9/19/15

Lies: Thoughts Led Astray

As I watch television these days, I see our enemy, Satan, hasn't deviated much from his initial strategy. Even as he tricked Eve and then Adam with his lies, the devil delights in tripping us up with rotten lies.

Satan's lies, according to 2 Corinthians 11:3, lead to to thoughts being "led astray." We start justifying sin. We call it by another name. We wander into wickedness because we aren't anchored to truth.

We see this in our homes, government and even the church. The consequence of these wayward thoughts for Chritians? False, corrupted devotion to Christ.

Read this progression for yourself:


Another version, The Message, puts it this way:  
"... I'm afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ."

Paul was concerned that Satan's lies might corrupt God's people from the simplicity that is found in Jesus. This corruption might come: 
Satan is crafty—so sneaky—and skilled in deceit. We've got to become alert to his "wiles and intentions" (2 Corinthians 2:11, Amp.).
We can't afford to play loosely with the truth of Scripture. We've got to know, embrace and obey the Truth!
God's goal is for His children to obey, serve, worship and enjoy Him. Satan wants to keep us from doing these things. 

Our battleground is the mind. And we must "destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5, ESV).

And that brings up another area regarding truth.

Our enemy wants us to major on the minors, always arguing over scripture. We must confront the lies of proud arguments and intellectualism ("speculations ... every lofty thing") and return to the "simplicity" that arises out of love for the Lord. (* Note)

God's Word calls Christians to sober watchfulness and alertness to Satan's lies (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7). The best way to be alert to lies is to learn to recognize the sound teaching of Scripture (1 Timothy 6:3). The Lord loves us, and He will never lead us astray when we abide in His Word (John 8:31-32). By knowing the Truth and living in accordance with it, the Truth will set us free from any lies that threaten to ensnare us.

Sincere and pure devotion to Christ must be our standard and motivation.

What lies are you believing today? Are you dwelling in truth so you can be alert to deceit?

* Note: We must cling to the truth, but not be given to disputing (being argumentative) (Philippians 2:14). Our aim must be "a sincere and pure 
devotion to Christ"--which also means devotion to the Word of God. 
It's all about the heart. We can have good "talking points" to share truth 
without being argumentative (an attitude based in pride.) 
We must proclaim the truth of scripture out of 
sincere love for Christ and the Gospel, not to "prove a point."

9/14/15

God Used Nails


I needed this reminder today.
I can't fix everything.
The truth is, I can't really fix anything by myself.

It is God enabling me -
working in and through me,
in the power of the 
resurrected Christ -
that makes any change possible.

"... for without Me,
you can do nothing."
(John 15:5b)

"For from Him and through Him
and to Him are all things.
To Him be glory forever. Amen."
(Romans 11:36)



9/12/15

The 'Perfect' Presidential Candidate

What are you looking for in a Presidential candidate?

I'm looking for a person with:
Obviously, I choose scriptures as my criteria for solid leadership because I believe the Bible is God's manual for successful living.
If candidates think adhering to and living by biblical truth isn't important, I wonder about their leadership strength. 
George Washington, our first President, said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." (See what other Presidents said, here.)

(And a point might be made that it's harder - if not impossible - to live out these biblical truths without knowing the Lord.)

But back to politics.

Unfortunately, there is no "perfect" candidate. 

Every candidate has strengths and weaknesses. Every person - no matter his or her aspirations - reaps what is sown (Galatians 6:7-8).

So we need much wisdom as we survey the candidates.

Lord, help us seek You 
to discern the best candidate for our times.