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Remember the Words Spoken Beforehand

October 9, 2015

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Remember  the Words  Spoken Beforehand

As we well know,  every preacher claims  to be speaking  the truths  of God.     But,  each one has teachings  that conflict  with one another.     So,  how can we really know  who is speaking God’s truths?

Some people  will recommend praying  over what the preacher  is saying.     Some will recommend going by one’s feelings.     And,  some depend  on the personality  of the preacher,  the size  of his church,  the interesting activities  in that church,  etc.

God’s word does not recommend any  of these faulty methods.     We must have  a most dependable means  of determining  who is  a true preacher  of God’s word.     Our eternal life  depends on it.     Knowing that  from the beginning,  God has provided us  with the most dependable way  to determine  a true preacher  of God’s word.     2 Peter 3:1-2  tells us,

This is now,  beloved,  the second letter  I am writing  to you  in which  I am stirring up  your sincere mind  by way  of reminder,  that you should remember  the words spoken beforehand  by the holy prophets  and the commandment  of the Lord  and Savior  spoken  by your apostles.

The people Peter wrote to  had a  “sincere mind”.     They wanted  the truth,  but tended  to get confused  by false preachers.     All those  of a  “sincere mind”  are told to  remember  the words  spoken beforehand  by the holy prophets”.     That means  studying the Old Testament  and realizing  that their prophesies  all came true  in our Savior,  Jesus Christ.     We are also  to  “remember”  “the commandment  of the Lord  and Savior  spoken  by your apostles”.

That means studying the New Testament.     We can recognize true preachers  by comparing  their words  with all  of the Bible.

People can  imagine their prayers  are answered  as they look  to their own ideas.     But,  our thoughts are not God’s thoughts.     Our feelings  are wishy-washy  and change with different circumstances.     Popular preachers  and church activities are often deceptive.     Jesus taught us  in Matthew 7:13-14,

Enter through  the narrow gate;  for the gate is wide  and the way is broad  that leads  to destruction,  and there are many  who enter through it.     For the gate is small  and the way  is narrow  that leads  to life,  and there are few  who find it.

Believing  and trusting  God’s word  is the only way  to life.     Resting in that “small”“narrow” way  of God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for showing us  the way  to You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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