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Truth Trumps Opinion


Thief. Liar. Zacchaeus. He was known as a man that preyed upon the poor. He took money from whomever he could under the pretense of being a lawful man. He was supposed to be an upstanding citizen. He was viewed as the worst of the worst.
Then he sought out Jesus. The reputation he had earned couldn’t affect Christ’s redeeming grace. Zacchaeus was offered a relationship with Him. The world still looked upon Zacchaeus as a sinner. In their eyes he would never be good enough to be a follower of Jesus. But from Jesus’ point of view he was worthy of salvation. He had become a child of His.
The opinion of people doesn’t affect the judgment of Jesus. 
You might have lived a life full of corruption. Jesus’ blood can cover any sin. You might be falsely accused but in Jesus you can be blameless. Jesus knows you for who you really are. He sees you as no one else can. And He loves you. He desires to have a relationship with you. A pure relationship in which you don’t allow the opinions of others or the opinion of yourself dictate who you are in Him. A relationship in which you just give yourself to Him completely, hiding nothing.
Luke 19:1-10

rooted on the Rock



The wise builder dug into the earth until he hit rock before he began building his house. Therefore his house could withstand harsh weather. The foolish builder built upon the surface. His house fell when the floods came.

Decisions are made daily based upon our opinions. If our opinions are rooted in Jesus’ teachings then we will be able to survive the hard times. If our decisions are made based upon the opinions of ourselves we will fail.

The wise man’s house was rooted on rock. What are your opinions and choices rooted in?

go for it



Nehemiah set out to build the wall around Jerusalem. He had just finished rallying the Jewish nation when the surrounding countries interjected their opinion: “are you crazy?” And “this will never work!” 

Nehemiah looked them in the eye and stood on God’s promise. “It is going to work and you have no part in it. We aren’t consulting you.”
And then Nehemiah and the people began to work on what the Lord had given them. 
Remember this: we don’t need the world’s nod of approval before we do the work of the Lord. We need only God’s confirmation.

Ignoring Plan A

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Isaiah 40:4

Genesis 20:1-11

Have you ever found yourself making decisions based on man’s probable reaction as opposed to God’s will?

Abraham did.

He and his wife, Sarah followed through with a plan to deceive Abimelech, king of Gerar because they felt that living righteously was too big of a risk.

They had determined that if the king found out that they were husband and wife that Abraham would be killed so that Sarah could become the King’s. They decided to make themselves known as siblings instead of spouses.

Their plan was concocted based on how they thought man would react without paying heed to what God had set in place.

Ultimately they chose to believe that God wasn’t in control.

But instead of the intended peace Abraham and Sarah’s plan caused discord. Tempers flared. Their scheme had backfired.

Their trust had been placed in the wrong authority. Now they would have to deal with the consequences.

Man’s opinion shouldn’t be the determining factor of our choices. God alone should be the one you are concerned with answering to.

Go forward knowing that you’re pleasing God, your maker, your king. If you look to honor God first in your life then he’ll take care of the details.

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