I’m pretty sure that when you were young and “under your parent’s roof”, they might have said, “I don’t want you hanging out with XX, they are a bad influence on you!”“ If XXX jumped off a bridge would you do it too?” Point was they didn’t want us to be “led” into the temptation of doing wrong, getting with the wrong crowd. You think that because you’re an adult you don’t have to worry about hanging with the wrong crowd but who watches out for you now? Do you know your Bible well enough to know if your pastor or Bible teacher is leading you in a straight path to heaven, or if his/her lifestyle has influenced their doctrine? I’m not asking you to judge anyone, it’s just if you sit under the teaching of a Charismatic person you can be influenced to think like they do. Think of all the people who followed the infamous Jim Jones into committing suicide! It has become a catch phrase in our society to say someone is willing to “drink the Kool-aid.” To preach the Word or tell the truth, even if it is hurting you, is the sign of a real leader. OK so am I saying that the leader is responsible for our salvation, faith or belief system? Emphatically NO, that is wrong, YOU are the one that is responsible! Matthew 15:14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” Jesus puts the responsibility squarely on our shoulders there! 2 Corinthians 4:4 If our Message is obscure to anyone, it’s not because we’re holding back in any way. No, it’s because these other people are looking or going the wrong way and refuse to give it serious attention. All they have eyes for is the fashionable god of darkness. They think he can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get. Sometimes we see the truth but a “feel good” Gospel is so much easier to swallow that we find ourselves being led down the “garden pathway” of lost souls. Luke 13:25-28 A bystander said, “Master, will only a few be saved?” He said, “Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires your total attention. A lot of you are going to assume that you’ll sit down to God’s salvation banquet just because you’ve been hanging around the neighborhood all your lives. Well, one day you’re going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you’ll find the door locked and the Master saying, ‘Sorry, you’re not on my guest list.’” You’ll protest, ‘But we’ve known you all our lives!’ only to be interrupted with his abrupt, ‘Your kind of knowing can hardly be called knowing. You don’t know the first thing about me.’” That’s when you’ll find yourselves out in the cold, strangers to grace. You’ll watch Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets march into God’s kingdom. You’ll watch outsiders stream in from east, west, north, and south and sit down at the table of God’s kingdom. And all the time you’ll be outside looking in—and wondering what happened. This is the Great Reversal: the last in line put at the head of the line, and the so-called first ending up last.” “Discernment” is like wearing night vision goggles in a totally black room! Sometimes it takes putting on those goggles in the darkened world in which we live to see what’s going on around us with any clarity at all! Pray for spiritual discernment because we are not talking about church membership here we are talking about YOUR eternal soul’s salvation!
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Thank you for stopping by for a visit! If you read my thoughts you will see that I am sometimes serious, at other times sappy or funny, occasionally I am sad and sentimental, but I am always sincere! I am a single mother who raised two children, born ten years apart and different sexes so first it was bows and dolls, pretty dresses and boys! When my son was born it was rough and tumble games, baseball, soccer, wrestling and girls! I am known for my "smile" and for my default answer to any situation, "no problem", which was something I didn't realize I did until it was pointed out to me! I am a moon watcher and a star gazer. I am astounded and feel so small knowing that every creature that has ever walked the face of this earth has gazed upon that same beautiful orb that my eyes can behold on any night when the earth is not wearing her cloak of clouds. My parents have made me the person that I am. Their love, veracity in all areas of life, humor and passion for their work and each other have given me hope that my life can actually be a happy one! Chances are if you are reading this you already know all this but again, I appreciate your stopping by! While you're here hit the "Like" button for me and thanks for checking in! View all posts by harolene