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Educate Yourself!

11 Apr

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A very wise woman told me about a conversation she had with someone from another country who constantly sought higher education. The woman asked the man about his ongoing pursuit of learning.

The man’s answer was profound. He said, “if I don’t continuously educate myself, someone else will tell me who I am.”

Like that man, we who follow Jesus are from another country (Philippians 3:20). We are citizens of the kingdom of God. If we don’t continuously educate ourselves ( Bible study, prayer, worship, fellowship/church attendance), someone else, Satan to be exact, will tell us who we are. (Hebrews 10:25). He even attempted to cause Jesus to doubt His deity (Matthew 4:3,6).

Satan will tell us that we have not been redeemed. He will tell us that we haven’t changed and change is impossible. He tells us that we will never get over our past failures. He tells us that surely God is not concerned with the minor details of our lives and there are things that we should try to fix ourselves. But there is one thing he will never say. Satan won’t tell you that he’s the father of lies, because that is the truth!

You have been redeemed (Galatians 3:13, Psalm 107:2). You are a new creation in Christ, old things are passed away, all things have become new (II Corinthians 5:17). Jesus has set you free (John 8:32,36). “Cast your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for you”. (I Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22). “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”(‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭Message Bible)

Child of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, don’t allow Satan to tell you who you are. Believe God’s truth and reject Satan’s lies. Educate yourself. Do you know who you are?

Who Are We?

5 Jul

Years ago, most people acknowledged that God existed and most
tried to live something akin to Godly lives. Those who didn't 
go to church at least respected those who did. History tells us 
that even our forefathers who wrote the constitution were 
believers. 

As we know, our nation has strayed far away from the values 
of yesterday. Today, your truth is considered to be the truth. 
Moral absolutes that were once a part of our fabric have been
re-woven with our ways. So, as we proceeded to destroy 
Godly principles by committing such acts as taking
prayer out of schools and taking Christ out of Christmas, 
what did we expect?

We have nearly destroyed our foundation. One of 
Merrimack-Webster's definitions of the word foundation is 
"a basis (as a tenet, principle or axiom) upon which 
something stands or is supported. At one point, our nation 
stood upon the fact that God was Holy, true, and sovereign.
Basically, we had reverence for God and believed the Bible
was true.

The Bible tells us that our lives are hidden with Christ, in God. 
If we don't know who Christ is, how will we know who we are? 
Since Satan questioned Christ's identity, wouldn't he certainly 
dare to question ours? When Satan said to Jesus Christ, 
"If you be the Son of God", do this or that, Jesus (assured of
who He was) fought back with the word of God. 
(Matthew 4:3-4, Matthew 4:6-7, Luke 4:3-4,  Luke 4:9-12).

Since our foundation is not as it should be, we don't have the 
capacity as a nation, nor as a people to withstand the 
onslaught of Satan's identity questioning. In addition, many 
people have experienced painful events that are now coupled
with the loss of truth. This combination has erupted in
an assault on God's truth of who we are.

But if the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous 
do? (Psalm 11:3). We can start by remembering who God is, 
and who we are in Him. Study the Bible. God is
holy, and He is also love. What does love look like? It looks 
like God sending Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of him, 
her, you and me, and the world (John 3:16). Who are we? 
We are imitators of God! (Ephesians 5:1,2)