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Thursday, September 16, 2010

HONEST INJUN

Honest Injun was a phrase we kids used to attest to the truth of a statement.

Other expressions were; I swear on my mother’s grave, or cross my heart and hope to die if it isn't true.

Endeavoring to be honest is a must for a Christian because it is one of the methods we are measured by. While I control things like stealing, lying, and deliberately deceiving someone, there are some things like taxes, speeding, and a whole slew of small things that are on a sliding scale. It is the small things that can give me the most trouble.

The most feared thing the Christian has to deal with is self deception for it will allow one to do things that can greatly injure the cause of Christ, to themselves and also others.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on James 1: 22-25
If we heard a sermon every day of the week, and an angel from heaven were the preacher, yet, if we rested in hearing only, it would never bring us to heaven.


Mere hearers are self-deceivers; and self-deceit will be found to be the worst deceit. If we flatter ourselves, it is our own fault; the truth, as it is in Jesus, flatters no man. Let the word of truth be carefully attended to, and it will set before us the corruption of our nature, the disorders of our hearts and lives; and it will tell us plainly what we are. Our sins are the spots the law discovers: Christ's blood is the laver (place for washing) the gospel shows. But if in vain we hear God's word, and when we look into the gospel mirror we go away, and forget our spots, instead of washing them off; and forget our remedy, instead of applying it, we remain the same, and unchanged.

I found those words to be challenging. Often people are hindered from drawing nigh unto GOD, so he will draw nigh to them, and because of not doing what GOD’S word plainly says.

If we don’t take the words of scripture serious enough to cause us to obey them, then the likelihood of them being fulfilled in other areas our life is greatly diminished. The promises of GOD, the manifestation of spiritual gifts, and the ministry gift that is given to each one may be absent from our lives and we will be left with a “What might have been” scenario.

Then on the other hand I might be wrong, perhaps there is a mighty move of GOD that is sweeping millions into the kingdom of GOD here in America and I’m just out of touch.

I can’t see how we can have faith for a mighty move of the SPIRIT of GOD if we can’t have faith enough to walk in the SPIRIT and be led by the SPIRIT.

Oh, well there is always hope for; “One man shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is the one that fights for you, as he hath promised you. Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love Jehovah your God.”

Even in today’s world, obedience is still better than sacrifice.

1Samuel 15:22 Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice to hearken than the fat of rams.

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