I have found that many people don’t except that their actions are a direct reflection of what they truly value. People often profess they have certain values and beliefs, but their actions betray the person they profess. Knowing that people walk around blind though they profess they can see, the Lord allows certain pits to remain around so that when people fall into them, they can realize they don’t see as good as they think. If they are ready to accept the truth, they will ask the Lord to rescue them from the pit and ask for sight. If they are prideful, they won’t even acknowledge the pit they are in and stay trapped. I see this tragedy play out often with people who have been indoctrinated by false teachers. False teachers ensnare people by exploiting the darkness or impurities within their heart. Sometimes it is ignorance due to those deceived not spending enough time in the presence of Truth. The word of Christ our Savior is the truth. The more time you spend in the Word, the more your heart becomes tuned to the voice of GOD. Christ explained this in a parable where He represents the shepherd, and the sheep represent His followers.
4…when he (the Shepherd) putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. (John 10:4-5 KJV)
In recent weeks, I have had two occasions where Christian brothers shared with me teachings of ministers who spoke in the voice of strangers; however, the brothers thought the ministers were speaking truth unto edification. In other words, what these ministers were teaching did not align with the words of the Good Shepherd, Christ our Savior. They were sharing the doctrine of false teachers.
One minister was teaching that we do not need to deal with the facts of recent history to facilitate reconciliation with GOD and with one another. He taught that it is harmful for the Body of Christ to enter discussions about the sins of recent generations in relation to the problems we face today, as if the steps we took to get us where we are have no connection to our current location. He, and others like him, believe that we can proceed forward correctly without acknowledging and repenting from the errors of our past. The very act of repentance comes from the light of truth revealing the corrections we need to make from the path we have been on to facilitate a turn in the right direction. He was teaching false doctrines.
The false teaching of the other minister focused on proving that socialist programs like welfare, unemployment pay, social security, free public school and college, were not just unbiblical but from Satan. This ministers stand was that the bible teaches that people should work for everything they get, and also what people earn through their own hard work should be protected as their own private property. The scriptures he cited to support his teachings were all isolated out of context with the rest of the bible which always leads to misunderstanding. Based on the fact that the word of GOD does not contradict itself, rather than showing where the scriptures he cited were used incorrectly, it is a better use of time to reflect on the very acts of GOD. You will clearly see the heart of GOD and how He chooses to provide for the poor and less fortunate, as well as all His children.
10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— 12 then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. (Deuteronomy 6:10-12 NKJV)
I ask, who did all the work?
9 ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:9-10 NKJV)
22 ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the Lord your God.’ ” (Leviticus 23:22 NKJV)
The poor and the strangers were not left to starve, they were provided for by others at the command of GOD.
8And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:8-9 KJV)
I ask again, who did all the work? Men toiling by the sweat of their face is a curse resulting from sin (see Genesis 3:17-19).
32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:32-33 NKJV)
13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; 14 but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.” (2 Corinthians 8:13-15 NKJV)
These are New Testament examples of what the heart of a Christian should reflect. These are all biblical examples of how to establish equality. Be not deceived, no one wakes up in the morning and lives by their own strength. The grace of GOD sustains us all, so all things should be consecrated to GOD and His purposes. He alone owns all things. The bible teaches us that in the last days the lust of man will entice them away from the sound doctrine of GOD’s counsel. Consequently, man would be ensnared and manipulated by false teachers.
17 These [false teachers] are springs without water and mists driven by a tempest, for whom is reserved the gloom of black darkness. 18 For uttering arrogant words of vanity [pompous words disguised to sound scholarly or profound, but meaning nothing and containing no spiritual truth], they beguile and lure using lustful desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error. 19 They promise them liberty, when they themselves are the slaves of depravity—for by whatever anyone is defeated and overcome, to that [person, thing, philosophy, or concept] he is continually enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world by [personal] knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, their last condition has become worse for them than the first. (2 Peter 2:17-20 AMP)
We, as the church, have been called to be in the world but not of the world. We have to vigilantly guard our heart to keep it pure of the contaminants of this world or our sight can become obscured and our hearing dull by the subversion of our spiritual and eternal values. To safe guard ourselves we must live by the Fear of the Lord, that is by acknowledging that our life is sustained by GOD alone. This reality has to be reflected in us seeking and treasuring His word as the bread of life. The word of GOD has the power to immunize us against the lies and deceptions of Satan. The word of GOD also illuminates the source of our thoughts and intents, so we can know the difference between that which comes from the Spirit of GOD versus the fruit which stems from the evil rudiments of this fallen world.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)
We must humbly abandon our own righteousness and seek the righteousness which is of GOD. Too many people seek to justify what they believe to be their own feelings and viewpoints not realizing that much of what is in them has come from being programmed by a corrupt world. The word of GOD reveals the original purposes and intents of the Creator so we can properly understand His will and His ways. However, the word of GOD is spiritual, and we have to be born of the Spirit in order to comprehend it correctly. This is why YESHUA taught that we must take up our cross and die to the ways of this world in order to experience the spiritual rebirth that comes from the seed of His word and the power of the Spirit. The affections and cares of this present world contend for the space in our heart which is reserved for GOD. The key to keeping our hearts pure is the first and greatest commandment of GOD.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 And Jesus replied to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (Matthew 22:36-37 AMP)
When you love GOD with all your heart you leave no room for evil contaminants, resulting in a pure heart.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8 NKJV)
Christ taught that the Word of GOD is truth and that GOD himself is the truth. So, in order to see the truth, your heart has to be pure, otherwise you will reject truth and believe falsehoods. I want to close with a Psalm that captures what I have been writing about. My hope is that you will never have a love higher than your love for truth. This will sustain your sight enabling you to see GOD and keep you out of the pits which evil men have dug for those who are blind.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:7-11 NKJV)