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1 Daily Oracle – February 1, 2014...I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. - Acts 17:23 (NIV) The Greeks had more gods than a few. There was a god for this and a god for that; everything from the weather to the sun and the planets, to the oceans, to love, for every aspect of life, the Greeks had a god to pray to, to give thanks to and to fear, as well as please. They were so “god conscience” that Paul found in the city of Athens a monument inscribed “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD”. Not the unknown, but an unknown, implying there were more than one god that was unknown to them. Paul took this opportunity to witness to the men of Athens and proclaim the majesty and sovereignty of God. Some may find this odd, even funny, that the Greeks were so worried about pleasing all and offending none of the gods, but, to a more subtle degree, the practice endures to this day. There are those who ask “what if the Bible isn't right?” “what if there are other ways to heaven other than through Christ”? Satan causes them to not only question their faith and values system, but desires they renounce Christ as well. There is no “unknown god”, unless you do not know God for yourself. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

2 Daily Oracle - February 2, 2014 Don't treat me as a common sinner or murderer who plots against the innocent and demands bribes. No, I am not like that, O Lord, I try to walk a straight and narrow path of doing what is right; therefore in mercy save me. - Psalms 26:9-11 (The Living Bible) For all have sinned, Paul wrote, and fall short of the glory of God. David pleaded his case to God in the days before Christ, the days before salvation. He implores God to deal with him differently than He would a “common sinner” or a “murderer”; in other words, in David's thinking, from one extreme to the other. The born-again believer knows there is no difference between “common sin”, murder, theft, idolatry, adultery, on and on. But the point is, David prayed that God would bless him not only because he did not do certain things, but that he tried to do “good things” - walk a straight and narrow path. Andy Stanley wrote a book entitled “How Good is Good Enough?”. That is the $64,000, actually the eternal, question. God knows there is not enough good in any of us to “earn” our way to salvation or to eternal life in His presence. Try as we may, we can never be “good enough” so God gave us grace. Although you may not be any of those people David described, or if you try to live as David described, remember you are saved by grace. There is no “living up” to a standard you cannot reach nor do such great and wonderful works that God will say “gee whiz, he did so much for so many, but he never found time to come to salvation. What the heck? Let him into heaven anyway”. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

3 Daily Oracle - February 3, 2014 When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation. - Proverbs 10:25 (New Living Translation) God allows storms into the lives of everyone. He allows storms, tests, trials, temptations (He never tempts, but He allows temptation). He sends these things for His purpose, for His reasons, and it is up to us to deal with them. For the born-again believer, they are to be welcomed, if you will, as sent from God. They are used to build character, to strengthen resolve, or, again, for His purpose. For the unbeliever, they may be sent as a “tipping point” to salvation. This is supposition on my part as I nor anyone else can know the mind of God. It is all about how the storms of life are received. The godly will find resolve and will give thanks for the storm. Just how one's faith endures, how resilient one is, is a testimonial to God and one's devotion to Him. Moreover, the way one reacts to these storms builds and toughens one's foundation in the faith. The Bible says it rains on the just and the unjust. Whether you have an umbrella is up to you. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

4 Daily Oracle - February 4, 2014 Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil of the proud. - Proverbs 16:18-19 (King James Version) Pride is a sin. Plain and simple. There is nothing wrong with being proud of someone, of your achievements; but when that “proud” clouds everything else around you, then, “Houston, we have a problem”. Pride has destroyed more people than one might think. Guns may kill. Drugs may kill. Sometimes even looks can “kill”. But pride causes spiritual death. Pride cost Lucifer his exalted place in the kingdom of God. Pride causes us to lie, rather than own up to the truth. Face it, pride is not only sin, but it is lethal too. Humility, and especially humility before God, is what He is looking for. On those great scales of life, pride and humility may be two characteristics or attributes that are measured. The Bible says Moses was one of the most humble men who ever lived; however, it was his pride that caused him to kill the Egyptian that brought him to that place of humbleness and humility. Sometimes God will “break” us of our pride to get us to the humble spirit that He desires.

5 Daily Oracle - February 5, 2014 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. - Philippians 2:21 (KJV) Paul is hitting the root of the problem. Not only within the early church and the early converts to Christ, but to the heart of the matter today. It may seem a sweeping indictment, and I know that some would protest that they are “Godly” in every form and fashion of the word. But deep down, at our most base level, as people (whether born-again believers or not), we still seek our own. We are still selfish at heart, we still make time for the things that mean the most to us and often God, Jesus and/or prayer, let alone our financial support, are “not the things” that belong to Jesus. I know every born-again believer has a good heart and a desire to do good and godly things. I know that we all have good intentions and we all strive to do God's will. But I also know, based on my own experience and observation, that things of the world often come before the things of Christ. The church house is in disrepair but you will get blinded by the sun bouncing off the cars in the parking lot. The house of God needs paint, but not our homes. God's Word says to seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all else falls into place. Paul tells the Philippians and he is telling us that they as well as we all seek our own. But if we would just seek Jesus as we are told to, the things of Christ would become our own. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

6 Daily Oracle - February 6, 2014 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made unto God. - Philippians 4:6 (KJV) The Bible says we are not to worry about or be anxious for anything. We are to trust that God will provide for all our needs. The Bible says it, but how well do we live it? While the born-again believer believes in the power of prayer, the human side of the believer, arguably by nature, does worry, does get anxious, has panic attacks, and often thinks we are being irresponsible if all we do is pray and sit back and wait for an answer. We think God needs our help providing for us or needs our help in His decision-making process. Paul tells us to be anxious for nothing; in other words, our faith and our trust in God will see us through the day. He goes on to say pray and make supplication, with thanksgiving, and make our needs, wants and desires known to God. He is saying get out of the way and let God be God. We are not always going to get everything we ask for, everything we pray for. But, as His child, you will always have what you need. It may not seem so, but look around and ask what is it that you truly lack? What is it you do not have that you cannot possibly live without? Then go to Him in prayer and supplication. See what happens. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

7 Daily Oracle - February 7, 2014 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) Grace is God's unconditional gift to us. Along with His love, grace is one “attribute” that non-Christians cannot quite grasp. God was once truly the God of wrath; His people provoked and provoked Him and He punished them time after time. But when man simply refused to confirm, God's “softer” side emerged. In the days of Noah, it was His grace that spared Noah and his family from the Great Flood. God was ready, the Bible says, to simply wipe out mankind; at one point He offered to wipe out Israel and allow Moses to start Israel all over again. But the greatest “offer” God ever made man was the gift of His Son, our salvation through Him and ushering in the Dispensation of Grace. Grace, it must be understood, is a gift. A gift to us that was paid, in blood, by Jesus. Unlike adherents to other belief systems, the born-again believer is unable to “work” his or her way to salvation. Some think they must do x, y, and z to find salvation. Not so. There is no working our way to heaven. Paul warns that if any one could, that same any one would boast, would brag, would rub in the face of others just what it was he or she did to achieve salvation. Jesus paid it once and for all for all who would believe. So never think you must jump through hoops to find God's favor, and then your salvation. Finding faith and keeping faith in God is the only “hoop” you'll ever have to jump through. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

8 Daily Oracle - February 8, 2014 Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience. - Romans 8:24-25 (HCSB) Hope that is seen is not hope at all, writes the Apostle Paul. Why? Because, he further asks, who hopes for what he sees? Sure, we can see something we want and hope one day to have it; a house, a car, a watch, diamonds and pearls. But these are not the things Paul is talking about or the hope we should be looking for. That hope is salvation, it is eternal life. If we hope for what we do not see, Paul continues, we eagerly await it. Sometimes with patience, other times we wait impatiently. It doesn't matter, because God will give it to us according to His timetable, not yours or mine. We await our eternal reward, but few of us actually await our death to receive that reward. What we are to do is live each day to its fullest and when our days are up, we “hope” to open our eyes in the presence of God. But that “hope” is not really “hope” because we have been given the promise. We know our hope is placed in the hands of Jesus and although we have yet to see those hands, we are confident that they are there, waiting to take our hand and walk with us into the Kingdom. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

9 Daily Oracle - February 9, 2014 So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, at this time are You restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses...”. - Acts 1:7,8 (HCSB) Jesus' time to return to the Father had come and the disciples were anxious. They were probably even a little scared. They had seen Jesus crucified, buried and risen from the tomb. They had eaten with Him, talked to Him, laughed and enjoyed themselves with Him and now He was leaving. This time it was not a matter of three days and three nights in the belly of the earth. This time was an ascent into heaven to be with His Father until the day He is told to return for the church. To alleviate their fears and anxiety, He promises them the Holy Spirit will come upon them to lead, guide and direct them. The same Holy Spirit Jesus promises them is the self-same Holy Spirit who leads, guides and directs us today. He did not take Jesus' place; no, it was nothing like that. What He did was become the “physical” presence of Jesus, if you will, in the life of the born-again believer and He dwells within us. Jesus promises to never leave us nor forsake us. His sending of the Holy Spirit reinforces that promise. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

10 Daily Oracle - February 10, 2014 “If I glorify Myself”, Jesus answered, “My glory is nothing”. - John 8:54 (HCSB) Jesus was all about glorifying His Father. He never sought to glorify Himself or really even draw attention to Himself. He was very humble, even to the point of His crucifixion. Every miracle He performed He credited to His Father. He never said, “In My name be healed!” He always gave the glory to His Father. Today, although we may not technically “glorify” ourselves, we often draw attention to ourselves and think more highly of ourselves than we should. It is not only obnoxious to those around us, but it is displeasing to God. We too need to give the glory and the honor and the credit to God. He is the One who blesses. We can help one another out, we can do for one another, we can do great and wonderful things for others, but unless God first blesses us to be a blessing to others, we will fall short. Trust that as you bless others, God will continue to bless you. Don't take credit for your good deeds, but give credit for your good deed – give it to God. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

11 Daily Oracle - February 11, 2014 Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. - Proverbs 15:22 (HCSB) Planning is an important part of life. We can acknowledge that God has a plan for our lives, but we must also admit that we have plans for our lives as well. We start out with our parents planning for us; then guidance counselors at school; then career counselors or college advisers; financial advisers and others. We often make our plans after consulting with others or after (ideally) prayer. Planning is a decision-making process and no one should try to plan anything significant without the counsel or input of others. In other words, plans often fail because the only counsel we take is our own. The Preacher says with “many advisers” our plans succeed. He doesn't say how many is enough or how many is too many. He is simply saying that we cannot plan in a vacuum; any plan has variables and we may not see them if tackling something all by ourselves. The best Adviser is found through prayer; God will never steer you wrong. However, you must be willing to submit to Him and accept His counsel; don't do as someone I know and make up your mind about something and then pray, asking that God will validate and bless the plan or the decision. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

12 Daily Oracle - February 12, 2014 The LORD frustrates the counsel of the nations; He thwarts the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation. - Psalms 33:10-11 (HCSB) Nations rise and fall. Empires, likewise, rise and fall. Over the course of history, there have been great nations, empires and civilizations. Most are no longer a shadow of what they once were. There were men and there were nations determined to “rule the world”. At different times in history, the sun never set on the Roman Empire nor the British Empire. Hitler thought his Third Reich would dominate the world and last 1,000 years; the Reich lasted 12 years and his global reach fell short of global rule. But this is not a history lesson. But then again it is. It illustrates how God was, is and shall always be the Sovereign of His creation. Man gets puffed up and decides, just as Lucifer did, that he can replace God, that he can have the power and the dominion. They lack the wisdom that God saw all this play out before He even created the earth, before He created man. The hymn says “a mighty fortress is our God”. He is the One who endures. Man is the created, nor the Creator. Prayer is the key ingredient in any decision-making process. Praying to “rule the world” will surely fall on deaf ears. Satan knows that and history is full of men who learned that lesson too. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

13 Daily Oracle - February 13, 2014 Stay away from a foolish man; you will gain no knowledge from his speech. - Proverbs 14:7 (HCSB) The Bible speaks often of fools. Most of us know a fool or two and most of us have done a foolish thing or two. But what The Preacher is saying is there is no benefit in listening to a fool. Not only does the fool speak foolish words, but he also speaks empty words, words without meaning. People seek out wise men and women. They seek out wisdom and knowledge. They seek these out as there is no real reason to seek out foolishness; it will find you. The key is knowing the difference between foolish talk and wise insight. Sometimes it is difficult to separate the two, but the discerning person, Christian or not, can usually pick up on fool-speak pretty easily. The best course of action is to do as The Preacher says – simply stay away from a foolish man. There is nothing to be gained from his counsel. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

14 Daily Oracle - February 14, 2014 As far as east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12 (HCSB) God forgives us of our sins. We ask, we repent, we (try) don't repeat. His Word says if we'll confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all transgressions. He removes our sins. He washed them away at the Cross. But too often that is not good enough for us. The hardest person in this life to forgive for whatever the transgression is self. God forgive you. The one you transgressed forgives you. You say you accept that forgiveness and yet you drag the sin back up before God, asking Him time and again for forgiveness. He does not want us begging. He is not going to hold whatever it is over your head – as mere mortals do. He forgives, He removes, and He moves on. As should we. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

15 Daily Oracle - February 15, 2014 But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliverance. I will sing to the LORD because He has treated me generously. - Psalms 13:5-6 (HCSB) God's love is limitless, there are no strings attached, it is unconditional. God is the only One who will never turn on you. He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother. When the psalmist speaks of faithful love, it is out of God's faithfulness. He will not always love you, but He will always forgive you and He will always deliver you from whatever mess you may find yourself caught up in. Out of this faithfulness, out of this unmerited grace He showers on us come the sense of generosity that cannot be matched or outdone by anyone else. The psalmist says sing to the LORD for the great and wonderful things He has done, the great and wonderful things He has blessed you with. There is only One God and salvation is found in no other. We “owe” Him so much and yet He asks for so little. Lift up His name and sing your praises unto Him. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

16 Daily Oracle - February 16, 2014 “Look, I am coming like a thief. The one who is alert and remains clothed so that he may not go around naked and people see his shame is blessed.” - Revelation 16:15 (HCSB) God told Noah to build an ark. God told Noah that man's days were 120 years. God told Noah He would send a Great Flood and deliver only him and his family, destroying all other people on the planet. He did not give him a day or a date; He told Noah 120 years from now it's going to rain. Noah warned his neighbors. They laughed and scoffed at him and his family. But one day there was a drop. Then a sprinkle, a shower and then a deluge. God Himself sealed the door of the ark and no one outside could do anything to get in. Fast forward to another unknown day. Jesus says be ready. He said nearly 2,000 years ago He would return. All these years unbelievers have laughed, scoffed, ridiculed, and tried to deceived the born-again believer that there is no Jesus, there is no Glorious Return. But what did Jesus tell John in the Revelation? Jesus said to John and He says to us to be alert and be dressed; don't get caught napping, don't get caught naked. Be ready, mind, body and above all spirit for His return. For the scoffer, the naked, the unprepared it will be a day of shame when our Lord returns for His people. Therefore, watch and pray. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

17 Daily Oracle - February 17, 2014 Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your King?” “We have no king but Caesar!” the chief priests answered. So then, because of them, he handed Him over to be crucified. - John 19:15, 16 (HCSB) Pilate was kind of caught between a rock and a hard place. He could do the right thing and let Jesus go and face the wrath of the chief priests and the majority of the Jews. Or, he could let Him be crucified and keep the peace. The Romans out-armed the Jews, but the Jews outnumbered the Romans. Pilate, like so many “peace keepers”, took the easy way out and allowed the crucifixion to proceed. If he had been a “peace maker”, he'd have done what his heart, and his wife, told him to do and set Jesus free. The Jews, for their part, despised the Romans and Roman occupation of Israel. They despised all Rome stood for, or so it seemed. When their standard of living was threatened, when their corruption was about to be exposed, they sided when the hated Romans and in doing so got rid of Jesus “the troublemaker” and reestablished the status quo. What we know now is that by crucifying Jesus the Jews allowed prophecy to be fulfilled, the role of the priesthood was diminished and the Dispensation of Grace was ushered in. For the chief priests, sometimes it is best to be careful for what you ask for because it you may get far worse than you already have. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

18 Daily Oracle - February 18, 2014 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after knowing it, to turn back... - 2 Peter 2:21 (HCSB) Science tells us we can never really forget anything. We may not be able to remember or recall facts, figures, events, faces or names, but once we learn something, it is learned. Nothing can be “un- learned” or “un-taught”. We learn it and it is ours forever. Such it is with salvation; once we are saved, we cannot forget the experience, the journey, the joy of knowing Christ. However, God does not remove our free will once we come to salvation. He still gives us the option to “walk away” from or turn our back on Him. But Peter has a further warning: It is better for those who never knew the truth of the salvation of Jesus Christ than it is for those who, for whatever their rationale, turn from the truth. Some say they walk away. Some shake their fist at God when something goes wrong or doesn't go their way. Once the back-sliding begins, it can be stopped. But the longer the slide, the farther the way back. God is not mocked; the Bible says that several times. Half-stepping, backsliding or reneging on your commitment to Christ is a form of mocking God. Better to never have known at all. For the born-again believer, that can never happen. Why? Because what is learned is learned and it is ours – forever. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

19 Daily Oracle - February 19, 2014 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes... - Romans 1:16 (HCSB) Sometimes the truth shames us, but we can never be ashamed of the truth. The gospel (Good News) is the tangible aspect of what Jesus left with us; the spiritual aspect of who He left is the Holy Spirit. What is there in the Bible to be ashamed of? There are plenty of shameful deeds and acts and people and “leaders” spread across those 66 books, but when we are confronted by others concerning God's Word, what do we have to be ashamed of? I would submit absolutely nothing. Jesus said if we deny the Father now, the Father will deny us later. The worse thing anyone could experience is God turning His back on him or her and saying “depart from Me, I never knew you.” Jesus felt the weight of God turning His back on Him as He hung on the cross, with all the sin of the world resting on Him. It was only when God had turned His back that Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” All throughout the gospels Jesus referred to God as “Father”. Jesus died for us; let us unashamedly live for Him.

20 Daily Oracle - February 20, 2014 Therefore, anyone of you who judges is without excuse. For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same thing. - Romans 2:1 (HCSB) Written to the Romans, but could just as easily been written in this morning's newspaper. Jesus spoke against judging others and against judging one another as well. But, as usual, Paul pulls no punches. He lets us know that we are not only wrong when we judge another, but we actually condemn ourselves when doing so. Why? Because, as Paul writes, we do the same things we judge others for. Now it may not be a “sin-for-sin” “same thing”, but it is by principle, the same. You may not spread gossip about this one, but you may be talking bad about that one. You may not rob a bank, but you come to work late and leave early (yes, that is a form of stealing). The bottom line is none of us, not a one, is in a position to condemn another. That is God's place to do. We may correct, we may admonish, we may speak our mind about some behavior someone else is engaged in, but we are not judges and we are not to be judgmental. There is often a fine line between correction and condemnation; as born-again believers, we need always err on the side of caution. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

21 Daily Oracle - February 21, 2014 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? - Romans 8:31 (HCSB) If God is for us, who can be against us? There is only one who can try to oppose us, and he is already a defeated adversary. But Paul is not referring to Satan when he asks this pretty basic question. Who, who in this life, who in your life, can not only be against you, but more to the point, can prevail against you? The answer is simply no one. There may be those against you, but none can prevail. Having said that, we have to be careful not to give those who are against us the opportunity to successfully oppose and prevail. While no one can break “the spirit”, there are those who can break “your spirit”, if you allow it. The popular culture calls it a matter of self-esteem. Reality says it is a broken spirit. Those who identify and exploit the weaknesses in your life, the “chinks in your armor” are those out to hurt you. But as a born-again believer, you must prevent that exploitation. God is your rock and your shield. If you turn a deaf ear to the one trying to break you and turn your face to God, Paul's question becomes rhetorical; because if God is for you, no one or nothing can be against you. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

22 Daily Oracle - February 22, 2014 “I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you...” - Daniel 5:14 King Belshazzar had a problem. He had a writing on the walls and none of his people could interpret the writing. These pagan kings had a record of dreaming and calling their magicians and seers together to interpret the dream for them. The catch? The king was expected to share the dream and have it interpreted. However, in this case, there was writing on the wall, writing no one could understand. Enter Daniel. Daniel, through the Hand of God, read the writing on the wall and through the wisdom of God, interpreted the writing. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. Not good news for Belshazzar, but don't ask the question if you do not want the answer. He rewarded Daniel for his efforts whereas some kings may have “shot the messenger”. Although Belshazzar did not know God, he knew the “Spirit of God” was in Daniel and he gave him his due respect. Should you have a dream or strange writing on your living room wall, take it to God in prayer for interpretation. The Bible warns against palm readers, psychics and and the like. Leave them alone. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

23 Daily Oracle - February 23, 2014 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - Romans 8:37 Put another way, there is nothing we cannot do, as born-again believers, through the Person and the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Life is not always easy. Sometimes it is easy to feel beat down or defeated. But we have something inside us that only a minority of the people on the face of the earth have; and that is the love and the blood of Christ Jesus. Read about all He went through for us, and what can we offer as a defense for not doing more for Him? While we were yet sinners, since before the time we were even born, Jesus Christ died for your sins and mine. There is a reservoir of strength inside each of us that no where near tapped to its fullest potential. We have the Spirit of the Living God dwelling inside us and yet we abuse our bodies; drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, over- eating, you name it. The Bible says our bodies are a temple of God and we should treat it as such. But the point is we are His. We are over-comers of this life and can face and overcome any challenge life, or Satan, throws our way. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

24 Daily Oracle - February 24, 2014 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines brighter into the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. - Proverbs 4:18-19 The path of the just, those who seek to do right, The Preacher says, is bright shining like the sun. Their path is clear of obstacles and they can see what lies ahead. He says that light grows brighter just like the sunrise; from a little light in the early morning hour to the bright light of noon. Each day is new, each day ought to be bright and as we said when I was in the Marine Corps “everyday is a holiday and every meal a feast!” The others, the wicked and even the unsaved, walk in darkness. The darkest dark, if you will, is spiritual darkness. There is no light where God is not. That is one of the torments of hell; eternal darkness in the eternal absence of God. The others stumble through this life, running and bumping into things, and although they may think they are okay, that stumbling in life causes a nose-dive into the lake of fire. God does not expect us to be perfect, but He does expect our best. His Word, the Bible says, is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. With God's bright and shining light, while I may (while not paying attention) stumble, He assures me I will never fall. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

25 Daily Oracle - February 25, 2014 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. - Judges 21:25 The time of the Judges of Israel was drawing to a close. The people wanted a king; forget that they had God as their king, they wanted flesh and bone. They wanted someone to touch, to talk to, to honor, in some cases even worship. The judges came and went; Israel got in one jam after another. But with the diminished power and influence of the judges, the people ran amok, so to speak. They did what was right in their own eyes. Forget the Holy Scriptures. Forget the Laws of Moses and the decrees of the priests. It was a free-for-all. This is one (if I am allowed to have one) of my favorite verses in the Bible. It reflects the same attitude of many born-again believers and non-believers as well. Our federal government has volumes of laws and a President, Congress and Supreme Court. Each state has even more volumes of laws, along with a governor, legislature and state supreme court. And yet, crime is rampant. Prisons are at or above capacity. People live in fear. Others live without a care. God is watching all this and cannot be happy. But way back when, people demanded human government and human government we have. Try to do what is right in God's eyes; doing what is right in your own eyes is seldom the solution. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

26 Daily Oracle - February 26, 2014 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, a house divided against a house falls...” ”He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” - Luke 11:17, 23 Nothing that is divided, split into or split into many pieces, is still whatever it was; in most cases it cannot be reconstituted. When there are rivals or competing interests for the same thing, some will go one way and some the other. Jesus had been accused of doing the work of the devil when performing miracles. Those around Him, just like those of us today, had to make a choice; follow Him or flow with the popular culture. For those He was talking to it was a choice between the “old way” and a “new way”. For us today, it is a choice between heaven and hell. The Bible says a double-minded man is an unstable man. A double-minded man lives life with one foot in the Kingdom and one foot in the street. He is holy on Sunday and hellish the other six days of the week. Jesus is saying to the double-minded man or woman today that if you insist on “one foot in/one foot out” he or she is destined to fall. One cannot “fall” into heaven but can certainly “fall” into hell. He said it Himself: you are either with Me or you are against Me. No middle ground. No double- mindedness. It is heaven or it is hell. United within yourself you will stand; divided within yourself and you will fall. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

27 Daily Oracle - February 27, 2014 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! - Psalm 150:6 This is not so much a command but an exaltation. We were created to praise and worship God. He created us in His image. Although He created everything and everything was created by Him, we are His. We are to reflect Him. We are to pray to Him, to trust in Him, to have faith in Him. No other creature in all of His glorious creation has relationship with Him like we do. He gave us some of His attributes; speaking, thinking, and the ability to decide. We do not possess His supernatural attributes, as those belong to Him and Him alone. But He endowed us with much to thank and to praise Him for. The first five verses of Psalm 150 tell us to praise Him every way we know how; through music, through song, through praise and worship. But the psalmist sums it up when he says “let everything that has breath praise the LORD”. God is the only One worthy of honor and of praise. We should always lift our voices up to Him. Praise Him! Praise Him and He will bless you. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

28 Daily Oracle - February 28, 2014 Everything is permissible, but not everything is helpful. Everything is permissible, but not everything builds up. No one should seek his own good, but the good of the other person. - 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (HCSB) You might say anything goes, but that does not make it right. What keeps us in check, so to speak, is our judgment and sense of restraint. If it isn't helpful, it is harmful. If it isn't positive, it is negative at worst, neutral at best. If it does not build up it tears down. It is so much easier to tear a person down, to hurt them, to walk on them than it is to build them up, to encourage them, to treat them as they do matter than it is to genuinely care for and love them. That is human nature, not God's nature or His desire for interpersonal relationships. Unselfishness dictates that we seek the good for the other person, not for ourselves. It is best to down- play your role in something and give credit for it to someone else than to “grab the spotlight” for yourself. We all seek after affirmation, a pat on the back, or a “job well done” by another. But the only One whose approval and affirmation we need to seek after is God's. The boss's “well done” and perhaps a pay raise or promotion is one thing; “well done, good and faithful servant” is quite another. © Foot of the Cross Evangelism 2014

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