True Colors

22 Mar

God’s Word:  Matthew 7:15-20 Jesus said, “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity.  Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other.  Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character.  Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say.  A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook.  These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned.”

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying to me through these verses)

As in every upright profession, temptations enter that cause one to turn from honesty to manipulate for personal benefit. Crayons In the case of false preachers, for the most part, they were honest men who ignorantly allowed Satan to turn them aside from following My truth.  Satan doesn’t have to work very hard because mankind is so prone to selfishness.  A gifted speaker that attracts a following may be tempted to manipulate that following to his own advantage.

It is very important that you read and understand the Bible.  False preachers are tempted to interpret the Bible in a way that benefits them.  They teach things that the audience wants to hear in order to keep the crowds coming—rather than teaching the plain truth of the Word.  The larger the audience—the larger the collection.

This is why the book of James says “Be not many of you teachers, knowing you will receive the greater condemnation.”  False teaching doesn’t just hurt the teacher but all those who are “following” that teacher.  And those hearers will in turn pass on that teaching as the Gospel Truth to others.  Do not put any other human on a pedestal and accept all they say as true.  Their true colors are easily seen in how they live their life.  A man’s life and his teaching must be in unity with the Bible.  Don’t put on your sunglasses but let the true colors be evident.

Jesus’ Question for Me: Are you praying for Biblical teachers that they will not be lured into selfish aspirations?

Jesus’ Promise to Me:  Do not be deceived, you reap what you sow!

My Prayer to God

I praise You for the Bible that protects us from falsehoods.

I am sorry for the lure of the limelight that turns my head.

Thank you for daily reminders from Your Word to stay true.

Help me choose wisely the voices I listen to.

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One Response to “True Colors”

  1. Admin April 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Unauthorized People Like Holly Siget.

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