GENERATIONS – OR – A FAMILY? (Passing the baton in ministry)

JOEL 3:1: “So it will be afterward, I will pour out My Ruach on all flesh: your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” TLV

OBSERVATION: Are there seasons in the ministry of the Spirit in my life? Is the future only for the young, or does the Lord use men and women of all ages in His divine purposes? These are questions that I am pondering as I read this wonderful promise from the book of Joel.

This promise is quoted by Peter in his great sermon on the Day of Pentecost. He refers back to the prophecy of Joel and proclaims that was took place in the Upper Room was the fulfillment of this prophecy. The Lord, risen and now sitting at the right hand of the Father, had poured out His Spirit upon all flesh. He had done this without discrimination. The Holy Spirit had come upon men and women, young and old.

Previously, as I have read this verse, I have thought of the general fulfillment of this promise – the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. I have never really given much thought to the specifics of this promise. Yet, this morning I am drawn to the distinction of the young and the old. Is there a purpose to this distinction, or is it merely arbitrary. I think there is a purpose to it, and this purpose speaks an important message to the church today.

There seems to be a general panic in the church today regarding the passing of the baton from the older generation to the younger generation. Statistics are quoted that would make anyone fearful. The average age of the pastors in our churches is climbing, and there does not seem to be a rank of young leaders that are ready to fill the gap when these older leaders are ready to pass the baton. As a result of this challenge, there seems to be an over emphasis on raising up the next generation, which appears to be leading to a neglect of the present generation.

If this Scripture speaks anything to this crisis, it is that God never forgets either. All men and women are given the privilege of being filled with the Holy Spirit. All men and women, young and old, have been given the ability to prophecy, to speak for God in this present generation. There is neither male nor female with regard to this privilege. We are all one in Christ. And the Holy Spirit continues to work in and through both the young and the old. There is no preference in HIs ministry through us. However, there is a distinction in how He moves in us.

The young are said to see visions, the old are said to dream dreams. It is the natural progression of life that the younger generation rises up to take the place of the older. The Lord of the Harvest makes no exception in the life of the church. This will take place naturally as we trust the moving of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The young will see visions. They will receive the marching orders from God for the next generation. Yet, the old are not sidelined in the process. The Spirit continues to speak to them in dreams. They are the voice of balance, wisdom, and encouragement in this process of this change.

In our culture we tend to throw out the old in place of the new. I experienced this personally with one of my favorite retail stores. For years I bought my clothes at one retailer. Then there was a CEO change, and a change of marketing strategy. They decided they needed to focus on a younger market. As they did, instead of adding selections for both, they discontinued all the brands that appealed to one generation in order to cater to the next. They also did away with promotional activity, which was preferred by the older market. This change was a marketing disaster. The company began to lose money quarter after quarter, until adjustments were made.

Why didn’t this work for this national retailer? The same reason it doesn’t work in the church. They forget one group of people in favor of the other. In Eastern cultures the elderly are revered. In Western cultures they are seen as discardable. Yet, in God’s culture, men and women, young and old, are called to live in harmony and work side by side in the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit. We are not the generation of God, we are the Family of God! A true family is made up of children, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. It is the wisdom and stability of the elder that enables the growth and success of the younger. This is something our churches cannot forget.

Jesus said, “…Therefore every Torah scholar discipled for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure both new things and old.” (Matthew‬ ‭13:52‬ ‭TLV‬‬). If Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit on all flesh, without distinction of gender or age, then the call and ministry of the church is not for the young or the old, it is for both! It is a call to be the Family of God where each generation passes on the baton to the next, and where each person continues in fruitful and meaningful ministry until the day he or she enters into glory.

Lord, help us honor the Spirit’s ministry in each and every person in the Family of God. May we not focus on one group to the exclusion of another. May we be like the wise master of a household who brings out of his treasure both new things and old. Pour out Your Spirit upon all flesh! Let our sons and daughters prophecy. Let our young see visions. And let our old dream dreams.

In Jesus Name!

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WILL MY VOTE COUNT?

HOSEA 8:7: “For they sow wind, and reap a whirlwind. There is no mature grain— the sprout yields no meal. Should it produce anything, strangers would swallow it up.” TLV

OBSERVATION: Will my vote really count? When one looks at the current political backdrop of our nation they are either filled with anger or apathy. As we face a national midterm election of great import, many will simply stay at home and not vote. Why? They think their vote really will not count. What will be, will be. Yet, this attitude fails to take into account the principal of sowing and reaping.

A single vote is like a seed that is planted in anticipation of a harvest. If this seed is good, it will contribute to the overall harvest. If this seed is bad, it will contribute to the harvest’s demise. If the good seed is left in the bag, and only the bad seed is sown, the harvest will be one of weeds and thorns. The good seed must be sown! Your vote is a seed. Don’t leave it in the bag!

So what is the good seed and what is the bad seed? People will differ on the answer to this question. Many sincere people believe that their seed is good, and the other is evil. Political parties are split on these views. So to answer this question we must leave political parties out of the equation. We must appeal to a higher standard to define what is the good seed.

  • “He presented to them another parable, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while the men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. Now when the stalk sprouted and produced grain, then the weeds also appeared. So the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Master, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’” Matthew‬ ‭13:24-27‬ ‭TLV‬‬

The good seed is identified with the Lord, the bad seed is identified with the enemy of our souls. As both seeds were planted, what differentiated them from each other? They both grew up and looked the same. Yet, one was different from the other. The difference was that one produced grain, the other simply produced more weeds. One supported life, the other simply strangled the life that was already there.

It is the principle of life that is the overriding principle in whether the seed is good or bad. Jesus proclaimed in John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly!” The Declaration of Independence was written by men who honored the principles of God’s Word and life. In its preamble it proclaims,

  • “We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness; …”

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These are the principles that determine whether our vote is a good seed, or a bad seed. If our vote is cast for people and principles that diminish life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, it is a bad seed, both politically and Biblically. If our vote is cast for candidates who best support these principles, then it is a good seed. It is a seed that will continue to promote liberty, equality, and freedom.

Liberty, equality, and freedom are not making everyone the same. It is not taking from one person to give to another. It is creating both an environment of freedom and generosity where everyone is lifted up, and where giving and charitable endeavors are rewarded. The government within itself will always lead to more limitations to this freedom. It can become a protector of these freedoms, or it can be the entity that gives them the final death blow. It all depends on the seed that is planted.

As you prayerfully consider your actions this November, please do not allow it to be an inaction. Please prayerfully and Biblically rise up and cast your vote. If you vote for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (which includes religious freedom), then your vote will be a good seed that will stand against the whirlwind. Your single vote is a seed. It is needed in the overall harvest of our nation. Men and women have died so that you have the privilege of casting this vote.

This November – PRAY, VOTE, PRAY!

In Jesus Name!

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AM I READY FOR OPPOSITION?

EZRA 4:1-2: “When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the returned exiles were building a temple for ADONAI the God of Israel, they approached Zerubbabel and the leading patriarchs and said to them, “Let us build with you, for like you we seek your God and have been sacrificing to Him since the days of Esarhaddon, king of Assyria, who brought us here.” TLV

‭‭OBSERVATION: Am I ready for opposition? Am I walking in wisdom and discernment with regards to the enemy’s tactics? Paul writes,

  • “Now anyone you forgive, I also forgive. For indeed, what I have forgiven (if I have forgiven anything), I did it for you in the presence of Messiah, so that we might not be outwitted by satan—for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” ‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭2:10-11‬ ‭TLV‬‬

Ezra chapter 4 gives us some insight into how the enemy tries to outwit us. If we endeavor to do something of import for the Kingdom of God, rest assured, we will face his opposition. Paul made it very clear when he wrote to young Timothy – “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭TLV‬‬

The first thing the enemy tries to do is to infiltrate our plans with people who pretend to be supportive, but who in reality will simply try to oppose what we are doing. I have found this to be true over and over again in the ministry. If someone’s encouragement and support seems to good to be true, it usually is. This is not a call to be distrusting of people, or to look for the worst in everyone. It is simply a call to be discerning. Usually in their story you will discover some great inconsistencies. These are a warning to move cautiously. It is better to have a few faithful supporters then a host of supporters who really have a hidden agenda.

Ezra and the leaders of Jerusalem did not fall for this trick. So what did the enemy do? He went to plan “B” – discouragement!

  • “Then the people of the land began discouraging the people of Judah and making them afraid to build. They bribed advisors in order to thwart their plans all the days of King Cyrus of Persia and until the reign of Darius king of Persia.” Ezra‬ ‭4:4-5‬ ‭TLV‬‬

Discouragement is such a powerful tool of the enemy. He knows it aims right at the heart of what we are doing. It steals one’s passion, energy, and perseverance. It is aimed at getting us to lose heart and simply give up the work. When these attacks come, God’s grace and His promises are greater than the enemy’s accusations. We need to rise up in faith and hold on to the promises of God! If we refuse to give into discouragement we will be victorious!

  • “So let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good toward all—especially those who belong to the household of faith.” Galatians‬ ‭6:9-10‬ ‭TLV‬‬

Yet, the enemy is not done. If he cannot infiltrate our work with the wrong people, if he cannot discourage us and cause us to quite, then he will try to block our work through external means. The enemies of Ezra and the children of Israel wrote an accusing letter and sent it to the king. When the king read it, he called for the work of the Temple to be brought to a halt, until he could research the allegations. The allegations were about the past sins and insurrections of the Jewish people. And the reason they were so powerful – is because they were true!

Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He delights in trying to use our past to stop our present. He will continually bring up our old sins and failures to try and keep us from pursuing our calling from God. How do we overcome these accusations? We do it with two powerful weapons!

  • “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Anointed One, for the accuser of our brothers and sisters—the one who accuses them before our God day and night—has been thrown out. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives even in the face of death.” The Revelation‬ ‭12:10-11‬ ‭TLV‬‬

The blood of Jesus Christ has redeemed us and cleansed us from all the failures of our past! It was the blood on the doorposts of Israel’s homes that delivered them in Egypt. It is the blood of Jesus Christ, poured out on the cross of Calvary, that delivers us from the power, penalty, and shame of sin! There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!

What is our testimony? It is simply – Jesus is Lord! He is Lord over our lives. He is Lord over our calling! He is Lord over all the affairs and concerns of our life. He is the one who opens doors that no one can shut, and shuts doors that no one can open. The enemy, the accuser, the infiltrator, the discourager, is powerless in the presence of the risen and glorified Christ! Jesus Christ is Lord!

  • “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He may lift you up at the appropriate time. Cast all your worries on Him, for He cares for you. Stay alert! Watch out! Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, searching for someone to devour. Stand up against him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being laid upon your brothers and sisters throughout the world. After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace—who has called you into His eternal glory in Messiah—will Himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. All power to Him forever! Amen.” 1 Peter‬ ‭5:6-11‬ ‭TLV‬‬

The Temple, under Ezra and Zerubbabel’s leadership, was rebuilt! The Lord led them through all of the opposition of their enemies. I need to be reminded that the Lord will do the same for me as I trust in Him. As I endeavor to follow the Lord, there will be opposition. It will come from both within and without. Yet, God’s promises are sure. If I trust in Him, if I humble myself under His mighty hand, He will always lead me to victory. This victory may look different than I had originally pictured it, but it will be a victory none the less. And it will not only be a victory that I can celebrate, it will be a victory that will transform my heart into the image of Jesus Christ.

Lord, help me discern the difference between doors that you close and the attacks of the enemy to keep me from following your calling in my life. As I learn to wait upon You, as I abide in Your Word, and listen to the still small voice of Your Spirit, help me to persevere into the pathway of victory that You will lay before me. Give me grace to resist the enemy and to overcome him through the blood of the Lamb, and the word of my testimony.

Today I proclaim – Jesus is Lord! Jesus is my Lord!

In Jesus Name!

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THE BRET KAVANAUGH HEARINGS…AND MY NAME

REVELATION 2:17: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Ruach is saying to Messiah’s communities. To the one who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone—and written on the stone a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.” TLV

OBSERVATION: What is my name? This may seem like an odd question. Who doesn’t know their name? I am not speaking about our given name. The name I am referring to is the name we call ourselves. The name that defines us. The name that we live by.

I have always been intrigued by the story of the demonically possessed man in Mark 5:1-20. When Jesus confronted the man who was demon possessed he asked him – “What is your name?” Most people think that Jesus was addressing the demon, because it is the demon who responded. However, I believe that Jesus was addressing the man. The man’s identity had been lost in his captivity to the demons that held him captive. And so many of our identities have been lost to the brokenness and sin in our lives.

I have been watching the historic Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Bret Kavanaugh. What no one seems to understand is that our culture has put both the accuser and the accused into the same position. They are no longer two individuals for whom Christ has died. They are two broken and flawed people for whom sin has declared its victory. One is a victim, and one is a perpetrator. And all of this without any solid evidence. Two entire lives are given new names simply because of one purported mistake in the past.

The Psalmist writes,

  • “If You, ADONAI, kept a record of iniquities— my Lord, who could stand? For with You there is forgiveness, so You may be revered.” Psalms‬ ‭130:3-4‬ ‭TLV‬‬

Do we want to encourage a society where one’s entire life, one’s entire worth, is dictated by a single event or failure in their life? As the Psalmist declares – “…my Lord, who could stand?” Yet, the promise is found in the next verse. As believers in Jesus Christ we believe in redemption. We believe in the transformation of the human soul. We believe that the power of forgiveness breaks the power of sin. And when we repent, when we turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness, He not only saves us – HE GIVES US A NEW NAME!‭‭

  • “To the one who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone—and written on the stone a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.”

It is not an arbitrary name. It is a name written in stone! It is our new identity as a child of God. This name is greater than the names of brokenness and failure that we have lived by in the past. It is our name as a child of God.

When I look at these Senate confirmation hearings I am deeply saddened. So much more is at stake then merely the confirmation of a Supreme Court Judge. The very decency of our nation is at stake. And as sinners saved by grace, we must see beyond all of the brokenness on both sides of the isle. We must pray that both victim and accused find their name and identity, not in the things of the past, but in their future which is found only in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord, have mercy upon us as a nation. Have mercy upon me. I pray that today I can live by the new name You have given me. And I pray that all men and women will come to know their new name in Jesus Christ my Lord.

In Jesus Name!

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THE SIN…NOT UNTO DEATH

I JOHN 5:16-17: “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he should ask, and God will give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death—I am not saying you should ask about that. All unrighteousness is sin, but there is sin not leading to death.” TLV

OBSERVATION: What is the sin not leading to death? This question could open up a myriad of responses. I think the best way to answer this question is not to create a list, but to eliminate what it is not. It is not the sin unto death. John makes it clear that we are not to pray for that. What is the sin unto death?

Jesus said that all sin will be forgiven man, except the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. This is the sin unto death. The blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is attributing the works of God to Satan. In other words, it is completely hardening one’s heart to the Holy Spirit so that the heart is no longer reachable. It is was Paul refers to in Romans 1 as the reprobate heart. (Note: If you have ever worried that you have committed the sin unto death, don’t worry! The fact that you are even concerned and asking the question is proof that you have not!)

So what is the practical application for our lives? It speaks to how we view and deal with a brother or a sister who falls into sin. We call this backsliding. We all have backslidden from walking with the Lord in sincere faith. It is not whether one will backslide. The question is how do we deal with the backslider?

Since backsliding is not the sin unto death, we are to pray for them. John writes that as we intercede for this person, God will give life to those who commit the sin not leading to death. What is that life? It is the precious Holy Spirit wooing them back to the Father. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. It is the same Holy Spirit that led them to embrace Christ as their Savior and Lord. This is a promise of God.

How do we usually deal with the backslider, especially if they are a family member? We are naturally hurt and disappointed when someone backslides, when they not only leave the Lord, but when they also leave their responsibilities in life unattended. The human response is to pull away from that person. It is hard for us to be with them because we are so hurt and disappointed. But, is this the way we should respond?

What would happen if we took all of this hurt and disappointment and directed it to intercessory prayer for this individual? What would happen if we began to deal with them, not based on what they deserve, but based on the same mercy that God has shown to us in our times of backsliding? What if we asked God to give them life?

I believe the Lord always answers the prayer for life. This does not guarantee that an individual will respond to this life. However, they will be given every opportunity to respond. As we pray, the Lord will pour out the Holy Spirit upon their life to check them in their sin, to call them back to repentance, and to lead them into the pathway of restoration. And, if we have been praying this way, when they do return, we will be positioned to receive them with joy.

To ask God for life, we first must ask God to give us His grace. We must humble ourselves before the Lord, lay down our hurt and disappointment, and refuse to pick it up again. We need to begin to pray for life and blessing upon the backslider, for it is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. And when they return, as the father did with the prodigal son, we need to run to them, embrace them, and restore them. Our brother or sister who was lost, has now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls!

Lord, this morning as I type these thoughts, I ask you to give LIFE to one very special person on my heart. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon them. Draw them back to You. Renew their heart. Give them victory over the sin that so easily besets. Restore in them the joy of Your salvation. And as you do, guard my heart from a judgmental and critical spirit. Help me to be positioned to love and restore. Help me to see them as you see them!

In Jesus Name!

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I AM A WHITE, CHRISTIAN, MALE

I JOHN 1:8-10: “If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” TLV

OBSERVATION: I am a White, Christian, Male. In the culture of our day I am presumed to be guilty of crimes and attitudes I have never committed or held. I am marginalized as the problem for the ills of our society, simply because of the color of my skin and the faith that I hold.

Yet, I am not innocent. I am a sinner, plain and simple. My sins are worthy of God’s judgment. Yet, I have found a Savior, Jesus Christ my Lord. I have come to Him, confessing my sins, and He has graciously forgiven my sin and cleansed me from all unrighteousness. This is why I am a Christian. I recognized my sin, and I brought it to the Lord Jesus Christ. I did not earn His forgiveness. It was freely given to me, as it is to everyone who repents of their sin and calls upon His name.

I was born white and male. I did not ask to be white, nor did I ask to be male. This was the work of the hand of God. It was the result of the union of my parents. It is hard for me to understand why I am being judged for something that I had no control over. And it is amazing that my heart is judged simply because of my skin color and my gender. No one knows my heart, except God. How can I be judged as a racist, bigot, hater, and the cause of this world’s ills?

Yet, I am not innocent. I am a sinner, plain and simple. My natural tendencies are to be selfish, judgmental, and unforgiving. However, I have found a new capacity to love, give, and forgive. The same grace that was poured out on me through faith in Jesus Christ, is also transforming my heart. Not only am I forgiven and cleansed from my sins, my heart is being renewed and restored to God’s original intent. I know have a new capacity to love others, even my enemies. It is the Lord Jesus Christ within me that allows me to pray for those that accuse me of the things that in reality I too abhor.

I believe in redemption. I believe that every person can be redeemed and restored by the grace of God. From the vilest sinner, to the one who thinks he is a moralist and is not even aware of his sin. God’s grace can forgive, cleanse, and transform every broken life. It is restoring mine. Therefore, I cannot hate someone simply because of the color of their skin, their gender, religion, or political viewpoint. How can a sinner, destined for hell, but redeemed by the love of God, pass judgment on anyone else?

Please don’t hate me because I am a White, Male, Christian. Please don’t discard me as damaged goods. Please don’t label me as racist, bigoted, or hateful. I am simply a sinner, saved by the grace of God. I love you and I am praying that you too can find the wonderful power of His transforming love.

  • “Now this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you—that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and keep walking in the darkness, we are lying and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of His Son Yeshua purifies us from all sin.” 1 John‬ ‭1:5-7‬ ‭TLV‬‬

It is only when we experience the transforming power of God’s love through Jesus Christ that we are able to walk in true unity and fellowship. And as we do – the blood of Jesus Christ will continue to wash us, renew us, and transform us in His wonderful image of love.

I am a White, Christian, Male, a sinner saved by God’s Grace – and I love you!

In Jesus Name!

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HOW DO YOU SPOT A “FALSE TEACHER?”

II Peter 2:17-19: “These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. The gloom of utter darkness has been reserved for them. For by mouthing grandiosities that amount to nothing, they entice in sensual fleshly passions those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption—for a person is a slave to whatever has overcome him.” TLV

OBSERVATION: How do you spot a false teacher? How do you discern sound doctrine from spurious teachings? In these last days, when prophets and teachers abound, when there are so many voices vying for our attention, it is important to heed the words of Peter.

One of the first giveaways of a false teacher is that they speak in grandiosities. They purport teaching a new truth, something that has never before been understood. Their speech is not straightforward, but it is filled with mystery and endless twists and turns that are difficult to follow. And, in their teaching, they bring glory to themselves for their great understanding and insight.

Peter says that such teachers are springs without water, mists driven by a storm. Proclaiming to be moving in the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit, they are actually devoid of His presence in their life. And, unlike the God who never changes, their teachings and focus moves and changes with the wind. As soon as their current “new teaching” begins to gather dust, and when the excitement wanes, they miraculously have a “new revelation.” And guess what? It is something that no one else has ever discovered!

Why do they seem to have such influence? Why is it so easy for them to gather a crowd and a following? It is because their teaching is not about the cross or Christ (even though they invoke His name). Their teaching is always about the temporal, not the eternal. It appeals to the sensual appetites of the human condition. It is always about breakthrough, success, finances, and the miraculous. Their teachings are never about the cross, sacrifice, faithfulness, and the call to be a servant.

  • “For by mouthing grandiosities that amount to nothing, they entice in sensual fleshly passions those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.”

And, while they tell their hearers that this revolutionary teaching will lead them to freedom and blessing, all the while they are bound by their love of money and position. They boast about their achievements, and with their deceptive speech they lead others into the same bondage that they are in. They are the blind leading the blind. They are the modern day Pharisees.

Here are some red flags to watch for.

  • They claim to have a “new” revelation or teaching.
  • They use their success to validate their teaching.
  • They focus on the temporal things of life rather than the spiritual and eternal.
  • They talk a lot about money, your money, and how you need to give it in order to enter into the blessing of this new revelation.
  • They talk more about blessings than the cross, more about themselves than Christ, and more about giving to receive than giving to serve.

Peter says of these so called teachers,

  • “For if—after escaping the world’s pollutions through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Yeshua the Messiah—they again become entangled in these things and are overcome, the end for them has become worse than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after learning about it, to turn back from the holy commandment passed on to them. What has happened to them confirms the truth of the proverb, “A dog returns to its vomit,” and “A scrubbed pig heads right back into the mud.” 2 Peter‬ ‭2:20-22‬ ‭TLV‬‬

You might ask – “Who are they?” “Name some names!” Peter did not name anyone, he simply warned us all. If you keep your eyes on Jesus, if you take up your cross daily, if you humble yourself under His mighty hand, you will not find it hard to spot these false teachers. The truth is always Christ centric. The truth always leads us to the cross. The truth always gives all the glory to God. And, the truth is never about something that was just discovered, it is about the eternal truth that has been proclaimed through the ages – that never changes!

The truth is Jesus – the same yesterday, today, and forever!

In Jesus Name!

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