Sunday, August 30, 2015

August 30, 2015:  Finding the Real Deal

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 241

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a video of images from Dennis Jernigan singing his song Who Can Satisfy reminding all Christians that only the reality and truth of the Gospel message can satisfy our souls.

Highlight Passage:   Acts 17: 11-12 [NKJV]  …
11 These [the Christians in Berea] were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. 
… When Paul preached The Gospel truth in Berea, these fair-minded seekers knew where to go to verify Paul’s teaching … to God’s word - their Book of the Law.
Highlight Context – Acts 17: 10-15 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  Those in Berea knew how to verify truth with THE TRUTH.

Reference Passage #1 - Joshua 1: 8 [NKJV] … 
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 
… Success in following God’s will can only be found by following His truth - THE WORD

Reference Passage #2 - Psalm 119: 9, 105 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
…  Knowing the truth and then walking by it is the way of the Lord.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Dave Branon, used a modern-day dilemma, for which many readers, like myself, can identify. Have you ever been tantalized by a story or intriguing message online, perhaps on some form of social media, which seemed so believable or truthful? And perhaps you, like me, would be tempted to pass it on, or follow it, as “truth.” However, when checking out the fantastic story, perhaps it was found to be untrue and misleading, … just one of those “urban legends” which get passed along these days as if they are absolutely truth.

 That’s why I love the “true story” of the Christians in Berea [found in the linked passage from Acts 17]. Paul had come to Berea from from an angry encounter in Thessalonica; and he was preaching the Gospel in the local Synagogue. And the Berean people were intrigued by his message; but they knew how to verify Paul’s teaching. They went to an absolutely true source - their “Book of the Law” (i.e., their Bible) - to check out Paul’s teaching; and when they discovered his teachings were true, many of them surrendered and followed Christ.

 We need to be like the Bereans, don’t we? When we hear fantastic claims from so-called “christian” teachers in the media or online, we need to have God’s truth - the Bible - so deeply imbedded in our minds and hearts that we can verify - or not - what we’re hearing.

 It’s like the Secret Service being able to tell a counterfeit bill [see attached photo] from the real one because they’ve been trained to recognize the “real deal.” So, I pray that all who’re reading here with me have gotten God’s truth so deeply into our minds/heart, that we’ll always be able to discern truth from fiction in the teachings of others.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, … Show me Your Truth so that I can discern untruth and to share Your truth with those who need it.    … Amen

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