Fresh Hope – Day 246

I was really surprised the other day, when I saw one of our church volunteers drinking a Starbucks coffee.

That may not seem unusual to you, as we serve Starbucks coffee at church. However, this particular person was only ever known for drinking McDonald’s coffee!

(Now I do have to confess that I have enjoyed an occasional McD coffee, when desperate, and only with three sugars – it was the only way it would go down).

I couldn’t resist asking this person if they had been converted to Starbucks; to which they replied, “no…shhhh…don’t tell anyone but it’s a McDonald’s coffee that I’ve poured into a Starbucks cup!”

That simple story helps us to appreciate how easy it is to camouflage what’s really going on with a false image.

We all know that nowadays it’s all too easy to live a life of pretence and mislead people by telling just that little white lie, which by the way is just a camouflaged lie and is just the same as any other coloured lie.

How many times have you found yourself telling half the truth, or exaggerating something to make yourself look better? Yet again a subtle form of lying.
When it comes down to it, the truth has to be totally the truth -otherwise it’s a lie, no matter how you dress it up.

Whatever sleeve you put around it, it’s what’s on the inside that really matters.

If you are continually masking what’s true with flowery words meant to divert others from the real facts, then don’t be surprised when you find yourself in a position that few people ever trust you.

At the end of the day, it’s not only you that knows the real truth, but God does too.

You may fool others for a time, but you can never fool God for even a moment.

Before you go any further down this slippery slope, take these words to heart…

Proverbs 10:9 ‘Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.’

Always looking over your shoulder for fear of being found out?

Can’t understand why God seems to have withdrawn His blessing from your life?

Look no further…He upholds only those that walk in complete integrity.

Make a once-and-for-all-decision today, no matter what the cost, to be a totally trustworthy and honest person – God will uphold you.

Pastor Mark

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