I will take my stand [stay (stand by, up), tarry] watch,
[safeguard] and station [present] myself on the tower, and watch [look up] forth
to see [discern, make to enjoy] what he will say to me. Hab
are you going to when it comes to receiving instruction and direction for your
life? Habakkuk determined that his safeguard, his basis of truth from which to
draw from would fcome rom the LORD.
Sadly there are many believers
today who are listening to everyone and everything but the counsel of the LORD.
In doing so they forsake the path of truth and open themselves to outside influences
that directly oppose the Word of the LORD.
And what are some of these influences?
Let's see there's Dr. Ph**, Dear Ab***, Dr. Spo**. If that weren't enough there
are, readers, psychics, tarot cards, crystals, and yes, even the advise of "well
But as believers
we are reminded; "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"
Why? Because, the "ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in
the congregation of the righteous" Psalm 1
if we are going to be successful warriors then our fist line of defense must come
from our ability to discern God's voice above all the other voices that would
lead us astray. This is our safeguard; this is our first line of defense.
Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth:
unite my heart to fear thy name - I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments
have I laid before me. Ps 119:30, Ps 86:11
how is that we find so many "Christians", and I use the word lightly,
going to the world for advice? I mean, "If we receive [obtain] the witness
[report] of men, is not the witness of God is greater?" 1John 5:9
if it be that the witness of God is greater than the witness of man, which it
is , then why would one seek the opinion of another, especially when we are told
that; "He [God] layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous Prov. 2:27,
and that He [God] will liberally bestow, yea, shower that wisdom, to all those
who would call upon Him in Faith?
If any of you lacks
wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching,
and it will be given him.James 1:5
I suggest to you three reasons,
and there are many more, why a professing "Christian" would choose man's
opinions over the more "sure word of prophecy" we find in Christ.
Because in soliciting the opinion of another they would be
free to reject their insights if they didn't agree with them. In other words,
it's not convenient.
he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come Felix trembled,
and answered Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will
call for thee" Acts 24:25
Because as a believer, and as one who possesses the "mind
of Christ" [1Cor. 2:16], they already know what God will tell then and the
truth would be to hard for them to handle.
do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word."
Because, and I call this the Rehobam Syndrome, they are desperate
to find others who would help enable them to carry out their sinful choices.
"But he forsook the counsel which the old
men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and
stood before him. And the king answered the people harshly, and forsaking the
counsel which the old men had given him." 1Kings 12 [read entire chapter]
do I sound so dogmatic on this subject? Because I believe it is a matter close
to the FATHER'S heart. For listen to what we hear Him instructing the disciples
on the Mount of Transfiguration;
THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, HEAR YE HIM. Matthew 17:5
Yes, we must close are ears to
the sickly counsel of the world and devote ourselves to the discerning of our
Master's voice. Simon Peter summed this whole matter up correctly when he confessed
To whom shall we go LORD, thou hast the words of eternal life.John 6:68
Who or what are you listening to
My sheep hear my voice, and I know
them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life and they
shall never perish. Joh
ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS
God grant you His peace If I can be of any assistance please don't
hesitate to drop me a line.
I commend You Brethern To The Word Of His Grace That Is Able To Build You up And
Give You An Inheritance Among The Saints Ac20:32