Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 16)
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
John 14:26 (NASB)
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.
Matthew 10:24-25 (NKJV)
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the Truth, and be turned aside to fables.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NKJV)
I believe teaching school is a most important occupation. We never forget our best teachers. For me, it was James Gasque.** As my high school English teacher, his wisdom was never surpassed. He influenced my college, my major and my love of writing.
Teaching the way of Christ is the most important occupation. But we must never forget our best Teacher: God's Holy Spirit. As our Helper in this confusing world, His Wisdom is crucial. He leads our course, our major interests and our love of Jesus.
God's Word is filled with warnings about the dangers of false teachers. Today, when considering pulpits, book shelves and televisions, are we witnessing an enemy tactic: Too Many Teachers? Do we choose our favorites by good looks and likeability?
I suggest we choose by higher standards:
1) If the greatest among us are servants, with Jesus being our Prime Example, look for foot-washing and humility.
2) If a student's not above his teacher, with Jesus being our tip-top Teacher, look out for teachers reveling in fame.
3) If someone can't meet an elder's standard, with God listing the qualifications, how can he rise to the role of teacher?***
4) If Jesus said God's Spirit teaches us, with personal, infallible guidance, then always follow His quiet Voice first.
To Be Continued...
* Too Many Teachers
** James Gasque: http://coladaily.com/2014/11/03/obits-james-henry-gasque-77-heathwood-hall-episcopal-schools-room-17-english-teacher/
*** Qualifications of an elder: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Timothy+3%3A1-7&version=NIV; https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Titus+1%3A5-9&version=NIV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.