Friday, April 8, 2011

Are You Sure

There are times I have bought something and when I get it home it wasn’t what I thought it would be. I bought a set of pots and pans for the camper, I thought they were exactly what I wanted. I thought they were close to what I have at home. Wrong! The lids don’t set on the edge of the skillet and pans like I thought all do. These set on the inside of the rim and the food gets on them and when you go to wash them it is really hard to get the food out of the rim. It is so disgusting.

I am a short person so I always have to look for petite clothes. I am speaking mostly of jeans or slacks. At times even the petite jeans are too long. I am used to having to hem them but when I get a pair that is just the right length I am so happy.

Another peeve I have is when I buy sheets for the bed. I like the fitted sheets and now days most all of them are fitted. I will buy a set of sheets because it says ‘fitted’ but when I get home they aren’t. Then I have to try to put them back in the plastic bag so I can return them. This is an inconvenience to me but if I want the fitted ones I have to return them.

We also need to be aware that all labels do not really tell you what the product actually is or what it is like.  They may say one thing but it may not be true.  It should be as stated but isn't always, the law says a company can not be misleading but it doesn't always stop them.

Today when I was fixing lunch it just hit me, isn’t our decision about the Lord the same thing. The Word of God tells us the only way to Him is through His son, Jesus. John 14:6; “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”.

It also warns of false gods and teachers. Matthew 24:24; “For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”.

II Peter 2:1; “…Even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction”.

Are we seeing the writing and hearing the words?

When I read something on the products I want maybe I should ask the salesperson questions to make sure I am getting what I want instead of getting the false product. I need to be more careful.

When we hear someone say someone is the Messiah we should not believe. If we read our Bibles we will know there will be people claiming to be Christ but it won’t be Him. It tells us in Matthew 24:24 even the elect will be deceived. When Jesus Christ returns for the church all will see Him.

When we have a teacher teaching us about the Lord we need to know what they are saying is true. How can we tell what they are telling us is true? By reading the Word of God we will be able to know. If you aren’t sure you understand what you are reading you can pray for understanding and you can also go to someone you know is a Christian. Never be afraid to ask someone to help you, if they are a Christian they will be more than happy to help you because they want you and everyone to know the truth.

Just as I need to be more careful when buying something, I need to read the labels and ask a salesperson about a product; we need to know as much as possible about the Lord Jesus Christ and teachers that are teaching us, we are able to do this by reading our Bibles and asking a Christian.

It will be much better for us to do it now instead of waiting until our time on earth is up and find out we were all wrong about Jesus and/or the teachers teaching us. Were we taught right or wrong? If we were taught right we will be with the Lord. If we were taught wrong we will not be in the presence of the Lord. It is up to us to make sure. The Bible tells us to be absent from the body is to be with the Lord. II Corinthians 5:8; “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord”.

I have enjoyed sharing this post with you. May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!


Debi said...

I totally agree...nothing is more irritating that buying something that you think you know what it is and finding out that it is NOT what you wanted. Even some 'teachers, preachers, etc' are not what we perceive them to be. One thing for certain...God is who He says He is. There is NO exception to that! And for that, I am ever thankful. Thank you for this reminder to stop, look and listen! Love you!

Jenifer said...

I can, without realizing it, be swayed easy. I just assume everyone is right. I am learning that is not true. But the only way to know the difference is to dive into the Word of God and know the heart of Him. THank you for this reminder!