"I cannot imagine how this could be true; therefore, it must be false."
Things Destined to Perish
Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.
If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men?
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Fruit vs. Root
As Christians (either reborn believers or Christians in name only), we often make the mistake of striving to replicate or copy fruit (works) rather than the seeking the root (the Holy Spirit) of those works.*
We take the fruit (some good, some bad) of our forefathers – writings, ideas, theology, creeds, and church practices – the fruit of ancient men and women – and try to copy-paste these things into our lives today. We create doctrines and precepts and rules out of these ancient fruits or good works, neglecting to pursue the heart behind that fruit, a heart which is one with the Spirit of God.
Rather than sitting at the feet of God, we sit at the feet of theologians, Bible commentators, and famous orators. We trust their interpretation of God’s voice more than we trust or listen for God’s own voice. We look to…
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God Wants Our Lips and Our Hearts
‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far away from Me.
‘But in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’”
God looks at the intent of our hearts in our worship, not the style or simply the words we say. He doesn’t delight in a song unless our souls are present, too.
“I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give to each man according to his ways,
According to the results of his deeds.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
It is the purity of our hearts – a righteousness which only comes through the blood of Christ and power of the Spirit – not our efforts – which leads us to God.
Every man’s way…
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Ignorance and Enlightenment
The enemy has used both ignorance and “enlightenment” (or the perception of it) to mislead many.
Even thechurch has been used many times to lead people into darkness – or to keep them there.
In the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church capitalized on the ignorance of the laity regarding the truth of the Bible – deceiving and exploiting them for sordid gain. The heart and truth of God was greatly misunderstood, if it was known at all.
And then came an “Age of Enlightenment”, in which God was “reasoned” by some out of existence.
The enemy is clever, and uses the trend of the day to deceive people.
Unfortunately, we sometimes seem to be less clever, either following the trend of the day for the sake of following it, or clinging so tightly to tradition that we miss the truth.
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Trust me, it gets weirder than this.
And contextual intelligence.
No, she didn't put me up to this. 🙂 Nobody asked me to write this. *************** I feel like these words I'm about to say don't really do her justice, but here goes. She never wears makeup, yet she constantly looks absolutely stunning. She looks as intelligent as she does beautiful, and she …