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Whose Message

Whose Message to Follow ?
We have here two messages; one from God and one from a prophet,  .I Kings 13:8-18 
 The instructions to the man of God by the Word by the Lord. The message was simple, plain and clear it was directly from the Lord, His actual words. There was no hidden meaning, it needed no one else to explain what it meant.

God’s message:
 I Kings 13:9 “ For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.”
The man of God knew clearly the simple commands and he repeated them  to the king  I Kings 13:8 “ And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:
9  For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.”

 The man of God made the right decision then leaves to return home. He stops to rest under a tree and the old prophet catches up to him and invites him to come back with him to fellowship.  It is here that the man of God makes his mistake that will lead to his death.

Man’s message:
 Then the old prophet said he had a different message from God.
I Kings 13:18  “He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.”

The man of God listened to, then accepted the old prophets message. It would cost him his life. Why did the man of God accept the message from the old prophet  when he already had God‘s direct message? Was it because the old prophet was  more  educated or presented his message more fluently, or had great influence among the people ?  We will never answer that question. But we can learn the lesson  from his example. When we read the plain, clear and simple statements of the Bible, God’s Word concerning doctrines and daily living we must cling to them no matter who says otherwise. The Bereans were commended by Paul when they didn’t just accept what he taught but searched the scriptures themselves, comparing scripture to scripture.  Acts 17:11  “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
The example we should all follow, by reading all the scripture on a subject. Know and remember what God’s Word itself says.

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Lesson From My Garden

In planting a garden I am seeing an amazing truth. I will reap what I sow.

The tiny quarter inch seed of corn that I planted will produce a five to six foot tall corn stalk with several ears of corn, each with hundreds of kernels. As in life it’s the little things that lead to failures or success and I will reap more than I sow. Remember it’s the little foxes that spoil the vines. Song of Solomon 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes..

In life if one sows false doctrine, beliefs and practices one will reap their crops in this life and eternity . The Bible is the truth plainly stated by God and is the foundation of our doctrine, beliefs and practices.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to learn what God said ourselves. We don’t have to know Greek and Hebrew to know what God has said . We don’t have to depend on other men, we just need to read and believe His Word as it is written . There are men that I admire and their teachings are a blessing , but I also must study the Bible to know what it says myself for one day I will give an account to God . It will do no good to say “but I didn’t know , I was taught wrong”. But you had my Word and I made it clear, plain and simple, no excuse.

Just because a doctrine is old does not make it true the same as just because its new doesn’t make it true. Many religions are older than Christianity but that doesn’t make them true just old untruths that have continued. Today in these closing days we have many new and old false beliefs being spread . The Bible itself is our safe place for beliefs and practices.

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