Devotional for Wednesday October 3rd

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Telling the truth”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head – Christ.” Ephesians 4:14-15 (CSB)

 

Our thought for today: “Speak the truth, and do it in love.”

 

In the first half of Ephesians chapter four the Apostle Paul was writing to Christians about different ways in which we all must strive to keep the church unified and healthy. In verse 14 he notes that when we do that, when we work together and help each other to stay unified and strong, then we will no longer be like immature children who are easily led astray by false teaching and clever lies. Instead we will speak truth to each other and we will do so in love. In other words, one of the ways that we help each other to stay strong is to remind each other of Biblical truth as it applies to the issues of life.

 

This is important. We live in a culture today that is drifting further and further from Biblical principles. We are awash in clever lies perpetrated by Satan which are designed to draw us further and further away from God. It’s essential that Christians keep reminding each other of Biblical truth, especially when we see brothers and sisters who are starting to be taken-in by the clever lies of the culture.

 

That’s why I wrote my latest book “Getting Along without Going Along: Biblical Sexual Ethics in an Age of Controversy and Conflict”. One of the biggest lies Satan is spreading in our day has to do with sexual ethics. The Gay and Lesbian Agenda, sex outside of marriage, pedophilia, open marriages, polygamy, and all sorts of sexual deviancy are becoming more and more common and accepted in our society, while Biblical sexual ethics are derided and scorned as being prudish, narrow-minded, and a throw-back to an ancient era. And, sadly, many Christians are being taken in by the lies and deceit.

 

My book consists of thirty-four short essays divided into three categories: “What the Bible says”; “Answers to hard questions”; and “A way forward”. The purpose of the book is to provide Christians with simple, straightforward truth from the Bible about sexual ethics, as well as good answers to hard questions, along with some strategies for how we can boldly and confidently stand for the truth, but doing so in a kind and loving manner. If you don’t have a copy you can get one at www.JimMersereauBooks.com.

 

We have to help each other to stay strong and to stay focused on Biblical truth so that we can then model that truth in our own lives, and speak that truth to the culture around us.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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