Posts tagged ‘false’

January 29, 2009

daily bread

I read this verse this morning in my devotional in Proverbs 30 and I just really desire this for my life.

7″Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
       do not refuse me before I die:

 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
       give me neither poverty nor riches,
       but give me only my daily bread.

I really desire for verse 8 in my life.  Keep lies and falsities FAR from me.  No one wants people that are going to lie to them, do they?  I surely don’t!  I expect good from people as they should expect the same in return from me.  False and fake people is something else I don’t like nor want in my life.  I have lived too long to see many people come and go in my life that are like this—be banished!

Just as important is the next line.  For me this is so true.  Lord, I don’t want to be too rich and I don’t want to have to look and be worried about my next meal either.  But please Father, give me my daily bread.  For me, I am rich compared to most of the world, but in my view, I’m middle-class, blessed with a great job at a great company.   I don’t desire to be grossly wealthy, because I might feel like I can do it all on my own or get prideful.  Too many things bad could happen, I feel, if I was very wealthy.  So, Lord, I am very content and happy with what you give me and what I have today, Thank YOU LORD!!

Have a Blessed Day!

June 5, 2008

itchy ears

I have been needing to write this post forever and have yet to complete it.  But, I am determined to complete it as I feel it’s part of the ‘change’ culture that seems to pervade our current temperature in our country.

I have a lot to say on this topic and for me it seems that it’s opinionated, but I will keep close to His word and quote it to stay on topic and not stray.

I’m not sure if this will be strictly on itchy ears as well as other topics that fall close to the tree on this one.

here it goes. 

“For a time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”                  2 Timothy 4:3, 4

Jesus said that the day is near for His return soon after His Resurrection.  So, here we are 2000 years later and still waiting upon His return.  He did say though that the world will get worse before His return, as well as many more prophecies that need to be fulfilled prior to His return as well.  With that said, I feel that the scripture above seems to be a reality today, but not one that is unfamiliar in past centuries.  I think we can find it in many pulpits around our nation and around the world.  The sad part is that God’s Word is being distorted and skewed in order to profit some and for other reasons as well like selfishness, personal gain, boasting, personal glory, etc.  The good part of this is that God’s Word says this “My Word will not return to me void”  in other words, what the Lord says will happen.  What the Lord does will come to pass. What the Lord’s purpose is will occur, in spite of these false doctrines and lies.

What is our purpose in this?

We need to be on guard as believers!  What does that mean?   It means that we must know the Truth!  What is the Truth?  His Word- The Bible….KNOW IT!!!

The situation we have in Christianity is that we have believers that don’t know His word.  Thus, we are led astray like sheep to the slaughter, unknowing of what the truth is and believing something that ‘sounds good’ or ‘sounds right’  Throw a couple verses our of context to a group of uneducated believers and your gonna get some people that like what they hear because what’s being said sounds good to you and hey, your lifestyle doesn’t have to change because God Love’s everyone and there are no consequences for our actions.  This is a predicament that we have in the 21st century church. 

“My people die for a lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6

How will you determine what is truth and what is false?  Do you have itchy ears and like to hear good feeling sermons over and over and don’t like the sermons that challenge you to change and become a knowledge and wise believing Christian?  I would question your faith and your walk.  Are you the same person today as you were 1 year ago?  Are you the same person as you were 2 years ago?  Have you learned and gained knowledge and wisdom?  When you go to work, do you learn anything?  Or are you stagnant?  What is different from your faith than your job?  What is eternal versus temporal?  God isn’t going to ask you how much $ you made on earth or how far did you advance in your career when you die.  He’s going to ask you what did you do for my people?  What did you learn?  What did you give?  How can you answer these questions if you don’t know His Word to tell you and guide you?

Be weary of those that preach or teach and skew or take out of context His word.  Make sure that scripture is the focus of the preaching and teaching and cross check the scriptures that are being said, because even the devil can quote and know scripture(even better than us) and still promote his message of death and destruction or apathy and discord.  Question everything and trust His Word to be the light unto your feet and a light unto your path.

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”          2 Timothy 3:16, 17