2 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Again with the dogs? Well they have proven instrumental in helping me come up with some devotional material occasionally.
Many days when I let them out for their morning
“constitution”, I get so irritated because they take such a long time prowling around the yard.
One particular day last week, I had somewhere to go and did not (literally) want to smell like a dog while out with friends. It was cold and I bemoaned to my pets that it was SNOWING and that they should hurry up and do their business!
Dressed in a coats of fur, no one really seemed to care but me. Up, down, back and forth, around the yard they went. If they did not get with it, I wasn’t even going to have the luxury I was affording them, and FORGET being able to wear lipstick or earrings (Yes, I do remember the vanity devotionals! I was in the mindset to be girly.).
My animals perform some goofy ritual by circling round and round in tighter circles until they determine a perfect location. Good grief, Charlie Brown!
While I was out there, shivering, I thought at least the event could beneficial in some way. There are people who take experiences and find Scripture to go along with it. I go the other way, by taking God’s Word and using material from various sources to (hopefully) tie things together.
When my kids were younger, we went to a place aspiring to be a “mega church”. I suppose now, for the size of the city, they have “arrived” (although it seems like an insatiable appetite, enough said!).
When we first started attending there, I can truly say that we worshipped. As time passed, we had an abrupt transition due to an unfortunate pastoral issue.
By the time the above transpired, our kids were heavily invested in the youth program. Ironically, our children was the reasoning we used for staying where we did not belong.
Several of the parents with kids the same age as ours continued going, not for what they were learning, but because their young ones “enjoyed” the youth group. We forfeited our spiritual growth for the sake of our children’s contentment and entertainment.
When we moved to Michigan and my husband traveled so much, the kids and I attended various places on Wednesday night, trying to find a church home. One place we visited was at a denomination unfamiliar to me.
While my three were in the youth group, I was at Bible study with the adults. It didn’t take too long, but more than I would like to admit, to discover the fundamental beliefs were far from mine. I don’t mean differences of opinion, theological matters.
I had to break it to the kids that we weren’t going back and attempted to explain to them as to why. They were not pleased with my decision, but it would have been irresponsible for me to allow my children to hear, time after time, things I knew were not Biblical. They SOUNDED good and pleasing, but in the end, it was “ear tickling”.
When I had my children and dedicated them back to the Lord, I made a covenant with Him in the way I would raise them and I took that seriously.
Discernment is a blessing from God and I believe it is to be exercised. The Holy Spirit shows what truth is and it is up to us to engage that knowledge.
The world is full of seducing spirits, both seen and invisible. Staying in the Word, praying and constant fellowship with the Lord does not make us immune to exposure; if anything, it can make us a much more enticing target for the enemy. Strong Christians are a threat to the evil one.
We must keep up our guard and remain suited in our armor. The only way to recognize lies is to know the Truth!
Sisters, if you read, hear or see something we know is wrong , run, don’t walk away from it!
God has equipped us with His Word! You’ve certainly heard, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”? How could someone sit under false doctrine and face God, telling Him that He didn’t make things clear? Really?
Okay, well apparently my soapbox is gigantic, so thank you for taking this journey.
My intention is not to offend but implore When it comes to matters of our Lord and Savior, CONSIDER THE SOURCE!
We do not want our ears tickled
Please give us hunger for the Truth of Your Word
We ask that You will give us discernment
And wisdom to use it
And know what to do with what we know
Please give us a heart for You, O God
Direct us, please, in the way we should go
Draw and keep us close to You
If anything we see or hear is contrary to Your Word
Please let us recognize it
Let it not penetrate into our hearts
In the Name of Jesus
“Your Word Is True”
“Guard Your Heart”