A strange thing happened to me as I sat down at my computer to begin composing this week’s blog for Conversations With God Using Scripture. You see, I had been procrastinating all week and had not given any thought or prayer time for choosing a subject. Actually, I had been basking in the success of my writer’s class I facilitate every first and third Monday of the month here in my apartment building. The class is growing in number and the seniors who attend always shower me with accolades on my teaching style and informative information that I present. (I guess I had gotten the big head and my pride overtook me.) “The Devil Made Me Do It!”
Instantly, as I bowed my head to ask forgiveness for my counterfeit prideful interest in my writing class, a small Voice whispered; My Child, don’t you know that writing is governed by ‘life lines‘ and from the beginning I, and I alone have introduced ‘life lines‘ into my world in every aspect of human life?
What in the world are ‘Life lines’ I asked the wind, so I Googled it! And thus, this week’s blog was born. And boy, oh boy, what a powerful lesson the Holy Spirit taught me.
Please continue reading and see for yourself
BESIDES GOOGLE, GOD CONVERSED WITH ME USING SCRIPTURE TO LET ME KNOW THAT HE INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED HIS WORLD AND ITS INHABITANTS TO BE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE (Psalm 139:14)
|Writing is governed by ‘life lines’. But it is better known as “The Rule of Three” to artists, storytellers, play writers and comedians to help them develop their plots, scenarios and jokes. Fundamental rules for developing a story should always have a (1) beginning, (2) middle, and (3) an ending. Also, scientific research has shown that the human brain processes information masterfully by recognizing patterns of three which is the smallest numbers of elements.
For example, here are the titles of some of the most famous books you may remember from your childhood: Three Musketeers, Three Blind Mice, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Three Little Pigs.
Now, let’s tie this ‘Rule of Three—Life Line’ to the Bible. What about the three Wise Men and the three gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Or the three in one concept of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Or another use of these parings with faith, hope and charity. Or body, soul and spirit, or the introduction to Genesis: “In the beginning…”, just to name a few.
In the secular world, let’s look at the following examples:
Studies have also shown that when we operate and govern our lives with the rule of three, instructions are easier to remember then when using four or five and it allows for less confusion even under duress or extreme conditions.
The Rule of Three is sometimes used spontaneously or intentionally in our everyday lives. Young mothers often use it to control their cantankerous children by threatening: “I’m going to count to three just one more time…onnnne, tooowww, threeee…(Lot’s of luck with that!)
SOME HINTS WHEN PRESENTING THE GOSPEL…
When presenting the Gospel to the lost, consider paring it down to just three basic Truths: Love, Honor and Obey. Hope will spring eternal for your listeners when they hear you say to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and strength because…He first loved us! You can also talk about the 27 Books in the New Testament…(that’s 3 to the 3rd power equals 27!) Choose one of the subjects below to share for lasting memories.
- Jesus prayed 3 times in the Garden of Gethsemane (You can talk about the lack of support Jesus received from his homeboys.)
- He was placed on the Cross at the 3rd hour of the day (You can equate that time with our A.D. time of 9:00 a.m.)
- He died at the 3rd hour (You can make it plan by saying 3 p.m.)
- The sun was darkened for 3 hours prior to Jesus’ death on the Cross (That’s an Old Testament prophecy…look it up)
- Jesus arose from the grave on the 3rd day (He conquered death, hell and the grave…get it…another set of threes)
AND THERE’S MORE…
- The righteous patriarchs before the flood were 3 men: Abel, Enoch and Noah
- The righteous patriarchs after the flood were 3 men: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
- The special friends of Jesus were: Peter, James and John
- Jonah was 3 days in the bell of the fish
Well, my friends, what do you think? Did Jesus or did Jesus not set me straight on the notion that I had anything to brag about. The Holy Spirit said it was God all along. He had already done it before the beginning of time. God had already set in motion the theory of Biblical numerology in His people and in the world. None of us can boast about anything. For if we do, we are robbing God of His majesty and His omnipotent power.
I have learned my Scripture Lesson: “For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood and the three are in agreement. We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.” 1 John 5:7-10
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