Who is online?
In total there are 12 users online :: 1 Registered, 0 Hidden and 11 Guests :: 2 Bots

Admin

[ View the whole list ]


Most users ever online was 111 on Thu 12 Dec 2013, 2:28 am
Latest topics
» ALERT: N. Korea Issues Terrifying Threat to Trump
Today at 9:26 pm by Admin

» WORLD ISRAEL NEWS
Today at 9:23 pm by Admin

» Mrs. P's Haven of Refuge Inspirational
Today at 8:45 pm by Admin

» NUGGET Today's Devotional
Today at 10:15 am by Admin

» Meditation Chip Brogden
Today at 10:14 am by Admin

» Daily Encounter with: ACTS International
Today at 10:11 am by Admin

» HEAVEN LETTERS
Today at 10:07 am by Admin

» HEARTLIGHT — A Year with Jesus
Today at 10:04 am by Admin

» FAKE NEWS
Today at 10:02 am by Admin

» Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Today at 12:39 am by Admin

» Delrifkah: HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY.
Today at 12:35 am by Admin

» HEARTLIGHT — A Year with Jesus
Today at 12:24 am by Admin

»  HONEST REPORTING Defending Israel from Media Bias plz read REGULAR UPDATES
Today at 12:13 am by Admin

» SHAME ON YOU, MICHELLE: Marine Tells First Lady Where to Stick It
Today at 12:02 am by Admin

» THE CLARION PROJECT
Yesterday at 11:59 pm by Admin

» Splitting up a Dog Fight While Alone
Yesterday at 11:00 pm by Admin

» Things You Can Do to Fight Radical Islam
Yesterday at 4:35 pm by Admin

» Can a Solar Eclipse Really Blind You?
Yesterday at 3:34 pm by Admin

» WATCH: Newt Gingrich Issues Urgent Warning To Trump – Please Pray
Yesterday at 3:22 pm by Admin

» Daily Disciples
Yesterday at 10:52 am by Admin

Navigation
 Portal
 Index
 Memberlist
 Profile
 FAQ
 Search

Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Page 40 of 40 Previous  1 ... 21 ... 38, 39, 40

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Tue 24 Mar 2009, 10:00 am

Today's Daily Encounter
Lessons from Trees

"Whoever comes to Me [Jesus], and hears My sayings and
does them…is like a man building a house, who dug deep
and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the
flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that
house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on
the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a
man who built a house on the earth without a
foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently;
and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house
was great."1

Ravi Zacharias tells how when he and his family lived
in "England some years ago a terrible windstorm hit
much of the country. Amazingly, thousands of trees
were felled in one night. Some days later we were
walking outside Buckingham Palace and my wife noticed
something very significant. While the trees themselves
were huge and very tall, their roots were unbelievably
shallow. We marveled at this seemingly inexplicable
disproportion." The reason was that the water level
was close to the surface and the roots didn't have to
go deep to get their nourishment.

I have seen a similar thing happen in Southern
California where many Australian gum or eucalyptus
trees are grown. As this area is converted desert, all
or many of these trees are watered by a drip or
sprinkler system. Because the water is close to the
surface, many of these trees don't have a deep root
system either and I have seen many of them fall in a
wild windstorm after the ground was waterlogged.

Very different to gum trees growing up in the dry
parts of Australia where they are forced to drive
their roots down deep in order to survive. Their
branches get broken in storms but rarely do any of the
trees fall.

Furthermore, when I lived in South Australia at the
top of the Adelaide hills where the winds blow
furiously, I was advised to plant my trees while they
were still small and not to stake them too tightly.
They needed the freedom to bend and sway with the wind
as this helped them develop a deep root system from
their beginning in order to strengthen them when they
had fully grown.

Or take the mighty redwood trees--magnificent trees
that grow in Northern California and reach their leafy
arms toward heaven--some of which were growing when
Jesus walked on earth! Normally they receive good
rains and have a sufficient water supply. These giants
of the forest also have a very shallow root system but
as they grow in groves, all their roots are
intertwined so when the wild winds blow and the storms
rage, they hang on to each other and hold each other
up.

The same is true of us. In order to survive the storms
of life we need to develop a deep root system that is
anchored solidly in our faith in God--the one in whom
we trust implicitly. And like the mighty redwoods, if
we want to grow strong and healthy, we need the
support of one another, for none of us can make it
alone and weren't created to do so. As God's word also
says "not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
together."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for your Word
and its instructions for life. Help me to live by
these principles so that I will have deep roots built
on a solid foundation and can say with the hymn
writer, 'On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other
ground is sinking sand.' Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Luke 6:47-49 (NKJV).
2. Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV).

<:((((><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2009 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2009
ACTS International.
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Mon 23 Mar 2009, 12:41 pm

Healing Shame That Binds

"Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped
trying to hide them. I said to myself, 'I will confess
my rebellion to the LORD.' And you forgave me! All my
guilt is gone."1

Go to any supermarket where a parent is busy shopping
and their child is being obnoxious or feels he or she
is being ignored by the parent. Some of the put-down,
shame-based criticisms these children receive make
your blood curdle.

Listen to the angry tone of voice as the parent blurts
out: "You bad boy! If you don't stop your noise, I will
take you outside and .…" If they are getting this kind
of treatment in public, you can imagine what they are
receiving at home: "You terrible girl…shame on you…you
wicked, bad person .…"

When a child receives a continual dose of any
shame-based accusations, he eventually believes that
that is the kind of person he is and continues to feel
this way throughout his adult life unless he gets the
help he needs to resolve his damaged self-concept.

Another terribly shame-based group of people are those
who have been physically and, especially, sexually
abused in childhood or youth. Sex, to many of them,
has become a dirty, repulsive thing and because they
have sexual feelings, they often feel dirty and
ashamed of themselves. This is such a tragedy because
they never sinned but were grievously sinned against.

So how do we overcome a shame-based self-concept?

First, continually remind yourself that God loves you
just as you are and that he has totally forgiven all
your sins that you have confessed to him. Keep
reminding yourself of this--regardless of how you
feel. This kind of repetition helps re-program your
faulty belief system. Many a time when I was feeling
shame-based, I said over and over to myself, "God
loves and accepts me as I am so I love and accept me
as I am." This kind of repetition (with feeling)
programs truth (or lies) into our deeper mind and
belief system.

Second, realize that we were damaged in damaging
relationships and get healed in healing relationships.
So, with God's help, seek out a trusted friend (a
skilled counselor if necessary) with whom you can
trust your very soul. Little by little start to open
up to this person and share all your shame-based
feelings and all your failures. This needs to be with
a non-judgmental, non-advice-giving-wanting-to-fix-you
person. It needs to be someone who knows you fully and
accepts you totally. Through their loving acceptance
of you just as you are, little by little you learn to
love and accept yourself. This does take time.

I know this can be threatening because many of us feel
that if we are known for whom we truly are, we won't be
liked, let alone loved. But this is a false belief. The
fact is we can only be loved to the degree that we are
known. But again, it is very important that we never
open up to a shame-based, judgmental person.

Third, realize, too, that love is a feeling to be
learned. When we are born, we have the capacity to
love, but how to love is learned. If we grow up in an
angry environment, we will learn to be angry or, if in
a fearful environment, we will learn to be fearful. But
if we grow up in a loving environment, we will learn to
be loving. We love by first being loved. Unfortunately,
what we didn't receive as a child, we need to receive
now. That's the way God created us and he doesn't go
against his own design.

As the Bible says, "We love God because he first loved
us." The same principle applies to people--we love
others because someone needs to first love us." And,
as already noted, as we open up and are totally honest
to a safe, non-judgmental loving person, little by
little learn to love ourselves in a healthy sense.
This then frees us to work on overcoming our failures.
As long as we hide our sins and faults, we are never
free resolve them.

Remember the words of David who sinned grievously:
"Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped
trying to hide them. I said to myself, 'I will confess
my rebellion to the LORD.' And you forgave me! All my
guilt is gone."2

We too can find the same freedom from
guilt…false-guilt…and shame.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you again that you
know me exactly as I am inside and out…and love me
still. Lead me to the help I need so I can learn to
love and accept myself the same way and be freed from
all my guilt and shame. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Psalm 32:5 (NLT).
2. Ibid.

<:((((><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2009 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2009
ACTS International.
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Wed 18 Mar 2009, 1:31 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Guilty or Not Guilty

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who
are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the
law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of
sin and death."1

"Why do I feel so guilty when I haven't done anything
wrong," someone asks. Another asks, "Even when I have
asked God to forgive me for things I have done wrong,
why do I still feel awful?"

I think these are questions many struggle with. I
certainly have in the past. The problem lies in the
confusion between real guilt, false guilt, and shame.

First, let me again qualify real guilt. In the Bible
and in our society guilt is a legal term. If we have
disobeyed God or the law of the land, we are guilty
whether we feel guilty or not. The appropriate
emotional response for when we have done wrong in
biblical terms is godly sorrow. This is the way we
rightly feel when we have sinned and done wrong. If we
don't, we may have a dulled or dead conscience.
However, at least in our Western society, we tend to
think of guilt as an emotional response, so that's the
way I will address it here.

With real guilt, as we said yesterday, when we confess
our sin and wherever possible put wrongs right, we
should no longer feel guilty. God forgives us and we
are no longer under condemnation. If we still feel
guilty, chances are it is false guilt and/or shame.

True guilt says you have done bad (or badly). False
guilt makes you feel bad even when you are not guilty.
And shame says you are bad; that is, a bad person. The
latter two are both psychologically damaging and are
conditioned or learned responses.

For example, some children grow up in families where
guilt is used as a means of control. That is, the
message (usually non-verbal) is communicated that if
you do what I want you to do; behave the way I want
you to behave; conform to my wishes; and for some, if
you believe what I want you to believe, I will give
you my love and approval. If the child doesn't
conform, love and approval are withheld and the child
is made to feel guilty. This kind of love is called
conditional love, which isn't love at all. It's
control. And tragically, false guilt is often used in
religious circles to get adherents to conform to
leaders’ dictatorial control--and people who don’t
conform are made to feel guilty. This is false guilt.

On the other hand, if a child grows up with a
condemning family and constantly gets the message,
"Shame on you … you are such a bad boy (or girl),"
over time this message is programmed into his
unconscious mind and he comes to believe deep down
that he is a bad, shameful person. So when things go
wrong--even if he isn't responsible for it--his
shame-based belief about himself is triggered and he
feels wretched.

So how are we freed from false guilt and shame?

To be continued.…

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that when I
confess my sins to you, you forgive me and I am no
longer condemned because you paid the penalty for me
for all my sins. Please help me to know and feel the
freedom as a result of sins forgiven. If I still feel
bad, please help me to see if I am struggling with
false guilt and/or shame. If so, lead me to the help I
need to overcome this problem. Thank you for hearing
and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Romans 8:1-2 (NIV).

<:((((><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2009 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2009
ACTS International.
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Fri 13 Mar 2009, 4:55 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Faith Vs. Fear

"When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose
word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?"1

Nelson Mandela may be a controversial figure to some
but I think you will agree with what he said when
quoting Marianne Williamson (I believe it was) in the
following: "Playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that
other people won't feel insecure around you. You were
born to make manifest the glory of God that is within
you. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as you let your own light shine, you unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same. As you are
liberated from your own fear, your presence
automatically liberates others."

I don't know whether we are ever totally liberated
from fear in this life;for fear seems to be inherent
in all of us to some degree. And while faith in God
doesn't guarantee freedom from fear, it does empower
us to defuse fear's control over us and free us to
achieve all that God has envisioned for us to do and
achieve.

Think again of the heroes of faith in the Bible--faith
empowered them to do what God had called them to do.
God's Word says about them: "By faith Noah … By faith
Abraham … By faith Isaac … By faith Jacob … By faith
Joseph … By faith Moses … By faith the people passed
through the Red Sea as on dry land … By faith the
walls of Jericho fell … By faith Gideon, Barak,
Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets …
conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained
what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,
quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge
of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength;
and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign
armies."2

True…some unresolved fears from the past can cripple
us but these, too, through faith, doing our part, and
God's help can be overcome. We'll address these in
Monday's Daily Encounter.

While only a few may be called to do great things for
God, all of us are called to bring glory to God
through what we do. To achieve this we need faith. And
faith is a choice…it is a choice to put our trust in
God (regardless of our fears) and to do what David
chose to do. He prayed to God, "When I am afraid, I
will trust in you … in God I trust."

When our time on earth is done, may it also be said of
you and me, "By faith _ _ _ _ _ _ _ (put your name in
the blank space) walked with God and achieved…."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, today I choose to trust
my life to you. Help me to know what you want me to
achieve with my life and give me the faith to do
it--and the faith to not allow any of my fears to
control me. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Psalm 56:3-4, (NIV).
2. See Hebrews 11.

<:((((><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2009 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2009
ACTS International.
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Thu 12 Mar 2009, 10:13 am

The Power of Faith

"According to your faith be it unto you."1 This is
what Jesus said to the blind men whom he healed.

I believe it was Napoleon Hill who said, "Whatever the
mind can conceive and believe can be achieved." I
wouldn't necessarily accept this statement in
totality, but there is a lot of truth in it. The idea
of course wasn't original with Hill by any means in
that it is very much akin to what Jesus said,
"According to your faith be it unto you."

Certainly we need to be realistic and not overestimate
what God will do through us, but it's equally important
not to underestimate it either. It all depends on what
God has called us to do.

John Kennedy and NASA scientists not only conceived
placing a man on the moon but believed it was possible
and were in a position to make it happen. And they did.
According to my interests, knowledge, and training it
would not have been possible for me to be a part of
that team. So, obviously we need to be realistic about
what we conceive. However, it is amazing what God can
and will do through anyone who is totally committed to
him. He's not going to call most of us to walk on the
moon, but he is calling every one of us to walk worthy
of him on the earth and to achieve all that we are
meant to be and to do.

That's the challenge we all need to face and
accept…then add a good dose of faith in God and you
and I can also be among the heroes of faith as listed
in the Bible.2 These heroes were ordinary men and
women who knew what they were meant to do--and by
faith in and help from God they did it.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please show me how I can
best serve you and exactly what you want me to do with
my life--be it large or small. And give me the faith to
do it. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Matthew 9:29 (KJV).
2. See Hebrews 11.

<:((((><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2009 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2009
ACTS International.
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Wed 11 Mar 2009, 11:48 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Wants Vs. Wishes

"Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity
thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there,
and knew that he already had been in that condition a
long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made
well?"1

A Daily Encounter reader writes, "After many years of
counseling and prayer for help, my brother who has
been a Christian for many years can't seem to let go
of his emotional problems and failures. Is there
anything I can say to help him forgive himself? What
might be holding him back from finding healing and
freedom?"

There may be any of a number of reasons why this man
seems to be "stuck" in his situation. One may be that
deep down he doesn't want to get well.

According to reports I have read from both a Christian
and a secular source, of all the people who go to a
counselor or physician saying they want help
approximately 25 percent actually don't want to get
well. Some of these people like to feel sorry for
themselves and get some kind of satisfaction from
seeking sympathy. A further 50 percent expect the
counselor or physician to heal them. Only 25 percent
actually take responsibility for doing what they need
to do in order to get well. One physician said that
some patients would rather he operate on their body
than they operate on or change their lifestyle!

Many of us say that we want to lose weight, too, but
do little or nothing about it. What we do is confuse a
wish for a want. It's one thing to wish for something,
it's another thing to want it.

As Jesus said to the sick person, "Do you want to be
made well/whole?"

To be made well/whole, I need to be committed to being
made well/whole and accept responsibility for doing
whatever I need to do in order to get well. I can pray
forever about losing weight but if I don't watch my
diet and get sufficient exercise, it's not going to
happen. And if I cling to my grudges and refuse to
forgive all who have hurt me, I won't get well either.

True, some ills and miserable circumstances are beyond
our control but there are many that we can do something
about ourselves. Yes, pray for wisdom to know what to
do, for truth to see what we need to do, for courage
to do it, and for God to lead us to the help we need
to overcome. When we do our part, we can be sure that
God will do his.

The bottom line is do we truly want to be made
well/whole--or do we just wish for it?

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to accept
responsibility in every adverse situation that comes
my way. Besides trusting in you, help me to see what I
can and need to do to make healing and wholeness
possible. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. John 5:5-6 (NKJV).

<:((((><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2009 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2009
ACTS International.
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Tue 10 Mar 2009, 5:11 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

IDD

"Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and
doesn't do it, sins."1

Ours is a day filled with numerous abbreviations: In
computer talk we have: RAM, KB, MB, GB, ISP, HTML,
PHP, IE, Etc. In the recovery world: AA, CODA, SAA,
etc. And in psychological circles: OCD, ADD, DID, etc.


I heard about a new one (at least it's new to me) in
an article by Otis Young. It's IDD, and stands for
Integrity Deficit Disorder (not to be confused with
the medical term, IDD, which stands for Iodine
Deficiency Disorder).

As Young put it, "A person who is afflicted with this
disorder knows what's right but doesn't follow through
and do what's right. He or she makes a promise or
commitment, and then fails to keep it. Thus when you
meet a person with integrity deficit disorder, you're
never quite sure if you can trust that person or
not."2

IDD people make excuses for why they didn't do what
they said they were going to do. They fail to accept
personal responsibility and blame the weather,
circumstances and especially others for their failures
and the problems they have. They are defensive and hide
behind a mask of superficiality, saccharine sweetness,
religiosity, negativism, and/or phoniness. They refuse
to take a good hard look at themselves and are masters
of self-deception. Many IDDs believe the lies they
tell themselves.

IDD is not a mental illness. It is a choice--a sinful
choice. As God's word says, "Anyone, then, who knows
the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins"

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please deliver me from
the sin of IDD and help me to be a man/woman of
integrity. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. James 4:17 (NIV).
2. Rev. Otis Young, "Integrity Deficit Disorder."

<:((((><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2009 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2009
ACTS International.
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Mon 09 Mar 2009, 6:14 pm

Daily Encounter

Moral Relativism?

"Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave
you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left,
that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let
this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate
on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do
everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous
and successful."1

Brett Blair wrote, "A few years ago … [Mr. X, a
well-known media personality] made headlines when he
said the Ten Commandments were obsolete. He went on to
say, ‘We're living with outmoded rules. The rules we're
living under are the Ten Commandments, and I bet nobody
here even pays much attention to 'em, because they are
too old. When Moses went up on the mountain, there
were no nuclear weapons, there was no poverty. Today,
the Ten Commandments wouldn't go over. Nobody around
likes to be commanded. Commandments are out.’

"Mr. X then modestly offered his own version which he
called the ‘Ten Voluntary Initiatives.’ … Listen to
his first two: #1, ‘I promise to love and respect
planet Earth and all living things on the earth,
especially my fellow species.’ Not bad. #2, ‘I promise
to treat all persons everywhere with dignity, respect
and friendliness.’ What was intriguing about this
second Initiative was that he violated it a few
minutes later by bashing Christians. He called us
losers and bozos. He later apologized."2

Could you imagine the State calling the laws of the
road: "Voluntary Initiatives"? Half of us would be
dead or maimed for life already.

Some time ago someone said the following about
Nietzsche who declared that God was dead:

Nietzsche: "God is dead."
God: "Nietzsche is dead."

Mr. X will also go the way of all such "prophets" as
will all who discard the Ten Commandments and God's
universal moral laws.

In America today (as in many other parts of the world)
many "believe that there are no 'moral absolutes.' Many
hold to a philosophy of 'moral relativism.' One poll
found that 67% of Americans do not believe in moral
absolutes. Among 'Baby Busters', those born between
1965 and 1983, the percentage was even higher at 78%.
Even 62% of professing Christians said that there was
no absolute standard of right and wrong.3

We have taken God's Word and prayer out of our
schools. Many are trying to do away with and prohibit
any public display of the Ten Commandments. Others are
determined to take the words "under God" out of the
Pledge of Allegiance. These same people sarcastically
ask Christians when we see senseless violence, random
shootings, vicious killings, and acts of terrorism,
"Where is your God now?"

God is where he always was and is. It is we who have
left God and discarded his commandments, and we are
reaping what we have sown.

"James Madison, the 4th President of the United States
said this, 'We stake the future of this country on our
ability to govern ourselves under the principles of
the Ten Commandments.'"4

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for all your
commandments and your universal moral laws which are
for our safety, protection, and survival. Help us as a
nation to see that we have sown the wind and are
reaping a whirlwind. Please have mercy on us and send
us a great awakening and a revival of the Spirit that
we so desperately need. And start you work in me.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

<:((((><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2008 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2008
ACTS International.
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Criticize by Creating

Post  Admin on Fri 06 Mar 2009, 4:43 pm

Criticize by Creating

When God called Moses to deliver the ancient
Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, "Moses answered,
'What if they [the Israelites] do not believe me or
listen to me and say, "The LORD did not appear to
you"?' Then the LORD said to him, 'What is that in
your hand?' 'A staff,' he replied. The LORD said,
'Throw it on the ground.' Moses threw it on the ground
and it became a snake, and he ran from it.'"1 This was
to confirm to Moses that God was the miracle worker
and Moses only God’s agent.

On one occasion, I believe it was to the evangelist
Dwight Moody, a woman said, "Mr. Moody, I don't like
the way you do your evangelism."

To which Moody replied, "I don't particularly like the
way I do it either. How do you do it?"

The lady replied, "I don't do it."

"Well I like the way I’m doing it better than the way
you’re not doing it," Moody answered.

Moody's answer may have been somewhat blunt but he
made a good point. In more youthful days I was invited
to a planning session for the college-age youth group
in the church I was attending at the time. They asked
for my opinion about what I felt was not working and
how their program could be improved. I said, "I don't
feel I have a right to criticize if I am not willing
to do something about it." So guess what? I was made
the new program director!

It's very easy for all of us (including myself) to sit
back and criticize our group, church, politicians,
leaders, etc., etc., and not do anything about it.

Michelangelo had a great answer. He said, "Criticize
by Creating." True, most of us will never be a
Michelangelo and none of us can do everything--but
every one of us can do something no matter how small
to help the world we live in become a better place in
which to live.

And none of us will ever be called to do what God
called Moses to do. But in essence God says to every
one of us: "What is that in your hand?" That is, "What
ability do you have?" Whatever it is, God wants and
expects us to use it to serve him--and we serve him by
serving others.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for the gifts
and abilities you have given to me. Help me to know
what they are and find a place to use them in loving
service to you and others. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Exodus 4:1-2 (NIV).

<:((((><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2008 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2008
ACTS International.
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Wed 04 Mar 2009, 12:46 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

The Best Policy

"You may be sure that your sin will find you out."1

Coming home from work, a woman stopped at the corner
deli to buy a chicken for supper. The butcher reached
into a barrel grabbed the last chicken he had, flung
it on the scales behind the counter, and told the
woman its weight. She thought for a moment. "I really
need a bit more chicken than that," she said. "Do you
have any larger ones?"

Without a word, the butcher put the chicken back into
the barrel, groped around as though finding another,
pulled the same chicken out, and placed it on the
scales. "This chicken weighs one pound more," he
announced. The woman pondered her options and then
said, "Okay. I'll take them both."2 Don’t you just
love it?

Honesty is still the best policy--and we can be sure
of this, our sins/lies will find us out--even if it is
eventually!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to always
be honest with myself, with you and with others in all
of my dealings. Please forgive me where I have sinned
and, wherever possible, help me to put right any
wrongs that I have done to others. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

Note: For further help read the article, "Forgiveness:
The Power That Heals" at: http://tinyurl.com/3bw3q3.

And, if you have never received God’s forgiveness, be
sure to read the article, "How to Be Sure You’re a
Real Christian (without having to be religious) at:
http://tinyurl.com/8glq9.

1. Numbers 32:23 (NIV).
2. Charles Mims, Sermon: "Morality and Integrity in
Society."

<:((((><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2008 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2008
ACTS International.
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Life Purpose

Post  Admin on Sat 28 Feb 2009, 8:07 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Life Purpose

"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was
lost."1

I have read that Bob Russell, in his book, When God
Builds a Church, tells about one occasion when he went
to The Pancake Factory restaurant and noted that their
luncheon special for the day was a grilled chicken
sandwich with spicy Mexican sauce. He "kind of" felt
that they had lost their focus.

I'm sure that many businesses have lost their main
focus--as have some churches which get sidetracked
into doing many good things, but miss the main thing.
But what concerns me today, however, is how so many
Christians have lost their main focus, if in fact they
ever had one.

For example, I have asked hundreds of people in
various classes I have taught: "How many believe that
God has a purpose for your life?" Almost every hand is
raised. Then I ask, "How many of you know what your
God-given life-purpose is?"

Here's the shocker--barely a hand is raised!

If we are to be true followers of Christ our focus,
first of all, needs to be on him and to be committed
to living in harmony with God’s will according to the
principles found in his Word, the Bible, so that we
glorify God in all that we are and do.

Second, our purpose needs to include our personal and
spiritual growth and maturity.

Third, God's purpose for us is also in how we invest
our lives in living for and serving Him. Keep in mind
that we serve God by serving others--using the gifts
and talents that God has given to each of us.

Fourth, our purpose as Christians is also to be
witnesses for Christ--not as a preacher or evangelist
(although that will be true for some)--but in all that
we are and do so that others seeing Jesus in us will
want him for themselves, and to share our Christian
faith as the opportunity arises.

It helps to clearly define your God-given life
purpose--basing it on you gifts, talents, abilities
and interests--by writing it down and getting it into
sharp focus. Then memorize it and repeat it every day
so that it is programmed into your unconscious mind.
This in turn makes it a part of your deep-down belief
system and helps you to live it automatically.

Don't write it in generalities. Be specific. State
exactly what you are going to be and do and how you
are going to do it. Remember, "Blessed is he who aims
at nothing for he shall surely hit it."

Suggested prayer: "Thank you God that you have a
purpose for my life. Please help me to discover what
it is and get the training I need to fulfill it to the
best of my ability. Please help me to so live that
others will see Jesus in me and, in so doing, will
want him for themselves. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Luke 19:10 (NIV).

<Smile)))><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2008 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2008
ACTS International.
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Tue 24 Feb 2009, 3:23 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

More Successful Failures

"And when He [God] had removed him [King Saul], He
raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave
testimony and said, 'I have found David the son of
Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will do all my
will.'"1

I don't know about you, but I get great encouragement
knowing about other people who have experienced
setbacks, discouragements, criticism, mistakes and
failures, but with faith, hope, persistence and
determination have risen above their circumstances to
become and do all that they were capable of becoming
and doing.

For example, here are some more successful failures:

Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame had his
chicken recipe rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant
accepted it.

Zane Grey became a dentist and hated it. He wrote
several novels. They failed. He wrote a western novel,
The Last of the Plainsmen. It too was rejected. He was
told he had no future as a writer and to give it up.
He persisted and was 40 before his first book sold. He
had 65 books published while he was alive--24 after he
died. His books sold more than 50 million copies.
Forty-nine of his novels were made into movies. One
million of his books still sell every year.2

Decca Recording Company turned down the Beatles in
1962. They said, "We don't like their sound. Groups of
guitarists are on the way out." (Yeah right!)

Van Gogh sold only one painting in his entire lifetime
and that one was of his own brother.

Richard Hooker spent 17 years writing a humorous war
story which was rejected by 21 publishers before
William Morrow bought it. The title of the book? MASH!
(And we all know the rest of that story.)3

Wilbur and Orville Wright's father believed that his
sons' desire to fly was heresy. Walt Disney went broke
seven times and had a nervous breakdown before becoming
successful. And Thomas Edison failed more than 6,000
times before making an electric light bulb that
worked.

So … if you feel like you've ever failed, remember
David who blew it big time with God in his adulterous
affair with Bathsheba and having Bathsheba's husband
killed. So why did God say David was a man after his
own heart? Because David was honest with God, admitted
his failure, confessed his sin and God forgave him.
He'll do the same for you and me too. When we fail
that's the time to give God a chance. Surrender your
heart and life to him, give him your failures, and in
time--with growth--he will make something beautiful
out of your life too.

Remember, "Failure is an event--not a person!"

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I acknowledge my failures
and surrender my heart and life to you. Please help me
to see every character issue I need to resolve and,
with your help, overcome. Please make something
beautiful out of my life. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Acts 13:21-22 (NKJV).
2. Insight, No. 77, p.9.
3. Insight, No. 53, p. 23.
Note: "How to Know God" http://tinyurl.com/8glq9

<Smile)))><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2008 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2008
ACTS International.

_________________
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Tue 24 Feb 2009, 12:39 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Notable Successful Failures

"For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise
again."1

You have probably read how "Einstein was four years
old before he could speak and seven before he could
read. Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school.
Beethoven's music teacher once said of him, 'As a
composer he is hopeless.' When a boy, Thomas Edison's
teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything.
F.W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he
was 21, but his employers wouldn't let him wait on a
customer because he 'didn't have enough sense.' A
newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had 'no
good ideas.' Enrico Caruso's music teacher told him,
'You can't sing. You have no voice at all.' And the
director of the Imperial Opera in Vienna told Madame
Schumann-Heink that she would never be a singer and
advised her to buy a sewing machine.

Leo Tolstoy flunked out of college. Werner von Braun
flunked ninth-grade algebra. Admiral Richard E. Byrd
had been retired from the Navy as 'unfit for service'
until he flew over both Poles. Louis Pasteur was rated
as 'mediocre' in chemistry when he attended the Royal
College. Abraham Lincoln entered the Black Hawk War as
a captain and came out as a private. Louisa May Alcott
was told by an editor that she could never write
anything that had popular appeal. Fred Waring was once
rejected for high school chorus. Winston Churchill
failed the sixth grade."2

Speaking personally, my father wouldn't allow me to go
to high school. I was only 13 when he made me go to
work to earn my own way. But through faith in God and
sensing his purpose for my life, hard work, and
determination I not only graduated from college but
also from graduate school. True, I started late, but I
made it. You can too.

My advice to one and all is this: Don't allow your
past to determine your future. Discover God's purpose
for your life and, with his help, give it all you've
got.

Remember, failure is an event--not a person. When you
stumble and fall (and you will from time to time),
don't stay down. Get up, learn from your mistakes, and
go on! Every day for the rest of your life commit and
trust your life and way to God and he will be with you
every step of the way.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to know what your
plan and purpose for my life is. And give me the faith
and insight to learn from my failures and the strength
and courage to never give up until I become all that
you envisioned for me to be[,] and to do all that you
planned for me to do. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name,
amen."

1. Proverbs 24:16 (NKJV).
2. Dr. Milton E, Larson, "Humbling Cases for Career
Counselors," Phi Delta Kappan, February 1983. Volume
LIV, No. 6; 374.

<Smile)))><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2008 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2008
ACTS International.

_________________
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Tue 24 Feb 2009, 12:38 pm

What Is Sin Anyhow? Part I

"And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."1

A man who calls himself a free thinker wrote to me saying: "Sorry folks, you have to learn a totally new way of seeing if you want to help this earth. According to your teachings your God has sinned. He created everything good and evil. And whoever creates evil is evil. Enough preaching. Enough fairy tales. Santa Claus is OK for children. Jesus Christ was most likely a nice, loving man who tried to help others. He might have even been crazy, with fanatical visions. But he was only a man."

Quite a judgment—but also very interesting in that it pinpoints that which is at the very core of sin and evil. Note that he has put himself in the position of judging both Jesus and God which means he has put himself above God. Keep this in mind as you read this series.

First, God didn't create evil. However, he allowed it to happen for the simple reason that he created both angels and mankind not as puppets, but with a free will so they could choose to go God's way or "create" their own.

Second, keep in mind that the fall of Satan, the instigator of sin and evil, said, "I will become as the most high." In other words he wanted to dethrone God and set himself up above God and become "god" himself.

Third, God told the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, that they could eat of every tree in the Garden of Eden except for the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.2 This was their free-will test to choose for themselves whether to obey God or go their own way. However, God warned them of the serious consequences should they disregard his warning and eat from the forbidden tree—the consequences would be death—both spiritual and physical.3

Enter Satan, the devil, who, sowing a seed of doubt in Eve's mind, said to her, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"4 Then came the part-truth-lie: "You will not surely die…. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."5

True, they would know good and evil, but what Satan didn't tell them was that if they disobeyed God, ate of the forbidden tree, and then ate of the Tree of Life they would be forever confirmed in a state of evil and sin—which, or course, was Satan's goal.

So when did Adam and Eve sin? Was it before or when they ate the forbidden fruit? Stay "tuned" for we will answer this question tomorrow in Part II.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please open the eyes of my understanding so that I will be able to see clearly what sin is from your perspective, and why it is so totally destructive of human personality and those whom you love—us! Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Genesis 2:16-17 (NIV).
2. Ibid.
3. Genesis 2:17 (NIV).
4. Genesis 3:1 (NIV).
5. Genesis 3:4-5 (NIV).

<Smile)))><

Today's Daily Encounter

What Is Sin Anyhow? Part II

"But He [Jesus] was wounded for our transgressions, He
was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for
our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are
healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have
turned, every one, TO HIS OWN WAY; And the LORD has
laid on Him the iniquity [sin] of us all."1

The unanswered question we asked yesterday was, "When
did Adam and Eve sin?" Was it when they picked the
forbidden fruit from the tree, when they ate it, or
just when was it?

Actually they sinned before they took the fruit.
Eating the fruit was the result of their decision to
elevate themselves above God. They did exactly what
Satan did. They set themselves up to be the judge
between God and Satan, thus making themselves their
own final voice of authority--making themselves as
"god" or their own "god." (This, too, is the essence
of the supposed New Age movement, the essence of which
is as old as Satan. New Age people speak not of God
within, but of "the god" within.)

And that is at the heart of all sin and evil. When we
make our own rules and defy those of God's, we too
become our own authority, and exalt ourselves above
God, the Creator of us and the entire universe.
Instead of being led by the Spirit of God, we are
being led by the spirit of, or the example of, Satan,
the devil--the original one to defy God, and in so
doing he became the creator of evil. For a very poor
comparison, making ourselves the final voice of
authority by putting ourselves above God would be like
an ant telling a man that it, the ant, knows better
than the man. Rather absurd to say the least!

What self-proclaimed free-thinkers don't realize is
that it is impossible for any person to be a
free-thinker for the simple reason that we all have a
sin nature which contaminates our ability to think
purely with total honesty and to see the truth as God
sees it. Plus we all have prejudices, biases, and
mixed motives that contaminate our thinking. And the
more dishonest we are with our inner-self, the more we
will distort all truth to make it match our perception
of reality. The only true freedom we have is the
freedom to choose God's way or our own--to let God be
God or make ourselves a "god" unto ourselves.

When you have millions of people setting themselves up
above God, becoming their own authority, and deciding
what is right and wrong (and justifying what they
decide and do), it's no wonder that evil is running
rampant throughout the world. And it will continue to
do so unless we quit playing god and let God be God
and accept His Word as our final voice of authority,
and live in harmony with his will and rules for fully
living and fully loving.

Remember, sin is defying God and going our own way.
And the fact remains; we cannot defy God and live. He
has warned us, the wages of sin is still death … but
the gift of God is eternal life. It is our choice
which route to take--that of life or that of death.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to see
clearly what the nature of sin really is and how
totally destructive it is of human personality. Thank
you with all my heart for providing an escape from
sin's eternal consequences through the gift of your
Son, Jesus Christ, who died in my place to pay the
penalty for all my sins. Help me to live in harmony
with your will and your Word, so that my life will
always bring glory to your holy and eternal name.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Isaiah 53:5-6 (NKJV).
NOTE: To be sure you have received God’s forgiveness
read, "How to Be Sure You’re a Real Christian" at:
http://tinyurl.com/8glq9.

<Smile)))><

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2008 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2008
ACTS International.

_________________
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Tue 24 Feb 2009, 12:32 pm

Today's Daily Encounter

Truth Decay

"Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach
me wisdom in the inmost place."1

I'm sure most readers will be familiar with the
concept of selective exposure, selective attention,
selective perception, and selective retention. In
other words, most of us tend to expose ourselves and
give attention only to messages we want to hear.
Furthermore, we see things the way we want to see
them, and remember only what we want to remember.
Everything else we filter out. We turn a blind eye and
a deaf ear to what we don't want to see or hear.

The fact is we see and hear things not the way THEY
are, but the way WE are. We all see things through our
mental filter which has been formed by years of past
experiences. The more we were hurt or felt
disillusioned in the past (unless these are resolved),
the more distorted our view of reality will be--and the
more selective we will be in what we unconsciously
choose to hear and see.

Plus, the more we are into denial about past hurtful
experiences and are not being honest with ourselves,
the more TRUTH DECAY sets in causing us to distort all
other truth (including God's truth) to make it match
our distorted perception of reality. For instance, why
do so many people twist God's Word to make it say what
they want it to say?

On the other hand, the more honest and truthful we are
with our inner self (our gut level feelings and
motives), the clearer we will see--and the less we
will distort--all other truth, including God's truth.
Also, the closer our relationships with others will
be. People who wear masks to hide their true self
cannot have in-depth relationships with others or with
God. Masks may look fine on the outside, but masks
cannot relate. All maskers have is a masquerade.

Truth decay is destructive to one's physical,
emotional, spiritual, and relational health. It is a
destroyer of societies and opens the door for evil to
enter. It is not without very good reason why God
desires truth in our innermost being--not for his
sake, but much more so for ours.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you that you are
the source of all truth. Please confront me with the
truth about me, deliver me from the sin of denial, and
help me always to walk and live in the way of truth.
Help me to be an honest, open, and authentic person.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. Psalm 51:6 (NIV).

<Smile)))><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2008 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2008
ACTS International.

_________________
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Admin on Tue 17 Feb 2009, 11:49 am

Today's Daily Encounter

Envy: A Poison of the Soul

"Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all
deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind."1

"Aesop had a fable about two eagles, one envious of
the other because the other could soar higher and more
elegantly than he could. So the envious eagle would
pluck his strongest feathers from his own body and
shoot them as arrows, trying to wound or kill the
other eagle. It was his own undoing, however. He could
not hit the high flying eagle, and he was eventually
grounded by his lack of feathers. Envy destroyed the
eagle."2

Envy, greed, and jealousy are all related. They are
not only destroyers of the soul, but also of our
physical well-being. As Proverbs says, "A heart at
peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the
bones."3

And wasn't envy the cause of Satan's downfall? He was
envious of God and wanted to be God himself; and look
at the unbelievable mess he has gotten us into--or
rather, look at the incredible mess we've gotten
ourselves into because we have followed the ways of
Satan instead of the ways of God. And how many of the
atrocities that are happening in today's world are
caused by the envy and greed for control by certain
men who claim themselves to be leaders when, in fact,
they are destroyers!

Envy is a destroyer. It will destroy you and me, too,
if we allow it to do so. Like all of God's
instructions, it is not without good reason that his
Word tells us to get rid of all envy, malice, jealousy
and hatred.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, if there is any envy,
malice, jealousy, or hatred in my heart, please reveal
it to me, and give me the courage and good sense to
face it, to resolve it, and get rid of it. And please
forgive me for it. Thank you for hearing and answering
my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

1. 1 Peter 2:1 (NIV).
2. Brett Blair, Sermon Illustrations, 1999.
3. Proverbs 14:30 (NIV).

<Smile)))><
* * * * * * *

Daily Encounter is published at no charge by
ACTS International, a non-profit organization,
and made possible through the donations of
interested friends. Donations can be sent at:
http://www.actscom.com

ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545
San Clemente, California 92673-0119
U.S.A.

Phone: 949-940-9050
http://www.actsweb.org

Copyright (c) 2008 by ACTS International.

When copying or forwarding include the following:
"Daily Encounter by Richard (Dick) Innes (c) 2008
ACTS International.

_________________
avatar
Admin
Admin

Posts : 47393
Join date : 2008-10-25
Age : 72
Location : Wales UK

View user profile http://worldwidechristians.6forum.info

Back to top Go down

Re: Daily Encounter with: ACTS International

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 40 of 40 Previous  1 ... 21 ... 38, 39, 40

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum