Are you Memorizing or Learning

memory vs. learningI was talking to a professor a couple of weeks ago, he suddenly began to talk about the difference between Biology and Chemistry, Biology he stated can be memorized; it’s easy to adapt. Chemistry he stated cannot be memorized, it has to be learned. He went on to talk about a particular student he once had in his class, he stated that he noticed the student always looked angry, no matter what he taught; said or did; she always had a look of disgust on her face. She always left the class without asking questions or speaking with him, she hurriedly grab her books and stormed out every day. At this time he began to think that maybe he was either doing something wrong or this student just didn’t like him “AT ALL”.

As the last semester came to an end, he begin to ask the students to write a paper describing their year in the class, when he got this particular students paper – he then found out why she had a disgruntled look on her face for the whole semester. Her paper said. “Dr. Hobbs, I became frustrated and disgusted with your class for the entire school semester – I was angry because for the better part of my life, I sailed through classes based on my memorization which helped me to excel and succeed, it wasn’t until I came to your class that I realized that memorization would not work, I actually had to learn, study and challenge myself, something I was simply not good at. But by doing so I was able to open up a whole new world that has changed my life forever”

Sometimes in life we look to the Word of God as a memory course, we memorize certain scriptures and might breeze through others, we then use those scriptures to influence people that we are spiritual or know and/or read Gods word, It’s easy to dress up a memory verse as you can take it and use it so many ways. There was a preacher who taught on the scripture John 3:16 for 20yrs, he never reverted to any other scripture outside of this one, he used that passage of scripture in so many ways, versions and techniques. He definitely had it memorized….

Timothy 2:15 says – Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

In order to get the fullness of God and learn ALL of him, we have to buckle down and truly study the word, memorizing a scripture is Good because we can’t always take our bibles now in the workplace or other places…..but what about the alone time that we have, that could be time to truly study the Word of God, a lot of people say they fall asleep when they read the bible and trust me; it has happened to me on several occasions, I often tell people if you’re restless at night…..forget the Ambien or some other sleep aid, just read the bible; you’ll go to sleep every time…it’s proven to work.

If this happens to you, maybe you should change the time in which you actually spend time in the WORD, like maybe a lunch break or sometime during the day. God wants you to get to know him, not just some of him or a part of him but all of him, he wants to reveal things to you and about you concerning your present and your future, He died on the Cross for your Past so no need to worry about that. You know when we get into relationships weather it’s a friendship or dating and so forth, we long to get to know that individual; not just a piece of them but we want to know everything about them, so we take out time to study things about them like what makes them sad or happy, what’s their favorite food and/or color and the list goes on and on. Do you not think that’s what LEARNING the word will do for you and your relationship with God? He wants you to LEARN him, not memorize him and his works….But Learn his ways, learn to feel his presence, learn when it’s him that’s really talking to you, in this you will not only learn of him – but you might be surprised what you really begin to learn of yourself.

Learning opens up more understanding – As you learn you are able to find out better ways to perform better, talk better, listen better and treat others better. A memory can fade away, learning; can and will as the student said “Change your life Forever”

Memorization is good, but what would you rather have – Someone that has a MEMORY of you or someone that has LEARNED you.

learnA man of great memory without learning hath a rock and a spindle and no staff to spin.

George Herbert

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Your Faith is in What??

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When I was 12yrs old, I had a pair of shoes called Kangaroo’s; you wouldn’t remember them unless your parent or parents shopped at Payless in whom back then did not have a very nice selection of shoes, but growing up to a newly divorced/single mom – It was all she could afford, so a lot of times she wouldn’t have the funds to be able to purchase us a new pair, so we would wash up the one’s we had really good and go over them perfectly with white shoe polish. No one ever knew that they were shoes from the previous year that had just been given a new look and because she couldn’t afford us a new pair, we passed our old shoes down to the sister who’s feet was growing or had grown into that size….

My kangaroo shoes were awesome to me, I actually thought I was a real kangaroo when I wore them; I could see myself leaping like the kangaroo, leaping over objects and things that came in my path. One day my mom, her sister, myself and my other two sisters and cousins went for a ride, it wasn’t unusual for us all to be squeezed up in the back seat. My mom had some very important food stamp papers that needed to get to the welfare office before she got cut off, the place was always crowded so mama had to park across the street from the office in which had a very busy highway in between it, she asked me if I could take the papers in the office for her and give it to the receptionist. I said YES! It was an opportunity to get out of the car from the wolf pack and it would be nice to stretch my legs…

My mom gave me the paper and told me to be careful as I had to go across this big highway, in which was extremely busy that day. As I leaned against the car – I counted on my Kangaroo shoes to get me across the street – I imagined me leaping from the car to the sidewalk of the building. GO KANGAROO!! I said as I leaped across the highway really fast, I surprised myself with how quickly I ran. YESSS!! I said, Thanks Kangaroo, I uttered as I went inside the building.

As I dropped the letter off at the receptionist desk, I walked back outside to make it back across the busy highway, the traffic was heavier than it was when I went inside; as I looked back and forward to check the traffic I remember saying to myself “Okay, Kangaroo’s we’re going to have to get across this street” – Just when I thought the traffic was clear, I said “GO KANGAROO!” as I ran across the busy highway to get to my mama on the other side, the only thing I remember seeing next was the front of a car’s headlight that I had just gotten hit by; at that moment, I was knocked unconscious as I laid there in the middle of the highway..

How many times do we put our trust, hope and faith into objects, things or people? Most of us trust the alarm system to wake us up in the morning, We put faith in crosses, shamrocks, lucky rabbit feet, cars, boyfriends, girlfriends and the list goes on and on; we trust and put our faith in these things because we can touch and see those things and if we can touch and see it, there goes our attention; there goes our FAITH! But we dare not put our trust and faith in Jesus because we can’t see him, touch him and to some they feel like they can’t talk to him (because he’s not with us “physically”) some people have lost their faith in God because maybe they feel like he let them down when he didn’t come through for them, or they feel like God is responsible for all the hurt, sorrow and sadness in the world – so why should they put their faith in him. People have many reasons as to why they don’t put their Faith and trust in God….

The bible says “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” – Hebrews 11:1. So even though we may not see it, but we “hope” and “believe” that what we are praying, seeking and asking God for he will give it to us….at his appropriate time.

When we put our Faith in other things outside of God, that thing becomes our God; that means that we are putting our trust into that object, person or thing…we trust that they will provide for us, take care of us and ultimately soon they began to take the place that God so desires…

The bible says that “God is a Jealous God” (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), Exodus 34:14 – notice the little “g” that means idol, anyone celebrated or loved more than the big “G” is considered an idol and a threat to God.

God blessed me that day to live through being hit by that car, the whole bottom of my chin was completely torn off and I was banged up a little, but God suffered me not to die nor did he suffer me to have any broken bones as I didn’t go to the hospital because we didn’t have health insurance and my mom couldn’t afford the hospital bill that was going to come afterwards so…I got back into the same car that I got out of and went home, my mom put anointing oil on my wound and my whole body, prayed for me and we went on by our day as if nothing happened, but something did happen as I learned a valuable lesson that day and that was to not put my FAITH nor TRUST into anything else but GOD almighty……I wore my Kangaroo shoes again after that day, but they were just shoes as I learned that they could no longer hold any value over the real person whom could get me in and out of situations without hurt, harm or danger. (I just want to clarify that just because God is a jealous God doesn’t mean that he causes things to happen to us, remember when we put our faith and trust into anything other than the almighty we suffer our OWN consequences behind whatever that something or thing brings because anytime you step outside of God’s will, you become a magnet for the enemy who is deceitful, conniving, cunning, a manipulator, liar and a thief and he’s waiting on you)

So who has your TRUST and where does your FAITH reside…..if it’s in any other thing outside of God then you might want to reconsider where you have it. God is the only one in whom we can put our FAITH as he won’t let us down.

faithPut your Faith in God, Not Objects….Faith in God keeps you, Faith in Objects Destroy you.

THE RAIN OF LIFE

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“Life is not about bracing for the storm, but learning how to dance in the rain”

Yesterday once I got off of work, it had begun to sprinkle a little. I was beginning to Thank God that I had gotten off early enough to beat the rain, but as I made it into town I realized that I needed to stop by the store to pick up a couple of items and by this time it had done begun to rain extremely hard, as I sat in the parking lot awaiting for the rain to ease up, I noticed other people either sitting in their cars, standing by the grocery store door and/or running out to their parked cars.

I began to ask the Lord to please slow the rain down so that I can get my umbrella out of the trunk and make it into the store, when I said that it seemed to rain even harder – needless to say the rain never let up, I finally braced myself, got out of the car, got the umbrella and rushed into the store. As I got into the store and began to walk around, I suddenly thought about how the rain plays a major part in our spiritual lives, for we like to wait on the storms of life to do what it needs to do before we deal with it, we’re idle and sit in one place until it passes. But what if the rain of life didn’t stop – do we sit and wait? A lot of times God does not allow the rain in our lives to stop when we ask for it too, this is his way of building our faith and our spiritual resume – The bible says “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience and experience, hope. Romans 5: 3-4

The adversary wanted me to get sad because God did not do as I asked, most people would have gotten discouraged and began to think that God is not listening to them, this tends to make people question their spiritual walk because in their minds they think they did something wrong and God is now punishing them for it (just because he didn’t honor and/or answer their request when they felt like he should)……this is not so as God does not punish us “just because” he wants too, our own choices causes us to get in the predicaments that we do get into and we then suffer the consequences of our own choices. God is a God of FREEWILL (He allows you to make up your own mind)…..Sometimes God doesn’t answer our prayers right away because he wants us to become strong and move off of the milk and onto the solids…just like a baby, if it never advances to solid foods and continue to drink milk until it’s 5yrs of age, that baby will be very weak; it will not have any nourishment or sustenance to keep it going and eventually it will die, if God said YES to everything we asked him for, it would make us weak and we would never know how to do things on our own and we would not know the true meaning of FAITH. (think about it)

So the storms of life are not the end, they are just the beginning of God taking you through a trial so that you may have patience, experience and hope in the midst of your situation. All of life’s experiences are to build us, so we can turn around and build others. The bible also says “We overcome by the words of our Testimony” so all of our “rain” is actually not just for us alone, but it’s for others who may be going through the same “rain” as you and are just about to give up…until you let them know that there is HOPE!

The next time it rains, instead of waiting for it to pass or asking God to allow it to stop for you, ask him to bless you to go through it, for only then will you completely understand how to DANCE in it…

RainI HOPE YOU DANCE……