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Articles From Brother Henderson

What Have I Become?
 
War has broken out in Europe again, and if we have a reason to believe the devil is real, unprovoked war is a notable reason. The humanity within me cries out for the masses who are in danger of losing their lives. While bodies are laid waste and have not had a proper burial, I have seen people heavily influenced by the world use this unfortunate event to support their politics. During these dark times, I asked myself, what have we become, and how did we become this way?
 
 People made in the image of God can fall so low that we no longer resemble our Creator. We find out in Genesis 1:26 that God made man in his image and likeness. When time began on earth, His first thoughts and actions were to create a setting where humanity could live, prosper, and thrive. To this day, God has not taken his mind off of His creation, and since you are made in God’s image, you should not either.
 
 Scripture records in Hebrews 2:1, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” It is a sad sight to see people you love drift away. The process of drifting, in most cases, occurs slowly. The pain comes from knowing who they were, which was full of spirit, hopeful, cheerful, caring, and now they are cynical, bleak, confrontational, and dark of heart. What happened? The change happened slowly. To the sound of mind, intervene as you see this drift occur in your loved one.
 
 God has placed a light inside of you. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house” (Mt 5:14–15). What have we become? If we are not spreading light daily, we are propagating darkness in a world with too much darkness in it already. With that said, we need you, and God needs your light to do what it was designed to do.
 
 For now, stop listening to toxic people. Jesus said in Matthew 23:15, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.” If you are not careful, you can become worse than the toxic people you have compromised to support.
 
Instead, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
 
Courtney Henderson                                                       Publ. 2/26/2022

 

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