Regardless of what any church leader, pastor, or anyone else says... your final authority should be:
"What does the Bible say?"
Paul taught that some things he was teaching are hard to understand, "which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction." 2 Pet 3:16
The Apostle Paul also warned that in the last days, not every minister would be teaching the truth of God's Word. "For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths." 2 Tim 4:3-4
"I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments." Col 2:4
"The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress."
- Psalm 46:7
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Oct 3, 2022
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Terence Aponshine (8-Minutes)
TODAYS BIBLE READING:
Matthew 6:5-7:6; Luke 6:37-42; Matthew 7:7-20; Luke 6:43-45; Matthew 7:21-29; Luke 6:46-49
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
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THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE
...that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. ~Ephesians 3:17-19
There are certainly no shortage of difficulties in this world. We read in Matthew 7:24-27, "Therefore, whoever hears these words of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it fell. And great was its fall." Often when Jesus teaches, in His examples and parables certain parts are held constant while other parts of the story vary. In this example, the problems as illustrated by the rain, floods, and winds are a constant, in that none of our lives will be spared them. But our ability to withstand these difficulties is determined by whether we choose to trust the shifting sands of worldly philosophy, "expert" advice or other human form of solutions' or whether we trust on the Rock of Jesus Christ. Is it really that simple? The answer is, Yes! We may not get the solution or answer we were seeking, but if we rest on the Rock of Jesus Christ, we will get the answer that He is offering, and this will see us through life's biggest challenges. When Abraham's servant was sent on a seemingly impossible mission to find a wife for Isaac, the servant listed a number of concerns in Genesis 24, as to why Abraham's plan seemed improbable at best. But Abraham, in faith, simply directed his trust and the mission to God. The mission was successful not because of the master plan devised by the servant, but because of God who went before him.
Seeing and trusting in God runs opposite to how the world sees things. When the prophet Samuel was sent to the house of Jesse to anoint the next king, Samuel saw with his own eyes many seemingly good candidates. But God had to correct His prophet, in 1 Samuel 16:7, "...For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." With our trust in our Savior, we are able to withstand and move forward during life's biggest attacks. Notice Paul's words of this transforming change in us, once this is realized in Romans 12:1-2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." This will not take away our problems, but it will change how we choose to face them, and the attitude we come out from them. We can trust in our abilities, or other sources of wisdom and maybe get through our situations, or we can remember that in Christ, we have already won, as Paul reminds us in Romans 8:37, "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."
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