Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)

Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)
From September 26 to November 10, 2017, my husband, daughter and I will be on a ministry trip in Australia and New Zealand. The places we will be visiting are shown on the map above - along with the dates in which we'll be in these places (and what we'll be doing while there). Please keep this ministry trip and all of us in your prayers! Blogs will appear daily throughout this time, as I have written them and scheduled them in advance. I welcome your comments - and enjoy them! Just know I will not have Internet access for much of this time. So, I will look forward to reading your responses upon my return. Thank you for your understanding! And please keep reading to complete the "Reading the Bible in a Year" challenge and blessing! I am very grateful to Claire for her faithful blog comments (please everyone - join her in sharing each day as a discussion blesses everyone so much more!) And I am thankful that Claire has graciously agreed to add a bit more into her daily comments during my time of absence. Please direct special comments or questions which require immediate responses to her (on this blog). Blessings as you continue your journey through God's Word this year!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - March 10, 2017

Today's Reading:

Matthew 13:1-23

Leviticus 17-18

Proverbs 28

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

The Scripture I am going to focus on today is from Proverbs 28:26, which says:
"He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."

This Scripture is absolutely the opposite of what we're told to do in our society today. Everywhere, we find the message to "follow your heart". The underlying concept is that you can trust your heart more than anything else, which is why it is supposedly best to follow it. But the Bible teaches that following one's own heart is the epitome of foolishness.

One platform where the "follow your heart" message is repeated and reinforced to the point of total indoctrination is in the media and movie industry.


Now, before we begin, I just want to make one thing clear…  I didn’t watch all these movies that I’m going to be using as illustrations. The information presented in this talk comes from Internet research along with the research put out by Little Light Studios in the DVD’s called Magic Kingdom and the Replacement Gods.

From the time children are small, they are being taught in the movies that there is a better world. In this world, anything is possible. Love seems to be the key ingredient. And dreams supposedly do come true. But, is there a deeper message than what’s on the surface? Are these fables just innocent stories? Or could they be dangerous allegories teaching us to "follow our hearts" from a young age? 
 
What exactly do these movies teach children about magic? And more importantly, when kids watch these movies, to which kingdom are they being influenced to belong?

One of the most dangerous things being taught in the movies, is that the principles of Scripture are being challenged over and over again, in subtle ways. The movies especially attack the Law of God.


God asks us to keep His Law with all of our hearts. He even tells us that keeping it is a test of our love for Him (John 14:15).

But instead of loving and living by the Principles of God's Law, the movies are telling our children to follow their hearts.


As is well documented in the Little Light Studios documentary called The Magic Kingdom, In the movie, Mulan, for instance, children are told to follow their hearts instead of the rules. Mulan’s advisor and guardian is none other than a red dragon (which is the devil in Revelation 12:3, Revelation 20:2). Mulan teaches the children that their duty is to their hearts. And when they follow their feelings, things will come out right.

But, this is the opposite of what the Bible teaches. 
Jeremiah 17:9 - "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked..."
Proverbs 28:26 - "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."

Movies, like Cinderella 2, teach children that the rules are old and dull. We need something new. We should make our own rules rather than following the rules which have been given to us. This is exactly what the devil did in Heaven. He challenged God’s Law, deciding to make his own new rules. When Adam and Eve listened to him and also challenged God’s rules, the result was bringing sin, disease, death and destruction to our world.

But, in the movies children learn that when you follow your heart and break the rules, everything turns out fairy-tale perfect.

Not only do movies teach children Satan’s principles, they also present the devil as the good guy. Pan, the Greek god of nature, is none other than Satan. He was known by his ability to play the Pan Pipes and seduce people into following him to their destruction.

In Disney’s Peter Pan, the main character is still named, Pan. He wears green to show his connection with nature, still has pointy ears, and he even plays the panpipes in a scene to make sure we know who he is.


Peter Pan, entices Wendy to join him in Never Never Land, where there are no rules. And even though Pan is really Satan, he is presented to children as THE GOOD GUY!

In Islamic cultures, the genie or djinn was a supernatural spirit or demon. But, when this terrible thing is presented to children, the genie is their FRIEND.  

Children are also being taught the principles of spirit worship and pantheism in movies like Pocahontas and others where nature spirits advise them and behave like beloved members of the family.


Wizards are seen as the good guys in numerous children’s movies.
Far from being harmless and amusing entertainment, these movies are actually indoctrinating children into friendship with demons and Satan and rebellion against God and His Law.


Now let’s be honest about this for a moment. Most children spend more time watching movies than they do attending church or hearing from the Bible. So whose kingdom principles are these kids learning more deeply? That's a point for consideration! 

Truly our culture is at war with the God of the Bible. The Principles in the Word are increasingly being silenced. But no matter how many ways we hear the message to follow our hearts, the truth is that this message is a lie:
Jeremiah 17:9 - "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked..."
Proverbs 28:26 - "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."