Monday, November 19th, 2012
The Church (Part 10: The Proper Perspective)
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
Matthew 10:24 (NKJV)
He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
Revelation 19:13 (NKJV)
When I was a broken woman sitting in a cabin on top of a mountain, I watched gifted televangelists. A lid began squeaking, and they oiled it. When I felt hopeless, a friend sent me Joyce Meyer's signature book, 'Battlefield of the Mind.' With it, a Key came into my hand, but her book wasn't the Key.
The Key was the Bible. It opened easily, and I began reading the scriptures she referenced--and more. Because the Bible is a Treasure Chest. The treasure It holds is the Word of God. It is rich beyond measure. It waits patiently for each person to find It, use It, and enjoy It.
When I dug into His Word and reached the Book of Revelation, I looked for guidance. I asked the man who would become my pastor to recommend a study guide. His answer was profoundly simple:
He said, 'The Book of Revelation.' At first I was puzzled; then I smiled. Pastor George S. Dillard (now AMTC's Chairman and a PhD Bible scholar) sent me away from human wisdom and back to God. He knew the Teacher would reveal His Word to me perfectly and personally.
I never read Joyce Meyer's 70 other books, because I didn't have time. I wanted to go straight to The Source. I recommend that you, too, go straight to The Source. His Word is named Jesus.
This King's robe is dipped in blood we must see with our eyes and learn in our hearts. Please consider my warning: Let no one (not me, nor any evangelist, nor any books written by men) stand between you and the real Teacher.
This is the proper perspective. It must be unobstructed. Consider your church, your pastor, and every person or place of God to be nothing more than arrows pointing to The Source: The King and His Word.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Church series.