Deceitful Lovers

“I called to my lovers, but they deceived me;” Lamentations 1:19 ESV.

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We typically recognize them after the facts. In the beginning, we are infatuated, memorized, and blinded. However, if fortunate enough to break off the relationship before severe harm is perpetuated, we can look back to realize the deceitfulness of the affair and hopefully grow more mature from the experience. We have all witnessed lives destroyed by the false illusion of deceitful lovers.

For some people the lover is money. For others power, drugs, sex, pleasure, or food. Some people become involved with others who claim to love them but use them for their manipulative purpose. Over time, no matter the means, real love is distorted; the heart becomes severely wounded; and the beauty of life disappears. To find someone who truly loves you as you love them becomes a child book fantasy. You may eventually ask, “Is there anyone in this world made for me?” “How many more wounds to the heart must I take before true love is discovered?”

For most of us in search of real love, we look in all the wrong places. We have Hollywood fantasy in our minds. Or erotic fiction as our guide. Or an educational system which has polluted reality by removing the Source of all-reality. When truth of the matter is distorted, we fail to capture the best solution to the problem. Instead, we major in the minors thinking this may be the best there is.

It takes time to learn what is truly important. It takes time to mature. It also takes time and experience to truly recognize a good thing from a deceitful one. One way to speed up the process is to learn from those who have gone before us. Those who have no hidden agenda, but a shared life of love, passion, and adventure.

That is one reason to read and study the Christian Bible. There is nothing new under the sun when it comes to the human experience. The primary difference between someone living 2,000 years ago and today is technology and fashion. Otherwise, the desires, hopes, and challenges are the same.

As one studies the Book, one is introduced to the Author of Life. One quickly discovers His desire for an intimate relationship with you. By committing oneself to Him, one discovers the Source of real love, truth, and justice. Through His Words and contagious Spirit, one also learns to live, flourish, and prosper without harming others in the process. Through this abiding relationship, one comes to easily recognize lies, phony lovers, and make believe fantasies. As you listen and grow together, He leads you to people who will truly love you as you love them.

Yes fairy tales do come true when one is walking with the Author of Life who turns visions into reality. So the real question is, “why waste time with deceitful lovers when real Love awaits you?”

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
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Ignorance

“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34 ESV

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How do you handle ignorant people? Do you ridicule them? Do you condemn them? Or do you wave them away as stupid?

What did Jesus teach us?

When he was being crucified, he looked at the people initiating the act and forgave them. Though they were simply following orders, they had no knowledge of who Jesus was or that an innocent man was being condemned. Jesus didn’t eternally judge them. He didn’t threaten them. Nor did he belittle them. Instead he forgave them.

How about us? How do we respond? What will it take to forgive those who are ignorant of their actions toward us?

Ignorance is bliss for the self only because God’s grace is being extended to you. Otherwise, ignorance causes one to miss out on life’s good things. When ignorance is replaced with true knowledge, Reality takes charge. From Reality one can build on a sure foundation. Otherwise one is living a lie built on a shifting foundation that will eventually fail.

Forgiveness leads to repentance. So when ignorance loses its hold, God’s love grows from the inside-out. Or as most eventually learn: Ignorance is bliss only until Reality takes over.

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Dr. Mike

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Marketplace Bible Institute
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Speculation

 “…nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.” I Timothy 1:4

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Several posts ago, I wrote under the assumption that Jesus was a carpenter prior to his public ministry. I apologize for the bold statement. The fact is nowhere in the Bible does it stipulate that Jesus was a carpenter (See note below). The Gospel per Matthew states that he was “the carpenter’s” son (Matt 13:55). We could assume that the eldest child of their parent would have learned the parent’s skill growing up.  But that would only be speculation on our part.

How often do we speculate on matters and discuss them like they were solid facts? A recent survey of the best known scripture resulted in “God helps those who help themselves.” Yet nowhere will you find that scripture in the Bible. Again, we only hear and quickly assume.

You know what happens when one assumes?

So lesson learned. We all are human and no one is perfect. Especially me. Let speculation be address as it is and not as reliable fact. That may not be radical, but it is the truth.

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Yours in Christ,

Dr. Mike

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Marketplace Bible Institute
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Note: Correction – Mark 6:3 does stipulate that people in the community did identify Jesus as “the carpenter, son of Mary.” This is not speculation, but a fact. However, the point about speculation is still solid – we all need to confirm and verify before making presumptions. And when in error, correct oneself and move on. My apologies.