John 10:27 Who Are You Listening To?

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. John 10:27

Every place that a person goes, there are voices that are speaking. All over the world people have something to say.

These voices that are speaking, often say things that are so conflicting from each other to the point that one may wonder what to believe. No matter what is said, there is often someone who will say something the exact opposite.

A person is required to choose who he will listen to and who he will believe is telling the truth.

Jesus said that He knows His sheep who listen to His voice and follow Him.

In the same way that there are many different voices in the world, there are also many different voices inside the church. These voices are also speaking many very different things to the people that are opposite each other and some will go against God’s word.

In order for a person to truly follow God, he must know what God is saying. To know what God is saying, one must listen to God and line it up with His word.

Every believer must have God’s Spirit inside of him to guide him and allow him to know and hear God’s voice. The things God will say will always line up with what He has revealed in the scriptures, because He cannot go against His own word.

The more a believer knows God’s voice, he will hear His voice. Instead of trying to not hear all the other voices out there, teaching false lies, he will only listen to God’s voice. There are too many voices in the world to just work at not listening to them, one must focus upon God’s voice and follow Him.

As a believer, study God’s word to know what God is saying. Focus your life upon God first, so that you may recognize His voice when He speaks to you.

Do not allow yourself to get caught up in what the world is saying. Turn your eyes, ears and heart towards God and His word. It is the only place that you will hear truth with no defects or lies in it.

As you hear what God is saying, obey Him and follow Him. God will speak life into you, if you will allow Him and obey Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s voice; that you will hear when God speaks; that you will obey what God says; and that God will strengthen you to not be led astray by the voices of this fallen world.

John 8:44 Who Is Your Father?

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

In most families, in which the father stays, the children often grow up acting like their father. Many of the thoughts, actions and words of the children are repeats of the father. This includes both the good and bad actions and words.

Jesus speaks against those falsely trying to accuse Him of wrong. He tells them that their father is the devil, because he speaks lies and has no truth in him.

Just as Jesus is truth and life, the devil is lies and death. He is the exact opposite of everything that Jesus is.

Unless there is a major change in a child’s life, it is good to expect that the child is a good representation of his father. He will act and speak very much like his father.

At some point after birth every human chooses to sin and be like the devil. It is not usually a conscience effort to be like the devil, but it is giving into his ways.

One of the most common sins among people is lying. People lie about how they really are, about there not being a God, about how they really care about others, about what is good and bad and many other ways. The lies show up in deception and ignorance of truth. Their father is the devil.

The one who follows Jesus, will follow truth and allow truth to be a part of his life. His father will be God and it will show in his life.

As you examine your life, ask yourself how much truth is in your life. It is easy to allow deception and lies in, covering up mistakes and wrongs as though they were acceptable and good. Living like this is living like the world, and allowing the devil to be your father.

Immerse yourself in God’s word, living as Jesus lived. Jesus is truth and if you live as He lived, you will live in truth, not lies. As you live in truth, you will also make God your father, not the devil, the father of lies and deception.

Who is your real father?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow the truth of God; that you will live as Jesus lived; that God will be your father in every area of your life; and that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in keeping from all lies.

Fault Lines (book review)

Title: Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe
Author: Voddie T. Baucham Jr.
Publisher: Salem Books
Date: 2021
Pages: 251

Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe (book review)

Voddie Baucham is pastor, speaker, church planter and dean of a Christian college in Zambia, Africa. He takes a look at what is occurring in America at this time and its affects upon the church.

He starts off with telling his own story of struggle as a black child growing up in America with a broken family. By normal standards, he did not have a chance to succeed in life, yet he is extremely successful. Even though his family line came from America as slaves, he does not see himself as a Africa/American, but as an American. This gives a good background as to the credibility of what he is saying and that it is not siding with the other side.

Once his background is established, he takes a look at what Marxism, Critical Race Theory (CRT), Black Lives Matter organization and racism are and what they are about in America. He describes the history of each and how they are interconnected.

During the year of 2020, there were several major incidents involving a black person being killed by a white policeman. This caused many riots throughout the nation and the uprising of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization. Using many articles, Voddie is able to show the ties between BLM and Marxism. He looks at several of the incidents that occurred and breaks down the truth of what actually occurred, versus what the media had said.

In all of this, Voddie shows how the church in America is buying into the false lies of CRT. He is against racism and shows how Christianity is against it also, but denies that it is systemic in America. Voddie is able to clearly present what the church should be saying and doing in this time of racist turmoil in America. He boldly speaks out against several well known Christian leaders and organizations, while not condemning them.

One of the great things I like in this book are the great links to all of the articles and information that he cites throughout the book. Everything that he talks about can be verified in other locations.

I highly recommend every believer to read this book. It will open the eyes of one as to what BLM is really about, the truth of racism in America and what the church should do to move forward.

Hebrews 4:14 Hold On Tight

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Hebrews 4:14

All over the world people have some traditions or beliefs that they hold on to. No one can convince them of anything different.

Most people, however, do not hold very tightly to what they believe. Every few days they are changing what they believe is truth. Or they change what they believe, based upon who they are around. Things change on a regular basis, to blend in with everyone else, rather than stand out as different.

The author had just described Jesus as a great high priest. Now he says that in light of that information, one must hold on firmly to the faith they are proclaiming.

Believers have a belief that is different from anything else in the world. It causes them to stand out. It will cause division between them and the rest of the world.

Since there is this division, many believers give up on their faith, in order to fit in with the world and be liked by the world. Others will claim to hold on to their faith in Jesus, but also accept every other belief that is out there as also acceptable.

There is only one way to heaven, one Savior, one God, one truth and one true faith. Believers must realize this and not allow the world to influence them into thinking that there is more than one true faith.

Every believer must hold onto their faith as though holding on to a rope that means life or death to them. It is the most important thing in their life, their belief in Jesus. If they don’t hold onto the faith, then everything is meaningless.

As a believer, you hold a faith that is absolute and sure. It is the firmest truth in existence on this earth. Do not allow the deception and the lies of this world to deceive you into thinking that there are other alternative ways to God.

There is only one way to God, one truth, one Lord, one Savior. Hold on to the faith you have and keep proclaiming it for all of the world to hear and know it. While there may be troubles and hardships now, in the end you will have eternal life with no more troubles.

Hold on fast to the faith you profess.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth of God; that God will open your eyes to the deceptions of this world; that God will keep you from being swayed by lies; and that you will boldly proclaim what you believe in Jesus.

1 Timothy 5:19 Be Careful What You Pass On

Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 1 Timothy 5:19

Accusations are something that can be found every where there or more than a few people gathered together. There is always someone being accused of something.

Every day courts are filled with cases of someone accusing someone else of something done wrong. Judges are trying to determine who is right and who is wrong.

At the same time, lunchrooms and other places are filled with people talking about accusations against someone.

In a section in which Paul gives Timothy some advice as to how to act with other people, he now gives advice on what to do about hearing an accusation against an elder. He tells Timothy not to entertain the accusation, unless it has been brought by several witnesses.

Just as the world is full of people accusing others of some wrong doing, the church is also filled with the same types of accusation.

In the secluded space of their homes, people hear some accusation about another member of the church doing some sinful activity. Instead of trying to verify the truth of what was said, many spread that accusation as truth.

Suddenly people begin to disrespect or trust an elder because of some accusation that may be true or it may be false. Men with their ministries are suddenly destroyed, because of lack of verification and only one person’s false words or interpretation of something that occurred.

People will hear of accusations against elders or others in the church. Instead of just suddenly believing it and destroying a person and his ministry, one must work to verify if it is true or not.

If it is only one person who has brought the accusation, one must just keep it in mind and not spread it. Most likely it is false. If more bring it, then an investigation should occur to verify it.

You will have times when people will bring you ‘news’ of someone. Be careful of what you believe and what you spread.

Do not spread sinful or bad action information to anyone without verifying it. Don’t even entertain the thoughts, unless several bring it up in the same way.

As a believer, you are to work at building other believer up, not tearing them down with gossip. Entertaining an accusation can be gossip, a sin God hates.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you discernment on what is truth; that you will put down any gossip you may hear; that you will speak God’s word in truth; and that God will guide you in how to deal with sinful issues in the church or home.