Patterns. I love patterns of life because they speak. Many of these patterns, if not all?, are lessons from God for our teaching and molding. I once heard Nate Elarton say, Learn the lesson or retake the course, it’s that simple. Here is a lesson that I have learned through repeated patterns. I have to wonder, is it God using the enemy for our purification? I pray it blesses you –
During the past few weeks, the Lord has consistently brought across my path a common theme – Beware of the Philosophy of Man. In this context, the term “man” is defined as the ways and ideas of the world. The flesh. It can also be defined as the ways of our own thoughts, which are stemmed from the fleshly nature of man, i.e. self-reasoning.
Here are the main verses that He has placed upon my heart. There is much food for the soul in these verses, I pray for eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to receive.. in the name of the Lord our Righteousness, Jesus Christ, amen –
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
“I’d rather you be mad at me and go to heaven…” Amen. Here is a video that was just shared with me, I pray it blesses you.. I need to realize that my ideas of what people think of me as a Christian is much less important than their salvation.. Time to wake up sleepy Christian.
“I don’t care if you like me…”, my love for you is greater.
This is a continuance of a teaching mentioned in the post: Testimony of Hearing from God. (Edited: I spoke incorrectly. I had thought this was a continuance of a teaching, but it was not. It was a warning to me. I will leave the areas of truth and remove what I thought God was saying to me on this topic). I pray these lessons and confessions will bless you, in Jesus name. Amen.
Leviticus 10:1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.
When it comes to this strange fire, there are a few different views of this. I.e. A couple of verses later, the Lord talks about not drinking wine or strong drink, and then coming into His presence, lest you die. We can say that Nadab and Abihu may have been drunk. We can also say that they were unclean. There is another view that they took fire from another source than the altar, thus offered strange incense burning on this fire. We can see many different avenues the Word takes us on this, but the absolute rooted truth as to why they died with this strange incense offering was – “..which He commanded them not.”
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Well, after a few years of listening to multiple sides of this scripture in the Church, the Helper helped reveal something. I’m not going to say “I have the answer! You must get this! This is the truth!” I’m only sharing what the Lord showed me via a prayerful request for Teaching on this scripture. The Lord’s answer was – pay attention to the context.. Huh, imagine that…
This was a good daily devotion from Rick Warren that I just read. It was a continued teaching from the Lord that flows well with the posting from yesterday, Moment of Choice. Here’s a quick snip from it –
God smiles when we obey him wholeheartedly. That means doing whatever God asks without reservation or hesitation. You don’t procrastinate and say, “I’ll pray about it.” You do it without delay. Every parent knows that delayed obedience is really disobedience.
Here is the devotion from Rick Warren, I pray it blesses you, in Jesus name, amen.
The spiritual battle in the mind sure can be tricky. Sometimes, I drown down the truth of God by silencing the conscious, and then replacing it with my own truth. My truth will conveniently not condemn me, thus my selfish choices end up fully justified and I can feel good about them. This post is about these mind games and how I deceive myelf –