Monday, August 21, 2023
Be Careful to Find the Real Thing
Be Careful to Find the Real Thing
by David Brenneman
"When we walk with the, in the light of His word, what a glory He sheds on our way. While we do His good will, He abides with us still. never fear only trust and obey."
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight."
In our world we must not let our guard down. Really. “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be as wary as serpents, and as innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16.
Jesus Himself sends us out with the same warning. We are going to run across countless hours of false teaching on streaming, satellite TV, cable TV and TV over the air. We will find it right there in the open and as the picture reminds us, in this hour Satan isn't even trying to hide what he's doing.
Godly men to learn truth from must be sought out, they won't be advertising. They will be those teaching certain things. Health, wealth and prosperity for oneself for sure. They will glory in themselves. Teaching others to realistically do the same as well as while they are living in the lap of luxury, will continue to convince people to keep giving to their supposed ministry.
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Don't go to anyone or anything before you're on your knees before Jesus.
"Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor fearful." John 14:27.
So many millions of people are mislead at any given moment in this world today. They aren being taught by the Spirit. They are being coerced by demons and their doctrines. The family structure that God instituted is under constant attack. Marriages are being destroyed from within and outside of it. Statistics show it's as bad within the Church as it is outside of it.
Goes to show that demons are everywhere. "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8.
Many many places in the New Testament we read the warning to be on the alert.
Satan is the adversary and most don't even recognize him or his influence on the so-called churches that exist today.
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths." 2 Timothy 4:3-4.
This warning to Timothy is for all of us.
False teachers in not all but most mega-churches that are in this world today.
If the teaching isn't entirely Bible-centric and isn't the whole counsel of God then it's a demonically driven church.
When we do seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, we will find His peace. We will find Him who loves our soul. Jesus is the lover of your soul. You were who He sacrificed Himself on a cross to save you. His peace isn't what the world offers. It's not found in vacation spots. Not found in obscure places. It's found where He is. In you. He, when we are rightly connected to Him through the Spirit, provides that promised peace. When we have a right relationship with Jesus, bitterness cannot abide within us. Anger cannot abide within us that's not of God. Those things rob us of His peace.
When we focus on the faults of others we give the devil an opportunity.
When we focus on bitterness we give the devil an opportunity.
When the sun goes down on our anger, we give the devil an opportunity.
We give the devil more opportunities than we do the Spirit at times!
Regardless of our feelings towards others in our lives we are to obey Christ in all things. It doesn't matter what we think concerning it. Quit giving the devil opportunities and instead give the Spirit opportunities to do what only God can do.
Seek the peace that passes all understanding, it's not found in this world its through the Spirit from Jesus Christ.
It's not found in scenic views along winding roads. It's not found in striking it rich. It's not found in personal happiness.
We cannot know all that Christ Jesus has prepared for those of us who are called according to His purpose if we don't strictly seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, THEN all these things, including His peace, will be added unto you.
Shut off those false prophets, false teachers, shut off the podcasts, the streaming, the television. Get into your Bible, get on your knees, talk to the Author and the Perfector of your faith.
There's no hidden language of God. There's no speaking in tongues required.
In every single experience where God's needed to speak to me, my Dear Reader, it's always always always been in clear English to me. God says if Himself that He is NOT a God of confusion. He does NOT need someone to "hear a message from God" to give to someone else.
When was the last time you really shut out the world and spent real time with Jesus?
When was the last time you didn't just go with what was popular in the supposed Christian circles and sought out the Author of the Bible to ask Him yourself?
When was the last time you were truly on the alert for those things that the Spirit warned you about from God's Word?
To be honest, the deeper that I was reading into this this morning, it certainly was what has been hitting home for me of late. I honestly wasn't aware of things in my life that needed Jesus to heal me of. I wasn't aware until years ago, that my focus had been so far off. In the ensuing years the Spirit has been teaching me and correcting my thoughts. There's still a ways to go.
At home, away from the world, it's sometimes just not peaceful. My mind is what Satan's trying to get to. My thinking is what he's trying to mess with.
He wants me to think about myself first.
He wants me to take apart others. Point out their faults. Question their faith. Question their salvation in Christ Jesus.
He wants to mess up things between my Wife and I.
He wants to introduce seeds of tares in me. False wheat. Those things that will not allow the Word of God to richly dwell within me.
My Dear Reader, he is after the same thing for you.
The more people who truly are Believers who truly are on their knees before Jesus, the more ground Satan loses.
Seek Him who will keep your heart in perfect peace.
"The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3.
All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. Lockman Foundation