Bible Ballistics: BBs #574 Are You Hearing What You’re Seeing???
I know that seems like a ludicrous question, but we live in a world that is ready to accept and believe any ‘cutsey’ meme, video, artsy word picture, social media claim, or celebrity tirade; so I would like us to consider bringing “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (See 2 Cor. 10:3-5)? Are we willing to measure with God’s plumb-line? Or have we become accustomed to just measuring by our own/the world’s judgment, without regard to the real truth of what God has said? Who/what is influencing your perceptions and actions?
“The idols of the heathen
are silver and gold,
the work of men’s hands.
16 They have mouths,
but they speak not;
eyes have they,
but they see not;
17 They have ears,
but they hear not;
neither is there any breath
in their mouths.
18 They that make them
are like unto them:
so is every one
that trusteth in them.” Psalm 135:15-18
While we may not bow down to ‘statues’ of gold and silver, we do have modern idols (as well as the old-fashioned statues and figures that are worshipped by some) that the enemy uses to draw us from God—to distract us from the truth, by feeding us half-truths—pretty, sweet-sounding platitudes! And when I looked up the word, platitudes, I almost laughed out loud! It’s the perfect description of most of the ‘media’ we are enamored with!
Platitudes: a flat, dull or trite remark, especially one uttered
as if it were fresh or profound; the quality or state of being flat, dull or trite.
Isaiah received a message from The Lord about the blindness of mankind.
“And he said,
and tell this people,
Hear ye indeed,
but understand not;
and see ye indeed,
but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat,
and make their ears heavy,
and shut their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and be healed.” Isaiah 6:9-10
We live in a culture that ‘marches’ for or against so many things that you can’t keep up with it; but the issue isn’t will we ‘march’, but will we return to God. We want to stop violence, but we don’t want God and His ways. We want to stop ‘disease’, but we aren’t willing to make God first in our lives rather than our flesh. We want to stop ‘abuse’ of various kinds, but we aren’t willing to seek God’ face and call ‘sin’ sin! We want our own way, and we want to have the abundant blessings of God, but we aren’t willing to accept HIS principles, hear His Gospel, recognize our sin, repent and be saved—we want our way NOT HIS! That will always bring consequences. Only Jesus changes hearts! God makes it clear:
“Be not deceived;
God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh
shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit
shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary
in well doing:
for in due season
we shall reap,
if we faint not.” Galatians 6:7-9
Let’s get ‘back to basics’ by delving into His Word and learning to recognize and discern ‘good from bad’ (See 1 Kings 3:9)! Only God sets the true moral compass—and yes there still is one, but we must ‘seek’ Him! We won’t ‘fall into it’ by chance; and the devil will never tell you the truth (See John 8:44)!
Paul gave the Corinthian believers a caution regarding the difference between the spiritual things of God (God’s way) and the natural man (without God), and I think we can gain great insight from it, for, as Solomon put it, “there is no new thing under the sun” (See Ecclesiastes 1:9). While this is a lengthy passage, I want us to consider these truths and take them to heart, so I’ll just print it out here and pray that you will ponder, with me, what we are doing with what we see! Are we willing to judge what we hear (and see) by what we ‘find’ in God’s Word, and live accordingly, or are we living by the world’s ‘platitudes’?
“And I, brethren, when I came to you,
came not with excellency of speech
or of wisdom,
declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know any thing among you,
save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness,
and in fear,
and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching
was not with enticing words
of man’s wisdom,
but in demonstration
of the Spirit
and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand
in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom
among them that are perfect:
yet not the wisdom of this world,
nor of the princes of this world,
that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God
in a mystery,
even the hidden wisdom,
which God ordained before the world
unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew:
for had they known it,
they would not have crucified
the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written,
Eye hath not seen,
nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared
for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us
by his Spirit:
for the Spirit searcheth all things,
yea, the deep things of God.
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man,
save the spirit of man which is in him?
even so the things of God knoweth no man,
but the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received,
not the spirit of the world,
but the spirit which is of God;
that we might know the things
that are freely given to us
13 Which things also we speak,
not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth,
but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;
comparing spiritual things
14 But the natural man receiveth not
the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.
15 But he that is spiritual
judgeth all things,
yet he himself is judged of no man.
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord,
that he may instruct him?
But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
And for good measure, Paul told us what “the mind of Christ” looks like! Are we reflecting HIS mind in us, or the world’s?
“Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8
Am I “crucified with Christ”? (See Galatians 2:20). Amen!!!