As Table Rock nears the magic lake level of 918 feet, we all wait with baited breath to see if the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers is going to change its generation patterns. Will they start running less water? Shutting it off at night? We will see very soon.
When I perpetually find my deepest satisfaction from someone or something other than God, it is a sign I don't know God.
It is possible to acknowledge the existence of God while not truly knowing Him. This statement should make any Christian pause and think. If it doesn't, then pride has raised its ugly head. I should always consider this, "Do I really know God?" I'm solid in foundational issues, but it's the details that will always be foggy, partially understood, never fully known --until we stand face to face with the living God . Even then, it will take all of eternity to learn about Him. He's that big.
Morgan Wyatt works here at Lilleys' Landing in our office/tackle shop. She's worked at several "fishy" places in her young life -- Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery, to name one. There she learned all about our trout, but she didn't learn all the techniques to catch trout until she made the move to Lilleys' Landing.
If we're going to address the subject of a sinful nature, we have to go back to Adam and the original sin. Adam's choice caused God to banish him and Eve from the garden and that was only the beginning of humanity's isolation from God. Sin did not merely change extermal conditions--something was terribly altered within us.
Paul speaks of sin as "spiritual death". He quotes old testament scripture:
"As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God; they have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is non who does good, no, not one." NIV Psalms 14:1-3, 53:1-3