Today we are bombarded by what seems to be “fake news.” Even our President complains about it. Fake news may be very damaging causing one to truly believe statements that are not true. We may even relate these stories to others as fact.
Fake news is not a new device but used to be called “propaganda”; lies spread to hurt and deceive. (Think of WW II.) Fake news has its roots in the Old Testament as Satan lied to Adam and Eve, telling them they could become as “gods”(Gen. 3:1-5).
John 8:44 states the devil “… is a liar and the father of it [lies].” The lie of humanism that man may become as God has been drawing men away from the true God ever since the lie, fake news, was used in the Garden.
In John 14:6, we read that Jesus said, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” He also instructed believers “… if ye continue in my word, then ye are my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
So don’t worry and fret about the “Fake News,” give out the “good news” that Jesus saves! “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17).
The story is told that Queen Victoria of England was in need of a new and experienced coachman to drive her carriage.
Word was spread, and on the appointed day several men met to apply for the position.
The Queen’s secretary met with the men to seek their qualifications. He asked each man in turn, just how close to the edge of a cliff he could lead the Queen’s team and carriage. Each man in turn made his reply. One boasted he could come within a foot of the ledge, another six inches and so forth. Finally the last driver, who had remained silent, was asked. He replied, “With such a precious passenger in my carriage, it would be my duty to see how far away I could keep my Queen from danger, not how close I may come.” Needless to say he became the Queen’s coachman!
How like ourselves! We play with sin, seeing just how close we may come instead of working to remain far from sin, even its very appearance.
The Lord delights in those who keep His commandments ….. not those who see how close they can come to the edge!
Pray the Lord will give us the strength to overcome temptation!
I Corinthians 10:13 tells us not only will He not allow us to be tempted above that which we are able, but will also provide and escape for us! What a wonderful, loving God!
Each morning the old man would sit in his garden. While patting his old dog, the old man’s thoughts would run to his children and of how he missed them so that his heart was pained. He would lift them each, by name, unto his Heavenly Father to bless and keep them from sin.
Each day, he would check the mail for just some small note from them. He would get excited as the phone would ring, hoping to hear their voice. Always on his mind and lovingly in his heart, he would think of them.
How like our Heavenly father, who always has our best interest in mind, always desiring to hear our voice in prayer. Our Lord God desires to commune with us. While it pleases God for us to pray, it is truly for our benefit that we do so. We have a “Father” in Heaven that loves us so!
Today and everyday …. Remember your Heavenly Father! He is waiting to hear from you (Eccl.12:1)!
There was a millionaire that was quite tired of those around him, as they were all “yes men” and “hangers on” looking only to get for themselves.
One day, the man decided to visit a diner for a cup of coffee. He visited alone and in some old clothes gotten at a local thrift store.
As he entered, the waitress greeted him, flashing a huge smile and giving a cheery, “Hello, my friend!” The man was taken back by the kindness of a stranger. He had coffee and a donut while he conversed with the local folk, truly enjoying himself!
This activity became, over a few months, the rich man’s way to unwind and relax. He became friends with those accustomed to meeting in the diner.
In less than a year, the rich man died. His business partners were stunned to hear he had given most of his vast wealth to the smiling waitress that had become his friend. He also left money to the owner of the diner and provided, “free” coffee and donuts for his fellow guests!
Quite stunned were all involved. We never know who we shall meet. We must be as the Lord and not respect persons because of their wealth or station in life. We never know … We may befriend a “ragged millionaire”!
And so it is with the Word of God. We are to share it with all we meet. The one in the gutter needs the Gospel just as the man in the rich clothing!
“For there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:11).
Reward! $500.00! So read the little signs put up all over town, in shop windows, on poles, even left at bus stops. The signs sought to locate the master’s beloved little pup. Reward, $500.00 for anyone who could find the pup that had dug himself out of his master’s yard.
It seems $500.00 was quite a thing in this little town, there were many folks out looking for the lost pup. Just an ordinary little pup, not even an AKC. But he was a little dog greatly beloved by his master! The master’s heart was grieving and sorrowing for the little lost thing.
Yes, $500.00 is a great sum, but remember the sum paid by the “Master”! His own beloved Son given that we (the lost), might be found and saved! That very “Son,” which gave His life, a ransom for the lost, is the very “One” seeking us! (Luke 19:10)
In the end, the “little pup” was found and his master greatly rejoiced! That leaves you! Has the “Master” found you? Have you answered His call, seeking to find you! Our Lord God is not willing that even one of these little ones should perish (Matt. 18:14).
If you haven’t been found …… call on Him today!
Each morning most of us have faith that our alarm clock will wake us for the day. We also trust our car will start so we can go to work.
Each day we practice, without even thinking, many acts of simple faith. We turn on the water for a shower, toast our bread, rely on the dishwasher, have faith the school bus will deliver our children at school! The list is endless!!
The Lord Jesus tells us in Matthew 17:20 that “…. If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, “Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you!”
Peter caught a fish to pay the tax for his Master and himself (Matt. 17:27).
Naaman dipped in the Jordon seven times to remove his disease (II Kings 5:10-14).
The walls of Jericho fell at the shout of God’s people as they (God’s people) were commanded (Josh. 6:20).
The thief on the cross had faith in Christ and went to Paradise (Luke 23:41-43).
How about it, Christian? We serve the very same God that these listed did. Trust Him …. In all things. Have faith and move that mountain!
Psalm 62:8 “Trust in him at all times ye people, pour out your heart before him, God is a refuge for us.”
I remember as a very small child, I would often be climbing in trees – usually trees too big for a five year old!
As it happened, one day I found myself quite stuck in the yoke of a large maple on the farm. Much as I tried, I could not free myself from my trap … my death trap, I was sure!
I remember crying in fright and calling on my dad to save me. In a few minutes, Dad was present having heard my cries.
After reviewing my problem, Dad told me to close my eyes and let go! He assured me he could and would catch me. With some coaxing, I finally closed my eyes and let go. I was so delighted he had caught me, safe in his arms!
How very much this often reminds me of our Heavenly Father calling us to trust in Him. We are to pour our hearts before Him. We are to trust and believe His Word as He has stated, He is a refuge for us!
Today, more than ever, we need to remember He is in control. Trust in Him at all times, pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge! (Psalm 62:8)
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”
(2 Corinthians 9:15)
The story is told of a man who was hired as a part-time worker for the US Post Office in a small town. It seems, as a part-timer, he was assigned to sort through the letters to Santa Clause which over load the regular clerks. For a few weeks, he read many of the letters requesting this or that… how many … what size and color, most were quite demanding and even listed how “good” they had been and deserved Santa’s rewards.
As the weeks went on, Christmas came and went, and the young man was assigned to the dead letter office. He found only one letter to Santa and read it. He was greatly surprised as it was actually a “thank you” letter expressing how delighted the youngster was and heaped thanks upon Santa for remembering him during his busy season.
How like these children people are today! We so often request and beg of God but so often neglect to thank Him for answering and meeting our needs.
Even the nine lepers did not return to thank Christ for making them clean. Only the one returned and gave thanks. (Luke 17: 12-19)
Let us take time, now at this Thanksgiving Season and daily, to remember and thank Him as Paul records in 2 Corinthians 9:15.
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” thanking God for the wonderful, blessed Savior, Jesus Christ!
It seems, so often, that the wicked continue to multiply and have more and more influence in this world. Even in the “religious” world, we have leaders which promote the idea of “coexisting” with others so we will have peace and harmony. We are often scolded for promoting our Christian views and accused of being intolerant and bigoted, closed minded.
We must remember our history, which is full of examples of the world promoting their ideas while refusing to hear our side. This is to be expected by the Christian that is living for the Lord. We often cry unto the Lord God for justice and revenge upon our enemies. We must remember God keeps great records of every offence. Trust in the Lord; He will deliver in His time!
Keep in mind and remember Proverbs 2:22 states…”But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out.”
These are precious promises from our Lord God ……… claim them and rejoice that you are His child!
“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” Proverbs 6:23
A miner worked long, hard hours deep in the bowels of the earth. Each night as he trekked the two mile hike home his feet felt heavier and heavier. He never complained for he knew that soon he would see the faint glint of a light his wife had set to guide his way. From far away the light shined, first just a pinpoint, but then growing larger into the full glow of a lamplight. For the miner, there was no more welcoming sight in the world. For him the light was … Home.
God’s word is as a lamp and His law a light to guide us on our way home to Him. His reproofs of instruction also assist us to keep headed toward the path and our final goal … Home!