Friday

So Many Voices

Jesus of the Bible, Another Jesus, The True God
Walking in busy pedestrian areas, I often notice Jehovah Witness and Baha'i representatives handing out literature and evangelizing.

Both of these faiths incorporate Jesus in their beliefs, but not the Jesus of the Bible (2 Corinthians 11:14). Neither view Jesus as God nor believe His redemption on the Cross was enough to save us.

It makes me sad to see people stopping to listen to their presentations, but I realize there will always be false voices claiming to speak truth. 

It started when Eve listened to someone who told her she could be like God. Yes, Satan sowed seeds of doubt in her mind about the things God had told her (Genesis 3:1-4). 

All false religions are born from that same lie - that God isn't who He says He is so we can become our own gods or create our own gods.

Give us a heart for the lost, dear Lord. May people begin listening to Your voice and rejecting these lies.

For info on the errors in some popular false religions:
Jehovah Witnesses
Baha'i
LDS-Mormon

Thursday

God Says, Man Says

Divine power, weapons of the world
Have you ever wondered why God's ways are so often the opposite from our normal human reactions?

* Men say never forget a wrong.
* God says forgive (Colossians 3:13). 
Beyond Understanding

* Men say "If it feels good, do it."
* God says human sexual behavior damages our souls unless it is heterosexual intimacy between committed spouses (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Hebrews 13:4
Sex, Truth, Love

* Man says "Blame parents for your problems."
* God says honor parents (Ephesians 6:2).  
Underestimated Command

* Man says "Look out for #1."
* God says put others first (Philippians 2:3-4).  
Four Biblical Secrets

* Man says "Esteem yourself."
* God says deny yourself (Matthew 16:24).  
The Pharisee Had High Self-Esteem

* Man says "Get even."
* God says return good for evil (Romans 12:21).  
Deadly Revenge

Sometimes it seems like God's ways are weak and irrelevant.

Wrong!! They are powerful weapons.

"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

Wednesday

5 Keys to Trusting God Wholeheartedly

Proverbs 3, Trusting God, Whole hearted trust in God
Most Christians know Proverbs 3:5 by heart:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart"

It is a powerful, succinct truth - easy to grasp, but not always easy to apply.

That's why the surrounding verses provide additional thoughts on trusting God with our whole heart. The following are five aspects mentioned, but I encourage you to study the whole passage for additional aspects.

1. Don't trust human understanding. v.5b

2. Acknowledge God in everything you do, speak and think. v.6

3. Don't think too highly of yourself but realize your desperate need for God. v.7

4. Prove your trust for God by honoring Him with more than mere words. v.9

5. Accept God's loving rebuke and discipline. v.11-12

When we trust God, He promises us straight paths - not smooth ones, but godly ones- the best kind! v.6

Trusting God with your whole heart, Proverbs 3:5-6

Tuesday

I Can Be an Elephant

Elephants have uncanny memories, Elephants holds grudges, People shouldn't hold grudges, Philippians 3:13-14
“Elephants never forget.”

According to Scientific American elephants have an uncanny ability to remember faces, smells, and situations, especially mistreatment. “Grudge-holding” helps them survive. 

Philippians 3:13,14 says: 
"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

"Forgetting" is an important part of moving toward God's goals in life.

Paul had things to forget--he'd cheered on the murder of Stephen (Acts 7:54-8:3) and been unjustly flogged and imprisoned (2 Corinthians 11:23-33). To fulfill God's purposes, he had to forget these things and move forward.

When it comes to the past, I can sometimes be an 'elephant,' but I'm learning to place injustice and regrets in God's hands. What about you?

Is something in your past tangled around your heart? Will you leave it in God’s hands today and face your future with new hope? Another reason to REJOICE!
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011

For an absolutely incredible true story of a man who "forgot the past" read: An Innocent Man Imprisoned for Life

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