See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8
Deception is something that is very common in this world. A person cannot go anywhere or listen to anything without hearing some deception.
Advertisements abound stating that one needs to have a given item, that if one does not have it, he is missing out on something. Nearly one-hundred percent of those items a person can live without and still have a great life. People are being deceived.
The world thinks that they know what is best for a person and so they come up with philosophies that will make that happen. Sin can be made to look good and God’s word, many times, has been made to look bad. Often the bible is looked at as an outdated piece of material that should not be followed or believed in.
Believers are made out to be haters because they speak out against sinful lifestyles and beliefs. They are made out to be cruel when they speak out saying that there is only one way to God.
Some of this deception has crept into the church. Believers have been taken captive into believing the ways of this world. There are believers and entire churches that have been deceived into believing and preaching that certain sins are acceptable to God. That a person can live in sin and still be a believer in Jesus. That a person can believe in Jesus, while believing in other false gods, such as Allah or Buddha. These are false and hollow philosophies of this world.
Every believer needs to get his philosophy in this life from God and His word. He has to keep his spiritual eyes on God, so that he is not deceived into believing the lies of this world.
Keep yourself in God’s word and open to hearing His Holy Spirit guide you. As you focus on God and His word, you will not be taken captive into believing the false teachings of this world. You will be able to see through the lies and deception of this world.
Rely upon the teachings of God in His word for your world-view and philosophy. God’s word is true and not hollow. It is what is best for you and the rest of this world.
I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will hear God’s Spirit speaking and guiding you; that God will open your eyes to the deceptions of this world; and that you will rely on God’s word for guidance in how to live.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10
Every person is born into sin. Each person has sinned against God and lived in darkness. This darkness is living as the world lives, sinning and promoting sin, with no care or concern for God or others.
The world lives that way because that is who they are and how they live. They are blind to living a true, full life that is rich and abundant.
Believers are to no longer live in the darkness. They have seen the light of God–Jesus. Every believer has been forgiven of all sin and given a new life to live, one that is an abundant life.
Jesus was the perfect example of what is the perfect life. He was good, righteous and true. There was no falsehood or sin in Him at all. Believers are to live in the same way.
In order for a believer to live that way he must find out what pleases God. It is very simple to please God. All one must do is be good to everyone, turn from all sin and be righteous, and speak and do everything in truth. This will make him a child of light, a child of God.
As a child of light, he will seek to do the best for everyone else. The ultimate best is pointing them to salvation in Jesus. He will also turn from every sin and strive to live a holy, perfect life for God. And there will be no falsehood in him at all. Everything you see on the outside surface will reflect what is inside the heart, which in turn will reflect God. This will only occur if he seeks what pleases God and not himself.
Each day you get up, seek to find out what will please God that day and, then, do it. Trust God to guide your life on the best path ever, regardless of what it looks like.
You were brought out of the darkness into the light, don’t go back into the darkness.
As you look at your life, are you a reflection of the light of God–Jesus?
Or does your life reflect the darkness of this world?
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know what pleases God; that you will live to please God; and that your life will be a reflection of God’s light–Jesus to this world.
Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Corinthians 5:8
Paul reprimands the Corinthian church for allowing believers in the church to openly live in sinful ways. He calls them to cast those types of people out and to live a certain way. They are to celebrate God with sincerity and truth.
The world lives by a standard that anything is acceptable. A person can live how he wants and everyone else must accept it, as long as he wants to live that way. Living in this way, allows a person to live in sinful ways with no concern that it is wrong. The world has no true standard that they must live by.
This type of thinking and living has been brought into the church since the time Paul was preaching the gospel message. There are people who live their lives in sin on purpose, while they are still going to church.
It is a common thing to see couples, who are not married, living together, while going to church and claiming to believe in Jesus. Churches are rising up all around the nation and world that teach that it is acceptable to live in a homosexual lifestyle, while being a believer. There are many other sinful lifestyles that are being lived out, as a believer, as though it is acceptable to God, that are directly stated against in the Bible. Many in the church have accepted these lifestyles as acceptable.
This is different from a person who is striving to overcome a sin, but still has problems. These are people who are living this way on purpose, despite what God’s word says. And the church accepts it.
God wants His people to live in sincerity and truth. Living according to His standards in full truth, not just in word or on Sunday.
Living as the world does, is a double standard. God’s word is truth and only one way.
Take a look at your life. Are there things in your life that you have accepted, that God is against?
Turn away from sinful lifestyles, and turn to Jesus. Live as He did, in full sincerity of heart and truth. Do not allow malice and wickedness to reign in your life and heart, but God’s love and righteousness.
Be who you say you are.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the ways of God; that you will live according to God’s standard; and that you will encourage others to live as God desires.
“When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me;” John 16:8-9
As Jesus is telling the disciples that He is about to leave to go to the Father, He also gives them some hope. He tells them that He will send the Holy Spirit, a comforter and advocate for them. The Holy Spirit will prove to that world that the world is wrong about sin.
The majority of people in the world do not really believe that there is such a thing as sin. People try to be convinced that anything is acceptable and there will be no judgment against it. There is no higher power, who is in absolute control of everything.
Believing this way removes all responsibility or accountability. This allows people to do what they want, when they want, and how they want to do it.
Truth is something that the world is saying is a vague thing and cannot really be known. Truth is relative to the individual. And there are believers and churches that are starting to say the same thing and follow the ways of this world.
As good as this may sound, it is not truth. Jesus said that He is the Truth. When He left this world He sent the Holy Spirit to guide every person in the truth. The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth.
If a person opens his heart up to God and allows himself to be led by the Holy Spirit, he will begin to see the truth. He will begin to realize the ways of this world are not truth, but sin.
God has standards set in place for the ways people must live. The world tries to reject those standards, but they still do not change and are not negated.
As a believer, you must not allow yourself to be led by this world. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into what is truth and what is not. Many things can look good, but are still false.
Through the scriptures and guidance of the Holy Spirit, you can know the truth. You can also begin to recognize the false statements of this world. He will prove that the world is wrong and that Jesus is correct.
Who will you believe today?
I pray today that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that God will strengthen you to not follow the ways of this world; that God will open your eyes to the lies of this world; and that you will know the Truth about Jesus and His ways.
He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One things I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25
One day, on a Sabbath, Jesus came up to a man who was blind. He healed him and then left. The leaders of the Law were upset and tried to find out what had happened and blamed the man who had been blind for following someone who was not a believer. The former blind man said that he did not know anything about the man being a sinner or not, but knew that he had been blind and now he could see.
At times when a policeman comes to a scene of a crime, he must ask questions of what had happened. He will ask anyone who was at the scene or connected with that location what they had scene and know about the situation. He will often ask people who knew the suspect or the victim what they know about the situation and each other.
The people he asks can only state one thing, and that is what they know. Without telling a lie, no one can say anything other than what they know and have directly experienced.
Some people will make judgment calls upon someone else based off of what another person has said. Or they will speak of another person’s experience rather than their own.
Every believer has his own experience as to what God has done in his life. He has his own experience of who Jesus is in his own life.
One of the great things about God is that He can show Himself to each person in a different way. God does not work exactly in the same way every time, with each person. One time God spits in mud to put some mud on the eyes to heal the person, while the next person, Jesus just says the word to heal him.
You have your own testimony of what Jesus has done in your life. It is unique to you. No one add or take away from what you have experienced with God in your life. You know exactly how God has changed your life.
Think about how Jesus has touched you. Now you must go and tell others what He has done in your life. Do not argue with others about Jesus, just say what He did.
I pray today that you will know how Jesus has touched you; that you will not fear telling others of what Jesus has done; that you will believe in Jesus regardless of what others think; that you will tell others about Jesus.