Exodus 23:1 False Reports

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“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.” Exodus 23:1

Watching the news closely through different sources can cause a person to ask what is the truth. Each newscast presents a different report on what had happened in a situation.

One of the things that is currently being talked about is false or fake news. Reports are being spread around that are not telling the truth. Yet, as they are being spread, more and more people believe the reports and keep on spreading the false reports.

In today’s internet and computer age, this is something that is easily done. Words are taken out of context to say what the person really did not say. Pictures are altered to make it look like something happened, that did not happen. False reports.

This also happens in the local areas, including the church. People see a person doing something, and instead of verifying what happened, they spread a rumor about the person that is out of context. False reports will always tear down another person, rather than build him up.

False reports can damage a person for life. It does not show love, but hatred for a person. This can be public damage or inside personal damage. People will fail to trust, when they hear false reports being spread.

God does not want false reports spread. God is all about telling the truth all the time, every time. God wants His love and truth to be spread. Believers should be the first to stop any false report. When something is heard, a person should check the validity of the statement, before passing it on.

The command God gave the Israelites has not changed since the day He gave it. God is a God of truth, not lies or false reports. God will never hand out a false report to anyone.

As a believer, you need to pattern your life after God. Fill yourself with His love and truth for every person, including your enemies.

Jesus went around building others up towards God, not crushing them down under lies, as Satan and this world does. Jesus said that He is the truth. Live your life as Jesus lived His. Speak and live the truth at all times. Be careful to not spread on a false report about any one or any thing. Speak in truth and love.

I pray today that you will know the truth of God; that God will reveal lies brought to you; that God will give you the strength to stand upon the truth; and that you will always speak God’s truth in every situation in life. 

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1 Corinthians 8:9 Exercising Your Rights

 

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Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9

In America and some other countries the exercise of rights is very high on the priority of many people. The majority of the people feel that they have a right to do what they want, when they want, and how they want to do it. It is called freedom.

One of the great challenges with this type of freedom is using it when it can harm someone else or cause another person to stumble.

It is very common to hear people in the public places saying words that should not be said in public. Or they will be cutting another person down. They are exercising their rights to speak freely, but in doing so are harming others.

Believers can have the same problem in their lives. A person who has been a believer for a longer time has learned the freedom that he has in Jesus. He may have learned that there is a lot of freedom in what he says or does. Yet, doing some of these things may cause a younger believer to stumble in what he believes is true.

Paul talked about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols. To a strong believer, this meant nothing, it was just meat. However, to a younger believer, they may still struggle with the fact it was sacrificed meat and focus on the idol, rather than just food. The stronger believer must be willing to not eat the meat around the younger believer, in order to not make him question his belief.

Believers today need to have the same attitude. While some things may be permissible, it may not be beneficial to do around younger believers. Although today people don’t deal as much with sacrificed food, it could be with tattoos, earrings, clothing, the words being spoken, what is watched in movies or on tv, what is listened to,  or some other area in life.

Take a look at your life and see what you are saying and doing. Are the things you are saying and doing building up younger believers? Or are those things causing them to question what they believe?

In everything that you do, seek to build others up. Do nothing that will cause them to question God or the Bible and cause them to stumble in their belief.

I pray today that God will reveal ways to build others up; that God will show you ways you may cause others to stumble; that you will exercise your rights with others in mind; and that you will know the freedom you have in Jesus. 

Romans 14:7 It Is Not About You

 

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For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Romans 14:7

Watching any advertisements will show a person that everything is about him. It is about pleasing one’s own self as much as possible. It is about getting everything one can and being happy in this life.

The process of being happy is to not deny one’s self of any pleasure, regardless of the cost. It does not matter if one has to step on another or cut another down in order to be happier. It is all about self.

Paul talks about this saying that no one lives or dies for himself alone. The world tries to deny this. Yet, the reality is that everyone needs everyone. No one can build their own home without the help of someone else. That help could be just someone making the ax to chop the trees down, to make the boards to build the house. Someone else is needed.

Yet, many live as though they are the king and don’t need any one else. Rules are made by individuals and placed harshly upon others to live by.

In the church there are many people who have come up with a long list of things to do or not to do in order to be a believer. Some have learned that they have freedom in Christ to do things that were once thought of as bad. This does not give them a license to do those things around others who do not believe it yet.

It is not about self. It is about building others up. If someone does not believe a Christian should play cards, the other person, who has no problem with it, must not play cards around him. That is not building up, but cutting down, causing a stumbling block.

You may be on the giving or receiving end of this type of action. Take a look at your life and see how you are living it. As Jesus did not make His life to be all about Him, but about others, so you must make your life to be about others.

First is God, then other people around you. What are you doing to build them up?

What are you doing that is cutting them down or holding them down?

Live like Jesus and put the desires of others first above your own. It is not about you.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people; that you will know the care God has for others; that you will live for God; and that you will live to build others up in Jesus.

Exodus 22:28 Do Not Curse The Leader

“Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people.” Exodus 22:28

God continues to give Moses some practical rules on how to live life. In this verse it points out not to blaspheme God or curse the ruler.

Very few believers would have a problem with stating that one should never blaspheme God. This is talking bad about God in any way. Yet, many are guilty of it.

How many times have you heard, or been guilty of, saying that God must not love you because He did not do something for you? Or that God must not care about the sin going on because He is allowing it to happen?

People complain about what God does not do. They cut God down, treating Him like a man, rather than the God who is in absolute control that He is. This does not even touch into the using God’s name as a curse word.

Along with not blaspheming God, He also states to not curse the ruler of the people.

Cursing the ruler is a common thing, both in the church and outside the church. Everywhere you go there are people who hate the leader of the country. With the current time of elections for a new president, there is a lot of condemnation of the leader.

This not only applies to the leader of the country, but can be the boss at the workplace. He is also a ruler of people, just not as many. In the workplace break room, there are always people talking about how bad the head boss is with various situations. Everyone thinks that they could do better.

As a believer you are to build up, not tear down. Blasphemy and cursing do not build anyone up in any way. Think about the old movie “Bambi”. In it, Thumper, the young rabbit, once said, “my Mama always told me if you do not have anything nice to say, don’t say anything”. This is good advice for every believer.

What are you saying with your words?

Are they building others up? Or are they tearing someone down?

Remember that you are a person just like that other person you may be cursing. You most likely have done something similar or just as bad, sometimes, even worse.

Show the love of Jesus in your words to and about everyone.

I pray today that God will fill you with His love for others; that your words will show the love of Jesus; that you will not cut down others in any way; and that you will always build others up in the Lord Jesus.