Bittersweet Lies

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

When my son was a little fella, I found a square of bitter, baking chocolate etched with tiny, teeth marks in the corner, tossed into his garbage can. He was known for his mischievous ways, so even though I knew his plan to eat sweetly and secretly had turned very bitter indeed, I asked him if he had gotten into my baking chocolate. He overlooked the facts confirmed by the bite marks and denied it! I knew better and was quite upset to see such a little one tell a lie, and wondered just what we were in for in the years ahead, but even more crucial than my disappointment was his own deception. Oh how deceived he was to think all was well, when it wasn’t well at all ‘cuz one who deceives others will live a lie, but will never deceive a God of Truth. As we all fall short of God’s commandments, he had broken a principle and a commandment of God’s law, “Thou Shalt Not Lie.” He thought by lying he could break even, avoid reprimand and get away with it but those tiny teeth marks told the whole story with clear evidence! Lies are sweet for the moment when they portray innocence but a bitter poison to the soul.

How true in our world of truth versus lies; The evidence of a lie will not stand against the Truth. A man’s lies will entrap Him and catch him in his own web. . In Psalm 119: 29 the Psalmist pleads “Keep me from lying to myself.” Self deception is a fruit of sinful, human, nature, that comes back to sting and bite and lead us to self destruction. Access to God’s Word of Truth is not a right but a privilege made available to us through God’s grace. It’s the only cure for the plague of self deception and the restoration of self destruction. So..beautiful soul, stay true to truth today! Don’t succumb to even a little, white lie because the evil one and the father of lies lives there ready to snag you up and entrap you in the sticky, web of deceit and the more you try to escape the more that sticky web entraps. Today then, just make the wrong right, and trust a God of truth to sustain you in a world of deception, where lies are the norm and truth the minority.

Psalm 119:30
“I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.”

Grey Feather

Battle With Dignity

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So today ~ this week, If and when insulted, bless back. When authority mistreats you, bless back. for in so doing you will be setting yourself up for blessing! We squander so much blessing with our need to have the last word, defend our rights or get even and when we defend ourselves we set our accuser up as our judge so, stay calm, be truthful and handle unfair treatment God’s way! Fade into the background and Let Him be your defense. He’s our Ancient Of Days and has been around since the beginning of time. He knows the end from the beginning and nothing slips by Him. He got your case from the inside out and He knows how to help you win it. So ~ toss your battle axe aside and put on your spiritual armor for you’re going to need it! Step out in faith protecting your mind with the powerful Sword of the Spirit, God’s Word ~ and do battle with love and peace ~ the believers most powerful weapons!

Ephesians 6: 10 -18
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

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Your Ticket To Heaven

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John 14:1-3

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” When everything is ready, I will come and get you so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going….”

“No we don’t know Lord.” Thomas said. “We have no idea where You are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The mysteries of the Kingdom seemed like riddles to the disciples as they listened to their Master’s teaching. His mysterious Truths often left their heads spinning as they tried to untangle His thoughts and spoken words to make sense out of it all.

Jesus had just predicted Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial in the previous verses of Chapter 13. Jesus, had been troubled Himself on three occasions, 11: 33, 12: 27, 13: 21) however His confidence in God allowed Him to face the crisis. Faced with the upsetting words of 13: 33 the disciples confronted similar feelings. Now Jesus spoke of going away to prepare a place for them, and coming again to receive them unto Himself. Then He said, “Where I go you know, and the way you know.” But Thomas didn’t know. He walked and talked personally with One who called Himself the Way, The Truth and the Life. However, He didn’t get it at all, even after walking and talking with Jesus, He didn’t have a clue what on earth Jesus was talking about Verse 5. He didn’t know where Jesus was going and He certainly didn’t know the way.

Do we get it?

The “I am” phrases that Jesus purposely uses in the Gospel of John depict His identity and make His listeners think of the Old Testament name for His Father, ‘God’. Exodus 3:14, “I Am who I Am.. I Am has sent you.” Here Jesus tells His puzzled disciples, “I am the way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father, except through me.” Perhaps you’ve had the privilege of a rich Christian heritage that instructed and helped you form a solid Spiritual foundation. Perhaps you’ve sat under many godly, Bible scholars and professors and have been enlightened in Biblical truths. If so, then you know that we must believe and receive the Truth of Christ’s atonement to cancel out our sin debt and set us free from sin’s penalty of death! We must see our need to have our sins forgiven and allow the sinless, shed blood of the spotless Lamb of God, to cleanse us from all unrighteousness in order to bring salvation and forgiveness of sin.

If this is your first time in hearing the gospel or perhaps, as a beginner with Christ you may have questions and feel confusion, just as Thomas did, but hear Christ’s words today, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Christ spoke of rooms in His Father’s house and this word ‘room’ is related to the Greek verb meaning to abide, or dwell. Jesus promised His followers that He would have a place for them to dwell alongside Him, wherever He would be. Later, of course, after His death and resurrection, this dwelling becomes a place of ‘indwelling’ as Jesus makes His home in His follower’s hearts, through the Spirit. 14: 23

Friends, if Christ dwells within you, He prepares another place for you. He prepares an eternal home for those who have believed on His name. He gives a blessed, eternal Hope to those who call upon His name and accept His gift of salvation through repentance. He will come again for His followers, to take each one to be with Him in glory but there is only one way to enter heaven and claim the promise of the hope of eternal life after death. There is only ticket to heaven and Jesus identified Himself as the only way to God! Don’t be fooled by false teaching or wolves in sheep’s clothing!

Confident In Truth And Light

1 John 1:7.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

One of the first of many instances where John challenges the claims of those who had broken away from apostolic fellowship and were living in darkness. Those who claimed to have fellowship with God, yet didn’t display His character of light. Jesus had warned the Jewish leaders in His day not to let their own beliefs blind them and lead them astray from the Truth Matthew. 6:23. Gnostics claimed to have spiritual experiences and revelations from God, yet rejected fellowship with other believers who knew Christ and walked in the Light of His Truth. Sometimes we are so deceived by our own spiritual illuminations that we think we are so right to the exclusion of everyone else. Sometimes, we can be so right that we’re very, very wrong! When we walk this road we tread on dangerous ground. We run the risk of being deceived by our own belief system. We think we walk in the light but it’s merely our own perceptions and pride that hardens our hearts toward the True Light. A true, healthy faith in the God of our salvation, will result in sweet fellowship with Him and with others, because we have been purified by the cleansing blood of Christ. Light finds light, and finds consolation and confidence in Light. Truth lives boldly but darkness will run and hide when the pressure is on.
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Walk in Light and Truth with confidence under God’s sovereign authority. As a Christ One, you’ve been cleansed, renewed, set free, redeemed, transformed and forgiven. You walk in the Light and You have reason to be joyful and spread the good news of the gospel.

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