Hiding Behind The Banner

Lord, my heart aches for those who hide behind the banner of Christianity. They truly don’t know You. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard stories of deceit, lies and backstabbing from those who say they follow You. Stories that hurt other Christians. Stories that would make unbelievers question Christianity.

But as I study Your Word, Your truth tells me, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness. (Matthew 7 21-23 NASB).

I hear Your Spirit in my heart tell to me that You are sovereign and to stand firm in front of the banner. My role is not to judge the motives of others, but to share Your truth that will lead others to You. Peace will follow in this broken world. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Today, I stand firm. Same for tomorrow.

*  I Seek Truth is written in first person so you can to place yourself and identify with each situation. 

 

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How Do I Know?

Heavenly Father, You have revealed to me that You want me to know You more deeply—to love Your Word, to trust You, to seek You, and to know there is no other way to have eternal life with You except through Your Son, Jesus. Your truth tells me, “For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16–17 ESV).

Today is my beginning to know You more deeply, to love Your Word, and to trust You all the days of my life. You are God alone. You are truth. Heavenly Father, it is You that I seek. 

Do You?

You identified Yourself as the good shepherd who cares for the sheep. You know the ones who are Yours, and they know You. They never follow another voice because all others lead to danger and death. Only with the Shepherd can they find safety.

In our day, so many people want to widen the gate. They may accept You, Jesus, as a good man, but they also welcome the other deities or rituals people rely on to try to get closer to You, claiming all efforts to reach God are equally worthy. But You say Your own sheep know better. They know the voice of their Shepherd who has told them there is only one way to the Father. We enter his grace through You alone. It is only in Your pastures that we find abundant and eternal life.

 

You Walk With Me

I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. Leviticus 26:12

With Your Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence, I am changed. The apostle Peter tells me, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God” (1 Peter 2:10); my former sins and my past lose their luster in light of Your incredible goodness. As I take in more of that light through repentance, Scripture-reading and prayer, I start to see Your hand in the details of my day—and the world around me. Just as You promised, You are with me wherever I go. You, the God of all creation walks with me, and I grow to be like You.

Why Should I?

Sometimes I become unconcerned about obeying You and living Your way instead I focus on my way. You have clearly shown me Your way, through Your Word and the life of Jesus. You always have good reasons for Your commands, and I court disaster when I carelessly or deliberately disobey You.

Lord, I want to be conformed to the image of your Son and follow You way. As I take time to read Your Word, please open my mind and heart by Your Spirit to understand who You truly are. Then help me to follow You with an undivided heart in the way that pleases You most.

You Choose Me

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”Exodus 3:11–12

She could have given up. After all, countless other Hebrew mothers had felt the sting of Pharaoh’s order that all Hebrew baby boys were to be killed. Who was she to think her baby should escape this fate? But Moses’ mother believed in the one who controlled everything—even the direction her basket floated as it carried her baby down the Nile and into the princess’s arms.

When Moses was older, the same question loomed before him. Who was he to be the one to free the Hebrew nation? What made him special enough to earn Pharaoh’s attention and Israel’s allegiance?

You, God, made the answer simple in Your address to Moses from the burning bush. It is never my own personal strength that earns me a place in Your divine plan. You choose my role and then equips me with Your Spirit to bring it to pass. My work is in believing You to be who You say You are and trusting You will accomplish through me whatever You have called me to do.