They Speak Visions from Their Own Minds

We are dealing with false prophets like Jeremiah dealt with and we must recognize them and stand firm.

Some Old Testament Scriptures are especially relevant to the present state of Christianity. For example, the Lord’s warning in Jeremiah 23:16-17

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“Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD. They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The LORD says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’” 

Throughout history there have been true prophets and false prophets. Jeremiah was called the weeping prophet because he cared deeply about God’s people even though he was constantly persecuted for accurately sharing God’s loving warnings (Jeremiah 20:8-9). 

We’ll be popular if we talk about Christ's love without mentioning His attitude toward sin (John 7:6-7). We'll be popular if we never mention LGBTQ lifestyles and abortion and we claim biblical leadership roles were simply part of Paul's chauvinist misunderstandings. 

Discernment disappears when Christians defend biblical errors in ministries, mini-series, music, and popular teachings, claiming that as long as they're doing some good, we shouldn't criticize them. 

Compromise is taking its deadly toll as more and more Christians make statements such as: “I'm personally opposed to -----------, but I don't think my vote will matter or I don't want to tell other people what they can do.”

Dear Christians, we should be weeping over the false hopes and stubbornness now promoted in Christianity. 

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Notes: 

Sometimes a good Bible teacher like Alistair Begg will compromise in a particular area. See Is Attendance Approval?

Should we completely quit listening to someone who teaches mostly good, biblical teachings but gets some important things wrong?

Each individual must make that decision, but whenever we know that a teacher, mini-series, song, or book contains errors, we must be willing to carefully examine all teachings coming from that source.

If we are not willing and able to do this, we should stop watching, listening, and reading teachings from those people.

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We are dealing with false prophets like Jeremiah dealt with and we must recognize them and stand firm.


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Moses to the Rescue

This 1-minute devotion explains how Moses' high self-esteem messed him up.

Moses saw himself as a rescuer
(Exodus 2:11-25)

When he was living in the Pharoah's household, he killed an Egyptian while rescuing a Hebrew slave. This made him lose his standing, and he had to flee for his life.

When he escaped to Midian, his first act was to rescue Reuel's daughters (including his future wife Zipporah) from bully shepherds.

But the years that followed changed Moses. He lost his self-confidence.  

Please notice that God didn't use the confident young Moses, Pharaoh's adopted grandson, even though Moses was bold and self-assured, having position, power, and influence.

God waited to use the older shepherd Moses. 

When God spoke to Moses at the burning bush, this older Moses felt like a nobody, not a rescuer. The Lord rebuked him for his excuses, but it wasn't because He wanted Moses to start trusting his human power, wisdom, and strength again. Instead, God wanted him to trust His divine power, wisdom, and strength (Exodus 4:1-17). 

We typically choose self-confident leaders with high self-esteem. But God chooses leaders who esteem Him and place their confidence in Him. And Moses is an excellent example.

So let's listen carefully to these scriptural commands:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.…Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time" (Proverbs 3:51 Peter 5:6).

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I encourage you to do a short, nutritious Bible study based on this devotion. You'll find it HERE


And please consider reading these one-minute devotions that provide additional insights: 

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This 1-minute devotion explains how Moses' high self-esteem messed him up.




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Why Anti-Christian Rants Prove God's Word Is True

Did you know that Anti-Christian Rants Prove God's Word is true? This 1-minute devotion explains.

People without faith tend to be annoyed by people with faith (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). 

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I assume that's why I get some very angry comments on some of my devotions. For example, a man recently left a rant filled with false claims about Old Testament laws, concluding, “These laws are morally abhorrent. Which is to say the entire belief system is based on lies.”
  
My devotion wasn’t about Old Testament laws, but quoting them out of context has become a popular way to criticize Christianity. 

I made an attempt to address this man's comment, but he was on a mission, and he responded with more childish, uneducated retorts proving he wasn't interested in God's truth. 

But, he actually proved God's truth by his rant:

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). 

His stubborn refusal to listen and his ridiculous twisting of God's Word illustrated his spiritual blindness.

So let's rejoice, dear remnant Christians, because we have walked out of the darkness of worldly wisdom into the wonderful light of Christ (John 8:12). And let's pray for those who remain in darkness.

For more on this subject, see:

Using out-of-context Old Testament laws is a common ploy of Christian critics. 

This collection will help you understand Old Testament laws so you can respond to uneducated rants. 

This will help you address another false teaching based on Old Testament law. 
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Did you know that Anti-Christian Rants Prove God's Word is true? This 1-minute devotion explains.

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Whose Blessings Are You Counting?

They threw him in a pit and sat down to enjoy their pita sandwiches. These Bible characters are a good study in Jealousy and envy. A 1-minute devotion.

They threw him into a pit and sat down to enjoy their lunch. 

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Perhaps Joseph's cries for mercy bothered them, so they sold him as a slave instead of killing him. For the next twenty years, they watched their father suffer over Joseph's “death” but never repented or tried to rescue Joseph (Genesis 37).


What drove these brothers? Envy and jealousy. These brothers weren't counting their blessings. They were counting Joseph's blessings and feeling like they came up short.

We see envy and jealousy causing problems throughout history. “Out of envy” they crucified Christ (Matthew 27:18). “Filled with jealousy” they rejected the teaching of the apostles (Acts 13:45). 

It's easy to recognize these evil motives in history or in crimes of passion on the news.

But they also have more subtle side effects:
  • Extramarital flirtations
  • Slandering friends or family members who have talents or possessions we lack
  • Consumer debt—buying things we can't afford because we want things that other people have
  • Self-pity and self-centeredness
One way to avoid envy and jealousy is to deliberately take time each day to offer prayers of thanksgiving for the things we have (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

So let's make sure we are counting our blessings and focusing on God's presence in our lives.

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They threw him in a pit and sat down to enjoy their pita sandwiches. These Bible characters are a good study in Jealousy and envy. A 1-minute devotion.



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One Day at a Time: A Biblical Principle

Matthew 6 contains some important principles for dealing with our daily challenges.

One day at a time” has been the title of songs and television shows, but it’s also a biblical principle for dealing with the stresses of our daily lives.

Matthew 6 is packed with helpful advice from our Savior. And His final words are about worry and priorities: 

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). 

This is such an important key for healthy Christian living. And it follows an important truth in the previous verse: Seek first His Kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

Can we handle a year’s worth of relationship difficulties in the next twenty-four hours? How about a year’s worth of financial challenges or health problems? 

Even when bad things are inevitable, we can avoid anxiety by seeking God's purposes and confidently trusting Him to get us through one day at a time.

God knows the future, and He promises to use the worst of situations for our good (1 John 5:1-5; Romans 8:28). 

So let's wake up tomorrow and the next day and the next, seeking God's kingdom purposes and knowing He will give us all the strength and courage we need for that day.   

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The answer to this question might surprise you, considering what I've just written in this devotion, but it's not contradictory.

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Matthew 6 contains some important principles for dealing with our daily challenges.


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A Public Holiday Mocking Our Lord

We Can No Longer sit back while our God is Mocked! We must pray and speak up, Dear Christians.

Today's post is an "extra" Saturday post. It's not the typical Bible Love Notes one-minute devotion. It will take you four to five minutes to read, and I pray it will prompt you to pray. It's one of several subjects that God has laid on my heart, and I feel like Jeremiah felt in Jeremiah 20:8-9. See Like a Fire for more on that verse.

I avoid addressing issues on Bible Love Notes that are strictly political. But I'm compelled to speak up for biblical values even when they deal with politics. That's why I frequently address abortion. It's a moral issue, and Scripture strongly warns us to speak up about such things (Proverbs 24:11-12; Proverbs 31:8-9). 

A holiday that mocks God's creation design

We Can No Longer sit back while our God is Mocked! We must pray and speak up, Dear Christians.
Today I feel the need to directly address another issue that is both political and biblical: the March 31st Transgender Day of Visibility. 

Even though TDOV has been celebrated since 2009, Biden is the only president who has issued a proclamation about it. And the fact that it fell on Easter this year further highlighted its mockery of God. 

The U.S. government under Biden officially wants to celebrate and honor transgender people and they focus heavily on what they call their mistreatment. However, what they mean by mistreatment is failing to approve and promote every aspect of transgender lifestyles. And they make the unsubstantiated claim that disapproval of transgender lifestyles causes suicides and depression. Please see Don't Fall for Suicide Propaganda to read more about this tactic.

Protecting those without adult reasoning skills

Legally, adults have complete freedom to choose surgeries and drugs that alter their gender. Biblically, we know that this is harmful to their hearts and souls, and we should be unashamed to share God's loving commands.

We Can No Longer sit back while our God is Mocked! We must pray and speak up, Dear Christians.
But the White House Fact Sheet for Transgender Day last year (2023) wasn't about adults. It focused on children. It doesn't matter to our government that these children lack adult reasoning skills. They demand that we trust a child's ability to decide his gender even if he's too young to decide his bedtime. 

Instead of praising people who propose and institute laws that protect minor children from life-altering drugs and surgeries, the White House calls any limitation on these things "callous government overreach that threatens families." 

What our government is promoting is child abuse. 

Evidence does not support government claims

In order to advance their agenda, our government is ignoring the increasing evidence that many children will change their minds about transgender choices as they mature (source). In addition, the drugs given to these children have proven to cause bone loss, leaving some of them with lifelong skeletal problems in addition to permanently preventing normal sexual function (source). And surgeries performed on these children permanently remove healthy body parts.

Other countries have promoted these medical treatments long before the U.S., and here are a few of their findings:

"Finland, citing concerns about side effects, in 2020 cut back puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to minors. Sweden followed suit in 2022 and Norway this year [2023]. Britain’s National Health Service shuttered the country’s largest youth gender clinic after 35 clinicians resigned over three years, complaining they were pressured to overdiagnose gay, mentally ill, and autistic teens and prescribe medications that made their conditions worse." (source)

"The conclusions of the systematic reviews of evidence for adolescents are consistent with long-term adult studies, which failed to show credible improvements in mental health and suggested a pattern of treatment-associated harms." (source)

It's helpful to have this evidence from completely secular studies because it reveals that the White House agenda is purposely ignoring relevant facts in their "Fact Sheets."
 
But, as Christians, we don't need to depend on studies. We base our beliefs on God's Word, and we fully trust that our Creator knows more than we know about gender. If you would like to read the biblical view about gender, please read A Letter Defending Male and Female and What Does Scripture Say about Gender (short article) and What the Bible Teaches about Gender (longer article).

2024 highlighted the mockery of this holiday

We Can No Longer sit back while our God is Mocked! We must pray and speak up, Dear Christians.
Transgender Day doesn't protect children. It promotes and celebrates child abuse and mocks God's loving design.

And this year that mockery was highlighted when our President proudly announced this perverse celebration on Good Friday, the day our Savior suffered for the sins of the world. And this year it was officially celebrated on the day of Christ's resurrection, when He offered man freedom from the dark things which damage men's souls. 

The President issued a 94-word Easter message and a 639-word Proclamation on Transgender Day. His transgender proclamation included remarks such as this:

"Extremists are proposing hundreds of hateful laws that target and terrify transgender kids and their families — silencing teachers; banning books; and even threatening parents, doctors, and nurses with prison for helping parents get care for their children." 

Please notice that propaganda creates fear and misrepresents opposing views with words like extremists, hateful, terrify, silencing, and threatening.

If you want to translate this from the language of propaganda into the language of truth: The current administration opposes laws that protect immature children and teenagers from making life-altering decisions before they have adult reasoning skills.

This mockery breaks my heart, and if you know Christ, it should break yours as well. Please take some time today to pray about this mockery that is destroying our nation.

Galatians 6:7: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows."

And consider this prayer of the early disciples when Christianity was mocked in their time:

Acts 4:25-26, 29: "You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David: 'Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed one.'…Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness."

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The Risen Christ: His Final Words and Our Marching Orders

Christ's Final Words are incredibly important, revealing 4 important truths about our mission on earth.

Christ's final words on earth were not a deathbed wish. They are every Christian's “marching orders,” shared by our very alive Savior.

When we know Christ, we're saved, forgiven, and commissioned!

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20). 

Notice these important elements of our mission:

1. All authority.
We're empowered by God's Spirit, authority, and strength, not our own. See Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9; 1 Corinthians 16:13 for encouragement.

2. All nations.
Christianity is the only true faith, the only way of salvation. See John 3:36; 14:6; Acts 4:12 for confirmation.

3. Teaching them to obey.
We are not saved by obedience, but everyone who genuinely follows Christ seeks to obey His commands. Why? Because we love our Savior. See John 14:21,23; 15:10; 1 John 2:3; 5:3; 2 John 1:6 for confirmation of this truth. 

4. Christ is with us always.
Nothing can separate true believers from the love of Christ. Enjoy this truth in Romans 8:37-39.

Yes! Christ's final words on earth are incredibly important, giving us our marching orders.

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Christ's Final Words are incredibly important, revealing 4 important truths about our mission on earth.


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What Doesn't Kill Us Doesn't Always Make Us Stronger

Difficult things can make us stronger or weaker, but Christians have these 2 important promises so we can grow through hardship.

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger … right?

Not always.

We can choose to let our difficulties make us weaker if we view ourselves as 
victims of our circumstances, blaming others for our bad choices, holding grudges, and focusing on what we don't have instead of being grateful for what we have.

Yes, difficulties in our lives can make us stronger, but they can also make us bitter, petty, negative, and selfish. 

But Christians should be different. We have these two promises non-Christians don't have:

1. God can use bad things for our good.

In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

I have seen this truth play out over and over in my life.

2. We can have peace in Christ.

When Jesus explained His coming death and the persecution that would follow, He said, “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).

What a wonderful promise of peace in the midst of hardship!

For the Christian, every hardship in our lives is meant to make us stronger, more faithful, and more dependent on our Lord (James 1:2-4).

Let's live like we believe that!

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For a one-minute devotion about someone who has suffered much and experienced both of these truths in her life, see Inhale His Presence and Joni Shares 5 Benefits of Suffering.


Difficult things can make us stronger or weaker, but Christians have these 2 important promises so we can grow through hardship.





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The Risen Christ: Three Questions that Powerfully Illustrate Christ's Forgiveness

Have you ever  pondered the  incredible message in Christ's 3 questions to Peter in John 21?

In John 21, Jesus makes one of his post-resurrection visits on the shore where the disciples are fishing. 
This passage gives us great assurance about the power and wonder of God's forgiveness

During this visit, Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves Him. Scholars believe Christ was giving Peter three opportunities to affirm his belief in Christ because he'd previously denied Christ three times (Luke 22:54-62). Jesus was assuring Peter that his past sins didn't disqualify him from salvation or ministry.

Please ponder this, dear Christians. During a critical point in salvation history, as Christ prepared to die for our sins, Peter denied Him…three times. 

Can you see how incredibly powerful it was for Christ to assure Peter that he's forgiven and qualified for ministry to God's people?

This should assure us as well. Nothing in our past can keep us from fulfilling God's purposes for our lives. This is our confidence and a confidence we can share with others who are struggling with past sins.

Excusing our sins keeps us from knowing and loving Christ, but "if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:8-10).

The wonder and power of God's forgiveness is beautifully illustrated in this post-resurrection visit of Christ. It's beautifully illustrated in the life of Peter…and it's beautifully illustrated in every believer's life.

If you're having trouble dealing with past sins, see how Paul dealt with them in 3 Steps for Dealing with Past Sins. And remember that Paul once persecuted Christ's followers.

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Have you ever  pondered the  incredible message in Christ's 3 questions to Peter in John 21?


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True Beauty and True Beauty Treatments

In the last decade, a new “specie” of people has “evolved” on our planet.  The problem: Our twisted view of beauty. This devotion explains.

In the last decade, a new “species” of people has “evolved” on our planet. 
 

They look human, but their unnaturally sleek facial skin and resculpted noses and mouths make their facial expressions “otherworldly.

I’m talking about those men and women who fear aging so much that they have multiple plastic surgeries until they lose their identity. 

As I've aged, I admit it's disappointing when my skin and muscles lose their youthful elasticity, but it's a natural part of life. And Scripture is very clear: 

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman [or man] who fears the LORD will be greatly praised” (Proverbs 31:30). 

No one can stay young forever, even with the help of surgery and cosmetics. But those who trust the Lord can increase their inner beauty as they age. 

A beautiful prospect, isn't it?

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In the last decade, a new “specie” of people has “evolved” on our planet.  The problem: Our twisted view of beauty. This devotion explains.



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