Our lips are called the gateway to honesty or deception. And while this Proverb extols the benefits of wisdom, and thinking before we speak… Job 15:5 shows the opposite when it says, “Your sin prompts (or incites) your mouth; you adopt the tongue of the crafty.” We all have the ability to select the words that come out of our lips, for it’s our prudent or deceptive heart that guides them.
Whatever you’re going through today, and however hard it is to comprehend…there’s purpose for your pain…an aim to the affliction…and a role for the ruin. For sometimes God doesn’t change the situation we’re in…He’s more interested in changing us. Once I faced a circumstance so painful that I begged God daily to change it. And change did happen…but not in the way I thought it should. For over time, God made me over and how I viewed this problem. Instead of making the problem disappear, He transformed my character and mind-set…giving me the grace to accept it.
Spinning God’s Word to make it more acceptable, and politically correct is not new. During Jeremiah’s time the prophets used lies and deceit to woo the people into a false sense of peace. And the Church Leaders weren’t far behind in this guise, using their power to manipulate and deceive the people also. So why did the people not only tolerate this… but love it? These false prophets were only telling the people what they wanted to hear and the Church Leaders were watering down God’s Word to the point no one felt uncomfortable. But what does the future hold for such deceptive action then or now?
How do we go about increasing our faith? First, it’s about believing and accepting the Gospel Message…that Jesus came to save and redeem us from eternal punishment by His life, death and resurrection. Secondly, our faith is built up every time we trust and obey God and then see Him working in our life. Thus, over time, our faith increases, like layers of bricks being built up to form a strong wall. Finally, with that increasing faith comes a confidence that there’s nothing impossible for God.
When God calls us to leave behind our past and follow Him…it’s scary. We’re comfortable where we are and now He’s asking us to go into foreign territory. But just like Ruth, our past is dead and barren, holding out no hope for a productive future. So we need to make that decision of just who we’re going to serve…God or self. (Joshua 24:15)
My prayer for you today is for spiritual enlightenment. God made His light shine in our hearts to give us this light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (II Corinthians 4:6)… and with this light of knowledge comes awareness and understanding. But not only this, but as Job replied to God, “My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You.” (Job 42:5)…I pray that you would be able to experience God for yourself, not just what you’ve been told about Him.
We all are born with a sin nature. You don’t need a teach a baby how to be crabby and out of sorts…they arch their little back, face beet red, as they let you know in no uncertain terms they’re unhappy! No, thanks to Adam and Eve that sin nature has been handed down from generation to generation. In Psalm 51:5 David laments about this sin nature when he says, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” From the first Adam we obtained our sin nature…but the second Adam, Jesus Christ, came to redeem us from it.