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Living without a Firewall 062811

Elijah in the wilderness, by Washington Allston

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This blog comes to you from the people at Peace Mennonite Church of Columbia, MO http://www.peacemennonitechurch.net Scripture follow the meditation and thoughts. Scriptures for the day selected by http://www.commontexts.org/ Subscribe to our blog. Delivery daily by e-mail. Click the button on the left. Psalm 119:161-168 1 Kings 21:17-29 1 Kings 18:36-39 1 John 4:1-6 Living without a Firewall 062811 It’s like living without a firewall! Media bombard all of us with thousands of messages a day, wherever we look. A local interstate has more billboard views than the green landscapes of summer, and radio, TV and the internet have become sales tools. 1 John 4, below, tells us how to listen for the word of Christ in the midst of noise. How many of the messages we receive each day say ‘I am saying this in the name of Jesus Christ’. I’d like to hear those kind of messages, but I don’t. 1 John tells us that ‘every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ . I’ve not heard that comment from any advertiser, any commercial on radio and TV or from the internet. We have to test every spirit against this standard—what leads us closer to God? What leads us away from God? Pray for peace, (brother) Bill Psalm 119:161-168 161Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words. 162I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil. 163I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law. 164Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous ordinances. 165Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. 166I hope for your salvation, O Lord, and I fulfill your commandments. 167My soul keeps your decrees; I love them exceedingly. 168I keep your precepts and decrees, for all my ways are before you. 1 Kings 21:17-29 17Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying: 18Go down to meet King Ahab of Israel, who rules in Samaria; he is now in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone to take possession. 19You shall say to him, “Thus says the Lord: Have you killed, and also taken possession?” You shall say to him, “Thus says the Lord: In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth, dogs will also lick up your blood.” 20Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” He answered, “I have found you. Because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, 21I will bring disaster on you; I will consume you, and will cut off from Ahab every male, bond or free, in Israel; 22and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin. 23Also concerning Jezebel the Lord said, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel within the bounds of Jezreel.’ 24Anyone belonging to Ahab who dies in the city the dogs shall eat; and anyone of his who dies in the open country the birds of the air shall eat.” 25(Indeed, there was no one like Ahab, who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord, urged on by his wife Jezebel. 26He acted most abominably in going after idols, as the Amorites had done, whom the Lord drove out before the Israelites.) 27When Ahab heard those words, he tore his clothes and put sackcloth over his bare flesh; he fasted, lay in the sackcloth, and went about dejectedly. 28Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 29“Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days; but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster on his house.” 1 Kings 18:36-39 36At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. 37Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” 38Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. 39When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord indeed is God; the Lord indeed is God.” 1 John 4:1-6 4Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world. 4Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5They are from the world; therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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