Wednesday, 2/19/20 – Pressing on…

My Personal Truth: 2+2=5

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Last week I went to the bakery and bought two bran muffins. I had two at home already, so I figured I could have one for breakfast every weekday before I’d need to buy any more. The muffins were $1 each. I paid for them with a $5 bill and pocketed the change. When I got home I discovered I had $3 change in my pocket! Clearly, the bakery had overpaid me in change. Since I knew I’d be back there the end of the week I decided to settle up then.

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Just then a friend stopped by. We chatted some then decided to play the game “Concentration.” You know, the game where you lay out a square of playing cards face down then take turns turning over two cards. If they match you collect the matched pair and get another turn. If they don’t match you turn them face down again in their original position and it is your partner’s turn. The trick is in remembering where the revealed cards are so you can make your next match.

At the end of our game I had 12 sets of two cards. My partner counted up his cards one by one and said “I’ve got 28 cards in all.” I counted my matched sets 2+2=5, 2+2=5, 2+2=5, 2+2=5, 2+2=5, 2+2=5. “I’ve got 30 cards in all,” I said. “I win!”

“But you counted 2+2 as 5” my friend complained. “Yeah,” I said, “that’s my personal truth… 2+2=5.” For some reason he got up and left!

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A few other odd things happened that week. My muffin supply ran out on Thursday, so I went back to the bakery to complain. It was a doozy of an argument! She insisted on having sold me two muffins and that $3 change from my $5 was correct! “But I’ve got my personal truth!” I protested.

Some people just cannot accept sound reasoning!

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived… “ (Titus 3:3)
“…encourage one another daily… so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Heb. 3:13)

Press on…

To hear Pastor John’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Feb. 16 message.

Tuesday, 2/18/20 – Pressing on…

Me, Myself & I agree… I am my own divinity!

autumn season under a sunny day

Adam and Eve tried to avoid God by hiding in the woods (Gen. 3:8). The wandering Hebrews tried to replace God by making an idol (Exod. 32:2-4). The Corinthians began to deviate from God by following personages (1 Cor. 1:12; 3:4). Some even opted to make sacrifices to demons (1 Cor. 10:20-22). And, as we have been warned, in these last days many will seek to avoid God by becoming a lover of “self,” a lover of personal pleasures, more than a lover of God. (2 Tim. 3:1-4)

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New Age thinking says that beyond the “self” there is a “higher self,” a godlike extension of the worldly self. They say that by a relationship with the higher self, you will become able to make your desires become reality… your own little reality.

Love of self will ultimately lead to this. Once we turn our gaze inward we will begin to assess reality only from within that very small, personal world. Scripture is very clear about those who choose this path: “When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (2 Cor. 10:12b). When a person becomes “self”-focussed they begin to set their own rules (see Judg. 21:25). They begin to make their own ‘truth.’

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“Personal truth”… “Higher self”… all of this leads only to one thing: A belief that one is one’s own “god.” Me, myself, and I – one’s own little trinity… divinity.

Now a person caught in the trap of such selfism may not see this at all. When the only pictures you take are “selfies” you will never discover among them an image of God. When you fill your library only with books you have written you will never encounter the true Word of God.

Many religions and philosophies touch on the idea of inward journey. But God will not be found within us. We can try to avoid Him by looking away, looking to demons, looking at others, or looking within but it is not until we look up and acknowledge Him as Lord, not ourselves, that we will find Truth.

And, as Jesus taught, “…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32).

More tomorrow…

To hear Pastor John’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Feb. 16 message.