Monday, September 22, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Today, it has become harder than ever to discern truth. The Internet has unleashed a world filled with blogs and chat rooms, where highly biased opinions are spread as fact. While many journalists remain committed to high standards, some writers and reporters intermingle their personal views with their news reports. As a result, millions of people form their opinions based on biased, subjective reporting, coupled with gossip and unfounded rumors. In this environment, we need to remember that God wants us to place our trust in Him as the only infallible source of truth. Jesus is "the truth" (John 14:6), and the Holy Spirit is "the Spirit of Truth." who "will guide you into all the truth" (John 16:13). Ask yourself what sources you are using to form your opinions. Beware of biasing your life on rumors, gossip, or the things you hear in the secular media. Make a commitment to base your life on the timeless Word of God. When we refuse to view, listen to, and read Scripturally unacceptable material, we are in effect saying: “Go away, Satan!” Father, open our eyes and ears and speak to us. Help us to recognize deception and not base our life on worldly opinions.
In results recently released by CBS, most Americans acknowledge that religion is important to them. But most people are willing to adopt any teachings or beliefs that satisfy their personal interests. Today, the influences from Eastern religions, New Age philosophies, and other non Christian beliefs have become pervasive in our society. These worldviews are encouraged by famous personalities and incorporated into many movies and books, often in very subtle ways. As a result, millions are being "corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." as Paul warned the church of Corinth. You, too, need to be on guard against the pull of these influences. Jesus said "I am the way and the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6). There is no other Gospel. There is only one true and living God. We must commit our life to Him without reservation, and don't allow anything to draw you away from the simplicity of your faith in Christ
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The Lion of Judah: Read these two chapters & verses. Isaiah 31:4-5, Revelation 5:5. Because God is in control, we have nothing to fear. The lion serene appearance is deceiving, however. The reason they can be so relaxed is that they have nothing to fear-no shortage of food and no natural predators. The lion look lazy and listless, but they are the strongest and fiercest of all. One roar sends all other animals running for their lives. Sometimes it seems as if God is lounging. When we don't see Him at work, we conclude that He's not doing anything. We hear people mock God and deny His existence, and we anxiously wonder why He doesn't defend himself. But God "will not be afraid of their voice nor disturbed by their noise". (Isaiah 31:4). He has nothing to fear. One roar from Him, and His detractors will scatter like rodents. If you wonder why God isn't anxious when you are, it's because He has everything under control. He knows that Jesus, the Lion of Judah, will triumph. Anything under God control is never out of control.