Idols are as false as a scarecrow dangling from a pole in a melon patch. Idols cannot speak or walk; they can do no harm, nor can they do any good. While idols are worthless, worshiping the true God is completely worthwhile.
Don’t hang your heart on the gods of this world: strength, sexuality or status. There is only one true God. Listen to him when he speaks to you through his Word. Feel his presence when you gather among his people. Pin all your hopes and dreams on him, the one true God.
Jesus knew the pressure of a packed schedule. Crowds of people clamored for his attention. The Pharisees continually attacked him. Teaching his followers required a huge investment of his time. Yet he never let his schedule rule over him. He knew the mission God had given him, and he didn’t allow others’ demands dictate how he spent his time. He was never too busy to focus on what was most important—including time alone with his Father. If you’re too busy to spend time with God, then perhaps you’re too busy.
God reveals who he is in his Word, the Holy Bible. Since every word of God is flawless, this means that God himself is flawless. Every word spoken by him, every decision made by him, every outcome allowed by him is perfect.
When skeptics question God’s Word, calling it mere opinion or human interpretation, don’t believe it! The Bible is a divinely inspired message from God to humanity. Do not doubt the truth or the God of the Bible—he is flawless. Time and again he’ll prove to you that he knows what he’s doing and that he does all things perfectly.
With a hunk of wood in your own eye, why would you concern yourself with the speck in someone else’s eye? Yet we spend an embarrassing amount of time doing just that. In our insecurity, we subconsciously think that if we can find faults in others, then we’ll feel better about ourselves. This judgmentalism is the very quality that turns many non-Christians away from the church. We are all weak and need a huge dose of grace—which God freely gives us. Be generous in extending that grace to others, and others will be more likely to extend that same generosity to you.
“LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart
and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman.”
( Ps. 15:1-3
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