Monday, July 20, 2020

Pastor's Ponderings, July 20, 2020

Lies Everywhere; Let Us Seek Truth
Amit Kalantri, a professional magician, said, “Magic is the stunning art of surprising your audience, so that nothing else surprises them.” One of the most powerful tools that magicians have in their bag of tricks is to distract the viewer from what is really going on.  When they have us focused on one hand, they are performing the real trick with the other so that when the trick is completed, the audience is always amazed.  

The most powerful magician is the devil who is a deceiver, a liar and the father of lies from the beginning (John 8:44).  That deceiver has a singular mission, to kill, to steal, and to destroy (John 10:10).  Lies and deceit are like spider webs wrapping us further and further until there is no escape.  Sadly, when we turn to some of our leaders for truth, they seem to take pride in deception and act shocked when the real truth is revealed.  That is why it is so important that we know what is true.  Only the truth will set us free (John 8:32).  

The world system is entering into a phase where fake news, alternative facts, and downright lies are the coin of the realm.  We seemingly are headed toward a time of even greater deception (Matthew 24:24). But God promises that He will be a light unto our feet and a lamp unto our path (Psalm 119:105).  His word will guide us (Isaiah 30:21).

We must continue to look at Jesus who began and continues to develop our faith in Him.  He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Let us endeavor to turn from the lies, the deceptions, the tricks and the cons of the evil one and find refuge in the One that cannot lie, that reigns forever and ever, and will lead us into His eternal truth.

John 8:44
New International Version
44 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 10:10
New International Version
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 8:32
New International Version
32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Matthew 24:24
Amplified Bible
24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and they will provide great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones).

Psalm 119:105
New International Version
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path

Isaiah 30:21
New International Version
21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

John 14:6 New International Version
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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