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December 9, 2018

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Your Word

We often make contrasts.    There is day and night — light and dark — truth and lies — good and evil — beautiful and ugly — large and small —- young and old.     These are all so obvious.     In some cases  we can appreciate both  of the contrasting things,  like day time with the sun sifting through the trees  and night time with the stars sparkling on high  or  young,  like a newborn babe  and old,  like the silver-haired grandpa  telling stories from the olden days.

In other cases, it is very important that we choose  to adhere to what is good and safe  for us  in God’s sight.     If we choose to love lies  over the truth,  we’re in big time trouble  for all eternity.     The same goes for loving evil  over all that is good.

Ho-hum!     Yawn!    Everybody thinks they don’t need any help  in choosing what they want.     But,  God begs to differ.     People obviously need help  in choosing what is good,  right,  and yes,  holy.     Our natural inclination  is for something  “different”,  “more interesting”,  “more exciting”.

We see so many today flocking  to new religions  that are cultic  and even seeking adventures  in old-time idol worship.     People have been doing the same thing  for thousands of years.     God pointed this out  through Jeremiah,  when He said  in Jeremiah 23:28,

“The prophet  who has a dream  may relate his dream,  but let him  who has My word  speak My word  in truth.     What does straw  have in common  with grain?”  declares the LORD.

In that context,  God tells how these dream relaters  boasted of their dreams  for the sole purpose  of distracting the people  away from God  and into following idols.     These dreamers  longed for people  to follow them  and admire their dreams — over and above the word of God.

God says  that everyone who claims  to have God’s word  must  “speak My word  in truth.”     The Lord will not tolerate those who love  to twist God’s word  to fit their fancy.     Sure,  egotistical dreamers have been twisting God’s word  for thousands of years — and they seem  to be getting away with it.     After all,  they have a big following.

They mix their dreams  with God’s word.     They mix idol worship  with God’s word.     They mix philosophies  with God’s word.     The end result is not  God’s word.     It’s nothing but deception  and leading people away  from the beauty  of God’s truths  regarding our salvation  in Christ Jesus alone.     God has told  of their eternal destruction.

But,  in the mean time,  we have a choice.     Will we choose truth  over and above  lies?     As God pointed out,  “What does straw have  in common  with grain?”     The false preachers are  in every nook and cranny  of this world.     We need to be aware  of the ugliness  of their lies  and the precious worth  of God’s truths.

Remembering how very much God loves us  in Christ,  we sing in Psalm 119:140,

Your word is very pure,    
Therefore  Your servant loves it.

And we appreciate Peter’s concern for us  in 1 Peter 2:2,

Like newborn babes,  long for the pure milk  of the word,  that by it  you may grow  in respect to salvation.

As we delve into the pure word of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for causing Your word  to be eternal  for our sakes,  that we may have the opportunity  to know and experience  Your salvation  in Jesus Christ,  just as You promised down through the ages.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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