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A World Redefined

It is July of 2021 and it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between lies and truth in the world today. Society has lost it’s moral compass and is throwing out age old truths in attempt to redefine and recreate what is seen as right and wrong; to form a society that fits their agenda and/or reach their ultimate goal.

Along with redefining words, history, events, and more– society is intentionally misleading our young children and creating a sense of victimhood and self worship from the time they are in kindergarten.

This is a VERY dangerous game to be playing..

The world tells people today that our feelings are what matter most and that an individual’s perception is truth.

There are many problems with this ideology, so many I could probably write a book on it, however, I want to focus on just a few of the major points.

  1. If everyone’s perception is truth, then there is no real absolute truth. This can NOT be possible as we already know there are absolute certain unchanging truths. For instance, two plus two will always be four– a square will always have four equal sides, just as a triangle has three– the sun rises in the East and sets in the West these are universal, absolute truths that most people will always agree on.

    However, there are many absolute truth’s that are being redefined and questioned by a particular group or groups of people.

    For instance, God’s Word is never changing and always relevant– God’s Word is the measuring tool for right and wrong and good verse evil–God is alive today and will return for His people and there is only ONE true God. However, society is doing all they can to label Christian’s as intolerant, hateful, bigots that are oppressors for stating truth from the Word of God.
  2. If perception is truth then every person is always right in their own eyes–this is a recipe for selfishness, pride, and self serving motives that results in utter disaster when applied as a universal truth. For example, what’s true to me does not mean it is true to you. Perception varies from person to person and situation to situation. This can cause some serious division quickly.

    For instance, you may hear someone say something or see someone do something and to you it appears to be one thing, but if one were to ask the individual what they meant or why they did something it will likely not be the reason you perceived.

    With the perception is truth ideology you can see the set-up for division as each person will believe their perception is THE TRUTH; leading to arguments, hurt, anger, and possibly even more damaging feelings or actions.

The Bible tells us to lean NOT on our own understanding, that our hearts are deceitful, and our knowledge is limited.

As society continues to press for this agenda, we see America’s history being erased, classic songs and movies being banned, words and beliefs being labeled as racism, bigotry, hate speech, intolerant, and so on.

Essentially what this ideology is doing is causing mass chaos and pinning friend against friend, child against parent, spouse against spouse, neighbor against neighbor, and in some cases one race against another.

We must take a stand against this attack on our families, attack on our history, attack on our children’s minds and the attack against God and His Word; the Bible.

This ideology is allowing society to redefine what America has stood by for centuries. Redefining what is good and what is evil, what is truth and what is oppressive, what is acceptable behavior and what is not; the list could go on.

The thing I want to drive home is that we need to be doing our part within our homes and community to stop the spread of this division causing ideology.

Perception is NOT truth!

Perception can effect how you feel and think about a situation, but it is not a defining reality– especially not one that can be applied as the universal truth or absolute truth.

It is important for us to have a solid foundational set of truth’s in which we measure each interaction against. The Bible gives us these foundational truth’s. Revealing to us what is good and evil, what is sin and righteousness, what true love looks like and how to navigate through life’s most difficult storms.

Here are a few words or concepts rather that are being redefined in today’s culture.

  • Love
  • Justice
  • Equality
  • Marriage
  • Gender/Sex
  • Truth
  • Good/Evil

I encourage you today to turn off the television and stop turning to social media or other media outlets to find the moral baseline of what is right and wrong and what the actual meaning or design for the above concepts are. Instead, open your Bible and begin to discover REAL TRUTH, ABSOLUTE TRUTH in God’s Word. See what the creator has to say about these things, after all He is the ultimate example and author of love, justice, and truth.

** If you do not have a Bible and need one contact us and we will be sure to get one out to you. If you are unsure where to start reading I suggest the book of Proverbs. **

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Deceptions Discovered and Truth Intolerance

Check out today’s episode on FaithAnchored Speaks about the deceptions that are rooted deep in our world today and the lack of tolerance for the truth in God’s Word.

The deceptions we believe come in all shapes and sizes. leading us to feel insecure, unworthy, alone, and unlovable among many other things.

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6 Lies the world tells about God

Listen to todays episode on FaithAnchored Speaks about 6 lies the world tells about God.

  1. God Doesn’t Exist.
  2. Your behavior effects God’s love for you
  3. The Bible is just a book of stories and rules that no longer apply to today’s world
  4. God would not send someone to hell
  5. You do not have to study the Bible to be a Christian
  6. There is no one true God, only a higher power, the creator
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Daily Devo- Take A Stand

Always stand up for what is right and good, even if you feel like you stand alone! Now is the time for people all around the world to be taking a stand. Too many people live their life ‘on the fence’ so to speak. Trying to float through life in a neutral- uncontroversial way- being easily swayed back and forth between two opinion’s: truth and deception.

On one side of the fence: the world- on the other- God’s kingdom.

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

1 John 5:19 NKJV

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

1 John 2:15-16 NKJV

God’s kingdom representing truth, love, patience, faithfulness, meekness, kindness, self-control, etc. The world’s side represents the skewed views of truth and morality- confusing what is right and wrong and misleading people down a destructive path. It is full of deceit, violence, hatred, strife, pride, greed, anger, etc.

12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:12-17 NKJV

During a time where emotions are high and our nation is divided more than ever- we need to be the light in an otherwise dark world.

The biggest problem non-believers have with Christians is they say we are hypocrites.

This is because we aren’t deciding where we stand and choosing to take the stand regardless of what others think or feel. We are saying one thing and doing the opposite. When they look at us on the outside and see we are no different than others in the world, we are hurting the image of God.

This doesn’t mean we have to walk through life being over the top religious. God calls us to be who we are- in Him. Remember, it’s about the relationship with God not organized religion. However, we also can’t go through life ‘willy-nilly’ doing whatever we like without any regard of the consequences to our actions.

Often times we are the only example some non-believers ever see of God- we are to be living in God’s kingdom at all times. Once we have made the choice to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior- we are in God and His holy spirit dwells within us. We are new creatures and the world should be able to see there is a difference in us. We are no longer of this world.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

There are many controversial subjects going on around the world today, in which the media and government have tried to skew as acceptable and right. Things that are clearly spelled out in the Bible as wrong, unrighteous, and some even as an abomination to Him.

We need to remember that the truth is in Him. God is truth. We do not follow the beliefs of the government or anyone else for that matter- except God.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 14:6 NKJV

The whole justice and moral measurement system originated from the Bible and what God has laid out as right and wrong. It seems as if the world has forgotten about God and our moral compass. Now the world is running on personal feelings- which is causing the nation to fall deeper into sin and further away from God.

I have found myself treading lightly around some of today’s controversial topics- in order to ensure I didn’t offend anyone. However, I don’t believe this is what God wants from us.

The more I studied and prayed for our nation the more I realized how God had to be feeling when He sees our nation falling into the traps of Satan and quickly self-destructing.

We have to be very careful as to what we grasp on to as truth and allow into our life and to guide our moral compass.

I believe that God is telling us today to PICK A SIDE!

It’s time to get off the fence and take a stand for what is right and good in the eyes of the Lord. In a time like this- we are the voice for God. We can not stand by and allow the world to fall at the hands of deceit.

If we know something is wrong- yet the world is telling us that it’s okay and acceptable-we must remember we are NOT of this world. We are set apart and made new in His image.

This does not mean we have to be rude or make a big scene when in a situation that is clearly against what the Bible says and what God approves of. But we also do not have to participate or entertain the idea(s) that is of a sinful nature.

As Christians we are the example of what God does for a person’s life and how living with the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, truly sets us apart from the world. If those around us can’t see a difference in us- we are doing the Holy Spirit a huge injustice.

We stand up for our kids when we feel like the school teacher has done them wrong
We stand up for friends and family when others speak against them
We stand up for the injustice in the wake of police brutality
We stand up against anyone or anything that threatens our well being
But, why do we not stand up for God and His truth?

TODAY IS THE DAY TO STAND UP!

Well what if I offend someone?, you may be thinking. Well, that’s just too bad. As long as you are taking a stand from a place of love, peace, and God’s defense- speaking with respect and gentleness- You have no reason to fear any thing. God is with you.

Besides, do you not think God is offended by our lack of standing up for what’s right- offended by the behavior and actions of those who are misconstruing the truth. I am sure He is- But He is a forgiving and merciful God if we repent from our sinful ways.

I ask you today, is there something that comes to mind that you have been on the fence about? Something you know is wrong- but you have been justifying why you are not taking a stand and picking a side about it?

Are you standing in a lukewarm position- neither hot or cold in your relationship with God?

And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.

1 Kings 18:21 NKJV

He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

Matthew 12:30 NKJV

15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth

Revelation 3:15-16 NKJV

In the above scriptures you can see we are better off to be hot or cold but not lukewarm. This is why I am urging you all today to take a stand- get off the fence- and defend what we know is proven to be good and right with God.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for being a merciful and forgiving a God. A God that is never changing- always near- and loves abundantly. Lord, we thank you for this message to take a stand. I confess and ask You to forgive me for straddling the fence in particular areas of my life. I pray that you would open the eyes of each person’s heart- let them see You- Your truth- and feel Your presence among them. I pray that You would expose to each of us any area of our life that we are straddling the fence on- give us the wisdom and clarity to take a stand in and for God’s Kingdom. Lord I pray that You would fill each of us with confidence and boldness in the Holy Spirit. Draw near to each one of us- give us discernment to know what is truth and what is deceit from the world. I pray through the help of the Holy Spirit I am able to be a light for You- a beacon of hope and truth in the dark world around us. I pray that we would learn to stand up and step out in faith- knowing we are not of this world in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Old Testament: Biblical Beginnings- Part 1

Don’t fall trap to the misleading statements that the Bible or it’s contents are outdated or old fashioned. This is a common smoke screen the enemy uses today to detour non-believers from coming to know truth and freedom in Him.

The ultimate lie to keep you disconnected, broken, feeling empty, and not seeking a relationship with Jesus. The Bible stands true today- just as it did the day it was written. God and His Word are never changing and can ALWAYS be counted on.

Let’s take a look at some of the Bible Basics of the New Testament books. Jot down some key points- interesting facts- and questions you may have- as you read through this short study. (Feel free to email or post questions below in the comment section- I do my very best to answer/write back to everyone who writes)

The New Testament books are a collection of God’s story and begins before time began.

Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The key here is to break down this first sentence- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Take note that in the beginning it was God. The Bible shows us this by making it clear that the Old Testament started before time- before man-before animals- before flowers, trees, plants- before water, air, sound- before light and dark.

In the beginning it was literally God. Nothing more. Nothing less. God is the beginning of life- the beginning of everything.

The Old Testament is a collection of books with great spiritual and personal value. It teaches us about who God is and how life began. It explains how evil was introduced into the world. It inspires us for holy living and fills our hearts with gratitude and praise.

The Old Testament prophesies about the coming of the Messiah, our redeemer. Provides us with a fundamental understanding of God and sets the foundation for the rest of the Bible.

It also sets a standard of truth and lays out the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.

There are 3 different types of knowledge we can obtain from getting to know God through the Old Testament.

  1. Factual Knowledge– To know God in this manner we must first know about Him. Learning His character and record of miracles and promises kept.
  2. Personal Knowledge-Knowing God in this manner takes us past the information stage and to a stage of relationship. Getting to know God through our own experiences and relationships with those who already have an established relationship with Him.
  3. Practical Knowledge- To know God in this form of knowledge we study His Word and He spells out His will for our life. Shows us how we need to change on the inside to live the life He created us for. Gaining practical knowledge of God through Bible studies such as this will help us to learn how to live in the complex world around us .