Archive | November, 2021

The Celebrity

19 Nov

You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.

Ezekiel 28:13

Stars like singers and actors appear on the cover of masterpieces while little recognition is given to the creators, engineers and producers who labour behind the scenes. There’s no doubt that celebrities have their part to play, however, those in the background work equally or even harder, to bring the final product to fruition. Yet, multitudes don’t hang posters of them on their walls, instead, they elevate the image produced by their work.

I grew up admiring celebrities. Their talents and image were something I coveted. In fact, I was well on my way to becoming a star until God intervened. Now I desire to shine another star brighter and more glorious than my own.

The Creator of heaven and earth lovingly created Lucifer. He fitted him with amazing talents and spared no detail on his outer appearance.

Instead of showing gratitude to his Creator, Lucifer turned his eyes on himself and saw a god. A third of the angels in heaven agreed and followed him away from the glorious light that gave them all existence. They turned their backs on their Creator.

7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.

Revelation 12:7-10

If we created beings turn away from our Creator, how will we sustain our lives? If we turn away from Love, how will we produce love?

I pray that we don’t get distracted by the dazzle of earthly things, but that we pay more attention to the evidence of a loving Creator who made us and gave us our existence. The more we look to God, the more we will be like Him: humble, kind, peaceful, forgiving and loving. This is the image I now desire to have. How about you?

Do Not Be Deceived

15 Nov

Immediately after the distress of those days ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

Matthew 24:29-30 NIV

When the true Christ reappears, there should be no doubt. No false christ will be able to duplicate the way that He will return. Jesus makes this clear in the above verse. (See also Revelation 6:12-14).

However, many will still be deceived. In Matthew 24:24, Jesus tells us that false prophets will appear and deceive many through great miracles and signs.

Are you easily swayed by what you see and hear? Are you usually too busy to research knowledge for yourself? Then now is the time to be careful, because many will follow false Christs out of ignorance. Believers will be in the minority.

This is the time to think for oneself. Do not go along with the crowd. Whatever your decision, make sure God has guided you. Read the Bible for yourself. God is the only true interpreter; ask Him and He will answer. You can now go directly Him because Jesus removed what separated us.

Standing alone is not easy, but, Jesus promised that He will always be with His followers. (See Matthew 28:20.

Let’s pray: Heavenly Father, I am so grateful that I can come to you directly through your son Jesus the Christ. I need your guidance today more than ever. Help me to be courageous in order to face whatever You have planned for me. I desire to study the Bible and pray more. Help me to make time to do this because I do not want to be deceived. I want you to guide me every step of the way. Amen.