The fool sayeth

By Kathleen Fye

Knox

Psalm 14:1 (New European Version) says, "The impious fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'"

Everyone has a story on my father's side. My knowledge of family roots goes back to the mid 1940s. At that time, my great-grandfather journeyed to California to find riches. On the return trip home by boat, joy turned to disaster.

Most of the men were wearing money belts filled with gold. In the midst of high winds and monstrous waves, the damaged ship began to sink.

Only the men willing to discard the heavy money belt had a chance of rescue. Much wealth and dreams were dashed on the rocks of North Carolina. His ship joined the others at the bottom of the Atlantic. Life goes on.

The first son born after his return was my grandfather. Naturally, he was called Eldorado after the mountain town in California. Eldorado grew into a handsome young man who gave his heart to Jesus.

In the course of his life as he traveled by horse and buggy, everyone could hear him singing hymns to praise the Lord a very vocal witness to the presence of Christ in his life.

Consequently when my father started his family, it was high-ho, high-ho it's off to church we go.

Some folks can recall the time and place of their "rebirth." I cannot pinpoint my experience with Jesus as I always seemed to be associated with church. I grew up with "Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me."

Sometimes there are incidents that cause us to question our faith and salvation. Doubt can be caused by our association with certain friends and even family, sickness, an untimely death (especially a child), financial loss on and on.

What might happen to cause one to ask the question, "Am I really going to heaven? Do I feel the joy and assurance of God's forgiveness and love?" Tony Evans calls this thought ADD (Assurance Deficit Disorder).

In the Old Testament, God used a variety of ways to assure of his presence. For Moses it was a burning bush, a voice on the mountain top. Finally for the unbelievers in the valley an earthquake that swallowed up 3,000 rebels.

Once there was a talking donkey, hand writing on the wall and many times angels were sent with messages and assurance.

We live in the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. Once we accept Christ's invitation of "come" repent our sins and witness to our spiritual experience, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within these mortal temples.

Be assured you can communicate with the Father because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Can I be sure? What does the word say? Death is emanate then what? Be assured.

(Luke 23:43) Jesus said to the thief on the cross, "Assuredly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise."

(John 5:24) "Most assuredly I say to you he who hears my word and believes in him who sent me has everlasting life and shall not come into judgment but has passed from death unto life."

(John 6:4) "Most assuredly I say to you he who believes in me has everlasting life."

(Hebrews 6:1) "We desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end."

(Hebrews 10:22) Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith."

(John 3:19) "By this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him."

(I John 5:1) These things I have written to you who believes the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.

It's not a sin to ask questions and search for the truth. Think how kind Jesus was to "doubting Thomas."

Beware of Proverbs 18:2, "The foolish have no interest in seeking to understand."

Without the dwelling of the Holy Spirit much will always be a my story.