids. I heard another prophesy that a church would double in size within a year. Within a year the church had not only "not doubled" but had actually shrunk. A well meaning Evangelist, he was, I'm sure, but he was prophesying not from God but out of "the inclinations of his own heart". We would do well, to stop and consider, before we speak, is this God, really....or is it honestly "what I think". Even Paul, the great Apostle was honest enough to say, "this is not what The Lord is telling me to say, but what I am saying is my opinion, what I believe."