Soul Nuggets From The Apostles
Apostles Lawrence E. & Dr. Sandra Powell
Soul Care Full Gospel Center
Commerce City, Colorado
BELIEVERS WHO PRESENT
AND RECEIVE THE WORD ARE
ALSO ‘VULNERABLE TO SELF-DECEPTION’ IF…
Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers
who delude themselves!
There are pastors, missionaries, and other
‘staunch’ believers across the country who are preaching against the very sins
they are committing themselves! Nationally known Christian personalities who
vehemently condemn immorality have
themselves been found to be hiding an immoral lifestyle. Those of
us who are called to preach or teach God's Word must put it on first! We must get on our
knees before God as we prepare the message and say, "God, is this Scripture true in my life?" If not, we had better be honest enough to
say to those who hear us, "I
wish I were a better example of this passage than I am, but I'm still
growing in this area!" To proclaim the Word of God as if it were true in
your life when it's not, is a lie!
Believers who present and receive the Word are also vulnerable to self-deception ‘if
we fail to put it into practice!’ We hear a sermon or a lesson and say,
"Wow! What a great truth!! and then we hurry
off to share it with someone else without
processing it ourselves and applying it to our own lives! James said that hearers of the Word who are not
also doers of the Word deceive themselves!
Why are we afraid to admit it when our lives don't
completely match up to Scripture? Many of
us have a perfection complex! We think we have to model perfection and
not admit to something less! But we
can't model ‘perfect’ perfection, because we're not perfect; we can only model steadfast
and consistent growth! The people
around us need to know that we are real people in the process of ever maturing.
They need to see how we handle
failure as well as how we handle success! When we model this kind of honesty in the
Christian community, we greatly reduce the possibility of the deceiver gaining
forgive me for the times I have placed the quest for earthly perfection ahead
of growth in You and Your Word. Help me
model growth in my life today and always.
In Jesus’ matchless name…Amen.