Focus On Truth

Forty years of wilderness wandering plagued the Israelites because they listened to the report of ten spies instead of God’s promise to give them the promised land. They had experienced God’s miraculous works for their deliverance, yet still, rather than believing God’s promise and facing their enemies with faith, they were caught up in human deception and discouragement.

The giants occupying their land were huge and the enemies were strong, the challenge too dangerous, the risk too great. They refused to move out and take possession for fear of their lives. They wept and wailed through their night with bitterness! They complained and grumbled about their plight! Why did we leave Egypt? We’ll die in this forlorn land! Shouldn’t we just go back? Wouldn’t it be better? Be safer? Wouldn’t it just be easier back in captivity?

Those unfaithful, unbelieving, grumbling Israelites twenty years and older never made it into the land of promise because God saw to it that their unbelief would not be honoured.

Oh, the wilderness wanderings we face when we focus on deception rather than truth. When we focus on the giants instead of the promises; when we rebel instead of trust! You know it don’t you? The wilderness of rebellion, unbelief, deception and despair? Does your old slavery and bondage to sin just seem more comfortable, easier and safer than trusting God for deliverance?

We need to move on out and take what God has promised through trust, while He still gives opportunity. Courage is found when we take God at His word and trust Him even though the giants are many and the tasks impossible. I wonder who we hear? The reports of people or the Lord’s promises to us.

1 Corinthians 10:11

“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

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A Discerning Spirit

Many voices call these days to distract us from the voice of Truth! Voices that capture our attention and steer us wrong. Voices that can sound powerfully strong, right and good and yet, like the sly voice whispering in the Garden of Eden, the snake slithers into our garden and whispers as well.

It’s that voice that tickles the ears and says “It’s ok” and it’s that voice that quickly calls us under its influence, and into its agenda just because it can. Just because it’s powerful and good at what it does. It calls with lies that we won’t hear with human ears! It calls with promises that it won’t keep! It whispers the half-truth and so we hear just the part we want to hear. Let’s be challenged to be on our guard against the sadness and dangers of the evils of our day surrounding us on all fronts. Be in the Word, check it out. Breathe it in! Sleep on it every nightfall and digest it every waking moment! Learn it, Live it, and speak it. Tuck in your heart, your pocket, your purse, your car! Let it be who you are! Christ in you the Hope of Glory!

1 John 4:1 reminds us to not fall into the trap of everything we hear from all manner of voices out there and fall into their web of destruction! Don’t be drawn in by their power and succumb to their authority, but rather check everything out with the Father of Lights first and foremost. Run it by Him and then listen with a spiritual understanding to discern right from the wrong.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”Yeah, watch those who have taken power and speak with supremacy.

1 John 4:1

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You Are Free Of Course!

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“For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.”

I Peter 2: 11-17

“Dear friends I warn you as temporary residents and foreigners to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even when they accuse you of doing wrong they will see your honorable behavior and they will give honor to God when He judges the world. For the Lord’s sake respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right. It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves. So don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Respect everyone and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God and respect the King.”

Peter’s letter was written in Rome and was motivated by severe trials that Christians in Northern Asian Minor were suffering. He writes to God’s elect/ believers, referring to them as aliens or strangers passing through in this world 2:11. He urges them and us to submit to authority and to abstain from sin and fleshy desire. To live in humble righteousness and live in such a way that even when unbelievers or other believers accuse us of wrongdoing, our doing the “right” thing will silence their foolish and ignorant prattle. We are free in Christ! How then do we choose to use our freedom? To serve “self”? To benefit “self”? To give a false impression by wearing a mask of righteousness, thereby deceiving and ultimately destroying “self” on the downward spiral to sin and ruin. That is surely where misuse of our freedom will take us and very quickly. To abuse freedom will ironically usher us into bondage as we becomes slaves to sin. That is not God’s desire for us, but rather He desires that we use our freedom in Christ, found in our salvation, to serve Him; How? By living righteous, selfless and humble lives, before God and man. By making right choices, doing good, loving others, fearing God, and honoring authority?

As believers then, who trust in God, we must use our freedom to glorify Him by doing the right thing. If we make this a practice in all areas of our lives and in all actions and behavioural patterns then it doesn’t matter what others say about us or accuse us of.

Let’s be challenged by Peter’s words here and make right choices to do the right thing. To live honourable, godly lives without compromise!  No compromise in our daily spiritual walk with the Lord, is a sure fire way to silence the foolish prattle of our accusers as it, at the same time, fashions us into vessels fit for the Lord’s service.   As we use our freedom to serve Him, our example becomes His method of bringing others into the Light and knowledge of His Truth.

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