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07_July_Whose Fool Are You

Someone asked me a while ago if I ever thought of changing my repertoire! Apparently I have a good voice for singing love songs and it was suggested that if ever I thought of taking this up I might be more 'successful' as a singer instead of singing all that 'religious stuff' that nobody wants to hear!

Mmmmm!!!

Considering where the question and suggestion came from I could have been tempted to tinker around with songs of another genre other than the one I am dedicated to.

I once again found myself asking a few questions to which I got the same answers as I always did before. "Why do I do what I do?" And "What do I hope to get out of it?"

We live in a world where success is measured by something that people can see, and if they can't see any results it's obviously a waste of effort, move on and try something else!

But what if you are obeying the call of God? What does success look like then?

Anyone seeking to walk closely with our beloved Lord knows that it is far better to follow Him totally by faith and walk alone, rather than living for the here and now with everything we could ever crave for, but without the sunshine of His smile daily - and tragically without His approval to look forward to in a soon coming day.

They say, only a fool would choose to refute the tempting offers out there. Only a fool would choose not to operate in an almost guaranteed successful realm, choosing to follow a path very few dare to go.

Or is that true? Is this what a fool does? What does it mean to be a fool in the first place?

Well, the Bible's definition of a fool is very different to the secular's definition. The secular view of a foolish person is not to take up a good offer even if it is staring you in the face! However, the Biblical view of foolishness is living life without any thought of God all day long! Just like the man in Luke ch20 who planned to create larger barns to house his accumalated harvest but did not account for the fact that he might not see tomorrow. He made no plans for his future beyond this life!

"And God said unto him,
Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee:
then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?"
Luke 12: 20

Everyone who is truly 'born of God' knows what it is like to walk on foreign soil and move about in enemy territory. We live in the scene of Christ's rejection and all who follow this Man are considered to be foolish and out of place and time.

But nothing's changed, nothing at all! Since the earliest times of written history, those who walk with God are considered fools ....

Let's think of Noah for example - he had 120 years to change his mind or his approach - but he didn't. Against the judgement of those around He preached and worked on and on until the time came for him and his family, and two of every species of animal to shelter in the ark he had spent so long building from this strange wet stuff falling from the sky. (It had never rained before!)

Elijah, a lone man on the mountain declaring against all odds against the false prophets that the God in whom he was trusting and serving was indeed the living and true God. He must have looked pretty stupid all on his own while the angry mob geared at him, but he boldly declared that 'the God who answers by fire let Him be God.' They all had an offering of a bullock and the false prophets did their incantations to provoke their false gods to consume their offering, all to no avail. Then came Elijah who called on the living God who did wonders before them all!

The world has seen many so called fools come and go over the millennia since Old Testament days but being a fool for the sake of God is by far better than being considered a fool for no good reason. Here's what how the Bible defines what a fool really is ...

 "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God."
Psalm 14: 1 & 53: 1.

It is the living and true God who has placed in the heart of every human being a void that only He can fill. Those who bring their empty vessel for Him to fill are able to be thoroughly satisfied. 

But the real fool is the one who has already decided within his heart to deny the only One who can answer all their needs and freely give to them a living hope for the future.

'No God,' say they, so that there are no consequences for the sin that rules their life. But they only deceive themselves. Just like those who say 'no sin!' (See 1 John 1: 8.) But no one can escape the consequences of sin: "For the wages of sin is death" Everyone dies, don't they? Well this is the consequence of sin we cannot escape!

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But bless God, this is not the end of the story.

God has provided the escape. Let's now read the previously quoted verse from the Bible in full for God's remedy to this rather depressing prognosis -

"For the wages of sin is death;
but
the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Romans 6: 23

A price has been paid for a gift beyond measure to be given freely to undeserving individuals like you and me. Why would God do a thing like that? I guess this is what love does if we are to believe what the Bible says:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3: 16

The ultimate gift freely given to all who are prepared to place their full trust in Him completely.

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So here's the answer to the questions I ask myself many times in case you are interested:

Why do I do what I do?
I write, I sing, and I speak about the beloved Lord Jesus simply because I can, and because I can, I must! How can someone with a message of hope like the one every Christian has ever keep quiet about it? The news that God loves you and Jesus died to save you might sound like a foolish thing to be eager to talk about, but this is the very message that has changed the lives and the destinies of countless people down through the ages. This can do the very same thing for you even this very day.

What do I hope to get out of doing what I do?
Well, I already have my reward as it were! Although there are rewards for every believer who has been faithful to what God has given them to do, this is not the reason or the motive behind what I write, sing or speak about.

Back in Genesis God said something to Abraham that resonates with my soul and is the primary reason behind all I do -

"Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward."
Genesis 15: 1

He is the One who protected Abraham and motivated him, and He does this for me also. He is my reward, and it is because I have Him, that I have a message, and the passion and ability to communicate this wonderful message. Because He is my reward I am motivated and encouraged to make Him known. You can't stop me you know, I just can't help it :)

Call me silly if you will. Call me a fool if you must but I know whose fool I am.

But the all important question is ... whose fool are you?

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Something for you from Amanda's Corner

Another video for you featuring a song from my album "A Whisper in the Wind"
Enjoy :)

Amanda's Corner

at YouTube

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  1. neil

    Hello Amanda, I enjoyed your newsletter very much. I hope you feel enriched by presenting it. I hope those who read it are on the same wavelength as you are. God Bless! Neil

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  2. Glen Morris

    Great thought! Beware of smooth talkers. They smell of smoke. Do a study of the many who once sang for Jesus in church choirs and were offered a satanic "contract" and the love of money and how they destroyed their lives and led many astray. Stay old fashioned! Please God and not the worldly unbelieving crowd.

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