Oct 212017
 

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“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

Jesus tells us that one of the “signs” His coming is-

– an increase in false prophets.

That is surely true in our day.

We hear about the Health and Wealth Gospel or Prosperity Theology-

– and the thousands of preachers saying you give to God in order to get.

Or, if you really pray hard enough-

God will heal your disease.

Give money to this or that ministry and you’ll get rich.

It’s this false idea that God won’t let you suffer and wants you to be rich.

It really should be called The Gospel of Greed.

It is false teaching that has permeated the church.

It’s taking a certain passage of scripture and building your whole life around it-

– while ignoring all other kinds of passages that give us the full picture of God’s truth.

So, how can you keep from being deceived by a false prophet or leader?

The key is in knowing Jesus and His Word.

Then ask the question:

Is what this person saying consistent with Jesus and His Word?

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26).

If you are a Christian-

– you have an added bonus:

The Holy Spirit that dwells in you teaches you how to understand the Word-

– and gives you a check in your spirit when something doesn’t ring true.

Christians!

It’s time to be careful!

(PA)

Oct 152017
 

“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them” (Romans 16:17).

It seems as though we are living in a day of tabloid mentality.

The society is so obsessed with gossip, innuendos, and rumors.

Just turn on the TV and you’ll find all kinds of programs that probe into the personal lives of others.

This tabloid mentality has even entered the news media, where reporters hunt for that juicy piece of gossip.

The tragedy is that if someone is charged with a crime today, we try him or her in the media before they ever have had the opportunity to enter a court of law where evidence is presented and where they face their accusers.

Sadly, this kind of thinking can even enter the church.

When we hear something about someone else, immediately our ears perk up.

But what does the Bible tell us?

It says that love believes the best of every person.

It doesn’t say that love believes the worst.

This means when someone says something about a Christian brother or sister-

– you should immediately have some disbelief in your heart.

The reason is that you are to believe the best of that individual.

We must be very careful, because many times we accept rumor as truth.

Then to make matters worse-

– we start repeating what we’ve heard without checking the facts.

One of the things the Bible says that-

God hates is the one who sows discord among others. Proverbs 6:16–19.

This is the person who spreads rumors, who spreads innuendos, and who slanders others.

God hates this.

Don’t be someone who spreads rumors.

Don’t be someone who gossips.

It’s wrong.

It’s sinful.

It displeases God!

(PA)

Always abounding!

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Oct 142017
 

“But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15:7).

If Satan had a barn for storing his weed seeds,

-the biggest vats would be filled with discouragement seeds,

-for he’s constantly sowing them in the hearts of faithful Christians.

Many pastors are utterly worn out.

Missionaries, seeing little tangible progress, are disheartened and ready to give up their work.

Lay workers sometimes ask themselves, “Am I doing any good or is this a waste of time?”

We don’t always see immediate and impressive results from our labour.

But God promises that our work shall be rewarded.

Paul told us to be always abounding in the work of the Lord –

– knowing our labor in Him is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).

We have barns, too, filled with Gospel seed.

The Bible promises:

“He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6).

So don’t give up or grow weary in well-doing-

– for in due season, we’ll reap a harvest if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:10).

(PA)

Make up your mind!

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Oct 122017
 

“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter” (1 Peter 4:16).

Perhaps the greatest secret of the saints of old was-
– their ability to praise God amid the afflictions of life.

Saint Francis de Sales-
– once wrote to a friend who was undergoing stresses at home, saying:

“The many troubles in your household will tend to your edification, if you strive to bear them all in gentleness, patience, and kindness. Keep this ever before you, and remember constantly that God’s loving eyes are upon you amid all these little worries and vexations, watching whether you take them as He would desire. Offer up all such occasions to Him; and if sometimes you are put out and give way to impatience, do not be discouraged, but make haste to regain your lost composure.”

Do you have an area of frustration, fear, fretting, or a failure?
Don’t be ashamed about it, but glorify God in the midst of it.
And let Him use it for the edification of your soul.

You had better make up your mind to accept what you cannot alter.
You can live a beautiful life in the midst of your present circumstances.

(PA)

Cease craving!

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Sep 152017
 

“He that believeth in Me . . out of him shall flow…” (John 7:38).

Jesus did not say:

“he that believeth in Me shall realize the blessing of the fulness of God.”

But-

“he that believeth in Me out of him shall flow everything he receives.”

Our Lord’s teaching is always anti -self-realization.

His purpose is not the development of a man!

His purpose is to make a man exactly like Himself.

And the characteristic of the Son of God is self-expenditure!

If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain, but what He pours through us that counts.

It is not that God makes us beautifully rounded grapes, but that He squeezes the sweetness out of us.

We cannot measure our life by success.

But only by what God pours through us, and we cannot measure that at all.

When Mary of Bethany broke the box of precious ointment and poured it on Jesus’ head, it was an act for which no one else saw any occasion.

The disciples said it was a waste.

But Jesus commended Mary for her extravagant act of devotion, and said that wherever His gospel was preached “this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.”

Our Lord is carried beyond Himself with joy when He sees any of us doing what Mary did, not being set on this or that economy, but being abandoned to Him.

God spilt the life of His Son that the world might be saved.

Are we prepared to spill out our lives for Him?

“He that believeth in Me out of him shall flow rivers of living water.”

Hundreds of other lives will be continually refreshed.

It is time now to break the life-

– to cease craving for self-satisfaction,

– and to start growing in self-sacrifice!

Our Lord is asking who of us will do it for Him?

(PA)