Hearing The Gospel…
Many years ago it was said by an anonymous source that we humans are “slow to learn and quick to forget“. That held true when spoken, it holds true today and will be true in the future. We have to continually learn, relearn and then relearn again tomorrow. This seems to be especially true with the Gospel, the Word and living the Life we are suppose to live.
We need to hear the Gospel everyday because we forget it everyday. ~Martin Luther
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. ~Hebrews 5:12-14 NKJB
Nothing could be more true than the fact that discerning good and evil is a daily lesson. How can a ship sail the oceans blue without constant direction? It can’t. Without a sense of knowing what the next is to be we are completely lost. This is when we our mind is open to thoughts that are not from Him, but from the devil himself.
“The devil can not read our thoughts, but he can read the thoughts he suggests.” ~Pastor Bill Johnson
If we stay in the Gospel, reading, living and especially sharing, there is an elevated opportunity to retain we has been learned. When we share what happens is we learn and the others just happen to be in the same space as we are learning. While the others may benefit from what is happening, the actual living and sharing of the Gospel, we are the true beneficiaries of what is being taught. The Holy Spirit should be filling the air, walking with us and using us a megaphone for His word and His actions.
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and 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. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. ~James 1:21-27 NKJB
“Every moment you and I spend in worry and anxiety we are actually feeding the beast that strangles the promise over our destiny; over the promises of my life. ~Pastor Bill Johnson
Either the Gospel is divine inspiration, the Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.