Monthly Prayer Focus

February 2019

A Mystery, The Unmasking of Untruths!

Written by: Thomas Sledge

It’s the month of February and time again to pause and focus.  In this month’s focus we’re asking you to fill your minds with the spiritual fuels that energize, insight, and reveal discernment of the true meaning of God’s word. These spiritual energy resources come from God.  To borrow a phrase from the Book of Romans 11:25, “…I would not want you to be ignorant of God’s mysteries brothers and sisters…”.  In the biblical Greek, the term mystery refers to that which awaits disclosure or interpretation.  The Latin term mysterium fidei, ‘mystery of faith’, was defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church to mean a mystery hidden in God which can never be known unless revealed by him. [1] When one thinks of unmasking, one might have thoughts of debunking, divulging, or exposing the trueness of identity of something cloaked, shrouded, or covered in the appearance of something that it is not.  Have you noticed the many prevailing idealisms that have swept across the masses and shaped the character and identity of who many are today? Perhaps you’ve been around long enough to observe that perceptions of truth today have both evolved and changed from the truth of yesteryears.  Maybe by chance you’ve pondered the question in your own mind, “Does truth really change?”  Today, we’re observing more and more strong power-filled messages of idealisms and purported truths that astonishingly and with surgical-like precision are effecting change and eviscerate the very foundational fiber of society and the character of those who believe in them.  What are Christians to make of all of this?  Through our spiritual lens, will we be capable of unclothing and escaping what can be described as tsunami-like waves of idealisms that have engulfed many and moved them further and further away from truth.  We’ll look to the Bible for some answers to these questions in this month’s prayer focus,A Mystery, The Unmasking of Untruths.

            In the Book of Matthew 13:10-11, Jesus answered his disciples who questioned him regarding his speaking to people in parables that he did so because it was for them to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven that had not been yet been shared with others. For others, non-believers that weren’t followers of Jesus, and oftentimes with his disciples, Jesus used simple stories to illustrate moral and spiritual meanings of the gospel.  We can emulate Jesus’ wisdom in our own witnessing of the gospel.  In the Book of 2 Thessalonians 2:7, Paul wrote of a time when the mystery of lawlessness against God would be at work.  The mystery of the lawlessness against God are those that adorn and conceal themselves in disingenuous passion for Christ, but really oppose him by virtue of their false teachings, and what the bible describes as lying wonders and schemes designed to cheat others.  These don’t love God or his truth and are pleased in their own untruths that they spread to others as having godly virtue.  Jesus warns these false messengers will have power even to deceive the very elect.  In a January 22, 2019 article published in USA Today, gifted singer, songwriter, and musician Lady Gaga while speaking of her Christianity seemingly conversely defended non-biblical values that she espoused as representative of true Christianity.  [2] Most noteworthy in her career, her song “Born This Way” set a record for the quickest song to reach one million downloads. [3] In the song she touts that God doesn’t make mistakes and regardless of your sexual orientation, you were born that way.  Correspondingly with her comments to audiences, the messages and lyrics of her songs are meant to reflect true Christianity.  The lyrical messaging contained in her music has proven to have irrefutable power, as they have earned her the distinguished notoriety of becoming the first person to attract 20 million followers on Twitter as far back as 2010. She reportedly has remained the Queen of Twitter ever since. [4] Undeniably, powerful!

            Debunking, divulging, or exposing the trueness of identity of something cloaked, shrouded, or covered in an appearance of something that it is not.  Untruth disguised as truth and filled with sweeping tsunami-like power that with surgical precision eviscerates the very fiber and character of those who believe in them.  The mystery of the lawlessness against God that conceals itself in disingenuous passion for Christ, but really opposes him by virtue of its false teachings described as lying wonders and schemes designed to cheat others out of ultimately their eternal inheritance in Christ.  Jesus told his disciples, it was given to them to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, and not believe those that speak false teachings of Christ.  With our minds full of the spiritual fuels of Christ, we are energized and looking through spiritual lens, we have discernment.  Untruths’ identity is unmasked, and we see clearly and abide in the truth.  Lady Gaga’s truth is, “I was born like this”, and “God doesn’t make mistakes.” Let’s us pray for and bear witness to all those like Lady Gaga and others that the light of truth shines through darkness revealing the mystery of Christ that born with a sinful nature, we all must be born again.  It is given to us to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.  The truth, God’s word remains the same as from the beginning.  In Malachi 3:6 he proclaims, “…I change not….” Please join with us, Midway’s Prayer Ministry, as we turn our attention to this month’s prayer focus,A Mystery, The Unmasking of Untruths.

1  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_mysteries

2. https://www.complex.com/music/2019/01/lady-gaga-vegas-mike-pence-worst-example-of-Christianity

3. https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/01/21/lady-gaga-slams-vice-president-mike-pence-christianity/2636241002/

4. https://mashable.com/2012/03/04/lady-gaga-20-million-twitter/ 

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