It Comes From the Heart

21 Apr

Right from the beginning of time there has been a battle between good and evil. The promise of heaven and paradise, versus the trickery of evil always calling to question God’s sincerity. Satan used the lie, “Yeah hath God said?”  to call to question God’s integrity and to implant evil and sin into the hearts of Adam and Eve and all mankind. The bible shows the trail of man’s heart being drawn deeper into a denial of God at moments of time.

All through the Bible God shows us the heart of man, how that repeatedly Israel abandoned the true God and were drawn to the rituals of ceremonies in the worship of idols. The Jews transformed Moses into a ritual by which they supposed they could be holy, instead of the reminder it was that they had need of a savior. And their stubbornness was addressed by Jesus in that He states [1]“I came not to call the righteous (those proud ones who thought they were and excluded God’s Promise) but sinners to repentance.” God shows us very clearly in the New Testament the revealing qualities of the heart, not only of the evil closed heart that thought very highly of itself, and the humble heart necessary in the faithful, but gives warning that this evil will get worse and worse.

This humility that rules in the hearts of believers is a working by God. It is shown in the words God says [2]except you take up your cross and follow me you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven”. And in many other places, [3]“except you have Faith as a little child you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven”. Both statements speak to the condition of the heart of the believer on the right path to heaven.

In Ephesians 4: 11-20, God lays out the Service relegated to pastors and teachers very clearly. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
[12] For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
[13] Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
[14] That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
[15] But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
[16] From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
[17] This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
[18] Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
[19] Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. [20] But ye have not so learned Christ;”

What stands out Very Clearly God is showing us that His true servants (pastors) have a directive to (verse 14) strengthen the believers so that we are not tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine. Understanding these words give strength to see and make choices as little children who have taken up our crosses willing to suffer for Him and follow Christ in everything.

Churches and Pastors today promote lies (cunningly devised fables) saying, I do not care where you go just go somewhere. Most churches have a totally one way communication that requires all participants to bow down and believe that not stirring the pot is more important than the truth. And just as with the Jews these rituals are established that override the focus on God’s Truth. So just as all the years of Israel pandering to Idols we have millions who pander to the modern day idols of tradition and a hierarchy, that is every bit the same as in the old testament just applied with more cunning.

“Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”.[4]

It is very clear picture of the heart, [5]“what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

So instead of surrendering to a pastor or teacher who will never stand for you before the throne of God, turn to the Bible and listen to Jesus speak to you in His Word. For herein lies eternal paradise in Heaven with God!

[1] Mark 2:17

[2] Mark 8:34, 10:21, Matthew 16:24,  Luke 9:23

[3] Matthew 18:3, Mark 10:15, Luke 18:17

[4] Luke 9:23

[5] Mark 8:37-38

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