Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 15)
My son, give attention to My wisdom, Incline your ear to My understanding.
Proverbs 5:1 (NASB)
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the Truth and will turn aside to myths.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NASB)
If 'Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God' (Romans 10:17), then our ears are of utmost importance. If hearing God's Word produces faith, if faith is a God-pleasing requirement, then examining our hearing is wise.
Considering what we hear is wise, too. Because if faith connects to what we hear, then deal-breaking doubt connects the same way. If good advice promotes good direction, then bad advice can take us straight to hell.
'Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character' ' (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: In an unprecedented attack, the unprotected ears of God's sheep have been hit by a media blitz. 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) seeks ownership of their destinies by overwhelming their ears with hype: sweet and sassy words by the millions.
They're being led to a grand canyon of dark and wild imaginations. Because it's attractively disguised, 'Little do they know that the dead are there' (Proverbs 9:18).
Therein, think about two action plans:
1) First, you must protect your own hearing by securing the filter of Truth around your head, with ear guards in place. It's called the Helmet of Salvation.* Soldiers of the Lord must put it on. You may hear the enemy's best lines, but they cannot penetrate the Truth, nor plant themselves in your mind or heart.
2) Your entrance into this prince's field is like riding on the dragon's back. It's a fast, high-flying adventure to which the Lord has commissioned you. The belt of Truth keeps you from slipping, and the footgear of peace is your brand. While you speak and sing positive words, lost lambs start to recognize God's Voice.
To Be Continued...
* The Helmet of Salvation is part of the armor of God: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%206:10-18&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.