“You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.” Psalm 18:28 NLT

Perhaps you have heard the story of a traveler who was on a business trip. As he drove down the main boulevard, he realized he had no idea how to find the convention center for his meeting. Being a humble man, he pulled his car over to the side of the road, rolled down his window, and hailed an elderly man sitting at a bus stop. “Excuse me, sir,” he said, “Can you tell me how much farther it is to the convention center?”

The old man smiled and said, “I certainly can. It depends on which route you want to take. In the direction you’re heading, it’s many thousands of miles. If you turn your car in the opposite direction, however, it’s a block and a half.”

So near and yet so far!

You may feel many thousands of miles away from God today, but He is as close as a whispered prayer. The Bible tells us that He never removes His eye from us and never sleeps. If you can no longer see Him, it may well be that you’re simply facing the wrong way.

You may feel like our country is many thousands of miles away from God today as well. There is only one solution for you, and only one solution for our country. Turn around. Every one of us.

Turning back to Him again is called ‘repentance’, and it is a word many believers are uncomfortable using today. Perhaps they do not like stopping to ask for directions. But if they did, they would find that God is so near – just a 180-degree turn away.

Your View of God Really Matters…

There are so many things that can take us off the right path and send us in the wrong direction. How can you turn back to God today?

Read God’s Word Today…

1 John 1:9 NLT “If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”

Psalm 25:5-5 NLT “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by Your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You.”

GOD, because You are Holy, Merciful, Just, Sovereign and always with me, I will confess my sins and seek Your direction in all things.

Based on the writings of Bill Bright

©2020 Bright Media Foundation

“Look how far you have fallen from your first love! Turn back to Me again…” Revelation 2:5 NLT

The two-year old had been sleeping beside her mother—safe and warm. But late one frigid February night she climbed out of the bed and wandered out the front door. When her mother found her the next morning Erika appeared to be frozen. Her legs and body were stiff and there were no signs of life.

Miraculously, doctors were able to revive little Erika and today she is completely healthy with no memory of her time in the frozen valley of the shadow of death. As followers of Jesus we have basked in the warm and secure presence of our Father. However, with the ignorance of children, we can stray from His loving arms and follow the allure of living on our terms rather than God’s. A sense of coldness, confusion and isolation are the inevitable results. God is still there but we don’t experience His presence, love, power and hope. Revelation 2:5 says, "Turn back to me again." The Bible calls this repentance. It’s more than simply feeling guilty. It means turning from going your own independent, self-centered way to embracing God's will for your life. You put one foot in front of the other, and go back to His waiting arms. This is the only way back to a vibrant relationship with Him. Repentance is the critical point, the defining moment in being restored to our first love with God. Sometimes we need to do it multiple times a day. That’s ok! God’s mercy and grace covers each and every one. His arms are wide open.

Your View of God Really Matters…

Have you wandered away from your first love? Turn around today and return to the loving embrace of your heavenly Father. Because of His mercy you can return. Repent and then live each moment knowing you are wrapped in His loving arms.

Read God’s Word Today…

Revelation 3:19 NLT “I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.”

John 8:12 NLT “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

GOD, because You are Merciful I will repent of my sin.

Based on the writings of Bill Bright

©2020 Bright Media Foundation

“…He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44b NLT

It’s hard to know what is true and what is “fake news.”

Because our secular society has rejected God’s holy inspired Word as the absolute standard for truth, we have lost our reference point for reality. Now our society often defines truth based on public opinion polls. We live in a media culture of sizzle and hype which influences public thinking. Advertising hucksters and spin-doctors are constantly at work to influence our thinking about events and issues. Educational institutions promote diversified views at the expense of truth. Even many journalists are no longer satisfied with reporting the facts. Instead, they slant the news to fit their own, often anti-God, interpretation.

This is the nature of the world system controlled by Satan who is the father of lies (John 8:44). These masters of deception, distortion, and manipulation take truth out of context or give only half-truths. Anyone who accepts this world system becomes bound up in deception, manipulation, lies and ignorance. Many Christians, sadly, have bought into these lies.

But God’s truth is a light that shows us the difference between falsehood and truth. Jesus taught, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12). Without His truth, we are left to grope about in spiritual darkness. But His light frees us to see and do what is right and good.

Your view of God really matters…

Satan was the first to manipulate the facts, distort the truth and make use of “fake” news in order to deceive. Never underestimate the power of a well told lie.

God’s people are called to be shrewd as snakes and yet innocent as doves. Knowing His Word helps us do both at the same time. Be sure you are reading the Bible every day and using it as the grid through which everything passes. It will shine the light on the lies and deception of the enemy and show you what the truth really is.

Read God’s Word Today…

John 8:31 NLT “Jesus said to the people who believed Him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to My teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

GOD, because You are absolute truth, I will believe what You say and live accordingly.

Based on the writings of Bill Bright

©2020 Bright Media Foundation

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