19 November: Gullible vs. Pure
For the first time in my life, I’ve just spotted the difference between the accusation of being gullible vs. the declaration of being “pure”…
READ TITUS 1 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It was in my first year of marriage that I discovered a series of lies told by someone close to me whom I’d trusted. I remember to this day, walking in to our home in Australia and saying to Mark, “I don’t believe this! I’m twenty plus years old and I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I can’t believe a word she says!” It was a milestone moment – a horrible epiphany that left me feeling like a gullible idiot for believing. I think it’s fair to say that the relationship was marred from that moment on.
I’ve always been one for believing what you tell me. If you’re into jokes and clever “play on words”, I’ll take it literally – at face value – before I question its authenticity. I think this has been one of my difficulties when understanding the British. Australians are black and white, we’re not polite when it comes to honesty. We just come out with it in the belief that honesty is more important than diplomacy and you have to be cruel to be kind. My “belief flaw” lies with that fact that I don’t have a rule book for the games people play and I can’t read between the lines.
If you’re anything like me, then, up until this morning, you too will probably be thinking that this trait of belief is a fault – a fault that’s left you many times feeling like a gullible idiot for believing. But, yet again, I’ve found that the Creator God sees things from the upside down.
In Paul’s letter to Titus he writes: “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” [v15]
Wow! All these years I’ve wanted to protect myself from feeling foolish by being the sort of person who can “smell a rat”. But if the belief that “nothing is pure” is actually a negative trait – resulting from my mind and conscience being corrupted [v15] – I think I’ll just live with humans accusing me of being gullible in order for my Maker to declare me pure!
Lord, thank You that You don’t think I’m an idiot for having the ability to trust, hope and believe in good faith. While I may not have the rule book for the games people play, I certainly have Your rule book containing “knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness”. [v1] At Your appointed season You have brought Your Word to light showing me who I am in You. [v3] Amen to the God who can be trusted because He never lies. [v2] .…Read more?… CLICK to follow “19 November – Additional Notes”
But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think God is saying to you, through today’s chapter.
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! [Psalms 8:9]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Victims of the sex-trade in Thailand[a]
Your Nation: God’s Will to be done on earth
Yourself: Your financial needs
Your concerns for today
Thank-you Lord for Your promises that we’ll have plenty to eat, until we’re full. In answer to our prayer, we’ll praise the name of the Lord our God who has worked wonders for us. Never again Lord, will Your people be shamed. [Joel 2:26]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Holy Spirit, help me to obey the Lord my God by keeping all His commands that have been given and doing what is right in His eyes. [Deuteronomy 13:18]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”
Jesus said: “…whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” [John 4:14]
“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”
THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Spiritual CONFLICT
Watch out! Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. [1 Peter 5:8]