Friday, March 3, 2017

REBELS OF HEAVEN - LOVERS OF SELF



JUST AS THE FIRST REBEL OF HEAVEN, SATAN, WANTED THE THRONE OF HEAVEN FOR HIMSELF, SO DO MANY TODAY SEEK TO ELEVATE THEMSELVES AND THEIR WAY OVER THE WAY OF GOD AND HIS TRUTHS. So many have let Satan take them into self-pride and the traps of destruction.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE A REAL EXAMINATION OF YOUR HEART TOWARD CHRIST. Today, too many have inserted their own elevated views of what is right or wrong. Their self-pride convinces them they know better what is real love. They now compromise in what they are obedient to and what they choose to ignore. They ignore the words and teachings of Jesus of what HE CALLS WRONG AND BAD AND EVIL. No, the worldly and prideful and self-elevated care more about proving their "love" choices that THEY DECIDE makes them "good." 

IT CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES TO GOD THEIR PRIDE. IT SHOWS GOD CLEARLY THEIR UNWILLINGNESS TO HUMBLE THEMSELVES BEFORE HIM ABOVE ALL IN THE WORLD. 

These care more about their own elevation in the eyes of others and in themselves than they do in SERVING THE LORD AND HIS KINGDOM ALONE. The prideful who open God's Word, who pray, who do deeds they claim are in the name of Jesus pridefully think they are serving God, but God knows their hearts. He sees their changes, their lukewarmness toward His Word and His Way and His Truths. He sees the gains many really seek in appearing elevated to others on this earth instead of serving humbly the King of kings. 

Remember the Pharisees. Remember God's Word and his WARNINGS AGAINST SUCH DECEIVERS. 

Understand: you must use the discerning filter of the Word of God in all things and all people. There are many false lights masking as servants of the Lord today. Those who elevate the "workers" of the earth without using God's Word to examine them and their fruits, GIVE RISE TO DECEIVERS AMONG US WHO INFLUENCE AND FOOL MANY. DECEPTION IS ALWAYS THE WEAPON OF SATAN AND HIS TAKEN. They play good while their intentions are evil. BEWARE THE DECEIVERS AMONG YOU. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THEIR CHARMS, THEIR TICKLING OF EMOTIONS, THEIR WORDS FOR ITCHING EARS. Your battle is with a real, powerful, spiritual enemy not of flesh and blood. YOU BETTER KNOW GOD'S WORD AND WARNINGS TO BE ABLE TO BATTLE SUCH A FOE AS THIS. YOU NEED THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD TO FIGHT SUCH A RELENTLESS, DEVOURING EVIL. 

CONSIDER THESE WORDS BELOW BY GEORGE EVERARD:
Was there ever a better student in divine knowledge?
(George Everard, "At the Feet of Jesus!" 1884)

"Mary seated herself at the Lord's feet and was listening to His teaching." Luke 10:39

Holy Scripture abounds in promises to the humble.

"He exalts the humble and meek."

"He who humbles himself shall be exalted."

"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

To take the lowest place, to sit down in the lowest room--is the sure road to true peace on earth and a throne of glory hereafter. By this path our Master went before--and we must endeavor to walk in His footsteps.

For this purpose, let us keep close to the Savior. For all that we need, let us abide "at His feet."


Let us look at the feet of Jesus, as the place for the LEARNER. And was there ever a better student in divine knowledge than Mary of Bethany? While her sister was hard at work, desiring to honor Christ by providing for His physical needs--Mary sat quiet and still, calmly drinking in the words of grace and wisdom and love that flowed from His lips. His words sank very deep. She was filled with faith and love and reverence and holy joy and strength of soul. She was prepared for days of sorrow that lay before her. She learned well the lesson of His love, which led her in future days to bring her box of ointment and anoint Him for His burial.

Like Mary, come to the footstool of Jesus. Be a willing pupil in His school. Ever hearken to the voice that speaks to us from God.

The written Word is to us, in place of the teachings of the Incarnate Word. And in the study of the Word, nourish a quietness and stillness of spirit as in the very presence of Jesus. Believe it, that Christ is as near to you, as to Mary as she sat at His feet. And in the consciousness of this--avoid all hurried, hasty reading. Watch against the mind being preoccupied with business or anything of earth. Realize Christ close beside you, and let this thought calm and refresh your spirit, and prepare you to receive whatever instruction you need.

And as you read, be ever looking to Jesus for divine illumination. We can imagine Mary looking up again and again to the Savior when anything seemed beyond her. Then He would open her understanding, give her some fresh word of explanation, and make it all plain.

Only catch the humble, teachable spirit of Mary--and doubtless you shall have Mary's blessing and reward.

It is a blessed thing to be with Christ, as a lowly, teachable learner, drinking in the words of eternal life.



CONSIDER THE STATE OF YOUR SPIRIT. IS IT TEACHABLE OR PRIDEFUL IN SELF? HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE THE LORD GOD AND FOLLOW HIM IN ALL YOUR WAYS.

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