January 19, 2009

This one or that one? The truth or the lie?

Once upon a time there lived a good man with a good wife. True, they were sinners, but they were a "little bit good". The man worked hard. He stayed away from evil - no smoking, no drinking, no filthy entertainment. He provided for his family to the best of his ability and played with his children often. The wife also worked hard and she was quite frugal, doing her best with what she had. She raised her children to love the Lord and looked for ways to be a help and a crown to her husband.
But there was one thing that they struggled with immensely. Like a dark cloud hovering over the little family...or like a sinister, prowling wolf in the shadows...a crumbling foundation under them with a facade of strength...was their enemy: PRIDE.

Wonderful promises from God would come their way; great rays of sunshine and hope. Always there, almost like an unseen battle waging , Pride would come and point out all the reasons why the promises were just shallow, empty, nonsense.

God would promise to the hopeful wife that her husband would be changed by a meek and quiet spirit - but Pride would tell her that a meek and quiet spirit was for fools who wanted to be taken advantage of. Pride would show her the hardness of her husbands heart and say - "That little old promise - are you kidding me - nothing can penetrate that heart. What you need to do is take charge! Show your foolish husband what is right and wrong - that is the only way. You are much smarter than he is and more spiritual."


God would promise to the hopeful husband that he would be saved and that the Truth would set him free. Just as he would hold up his shackles for the Truth to unlock them, Pride would come along and say such things like "Hah! Only wimps take that route. You've got a brain. You've got determination. You can save yourself. You know what is right and wrong. Just, stop doing the wrong and everything will turn out all right."

And so, Pride would get the best of this little family.

One preacher puts it this way. 'Everyone has faith. Some have faith in Jesus Christ and that He saves them from their sins and the rest believe that they will not die today and stand before a just and Holy God.'

This little family believed the lies behind Pride: The Father of lies rather than the Truth and the Life.

Isn't it so natural to justify everything?...but that doesn't make it right...doesn't make your 'justified' actions righteous. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9

Once the little wife went to put on a sweater and noticed that the hem had been cut several times with a pair of scissors. Knowingly, she asked her children who had just received new (and very sharp) scissors about the damage. With slumped shoulders and a hung head, one of the children confessed. The mother scolded and rebuked the child and was about to toss out the sweater. The good husband however, picked up the sweater and noted that it was still perfectly good and there was no need to toss it out. Pride jumped out of his den and circled the little family. His yellow eyes glared and drool dripped from his sharp fangs. He growled painful whispers into the ears of the little wife and the good husband.

"She's so quick to throw things away - wasteful woman," he thought.

"How can he expect me to wear clothing with tears and rips? - he doesn't love me" she thought.

The prideful justifications began...the thoughts came first and then the indignation and then the words - words that were darts and bullets in the waging battle. If only they would listen to God's promises instead.

A gentle answer turns away wrath.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

A life of obedience to the Lord cannot be had without FAITH: Faith in God's word - His commands and His promises. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin. James 4:17

For every Truth that God speaks, there is a lie to oppose it. What do you believe?

Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Psalm 37:3

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