If we’re not feeding ourselves spiritually we will hunger and thirst spiritually, no matter how satisfied we are physically.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.–Matthew 5:6
The foundational requirement for all godly living is to hunger and thirst after righteousness. This type of hunger is seen in Moses, the psalmist and the apostle Paul. The spiritual condition of Christians throughout their lives will depend on their hunger and thirst for the presence of God, the Word of God, communion of Christ, the fellowship of the Spirit, righteousness, and the return of the Lord.
The Christian’s hunger for the things of God is destroyed by worldly anxiety, deceitfulness of wealth, desire for things and life’s pleasures and failure to abide in Christ. When the hunger of believers for God and His righteousness is destroyed, they will die spiritually. For this reason it is essential that we be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s convicting work in our lives.
Isaiah 55:1, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” A big prerequisite for salvation is spiritual hunger and thirst for forgiveness and for the right relationship with God. We must repent of our sins and draw near to Him in faith; and hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness and the power of His kingdom continue to be vital conditions for receiving the fullness of His Spirit.
Then in Isaiah 65:13, “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed.” We can physically be full, and physically not be thirsty, but if we don’t have our relationship with God right and receiving our spiritual nutrition then we’re going to be spiritually hungry.
When we get so hungry that we will eat anything in the house, even that food that we bought some time ago and we always pass up because it doesn’t sound good; that’s the hunger we need for God. That thirst that we have when your mouth starts getting so dry and you would be thankful for a couple of drops of water just to wet your mouth; that’s the thirst we should have for God. Not sometimes, but all the time. We should be striving to know Him more by His Word and by having a relationship with Him. Reading the Bible will only satisfy the hunger a little bit. To fully have our hunger satisfied we need Him and only Him.
The “meek” are those who are humble and submissive before God. They
find their refuge in Him and commit their way entirely to Him. They are
more concerned about God’s work and God’s people than about what might
happen to them personally. The meek, rather than the aggressive,
ultimately inherit the earth.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.–Matthew 5:5
Meekness is the complete opposite as what we are taught to be. We seek meekness as being a wimp, coward. But Jesus was meek. We teach our children to be aggressive, to go after what they want, almost at any cost, yet God says that the meek will be blessed.
In Psalm 37:11 we are told again that he meek will inherit the earth. “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” The one’s that dedicate their life to God are the one’s that will inherit the earth. That doesn’t mean preachers, evangelists, or missionaries will be the only ones to inherit the earth. Everyone that seeks God’s will to do what he has for them to do on this earth.
In Roman’s 4:13 it says, “for the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” We’re not entitled to anything through who we are related to, who we associate with, what our lineage is, only through our faith in Jesus Christ. You see many churches today, that want to trace their lineage through people before the Americas were being inhabited. If you can trace your church to one of the disciples, then you’re a real church or you’re more important. These churches have it so wrong. Only Jesus can promise us eternity.
I see meekness as being restrained. Many times we want to get mouthy and say something mean to someone else to hurt them. We want to get vengeance. We want others to know we have wealth or some great talent. Meekness is realizing that all the talents you might have, all the wealth you might have is only through God, and not your doings. Meekness is knowing everything you have could be gone in a split second and you could become the lowest person on Earth. It’s recognizing that God is the ultimate authority.
The second beatitude is mourning, not necessarily the mourning as we think of it involving death, but mourning at the wickedness of the world.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.–Matthew 5:4
To “mourn” is to grieve over our own weakness in relation to God’s standard of righteousness and His Kingdom. It is also to mourn over the things that grieve God, to have our feelings in sympathy with the feelings of God, and to be afflicted in our spirits over the sin, immorality and cruelty manifested in the world. Those who mourn are comforted by receiving from the Father “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
In Luke 16:20, it says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.” We see this in the world today. There are so many things we see in the news that is contrary to our faith, contrary to what the Bible says. The world rejoices these things as advancement in our culture. We should be mourning how wicked our world has come and how far our society has been removed from God.
As Christians we should be deeply disturbed by how far our world has got from God’s instruction. We should be grieving, we should be bothered, we should be sick of it. We have become so accustomed to the way of the world that some of it we take as normal and okay. We should never feel like we belong in this world.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away.–Revelation 21:4
What should bring us joy, is knowing that the Lord is coming back. That all the pain and suffering will one day end.
The word blessed refers to the well-being of those who, because of their relationship to Christ and His Word, receive God’s kingdom, which includes His love, care, salvation and daily presence.
Poor In Spirit
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.–Matthew 5:3
The first requirement is to be “poor in spirit”. We must recognize that we are not spiritually self-sufficient; we need the Holy Spirit’s life, power and sustaining grace in order to inherit the kingdom of God.
Many times we think we can survive spiritually on our own. We think that our own abilities are sufficient to get us through all of our trials in life. We try to acquire wealth and positions to elevate ourselves in society’s eyes. In Luke 6:20 it says, “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.” We need to remember that what we have here on earth is not going with us when our time on earth is done. After a few years after we leave this world, nobody will remember our wealth or our possessions. In Proverbs 16:19 we are told, “Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.”
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.–Isaiah 57:15
God, who lives in “the high and holy place,” promises to dwell with those who have a “contrite and humble spirit.” Contrite refers to those who are brokenhearted because of their own sinfulness or the enemy’s oppression and who cry out to God for deliverance; “humble spirit” refers to those who are humble or bowed down by adversity. God responds to the cry of such people in order to revive them with the light and life of His presence.
For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.–Isaiah 66:2
God is not impressed with the splendor of anything we build or construct for Him, but He does delight in a certain kind of person; those who are humble in spirit, who recognize their need for His continuing help and grace, and who seek to follow His Word with all their heart.
We need to remember that God does not need us, but we have to have Him. Without God we have nothing, with God we have everything we need.
First and foremost. . . I’m am a Dewalt tool guy. They seem to last and they are dependable. This table saw is no different.
A few years ago, I started getting into woodworking, I also moved from an apartment to my own house. All that meant was I had justification to start buying some power tools. One of my first purchases was this table saw.
One of the things I like about this saw is it is light weight. I’ve handled quite a few table saws and they all seem a little heavy and sometimes awkward to handle. This one has places all over the thing to easily grab it and go. Easily fits in a trunk or the backseat of a vehicle.
I’ve ripped all sorts of different boards on this saw and I’ve never really had it bind up. Only a couple times has it bound up, and that was my doing. Has a nice hookup port for your shop-vac so you don’t have sawdust going all over. The fence works well and locks nicely. Can easily make angle cuts.
If you’re looking at getting into woodworking or need a nice table saw to do some around the house tasks that can easily be put away, this would be a good table saw for you. It doesn’t have a lot of space on the table, but I’ve always been able to manage with no issues and I’ve cut plywood sheets using it. This saw also has around a 4.6 out of 5 rating on most sites, so that’s pretty solid. Like I said, it’s worked well for me the last 5 or so years.
This is post is a little different in that it is not going to be Biblical in nature. But hey, this blog is for all facets of life. So I want to give some interviewing tips from a manager’s perspective.
I’ve been a hiring manager for almost 10 years and have hired over 100 individuals and done probably over 500 interviews. It’s amazing the mistakes I see over and over, not only from individuals just entering the workforce, but ones that have been in the workforce for years.
First thing first, you’re applying for a job. I expect that you’re going to try to be selling yourself, I would be doing the same thing, if I was on the other side of the table. In fact, if I think you’re a good candidate, I’m going to try to sell you that our company is the place to be. So in my mind as a hiring manager, I’m thinking what I see is going to be some of your best preparation. So I assume if this is your best, if I hire you, the preparation is see right now is the very best you have. The standard is being set now.
Don’t look like you pulled your clothes out of the laundry basket 5 minutes before coming to the interview. I work in a field where you would wear a suit to an interview. Personally, I don’t really care about that, but coming in with khakis and a polo that both look extremely wrinkled; makes it look like you prepared for this interview last minute.
Be prepared for the most obvious interview questions. What is a strength, a weakness? How do you deal with conflict? Tell me a little about your work experience/self. I ask these questions at the first part of an interview. These really determine how much I want to continue the interview. For the most part, I don’t really care what your answers are, I want to see that you were prepared for the interview. Do you have answers ready? Have you thought about it? People are good at giving their strength, but I’ve had some awkward waiting when I ask about weaknesses. Everyone has them, I just want to make sure you are aware of what yours is. But please. . . have prepared answers for those questions.
I personally am not real big on interview etiquette, but I know some managers are. The typical wait to be seated until the interviewer says have a seat type stuff.
For me, I’m going off your handshake. Is it firm? If I get a limp handshake the first thought that goes through my head is , “does this person have any confidence?”
If you’re interviewing with several people and subordinates of one of the interviewers are in there, do not say “oh you’re the one I have to impress” to the highest ranking person. I have personally ended interviews right there, if I thought the person was serious. Some say it because they’re nervous. Quite honestly, I value the opinion of what individuals that report to me more than my own, on the interviewee. They are the ones closer to the job function being interview, they know what it takes day in and day out. I would not have them interviewing if I did not value their opinion. There have been many times where I have said I don’t really think this person would work out after the interview and the people that report to me said the opposite. More times than not, I will hire the person, if there is a consensus from the rest of my reports that interviewed.
If the interviewer asks you to basically repeat information that is on your resume, don’t say, “It is on my resume, what questions do you have?” You’re being asked, for the very reason to see if that information is accurate. You would be amazed at how much people lie on their resume. Don’t lie. It only hurts you in the long run. Even if you get the job, if I find out you lied about your experience and abilities, it hurts how I see you later in your job performance.
Speaking of resumes, make sure you go over it and proofread it. Mistakes here and there are not going to hurt you, but if the document is riddled with spelling errors, it makes it look like you’re not prepared or serious about the position.
I know many “experts” say you need a resume that stands out, that is different. I would say that’s wrong. I would say to choose a general style that looks professional. A couple of reasons for that. First, today most companies use an online system where you upload your resume. That system usually messes with the formatting, the crazier the format, the worse it looks in the online system. That system usually strips all the fancy fonts, and formatting you have in the document and gives a very basic text document. Second, if you have some fancy format, why are you trying to stand out? I look at that as usually trying to hid that there’s less substance.
When I’m looking at a resume, I’m only spending a few minutes on it, because I have several others I have to get through. That means your resume needs to be tailor made for the company you are applying for. Make sure you know what they are looking for and ensure you have those items in your resume, if you have the experience. Don’t lie, that will get found out in the interview and will not go well.
If you’re looking for good resume styles and resume builder, I would suggest MyPerfectResume.
You Are Interviewing the Company Too
Remember you also need to see if the company is a correct fit for you too. There will be times that the company will think you are their ideal candidate, but you don’t think it is a good fit for you. It needs to be a mutual fit for both parties. If you’re not happy working there, then you’re not going to be performing at your best.
Honestly, as a manager, I used to hate this portion of the interview, until I realized it was beneficial for me to find someone that wanted to be there. Why was it scary for me? I know all the issues we have. In fact, I’m more critical of those issues because it is my job to fix them. In this part of the interview, you need to be looking for body language from the interviewer. If they start shifting in their seat, it probably means they are not comfortable and you probably need to ask more questions to make sure you know what you need to.
What should you ask? As an employee you need to know about the culture. That will be the greatest impact to you and how you feel. I would suggest asking these questions:
How is your company’s morale and what do you guys do to maintain it?
What is the average tenure like? You want to see if people see this company as a place to have a career or a place that is a training ground for another company.
What is the company’s greatest struggle and greatest strength? Just as we have strengths and weaknesses, so does the company. The likelihood that the person interviewing you is going to be your boss is pretty high. If they don’t know what their company does well and doesn’t do well, do you really want them being your boss? How are they going to tell you what you’re doing well at and need improvement at to get promoted?
Always ask what a typical day looks like in your position. Many job descriptions are generic to fit multiple departments and give you very little insight to what your job will be.
What growth opportunities are there? Is there a place for you to expand your career or are you going to be doing the same job for the next 10 years.
I wanted to do this post, because like I said at the start, I’ve done quite a bit of hiring and I see a lot of the same mistakes happen over and over again. I also see a lot on the internet, but nothing that’s coming from a hiring manager’s perspective. I hope you found this useful. The best thing to remember when interviewing is, it’s uncomfortable for both sides, the interviewee and interviewer. Once you realize that, the nerves become more tolerable.
It is hard in our everyday life to get discouraged from the daily grind. It’s even harder when we are trying to reach the lost or those troubled. Don’t be discouraged. This post is a little different than what I normally post, but I felt lead to write it.
Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.–Ecclesiastes 11:1
I make a lot of references to weightlifting in this blog. I think a prime example of not being discouraged is weightlifting. When you first start out you feel excited or at least hopeful of a good outcome. The first few times you feel sore, you can see some results. After a little bit of time, you don’t get sore anymore. You don’t see the results as much. You start to struggle wanting to continue. The thought that this is a waste of time crosses your mind, but you push it out of your thoughts. More and more it pops into your thoughts that this really is a waste of time. It is not until that one day you need to challenge your body that you realize all that work paid off. But what happens when this is life, and you don’t see that reward?
To all the church helpers out there or the ones that are helping those in need or troubled, I say, don’t be discouraged, what you do goes a long ways. You might not see it today, tomorrow, a week from now, or a year from now. You may not ever see it, but what you do is important and needed.
There have been many people in my life that have changed who I am for the better. They’ve been that person I needed right then. Many of these people passed through my life for a short period of time and I’ll probably never see them again, but they played a huge impact on my life.
For those that are witnessing to loved ones or others and it has been for some time now and you don’t see any progress. Keep going! It may be that it is the seed that you planted that will sprout years from now when you’re no longer around.
For the ones that mentor kids and sometimes wonder if they are making a difference in their lives. Keep going! Keep doing what is right. For the ones that are in stressful situations at work or home and feel like they can’t go any longer. They feel like doing what is right just doesn’t matter. Keep going!
Matthew 10:42 says, “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.”
I think there are many times in this life that we will be rewarded maybe here on earth or maybe in heaven for things we thought were failures and didn’t matter. For times we thought we had wasted our time. When really those people that thought they had no impact had a huge impact. To those that give their time to help in the ministry, to help kids, especially those troubled or in bad situations. Keep going! Your impact is greater than you think!
So often in life we want to be super aggressive or super kind and we justify it by going to the extreme. We say I’m just fierce all the time or I’m always a push over. What we need is balance.
The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.–Proverbs 19:12
Balance. . . the middle way, whatever you want to call it, is hard to achieve. At work many times when we are looking to hire someone, we want someone with all the skills that are needed to perform the job. We want that well-balanced person. In reality that is hard to find.
There are times that we need to be fierce and strong as a roaring lion. Other times we need to be refreshing like the morning dew. What happens many times is that we start becoming more of the one and less of the other. We then start justifying it as a badge of honor that we are on the extreme of the attitude or character.
We see this a lot in politics. We become one sided, we start to then let some of our beliefs go because we are part of a certain party, until we become on the extreme of that party. As a boss there are times I have to be firm and not be the nice guy everyone likes. There are other times taking a softer, gentler approach works much better. If I’m too much of one, I become a push over that doesn’t hold people accountable, while if I’m too much firmness then nobody wants to work under me.
We seem to be in a world of polarization. Where we have to be on one side or the other. We need to take more of a balanced approach in life. We need to have a good mix of balance in our lives. Work balance is a buzz word nowadays in the workplace. It’s true, you have to have a good work balance. If you’re working too much your personal life suffers which then makes your job performance suffer. Not enough work and we become lazy and can’t provide for our families.
We see balance in our diets. Too much of one thing can wreck our diets and our waistlines. There are so many other places in our lives where if one thing gets out of whack, then everything gets out of whack. How we treat people, how we deal with work and play, how we eat, etc all need balance. If we feel like we’re getting to the extreme, then we probably need to look at ourselves and ask, what needs balanced?
Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst–Isaiah 5:13
Without knowledge of what the Lord has done for us and the knowledge of his ways we can end up being held in a spiritual captivity. Just as we can be a slave to debt, and our creditor is our master; the same can be said for who provides our knowledge.
It has been said that the victor in war is the one that controls history. That’s very true as they are the ones that control what is put in the history books, which are then taught to the younger generations. If we were to really study history, many of the things that we were taught in history class did not quite happen as it is written in a history textbook. We are basically held in a mental captivity from the truth if we do not seek it out.
The world wants nothing to do with what the Bible has to say. In fact, some Christians don’t want to hear everything the Bible has to say. The Bible must be our standard for what is right or wrong and how to conduct our lives. Many times the world will take bits and pieces from the Bible and manipulate it and then reference the Bible when they convey their view points. If we’re not challenging what they say and doing our research we can become captive to the worlds views, which is contrary to God’s. Many will just accept what is said if we throw a scripture verse behind it. Many things can be taken out of context in the Bible and be made to fit any view point.
The Nazi party in the 1930’s used different passages in the Bible to justify what they were doing. They used them out of context or cut and pasted different verses together to make the Bible say what they wanted.
Simply put, if we do not seek knowledge and truth, but except what others tell us because of a verse associated with it, then we are being held captive by their agenda. Anything that I put on here, I encourage people to check out. Sometimes people are just wrong, and accidentally say something that is not right, but others believe it. Many people are held captive to incorrect sayings or beliefs through accident. There are many things that the Bible does not say, but people believe it. I’m going to do a post on that here soon. One example is, God will never give you more than you can handle. Many have used 1 Corinthians 10:13 for this There are many times that people in the Bible faced more than they could handle but God stepped in. If God didn’t give us more than we could handle we would never go to him.
We need to be constantly seeking knowledge and building on what we have learned in the past, so that we don’t become captive to someone else’s beliefs that may or may not be correct.
Today, the world wants to destroy what the Bible says. If we do not continuously yearn to learn more what what the Bible says, we will be destroyed by a lack of knowledge.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.–Hosea 4:6
Israel had broken covenant with God, worshiped other gods, and had changed their glory into shame. The lack of knowledge of God leads to ignorance about God and to demonic deception, spiritual darkness and eventually destruction as the fruit of our own ways. Let me be clear. . . information does not save anyone. Only a relational and covenantal knowledge of God by faith is redemptive and can save us from deception and destruction.
So why do we need knowledge?
Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”
First, seeking knowledge is how we build a relationship with God. It is how we learn more about him. Just as when I was dating my wife, I wanted to find out more and more about here. What her likes and dislikes were. What made her happy and what made her sad. This is no different when we are trying to find out about God. We find out what pleases him and what displeases him.
Second, knowledge alone will not save our souls, but it does build a foundation. That foundation is built on what God expects out of us or his commands. His desire for our lives and biblical events that have occurred. We learn of his love and grace for us. Knowledge helps us when we struggle, when we feel tempted; we know better even though our thoughts tell us differently.
If we’re not consistently seeking knowledge, just as Hosea says, we will be destroyed. I talked about knowledge being like a foundation, our home’s foundation will need maintenance and care over the years so it does not crumble and become destroyed. Our spiritual knowledge needs continuous maintenance, i.e. refreshing or expanding on what we know. The world wants to destroy what the Bible says. We need to make sure we are always seeking knowledge to ensure we have the truth and to also expand on our knowledge. The world wants to eat away at our beliefs. If we do not consistently go to our standard (the Bible) to check to see what the world says compared to the Bible, our spiritual life will be destroyed.
Sometimes you have to get dirty if you want to get the job done right.
Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.–Proverbs 14:4
We’ve heard everyone say, “there are pros and cons to it.” This is
kind of how I look at this verse. Oxen are a sizable expense, they cost
a lot to feed, you have to clean out their stalls, you have to have
shelter for them, and so on. On the other side of that oxen make
plowing a field much easier and you can get it done faster, you can haul
heavy loads with them, and use them for multiple other jobs.
Many times in life we don’t do something because it’s going to take
some extra work, we’re going to have to get dirty. What we don’t always
see is the benefit of that extra work or getting dirty. Or we say it
is cheaper to buy this tool but if we bought a little bit better tool it
wouldn’t break on us. I have a buddy that is always buying cheap
tools. He mocked me for buying a $150 drill. I’ve had that drill for
10+ years, he has went through 6 drills. Guess who has actually paid
more money in drills? My buddy has.
Sometimes we need the right tool for the job. I remember when I was
working on the deck and pulling up the top boards to replace them.
There was a nail in the post that was attached to the top board on the
deck. My reciprocating saw
was in the back of the garage behind some other stuff that would have
to be moved. So I grabbed the crowbar and a couple other tools that
were easily accessible and tried to remove that board. It didn’t work,
and eventually I gave up and got the reciprocating saw. Guess what? I
had the right tool and quickly cut the nail and was able to remove the
what we do a lot of times, we try to go the easy route and we end up
wasting more time than if we got the right tool to do the job. Cutting
corners does not get us anywhere except regret. Sometimes we just need
to get dirty to have the right tool.
This also goes for our spiritual life. Having the right tools to
help us grow in our spiritual life is key. Buying the right books and
study materials are key. Don’t just buy junk, because you get what you
Discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules or a
code of behavior. Almost all of us in our life will at some point be
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.–Proverbs 13:24
Discipline is not a bad thing, in fact, it’s a very good thing. It
is what causes us to change. In no way do promote beating your child. I
personally am a firm believer in giving spankings, but there is a right
time and a wrong time to do it, and a right and wrong way to do it.
You have to be in control of your emotions.
Giving discipline does not only apply to children, but to everyone
that we may be in charge of or mentoring. Nobody likes to discipline
someone, or if they do, there probably needs to be some soul searching.
But discipline is a necessary act at times to correct behavior. In
fact, it’s an act of love, because we want to correct the other person’s
behavior. Sometimes that person’s current behavior can be dangerous
for themselves and needs to be changed.
When we have to give discipline we should always do it as quickly as
we can to the event that needs to be corrected. It should be given when
we are in control of our emotions. When discipline is given, it should
always be explained why it is being given. There should be
communication on what needs to happen for it not to happen again. Last,
there should always be follow up.
We receive discipline from God because he loves us. It is no
different than us correcting our children, subordinates at work, or ones
we are disciplining. He wants to keep us from doing wrong, from going
down the wrong path. We always look at when someone gets onto us, as
them being mean, but in reality, it’s them loving us so that we don’t
get hurt. God loves us and only wants the best for us, so if he’s
disciplining us, it is to correct our behavior so that we become better.
It is not for his enjoyment.