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No Time for Fools/Counterfeit Reality

 

Daily Devotional
from Called to Conquer by Bishop Eddie Long
Tuesday, October 11

You Do Not Have Time for Fools

Today’s Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15–16
Key Verse: Ephesians 5:15–16

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Your eternity is tied up in time, and time is moving quickly. God did not bring you this far to allow some fool to mess up your life. He brought you through the fires of hell to purify you and purge the poison out of you. That is why He stripped away certain things that you used to cling to. He permitted certain events to occur so you would become a pure seed that He could plant with confidence. You are an investment of God.

Right now, God says, “I expect you to walk with wise people.” Listen, you do not have time to spend your days with just anybody. God orders every step you take, so make sure no godless fool or undisciplined churchgoer pulls you off of that holy path!

I like to go to basketball games, but I have to go with someone who is wise. That pretty much leaves out “just anybody.” My life is not my own; my steps are ordered of the Lord.

I know that I am not going to the basketball game just to watch the basketball. Someone I do not know bought a ticket for the seat on my right. That means that since God directed my steps to that seat, then He must have something for me to tell that person while I am there. Pray with me:

Today’s Prayer:

 Heavenly Father, You are ordering my steps. I redeem the time and will be wise. I will spend my time with the wise. I know that You are guiding my every step. Lord Jesus, I am listening for Your direction.

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October 11, 2005

Counterfeit Reality

Read:
2 Timothy 3:1-5,12-17

Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. —2 Timothy 3:13

Bible In One Year: Nehemiah 4-6

When people see a photograph or video today, they often ask, "Is it real?" A home computer can manipulate images to create a picture of an event that never happened. Images can be inserted into or removed from photographs. A video can be doctored to make it appear that a person was caught committing a crime or performing an act of heroism. The camera may not lie, but the computer can.

Centuries before such modern technology, the apostle Paul warned Timothy about counterfeit reality in the church. He said that in the last days people would be self-absorbed, "having a form of godliness but denying its power" (2 Timothy 3:5). He repeatedly emphasized the need to live a godly life, warning that "evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived" (v.13).

Paul charged Timothy to "continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of" (v.14). True godliness honors and obeys God while its counterfeit seeks pleasure and personal gain. One pleases the Lord; the other gratifies natural desire. Both are identified by their actions.

When people hear us say we are Christians, they may wonder if our faith is real. Our lives will answer the question by reflecting the reality of Christ. —David McCasland

Dear Heavenly Father, Help me, I pray,
to honor You with all that I do today.
By Your Holy Spirit’s power, may my words and actions
cause others to glorify Your Name. Amen.

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. —Matthew 7:18

FOR FURTHER STUDY
Jude: Recognizing The Danger Among Us

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