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From Grace to You Strength for Today daily devotional,by John MacArthur.
“Then Daniel spoke to the king, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.’ Then the king was very pleased and gave orders for Daniel to be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. The king then gave orders, and they brought those men who had maliciously accused Daniel, and they cast them, their children, and their wives into the lions’ den; and they had not reached the bottom of the den before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.” – Daniel 6:21-24
God will always vindicate His people.
One of the challenges of the Christian life is to react properly when being unjustly accused. Our natural inclination is to defend ourselves, which is appropriate at times. But there are other times when we must remain silent and trust the Lord to defend us.
Apparently Daniel said nothing in his own defense when he was charged with disregarding the king’s decree to stop praying. Of course the charge itself was true, but his motives were righteous, and he knew he was innocent before God. Therefore, like Jesus Himself before His accusers, Daniel chose to remain silent and entrust himself to God, who “judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:22-23). Vindication doesn’t always come quickly, but in Daniel’s case it did. God affirmed his innocence by protecting him from the hungry lions. King Darius affirmed his innocence by putting his accusers to death. That was swift and decisive judgment.
Never lose heart or feel that God has abandoned you when evil people seem to prevail. The day will come when God will vindicate you. When He does, His judgment will also be swift and decisive.
Suggestions for Prayer:
Pray for a loving attitude toward those who unjustly accuse you.
For Further Study:
Read James 5:7-11. What encouragement does James give to those who suffer at the hands of evil people? Who does he use as an example of someone who suffered with patience? At what point in time will God’s people be vindicated?
From Strength for Today by John MacArthur Copyright © 1997. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.com.
This is a testimony from a dear sweet sister in Christ that visits my blog from time to time. Mama Harper from over at Scattered Sheep posted this and I wanted to share it here as well. Thank you so much Peazy for sharing your story, God Bless you my sweet sister!
This is from our Beautiful Sister in Christ, Peazy. Peazy’s story is so much like mine and Kari’s and many of the folks who visit our humble little blog. Even though Satan would have loved to have kept us all in the darkness of deception, our Heavenly Father in His Grace allowed us to see the truth and come out of the deception of the Charismatic Church. Thank you Peazy for your wonderful testimony, we love you and appreciate you sharing your story. These kind of stories are why we blog.
I wanted to send you a note this evening, to say how much I appreciate you gals reaching out to me.
I have felt very alone lately, with only Hubby to talk to about spiritual things. I spent alot of time
putting together my blog. Looking back now, I realize that it was for my own sanity that I did it. All that
time of studying truths that I found on the internet and posting them into my blog, was like a tornado
of truth colliding with a tornado of error, within myself. The truth that I welcomed into my heart, with
it’s amazing power, dismantled many pillars of error within me. I was a charismatic for many years.
Up to almost a year ago, just prior to God showing me all of the error that I walked in, I truly believed
that I had the gift of prophecy, tongues, interpretation of dreams etc. Around a year ago,
I began to study the word of faith movement, the signs and wonders movement, and so forth.
There were many many questions that I had, regarding all of this supposed phenomenon.
Around 6 months ago, I came across Pastor MacArthur’s site and decided to listen to a few sermons,
I was so leery and untrusting at that time. I really enjoyed his teachings and had never heard this
kind of teaching before. I have stayed with him ever since and was listening to 2-5 sermons a day
for awhile. I thank God for his teachings.
Around the same time frame, I left the Baptist Church that I had been attending for around 3 yrs in town.
I went on Sunday and also to Thursday morning ladies Bible study. One Thursday morning, when
we all had come in and setting down, the leader announced, that we would be trying something new. She
handed out booklets by an author named, John Ortberg. And then proceeded to turn on the video that
went along with the booklet. I paged through the booklet as I sat there and felt a sickly feeling inside as
I noticed that a lot of words like, repentance, cross, forgiveness ect., were replaced with other words
such as mistakes instead of sins, up there instead of heaven and so forth. I made up my mind during
that mornings study, to walk out and never to come back.
About a week later, I found some information on the internet, regarding the emergent movement, of which,
I really was clueless at that time. I printed it out and took it in to give it to and talk to the asst. Pastor.
I really fumbled with my words and felt so awkward as I tried to share with him, the dangers of the
emergent movement. He said, he had never even heard of it and that he would read what I brought in and
get back to me. As I left his office, I looked at a large table that was filled with emergent studies by various
teachers. I also called the lady who runs the Thursday morning study and tried to talk to her about all of this.
She also never heard of the emergent movement and didn’t see anything wrong with the video series.
I left that church and decided to try the sister church, a lot smaller, out here in the country, where we live.
I attended the ladies Bible study and found Beth Moore teachings there. I went to 3 of those and then left
that church as well. That was around 6 months ago, I think.
So, for now hubby and I are home, listening to sermons online and reading our Bibles, which is fine.
The oddest thing is that I went to the larger church in town around 3 yrs and have yet to get 1 phone call
from anyone as to why I left or how I am doing. But, it’s all for the good, I truly believe that. And hold
no hard feelings to anyone in either churches.
Thank you for taking the time to hear me….
Love in Christ…peazy
Great article I found posted on The Word on the Word of Faith blog, which was written by Walter Martin, author of the wonderful book Kingdom of the Occult. I used to go into Books a Million and sit and read this book while waiting for my daughter to get out of her music class, I finally bought my own copy and it is on my summer reading list as well.
First Peter 2:24 says of Christ, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”
One of the primary rules of biblical interpretation which must never be violated is context. What is the context in 1 Peter 2? Answer: salvation. There is no way to interpret it in any other sense. The verse is talking about Jesus on the cross dying for us, enduring punishment and bearing our sins, thereby providing salvation for us.
When certain people get hold of this passage, however, they change the context from salvation to physical healing. Every time such people see the word “heal” in the Bible they assume it refers to the miracle of divine healing for the physical body, regardless of whether the context indicates otherwise.
A number of times in Scripture the word healing has specific reference to spiritual healing. There are diseases of the soul that have to be healed — and the primary disease of the soul is man’s unregenerate state, which is rooted in sin. The good news is that God has provided healing for this disease of the soul. And that is what Peter is talking about in 1 Peter 2:24. He is not saying that physical healing of the body is guaranteed to every believer.
Certainly, healing for the body is a benefit of Christ’s death on the cross, a benefit for the church as a result of His atoning sacrifice. However, it is not — it has never been in the history of the church — a guarantee that God has to heal your body; He doesn’t have to!
God does say He will graciously entertain our prayers. He says that if we exercise faith, and if our request is in accordance with His will, He will hear us. But He never said that the mark of true spirituality is that you would never sneeze.
Some within the church will try to tell you, “God’s perfect will is that you are never going to be sick.” Well, I’ll tell you something: there are certain lessons — if you are honest — that you’ll admit you never would have learned unless the Lord flattened you out long enough to get your attention. Sometimes God teaches us things through our suffering.
Moreover, I must say that sometimes a person, after praying for a healing, may receive a no from God — a benevolent no, a kindly no, a protective no maybe, but no nevertheless. Tragically, however, there are teachers — in the Faith movement, for example — who have the colossal gall to tell people that if they were more spiritual, if they had more faith, if they believed like they believed, they would be well. Such faulty teaching can crush whatever faith these poor people have.
Now, I believe you should go to the Lord and believe Him for healing, and trust Him for healing, and pursue Him for healing. And I believe you should search your soul to make certain there is nothing in your life standing in the way of healing. But you must come to Him and lay yourself out on His conditions. The Scripture says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14). If perhaps God intends to teach you something through an illness, He might not heal you immediately.
So don’t think you are being neglected by the Holy Spirit if you don’t get healed. Don’t assume that the Lord is against you. Don’t conclude that you necessarily have an absence of faith or secret sin.
Take a good look at 1 Peter 2:21: “Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” Circle the word example in this verse. Here we are told that Jesus suffered. And He left us an example. We are to follow in His steps.
And what is the meaning of Philippians 3:10, which refers to “the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings”? Let us be clear on this: suffering is an integral part of the fact of life, and is often used by God in the development and maturation of the Christian.
The apostle Paul had a greater standing with the Lord in terms of his ministry than I have or anybody else has ever had. According to 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Paul requested healing from the Lord three times. And three times he got an answer back: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Translation: God said no to Paul’s request for healing. And God had a purpose in saying no.
Did Paul have lack of faith? Rubbish! Was Paul suffering from some secret sin that he was carrying around? Do you see how utterly absurd this is? Do you see how it plays on people’s emotions and lives? Do you see how it undermines faith in the absolute authority of Scripture and transfers it to a human being whose experience becomes the criteria?
This type of teaching eats like a cancer in the body of Christ and it must be resisted and opposed at every opportunity so that Christians will not have a cloud hanging over their heads all the time. Instead, they will realize that Jesus really does love them (despite their illness) and that any healing that may come is in His sovereign hands, not ours.
Why do I blog? Why do I spend hours every week to post things on this blog? Why do I spend hours every week that I could be doing something much more fun writing articles some of which nobody will ever see because some of them aren’t very good? Why do I spend hours every week reading other blogs to keep informed and share some of their articles on my blog. Why do I do all this?
I will tell you, it is not my ministry and quite frankly I hate that term, I used to be in full time ministry, volunteer ministry and it was hell on earth and completely taxing on my family. This is not a platform for me to feel good about myself, to be puffed up about. I did not create a blog because I like to argue or debate people although sometimes that is inevitable and I hate debating people because it is much like arguing. I did not create this blog to bash any person place or thing but to call attention to false teaching and error.
I did create this blog to help others that are where I once was, alone, confused, deceived and scared. I created this blog to be a place where others could understand what’s wrong with Church as we now know it. I want others to have a place to talk to and share with people that have been where they are, when I left my church it was one of the loneliest and scariest times of my life and I didn’t know if I was even doing the right thing or not at the time. However the farther away I get from “Christian city” the more I realize I did make the right decision to leave and follow Jesus down that narrow path. I also wanted this to be a blog where I could warn others of the dangers that are lurking out there in “Christian City”.
As I approach my blog’s 3 month birthday on July 1st I want to thank everyone who has commented, visited or read something on my blog. I pray that something here has either helped, touched, taught or encouraged you and I pray that God will give me the time, strength and grace to continue with this blog only as long as He wills me to do it. Most of all I pray that I can glorify Jesus Christ my savior with everything I do on this blog. Thank you Jesus, may I never bring reproach to your name.
I got this from one of my favorite blogs Do Not Be Surprised.
This is something we all need to do from time to time, take spiritual inventory and check ourselves with the word of God. I talk an awful lot about checking out pastor’s and teaching and doctrines to make sure they line up but from time to time I need to also check myself. I don’t want to do anything displeasing to God and I surely don’t want to do anything to make someone else stumble. Lord Jesus lead me in the way of everlasting, I surely can’t make it one step without you, nor would I want to!
The following is the June 16 entry from John MacArthur’s daily devotional Drawing Near. You can follow the devotional daily here at Grace to You. It does update everyday and you cannot read the previous day’s entry, so be sure to keep up!
TAKING SPIRITUAL INVENTORY
“This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father . . . to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:27).
Keeping yourself unstained by the world is an important test of your spiritual condition. The apostle John said, “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). At first glance that might sound contradictory since God Himself so loved the world that He gave His Son to die for it (John 3:16). But John 3:16 refers to the inhabited earth–the people for whom Christ died. First John 2:15 refers to the evil world system in which we live, which includes the life-styles, philosophies, morality, and ethics of our sinful culture. That world and everything it produces is passing away (1 John 2:16-17).
James 4:4 says, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” Those are strong words but compromise is intolerable to God. You can’t be His friend and a friend of the world at the same time!
Separation from the world is the final element of true religion mentioned in James chapter one. Before progressing to chapter two, take a final spiritual inventory based on the checklist provided in verses 26-27: (1) Do you control your tongue? Review the quality of your conversation often. What does it reveal about the condition of your heart? Are there speech habits you need to change? (2) Do you demonstrate love for others? Do you have a sincere desire to help those in need? When you do help, are your motives pure, or are you simply trying to sooth your conscience or make others think more highly of you? (3) Do you remain unstained by the world? What is your attitude toward the world? Do you want to win it for Christ and remain unstained by its evil influences, or do you want to get as much out of it as you possibly can?
Thanks to FOM for finding these quotes!!!!!!!!!!!
The true Christian was intended by Christ to prove all things by the Word of God, all churches, all ministers, all teaching, all preaching, all doctrines, all sermons, all writings, all opinions, all practices. These are his marching orders. Prove all by the Word of God; measure all by the measure of the Bible; compare all with the standard of the Bible; weigh all in the balances of the Bible; examine all by the light of the Bible; test all in the crucible of the Bible. That which cannot abide the fire of the Bible, reject, refuse, repudiate, and cast away. This is the flag which he nailed to the mast. May it never be lowered!—John Wycliffe
If Jesus, the sinless and perfect Son of God, limited Himself to speaking nothing
during His incarnation except the truth He received from His Father, how much more
should …those who have been called into ministry speak only on the authority of
divine Scripture.——–John MacArthur
I am starting to understand why folks are so easily deceived (misled) by false teachers. It seems there are so many people out there that are convinced they are believing and following the God of the bible but when you talk with them you realize they couldn’t be. Here are some things I am noticing when talking to people about God and God’s word.
1. They refer to their own feelings and experiences most of the time and rarely do you hear the phrase (God’s word says, the bible says or Jesus said).
2. They don’t back up their theology with scripture, they can explain away what they believe at length using again feelings and experiences but rarely do they use a scripture to back up what they are saying and when they do it is almost always taken out of context. One of my favorites is (Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. ) Most of the time people will quote this and leave off the conditions at the end of the verse, and people love to quote this verse to make others think no matter what God is going to work all your stuff out for good,” you just wait and see, he keeps his promises this is a right now word for you.” Lets take a look at that again, who does God do this for? Those who love God, those who are called according to His purposes. So that didn’t say to those who are called according to their own purposes, No it’s His purposes and sometimes what God decides is good for his people that Love Him we don’t like it very much, sometimes it hurts, sometimes it breaks our hearts but God knows it is for our own good, He always has a reason. It also say’s those who love God, Jesus tells us in the following scripture how we are to Love the Lord our God.
Luke 10:25-27 (New King James Version)
25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”[b]
3. They mostly refer to their pastor or themselves, when having a theological conversation you will hear many times over, me, me, me, I, I, I and Pastor said. They should be referencing what Jesus said! I have also heard this “my pastor is an anointed man of God, I trust him to preach us the truth, how dare you speak against him?” How dare your pastor pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ,where is his fear of the Lord, he should know better? Folks your pastor is a man, sure all God’s children are anointed but if your pastor is preaching things that are contrary to God’s word and twisting and perverting God’s word then he is no more anointed than my Thanksgiving turkey, he is a puffed up false teacher!
4. They don’t understand or think they need discernment, not sure why that is but I am hearing more and more people say they don’t pray for it, it’s not their thing and they aren’t concerned about it. They want all the wisdom and knowledge they can get but discernment is unimportant to them. We need all three, we have to be able to discern sound biblical teaching and discern what spirit is at work. Especially in these days that are growing darker, if you want to persevere until the end you could use some discernment because some of these wolves are quite good at deceiving people. The scripture below even mentions false signs and wonders that these false christs and false prophets will perform, so how do you know your experiences are real or false without discernment? Better be careful folks that you know what God you are worshiping!
Matthew 24:23-25 (New King James Version)
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
5.They don’t understand what taking scripture out of context means or rightly dividing the word of truth. When you mention this to them they assure you that they don’t take the word out of context and they do rightly divide the word of truth. However when they use scripture you can clearly see they don’t.
6.They don’t adhere to Sola Scriptura, scripture alone. This one seems to be rampant these days because when you show someone biblically that something they believe isn’t in the bible and it is contrary to God’s word they don’t care because they don’t believe God’s word is the final authority, that it is our plumb line, our Christian owner’s manual on living as a Christian. It is merely to them, a back up story book, but their experiences, feelings, prophecies and sermons from their pastor are the final authority. We can’t rely on our feelings, experiences or men, we have to rely on God’s word, keep your eyes on Jesus.
I know these folks are deceived because God is allowing them to be deceived but I also know that God and God alone can bring them out of deception, after all he brought me out. I also want to say that I don’t claim to know everything, not even a little bit, the more I learn the more I realize I don’t know. I struggle and make mistakes every day just like everyone else, I have been deceived and sat under false teaching and I put out this blog to help others who are still there, coming out of deception or have already come out of deception and need others to talk to. It is very scary to realize that so much of what you have been taught is false, it is scary to leave your church and be called a divider, back slider, critical spirit etc. It is also very lonely at first but there are many of us out here that are experiencing and have experienced the same things. Don’t sit under these false teachers and don’t rely on your own understanding and experiences because they will all lead you in the wrong direction.