Too often we adopt man’s traditions–sometimes early in our faith–and never go back to question whether it is the teaching of Jesus or the doctrine of men. Man’s traditions can act as a weight and hinderance to our spiritual growth and faith… holding us back from all God intended.
In these last days, it important for us who are serious about being a disciple of Jesus to press in… to continually evaluate our beliefs and doctrines. And to be diligent about housecleaning as we imitate Christ–our example and Lord.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
The troubled times we live in are shaking the Church. God can use this shaking for our good as we recognize that some of the beliefs we have held so dear are not sufficient to sustain us during tribulation.
Take the time to test your beliefs. If they are built on solid rock (the word of God and the revelation of Jesus as Savior and Lord), they will withstand the test and be an anchor to hold us securely during troubled times. If our beliefs are built on the traditions of men, they will crumble under the pressure and fall short in keeping us safe and victorious.
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings 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.” Matthew 7:24-27.
Dale & Paula Black
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