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May we die today

Written By: admin - Jun• 15•15

Greetings, I received these thoughts during worship at our church gathering.

May we die today so you can live Lord Let our hearts stop beating so your heart can start loving

May we go blind so we can see through your eyes

May we become lame so we can walk in Your Will May we go out of our mind to be in the Mind of Christ

May our hands lose grip of this world and become instruments of power in Your Hands

We desire not to be attractive to the world but that the world be attracted to You LORD

Bless God and fear the Lord.

Truth of God

Written By: admin - May• 20•15

  Truth of God

Ephesians 4:14

 

(14) that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

 

We are frequently admonished to “search” the Scripture to seek out the truth that God reveals by His Spirit. We are urged to know what we believe and why. God wants us to have faith and conviction to the point of even giving up our lives in obedience to Him and His truth.

 

We must carefully examine God’s Word and learn what is true. And having found it, we should adhere to it always, not yielding an inch of ground when supposedly new teaching comes around from the mouth of smooth talkers. Not all church members have stood firm, as we know from experience. Some, making poor choices about what “truth” they will adhere to, have been blown off course, sailing away from their original destination—the Kingdom of God. They will, of course, end up in a different port.

 

This may be what Paul is referring to in Ephesians 4:14—that some members of the church in Ephesus were not following Christ’s path. They had become liberal and lax, no longer having the conviction to the truth fixed in their hearts and minds. The doctrines and truth they once held were no longer resolute in their minds. Their faith was weakening, and in consequence, they began to yield to every new opinion and submit to the guidance of every new teacher.

 

So, as it is brought out in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “There is nothing new under the sun.” What has happened in the past happens in the present.

 

We must really know the truth of God, believe it, and be fully convinced of it in true faith. In addition, we have to have our glorious destination as our goal and steer a steady course toward it.

 

When faced with the prevailing wind, a sailor can “beat to windward,” a technique that involves a maneuver called “tacking.” Tacking, also called “coming about,” is turning the boat at an angle to run against the wind so that one travels sideways in order to make forward progress. It takes some work and skill, but one can actually proceed on course to his destination.

 

It is a matter of control. Instead of being blown freely in the direction of the prevailing wind, one can gain control of his direction. Once again, it is the set of our sails, not the prevailing wind that determines our course. We have a Captain who knows the seas and the winds and how to get us to His port.

 

— Gary M

Heresy | Know the Truth

Written By: admin - May• 18•15

1 Corinthians 10:20-21

 

(20) Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. (21) You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord”s table and of the table of demons.

 

To use Paul’s analogy, our spiritual diet must not be a mixture of true and false doctrines. In this area of life, a mixture produces nothing good (James 3:11-12). We must make every effort to separate the true food from the false if we are to grow and qualify for the Kingdom of God. This is a responsibility that falls on each of us—we cannot leave it to others! We must acknowledge the source of the false teaching—Satan, his demons, and his false ministers—to truly appreciate the seriousness of heresy.

 

Like Peter, Paul warns about heresies within the church: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (I Timothy 4:1). The Greek word planos, translated as “deceiving” (NKJV) or “seducing” (KJV), is the same word from which we derive the English word “planet.” It conveys the idea of wandering. To the astronomers of ancient Greece, the planets appeared to wander in a heaven populated by other, relatively fixed lights. Thus, evil spirits induce people to wander from the true path of God’s Word. These are the principalities and powers against which we wrestle (Ephesians 6:10-12).

 

Heresy is not always easily detected because Satan usually camouflages the lie with a large measure of truth. He is a master of deceit. Because the world is so ignorant of God, Satan can tell them virtually anything, and they will believe it. But with us he generally does not directly challenge or obviously and blatantly misquote Scripture. His confrontation with Jesus, beginning in Matthew 4:1, is a classic example. He subtly twists the intent of a scripture to bend it into a wrong application or understanding. At other times, he will appeal to our vanity to get us to react to his suggestions without thinking.

 

The Bible gives only a few specific doctrines with which seducing spirits, heresy or false ministers are directly associated. However, do not be fooled that so few doctrines are directly mentioned with the word “heresy” attached. No doctrine is sacrosanct to demons. They will attack the people of God in any spiritual area. The Bible makes it very clear that demons are our major, major enemies, and deception that leads us into sin is their game!

 

By

JR