Do you have a source of truth that you can compare things to? How do you know if the news is real? Do you have a measuring stick that is able to help you interpret? How do you know if the reports are true? Do you have a cornerstone on which to be able to compare it and make sure it is on the level? Do you have a source of truth that doesn’t change that you can use to keep you from over-reacting to the news out there? Ever noticed how most of the news that gets reported is bad news? Who will you trust more? The news reports? God’s promises found in His Word – the Bible?
There is a battle going on for our souls! There is a battle of good vs evil! And depending on your source of truth and reality what you listen, watch, and read can impact how you feel going through life! With everything they report in the news be it on tv, the radio, the few papers that remain, and on the internet it is very possible to think that evil is winning or gaining ground if you don’t have a source of truth like the Bible to speak the truth in love about the realities! I’ve read the end of the book and a lot of what people forecast be it global warming, cooling, climate change, etc. align to the revelation shared in the Bible – so it is part of the plan of the end times but it seems people try to use it to manipulate or create fear in the populate in order to control them or get their own way. Even the fears or battles against terrorism and other such things might make people believe that evil is winning if they aren’t comparing what is being broadcasted against God’s Word as the measuring stick or voice of truth! What voice do you choose to listen to? Will it be the voice of God through the Holy Spirit? Will you listen to that still quiet voice who is comforter and our guide? The ultimate victory goes to Jesus the way, the truth, and the life! The ultimate victory goes to Jesus the name above all names!
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
–from Philippians 2
So when we put the truth first and measure everything else against it we have something that we can lean on and trust in! In this battle between good and evil we get to choose how we will respond and make a difference! We can choose to help the good and be on the winning site! We can choose to sit back and pretend nothing is going on and allow evil to gain ground! We can choose to help evil take ground! We can make a difference in the here and now but the choice of making a difference in the lives of the people around us is ours to make!
When you walk into a room are you lighting up the place? Are you improving the room? Are you improving the atmosphere? Are you spreading the love and joy of the Lord? If not, why not? Why not fill yourself daily with the Holy Spirit and fill up your heart and mind with the Word of God so that wherever you go you can speak truth in love into the life of the people that come across your path?
This is the day that the Lord has made so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s make a difference! Let’s be world changers! Let’s positive impact on the people around us! Let’s fill our circle of influence with love! Let’s be ambassadors of peace! Let’s allow our lights to shine into this dark world! Don’t try to overcome evil with evil but overcome it with love!
TODAY! Happy Today!
- Cry out to God for good to triumph …
6I said to the Lord, “You are my God!”
Listen, O Lord, to my cries for mercy!
7O Sovereign Lord, the strong one who rescued me,
you protected me on the day of battle.
8Lord, do not let evil people have their way.
Do not let their evil schemes succeed,
or they will become proud.
9Let my enemies be destroyed
by the very evil they have planned for me.
10Let burning coals fall down on their heads.
Let them be thrown into the fire
or into watery pits from which they can’t escape.
11Don’t let liars prosper here in our land.
Cause great disasters to fall on the violent.
12But I know the Lord will help those they persecute;
he will give justice to the poor.
13Surely righteous people are praising your name;
the godly will live in your presence.
–from Psalms 140:6-13
- Be those who overcome evil with good …
18“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Thyatira. This is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes are like flames of fire, whose feet are like polished bronze:
19“I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.
20“But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols. 21I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to turn away from her immorality.
22“Therefore, I will throw her on a bed of suffering, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds. 23I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve.
24“But I also have a message for the rest of you in Thyatira who have not followed this false teaching (‘deeper truths,’ as they call them—depths of Satan, actually). I will ask nothing more of you 25except that you hold tightly to what you have until I come. 26To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end,
To them I will give authority over all the nations.
27They will rule the nations with an iron rod
and smash them like clay pots.
28They will have the same authority I received from my Father, and I will also give them the morning star!
29“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.
–from Revelation 2:18-29
1“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars:
“I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. 2Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. 3Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.
4“Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.
6“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.
–from Revelation 3:1-6
–> Live a holy life
–> Be authentic
- Watch God turn the tables on evil …
Joyce Meyer writes, ‘I believe that God has a great call and purpose for your life as he did for Esther’s. Your assignment may not be the deliverance of a nation, but whatever God has called you to is extremely significant. Whatever it is, be diligent to embrace the preparation process it requires so that you will be well-equipped when the time comes for you to act.’
The King’s Banquet
1These events happened in the days of King Xerxes, who reigned over 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia. 2At that time Xerxes ruled his empire from his royal throne at the fortress of Susa. 3In the third year of his reign, he gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. He invited all the military officers of Persia and Media as well as the princes and nobles of the provinces. 4The celebration lasted 180 days—a tremendous display of the opulent wealth of his empire and the pomp and splendor of his majesty.
5When it was all over, the king gave a banquet for all the people, from the greatest to the least, who were in the fortress of Susa. It lasted for seven days and was held in the courtyard of the palace garden. 6The courtyard was beautifully decorated with white cotton curtains and blue hangings, which were fastened with white linen cords and purple ribbons to silver rings embedded in marble pillars. Gold and silver couches stood on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl, and other costly stones.
7Drinks were served in gold goblets of many designs, and there was an abundance of royal wine, reflecting the king’s generosity. 8By edict of the king, no limits were placed on the drinking, for the king had instructed all his palace officials to serve each man as much as he wanted.
9At the same time, Queen Vashti gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes.
Queen Vashti Deposed
10On the seventh day of the feast, when King Xerxes was in high spirits because of the wine, he told the seven eunuchs who attended him—Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas—11to bring Queen Vashti to him with the royal crown on her head. He wanted the nobles and all the other men to gaze on her beauty, for she was a very beautiful woman. 12But when they conveyed the king’s order to Queen Vashti, she refused to come. This made the king furious, and he burned with anger.
13He immediately consulted with his wise advisers, who knew all the Persian laws and customs, for he always asked their advice. 14The names of these men were Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan—seven nobles of Persia and Media. They met with the king regularly and held the highest positions in the empire.
15“What must be done to Queen Vashti?” the king demanded. “What penalty does the law provide for a queen who refuses to obey the king’s orders, properly sent through his eunuchs?”
16Memucan answered the king and his nobles, “Queen Vashti has wronged not only the king but also every noble and citizen throughout your empire. 17Women everywhere will begin to despise their husbands when they learn that Queen Vashti has refused to appear before the king. 18Before this day is out, the wives of all the king’s nobles throughout Persia and Media will hear what the queen did and will start treating their husbands the same way. There will be no end to their contempt and anger.
19“So if it please the king, we suggest that you issue a written decree, a law of the Persians and Medes that cannot be revoked. It should order that Queen Vashti be forever banished from the presence of King Xerxes, and that the king should choose another queen more worthy than she. 20When this decree is published throughout the king’s vast empire, husbands everywhere, whatever their rank, will receive proper respect from their wives!”
21The king and his nobles thought this made good sense, so he followed Memucan’s counsel. 22He sent letters to all parts of the empire, to each province in its own script and language, proclaiming that every man should be the ruler of his own home and should say whatever he pleases.
–from Esther 1
1But after Xerxes’ anger had subsided, he began thinking about Vashti and what she had done and the decree he had made. 2So his personal attendants suggested, “Let us search the empire to find beautiful young virgins for the king. 3Let the king appoint agents in each province to bring these beautiful young women into the royal harem at the fortress of Susa. Hegai, the king’s eunuch in charge of the harem, will see that they are all given beauty treatments. 4After that, the young woman who most pleases the king will be made queen instead of Vashti.” This advice was very appealing to the king, so he put the plan into effect.
5At that time there was a Jewish man in the fortress of Susa whose name was Mordecai son of Jair. He was from the tribe of Benjamin and was a descendant of Kish and Shimei. 6His family had been among those who, with King Jehoiachin of Judah, had been exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. 7This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther. When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter.
8As a result of the king’s decree, Esther, along with many other young women, was brought to the king’s harem at the fortress of Susa and placed in Hegai’s care. 9Hegai was very impressed with Esther and treated her kindly. He quickly ordered a special menu for her and provided her with beauty treatments. He also assigned her seven maids specially chosen from the king’s palace, and he moved her and her maids into the best place in the harem.
10Esther had not told anyone of her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had directed her not to do so. 11Every day Mordecai would take a walk near the courtyard of the harem to find out about Esther and what was happening to her.
12Before each young woman was taken to the king’s bed, she was given the prescribed twelve months of beauty treatments—six months with oil of myrrh, followed by six months with special perfumes and ointments. 13When it was time for her to go to the king’s palace, she was given her choice of whatever clothing or jewelry she wanted to take from the harem. 14That evening she was taken to the king’s private rooms, and the next morning she was brought to the second harem, where the king’s wives lived. There she would be under the care of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch in charge of the concubines. She would never go to the king again unless he had especially enjoyed her and requested her by name.
15Esther was the daughter of Abihail, who was Mordecai’s uncle. (Mordecai had adopted his younger cousin Esther.) When it was Esther’s turn to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem. She asked for nothing except what he suggested, and she was admired by everyone who saw her.
16Esther was taken to King Xerxes at the royal palace in early winter of the seventh year of his reign. 17And the king loved Esther more than any of the other young women. He was so delighted with her that he set the royal crown on her head and declared her queen instead of Vashti. 18To celebrate the occasion, he gave a great banquet in Esther’s honor for all his nobles and officials, declaring a public holiday for the provinces and giving generous gifts to everyone.
–from Esther 2:1-18