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The Selfish Scheme
(The Trick of I)
I discovered last night another scheme of the Devil. I was told that when someone comes to you for advice, or asks for help you should not say things like “ You should do this…” or; “You should do that…” That it makes people “feel” like you are telling them what to do.
HOLD THE PHONE! Isn’t that why you ask for advice? Isn’t that the very reason you ask for help? I am told that we should use different words like; “This is what I would do…” or, “In my opinion…” Now while I agree that in times when someone seeks my advice or help if I have personally gone through the same thing I will say something like that. However, “herein” this “advice” lies the “scheme of selfishness”. This political correctness that is infecting our society and destroying it like a rotten tooth; is now creeping its way into our Christianity. It is poisoning us; if the enemy can keep us focused on feelings and the quarreling over words than he wins. 2 Tim 2:14 “…Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them…” (NLT)
So how exactly does the enemy use this quarreling of words to defeat us? Look around! If you call me and ask for my help or advice in what to do; and I tell you what to do; you are then offended because of my choice of words; because it makes you feel like you are being told what to do! (This is an analogy, not directed at anyone). Are we not doing EXACTLY what this scripture tells us not to do? Of course we are. STOP IT! They are words, as long as they are spoken in love with the intentions of God’s will to be done by the hearer than stop bickering about the choice of words and start listening to the meaning of the message.
2 Tim 4:2 “…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” (NAS) We are all called to be servants. Each and every one of us; no matter what your gifting is, no matter what your calling, we are all called to be servants to that gift or calling. Because in the end it is all for the same purpose, to tell the world about Jesus Christ and His sacrifice upon the cross. It is to tell the world that God loves them and forgives them; that He is waiting for them as the father waited for his prodigal son to return. We need to be ready in season and out. In other words, we need to be ready even when we don’t feel like we are ready.
It’s hard to serve others if you are focused on yourself and your feelings and your wants isn’t it? So you see this is where this scheme of selfishness starts to use its poison to paralyze what God has planned for us. If we change our vernacular because the people who seek us out with THEIR problems, the people who seek you out for your advice are offended, or put off by our choice of words what happens? We start to believe that it is us that are being rejected. We start to take it personally; we no longer make it the act of trying to help someone else, but rather that it is an attack on us personally. We start to think that our opinion is the only one that counts, not that it is God that is working through us in the ministry of; 1 Cor. 12:8 “For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit…” (NAS) This is a crafty, stealthy scheme that is systematically destroying this world! It takes a gift from God and makes it a selfish burden that we hide so that we can be accepted by our peers rather than focusing on obedience to the words that God has stored up in our hearts on the basis of correction and exhortation one to another. Foundations are crushed, friendships are lost, families destroyed. All because we want to quarrel over words instead of looking the meaning of the message.
Let me give you one more example then we will call it a day and visit this topic again tomorrow. This example is another direct result of this scheme of selfishness.
We don’t want to offend anyone with truth or our opinion. So we say things like “if it makes you happy…” or “what does your heart tell you, because in the end that is all that matters…” Before I go further let me give you a few scriptures to back up what I am about to say; Ecclesiastes 10:2 “A wise man’s heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man’s heart directs him toward the left.” (NAS); Proverbs 23:12 “Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge.” (NAS); Proverbs 23:15-16 “My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed; my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.” (NAS); Pro 23: 19 “Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path…” (NAS); Pro 23: 23 “Buy the truth and do not sell it—wisdom, instruction and insight as well…” (NAS); and last but to me the most important verse; Pro 23:26 “My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my way…” (NAS). THIS IS A LIE FROM THE PIT OF HELL! It is being use to systematically destroy! This is the definition of selfishness! To only be worried about yourself, your own needs, your own feelings and desires. So when we change our vocabulary to be politically correct with others and say things like, “whatever makes you happy…” ECT. Then what we are telling them is that it is ok to focus on your own selfishness. We get hurt and offended if we are having a problem and we go to someone for godly advice or counsel and they don’t tell us what we want to hear. We walk away upset because our needs were not met. Well this is what scripture has to say about that; 1 Corinthians 3:3 “…for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world?” (NLT); Romans 16:17 “Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.” (NAS); 2 Peter 2:1 “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves…” (NAS); Jude 1:19 “These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them…” (NLT); 2 Cor. 12:20 “For I am afraid that when I come I won’t like what I find, and you won’t like my response. I am afraid that I will find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior.” (NLT). This is the result of political correctness.
Join me tomorrow for more in this subject…
As always, God bless you till we meet again…