“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 1:15) “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:45-46) “But as He which has called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
We are known by what we say and what we do. This notion is supported by scripture as I’ve indicated above. When I hear of those who profess not only to be followers of Christ, but also ministers of His gospel, yet their words are lacking in holiness and in grace, I am reminded of the warnings in scripture to beware of them. God looks upon the heart and His word tells us that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. Ought we not to be so careful in what we say?
Minds, hearts, and souls are of great concern to me. Especially little children are persuaded by what their little ears hear. May we guard them and guide them. How can we teach our children to discern good from evil if we subject them to evil and call it good?
In psychology, we study the power of persuasion and how some individuals demonstrate such skill in presentation that they lead others to believe something that contradicts evidence and truth. Knowing this can help us to resist those who are gifted in this way by testing and measuring what we hear against the standard we hold most dear. For me, the standard is God’s Word. I don’t care how much a person pulls on my emotional heartstrings, if the words they speak contradicts scripture, I will reject their message.
I feel a great need to shout, “wake up!” LIsten, read, study, and pray for discernment. Complacency and apathy among those who know truth is leading to growing numbers of individuals being led away with enticing spirits rooted in false doctrine. Still at the source of it all is deceit and pride. In every generation there are many who rise up, emboldened by pride and conceit, followed by those who feed on their folly.
How it saddens my heart…
Children deserve to be loved and encouraged, to be taught truth by those who can be trusted. For all those who genuinely love the Lord and walk in His ways to give glory to Him, I am deeply thankful. And for those who are wolves in sheep’s clothing, I pray for swift demise and for salvation for those closest to them.
Though we cannot begin to grasp the height of His glory or the depths of His great love for us, we can rest in the assurance that God’s plans for us are for our good, not to harm us, but to give us hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) When freed from the bondage of pride and conceit and blessed to understand that no one of us is better or more chosen than any other, how precious is the walk we can then have with Him. May arrogance be removed, replaced by pure humility, as we come to see the grace that has appeared unto all (Titus 2:11).