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The Minds of the Unbelieving

May 29, 2016

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The Minds  of the Unbelieving

As we observe all  of the corruption  in this world,   we wonder how people can have  such evil inclinations.     In the political realm,  corrupt people are trying  to change our Constitution  in an effort  to make us  more socialistic  and dependent  upon a larger government control  in our lives.     In the economic realm,  greed  and avarice abound  as they manipulate  the markets and ethics  to become richer  and to bind others  into their service.     In the educational field,  they promote a godless society  that condones sexual experimentation,  abortion,  and anarchy under pretentious reasonings, etc.

The question is “Why?”     Why do they vie  for control  over money,  people,  and souls?     Why do they  deny God Almighty’s  authority?     Paul gives a clue  in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4,

And even if  our gospel is veiled,  it is veiled  to those  who are perishing,  in whose case  the god  of this world  has blinded  the minds  of the unbelieving,  that they might not see  the light  of the gospel  of the glory  of Christ,  who is the image  of God.

The  “god of this world”  is none other  than Satan.     He has dangled the carrot  of sin  in front  of their faces,  so that they can think  of nothing but  their own desires  and greeds.     They blindly follow  the devil’s  urgings  without even caring  about how many other people  they will hurt  or destroy.     And,  lest we enjoy  pointing a finger  at their blindness  in following Satan,  Paul aptly reminds us  in Ephesians 2:1-2,

And you were dead  in your trespasses  and sins,  in which you formerly walked  according to the course  of this world,  according to the prince  of the power  of the air,  of the spirit  that is now working  in the sons  of disobedience.

We are all prone  to becoming blind  spiritually.     We all need  to keep watch  over our own ways.     It is because  we know how very easy it is  for us  to be blinded  to our own sinful natures  that we should  have a heart  for the eternal welfare  of those around us.     Acts 26:18  quotes the Lord speaking  to Paul  and saying  that Paul’s  job  was to:

To open their eyes  so that they may turn  from darkness  to light  and from the dominion  of Satan  to God,  in order that  they may receive forgiveness  of sins  and an inheritance  among those  who have been sanctified  by faith  in Me.

And,  that is our job,  too,  because in Matthew 5:14  Jesus says,  “You are  the light  of the world.”     We are not  to be a darkness   and a stumbling block   to the people around us.     Each one  of us  is responsible  for being a true witness  to those around us.     But,  if we hide our light,  we lack all semblance  of love.     If we know  the love  of Christ  for all people,  we should want  to share that love.     We need  to constantly remember Ephesians 5:8,  where Paul says,

For you were  formerly  darkness,  but now  you are light  in the Lord;  walk as children  of light.

Let us learn  more and more  about the light  that God gives us  in Jesus Christ,  so that that light  can better lead us  through this dark world  and we can have  the peace,  joy,  and freedom  of walking  with God  and being a true light  to those around us.

Thinking about  what we have been saved from,  we have grateful  and thankful hearts  that praise the Lord  for loving us  so dearly.     And,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     God,  You are good  in everything You do.     Thank You  for Your goodness  and mercy.     Make us to be a true light  in this world  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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