Friday, June 20, 2008

Daily Digest #79

Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. —2 Corinthians 11:14

Most of us are turned off by the way ministers or priests preach. Some of them may seem self-righteous, saying how evil we all are and that we can never find salvation. I have attended masses like these, and all I can say is that priests are only human. It is the gospel and the Bible readings that matter -- Words we should be reflecting on. The sermons that they give are only to help us understand what the Bible is trying to teach. There are excellent priests who are gifted in their words and social skills, but they too are human. It is always up to them if they would allow themselves to be used for God's glory. And it is up to us if we will allow ourselves to be cynical about God's Word. I think that's when the devil is really at work. It seeps, not only in the preacher, but in ourselves! We begin judging, saying things should be done this and that way, yet we never really have the courage to confront the matter ourselves. We are so quick to point and complain that our own spirits begin to wilt.

That is why it is very important that we learn of God's Words first hand. May we be encouraged to read the Bible. May we also pray for our church leaders/preachers so they may do their work for the glory of God alone. May we never forget that grace and mercy has been given freely for our salvation, and not counted through our good works -- it is our duty to do goodness. May we develop a close relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ. Pray always.

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