From Daniel's Desk on 5/9/19
My Title: Follow Jesus! (Don't let your heart give you wisdom on ANYTHING!)
My Verse: 19
"19 They promise them freedom but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person to that he is enslaved."
Look through every circumstance and man to look straight at the heart. What has the heart submitted to in order to pen the message. - People can preach a good message that seems right to a man but in the end it ends only in death. Look THROUGH the message and find what god the heart has pledged it's loyalty too. It can even be the god of self! "You're good enough." - "You make your own fate." - "You can work to gain... xyz."
This is true of your own heart too. Are you telling yourself you are justified in contradicting what you KNOW to be true on account of some exception that you are allowing yourself? ("Never more creative is the mind of man then when justifying it's own sin.")
Anything but the gospel of Jesus Christ means to enslave you. REMEMBER God's CHARACTER, He WILL NOT be mocked! His SON is WORTHY (the ONLY one) of all glory and honor and power forever. < Never forget, God is telling a magnificent story and you can join Him in it or miss it completely. He fulfilled His first promise to come the first time and we are now waiting on His second coming, which He WILL ALSO fulfill.
There will be false prophets bringing destructive heresies.
How do we make sure our truth is TRUTH? Stick to Jesus.
Your truth will make people angry because it stands in opposition to their passions. (And hurts and fears... walls that they've built around a false truth)
Swift destruction will be upon them. (You've literally witnessed this with your own eyes.)
Know God's character.
He punishes the wicked and ungodly but saves the righteous... we are only righteous on account of what Jesus did FOR us.
HE LOVED us so much He sent His ONLY Son to die SO THAT He could pour out His JUST WRATH on evil but allow ME and YOU A WAY (the ONLY way) to survive.
The disease of following your heart into wickedness can spread to everybody. Hearts trained in greed.
They entice by sensual passions. - They preach freedom but are slaves of corruption.
Don't get entangled in sin and enslaved to the defilement of this world.
Don't be like a dog that returns to it's vomit.
vs 21 & 22 in different translations:
(ESV) 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.
(NASB) 21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth;
(KJV) 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. 22 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone,