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A Verse for Meditation, 7/29/21

“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
    and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6 NIV

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NOTE: “The Hebrew word for mercy (hesed) describes loyalty or devotion. The focus was on the inwardness or their lives, not the outwardness of what they brought to Him. He wanted to see passion in their hearts for Him and compassion in their lives for one another.” Jeremiah Study Bible

With Love, Cindy

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Quote of the Week, 7/28/21

Basically, there are two paths you can walk: faith or fear. It’s impossible to simultaneously trust God and not trust God.”

Charles Stanley

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Tuesday’s Verse, 7/27/21

“For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Luke 21:37-38 NIV Read full chapter

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Monday’s Verse, 7/26/21

“Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:25-26 NIV Read full chapter

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Spiritual Warfare: Don’t Fall Asleep!

During the Viet Nam War, the Vietcong guerrilla fighters would sneak up on unaware U.S. troops, attack them, and quickly disappear.  The Vietcong would also pose as citizens or farmers. Then, when least expected, they would launch a surprise attack on U.S. troops.

When you’re in a war, you must be alert. The enemy does not announce his arrival. And he often pretends to be someone he’s not.

Are you prepared to stand against your enemy, Satan? Do you know how to stand against him?

It is critical that you know God’s Word. Ephesians 6 says,

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (vs. 11) Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist …” (vs. 14)

What is the “Belt of Truth”?

Jesus said, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17

The Belt of Truth is clearly God’s Word, the Bible. It is the essential part of the “Armor of God”.

Do you think it’s possible that Satan could be attacking you, and you don’t even know it? The Bible says,

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 NLT

That verse tells us a lot. In a battle, it’s important for soldiers to be alert. If not, they may walk right into a trap. Can you imagine walking through a jungle during war and not being alert? Of course not!

There is only one place to find truth and that is in the Bible, in God’s Holy Word. We need to know what it says. If you don’t know God’s Word you will be an easy target. Why? The Bible tells us,

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3

This can be more subtle than you think. False teaching may not be that obvious, unless of course, you know God’s Word and know it well.

Does it really matter what you believe, as long as you love Jesus?

Yes! False teachers can take Scripture verses out of context and convince people of almost anything. This is how good people are deceived. But verses are not meant to be taken out of context. Instead, we should always study the context to correctly understand every verse. Here’s a good example of a verse that is often misunderstood.

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Let’s say I told you, “All things means all things! You can perform healings and miracles. You can be a great athlete, make a lot of money, whatever you want can be yours – if you believe. If you have faith in God’s Word!”

Well that may sound good, but that’s not what that verse is saying.

Paul wrote these words while in prison, and the full context says,

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Paul is saying, whatever your circumstances, no matter how bad they are, Christ will give you strength. In verse 11, he says,

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”

Paul is talking about being in prison. Roman prisons were known to be cold and cruel, prisoners were not provided adequate food or blankets, and they were kept in chains.

But in all this, Paul said, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”

That’s a lot different than the first interpretation!

You say, “Oh, I would recognize false teaching right away.”

Really? Because it won’t be obvious. It will be hidden in truth and love. The Apostle Paul warns us about false prophets,

“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15

To masquerade means to pretend to be something else, to disguise oneself, to impersonate. This verse teaches us that Satan will disguise his workers as servants of righteousness. Please understand, people will be easily fooled. But there is a way to stand firm.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. … With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6: 10-18 

As you read and study this passage, understand the important role God’s Word plays in your life. Know God’s Word. Read your Bible every day so that you can stand against any scheme the devil may launch against you. We do not have to live in fear, but we cannot ignore God’s Word without consequences.

Ask the Lord to give you a love for His Word. Ask Him to help you want to read it. He will do it!

With Love, Cindy

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Friday’s Verse, 7/23/21

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 NIV Read full chapter

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A Verse for Meditation, 7/22/21

“Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2 NIV Read full chapter

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Quote of the Week, 7/21/21

We must mirror God’s love in the midst of a world full of hatred. We are the mirrrors of God’s love, so we may show Jesus by our lives.”

Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom and her family managed to save an estimated 800 lives during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. During the War, her profound faith and belief in God’s plans gave her the bravery and resourcefulness to make it through situations worthy of a spy story.

She survived Ravensbruck concentration camp near Berlin, the largest camp for women in German-controlled territories. The prisoners were used for forced labor in farm projects and armament factories. Thousands of women were executed there.

But it was after the war that she achieved her greatest accomplishment – forgiving her former enemies and teaching the world to do the same.

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Tuesday’s Verse, 7/20/21

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8 NIV

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