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(KJV and NKJV Scripture)

– I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel.  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. – Galatians 1:6-7

– Beware, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Jesus Christ. – Colossians 2:8

All of us can have our theories and thoughts about God and His Word – and they may not be as true as we believe (Isaiah 55:8-9, Romans 11:33).  They’re often not of Christ’s mind – but our own (Numbers 16:28, 1 Corinthians 2:16).  If so, we have created our own gospel; a blended brew of belief.  We have created a mix of worldly rudiments, life philosophies, traditions – and stirred it in with God’s truth.

However, by generating our own version of the gospel like this, we have been moved away from God’s.  If life keeps moving ahead the way we might want it to like a good movie – we will most likely never realize it.  Until He goes and does something not making any worldly sense.  It may even seem weak and foolish (1 Corinthians 1:27-29, 3:19).  It won’t follow along with our version of His gospel.

We usually get quite confused when such happens. This is likely because we had been living by leaning on our understanding of how our lives were supposed to “work out” for us.  There is a strong possibility we had been acknowledging God up until then only when life was going our way (Proverbs 3:5-6).  As singer Paul Simon once alluded to, we had been hearing what we wanted to, and disregarding the rest.

God warns us many times about all the words we listen to in life about Him.  Whose gospel are we truly heeding and believing?  Our own, another person’s, or His?  Is it a blended mix of all three?  Do we have to keep purchasing Christian merchandise to keep the faith (2 Peter 2:3, Romans 10:17)?  When all we have to do is buy His truth in our hearts – and not sell it to anyone (Proverbs 23:23, 2 Corinthians 11:9).

Jesus warned us all to take heed, lest any person deceive us.  For the end of this age can’t come until many are duped; as false prophets and Christs will arise to do so (Matthew 24:4-5.11).  Therefore, we always have to be sure we are believing – and being taught the whole truth.  Ensuring we’re not trapped in tradition (Mark 7:7), or building our life upon any worldly foundation/rudiment (1 Corinthians 3:11).

Allowing ourselves to be deceived in any way will easily move us away from His gospel to another.  It is disobedient.  It means we are still in darkness.  For we are not walking in the Word’s light – but still walking after the world’s lies – even those from the pulpit (Ephesians 6:12).  We’re not to be partakers with those deceiving us with vain words.  Otherwise, we’re candidates for His wrath (Ephesians 5:6-8).

We also have to be certain we are not falling for false divinations from anybody (e.g. “God spoke to me last night and laid this burden upon my heart.”).  Even though such people may say “God says” … if their words are not causing us to turn from our evil way since youth (Genesis 8:21) – then He did not send them.  They are merely speaking words out of their heart’s deceit (Jeremiah 23:21-40, Obadiah 1:3).

We have to hold fast the form of sound words, and not words sounding good to our itching ears (2 Timothy 1:13).  God warns all of us such will be the case during the coming apostasy of mankind’s last days.  And – it seems many a day, they’re already here (2 Timothy 4:3-4).  Such unsound doctrine appears to be confusing many a Christian these days. God is never the author of it (1 Corinthians 14:33).

If we say we believe, we shall never be confounded (1 Peter 2:6).  If we are confused as Christians, we have caused it ourselves through some sort of unaddressed sin … such as being moved away from the gospel of God’s grace we first heard (Daniel 9:8, lead passage). We have mixed something into our faith simply not belonging there (Hebrews 4:2).  We have blended the wrong ingredients into our belief.

The only thing not belonging with the Word – is the world.  If we try combining the two, it creates a blended belief based on living a life trying to get the best of both – moving to and fro between all truth and all lies (1 Corinthians 10:21, Hebrews 6:18, John 8:44).  This is how we can get carried about with every wind of doctrine by moving toward the Word one day – away from it the next (Ephesians 4:14).

It is also how gospel perversion begins (Jeremiah 23:36, lead passage).  Perversion is most often heard in relation to sexual deviance, but rarely to Scriptural. It is the alteration of something from its original course, meaning, or state … into a distortion or corruption of what was first meant.  It is twisting the truth of His Word, into something worldly we like – leading to lying against the truth (James 3:14).

If our Father’s gospel is to have free course (2 Thessalonians 3:1), it must keep moving steadily down the narrow path to heaven (Matthew 7:14).  We must be on the same trail.  It if ever feels like we’re stumbling, straying, or stuck spiritually – then the chances are good we’re following some other version of His gospel.  If this should continue too long  – we may be in for a rude awakening (Daniel 12:2).

 

 

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– But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.  In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them that believe not.  Lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ – who is the image of God; should shine unto them. – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

Many populated areas around the world still have a lot of nature nestled in nearby.  Along both sides of the Florida peninsula, there are numerous coastal cities and towns with turtle breeding grounds on nearby beaches.  When it is time for eggs buried beneath the sand to finally hatch, area residences and commercial establishments are asked to dim man-made lighting as much as they can.  Why?

Baby turtles have an in-born tendency to move in the brightest direction after their birth.  A natural beach without much – or any artificial lighting around – offers them the best chance of getting to where they are supposed to go … to the life-sustaining water of the nearby ocean.  If any artificial light is brighter, the same in-born inclination to lead the hatchling seaward, will lead them astray if they see it first.

Disorientation caused by man-made lighting results in thousands of hatchling deaths each year in Florida.  A baby turtle’s natural compulsion will immediately make it gravitate towards the closest and brightest light on the beach after being born – whether it is the right one or not.  The resulting glare causes the artificial light to seem overwhelmingly welcoming, no matter where it is relative to the sea.

In this regard, human beings are much like these baby turtles when born.  Right away from the womb, we are exposed to the bright lights of this world. Satan is their power source, and all of his ministers are the transformers.  They do not carry dimmer switches.  We should not marvel at how quickly they can get us to march off away in the wrong direction from the delivery room (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

We are disoriented and lost from day one.  Each and every beckoning light might appear to be the right one to finally follow as we grow up in the world. However, they can often just lead us right into another wreck in life.  Further and further we can move away from where we are supposed to go from the beginning – to the eternal and life-sustaining water of our Father’s Word (Revelation 7:17).

The pretty lights of this world make us easy prey for the one who is always preying on us like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8).  Even if we are moving steadfastly forward in our faith – Satan does not stop (Hebrews 3:14, 1 Peter 5:9).  It’s the same with baby turtles. Even without artificial lights nearby – they can’t stop moving until they get to the water.  They are still easy targets for any predator along the way.

God dwells in light no man can approach (1 Timothy 6:16).  Satan’s lights are both approachable and appealing.  They are tantalizing and tangible, but they are not the truth.  Christ abolished death on the Cross – bringing life and immortality to light (2 Timothy 1:10).  Despite this, death will not be fully destroyed until Jesus returns with salvation (1 Corinthians 15:26, Revelation 12:9-10).

Until then, we are to give all diligence – making our calling and election as Christians sure (John 6:44, 2 Peter 1:10).  We are to take heed the light in us, is not darkness (Luke 11:35).  Why?  We were all born with darkened hearts.  They are desperately wicked and deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9).  They stay unlit through life unless God commands His light to shine out of this darkness (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Otherwise, we can deceive a lot of people (including ourselves) into believing we are Christians, never having God’s light shed aboard in our hearts by the Holy Ghost given unto them (Romans 5:5).  We can share a lot of Christ-like words, show a lot of Christ-like actions – without having any protection inside to shield or shade our souls from Satan’s shiny lights. The gospel is still hidden to us (lead passage).

Without being born again of the Holy Spirit at some point in life (John 3:7), we remain lost in Satan’s often likeable, but lying lights.  If we still believe we are Christians otherwise – we deceive ourselves, for we are still serving the devil (Deuteronomy 11:16, 1 Corinthians 10:21).  We are still submitting our Christian criteria to God for His approval – without submitting ourselves to Him (Romans 10:1-4).

It is easy to be a believer when we are walking around in a light we like to be bathed in.  When we receive worldly things and call them blessings from above – because God loves us so much to do anything but (Isaiah 45:7).  However, without receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, we are still blindly walking around in the wrong light (Isaiah 59:9-11) – all the while blindly believing it is the right light.

This can make us feel peaceful and safe in the protective-like shell of a Sunday sanctuary.  With our believing heads buried beneath the security of the sand – like baby turtle eggs (2 Corinthians 5:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 5:3).  Playing it safe is not the way to salvation.  When we are born again, we have to get moving across the sands of life towards eternal water. Shining our light to lead others (Philippians 2:15).

Someone once said we have to be careful about the light at the end of the tunnel – because it can just be the headlight of death’s long black train coming the other way.  So, if we are not sure what light we are walking in or towards at all times – we have to make certain (Philippians 2:12, 1 John 1:6-10).  Before darkness overtakes us forever – for letting wrong lights lead us eternally astray from the start.

 

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– And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. – 2 Corinthians 11:14

– But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.  In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them who don’t believe – lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God – should shine unto them. – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

Someone once said we should be always careful if we think we see a bright light at the end of a tunnel – for it could be the headlight on the front of a locomotive coming the other way. Bright lights can be beautiful and beckoning – but also dangerous and deceiving.  They can appear to be receiving and righteous – and we can walk right into a wreck.  They can summon us to fun – a word found nowhere in KJV Scripture.

In the song “Blinded by the Light” written by Bruce Springsteen, there are these lyrics, “Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun – but Mama, that’s where the fun is.” Having as much fun as we can under the sun – is not why we’re Christians. However, we should not marvel, for Satan is transformed into an angel of light (lead verse) – and his ministers into ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:15).

Satan is the deceiver of the whole world – the father of all lies (Revelation 12:9, John 8:44).  These lies can seem very bright and right – like luring lights – but they deceive us because they often look like fun for a while.  It won’t hurt, will it – to enjoy the pleasures of sin for another season (Hebrews 11:25)?  How much more enticing and inviting do the multi-colored and spinning lights of a carnival or county fair look in the evening, than during the day?

Las Vegas can look almost lifeless in the lazy afternoon hours after lunch.  However, when the bright lights on the strip start to shimmer and sparkle just before sundown, people start emerging forth from their hotel rooms – like moths to a flame – only to end up getting burned.  One tempting thing leads to another – and one is in trouble financially or romantically before they know it.  People may think it stays in Vegas, but God has seen it all (Psalm 139:3).

Digging ourselves out of these holes can be much more work than staying grounded and rooted in Christ (Ephesians 3:17). Isn’t reversing a wrong much harder than remaining in a right? We can either choose to suffer the afflictions of God’s people (Hebrews 11:25) – or succumb to an affinity with the world (1 John 2:15).  Do we really expect spiritual growth to occur by doing both (1 Corinthians 10:21, Galatians 5:22-23)?

When we’re born again, God sheds His love abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost given to us (Romans 5:5).  It is a baptism of fire – and a flame begins to burn within us (Matthew 3:11).  The middle wall of partition between our hearts and heaven is broken down (Ephesians 2:14).  God has commanded His marvelous light to shine out of the devil’s darkness we once walked in – and for us to walk in this new light as His children (2 Corinthians 4:6, Acts 26:18, 1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 5:8).

James Thurber wrote there are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.  Jesus reminded us to take heed, lest the light which is in us – be not darkness.  This is evidenced first by our eyes – the light of our soul (Luke 11:33-35).  This is the light of righteousness.  We have to be very careful we’re not walking straight into the wrong lights of Satan – the ones which can obscure obstacles right in front of us (Isaiah 59:9) – tripping us up and causing us to stumble spiritually time and again.

Staring too long at bright lights can cause vision loss. If we keep doing it, we can go totally blind.  Failing to follow the one true light of Christ, and obeying the commandments of God – can make us fall down, frustrate our faith – and make us grope and feel for walls right in front of us like men who have lost their sight (Isaiah 59:10).  Or, we can allow ourselves to be guided by the lights of other men and women of God first – before God; much like Job thought he was for others (Job 29:15). Where does that leave us if they should stray, betray, or fall away?

Christ dwells in such a brilliant light that no man has seen it – nor can even approach it (1 Timothy 6:16).  However, the light of the glorious gospel of God is given to us through the Holy Ghost, to glow steady and strong enough in our hearts – to be a lamp unto our feet, and light our path (Psalm 119:105).  To give us the confidence to be guides of those who are still walking around blindly without the Word – still blinded by the bright lights of this world (Luke 1:79, Romans 2:19).

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– In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. – 2 Corinthians 4:4

– Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun – but Mama, that’s where the fun is.  – Bruce Springsteen, “Blinded by the Light” – copyright 1973.

Deer have terrible vision – about 10 times worse than humans. This is why we generally see them moving about just after dawn and just before dark.  These are the only times of day when they can go foraging for food – for it’s the only opportunity they have to find and actually see what they are eating – before the sun gets too bright or too high in the sky.

Despite the differences in vision quality between deer and humans – both have the initial reaction to blinding lights – they freeze. Nothing can be seen as whatever the light source is drowns out what can normally be seen in lower light.  Human eyes can adjust – the eyes of deer cannot.  They are literally blinded – unable to see even some objects.  This is why they freeze motionless in the headlights of approaching cars – and never see what hits them.  

All light – no matter how bright it may appear – is not necessarily God’s light.  Jesus warned us to “take heed lest the light in us is not darkness (Luke 11:35).  The gods of this world are the goods of this world – and the devil is their governor.  Satan only savors the things of man – not God (Mark 8:33).  We should not marvel then when the devil and his legions transform themselves into angels of light and ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

Satan’s lights are all lies – for he is the father of them – there is no truth in him whatsoever (John 8:44).  But they lie in wait for us – and try to lure us away from the light of God in the way of worldly things like materialism, money, and fame – if we are not very careful and prayerful.  Someone once said we should always be mindful about any light appearing at the end of a tunnel in our lives – it could be the headlights on the lead engine of a long black train coming the other way.

The devil is the ruler of darkness – an invisible power we all wrestle against (Ephesians 6:12).  According to Nova, if the entire known light spectrum was spread and stretched out flat on a U.S. map – it would reach from New York City to Los Angeles.  However, the visible light spectrum that humans can see would be no longer than the width of a dime.

There are so many things invisible to the naked eye we will never comprehend.  However, all darkness and all light – are all the same to God (Psalm 139:12).  Only He knows what’s in that darkness – and only He can reveal the deep and secret things hidden within and bring them into His light (Daniel 2:22).  This is why we need God’s light shining in – and out from our hearts and eyes – through Christ at all times (Luke 11:33-36, 2 Corinthians 4:6).

As Christians, we have been called out of our past darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9, 1 John 2:8).  We are now walking as children of His light – not after Satan’s lies anymore (Romans 8:1, Ephesians 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:5). We are to cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light (Romans 13:12).

We are to be a lamp to those who still sit in their darkness and in the shadow of death – with God guiding us into the way of peace (Luke 1:79).  Therefore, we must always maintain our confidence (faith) that we are a guide to the blind – a light of them who are still in darkness (Romans 2:19).  Otherwise, we will all be like deer frozen in the oncoming headlights of fast approaching cars – and never know or see what hits us.

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– For the Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit – and of the joints and marrow – and is a discerner of the thought and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. – Hebrews 4:12-13

If any of us are concerned about invasions of our so-called privacy – and the apparent and increasing intrusions of it – we are most likely going to have a very difficult walk and relationship with Christ as believers. Our Father fills the heaven and earth. There are no places we can go to hide from His presence – no secret locations we can go to “get away” from it all – that He does not know about (Jeremiah 23:24).

Every wrong, immoral, or evil thoughts we may ever have – and the imaginations we have behind them are known by the Almighty (Ezekiel 11:5, 1 Chronicles 28:9). They are divided between His truths and Satan’s lies. However, we can all get so caught up in the business (and busy-ness) of our everyday lives that we frequently forget He passes by all of us continually – and don’t perceive He is watching us every second (Job 9:11).

We can easily believe there are things about ourselves that no mortal living soul will ever know about – and that may be true. Some may think there are secrets they can live with their whole lives and take to the grave with them. We can mask them from man – but it is all continually manifest before God from cradle to grave.  Our Father in heaven is our guiding light all the days of our lives – even unto death (Psalm 48:14, Luke 1:79).

And, we will all one day give an account of ourselves to Him. God will judge all the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to His gospel (Romans 2:16). All the hidden things of the darkness in our lives will be brought to light – and the counsels of our hearts will be made manifest when we meet Him (1 Corinthians 4:5). Every idle word we ever spoke will be judged (Matthew 12:36). Whatever was spoken in the darkness will be heard in His light. Anything we ever tried to hide will made known – and everything we may have ever attempted to cover up will be revealed (Luke 12:2-3).

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