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Deception is defined as: the act of causing someone to believe something that is not true, typically to gain some personal advantage.
The father of lies:
The enemy of our soul, the devil, is a liar, a deceiver. He tries to get people to believe things about themselves and others that are not true, for the purpose of hurting them, destroying their lives, and limiting their opportunities for success or just moving forward in their lives. Jesus said, “He is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Everything he says and does is deceiving — the thoughts he tries to put into our brains only to steal, kill, and destroy.
Study to show yourself approved unto God:
It’s the truth that sets us free. We need to be bombarded with the truth — constantly meditating on it. The Bible says, day and night. Joshua 1:8 (NLT) — Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. To be successful in life, we need to study God’s word constantly.
Be a doer of the word:
When we know the truth, when we are a doer of the truth, when we walk in the truth, it will expose the lies and deception in our lives — the thoughts we believe, even about ourselves, that are not true. Why? So we can walk in true freedom, that God will open the eyes of our understanding, so we can be strong and courageous.
Know the truth so you can be truly free.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 8:07 AM CDT
Loyal is defined as: faithful and devoted to someone or something; giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution; faithful to one’s oath, commitments, or obligations.
Loyal to whom?
We need to learn to be more loyal to God and His word, to our friends and coworkers, to our bosses and the companies we work for. It doesn’t mean we allow others to do wrong, and cover it up because of a sense of loyalty. It means we honor our commitments; we purpose to honor our word.
Loyal to God:
Some people demand loyalty but don’t give it. I believe we need to be loyal to God and doing His will. We tend to be loyal to people more than to God Himself. If we want the blessing of God, we must be loyal to our word. The Bible says that God honors those who keep an oath even when it hurts. It doesn’t mean to lie or cheat for someone or something. It means when we give our word, we keep it. So many are loyal only to themselves, and to no other.
Think about it:
We really do need to think about where our loyalties lie. Sometimes we are loyal to family, even when what they are doing is wrong. As we grow in our relationships with God, let’s not have divided loyalties. If we do, we will hate the one and love the other. No one can serve two masters — no one!
Let’s be loyal to our commitment to serve and honor God and His word, and see how loyal He is to us.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 7:14 AM CDT
As Christians, we need to be more heavenly-minded than earthly-minded. Too many of us are so consumed with our lives here on earth that we don’t give much thought to what happens after we die.
The apostle Paul writes, For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8 ESV). Today, we are consumed with our physical bodies; in fact, as we enter this new year, one of the top resolutions is to get in shape, to work out more, join a gym. (Studies say that approximately 97% of New Year’s resolutions aren’t kept.) We are consumed with our physical appearance, what we look like.
Now we should take care of our bodies. The Bible says we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. And it does profit us some. But godliness profits us way more — here on earth and in the life to come. We should spend more time on our spiritual life: growing, getting more and more connected with God. Our spiritual gym is church. We think nothing of going to the gym, working out for 2 hours, 4 or 5 times a week; but we have great issues with coming to church at least once a week for an hour and a half. It’s no wonder we aren’t stronger, aren’t growing, still have the same issues each and every year. We need to exercise spiritually every day — making church a priority, reading the Bible daily — it profits us more.
What we will discover is that our lives will be better, and we will be stronger and truly make the changes that we desire and know we need to make in our lives. We will possess the strength to overcome.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, January 7, 2019 @ 8:37 AM CDT
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