Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. -1st Thessalonians 5:19-20
Are we snuffing out the Holy Spirit today by denying the very words written by Him? Too often I see division. Everywhere I look. We are divided along lines of race, sex, financial status, politics, and the religious beliefs of men long dead.
Instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to speak in every situation, we hold on dear to the traditions of men. Men whose lives if studied would reveal, more often than not, great horrors. We let those men turn our God, who created the very heavens and earth, into that which He is not. We fulfill, the very words of Father and Son by continuing in the traditions of men.
Thus you nullify the word of God by your traditions that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.-Mark 7:13
For the Lord does nothing without revealing His secrets to His servants the prophets.- Amos 3:7
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.-Ecclesiastes 1:9
Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to heart, you rebels.I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me.I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’-Isaiah 46: 8-10
His words reveal truth. They stand eternally as a blessing for those who heed them and as a gut-wrenching curse to those who turn a blind eye. The words we are so quick to cast aside, for the traditions of men, are the words that call us with outstretched arms. These words call us to repentance, and the grace that has abounded since the beginning of the world and they tell us what will happen if we should choose to ignore them. How dare any of us allow, or perpetrate the lie ourselves, that these words are not important.
All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.-2nd Timothy 3:16
If God tells us He has revealed everything our answer when the world questions us should never be ‘I don’t know.’ We should never say to someone else that we ‘think’ God doesn’t want us to know just because we ourselves do not know the answer. We should study until we do know, fully chasing our commission, studying diligently every day to show ourselves approved and unashamed. 2nd Timothy 2:15. We are so quick to chastise the Israelites when we Christians are in grave danger of repeating their very same mistakes. When was the last time you let God’s word speak to you, without the doctrines or theologies of men? Do you find that you are being corrected by Him? We should all be corrected, lest we find ourselves to be illegitimate children. If we find that correction is lacking in our lives it should scare us. We should be dreadfully and fearfully afraid.
If you are not disciplined- and everyone undergoes discipline- then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.-Hebrews 12:8
Our daily prayer should be ‘God, correct in me that which doesn’t please you.’ In addition, we should be praying every day that we ‘escape all things.’ Do you know who said that and why? Prayer is our responsibility and our civic duty under God. Prayer should take precedence over every political/social issue in any nation of the world today. We are not of this world. At least we shouldn’t be. John 17:16.
I am sorry if these verses make you afraid. It is my hope that they do. I am scared for us all. Our chief sin, the thing that leads to all other sin is our lack of fear for God’s faithfulness. When Paul told the Romans that in Romans 3:18 who was he quoting? What does that passage speak to in our time?
It is my solemn prayer that this moves you to search out these answers. That God’s word ignites a fire in you that burns hotly for the truth. That you search day and night until you find it and that you stand boldly against those who prove, by God’s clear standards of testing, that no truth is found in them. That you align yourself on the side of right, not to be moved off the course. That you become a fierce warrior, sharpening daily your sword. That you remember in all situations to put on your armor. That you do not deny the form of godliness that is in you, standing firm in what you discover.