By: Jessica Huber
The scripture says draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
What happens when we forget about His Word? What happens when we neglect our relationship with God? What happens when we draw closer to The world and we set The Word aside?
First off, we are not loved any less, let me just say that! But….
we are hampering ourselves. We set ourselves up to be played by the enemy and we become a disservice to God’s mission.
2 Timothy 3:16 says
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
When we keep ourselves away from that truth, we allow ourselves to conform to the things going on around us. The world rings louder and louder. We forget the part about His Way and we start looking at other ways.
The world has plenty of opportunities or distractions to fill our own desires.
Little by little we ignore our discernment. We begin to put false gods in our sights, working towards goals to accomplish the desires of the world. We end up falling for the patterns of deception. In turn, we are tricked into building an earthbound kingdom. Some of the materials used for a kingdom such as this are doubt, worry, fear, stress, bitterness, anger, jealousy and pride. Pretty much all the things that consume us. Not only does this keep us from receiving God’s Best, it keeps us from being productive Warriors for God.
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Deception is not ugly, it’s pleasing, it seems right in our own sight.
But we know that satan hides behind light. He prowls around looking for someone to devour and what better prey, what better target, than Someone who is left unarmed?
When we are away from the truth it’s much much easier to fall for the half truth, which by the way, is a full on lie. Guys these lies are soothing, they tickle the ears in a way that justifies the half truth.
If we have lost our ability to tell the difference between The Lord’s voice and the god of this worlds voice, then we might as well have never known the truth in the first place.
We have A Present God, The Holy Spirit Has been Given. He guides and leads us along God’s path.
We can be in the world, raising our families, working and living life but we must be careful not to be of the world.
Don’t let it distract you from your role within the Body of Jesus Christ. Don’t forget Who you belong to, you Are a member of a UNIT and without your presence it doesn’t function to the full potential. No matter what you are involved in, no matter where you are, there is always an opportunity to reflect and project the voice of God. That means we need to turn down the volume of the world and Turn Up The Voice of God.
Listen and Test
1 John 4:1 talks about not believing every spirit, it says test the spirits, so we know if they are from God.
You see, the enemy has a voice and he also has spirits.
The way we test the spirits are to measure them with The Word Of God. If it doesn’t match, then it’s a deception. We know that people make mistakes, we have a loving forgiving Father, but if we continue to cover our spiritual ears, we disregard His guidance. We are then the ones who hurt ourselves and the people who we could potentially be of service to.
There is no one that can be hidden from God. Not even in the darkest of times. Still we tend to push Him away when we are in the dark, We trip over what we do not know and often end up dragging others along with us .. blind leading the blind.
Get Into The Word, read what God has given. Weave it within your life. This will be what keeps you equipped to live in this world as a Follower of Christ.
1 John 5:21,
1 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
“Those who regard vain idols Forsake their faithfulness
They Forsake their Own Faithfulness!
It’s a choice we make and we need to take responsibility for that.
Not something we want to forsake.
When Faith is brought to the table Miracles happen! We need to watch out for who and what we put our faith in.
Tap into that discernment, listen for the Voice of The Lord to guide. If it does not match with God’s Word then we need to adjust the volume and Seek God’s counsel.