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Deceptive Words That Are Worthless.

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Christianity today encounter a wind that blew more than one time in history. More and more we hear proclamations that distort the understanding of the Grace of God. We often overemphasize the free nature of the Gift of God, and fail to recognize the changing power of the Gospel. It is not rare at all to find people who believe they are ‘safe’ to do what ever they want because of the Grace of God.

Its nothing new at all. The prophet Jeremiah had to address this issue having received a word from God. He stood by the gate of the temple and said this:

“Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, ‘We are safe’-safe to do all these detestable things? Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.”
Jeremiah 7:9-11

Jesus later in the New Testament was reminded of that word when He said: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.” Mat 21:13
It is quite hard to accept the fact that a lot of people sit in the pews of churches every Sunday and yet still remain the same person they were before they became ‘Christian.’ You may ask, how do I know? My answer is simple. I was one of them until the Holy Spirit got a hold of me, and begin to open my eyes to see and understand the things of God.

Like the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8:26, I was reading, but not understanding. I was well pleased with eloquent and loud preachers with style, and not so receptive of soft-spoken preachers regardless of the truthfulness of their messages. I was thinking that any idea or thought well expressed might be true. But the truth is well far from just ‘smooth talk.’

If you are genuinely looking for God, I suggest that you consider what Jeremiah said to his people from the Lord:

“Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD! “If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.” Jer 7:4

The point I am trying to make is simple. In our Spiritual journey, we need to trust God vs. people. Let’s Read the Bible and let the Holy Spirit direct our understanding. Be cautious about deceptive words that are worthless.

Blessings to you in Jesus,