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OUR FORGOTTEN CREATOR

 

“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth…” Ecclesiastes 12:1

 

We live in a day where so many people are quick to have opinions. These opinions fill the airwaves with pop psychologists who try to analyze all the trouble and turmoil in the world. Yet, their analysis rarely comes from the authority of our Creator. We can be quick to put all the blame upon political correctness for denying our Creator, but that is not totally accurate. The obscure or little known truth of this denial is because previous generations have replaced our Creator with a man-made “theory.” Therefore this evolutionary idea that we all ascended from mud, molecules, and monkeys has actually taken full effect upon our recent generation. When young children are taught that they just came from a lower form of animals, why are we so surprised when we see them acting like animals without a convicted conscious? “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23:7. So if they actually believe in animalistic evolution in their heart then they will naturally act according to what they have been taught.

We have a generation that has forgotten that God is our Creator and that everyone is responsible to Him.   This generation is so far separate from our Creator that they don’t know Him so as to listen to Him. Therefore we need God to come in a miraculous way to modify the minds and hearts of multitudes.

When I was a little boy around the age of ten, I was given a cheap set of walkie-talkies. Something I enjoyed. Then one day I removed the battery and took a 9-volt electrical hook up from a cassette tape player and connected it to one of the walkie-talkies. Also the antenna was broke in half, so I took an old fashion metal coat hanger and attached it to what was left of the antenna with some aluminum foil. When these modifications were made, this cheap walkie-talkie was amplified to where I could pick up a CB transmission. The signal was weak, but if I listened closely I could hear the truckers talking their CB jargon.

The world is loud about prosperity and pleasure, while the devil softly strokes our pride with the thought of “You deserve it!” As a result we have a, “I want mine” society and they are blind to the fact that we are now reaping “survival of the fittest.” All of our social, moral, and spiritual ills are all wrapped up in the philosophical lie of evolution.

As Christians we have been modified to listen to God our Creator. Therefore, we must pray and engage this generation and the generation to follow so that they would be purged from every other voice and give our Creator a hearing.   Only then will their walkie-talkie be modified to hear and remember their Creator in the days of their youth.

(Published in the Marshall County Tribune)

David C. Hale, pastor

New Life Community Church

1001 Easy Street

Lewisburg TN 37091

The Glorious Light

 

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6

 

God uses the natural world as spiritual pictures to teach us many spiritual lessons if we have eyes to see. One thing most all of us take for granted is “light.” Light is good since it originated from God Himself. Light is God’s instrument, which He chooses to illuminate, to make clear, to enlighten, and to shine forth reality.

When God, “who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,” and shined the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ into our hearts, we beheld two things. First, the gospel light exposed our sin in its darkest nature. While secondly, the gospel light demonstrated the radiant beauty of the glory of God’s saving grace in His Son Jesus Christ.

It could be said that the gospel light has many beautiful radiant spiritual beams and prismatic colors such as faith, hope, love, joy, and peace. Yet none is more glorious than God’s saving grace shinning in the hearts of lost sinners so that they would see and come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Among all the dark confusion and gloomy civil unrest that we see in our nation, the gospel light shines brighter every day. The spiritual light of the gospel radiates the glory of God in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ deep within His people’s hearts.

As the sunlight renders objects visible and reveals their form, their nature, and their beauty so it is that Jesus Christ is also called the “light of the world” in John 8:12.   Just as God originally divided the light from the darkness on the first day of creation, so God has divided His people from the world by shinning the light of the glory Jesus Christ into their hearts. Now as our sun is the only source of light for our physical universe, so the glory of God in Jesus Christ is the only source of spiritual light for our universe. Yet, this knowledge of the glory of God in Jesus Christ is obviously not tolerated by the world, but that does not dim His glorious light.

Now this devotion may seem very repetitive.   The reason is because it is important to understand spiritual things for spiritual strength in the midst of an unspiritual and “Christ-intolerant world.” Even so, God’s glory shines brighter. We just need to be aware that one can be religiously devoted to a church, a denomination, or an organization but miss the glory of God in Jesus Christ.   Everything in heaven and in earth is focused upon the glory of God in Jesus Christ. If we miss that, then we miss everything.

(Published in the Marshall County Tribune)

David C. Hale, pastor

New Life Community Church

1001 Easy Street

Lewisburg, TN 37091