There are moments when I would like to be able to put the broadside of my boot against my backside. I know if I don’t, eventually God will. Last evening I was talking to my Pastor concerning the writing of these devotions. I later realized I was taking credit for an ability God has given me. It is not of me, for without God and His Son Jesus, I would be wallowing in a burning Hell.
Our verses above teach us to renounce “hidden things of dishonesty.” (Pride is likely our most dishonest attribute.) We are warned to “not walking [walk] in craftiness,” (wherein possibly our minds walk.) God also warns us not to “handling [handle] the word of God deceitfully.” If we quote a verse, God expects us to know the context of that verse, (how it is used, the extent of its usage, and for whom it is intended.)
(We can see we have been warned.) Now, we must see the task God has given us. God tells us, “if our gospel be hid,” it is hid to those who haven’t heard the Gospel at all. As Christians, we must be certain we are not putting the Gospel in “our inner closet” (for safekeeping so we will not lose it.)
The Gospel is like an early “facebook™.” Its intention is to be shared with friends and acquaintances. Otherwise, how will they know “the light of the glorious gospel of Christ?” As Christians, our light from Jesus should shine towards others and light our way to them.
Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
God’s light MUST shine through us regarding our walk and our talk. (Our Bible refers to our “conversation” as our lives, worldly and spiritually,) [because we live here, not because we are within it.]
The “god of this world” [Satan] has blinded “unsaved eyes” to the Gospel of Christ. We must strive within ourselves to NOT let Satan “blind our eyes” to his people. If God’s Gospel is hidden, it is us (Christians) who are hiding it (by allowing Satan to direct us away from his world.)
We need to be as brash with the Gospel at “Wal Mart™” as we are on “facebook.™”
Bro John R. E Chastain
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