*TFF Admin Staff Chaplain*
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: West Tennessee
Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Many years ago, while on a visit to America, a wealthy Chinese businessman was fascinated by a powerful microscope. Looking through its lens to study crystals and the petals of flowers, he was amazed at their beauty and detail. So he decided to purchase one of these devices and take it back to China. He thoroughly enjoyed using it until one day he examined some rice he was planning to eat for dinner. Much to his dismay, he discovered that tiny living creatures were crawling in it. Since he was especially fond of this staple food in his daily diet, he wondered what to do. Finally he concluded that there was only one way out of his dilemma -- He smashed the microscope to pieces.
"How foolish!" you say? But how often do you hear the expression about someone not liking the message, so they kill the messenger? This expression came into being NOT because such a foolish action is RARE, but because it is so commonplace!
Consider Stephen, when he spoke God’s truth to the people:
Acts 7:51-60 (KJV);
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
They didn't like the prophecy, so they killed the prophet.
Today, Christians tell the truth about Abortion, Homosexuality, Adultry, lying, cheating and stealing.
How does the world around us respond?
Well, here in the US they don't stone us.
But they do take legal action to keep us out of schools, off of street corners, out of court houses, and any other place the courts can POSSIBLE have legal influence.
God's words are harsh.
The world's acceptance is much more comfortable - for a few years at least.
May God bless each one of you with the opportunity to speak the TRUTH in a way that it is HEARD.
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.