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May the Lord fill your life with the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

If God is not first in your life, then something else is (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 6:24, 33; 10:32-38, Mark 8:34, Luke 11:23, 1 John 5:21).

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For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Man is amazing. We will go to great lengths and spend enormous amounts of time and money to try and understand life. We will spend billions to look at the stars and millions to search the seas or dig in the grounds when really one could just go down to a local bookstore and spend about twenty dollars on a Bible! It contains all the truth we need to know. In fact, the first book jumps right in and tells what went wrong. Sin! It is the reason for the fall of man. It was man’s decision to reject God and seek independence that opened the door of sin. From that point, it was disobeying the word of the Lord. It was lying. It was shame. It was murder... and, that’s just the first four chapters!
The Bible scares people. The minute you quote from it you immediately become a “fanatic.” Worse, a righteous, holier-than-thou Christian who looks down on sinners! Why does the Bible stir up so much emotion? It really angers a lot of people because reading it would force them to realize that their choices in life are wrong. Who wants to be wrong? Come on. Isn’t that just being negative? We are suppose to think more highly of ourselves. And who wants to be the one to call out our faults? That just makes you a downer, a “party-pooper!” It is real simple. The Bible will keep you from sin, but sin will keep you from reading it!!
We all need to be reconciled for our sins in order to be reunited with our Father in His Kingdom. The only way to do this is by reading the Bible. Chapter after Chapter, Book after Book you cannot help but realize that awareness of sin is necessary for repentance. Yet every critic of the Bible who rejects it has never read it, and at best read only portions here and there. Would you read any book that way? It makes no sense but supports the fact that Satan does not want you to read the truth that invites you into admitting your weaknesses and faults. Satan's fate has been determined and he does not want to go down alone. Are you going to allow yourself to be invited into his party of constant pain and misery or do you want to accept the invitation into His glorious party where your sins are washed away and you become clean and pure?
Now, what about prayer? “Wow! Talk about a religious nut! Now you want us to pray?? First the Bible, now prayer! Isn’t that just like a fanatic?” ...again, just like the Bible, why does prayer scare people? Well, with prayer, Satan knows that it is our way to communicate with God. Guess what? He doesn’t want you too! He doesn’t want you to admit your faults, remember? It is all about YOU! The minute you start talking to God, who knows what can happen? Maybe a confession or two (or several). Maybe forgiveness. Maybe guidance. Maybe all the things that will divert you away from Satan! Look at this another way. Imagine a relationship with your spouse or children without communication. Do you think that is a big reason for a failing relationship?
So, why are both the Bible & prayer so frowned upon in our society? Perhaps it is the failure to deny one's self and realize that the true meaning of life rests in the hands of our Father and not in ours. Jesus told us to deny ourselves, to turn from our selfish ambitions, and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). He didn't say have a positive self-image and figure things out on your own.
As a final note, consider the laws that we create compared the laws that God gave us. Our laws can be subject to interpretation and become challenged. They can be massaged until they become comfortable. Their recipes can be altered until they become more flavorful. God's laws, on the other hand, still stand firm in the rocks they were written (not on paper that can spoil or deteriorate). They can never be changed. That is what makes His laws true!
Again, it is the failure to deny one's self and realize that the true meaning of life rests in the hands of our Father and not in ours. What decision will you make when it comes down to either choosing the ways of the world (as defined by the ways of lawlessness), or the ways of the Father (as defined by the way of truth)? Can you make that decision now, before God?

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the Devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are (1 Peter 5:8-9).”
Created Thursday, June 12, 2008