The last two really hit home for me. How many times in ministry do we judge the success of the ministry by how many people are there in our ministry or the size of it? And that God will bless the working hand…how about the faithful step, instead? How many people think of starting a church that would never be any larger than 12 people?
who dies with the most toys wins.” We say we don’t believe this, but our lifestyles say otherwise. The
lie is that it’s all a winnable competition when in fact it is not a competition
and there is nothing to be won.
Life is not about accumulating stuff.
need to prove something to my old man.”
This is a lie that many young people who were not properly loved by
their father tell themselves, believing that you can change the past. The past can’t be changed, but it can be
need to make something of myself.” The
lie is that your significance is a function of your accomplishments. The truth is who you are is a function of your
relationship to your Creator.
hay while the sun is shining.” The
lie is that you need to work hard now because bad times are on the way. While hard work is a virtue, God ordains
times of rest and is a God of good news and optimism.
The fact is, we tell ourselves lies all the time and live
compromised lives as a result. We live
according to the enemy’s agenda rather than God’s as we embrace lies about our
need for comfort and security. We live
in bitterness and unforgiveness as we fail to comprehend one of the first and
primary teachings of Jesus concerning how we are to treat those who wrong us.
While Jesus came to set the captives free, many of us won’t
allow him to complete his ministry in our lives. As we give in to his words of truth, we not
only are liberated, but we take the first steps in walking in our role as
So true! I guess we can ask “why?” until we are blue in the face. It won’t change the power that the small “g” god 2 Corinthians 4:4 has on the masses. John 8:44 gives a good idea as to why the whole world seems so comfortable with the lies; to the point where good has become bad, bad is good and the truth is scaring people so much that no matter what, they’d rather have their ears tickled with lies than having to face even one truth… and should you prove the truth beyond a doubt, they chose denial and live there, about so many things it’s no wonder that they can’t even imagine the truth of the real life at last where everyone will rejoice in the abundance of peace. It’s pretty weird how many wear crosses and claim to be Christians which implies believing in living a Christ-like way of life and yet they keep proving in every way that they prove false to its power. You put it quite well as to some of the why’s and doesn’t it boil down to those two scriptures quoted above? along with the fact that he is going around like a roaring lion seeking to devour us all?
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