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I Kings 22:1-53

Mike you put a hard question out to all your readers.
>>Do we sometimes maybe even decide to attend a particular church because it tells us basically what we want to hear? It keeps us in our comfortable place... we get yes-messages...>>

When we surround ourselves with things and people who will give us yeses, we are truly insecure people afraid to be challenged. I believe we desire “Yes” folks because deep down in our hearts we know we are wrong, wrong, wrong. Although we haven’t gotten to the book yet, Job, there is a statement made by Job that always rehearses in my memory. He states in Ramona’s paraphrase, “We all know truth when we hear it.”

11 Does not the ear test words
as the tongue tastes food? (Job 12:11)

Ahab knew the truth because when the true prophet, Micaiah, repeated the “good” news all the other four-hundred prophets voiced, Ahab told him to tell the truth! I wonder if we believe that “calling those things that be not as thou they were” (Romans 4:17) is man’s domain when the text says that it is God that calls things that are not as thou they were. We are a people given to self-deception and that deception has nothing to do with the devil but has everything to do with us trying to be our own gods. If we call something over and over again to be truth it will come to pass …NOT!

Acts 13:16-41
Speaking of Truth, Paul preaches a message of Truth in Antioch of Pisidia. The problem with truth is that no matter how you put it, sugar coat it, spoon feed it, it is always confrontational. When we are confronted with truth, we may block it out without giving honest thought to what is being said. In his message to those in the Synagogue, Paul holds a mirror up to the congregation and shows them what they look like.

Now there is something tricky about mirrors, they really don’t show what we look like to others they show what we look like to ourselves thus it is not a true reflection. A co-worker in my school has a small company called “True Mirror.” The mirrors made by this establishment have two pieces of glass or mirrors set at 90° angels to each other. When you see yourself in the mirror for the first time most don’t recognize themselves. Instead of having a opposite reflection looking back at you, you see what everyone else sees. If you raise your right hand, the left hand in the mirror doesn’t go up, the right hand goes up it is startling and there are a none to few people who walk away in disgust and never look at the mirror again.

I think that is how we are when truth is presented to us, especially the truth about ourselves. Like the “True Mirror” most walk away in disgust shaken up by what they see never to look in the mirror again.

Psalm 138:1-8
1 I give you thanks, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will sing your praises before the gods.

The Psalmist has decided to sing the True praises of God before all pretenders. Now if you want some conflict talk of God before all those things and people vying for the Throne of God.

Proverbs 17:17-18

I saw something in the seventh verse that I’ve never seen before. A friend, a true friend is never known until adversity comes into your life and that person remains a friend. I’ve heard it said that we should only be able to count friends, true friends on one hand. Now if one of those fingers represents Jesus, then we that leaves four if you count the thumb as being a finger. If not, well …

A friend is someone who knows everything about you and still likes you… and that friend is Jesus.

Jesus is a friend that loves you just the way you are; but He loves you too much to let you stay the way you are.

Grace and peace,

I love my church. I don't believe we pick a church for the feels although I know many do but that it is a church that challenges you and has a spirit led pastor and listens to the voice of God and is anointed. There is fruit that comes forth. Amen. That is important and that spirit draws us in wanting more.

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