Tag: Truth

The Christian Voter and What’s At Stake This Election 

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Let me say up front, I don’t expect to win any popularity contests with this blog, but please hear me out. I welcome your comments, but let’s be respectful of one another. I respect your right as an American to vote as you believe you should. Please give me, and others who may comment here, that same regard.

Could it be we’re missing something big this election cycle?

I’ve heard many arguments from the Christian camp about why we must overlook a certain candidate’s “character flaws” in order to preserve the Republic.

I agreed until I dug a little deeper into the Word of God AND my own soul.

I now believe there’s much more at stake than our nation. 

For years our children have heard us tout the importance of believing God, taking a stand for righteousness, and living with eternity in view rather than a temporal mindset of “let’s eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.”

But because it looks as though the only hope for America is a loud mouthed, unpredictable and unprincipled, self-centered egotist, many in the Christian camp are willing to hold their collective noses while trying to get the man elected.

What’s wrong with this picture?

There’s much more at stake than our economy, abortion laws, illegal immigrants, ISIS, and any other issue which threatens to destroy our nation.

So what could possibly be more important?

Truth. Specifically, our stand for truth.

It also could be referred to as integrity.

We say we want to make our nation great again for our children’s sake.

I agree.

But notice: “The righteous who walks in his integrity – blessed are his children after him.” (Proverbs 20:7 ESV)

If we, as followers of Christ, throw our integrity out with the trash, in the name of patriotism, the right-to-life, second amendment rights, or anything else, what does that leave us?

How do we explain our inconsistency to our children?

How can we effectively proclaim “character counts” or even more importantly, “righteousness exalts a nation” after we’ve compromised our basic beliefs?

I’ve been wrestling with this for some time now. My first responsibility is to guard my heart and follow the Lord’s way rather than any other. Even if my fellow believers disagree.

My vote counts. Your vote counts. It counts in who we are and what we are willing to do to really stand for righteousness.

“Who, O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.” (Psalm 15:1 – 15:5 ESV)

For the Christian, there is something far greater than the USA to stand up for.

The Kingdom of Righteousness…

…and our purpose as sons and daughters of God.

The Church isn’t of less value than the nation. It is everlasting, and the dwelling place for God Almighty.

In fact, God is trying to use His people as carriers of His Anointing. People who will declare His Kingdom in word AND deed.

Paul wrote: “God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 3:10 NLT)

But He can’t (that’s right, He CAN’T) if we are sidetracked or sidelined under the guise of patriotism.

We must remain faithful to God’s Word. Our heart must be sensitive to the voice of God, and continue to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

It’s been said that no one’s perfect. And since we’re not electing a pastor, we should overlook a person’s flaws.

Of course that’s only said about THEIR favorite candidate. There’s no way they’ll overlook the opponent’s atrocities!

Christian, the bottom line for me is this:

Jesus Christ is the Lord of my LIFE. I want to represent Him in all I say and do. I don’t want to say something matters and then vote like it doesn’t.

I want to love the things He loves, hate what He hates (Hebrews 1), and trust Him for EVERYTHING.

I love this nation, but for me, it’s more important that I walk in the steps of the Spirit than like a sheep to the slaughter.

God can make this nation great again; God and people who follow His steps, His ways; who put their trust in His wisdom and ability. Who aren’t afraid of the devil, or any of his representatives. 

And who don’t “lose their salvation” when someone disagrees with them (or their candidate isn’t elected).

It’s time for true followers of Christ to search our souls, and discover once again the truth we say we believe.

Then vote accordingly. 

If we vote our conscience, and our conscience has not become seared (1 Timothy 4:2), our vote will count.

With God, if no one else.

The facts aren’t always the truth.

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Facts don’t always equal truth. Even when you see evidence of the facts all around you. 

Something else needs to be considered when evaluating the “evidence”.

Truth.

Life’s circumstances may try to declare your physical demise and financial despair; all the while supplying you with limitless commentary on just how awful God is.

Facts as you see them.

But facts are not the final word as long as truth is allowed to have a voice. 

Elisha and his servant were minding their own business, when, from out of nowhere they were surrounded by an enemy’s army.

The servant had gotten up at the crack of dawn and turned on the coffee pot. As he stuck his head out the front door to see if the morning paper had arrived, he noticed soldiers and horses everywhere.

Quickly slamming the door and shoving the deadbolt into place, he ran to Elisha’s room.

“Elisha! Quick! Look out the window! We’re dead meat for certain!”

Closing the curtain, and turning to face his servant, Elisha said, “Why? What’s the problem? The facts declare we’re hopelessly outnumbered; but the Truth says something entirely different! Truth is telling me there are more for us than against us.”

“Huh? Are you still asleep, Elisha?”

“Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!’ The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:17 NLT)

And so it is with every child of God; everyone who has received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

Facts may say, “You might as well give up! You can never conquer your addiction, or failure, or experience the abundant life Jesus promised.”

Truth says, “God is not a man that He should lie. Every word is backed by heaven’s power and God’s integrity. He will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

We have a choice to make. If there’s ever a discrepancy between what we see or what we believe, are we going to listen to the facts or the truth?

And if we’re having trouble distinguishing between the two, maybe it would be a great idea to spend more time studying the truth.

Because the facts aren’t always the truth.

God is NOT a liar!

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Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? Let’s not waste another moment wondering whether or not God can be trusted.

God is not a liar!

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19 ESV)

He doesn’t say one thing and mean another.

So why do we struggle so much?

Maybe we aren’t sure there really is a God.

If we’re certain God is real, maybe we’re a little iffy about His ability to care for us.

But if we’re convinced God cares for us like He says He does, are we saying He doesn’t, every time we worry?

Are we calling God a liar?

“Of course not! We simply aren’t convinced He had us in mind when He made all those promises recorded in the Bible.”

Maybe I can help you with that.

First of all, God has always chosen His words carefully, and every word counts. When He says He cares for you, He means it. You, and you, and even you; He cares for YOU!

The next thing is, God is no respecter of persons. “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.'” (Acts 10:34 NKJV)

In fact, Paul wrote to the Romans and told them God’s promises were available to whoever believes. No one can earn them by being good enough, but everyone can believe (Romans 4).

God made sure of that! He’s given to every person a measure of faith (Romans 12:3); the ability to believe.
Everyone can believe.

And everyone believes something.

Finally, and probably most importantly, God’s covenant with Abraham (the father of faith) was not just with him, but also with the coming Savior and all who would believe on Him.

In other words, His seed.

“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.” (Romans 4:16 NKJV)

ALL the promises of God are yes, and amen, in Christ.

And we are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3).

God is not a liar!

He said He’d save our souls, make us new creations in Him, and take us to Heaven when this life is over. Right?

Amen!

God is NOT a liar.

He knows what we have need of before we ask.

He’ll never leave us or forsake us, so we can confidently say, “God is my helper.”

His word declares in several passages, by more than one writer, that He is the Healer of all our diseases.

Heaven and earth will pass away before His word does.

His word is forever established in Heaven.

He watches over His word, to make certain it comes to pass.

For God to ever lie, even once, He’d have to yield His Throne to the devil (the father of lies).

Not gonna happen.

Okay, I’ll assume you get the message. God is not a liar, even if it appears as though He slipped up and forgot about us.

Our situations do not, can not, authenticate God’s word. His word is true, period. It stands even if everything else falls.

God is not a liar! Faith still pleases Him, and He’s a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

All things are possible to those who will believe.

When we resist our adversary by standing steadfast in faith, he flees.

As we allow patience to work, we are well taken care of. We find ourselves lacking nothing.

We are born of God, and the evil one touches us not (1 John 5).

He Who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it.

He meets all our needs, heals all our diseases, directs our steps, and empowers us to minister life to those around us.

We abide in Him and He abides in us.

Let’s not call God a liar, simply because we can’t see the end from the beginning like God can. 

Rather let us act like Abraham, with the same spirit of faith, and trust the One Whose promises are the anchor of our soul.

Let’s not “…waver at the promise of God through unbelief”, but become “strong in faith, giving glory to God…” (Romans 4:20 NKJV).

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God in Whom I do trust'” (Psalm 91).

What are your ears itching to hear?

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Don’t you just love all the wonderful options we have these days where churches are concerned?

I mean, gosh, somewhere there’s a church, television show, or a website proclaiming a message someone wants to hear.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3 – 4:4 NKJV)

The word “fables” is translated from the Greek word “mythos”, meaning – a tale, myth, fiction.

Many stories sound nice, but nice doesn’t necessarily equate with truth.

Christian folklore won’t raise the dead, but may harden someone’s heart.

Although a “church” may be known as a Christian hotspot, popularity isn’t necessarily an indicator of God’s approval.

In fact, if you’ll take a moment and remember all that you’ve read in the Bible, you’ll recall the majority is almost never right. The majority is typically found opposing God.

Truth isn’t always a popular thing.

At the Tower of Babel, the majority was wrong.

The residents of Sodom and Gomorrah were wrong, though they were loud, demonstrative, and in the majority.

The majority follow good marketing hype, popular opinions, charismatic personalities, and anyone who promises a great life with little investment or trouble.

“All you need is to believe in yourself, and you’ll have a life everyone else will envy.”

Truth is sometimes hard to handle. The Apostle Peter remarked that some of Paul’s writings were difficult to understand. But he reminds the reader to remain steadfast in the truth, not being led away into error. (2 Peter 3)

If you don’t abide in truth, you’re giving in to error, myths, and “Christian” fables.

In short, if you shun truth because it “doesn’t bear witness with your spirit”, you’re settling for a lie.

So what are your ears itching to hear?

Jesus said, “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.”

It is very difficult to listen to the Spirit of God, and understand what He is saying, if we’re focused on something else.

No, I don’t want to sit and listen to gloom and despair, or how bad things are going to get before Jesus comes.

I’d rather not listen to a prophet who only speaks of judgment.

But I do want truth. I NEED truth.

And so does this world, whether they know it, or believe it, or not.

Truth may not give a person goosebumps, but it can enlighten one’s darkened spirit.

Truth won’t bow down to presidents or kings, peons or paupers.

It never yields to opinion polls, Twitter followers, or Facebook friends.

Truth doesn’t care who’s listening; it’s the same in season and out.

Truth is always relevant. Fads and fetishes are not.

What are your ears itching to hear?

“How can I tell the difference between truth and error?”

The word of God is truth (John 17:17).

Anything which doesn’t line up with the whole counsel of God is error.

“Mostly true” is error.

If you’re determined to hear (and speak) truth, don’t be surprised when people mock you for taking a stand for truth.

“We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19 NLT)

And don’t be surprised to learn the majority of the world, unfortunately, will not repent of their rebellious ways.

“Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:12 – 3:13 NLT)

One last time: what are your ears itching to hear?

You’d better know the answer…

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall…

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“Mirror, mirror, on the wall…”, inquired the evil queen in the fairy tale “Snow White”. 

Have you ever wished YOU had such a mirror; one that would always tell the truth, regardless of who’s standing in front of it?

Actually, there is such a mirror. But the question is, can you handle the truth?

Mirrors pull no punches, and tell no lies. What you see is what you get. They reveal every hair out of place, every pimpled chin, and every roll of fat no matter what your religious affiliation or political persuasion is.

Mirrors do not care if you are black or white, yellow or blue.

For those who are interested in truly changing their lives, the mirror is probably the most important thing to have handy.

Like I said, if you can handle the truth. 

If you cannot stand to see yourself for how you really are, you will never change for the better. As long as you keep from seeing your reflection, you will see yourself in a much better way.

Without truth, there can be no worthwhile change.

In the Snow White story, the evil queen enjoyed her magic mirror every day. Each morning she’d awaken, rise out of bed, and stand before her favorite friend; the mirror. She’d ask it the same thing each day, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” To which the mirror would answer, “My queen, you are the fairest one of all.”

As long as the mirror continued with the same response, the queen was cool. But once the mirror began reporting someone fairer than the queen, she was ready to kill.

Once again; the awesome power of the mirror.

God’s word is like a mirror. It reads the same to whoever looks at it. Whether you have tons of money, or barely enough to make ends meet, you can always count on God’s word to tell you exactly what you look like.

But, it has at least one advantage over every other mirror; magic or not.

God’s word, His mirror, will not only show you what you look like, but what you can become. It reveals your present spiritual condition, and the one God is creating within you.

In other words, it shows you what you are, who you are, and what He can make of you.

What do you need to do? Only one thing.

Continue in it.

Don’t be afraid of the truth, and the truth will set you free.

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (James 1:22 – 1:25 ESV)

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16 – 3:17 NKJV)

Is there something we’re missing about water baptism?


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I believe there’s more to water baptism than a simple “outward sign of an inward work”.

Obedience goes deeper than “just because He said so”.

It seems there’s a degree of power we may not be utilizing, because we haven’t totally understood the wisdom of God and water baptism.

Jesus told His followers to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19 – 28:20 NASB)

“…teaching them to observe all…” observance means to obey (obey all I’ve commanded you) which would include water baptism.

Each time you and I make a decision to obey God, whether we feel like it or not, God’s grace is poured into our lives to help us in our obedience. 

It’s what He was really referring to in Malachi chapter three. “Prove Me… by obeying Me”.

It’s not an easy thing to control the desires of the flesh. And yet we’re instructed to “reckon ourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God” (Roman 6:11).

Water baptism is an act of obedience AND identification which God uses to give us an edge, so to speak.

“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4 NASB)

There are many folks around the world who believe in water baptism. But sometimes, they miss out on the power of God for a lack of true, biblical understanding of what is taking place.

“My people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6).

“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working (operation) of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:11 – 2:12 NKJV)

Could it be many of us have had, or are having, trouble with the flesh as a result?

Jesus, just prior to going into the wilderness for those 40 days, met His cousin John at the river and asked him to baptize Him.

At first John balked, but soon acquiesced and baptized the Son of God.

As he did, “the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16,17 ESV)

How would you like to face temptation with so much assurance in Whose you are, and what God is doing in you?

Water baptism is a picture of how God works in us. Buried, risen, new life and new power.

Water baptism, a type of circumcision; a cutting away of the old flesh, the old way of living, and making a covenant with a new Lord and Master.

THE Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Though we are to walk by faith and not by sight, we have a mental picture of our flesh being cut away, and the new creation resurrected in its place.

“The old man is dead; long live the new creation!”

Obeying the gospel requires repentance, a declaration from the heart, announcing to Heaven and Hell we have a new Lord and Master, AND our declaration to all those around us that we’re dead to sin, and alive to God!

And though we may not hear God’s audible voice, “This is My beloved son, in whom I’m well pleased”, our spirit is quickened with the same spirit of faith.

How much control did the world, the flesh, or the devil have on Jesus? None. He was able to go about “healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38)”.

And how much power could anyone, the devil included, have over someone who is no longer able to be reached through their senses?

“Impossible”, you say?

Really? Look at Hebrews 5:13,14.

Just how easy would it be to tempt a dead man?

Something happens within the spirit of the child of God who obeys the gospel, and all He has commanded, and gets baptized in water; the believer’s baptism.

Sure, we can choose to ignore anything and everything God does in our life.

I know I have.

But it doesn’t negate the operation of God. 

Paul told Timothy to “stir up the gift that is in you by the laying on of my hands…”. He also told the Romans, “reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin.”

No, water baptism does not save us. However, obedience, as a result of faith, does.

Consider this: everything God does in our life has its roots in the spirit realm, though there are things we need to do in the natural to receive it.

Water baptism is an example.

Don’t miss out on what God is doing in your spirit. Don’t just get wet, dry off, and let the devil tell you, “Well, that was a big deal about nothing!”

Reach out, hear your Father say, “This is my beloved child…”. Reckon yourself to be dead to sin, everything paid in full!

Are you a follower of Jesus? Followers of Christ obey their Master.

What will you do?

What are your thoughts?

40 Days of Promises

40 Days of PromisesThe Lord let us know, through the writings of the Apostle Paul, that the things which happened to people in the Old Testament happened not only for their instruction, provision, and discipline, but also for ours:

Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 1 Corinthians 10:6-11 NKJV

So let’s use Moses and the twelve spies for our example. God instructed Moses to choose men, one from each of the twelve tribes of Israel, to spy out the land of promise. The men were to be leaders; men who were recognized for their position and ability. Men who would gather information about their new homeland and its inhabitants, and return with samples of its produce. Men who would mix the gathered facts with what they already knew in their heart; that God is faithful and true. Men who would influence their nation to follow after God.

God gave them 40 days of promises; time to meditate on all that He had promised.

The word translated “spy” means, “to meander about, especially for trade or reconnoitering.”

Reconnoiter. I like that word. It means, “To go to a place, or area, in order to find out information about a military enemy: to do reconnaissance.” In other words, the twelve leaders’ mission was simply to gather the facts and report them to Moses and the others. And by doing so, the rest of Israel could gain the much needed support for their faith to help them actually possess the promises they had been hearing about the past several generations.

Support for faith. It’s something all of us need if we’re to possess the promises of God. And that’s the reason for this series of posts.

Think of this reading material as a type of reconnoitering; looking at the land God has already promised. Examining its impact on our way of living. Seeing the faithful God in a whole new light. Understanding His love and great desire to impact our lives for good, and for eternity.

Sure, there may be things that appear much too large; impossible, even.

But the Lord does not say one thing and mean something different. He is, among many other things, faithful and true.

One huge lesson we can take away from the spies of old: look at life through the eyes of faith in God. Mix faith with the promises of God. Don’t be overwhelmed with the size of the enemy, the problem, or whatever. God didn’t send them into the land to investigate the prowess and power of the enemy; but to witness the greatness of His Glory against the backdrop of impossibly.

40 Days of Promises. An opportunity to examine the “land of promise”, dream the dreams of God for your life, and, hopefully, by mixing faith with the promises, personally experience God’s handiwork and power.

And just imagine the joy you’ll have in telling others about the land of God’s promises.

Truth Will Not Make You Free

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Would you be mad at me if I told you truth will not make you free?

Okay, so I’ll wait until you’re almost done reading to tell you.

So instead I’ll ask you, “Are YOU free?”

Do YOU want to be free? How “free” do you want to be?

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NLT)

“He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” (Titus 2:14 NLT)

I’ll ask again, how “free” do you want to be?

Free, compared to others? Like, instead of both legs in manacles, only one is chained? Is that really freedom?

What does freedom mean to you?

Some want freedom to do what they want, when they want, without any adverse consequences.

That would be like a person who wants to drive their car as fast as they want, wherever they choose, and live to tell about it.

Freedom doesn’t work that way.

I can’t just say I want to be free of pornography and still feed my lustful desires.

Neither can you.

I will never gain freedom over gluttony without saying no to my belly.

And I will not walk in the freedom of God’s word if I never read it, think about it, or choose to do what it says.

Again, neither will you.

Just as there are speed limit signs posted to help you and I navigate the highways safely, so God’s word is given to help us navigate safely the road of life.

Truth alone won’t bring freedom. Obeying the truth will bring freedom.

The speed limit sign alone will not keep you on the road. Obeying the sign just might.

Remember this: disregarding, or ignoring truth may seem like freedom for a while. But being laid up in a hospital for months on end is not freedom. And some don’t end up that well.

Freedom. Knowing AND doing the truth.

“…don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” (James 1:22 NLT)

Why Do People Choose Darkness?

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…the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light…

Darkness versus Light. The battle of the ages.

But how could there possibly be any real battle, when light is immeasurably more powerful than darkness? The smallest flicker of light has darkness trembling with fear.

Both darkness and light are tenacious and competitive.

And eternal.

If one can understand darkness…

Darkness uses its mysterious ways to lure and entrap. It boasts of hidden treasures, obscure facts, and shrouded meaning. It advertises the unknown and entices the inquisitive; the curious to venture past the warning and danger signs, beyond the rope separating the shallow end of the pool with the deep. It bids each of us to its eternal lair.

Darkness calls to the skeptical, the doubtful, and the unsettled one, “Come, ask, seek, knock, explore.” But darkness never reveals, never fulfills, never completes the enigma. It’s like a giant puzzle without a solution. Like a maze in which, when entered, one is lost forever.

Darkness dwellers who have adjusted to the world of shadows tell of all the wondrous things to behold. In the darkness. In the fog. Things which can’t be seen for what they truly are.

People become accustomed to darkness.

In the land of darkness there are no rules about coloring within the lines, no boundaries or fences with “No Trespassing” signs posted, and no defined right or wrong. Darkness keeps the shades drawn and the curtains closed over the windows of one’s soul.

It promises happiness, but cannot deliver contentment. Intimacy is touted as a product of darkness, yet intimacy without light is impossible.

Darkness is the land of groping, of stumbling, of half-truths and fuzzy images. It is the place of the hope-so’s, the want-to’s, and all the misconstrued ideas about light.

But if one can really understand light…

Light never entices, it simply reveals.

God is light. In his light we see, we know, we experience true intimacy. With God, with one another, and even with ourselves. We can know as we are known.

Light came into the realm of darkness and conquered it using only three things.

Wood, nails, and truth.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5 ESV)

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 ESV)

“…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 ESV)

With only a decision one can step from darkness to light.

But darkness still promises a world of pleasures and treasures, though light reveals what darkness really is, what it truly contains.

Darkness is the absence of light. The absence of truth, revelation, and real intimacy. It is the place of broken promises; temptation without fulfillment.

A story to be read, without any words.

No meaning, no future, no life. No God.

So why do so many people choose darkness? Is it because they can’t see, can’t hear, can’t know?

Which have you chosen?

If I Was God For A Day

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What if one morning, while sitting at your breakfast table munching on a bowl of Cheerios, your doorbell rings. You rise, walk to the front door, and peak through the peephole to see who it is.

“It’s God!”, you gasp, as you pick yourself up from the floor.

Nervously, you open the door and ask him in. “Please, have a seat”, you offer, barely above a whisper.

As he sits, you find the closest chair and fall into it. You think to yourself, “What in the world could he want with me?”

As if he heard you he says, “I’ve decided to stay at your house today; gonna have myself a little vacation. While I’m here, I want you to do my job. You are now ‘God for the Day.’ “

Whoa!

I ask you, what would YOU do if you were God for the day? And what would I do?

Well, let’s see…

Alright. Here goes.

I’d make the Russian troops go back to where they belong. I’d force the terrorists to turn in their bombs, and stop trying to settle grievances by killing innocent children. I’d make Hollywood quit acting like the world’s savior, and I would help the Boy Scouts be prepared.

I’d find a home for every homeless person, and give a “welcome home, thanks for serving”, to every Vietnam Vet. I would remove the Ten Commandments from each and every public place and weave them into the fabric of each person’s heart.

I would encourage the single mother, and care for her children. I’d be a father to the fatherless, and a very present help in a time of trouble. I would lift up the fallen, rebuke the proud, punish the thief, and release those trapped in any and every kind of slavery. I would drop the hammer on deadbeat dads, and reconcile each heart with their children’s hearts.

I would end divorce, pornography, child abuse, domestic violence, and TV shows that portray fathers as boobs and idiots.

I’d bring back the true meaning of the rainbow, and once again reclaim the word “gay”.

I’d speak of Heaven as if it’s something to look forward to, and describe Hell’s flames as something to shun.

I would open up the floodgates of Heaven, inundating the faithful with showers of blessing.

The hungry I would fill. The proud? I don’t know them. I can’t reach them.

I would love the unlovely, the lovely, the perverted and the bible banger. I’d love them enough to tell them the truth. My goodness would draw them to repentance.

If I was God for the day.

I’d let the politicians know how to fix their problems. I’d show them how to have affordable healthcare, based on my 40 year study back when Moses was the leader. I would show Washington how to really be a liberal, without bankrupting the nation.

I’d stop all killing.

I would listen to everyone’s problems and concerns. I would be slow to anger.

I would make our schools safe, by personally walking each and every hallway; if I could get in the building, that is.

I would end the hostility one nation has against another.

I’d make nations beat their swords into plows, and spears into pruning hooks. I’d introduce the lion to the lamb, and they’d dwell together peacefully.

Rebellion, witchcraft, illegal drug usage, and gluttony I’d remove from the heart of man. Worry I would replace with faith, terror and fear would be forced to turn over their house keys to my peace.

My church would quit fighting amongst themselves.

If I was God for the day.

Yes, things would definitely be different.

Until someone made me mad.

If someone wouldn’t follow my instructions, or look to me for wisdom. If people mocked me, ignored me, cussed me, blamed me for something I didn’t do, or gave someone else the credit I deserved. If the hungry rejected the bread I brought them, or complained of thirst while my living water was within arms reach.

Then, I’m afraid I’d lose it.

If the academia stood in their classrooms and read my obituary, I’d probably not be silent. To hear someone pronounce you dead; well, I just can’t tell you how it would make me feel. It would be almost as bad as people thinking you’ve never even existed!

It would probably send me over the edge. You know?

I’m liable to say something back at the person who just asked me to damn something. Something like, “Be damned, your own self.”

I’d be tempted to burn up someone with a lightning bolt…I just don’t handle rejection all that well.

And if I saw someone mistreat one of my little ones, or act as though life wasn’t important, I’d probably regret my actions, the next day.

When I was no longer God for the day.

No, there’s too much of the old me lurking about to allow me to be God, even for only a day. In fact, none of us would be very good at it. We are all much too caught up with our needs and desires to be trusted with all of God’s power.

Besides, God, even with all he knows and is capable of doing, can’t seem to do all of those things I said I’d do; if I was God for the day.

Nope, better count me out, as well as every other human being living on planet earth.

We have a hard enough time letting God be God.

So, what would YOU do if God made YOU God for the day? Would you change anything? Would you help others, or fix the Lottery so you’d win the $257 million prize?

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