HAVE YOU HEARD OF FERDINAND WALDO DEMARA? HE WAS AN IMPOSTER, A PHONY. BY FORGING IDENTIFICATION PAPERS, HE ASSUMED NEW IDENTITIES AS A MARINE OFFICER, A PRISON WARDEN AND EVEN A MEDICAL DOCTOR OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY WHO EVEN PERFORMED SUCCESSFUL SURGERIES. HIS LIFE WAS THE SUBJECT OF TWO MOVIES. ONE MOVIE WAS RELEASED IN 1961 AND THE SECOND IN 2002. OF COURSE, THE MOVIES GLAMORIZED HIS SUCCESSES AND PORTRAYED HIS CHARACTER A FALSE HERO.
HOW ABOUT YOU? ARE YOU A GREAT IMPOSTER? HAVE YOU EVER CLAIMED TO KNOW OR BE MUCH DIFFERENT THAN YOU REALLY ARE? HAVE YOU EXAGGERATED OR MADE CLAIMS THAT WERE MORE POETIC LICENSE THAN TRUTH? ARE YOU HIDING AN ONGOING SIN SO YOU ARE NOT FOUND OUT?
THERE IS AN OLD EXPRESSION…”YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME. BUT, YOU CAN’T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME.” WE MIGHT ADD A SENTENCE TO THAT OLD SAYING: “YOU CAN’T FOOL GOD ANY OF THE TIME.” WHO ARE YOU REALLY FOOLING?
WE ARE WHO WE ARE. WE CAN’T BE AN IMPOSTER WITH GOD. HE KNOWS ALL YOU AND I DO…EVERYTHING. OUR UNDERSTANDING GOD KNOWS ALL CREATES AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK GOD FOR FORGIVENESS.
IS IT TIME YOU ASKED GOD TO FORGIVE YOU FOR BEING ‘THE GREAT IMPOSTER?’
” I LOOK BUT THERE IS NO ONE–NO ONE AMONG THE GODS TO GIVE COUNSEL, NO ONE TO GIVE ANSWER WHEN I ASK THEM. SEE, THEY ARE ALL FALSE! THEIR DEEDS AMOUNT TO NOTHING. THEIR IMAGES ARE BUT WIND AND CONFUSION.” ISAIAH 41:28-29
One of the most remembered scientific achievements was on July 20, 1969. You may not remember the actual date, but it is likely you remember where you were when you watched the grainy footage on the 10 o’clock news of man’s first footstep onto the moon. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” became a commonly repeated phrase.
You may also remember in the days and months following an outcry of non-believers professing that it was all a hoax…a staged event. They could not accept the truth.
There are those today who still refuse to accept the truth of God’s son, of HIS virgin birth, of HIS miracles, of HIS torture and Crucifixion, of HIS rising from the grave, of HIS appearance to hundreds or of HIS returning to redeem HIS people on judgement day. All truths. These are skeptics who will hold to their weak claims and doubts who will never see the gates of Heaven.
Take “one small step” and bow down on your knees in prayer. Don’t wait. Do it now. Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Take the most important “one giant leap” in your life.
“the spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him or knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” JOHN 14:17 NIV
YOU HAVE AN IPAD, A SMART PHONE, A TABLET AND A COMPUTER ALL SET TO REMIND YOU OF WHERE YOU ARE TO BE, AT WHAT TIME AND WITH WHOM….AND YOU ARE STILL LATE! MAYBE, YOU ARE A BIT OLD FASHIONED AND STILL RELY ON AN APPOINTMENT BOOK, AN ALARM CLOCK AND A WRISTWATCH…….AND YOU ARE STILL LATE!
HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE PERSON WHO IS SO HABITUALLY LATE, THEY HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF GOING TO BE LATE TO THEIR OWN FUNERAL? FOR MANY THIS MAY BE MUCH MORE TRUE THAN THEY WILL ADMIT. ARE YOU GOING TO BE LATE EVEN WHEN YOU DIE?
HAVE YOU PUT OFF GOD’S SALVATION? DO YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF TIME? WILL YOU KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH GOD OR WILL YOU BE TOO LATE? ONE SECOND AFTER YOUR LAST CONSCIOUS BREATH AND YOU COULD MISS ETERNITY IN HEAVEN.
YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ON JUDGEMENT DAY. YOU WILL BE ON TIME BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO CHOICE AS TO WHEN. YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE OF WHERE. WILL YOUR APPOINTMENT BE WITH JESUS OR WITH SATAN?
“BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO READS ALOUD THE WORDS OF THIS PROPHECY, AND BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HEAR IT AND TAKE HEART TO WHAT IS WRITTEN IN IT, BECAUSE THE TIME IS NEAR.” REVELATION 1:3 NIV
MY PARENTS WERE BORN AND RAISED 80-90 MILES EAST OF DALLAS IN NORTHEAST TEXAS OF FAMILIES WHO WERE TENANT FARMERS. THEIR EAST TEXAS TWANG AND DIALOGUE WERE VERY REAL. I GREW UP WITH “WILLIN'”, “GETTIN'”AND “FIXIN'” ALONG WITH THEIR FRIENDS “YAWL” AND “COME ON DOWN”.
“THE LORD WILLIN’ AND THE CREEK DON’T RISE” WAS A COMMON PHRASE. IT ALWAYS STRIKES A CORD WHEN I HEAR IT, REMINDING ME THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL. ‘THE LORD WILLIN’ IS AN HONEST EVALUATION OF THE TRUTH; THE SPEAKER WILL DO AS HE SAYS IF IT IS IN GOD’S WILL. ‘AND THE CREEK DON’T RISE’ IS AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF BARRIERS THAT ARE UNKNOWN WHICH COULD PREVENT US FROM OUR TASK.
WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT BARRIER, THE RISING CREEK, CAN BE OF GOD OR OF SATAN. GOD CAN USE RISING CREEKS TO CURB OUR ABANDONING OF HIS WILL. SATAN CAN CREATE RISING CREEKS TO PREVENT US FROM DOING GOD’S WILL.
DO YOU SUBSCRIBE TO ‘THE LORD WILLIN’ AND THE CREEK DON’T RISE’ AS GOD’S WILL IN YOUR DAILY LIFE?
‘TEACH ME TO DO YOUR WILL, FOR YOU ARE MY GOD; MAY YOUR GOOD SPIRIT LEAD ME ON LEVEL GROUND.” PSALM 143:10 NIV
ARE BLACK EYED PEAS ON YOUR MENU FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY? IT IS A CUSTOM FOR MANY AMERICANS. THIS CUSTOM STARTED WITH A BELIEF THAT BLACK EYED PEAS WOULD BRING GOOD LUCK. DO YOU FALSELY BELIEVE IN GOOD LUCK. CUSTOMS ARE FUN. FALSE BELIEFS ARE DANGEROUS. IF YOU BELIEVE IN SOMETHING, DO YOU HAVE FAITH IN THAT SAME THING?
SO, AS YOU START AND GO THRU THIS FIRST DAY OF THE NEW YEAR, QUESTION YOURSELF AS TO WHY YOU DO CERTAIN THINGS. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE CUSTOM OF EATING BLACK EYED PEAS. INSTEAD OF EATING THEM FOR LUCK, ENJOY THEM AS A FOOD GOD HAS SUPPLIED.
INSTEAD OF NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS THAT YOU ARE UNLIKELY TO KEEP, GO INTO PRAYER WITH GOD. PROMISE HIM THE CHANGES YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS NEW YEAR. ASK HIM TO HELP YOU OVERCOME THE OBSTACLES THAT SEEM TOO LARGE FOR YOU ALONE. PROMISE GOD AND HE WILL KEEP HIS PROMISES TO YOU.
GOD SENT HIS SON TO TAKE AWAY YOUR SINS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE WITH YOU EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY. ONCE YOU HAVE ACCEPTED CHRIST, HIS SPIRIT RESIDES IN YOU AND NO ONE CAN TAKE HIM AWAY. IMMANUEL….’GOD WITH US’…GOD’S PROMISE.
“THE LORD IS NOT SLOW IN KEEPING HIS PROMISE, AS SOME UNDERSTAND SLOWNESS. INSTEAD HE IS PATIENT WITH YOU, NOT WANTING ANYONE TO PERISH, BUT EVERYONE TO COME TO REPENTANCE.” 2 PETER 3:9 NIV