What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. - 2 Timothy 1:13-14
You have given me truth from your word. It defines my origin, my purpose, my faith and my destiny. It tells me right and wrong and leads me in the way of righteousness. Your word replaces selfish motives with faith and love toward you and others that flows from the gospel. But I hear so many shallow and empty messages every day that beckon me to be true to myself or to do what feels right. These messages argue against your truth and the fear of God. They offer a whole different paradigm for my heart. I struggle to see them for what they are sometimes. Help me to guard what you have taught me and to filter what people around me are saying as well as what the television, radio and internet pour forth. Give me the sublime strength to deny their temptations to disregard your will and your grace. Give me the wisdom not to flood my soul with media programs that tell a great story but a have a godless human centered message. Fill my life with activities that heal the hurting and mend the brokenhearted. Use your Holy Spirit to deflect unhealthy thinking from my mind. Be my Savior and walk with me today.
Pastor Don Patterson
Never let your guard down when the world is talking to you.