Hidden Things of Dishonesty

Today is Thursday, September 15, 2016. 29 days until Galveston!

Quote of the Day

“Sometimes love is stronger than a man’s convictions.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer

Word of the Day

Eponym – a person, real or imaginary, from whom something, as a tribe, nation, or place, takes or is said to take its name: Brut, the supposed grandson of Aeneas, is the eponym of the Britons.

Today is Felt Hat Day. I have a felt hat, but don’t wear it to work. It’s of a fedora style, but with a slightly bigger brim. Sort of an Indiana Jones hat, only not leather.

At our Anchor prayer gathering, last night, it was just me and the pastor. But we prayed, and had some good conversation. We made good use of the time. Then I stopped at McDonald’s to pick up dinner on the way home.

The Red Sox lost another one to the Orioles, 1-0. The Boo Jays lost, so the Sox are now one game up on the Orioles, and still two up on the Jays. The Rangers lost one to the Astros, 8-4. No big deal, really, other than the magic number stayed at eight. The Mariners won their eighth in a row, so the Rangers are 8.5 ahead of them. The Astros are still in third place. The Detroit Tigers won, so they are only one game behind the Boo Jays in the wild card hunt.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back.
The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.
What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?
O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.
Psalm 114

“The stolid mountains dance a jig; the placid sea runs for cover; the dour rock springs a fountain. The whole world, in ecstasy, responds to God’s love expressed in salvation.”

“God, I stumble upon wonder after wonder–and every wonder true. I hardly comprehend the awesome majesty of your acts; I barely realize the immense mercy of your will. I worship and adore you, through Jesus Christ. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:2

The KJV uses the words “hidden things of dishonesty” in the first phrase of that verse. Chambers equates this to having thoughts in our hearts about others, thoughts we would hate to have made public. That stings, doesn’t it? Because you know we all have those. I can name a particular person right this instant. So what do we do about those thoughts? “Renounce it as soon as it springs up; renounce the whole thing until there is no hidden thing of dishonesty or craftiness about you.” We must stay watchful, constantly, “so that nothing of which you would be ashamed arises in your life.” Would it be different if we knew that, as soon as we passed from this earth, all of our hidden thoughts would be made public? No, there’s a scary thought!

We must also avoid walking in craftiness or cunning ways. Chambers shifts gears to talk about the work, at this point. God allows us to work in a certain way. We must not fall prey to the temptation to be crafty or cunning in order to “catch people.” We might be moderately successful, and pad our numbers a bit. But we will also lose influence, and the Spirit will fade in our lives. We must depend on God and God alone for the success of our work.

Father, help me to renounce those “hidden things of dishonesty” in my life. Truthfully, you have already been convicting me of this, and I’m doing better at it. But I still struggle with those hidden, inner thoughts. Help me to love all of your people with the love of Christ.

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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