April 9th - Upside down world
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. John 8:42-45 (NKJV)
It often seems to me as if I'm living in a world that is upside down. Humanity seems as if they are living in a continual state of discombobulation. Bad choices, wrong values, inflated egos, power struggles, moral depravity, senseless arguments, meaningless protests, violence, prejudice, racism, exploitation, greed, arrogance, pride... Makes one wonder who is leading this parade of fools.
According to Jesus' words, the devil is a liar. He is the Father of Lies, and there is no truth in him. The devil isn't silent or passive; he is actively working to enslave mankind--to lead us into destruction--to lead us into addiction--to lead us into making the wrong decisions based on the wrong assumptions. It is what he does. The question is this: ARE YOU LISTENING TO HIM? Are you buying what he is selling? Are you basing your decisions on one of his lies?
When Jesus was being crucified, He looked down on the mob of antagonists and said, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." It was true...they had no idea what they were involved in. No idea that they were participants in a senseless murder of an innocent man. That is the way of things in an upside down world orchestrated by the Father of Lies.
One of the reasons I value my freedom is that as long as I have a choice, I am choosing not to participate in the large parade of foolish behavior. I am choosing to walk in the light as He (Jesus) is in the light. I am choosing to live according to the truth as revealed in God's Word. I am actively hiding God's Word in my heart that I might be inoculated against the lies of the Enemy.
It might be a challenge, but I am determined (with God's help) to walk upright in an upside down world!
Author's Note: By this point in life, I am not shocked by the foolishness of the pop culture that surrounds me. It is predictable by this point. The ignorance is almost extraordinary in the way it is coddled and protected. A lie of the Enemy is endorsed and propagated by icons of the pop culture--it is incorporated into the culture as social engineering--the outcome is further decline in the culture and the Enemies' flunkies double down. It makes for a breath-taking decent into utter nihilism. "We" may seem odd to those that are upside down, but join me and the millions of Believers world-wide who choose truth and continue to walk right-side up. RJD