MATTHEW 10:20 ON 10/20

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 For it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  – Matthew 10:20

Sometimes it’s a good idea to back up and read what is before.  So let’s go back to verse 16:

 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.  Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.  On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.  But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,  for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”  – Matthew 10:16-20

If ever there was a time when Christians are the proverbial sheep among wolves…  it is now.  Of all the prayers I pray these days, the most important prayer of all is the one that says, “Father, please speak through me.”  The wolves are real – and they are everywhere (yes, they’re even in the church, sad as that sounds).  It’s time we as Christians pray for God’s wisdom in our lives.

Have you ever been ready to say something on your mind, but when you open your mouth, something completely different comes out?  I can’t tell you how many times that has happened.  I’ve also at times said something and it’s as if what I said was not heard – and later I feel so grateful to God that what I said was not heard.  That is how God’s Holy Spirit protects me every day.my-shepherd

I believe that in these last days, God’s people will experience miracles – probably large ones, but definitely small ones.  We need to begin to recognize how His Holy Spirit takes care of us – and keep thanking Him for His protection.  Remember that He will speak through you – but you need to ask.

We have a wonderful Heavenly Father, and His Holy Spirit is with us and wants to help us if we’ll just ask.  We can be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves.  Shrewd does not mean rude.  Innocent does not mean ambivalent.trust-for-straight-paths In these last days, we need to lean on God’s Holy Spirit more and more.  He wants to guide and direct us along a straight path.  We need to want Him to do so because He knows what we need more than we do.  Beware…  there are wolves.  We are sheep – and God is our Great Shepherd.  We can trust Him to guide us along. 🙂

 

 

 

MATTHEW 7:15 ON 7/15

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 Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.  – Matthew 7:15

As Christians we will be exposed to imposters and need to be aware of the possibility.  How will we know when we are around a wolf in sheep’s clothing?  I believe if we will pray and ask the Lord to help us use discernment, He will.  We should always be on guard and wise because Satan will imitate the things of God to trick us.  He is a master manipulator and will lay snares to entrap those who are ignorant and heedless.  Beware of hypocritical evil-doers.

Let God’s promises shine on your problems.  – Corrie Ten Boom

If we want to persevere, we have to be vigilant in prayer.  In the last days, we know there will be those who are “ear ticklers” and folks will flock to hear them because they will not be given the entire truth of God.  They will, in fact, be deceived, believing that they are walking the narrow way when they are not.

“What do you think of God,” the teacher asked. After a pause, the young pupil replied, “He’s not a think, he’s a feel.”  – Paul Frost

It is God’s will that the church be involved in educating people with the whole truth of the Bible so we will be ready for attacks.  Christians are not to be passive and uninvolved in life outside the walls of the church building.  As we see today, controversial issues have left Christians locking horns with government laws that do not agree with their personal beliefs.

It’s my opinion that we will see these kinds of issues more as time passes.

We need to remember that Satan is so sly and will make the wrong look right.  Just because it is more accepted in society does not make it acceptable to Christ.  If we are to follow Him, we must be fortified by His Holy Spirit and ready to resist the temptation to go along with the rest of the tide of public opinion about issues that are clearly called sin by God.

Learn God’s Word – in its entirety.  Pray that God will help you discern the sheep from the wolves.  🙂