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For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John‬ ‭8‬:‭44‬ NLT)

Last night, my sons played football against a neighboring town whose mascot is the Red Devils. It has always mystified me as to how a town down here in the Bible Belt of the South would choose such a negative character to represent their community! My wife and I agreed that it was probably used to intimidate and strike fear in the hearts of their competitive rivals.

The problem is that we become what we tend to identity with. This includes clubs, groups, and even political affiliations. As the old saying goes, “If you lay down with dogs, you’ll wake up with fleas.” This is very true, especially spiritually. As Christ Life ambassadors, we must be careful that we are influencing, not being influenced.

As you go about your weekend, gauge what makes you more or less passionate for God. To me, the haunts of Halloween are mild compared to the horrors of the daily doors we leave upon for dark influences. Live to be true children of your Heavenly Father! You are loved today!

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You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness.” (Psalms‬ ‭18‬:‭28‬ NLT)

I can’t help but shake my head as the morning news/talk show reports about Apple’s CEO “coming out” with his sexual preferences. Seriously?! The whole world REALLY needs to know his intimacy preferences? With every other issue we face in our nation and world, the news sometimes amazes me by what they think is important.

The reason this is disturbing is because it shapes how people think and what they will view as important. Pop culture is like a Twinkie, good every now and then but not for a steady diet! And when the culture we are being fed celebrates what God cannot condone, it shapes a generation to choose their view over God’s, which is a losing proposition everytime.

As you live your day, ask God to enlighten your world as to what is important to Him. Even when the world says that God approves, always go back to His word for yourself. His light of knowledge cuts through the murky darkness of unstable disinformation. Be enlightened by His words today! You are loved!

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For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭10‬ NLT)

According to businessinsider.com, Paris’s Musée du Louvre is consistently the world’s most visited museum—and for good reason. The grand art museum houses 35,000 masterpieces, from prehistory to contemporary works. Every year more than 8 million people flock there to enjoy its magnificent treasures, the best of humanity’s artistic accomplishments.

Consider, then, that God created you in the same fashion, showing you off to the world at Life’s Museum. By helping you to become the faithful believer He planned for you to become, people are meant to be inspired by the example of your life and give praise to the Master Artist who composed you!

Whether you feel as beautiful as a Rembrandt or an offshoot from one of Picasso’s hot messes, you are still wonderfully made! Live for God’s glory by simply living the life that He sets before you. You are loved today! Be the masterpiece!

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For my people are determined to desert me. They call me the Most High, but they don’t truly honor me.” (Hosea‬ ‭11‬:‭7‬ NLT)

As I treadmilled and ellipticaled my body into painful submission this morning, the television at the gym was turned to national news. Between stories, hundreds of political ads beckoned uncommitted voters to choose their candidate. As the smear ads raced on, I realized that there’s not a single candidate running that’s not guilty of extortion, embezzlement, adultery, or some other illicit or illegal vice! At least that’s how all the local commercials portrayed it.

In our text, God calls us out on OUR hypocrisy. I say “our” because we can’t point fingers as they do in the campaign spots. I must stand on my own two feet before my God, just as you must, and give an account for how I behave. I have to realize that either I am or I am not doing the Christ Life right, and all that this realization may bring.

I love to vote and engage in my country’s wellbeing. But I hate having to settle for the lesser of two evils. Don’t live in such a manner that God feels the same way when looking at your life. Develop a non-hypocrite lifestyle that makes Jesus look real to everyone you meet! You are loved today!

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I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.” (John‬ ‭16‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Some days, ministry makes you feel helpless. I watched a man go back to his “easier” sinful lifestyle because He couldn’t handle having the Devil as his enemy. I endured seeing a Pastor leave the ministry and eventually kill himself and his wife, not being able to kick a renewed drug habit and chronic depression that God had delivered him from years earlier. I saw a woman leave her godly husband for another man, wanting a new and exciting life, one she felt like she couldn’t have while being a Christian. Like I said, some days it can be rough.

In our text, the term “abandon your faith” is the Greek word, skandalizo, a root the we use for our word “scandal”. It means to be tripped up and fall away intentionally from a place of faithfulness. We are not slaves, held by God against our will. We must choose to not sin, nor to sin to the degree that we eventually walk away from God’s grace. We must remember what a hell our lives were prior to God so that we can be confident knowing that this life, with all of its trials, it still better than what we had!

As you begin your week, start by realizing that before your foot ever hit the floor, Satan was already gunning for you! But God was up all night planning your best day for you! Live in God’s great love today! You will overcome because you are loved!

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Go into that village over there,” Jesus told them. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.” (Mark‬ ‭11‬:‭2‬ NLT)

The Patiala Necklace was an item of rare beauty, designed by the house of Cartier in 1928 as a gift to the Maharaja Sir Bhupinder Singh. It had five rows of platinum chains adorned with 2,930 diamonds. It was encrusted with Burmese rubies among other jewels. The centerpiece was the seventh-largest diamond in the world, the famed DeBeers Diamond, a 234.6-carat yellow diamond, roughly the size of a golf ball. The necklace disappeared in 1948, only to resurface 50 years later with most all of its jewels still missing to this day.

All of us has lost something. While it may not be of the same astronomical value of the Patiala Necklace, which is around $30 million, it is still precious to us. Yet, God knows where all things are; nothing is hidden from Him. Just as He knew where a needed and available donkey could be found so He could fulfill prophecy and destiny, He also knows how to meet your needs and where to find your answers!

As you prepare spiritually to start your new week, be ready to be led by God’s hand, who knows what you need and when you need it. The missing DeBeers Diamond could be pinpointed today if He wanted to show you! Nothing is ever truly lost or missing with God! Just be willing to be led! You are loved today!