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ARE YOU DECEIVED

In Matthew Jesus said concerning the last days, that we should not let anyone deceive us. He repeated this statement more than once. Why is that so important? There is a lot of deception in the world today, in words, in looks, in appearances, etc. It is very easy for us to be "fooled" (deceived). There is one way for us to keep from being so easily deceived and that is by knowing and doing what God’s Word says. If He says do it - then do it. If He says don’t do it - then don’t do it. Be careful of compromise. God never said we were to compromise with evil. He did say we were to stand against it in the name of Jesus. Let us live our lives by faith in God and in His light which is His Word.

COMPROMISE

Why did Jesus, through John the Revelator, say to the church at Laodicea that they were not hot or cold? They had compromised the truth. They had allowed unrighteousness to be mixed with righteousness and therefore they did not stand for or against anything. They were useless as lights in this world. God said they made Him sick and He would vomit them out of His mouth. God does not like compromise. You have heard the saying, "my way or the highway". That is exactly God’s thought. We must be careful of compromising our God given righteousness with unrighteousness.

COMPROMISE

In Matthew Jesus said concerning the last days, that we should not let anyone deceive us. He repeated this statement more than once. Why is that so important? There is a lot of deception in the world today, in words, in looks, in appearances, etc. It is very easy for us to be "fooled" (deceived). There is one way for us to keep from being so easily deceived and that is by knowing and doing what God’s Word says. If He says do it - then do it. If He says don’t do it - then don’t do it. Be careful of compromise. God never said we were to compromise with evil. He did say we were to stand against it in the name of Jesus. Let us live our lives by faith in God and in His light which is His Word.

THE ROCK

Now and in the days ahead we must always remember that Jesus is the Rock and that He is higher than our problems. Psalm 61:1-4 (KJV)

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will cry unto to thee, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

TEACH ME

May we allow God to teach us His ways so that we may walk in His truth. Psalm 86:10-12 (KJV)

For thou art great, and doest wondrous things; thou art God alone. Teach me thy way O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

DIRECTIONS

As we journey down life’s road, there are many things that happen, choices that must be made, and side trails that look interesting. Sometimes these things are harmless and sometimes they have disastrous outcomes. We must let the Bible give us directions and let the Holy Spirit guide us in the paths we take and the decisions we make. If we make a wrong decision, do not feel like a failure. Repent and return to God who will dust you off, set you back on your feet, and send you on your way with a smile. God loves us and wants us to be full of joy and blessed, so let us turn our backs on things that are "suspect" and follow Him as we walk by faith day by day.

EYES ON GOD

Lot’s poor choices almost destroyed him. By faith Abram prayed for Lot. The faith of Abram and the goodness of God delivered him to safety. What is the point of this? If you have a situation that seems impossible, don’t quit praying. Pray the Word. God is listening and watching. We do not pray the problem, we pray the answer to the problem. When the answer seems impossible to find, pray the prayer that Jehosaphat prayed in II Chronicles. In his prayer, he said we are surrounded by enemy armies and we don’t know what to do, but OUR EYES ARE ON YOU. Keep your eyes on God who is the answer, not on the problems and walk by faith.

RIGHTEOUS JUDGE

When Abram told Lot to chose which way he wanted to go in the land, the Bible says Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom. What does that mean? He set his face toward the wicked men of Sodom and turned his back on God. Over the years he moved closer and closer to Sodom, until finally he was living in Sodom and was one of the highly esteemed men that "sat in the gate". God revealed to Abram that He was going to destroy Sodom and all the surrounding towns. Abram prayed for Sodom and for Lot. In the prayer he said to God that he knew God was a righteous judge and He would do right where Lot was concerned. Abram prayed and God heard and remembered his prayer. He brought Lot, his wife, and two daughters out of Sodom before it was destroyed. We should pray for those who have made wrong choices and pray that God, our Father, will please help us all to make wise choices in life.

YOUR TENT

Which way does your tent face? Huh? Your tent is your flesh and your soul which is your mind, your will, and your emotions. Are you greatly influenced by the "good things of the world", the glamour, the fame, the fortune, the power? Well, I just kind of think about that sometimes, but not all the time. If the things of this world have our eyes and ears and minds it will be very hard to turn away and give our attention to God and things eternal. At this season of the year we need to have our attention on Jesus, who is the reason for the season. We all love Christmas, but let us examine our thoughts and lives to make sure our tents are facing the right direction!

CHOOSE WISELY

Paul exhorted the Corinthian church to come out from among those people that hated God, were not believers, were idol worshipers, and followed the devil. If they would do that, God would be their Father and they would be His children. I find that to be interesting. We will not be able to walk through life very successfully if we are not in fellowship with God our Father. It is by His grace that we can walk by faith. Walking by faith will be difficult, if not impossible, if we are spending our time with those who do not know God or do not care about Him. May we choose our friends wisely and hold God’s hand tightly.