Among The People

Among The People by Kirk Hunt

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.

2 Peter 2:1-2 NKJV

Apostle Peter warned the early Church. False prophets and false teachers would inflict harm and destruction from within the Church. Peter’s words were true then. Peter’s words are true now. False teachers and false prophets are now among the people of God, wounding the modern Church.

False teachers and false prophets can be detected. Is someone preaching or teaching something in conflict with the Bible? Is there more confusion or strife within the Christian community after they preach or teach? Do they live a life of immorality or licentiousness? Any single “yes” should trigger a careful and open evaluation of their lives and ministries.

A true teacher or true prophet is eager to prove their ministry through Scripture. Godly men and women will always submit themselves to Church authority. Godly men and women live their lives trying to become better disciples and followers of Jesus Christ.

True teachers and true prophets may be imperfect, but they seek God in all sincerity and truth. Whoever is among you, test them with Scripture and Godly examination. The authentic do not mind.

Think: False teaching and preaching cannot hold up in the light of the Bible.

Pray: “Lord, help me to test all prophecy and teaching with Your Word.”

Copyright © February 2021, Kirk Hunt

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Here I Am To Worship

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Here I Am To Worship By Kirk Hunt

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.

Isaiah 6:1 NKJV

Song: “Here I Am To Worship”
Original Psalmist: Tim Hughes
Covering Psalmist: Israel Houghton

 

Why did you come? To worship God? To (re-)acknowledge Him as Lord of your life? Really?

 

Isaiah was performing rituals. His tasks and actions, standing in the middle of the original Temple, were intended to be devotion to God. Instead, somehow, he slipped into real worship and made true contact with God.

 

Your actions may be officially sanctioned. Your activities might be correct and proper. That does not make them sincere or authentic. Going through the motions is not the worship that God wants or deserves.

 

Momentum may carry you, but can be insincere. Ritual and habit can hide the authentic. God wants what you give to be from your heart.

 

He does not want the glossy, polished version, if it lacks heart. God wants the real article that comes from the bottom of your heart. Your worship should smell and taste like the real you.

 

Close your checklist. Stop in the middle of the sequence. Push the official and authorized to the side.

 

Look up and see Him. Let your heart fill with Him. Look past the things and people around you and reach out to the God you love and serve.

 

Authorized and sanctioned have their place. Rituals and ceremonies have their meaning. What God really wants is you.

 

Think:             Is this really worship? Is this really why I came?

 

Pray:             “Father-God, You are the reason I came. Really and sincerely.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2015, Kirk Hunt

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