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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?

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Embrace Integrity or Follow The Crowd

19 Jul
One of Merriam Webster’s definition of  “integrity” is the quality of being honest and fair. Take a look around you and you’ll notice that honest and fair are not what they once were. If we’re not more careful ” integrity” may easily become a thing of the past.
As integrity slips away in our ” If it feels good – do it” society, it’s becoming easier to call wrong right and right wrong. For example, I recently heard about a new phenomenon called “memory borrowing” . The act was described as borrowing other people’s stories and making them your own.  Long ago and far away, this was called LYING.
Another fine example of our society’s disdain for integrity, in my opinion, took place when we began to call rape “sexual assault”.  The taking of one’s self, I believe is a bit more devastating than an assault. It is RAPE!
Sadly, we are even going as far as calling men women and women men, despite the fact that no one can alter the biological functioning and make up of what God has created.
We want to cover things up and make everything and everyone feel good and look good, and even sound good.  Who cares about truth?  Jesus does.  He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father unless He comes through Him – through truth (John 14:6).
If we know that TRUTH is right, why would we allow truth to become lies? The Bible says that men love lies rather than truth because our deeds are evil (John 3:19,20).
Each of us have a role to play in this life.  It’s not just about me and my little world. Let’s be alert about truth. As an old song that Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes sang with Teddy Pendagrass says “Wake up everybody no more sleeping in bed, no more empty thinking time for thinking ahead, the world has gone so very far from what it used to be….  The world won’t get much better if we just let it be. We’ve got to change this world, you and me”. 
How do we change the world? We create change, each moment, each day, with each truth all the time. We can either embrace integrity which is pleasing to God, or go along with the crowd, which is pleasing to man. 

Peace in the midst of War!

6 May

I recall that as a child, I hated, despised, and grossly detested movies about war. Even today, I am not enthused by the prospect of violence as a form of entertainment. Although I use the word “hate” sparingly, I simply hate violence. And I love peace!

 

Despite my disdain for violence, I am reminded of the fact that we who follow Christ are in a war every day of our lives. We may not see grenades and tankers or hear the explosions with our physical senses. Still, the battle goes on. Yet before leaving this earth, Jesus specifically told His disciples that he was leaving them with peace. This peace was not the peace that the world gives (John 14:27). The world’s peace is temporary and is based upon circumstances. The peace that Jesus left for us surpasses all understanding and it is perfect (Philippians 4:7, Isaiah 26:3). It’s the kind of peace that we can have even in the midst of war.

 

Before we go further, let’s learn more about the war that we’re in. The Bible provides vital details about this spiritual battle in Ephesians 6:12. We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Sometimes we think that our enemy is the person who is trying to make life miserable for us. Since we fight against an enemy that we cannot see, we tend to forget that our real enemy even exists. Our enemy is Satan himself, who comes to steal, kill, and to destroy – yes to destroy us (John 10:10).

 

And though we are in a war, Jesus desires that we live in the peace that He purchased for us on the cross (Isaiah 53:5). How can we have peace while simultaneously fighting? We must put on the whole armor of God daily and stand (Ephesians 6: 10-18). Stand in truth, through every attack.  No matter how bad the situation looks, what does the word of God say about it? That’s our truth. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 5:21), despite how unworthy and weak we may feel at times. The truth is, that we can do nothing without the Lord, but we can do all things through Him who gives us strength (John 15:5, Philippians 4:13). The truth is that as we trust in the Lord and acknowledge Him in all of our ways, He will direct our path (Proverbs 3:45). The truth is that we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us (Romans 8:37). The truth is that God always causes us to triumph in Christ no matter what comes our way (II Corinthians 2:14). Living by these truths, produce peace in the midst of war.

 

Peace in the midst of our daily battles is not based upon our circumstances. It’s so easy for us to become wrapped up in what we see and what we feel although we really need to focus on the truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  He is our peace (Ephesians 2:14, Isaiah 9:6).  As we focus daily upon this truth and all of the truths written in the Bible, we will live in peace, even in the midst of war!