BEWARE! (part 3)

Jesus said in Luke. 12:1, “. . . Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” The Pharisees were hypocritical and pretentious. They pretended to be religious, but in actuality they were fakes. They said one thing, and did another. In Matthew six, Jesus scolds them concerning their self-righteous deeds which they did […]

Jesus said in Luke. 12:1, “. . . Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” The Pharisees were hypocritical and pretentious. They pretended to be religious, but in actuality they were fakes. They said one thing, and did another. In Matthew six, Jesus scolds them concerning their self-righteous deeds which they did “to be seen of men” (vv. 1-5). Again in Matthew twenty-three, Jesus directs His attention to the hypocritical Pharisees. The phrase, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites,” is used at least seven times. The Lord reveals His disdain for their hypocrisy, when he says in verse 28, “Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”

This is a reminder today that sometimes people will not get close to God and the Church because of the hypocrisy of some. We need to practice our righteousness to please God, not to be seen by men. When we practice half Christianity we will easily be swayed into hypocrisy. Our influence in the world needs to be that of leading people to Christ, and showing the world the love of God towards them. That message will be unheard if they see in us two different things. Let’s be Whole Christians so the world can see Jesus in us.

Provided

And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." (Job 1:21 ESV) Those words spoken by Job need to be pondered by all of us. We came into this world with nothing...

Some Wisdom for the Day

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan. (Prov. 29:2 ESV) One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. (Prov. 29:23 ESV) Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath....

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In Christ we have every spiritual blessing heaven has to offer. It was God’s choice even before he created the world to choose those who are in Christ to be his chosen people. In Christ we are considered holy and blameless before God. In Christ we are adopted as God’s...

It Is Written

It may have been about 2005 when we moved into our current subdivision. Our house was one of the first houses built in our area of the subdivision. I’m not trying to offer that as an excuse for what happened, but then again, I may be. Entering our subdivision the...

Out With the Old, In With the New

A common slogan as we bring to an end the current year and look with anticipation to the coming new year. A slogan good for the passing of a year that is ending, but not good for everything. There is no “new” word of God. There is the word of God. That word is still...

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What’s Your Custom?

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Follow Me

From time to time I will see trucks with a “Follow Me” sign on their tailgate. As a matter of fact, I followed one just last week who was directing traffic around the construction of a new bridge in our area. I understood where he was leading me. When I see a truck...

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Choose God in Every Decision

Every day we are forced to make decisions. What will I have for breakfast, what will I wear, how will I act? But how often do we allow God to influence those decisions? It may seem kind of crazy to think about. We may say, “Does God care what I have for breakfast?”...