Saturday, July 13th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Tactics--T.M.T.*
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)
Even in old age, people don't forget their best teachers. It is a critically important occupation.
For me, it was James Gasque, who taught me high school English--and helped determine the course of my life as a writer.
But the most precious teaching job of all is teaching Christ. Only One can hold such a venerable position. That One is He Himself, by means of His Holy Spirit--manifested to us in God's spoken and written Word.
His wisdom is our guiding light in a confusing world.
Nevertheless, an uncountable number of Christians claim the authority to teach us about the Teacher--in churches and stadiums, on book tours and TV screens.
If we read all their books or listened to all their sermons, would we have any time left for the only real Master?
Is this an enemy tactic called 'Too Many Teachers'? Do we choose our favs by their looks or likeability?
I suggest we choose by higher standards:
1) If the greatest among us are servants, with Jesus being our Prime Example, look for a foot-washing humility.
2) If a student's not above his teacher, with Christ as our exemplary Teacher, beware the pastors reveling in fame.
3) If someone can't meet an elder's standard, by the qualifications in God's Word, how can he claim authority to teach?***
4) If Jesus said God's Spirit teaches us, with personal, infallible guidance, then always follow His quiet Voice first.
## The Enemy's Game: Tactics--T.M.T.* (Part 16)
* 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
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.