Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Lately, I find myself besieged with modern thought bombs – deceptive counsel – exploding and leaving debris of doubts threatening to darken understanding. There are three examples of increasingly accepted “counsel” that cause me to pause, think and consider.
- It is the method in the modern emerging church that is changing and not the message. Most modernists believe that the message Christ – the salvation of God is not changing but rather it is the method that needs change. The TRUTH is that if you listen to early preachers e.g. Tozer or Spurgeon who taught the word over 50yrs ago and compare to messages from the network menu…you must conclude (you can find a few classics on sermon audio) that the message is radically different…It is NOT the music and style – described as “the method” that is changing today. It is the fundamental message of salvation only in Christ Jesus and what this truly means – that is being repackaged. Modern style/music/atmosphere etc are anaesthesia to dull perception during a radical surgery.
- Imperative for radical spiritual warfare has ceased …we need not war (fast and pray) like saints of old …because social issues are now better addressed, basic needs are met and people are coming to the Lord in their billions. Let’s focus on more constructive engagements. The TRUTH is that the war is more fierce and intelligent. It is fought not on sea and land but on the digital and print media, in education, in our minds and thoughts and on cultural fields. The new weapons are amazingly effective. Instead of feeding Christian to the lions, Christians are now fed with strange meats… how many “Daniels” decline the sumptuous fare?
- The Church (or the old time religion as we used to know it) is becoming irrelevant, threatened to extinction and will soon collapse under the weight of overriding cultural pressures…unless it accepts extra-biblical revisions. The TRUTH is that the Church is Christ’s treasured and adored Bride – and is very safe. She does not require any adornment that has not been provided by Christ in His word. The scriptures assure us that nothing will prevail against the Church. It will be what it is meant to be when Christ returns i.e. without spot or wrinkle…ready for the master. The only garment she needs is Christ. Many over the ages have seen her troubles and afflictions and did not understand that in her weakness she is at her strongest. Though God requires human vessels, the Church is increased and sustained primarily by divine help and not by well meaning efforts or marketing.
What has this got to do with finances or other practical matters? We are asked to reflect and meditate on the word of God – day and night, to delight in it … and we will prosper like the Palm tree…even through the toughest storms.
The Palm tree is known for resilience, stamina and uncommon ability to withstand extreme vagaries of weather including long periods of cessation of rain and adverse situations. You and indeed your business, marriage or ministry can be like stately palm trees or chaff easily blown away. You decide which.
Be assured that you have given your life to Jesus Christ. You can do so – even now.
Have a blessed day. Amen.