22nd September 2020

Dolly and Neil!

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
Matthew 24:23-24 (NKJV)

My wife and I have been fortunate to see both Dolly Parton and Neil Diamond in live concert twice. Both are excellent performers, singers and songwriters who have a large catalogue of hit songs. You simply can’t beat the real thing!  But because we like their music we have also seen tribute acts to both stars. As good as they were and as hard as they tried, neither tribute act could capture the magic, that elusive something, that sets a real star apart. They were very good, the music was excellent, but sadly they were a pale imitation of the real star.

Which got me thinking do we know the real God? The scripture above suggests it is possible to be misled and deceived! So how can we know the real God? Well, by spending time in his Word through Bible study and through prayer. As Matthew 11:27 tells us, “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” It is in our prayer and study that we get to know Jesus, and it is Jesus who then reveals the Father to us. So we can be confident that if we know and focus on Jesus, we know and are following the real God.

If you want to be sure you know what you are doing and will not be deceived by a counterfeit, whether a £5.00 note, a painting by a famous painter, or a false image of God, you work to become an expert in the genuine article! So in prayer and Bible study let’s remember that we are getting know the real God and maybe this will motivate us on one of those days when it’s hard to study and pray.

You simply can’t beat the real thing!

Prayer
Gracious, loving Father, help us to know Jesus, our elder brother, remembering what He went through because of love for us; and through Jesus to get to know You and to really understand what it means to know the real You. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone:  01484-312347
Email: leeds@gracecom.church

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