Tuesday, 2/18/20 – Pressing on…

Me, Myself & I agree… I am my own divinity!

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Adam and Eve tried to avoid God by hiding in the woods (Gen. 3:8). The wandering Hebrews tried to replace God by making an idol (Exod. 32:2-4). The Corinthians began to deviate from God by following personages (1 Cor. 1:12; 3:4). Some even opted to make sacrifices to demons (1 Cor. 10:20-22). And, as we have been warned, in these last days many will seek to avoid God by becoming a lover of “self,” a lover of personal pleasures, more than a lover of God. (2 Tim. 3:1-4)

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New Age thinking says that beyond the “self” there is a “higher self,” a godlike extension of the worldly self. They say that by a relationship with the higher self, you will become able to make your desires become reality… your own little reality.

Love of self will ultimately lead to this. Once we turn our gaze inward we will begin to assess reality only from within that very small, personal world. Scripture is very clear about those who choose this path: “When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (2 Cor. 10:12b). When a person becomes “self”-focussed they begin to set their own rules (see Judg. 21:25). They begin to make their own ‘truth.’

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“Personal truth”… “Higher self”… all of this leads only to one thing: A belief that one is one’s own “god.” Me, myself, and I – one’s own little trinity… divinity.

Now a person caught in the trap of such selfism may not see this at all. When the only pictures you take are “selfies” you will never discover among them an image of God. When you fill your library only with books you have written you will never encounter the true Word of God.

Many religions and philosophies touch on the idea of inward journey. But God will not be found within us. We can try to avoid Him by looking away, looking to demons, looking at others, or looking within but it is not until we look up and acknowledge Him as Lord, not ourselves, that we will find Truth.

And, as Jesus taught, “…you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32).

More tomorrow…

To hear Pastor John’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Feb. 16 message.

Monday, 2/17/20 – Pressing on…

Worms!

20200216_185826Dirofilaria immitis are parasitic roundworms. They are very tiny, like threads and get into their hosts through mosquito bites. Once in, they squirm their way about and work themselves into the heart and lungs causing dirofilariasis. Usually they infect dogs, but can also work themselves into cats, wolves, coyotes, jackals, foxes, ferrets, bears, seals, sea lions and sometimes humans. Dirofilaria immitis is commonly called “heartworm” as adult heartworms may migrate to the heart and pulmonary artery. Untreated it will lead to death, due to congestive heart failure.

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Just the thought of insidious little worms subtly creeping about inside is most assuredly unsettling. Imagine how you might feel coming home with such a diagnosis! I’m sure it would keep you up at night imagining or perhaps actually feeling these things squirming about through their tissues! Ugh!

But this is exactly the sort of disgusting thing that happens to a soul spiritually if one allows the toxic saliva of self-love to enter them and the lifeblood of God’s Love (Agapé) to be sucked from them. Self-love worms its way deeper end deeper into the tissue of the heart. It paralyzes the flow of Agapé and the heart begins to harden… to grow cold… to die!

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But there is a cure! There is a Great Physician equipped to handle this emergency. But I warn you it will require surgery. You will need to surrender yourself completely to His knife. In dogs, Dirofilaria immitis brings cough, fatigue, decreased appetite, weight loss, and finally death. In humans the best strategy is to guard against the disease. Spiritually, we must be diligent to guard our hearts against infection by an increasingly self-loving society. The warning is at once ancient, and current, and prophetic…

“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Prov. 4:20-23)

More tomorrow…

To hear Pastor John’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Feb. 16 message.