#1024 April Fools – Fools for Christ

First published April 5, 2013

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

While Scripture repeatedly refers to fools as those who deny or defy Christ, Paul made the sarcastic claim to the Corinthian believers that he and his fellow ministers were “fools” for Christ’s sake.  As far as the world was concerned, Paul was a fool, with others calling him a “babbler” and “mad” or “beside himself.”  Name-calling never bothered Paul as his life was spent ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all who would listen.  He was content to be despised and called foolish if it allowed him the opportunity to share the wisdom of Christ and the power of His grace with those calling him such.  It is interesting that those who would call Paul foolish were themselves the fools, not recognizing or accepting the wisdom of the Gospel that Paul preached.

Count it a blessing if you are called foolish for the sake of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

“We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.”   (I Corinthians 4:10)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#1023 April Fools – An Example

First published April 4, 2013

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A well-known comedic commentator recently appeared on one of the late-night talk shows.  The comedian set the tone for his appearance quickly when he started making jokes about the new Pope.  This further evolved into rants and raves about religion in general, God, Jesus, Christians and Christian teachings specifically, all blasphemous, defiant, profane, and sacrilegious.  With his comments he gave us a perfect example of what the Bible considers a fool.  He laughed and received his laughs (wonder how many Christians were in the audience,) but someday he is going to be bowing before that same Jesus he was mocking, confessing Him as Lord and Savior.  Sadly, unless he does so now, it will be too late, and he will be bound for everlasting judgment.

If you believe it is “funny” to be irreverent, do not cross the line where it becomes sacrilegious or blasphemous, making you a fool before God!

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”   (Philippians 4:10-11)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#1022 April Fools – Foolish Plans and Actions

First published April 3, 2013

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

There are those who do not initially fit the profile of foolish persons, and then they turn around and make foolish plans and perform foolish acts that totally contradict their initial profile.  In the Old Testament Aaron and Miriam certainly did not fit the profile of fools in that they loved God and had served Him faithfully; however, petty jealousy against Moses led them to criticize both his leadership and wife, sinning against God and His servant.  After they had sinned they realized how foolish they had acted and asked Moses to not hold their sin against them, but it was too late and they suffered for their sin.  They both had evidenced foolish thoughts and motives and instead of suppressing them they foolishly acted fully on them, making them fools in the sight of God.

Are your thoughts, plans and motives foolish?  Thoroughly examine yours before acting!

“And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow:  and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and behold, she was leprous.  And Aaron said unto Moses, ‘Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.’”   (Numbers 12:10-11)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#1021 April Fools – Fool’s Morality

First published April 2, 2013

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We need to make it clear that the Scripture description of a “fool” is not of someone with a mental deficiency but of someone with a character deficiency.  Fools spoken of in Scripture seem to have no idea of what is right or wrong as they continue to deny and defy God.  They aggressively show anger and rebellion as they speak and act in direct defiance of the Lord, something that could only be classified as foolishness.  Their moral character reflects their lack of belief in God and His Word, and because of their lack of, or desire for, learning God’s Word, they have no idea what Christian values are or how to conduct themselves morally.  Plainly stated, they are fools acting foolishly.

Don’t let your lack of biblical knowledge lead you into foolish behavior!

“The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.”   (Psalm 14:2)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#1020 April Fools – Fool Defined

First published April 1, 2013

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It was suggested that a perfect April Fools’ joke would be to list the title above and leave the devotional blank.  While some would most likely approve of the idea, there are many others who would wonder why we would pull such a stunt.  People will go to great lengths to play April Fools’ jokes, and some are truly wicked; however, vast majorities are actually quite harmless and meant as fun.  The Scripture speaks of fools, foolishness, and folly in a very unflattering fashion, even defining the fool as one who is morally deficient, even persisting in denying God, an atheist.  Sadly, there are many in our world today that would be considered “fools.”  We need to take every opportunity to tell these “fools” about the saving grace of the very One they deny.

Notice any around you who may deny God and begin to seek opportunities to witness to them!

“The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’  They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”   (Psalm 14:1)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#1019 God’s Presence – For Our Problems

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We often just think of being in God’s presence as a matter of giving us a comfort zone that we recognize, enjoy, and tell others about when things are going great.  When things are not going great and problems develop we seem to forget God’s presence and begin attempting to solve things in our own power.  But that is not what God’s plan is concerning His presence; He is close to us during the time of our problems and He acts on our behalf.  Why would we not want to acknowledge His presence and allow Him to be by our side?  Maybe the comfort previously mentioned? Or, maybe pride?  Whatever the reasons, block them out and allow God’s presence face our problems with us.

Never let your pride, comfort, or any other reason stand in the way of God’s presence with you being set aside!

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.”   (Psalm 27:34:18-19)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#1018 God’s Presence – Our Desire

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today when we as Christians talk about being in God’s presence we may be referring to knowing that God sees and watches over us at all times or we may be referring to the inner presence of the Holy Spirit.  In the Old Testament the Israelites experienced God’s presence in the tabernacle, but we know that His presence was with them on their journey.  Later, God’s people “felt” God’s presence when they went to the “house of the Lord” or the Lord’s “temple.”  But a physical location was not as important as living in God’s presence.  David sought to “dwell in the house of the LORD,” his desire to be in God’s presence.  What about each of us?  Is it our greatest desire to live in God’s presence each day of our life?  Doing so will give us the relationship that the Lord desires we have with Him.

Do you not only desire but also practice the presence of God daily?

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.”   (Psalm 27:4)

May God Richly Bless You Today