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Are You the Devil’s Propagandist?

Are You the Devil’s Propagandist?

Romans 12:18 says, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” The world today is anything but peaceful. However, we can help take major strides towards peace. How? When you see these videos, pictures, or any other media showing things that will stir rage, hate or division, move on. Don’t share it, don’t like it, don’t comment on it, don’t even watch it. It is all propaganda for hate and division. I canceled my cable for this very reason. When you share, like, comment, or watch this garbage you are helping the devil promote his agenda of dividing and destroying. (See John 10:10).

You may feel you are helping to bring awareness to injustices, but you’re not. Instead, you are fanning the flame for further injustices and Satan is loving every moment of it. Are there injustices in this world? Absolutely. Nonetheless, why promote more injustices by fanning the flame of hate by stirring emotions in people who are already enraged? We are called to be peaceful; not vengeful or full of bitterness and rage. Be honest. Most of the time when you like, share, or comment on these things you are enraged and desire others to be as well. Right? So, why should you even take the time to look at it?

Politicians and the news media love these divisions. Why? Because it gets them votes and ratings. If people stopped paying attention to these things the media will stop propagating it and politicians will stop trying to divide us. Wise up folks and stop being the devils pawn. You are not helping; you are hurting.

Before you share, like, comment, or even watch something ask yourself, “Will it cause hostility or peace.” I know that standing up for righteousness will often cause hostility but you understand the point I am making. Use your time wisely and don’t waist it on the devil’s propaganda. Instead use your time on something that would actually be beneficial like ministering to people who are hurting or sharing the gospel of peace-which is Jesus. Redeem your time and use it to pray for peace, and unity. Use it to pray for the power of God to fall down upon us as a nation and bring about spiritual renewal. Let’s trust in God to heal our land as He said He would, and let us start by being obedient to Him. (See II Chronicles 7:14).

 
 

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Do Not Let Your Hearts be Troubled

Do Not Let Your Hearts be Troubled

The setting of John 13-17 is in the upper room for the last supper. John 13:1 states that Jesus knew the hour had come for Him to be with the Father. During the Passover meal Jesus shared this news with His disciples. This news was certainly troubling to His disciples. First, He told them He was going to a place they could not yet come, secondly, He told them Peter would deny Him before the night was over. The news of Peter’s impending denial would not have been troubling for Peter alone, but for all of the disciples. This information, added to Jesus declaration that He was about to leave them, was greatly troubling. As if the news of Jesus departure and Peter’s upcoming denial weren’t troubling enough, Jesus shared more troubling news. He warned them that the world would hate them because they first hated Him and they would be persecuted for His name sake. (John 15:18-21).
In the midst of this troubling news Jesus said to them in John 14:1 and again in 14:27, “Do not let your hearts be trouble.” With such troubling news, how could their hearts not be troubled? Within John 14-17 Jesus gave them three encouraging reasons not to be troubled. First, Jesus comforted them with the news that this world is not their home and that He will come again one day to bring them to their new eternal home. (John 14:2, 3). Secondly, although Jesus will no longer be with them in the flesh He will continue to be with those who place their faith in Him, in Spirit. (John 14:19). He said He would not leave them as orphans. (John 14:18). Lastly, once Jesus departs from this world the Father will send them a Helper, the Holy Spirit. (John 16:7). In troubling times, we too can find great comfort with these truths.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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God’s Still on His Throne

God’s Still on His Throne

The death of King Uzziah left the nation of Israel vulnerable and uncertain about its future. At that time, the prophet Isaiah went to the temple to seek God for strength and direction. When he did he was blessed with one of the most magnificent visions of the throne of God recorded in scripture. Isaiah recorded in Isaiah 6:1, “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.”

God’s people will face many trials and uncertainties in life. Psalm 34:19 says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.” When we face uncertainties like the nation of Israel faced what are we to do? We are to do just as Isaiah did and seek the face of God. When we do we will learn the same lesson Isaiah did-God is still on His throne. Not only is God on His throne, He is lofty and exalted. Not only is God still on His throne He is there to stay. Who can dethrone Him for He is almighty God?

When we realize this simple fact we are strengthened and encouraged. We know that we are children of God and He is still in complete control. When our eyes are focused on the chaos of the world we are easy discouraged. For this reason, God calls us to keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2).

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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Day 6: The Gift of Peace

28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1 NASB

Those who reside in the domain of darkness have set themselves up to be at enmity against God. James 4:4 says, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” They are enemies of God because they have chosen to live for the world rather than repent of their sins and live for the Lord.

Fortunately for us, God has chosen to provide a way for those in the world to be reconciled with Him. II Corinthians 5:19 says, “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” To be reconciled is to be restored into a right relationship. God’s means of reconciliation is the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus purchased for the world redemption. The world then receives redemption by faith and are then reconciled unto God.

When one has by faith been reconciled with God by being redeemed by the blood of Jesus he is then justified before God. To be justified is to be made right. His sins are now forgiven, blotted out, removed as far as the east is from the west, and remembered no more. (I John 1:9, Acts 3:19, Psalm 103:12, Hebrews 8:12). By his faith in Jesus he is now in a right relationship with God.

When one has been justified by God, made right, he now has peace with God. Paul is not talking about an emotion or a feeling of peace, nor is he referring to a sense of security that brings peace. Paul is talking about a practical peace; the type of peace between two warring parties that have called a truce. We were enemies of God yet we are now reconciled. We agreed to the truce God called by placing our faith in His provision of the truce-Jesus.

Being a nice person cannot bring peace between you and God. Being a generous person cannot bring peace between you and God. Being a religious person cannot bring peace between you and God. Being a good person cannot bring peace between you and God. Jesus said, “No one is good but God.” We were the aggressors in our hostility toward God. We are the guilty party. For this reason, we deserve God’s condemnation. Instead, God provided justification through the blood of His Son. By faith in Jesus we are justified. By faith in Jesus we are at peace with God. Peace is not a gift we deserve but a gift we are given by grace. Truly, Jesus is the greatest gift.

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Merry Christ-Mass

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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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