How To Test Your Heart For The Seeds Of Sin

IMG_2427“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”‭‭ – Psalms‬ ‭23:5‬ ‭

There are going to be times in life when people rise up against you. In fact, if you are truly serving God, then there will rarely be a time when people are not coming against you. Jesus spent a lot of time preparing His followers for the reality that the world loves their own and would hate them because they are “not of this world but were chosen out of it” (John 15:18-20).

Remember that, despite what anyone may say or think, no one is neutral in this fight. We are all led of a spirit, the only question is, which one? If we are of God then we are led by the Spirit of Truth, which is the Holy Spirit of God. If we are of the world then we are led by the Spirit of Error, which is satan the father of lies.

“They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”‭‭ –  1 John‬ ‭4:5-8‬ ‭

So think it not strange that, as a child of God, many come against you falsely or needlessly. For they or being led of a spirit that can do nothing but lie to them and they believe it because they or of it. Yet Jesus said that we are to love our enemies, even as they persecute us. Why? Because such were we once, and Jesus still loved us even as we persecuted Him (Colossians 3:13). 

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” – ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:44‬ ‭

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”‭‭ – Ephesians‬ ‭4:32‬ ‭

“Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”‭‭ – Romans‬ ‭12:14‬

Jesus knew that if we held bitterness toward sinners because they sin then no one would ever get saved. Jesus never held back the truth from sinners because He loved them and knew that the only way to free them from the Spirit of Error, was with the Spirit of Truth. However, He also never held contempt toward them for the actions they took while under the leading of the Spirit of Error and warned us not to either, less we fall to it also.  

Sinners will sin, it’s a fact, except it. They will lie for they or being led by the father of lies. They will come against you because they are being deceived by the Spirit of Error. Even Christians, in a moment of flesh, weakness, or exhaustion can succumb to a deceit spoken in their ear and be used against you. Though the spirit of truth will work to reveal, convict, and correct them on it. If they humble themselves and submit they will fall back inline with the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit. If they do not then they will begin to follow an other spirit, the Spirit of Error, an be separated from God (Isaiah 59:2). This is the danger of pride in the heart of a Christian, just as it was in the heart of Lucifer. He refused to be corrected by the Holy Spirit of God and followed his own error, therefore becoming the spirit of error itself. 

The Spirit of Error (Satan) is always at war with the Spirit of Truth (God) because of pride, therefor through pride it gains souls and through humility it looses them. This is why scripture says that “God resist the proud and exults the humble, giving them grace” (James 4:6). This also explains why to obtain salvation, we must humble ourselves before The Lord, cast off the Spirit of Error, and receive the Spirit of Truth. 

The devil understands all of this better then we do, so he works on our pride by causing others to attack it with theirs. We then retaliate by re-enforcing our own, slowly building it stronger and stronger. This is why people who are hurt a lot get “hard”, they are building walls of pride in their hearts. They are not forgiving, loving, or grieving for the soul that is lost in deceit by pride. They are not praying that these people be changed by the saving grace of God, but or rather being changed themselves and don’t even realize it. They are growing bitter, and bitterness leads to selfishness, which leads to pride, which leads to error, which leads to satan and all sin. This is why allowing yourself to simply dislike someone, if not corrected, will lead to the loss of your salvation as explained by Jesus in Matthew chapter 18. 

We are to love all, pity those who are deceived, share the Truth with those who are in Error, and humble ourselves and pray for those who despitefully and pridefully hurt, use, or resist us in anyway.  Less we be counted among them. 

“But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”‭‭ – Mark‬ ‭11:26

“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”‭‭ – 1 John‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭

This is an issue that can creep up on you unaware, so we must constantly examine our heart towards others. Even toward the ungodly, especially towards the ungodly, that God not find us guilty of lacking love. For God is love, and it’s those in error that need Him the most. Therefore, let us be reminded that if to be of the world makes you an enemy of God (James 4:4), and we are called to save the lost of this world (Mark 16:15), then who are we meant to save other then our enemies?

Let us be overfilled with joy at any opportunity to help an enemy in error be reconciled to the truth of God!

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”‭‭ – Psalms‬ ‭23:5‬ ‭

Test YourselfTake a moment to pray for everyone you’re not too fond of, anyone who has used you, hurt you, or resisted you or those you care about in anyway. As you pray for each one, examine how your heart feels about the words you know you need to say on their behalf. Make it a point to pray specific blessings on each of them as you examine your level of, or lack of desire to do so. This will expose your true feelings toward them, as well as any pride regarding those feelings. The truth of this revelation will expose any error in your heart and help you (through God, which is love) to uproot any bitterness you hold towards them. 

Make a note of those that you found it difficult to pray good things for. Repent of it, ask God to forgive you, and continue to intercede on their behalf daily, replacing the bitterness toward them, with brokenness for them.

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2 thoughts on “How To Test Your Heart For The Seeds Of Sin

  1. Reblogged this on Epiphanus – A Call In the Desert and commented:
    There come times when the Lord says “do not pray for these people.” What happens is that someone may keep cursing the anointed and, in so doing, earn themselves His curse over them. “I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you.” This is how blasphemy against the Holy Spirit works: out of pride and sin, someone close to you may start rejecting you and drift away further and further. At some point, the relationship becomes too broken to be restored and that person exits from your life. In the same way, we can drift away further and further from the Lord until he resigns Himself from us.

    As in everything else, pray for someone when our Lord directs you to through His Spirit. Do not ever do something religiously because of a general principle but go where our Father takes you specifically.

    Regarding the writings of Paul. there is too much of a grey area in translation works, too many direct conflict with the Old Testament because Paul wasn’t always Paul, to begin with. Some of his epistles were written by others under his name a century or two after his death. When something does not align with the given Word of God, I have reason to play it safe and stay with what I know is good. Regarding the New Testament, too many additions and deletions by translators, who had twisted the original meaning. We cannot build our doctrine on the New Testament alone, ever, as it surely lacks the integrity required. As a former internal auditor who had done forensic audits, following sound auditing principles, a fair share of the New Testament would flunk the test and be considered as fraud. If you research the history of translation, you will discover the flaws in both the texts used and the methods applied.

    Finally, both Jesus and Paul cursed others. What shall we say about that? Do as we say or do as we do? There is more to the Truth than a few verses written by either Paul or his impostors. Paul was not God yet Christians regard his writings as absolute, build their doctrine on his work and delete the rest of His Word by not following it. Ultimately, we are to follow His given Word, as mentioned in 2 Timothy, which was the Tanakh or Old Testament, as at the time Paul wrote that to Timothy, the New Testament did not even exist. When Bible translators became creative and translated according to how they saw things, the product eventually came in conflict with the Tanakh, the latter we know is much more reliable and accurate.

    The NT was translated so badly that mention of eunuchs serving in His Temple appeared, despite Deuteronomy 23! The eunuch from Egypt riding on the wagon when Philip met him…..the accurate translation would be “court servant” and “believer”, same as when Jesus mentioned the believers but English Bibles say “eunuchs.” It warps the message of the Word when translators give different meanings than the original implied. The rope that would have found it difficult to pass through the eye of a needle, ultimately became a camel. It is because translators did not understand the idiomatic Aramaic and translated as if it were literal Hebrew.

    Any Scripture opposing the teaching of the Pentateuch, for instance, should be treated with caution. After all, erroneous translation of the word “believer” or “servant” into “eunuch” even lead the LGBT community to justify their sin through the words of Jesus, which is blasphemous. We know the nature of many monks who are sexual perverts, so this translation fraud has the smell of intentional change of meaning and not something that had happened by honest mistake.

    Do not base your entire doctrine on just a part of what you see in your Bible but be sure to know the character of our Father intimately by having a solid foundation of knowledge of the Old Testament, which is the only place where His character as Father is revealed. Anything that goes against His character is just that: out of character.

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