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Is God Fake News? Day 40

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Scripture: Matthew 7:13-15  Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

Devotional: The “all roads lead to God” mindset is a clear picture of the wide and broad road that leads to destruction. Many are being deceived and are on the path to eternal ruin.  And there are so many prevailing voices that affirm this mindset, drawing the multitudes to an essential death march. 

As you follow Christ, you can be reminded that you are going against the flow, you are on the narrow path.  And although it may not be the easiest most well -worn path, it is the road the leads to eternal life.  Be encouraged as you journey fellow traveler, and beware of those that would seek to draw you off the right path.

Reflect:

  • Who would you consider to be false prophets in today’s culture? How can you avoid them?
  • How might you help others to avoid being victims of them as well?

Is God Fake News? Day 39

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Scripture(s): Judges 17:6 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that appears to be right to man, but in the end it leads to death.

2 Chronicles 29:2 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.

Devotional: There is an unmistakable pattern outlined in Scripture, from the very beginning in Genesis, right up to the end in Revelation. And that is the pattern of people drawing near to the One True God and following His ways, then turning away to their own ways or following other gods. This is followed by having to endure suffering as the dire consequences of those actions, and then, once again, returning to God. 

The often prevailing current attitudes of “all roads leading to God” or “it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere” are nothing new.  Relativity and tolerance for gods of all kinds were rampant in Old Testament times as well as the first century, when much of the New Testament was written.  And it’s all part of the consistent pattern we see in Scripture and in the world.

So don’t be tempted or lured into false beliefs that everyone doing what they see fit is a good theology to follow.  It’s clear that this thinking leads to death. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you are called not only to follow Him faithfully, but to be a fisher of men (and women). 

Reflect:

  • Reflect upon the pattern of obedience/disobedience to God that you see in the world and in Scripture. How about in your own life?
  • How might you be faithful to do what is right in the eyes of God rather than what is right in your own eyes?
  • How might you encourage others to do the same?

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