Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

"Take heed what you hear"

With all the voices clamoring for our attention, our allegiance, our praise, our money, perhaps now would be a good time to review just who it is that gets and holds our attention. The title of this post is a quote from Mark 4:24. This verse continues on to say "With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear more will be given." The first part of this has been hijacked by the 'name-it-and-claim-it crowd and used very successfully to deceive many. But that does not change the meaning nor the intent of His words. If we don't hear Him---via His written Word---He will have nothing further to say to us; as we do hear Him, He will further instruct us. So take heed what you put into your head, who you listen to, what they are saying, etc. If the words you hear from another are not "wholesome words" then it's time to discard them. Titus 3:10 gives plain and simple teaching in this regard: "A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject." It does not say to make that person your life-long task to 'bring them back to the Lord.' If they reject your words twice then you have no authority to continue to try to persuade them. It's time to shake the dust off your feet and move on. Every excuse under the sun will be given to continue to listen to the one that should be ignored, and this to the peril of the hearer. The level of deception, it's intensity, it's subtlety, it's "angel of light" characteristics, it's outright lies, it's use of propaganda to persuade have grown to the point of being overwhelming---and it will not stop there. If the believer is to survive in our day there MUST be a constant ingesting of the Word with a corresponding rejection of the false---no matter who is involved or how "big" their name is. A believer can not feed on the filth of world's heretics and grow spiritually, though it seems many think they can. "Take heed what you hear."

In a similar vein, what is viewed with the eyes is just as important. "I will set nothing wicked before my eyes." Psa. 101:3. A difficult if not impossible task in the daily life of an unbeliever, but hopefully not so for the born again. It is the purpose of heart to abstain from evil in all forms that is unique to the believer, though regrettably, that is not always the case---sin does occur. The wicked will go out of their way to enjoy their favorite sins one more time. The believer, who walks with his God, will bemoan every temptation, and seek the way of deliverance---1 Cor.10:13. The hireling, fraudulent teacher will make excuse after excuse for the sins of himself and his followers, never speaking of repentance, forgiveness and cleansing through the blood of Christ. Who would set such an idol worshipper before his own face?

"Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" Hardly. Can we really expect the Lord to teach us when our ears and eyes are full of the words and deeds of evil men? Time to separate from such and shake off the dust. There are many things we are commanded to do; preach the Gospel, love one another, watch for our Lord's return are but a few. All of these and more have become so mixed with error that the real is obscured to near oblivion. The "gospel" many preach is void of repentance, or based on the 'free-will' of a man's choice making it no gospel at all, rather it is an accursed thing. "Loving one another" has devolved down to 'don't hurt someone else's feelings' at the expense of Gospel truth. "Watch" has become a game to most consisting of nothing more than "prophecy" wonks, 'date setters' and the like. How many do you know who actually watch, wait for, and anticipate the return of Jesus Christ to meet His people in the air? Probably only a few, if that. All these aberrations boil down to false teachers putting things into the heads of their followers that are lies and their hearers gladly accepting what is said because it makes them 'feel good.'

Take heed what you hear, what you see, and who you walk with, the days are more dangerous than ever and will only get worse. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

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