In the book of Acts we read of a faithful bunch
of believers in a town called
How we all need to have more of the Berean spirit in this sense. To be faithfully diligent in STUDYING God's Word, not merely reading it. The benefits are obvious, the nearer you draw to God the more complete you become and the further away from the Deceiver and his little helpers who prey on those who are vulnerable through lack of study and understanding.
I was chatting to a friend a few weeks back about this very thing. I expressed how simply amazed I was at the vast number of people who are so easily hoodwinked by false teachers and deceivers such as John Spong and others. As I said to my friend, if more people STUDIED the Word, fewer of them would fall for these blatant lies and deceptions.
So, I challenge you today to be like the Bereans, receive God's Word with all readiness of mind and diligently search the Scriptures daily to make sure what's being taught is accurate. Then perhaps we'll be able to put these charlatans out of business.
When The Trumpet Sounds
You know the story. You're in the middle of an excellent dream that's just about to reach its climax when some "inconsiderate" soul makes a loud noise and wakes you up. What do you do? You get angry of course, usually at the one who made the noise that disturbed your blissful sleep.
I'm a noisemaker. It comes with the calling I'm afraid. I have on more than one occasion sounded a trumpet or two that has disturbed the sleep of one or more slumbering Christians, and predicably they are none too impressed as a consequence. But you see, God doesn't want His people asleep at the wheel like the world. He commands us to be Sober (or literally, Calm and Collected In Spirit) Vigilant, Attentive, & Watchful.
It says in 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 . . .
You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
Notice the Breastplate and Helmet are PROTECTIVE elements of the armour. Why else should we protect ourselves unless there be danger about.
This is the NIGHT, this day and age - right now, this moment in eternity! We are moments from the dawn, which is His imminent return. So while we wait like the faithful bride with our lamps trimmed and burning - comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable brothers and sisters!
And if they grumble about having their precious sleep disturbed, give them a kiss on the head and tell them: It's a wake up call from God!
Rise and Shine!