Many times I have spoken about the conditions needed to reach the door that leads to the truth, but many are unable to find the road that leads to it. Like the ark of covenant lost in time, man guided by his past seeks for it in the future.
You have been seeking but found not so listen, keep yourselves open to His word. Like rich, fertile soil ready to receive the sower’s seed, your hearts have to be receptive to the word which God intended to plant there. Although beautiful things will come from letting God’s word into your hearts, it cannot take root in your hearts if they are deaf and blind to the truth. You must be ready to listen then you will come to see.
To be ready to listen means that you are ready to receive whatever truth has to say. But your hearing is often hindered by presupposition and prejudice. You already have fixed ideas about what truth must means and brings, and there are limits to what you will listen to, even from God. But if you limit yourselves to what you want to hear, then not many of you will hear what you need to hear. It is critically important that you move past your personal preferences and allow truth to fill your heart until such time the adversary runs the household/house, your heart. Such high privilege to wait upon His word and let him do His bidding through you, whatever that might be. “Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.”
The gift of language has been vouchsafed to you by God. But the gift was not given just so that you might speak; it was given that you might hear when God speaks to you. Great issues hinge upon your choice in this matter. Readiness to listen is no accident of personality, randomly possessed by some people and not by others. It is a deliberate decision you make to open yourselves to God’s word. James encouraged you to do this: “Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:21,22). If you can honestly say what Samuel said, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears”, then you have a maturity that can take you toward an even greater maturity in the things of God.
One of the highest and noblest functions of man’s mind is to listen to God’s Word, and so to read his mind and think his thoughts after him.
Know that the only freedom you have is to choose between evil and God, many will say but I do and have chosen for God! Have you really? Or do you listen to your thoughts and feelings, do you act upon them? They belong to this world, the mental and physical world and they speak through you, not God, but…. I hear you thinking, but I choose for good. But consider this, does real good not take EVERYTHING into account ? And does that not also mean there is no question in all knowing, and anything less is not perfect, so your good is relative and not God.
So when you think you chose God by choosing good then you really chose your interpretation of good above God. Yes, you depend on thinking and feeling, the king of this world who knows you better than you know yourself. He does not hide out there but inside from where he looks and listens and guides upon the basis of the limited library of the mental and physical experiences of your life. Do not forget he came from darkness, the not knowing without insight, judging each moment from a limited point of view..
1 John 5:19: “the whole world is lying in the power of the WICKED ONE”. Could this “wicked one” be God? The Bible teaches that “God is Love.” (1 John 4:8) Well then, could this wicked one be Jesus, the “son of God?” (John 1:49) And this is what Jesus said in John 14:30 “the ruler of the world is coming. And he has NO HOLD ON ME”. It is clear that Jesus does not rule the world either. In fact, he is MORE POWERFUL than the ruler of the world is. So who is this ruler of the world? Revelation 12:9 says: “So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is MISLEADING the entire inhabited EARTH”.
For he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good(and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him and follow the light which is sent down with him,- it is they who will prosper.
“It is He Who sent down to thee(step by step), in truth, the Book, and He sent down the Law(of Moses) and the Gospel(of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion(of judgment between right and wrong). To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what God hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way. If God had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but(His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to God; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute; ( Quran, 5:48)”
“That which We have revealed to thee of the Book is the Truth, for God is assuredly- with respect to His Servants – well acquainted and Fully Observant. ( Quran, 35:31)”
That they rejected Faith; That they uttered against Mary A grave false charge; That they said : “We killed Christ Jesus The son of Mary, The Messenger of God”. But they killed him not, Nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no(certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not. Nay, Allah raised him up Unto Himself; and Allah Is Exalted in Power, Wise. And there is none of the people of the book(Jews and Christians) But must believe in him (Jesus) Before his death; And on the Day of Judgment He(Jesus) will be a witness Against them. ( Quran, 4:156-159)”
“Know they not Allah Knoweth what they conceal and what they reveal? And there are among them illiterates, who know not the Book, but see therein their own desires, and they do nothing but conjecture. Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say: “This is from Allah”, To traffic with it for a miserable price! Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.( Quran, 2:77-79)”( realize that being illiterate does not mean unable to read, but unable to see truth, unable to understand the true deeper meaning of words, and I do not mean as in according to the dictionary).
“O Apostle! Let not those grieve thee, who race each other into unbelief: (whether it be) among those who say “We believe” with their lips but whose hearts have no faith; or it be among the Jews,- men who will listen to any lie,- will listen even to others who have never so much as come to thee. They change the words from their (right) times and places: they say, “If ye are given this, take it, but if not, beware!” If any one’s trial is intended by God, thou hast no authority in the least for him against God. For such – it is not God’s will to purify their hearts. For them there is disgrace in this world, and in the Hereafter a heavy punishment. ( Quran, 5:41)”
“Say: `O People of the Books (of all religions)! Come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah ; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah. If then they turn back, say ye: “Bear witness that we(at least) are Muslims(bowing to Allah’s Will)”. ( Quran, 3:64) (God has many names, many qualities but he is them all in one)
1 Tim 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.( those of you who have studied the articles recognize that the doctrines of devils is equal to the two lower parts mental and physical)
1 Tim 6:20-21 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. 2 Tim 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
2 Tim 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.( this time is right now, speak about what they wish to hear and you will have followers, be it angels, ufo’s, those from the other side by mediums, etc.)
1 Pet 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.( prayer done from understanding reaches God, prayer done for mental and or physical desire are expressed through you by the devil leads to hell)
2 Pet 2:1-2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privately shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.( the lord mentioned of here is the lord of the world)
1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.( this might be the last thing you wish to hear or even believe, but there are nearly as many as there are people)
Jude 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
It will be clear that there are no true believers at present, and this is mentioned in the Bible concerning the end time. You might say, but there are many believers, this is indeed the case but believing in personal interpretation is not what is meant by believers in the Bible.
Moshiya van den Broek