“Every word that I am commanding YOU is what YOU should be careful to do.
YOU must not add to it nor take away from it.”
“That is why it is necessary for us to pay more than the usual attention
to the things heard by us, that we may never drift away.”
Mankind has an innate desire to worship God, but he wants to be free to do it according to the dictates of his own mind. The result is a wide variety of religions–in actuality, mass confusion as to which is the true religion–and a world in which true values are lost in an ocean of conflicting opinions about how to live. This, in turn, has helped persuade many people to reach the conclusion that all gods are equally good, or its counterpart, that everybody is worshipping the same god.
We all know God is not pleased with this situation, but He allows it to continue. However, even while allowing it to continue, He is calling people out of it. He has shown His called-out ones that they have been redeemed from the bondage to traditions, described in I Peter 1:18 as “vain,” “aimless,” or “futile,” depending on the translation. However, in the vast majority of cases, someone, presumptuously taking it upon himself to inaugurate a tradition, began practicing them, sincerely thinking he was improving his life. We have all followed these traditions, but the Christian is responsible not to allow the world to squeeze him into its mold of conduct, character, and attitude.
Proverbs 21:16 describes the way many presumptuous sins begin: “A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the congregation of the dead.” Like this man, most people do not deliberately set out to depart from God. Nevertheless, carelessness invariably enters the picture, and a person drifts from his former sure fix on his goal. Once his focus on the goal is blurred, he is more easily deceived into foolishly assuming certain things. An especially sad part of this is that the result is the same as if he were deliberately presumptuous.
The author of Hebrews uses a metaphor in Hebrews 2:1-3, portraying a boat slipping from its moorings and drifting away. A person “neglect[s] so great salvation” by allowing himself to be caught in the current of the world’s attitudes and conduct. Presumption frequently begins with careless drifting, but the drifting quickly advances from neglect to presumption unless one carefully checks whether he actually has God’s permission to behave as he does.
In Proverbs 8, wisdom is personified as a woman crying out to people along the way–to God’s Kingdom?–to take heed to her instruction. In verse 36, she utters a profound warning: “But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.” None of us likes to think of himself as foolishly loving death. However, the Bible consistently shows that those who do not consciously, purposefully, and carefully direct their lives toward obedience to God do indeed love death rather than life! Such a person is in effect presuming that all is well with him in relation to God. God does not like being taken for granted–just as you and everyone else don’t like to be taken for granted!
*John W. Ritenbaugh*
“If one is patient in a moment of anger,
one would escape a hundred days of sorrow.”
“Anger of the mind is poison to the soul.”
“When a man is wrong and won’t admit it,
he always gets angry.”
There are severe consequences and ramifications if we let our self-control
run rampant; so we need to learn how to control the emotions of the flesh,
the weakness in every soul. Anger is detrimental to our emotional and
spiritual well-being and do remember that anger is a friendly “sister”
trait to the Devil. If we let anger simmer inside of us every time that
we’re being provoked, intimidated, wrongly rebuked or accused or
even rightly reprimanded due to our own faults; and stop to think
rationally for a moment before we fly off the handle to fight back for
the sake of perceived rightful justification, we are bound to overstep
into boundaries of no return and be on the precipice of doing something
that we’ll regret for a lifetime. So, cut off the wrong and bad attitudes
of pride, anger and rebellion and not let it take root for the Devil is
always waiting on the sidelines for opportunities and moves in
for the kill to plot our downfall and thus when we are so dispirited
with our failures in life, we’ll start to lose our faith in God.
Anger nullifies all the humility and love that personifies us as a loving
child of God.
“When you are caught in the heavy rains of anger,
open the umbrella of mind, take refuge under the
roof of reason!”
Do not turn into “HULK” all the time,
it doesn’t pay …in the end.
The price is too high for our loss of self-control; whatever situation we
find ourselves in, from bad habits to anger to lust to envy to fear and not
forgetting arrogance and pride, we should have a gauge to measure our
self-control always and it’s got to be kept at bay and checked because our
Almighty True God JEHOVAH in the heavens above is never pleased
with that and we’ll definitely be admonished and pruned in a manner
worthy in God’s eyes.
4th July 2010