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Part of a Package

by on January 19, 2016

Part of a Package

Life calls us to “eat the chicken and throw out the bones.” That sounds simple enough. Philosophically, however, it difficult to do. Ideas come packaged in attractive and convincing form. Do not be deceived. It is difficult to accept only part of a package.

The social and academic and religious pressures take a toll on us and encourage us to capitulate for the sake of false “unity.” The pressure to be a “team player” is more than most men can resist. Being accepted and controlled by the fear of man causes many good men to give in to those kinds of pressures. It is only if the man is completely controlled by the Spirit of God and obedient to the Spirit of God that he can stand alone if need be; like Joseph, and Daniel and his friends.

Do not buy into a total ideological package. Hitler made the trains run on time. Hitler gave the German people a reason to get up in the morning. His Germany produced the Volkswagon and the Volkskirche. He adopted the, “Deutschland uber alles. Deutschland uber alles in der Welt” as the rallying cry of Germany. Good men fell prey to the siren call of an identity. We all need an identity; but at what price? What identity shall we adopt? How can we know?

There is only one identity that transcends the winds of time. While the philosophies and theologies exhaust themselves; the Word of God stands forever. It is that Word that calls and empowers and gives us discernment about every competing option, no matter how they masquerade. It is that One Word that will recognize all the Trojan Horses as they appear on the scene.

Only as the Holy Spirit of God lives in human hearts and minds, converting, renewing, and filling with the discerning fear of God, will any person or group follow the straight and narrow path. There is only one safe route. All the isms fall before the Word of God. Out of His mouth comes a sharp sword. That sword discerns between good and evil.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account Hebrews 4:12-13.
That Word can and will separate the wheat from the chaff and the wheat from the tares. God’s children can do that if they are filled with His Spirit. Fear of man is gone. The only fear is the fear of displeasing the Father of light in whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning. No pleas of any manipulators will persuade the Spirit of God to do wrong.

Seminars, sermons, religions, classes, notebooks, and DVDs proliferate. They contain truth. Do not mistake them for The Truth. That category can and must be reserved for the Word of God. All others are subject to human frailties and misperceptions. Bring every thought and teaching into the captivity of Jesus Christ who is the way, the Truth, and the life and to the words He speaks because those words are Spirit and those words are Life.

Packages must be dissected and discerned. Eat the meat and throw out the bones. It is difficult to do. It is not popular. It must be done. What ever the cost, it must be done. Accepting packages in total means accepting error along with truth. Only the Scripture can be accepted without scrutiny.

Listen, observe, and be wise with the wisdom of God. Only that wisdom will give you the discernment to know the edible from the poison. Life depends on that discernment. Eternity depends on that wisdom. It only has one source. Accept no substitutes. Seek and trust and follow the Word of God. Today.

Someday each of us will face a God of Truth. No falsehood will be there. No falsehood will be allowed. No persuasive manipulators will be there. Make your decisions based on those facts.

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