Abandon

Rather than abandoning the true source of life that is our faith in Christ, we have the opportunity continually to abandon belief in the message from those who would challenge this faith. Knowing the truth by living in His Word and Presence is to be protected in liberty and kept from any evil intent.

  Nov 23, 2017   admin


 

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  1. 1 Timothy 4:1-5 (NIV)
    4:1  The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
    2  Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
    3  They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.
    4  For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
    5  because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.


  2. There may be teaching going on, but it doesn’t mean that its sources and purpose are right. Public schools, for example, have become a means for promoting agendas that are undermining patriotism and faith in God. Exposure to this is actually exposure to very destructive and evil influences that have been a part of severe moral erosion in our country. Once ingrained in the receptive minds of young people, it is most challenging to correct or redirect towards the truth and avoid inevitable detrimental consequences.
    This condition, though, is not just something that takes place in the schools. This passage is referring to what is being taught in the church, where people come trusting they will learn about God and His direction for their lives. Though the place is presented as of a godly nature, the content may be from an opposite source with an evil purpose. Even when the heart and desire is well intended, it is still possible for faith to be abandoned rather than strengthened as a result of the message presented. 


    How, then, is it possible to perceive the truth and know the source of what is heard? It will either be the voice of the Spirit or the voice of deceiving spirits and demons. You would think this would be a no-brainer, something easily done with no possibility of error. And yet, ending up at the end of deception is very possible and even probable as soon as the Spirit’s voice is not filling the ear and heart for even a moment. He is continually speaking through the scriptures and directly to our spirits, so exposure to His influence is always available. Listening, though, and responding to His voice will not only provide a pure source of information itself, but also prepare the heart for perceiving the source of other voices of instruction. Demonic teaching will not be so easily received by the heart that is fully given to transformation by the Spirit of God. If there is no direct reception of the Spirit’s voice, then anything can sound legitimate when packaged well. Where there is total pursuit of the freedom that is ours by faith in Christ, though, there will be immediate resistance to and rejection of any binding and controlling religious dictates. 


    Rather than abandoning the true source of life that is our faith in Christ, we have the opportunity continually to abandon belief in the message from those who would challenge this faith. Knowing the truth by living in His Word and Presence is to be protected in liberty and kept from any evil intent.


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