Monday, June 27, 2016
There is a lot of truth in the old adage, “the truth hurts” but if truth be told, a lie is even more hurtful; and that’s the truth. We heard last Friday about an event conducted in Dallas by a well known motivational speaker where thirty people suffered serious burns to their feet when they tried to walk on a bed of hot coals for the purpose of conquering their fears. Five of them had to be treated at the hospital. Sadly, they were burned not only in their feet but in their pocketbook as well.
I know I shouldn’t be but sometimes I’m amazed at how gullible many people can be. If someone tells them they can fly they will quickly convince themselves “Yes, I believe I can !” In this case, they believed when they were told: “walk on these hot coals and you will see you will not get burned.” Ironically, many naïve folks such as these often claim that the Bible is not a God inspired book but just a collection of ideas, fables, theories, and opinions of misguided individuals. The Bible tells us why many think this way: In the 2nd Chapter of 2 Thessalonians we see that because many of these reject the truth, “God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.” (verse 11) Simply put, anyone who rejects or fails to receive the truth will swallow the lie every time.
From the beginning of time many have been hurt when they chose to believe the lie instead of the truth. Eve fell for the serpent’s claim when he told her that God didn’t want them to eat of the forbidden tree only because He didn’t want them to be like Him, knowing good and evil. Then he told her to go ahead and eat, that she would not die, and we all know how that went. If the serpent from the beginning fabricated lies and half truths about God and His existence do you think it is any different today? Obviously, he has convinced many to believe in science instead of God, like Nacho Libre’s sidekick, Esqueleto, and I bet most of you, if not all, have been ridiculed at one time or another by those who are much too smart to believe in God or in the Bible. About this type of people, Paul wrote: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:22) If you are a regular reader of this blog and/or others like it, you are most likely a child of God already. Therefore, I encourage you to go on believing and trusting God, for our battle against all those who are trying to shake us from our faith will continue until Jesus comes for us. And as far as us being able to fly is concerned, we may not be able to right now, but one day we’ll fly way beyond the sky.
Memory verse for the week: (Romans 1:20) “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”