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"Consuming Faith"

Date published: 10/25/2009

Mark 13:21-23 “At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'Look, there He is!' do not believe it.  For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect — if that were possible. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.” NIV

   Jesus warned that there would be attractive alternatives to lure you away from the truth. He knew that His followers would be tempted to follow other philosophies that were more comfortable in blending with their culture. Some of our false Christs and prophets today are a culture that demands tolerance at the expense of obedience to God, relativism at the expense of truth, and cultural correctness at the expense of completing God’s purpose for you.  Your tolerance can allow you to justify and accept sinful behavior that is contrary to God’s Word. Romans 12:2 says, “Adapt yourselves no longer to the pattern of this present world, but let your minds be remade and your whole nature thus be transformed.”  Your relativism can allow you to participate in and accept philosophies that feel and look okay but are contrary to God’s way.  2 Timothy 2:15 says “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Cultural correctness can dull God’s message to where you become useless in the kingdom of God. Matthew 5:13 says “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Changing, blending, and absorbing into your culture can subtly make you a pawn of the culture instead of a pillar of God’s truth that reflects His grace and love.   Matthew 7:24-25 says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Basing your life on God’s Word and truth provides a clear path to God for others while allowing God to complete His work and purpose in you. The nature of cultural relativism is seductive and can occur without knowing it. You must forge a deep relationship with Christ that consumes the pressures to conform while allowing the Holy Spirit to show others a clear way to freedom, abundance of life, and peace in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (NIV)