Saturday, August 2, 2008

Notes of Devotion - Rhonda Clark

God is the Sugar in the Cookies of Our Lives, (Part 2)


Imitation Ingredients

"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. Matthew 7:15(NIV)


Have you ever had a sugarless cookie? The kind made with imitation sugar or saccharin. What about a chocolate chip cookie made with carob chips instead of real chocolate? They may be healthier, but they don’t taste the same. I mean, no offense to those who eat and enjoy those healthier cookies. I’ve just never acquired a taste for them. For me, it’s the real thing, or nothing.


While contemplating why anyone would purposely eat cookies like that, my thoughts turn to how many come as imitators of God’s children. They present themselves as ordained by God, truth seekers, and reformist. Their message is dynamic and often entertaining. They are so well honed it’s hard to know their true nature or agenda. Their words are smooth, they flow with precision timing, and we come away feeling so good we believe these imitators could only be sent by God. Those who refute these beloved leaders are shunned and dismissed as trouble makers.


That leads me to the question of how those false prophets can be identified. Let’s think back to our cookie made with imitation sugar and carob chips. When we inspect it, it appears to be just like all other chocolate chip cookies. Upon further inspection we notice the texture is not quite right, and the chips look different. If those signs don’t send up red flags, the taste will. A master baker may spot the imitations using only their sight, but others who are unfamiliar with baking, or (heaven forbid) have never enjoyed a real chocolate chip cookie, may not realize there’s something much better. In the same way the master baker spots the differences in the cookie, a child of God who studies His word will be able to spot a false prophet. Those who don’t meditate on Scripture will be less likely to identify the differences. Therefore, my dear friend, you must wrap yourself in God’s word as a hedge of protection against the “ferocious wolves.”


Dear Father in Heaven, as I study your word, grant me the ability to spot false imitators of You. Show me Your truth as I delve into Your promises. Fill me up with Your wisdom and knowledge, so that I may never be one of those false imitators. In Jesus Holy name, Amen.



(I failed to include Rhonda's bio in last month's newsletter. Rhonda, I'm so sorry! Readers, do take time to read this author's information - and visit her link. You'll enjoy you time with her.)


Rhonda Clark's sought-after articles have been featured in many e-zines, and on a story time radio show on station WHBK in Marshall, North Carolina. She has won commendations for her short, faith-based articles from Faithwriters.com.


A quirky sense of humor combines with down home charm and allows her to connect to readers as a friend. Her ability with words puts a fresh twist on basic thoughts and Biblical teachings that brings new perspective to her audience. To find more of Rhonda's work go to http://rhondac2008.googlepages.com.

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