In the world but not of it

January 1, 2011

Publishing in Process…

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2011 will bring some changes to our online devotional that we are very excited about.

In the world but not of it is in the process of being published into a 365 day devotional book.

The book will contain many of the entries that have been posted here over the last few years and in keeping to it’s original purpose, it will emphasize how we are to practically and pragmatically apply God’s word to our lives in this world each day regardless of where God has placed us in life.

Once the book is available a link will be posted so you can order one for yourself, family and friends.

Also, there will be new entries posted here in 2011.

We wish you a blessed 2011 and hope that it will a year of drawing closer to our Lord.

December 31, 2010

Cultural pastimes…

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For the LORD has rejected his people, the descendants of Jacob, because they have filled their land with practices from the East. Isaiah 2:6

I grew up in an ethnic culture where fortune-telling, interpretation of dreams, reading tea leaves and coffee cups is an ongoing practice. They’ll tell you they do it for fun and passing the time. Although it seems harmless it is directly against what the Lord says.

There are some specific verses in scripture that explain this passage more clearly for us…

“Do not eat meat that has not been drained of its blood. “Do not practice fortune-telling or witchcraft”. Leviticus 19:26

And…

“Do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the LORD your God will drive them out ahead of you. But you must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you are about to displace consult sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the LORD your God forbids you to do such things.” Deuteronomy 18:10-14

People are desperate to know their future. These “cultural pastimes” are subtle ways of influencing us against God and His word. They give us a false sense of security and reality since in most cases we are told what we want to hear and then if something we were told happens to occur, even in the slightest way, we are hooked.

We seem to forget that Satan is the god of this world and can also do some “seemingly supernatural” things that are always meant to distract the believer and keep the unbeliever from ever believing.

You’ve read the bumper sticker: “I don’t know what the future holds but I know Who holds the future”.

Determine to not allow yourself to ever believe there is anything other than God and His Word that can fulfill you and tell you what you need to know.

Let us be like David who said it best…

But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people. Psalm 52:8-9

December 30, 2010

Whiter than snow…

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Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

The world’s largest known snowflakes were seen and recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records in January of 1887 in Montana. They were 15 inches in width! Imagine that as you stood outside and watched these enormous Frisbees fall from the sky.

But even snowflakes are not as white and pure as they appear to be. The process that involves the making of a snowflake has to do with the freezing of moisture from clouds. This moisture picks up dust and other biological particles from the atmosphere to form the actual snowflakes we see falling from the sky. The dust or particles that make up the flake are not exactly pure and white; therefore when God says He will purify us and make us whiter than snow He means “whiter than snow”.

God’s desire is that we don’t carry around needless sin and believing the lie from the enemy that repenting is not worth it or that we are too much in a bind to change.

The idea of being made whiter than snow is that the Lord removes any spot or blemish from our lives. Christ gave His life so that this might be possible for us.

He did this to present her (the church) to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. Ephesians 5:27

In other words this term or inference “whiter than snow” is really about the divine cleansing and purification that can only come from God Himself in the life of a person.

How did He do this?

Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. Hebrews 13:12

How does this continue to take place in our lives? Jesus said “Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth”. John 17:17

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