Vain, puffed up minds vs. God’s clear Word
The sin of Eve. Eve believed the tricky, deceptive words of the Serpent, rather than the clearly expressed Word of God about the tree. Eve chose to believe Satan’s lie – rather than choosing to believe the truth of God’s instructions. The Serpent said, “Did God really say that…? (See: Genesis 3:1-7).
It could have been an apple – it could have been a kumquat. There are many things we do not know. What matters is that God expressed His Word on the matter.
The Serpent still attacks our thinking today. Common thinking today says “who cares what the Bible says”: any “think” is fine. But that thinking was exactly what the Serpent started way back in Genesis 3. Satan rejects God.
What’s got you pulling the wrong way… away from God’s expressed way that pleases Him? Left or right – it’s all about staying true to God. It’s His Word that shows us the thinking of God.
Have you closely examined your beliefs? Do you believe it really matters – what you believe? What matters? Does it make a difference with God, what you think? Is your belief about God really from God – or have you fallen for the tricky, deceptive words of the Serpent?
Excerpt from: Is this you?
Living a worthless life? Or are you striving for conduct becoming? Are you Livin’ it to the max!? Are you a maturing, true Christian? It’s a lifelong process – maturing. It takes perseverance to “fight the good fight“. (1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7; 1 Timothy 1:18)
The only humans entering heaven’s gate will be those sinners who confessed their sinfulness – and yielded their will completely (100%) to Christ in that moment of salvation. In that moment of time they were made brand new. They were freed from condemnation! Only sinners arrive in heaven… the redeemed sinners.
But they were not made sinless. Only Christ has been sinless, ever. But from that moment on… some go on to shine and, in Christ, conquer more sin, while others go on to fail and fail and fail, yet cling to Christ in the midst of it all, to the end. We’ll have to wait till we arrive in heaven — to then begin living sinlessly.
I consciously reject my wannabies: “I want it this way. I want it that way”. I constantly realign my thinking with His thinking.
I consciously choose to truly follow Jesus with all that I’ve got – all of me. I’ll conform to Him, not to the world (Romans 12:2). I am living for what’s eternal, for what God will eventually reward.
- Beware of those who speak of things they have no knowledge about – as if they know: Vain, puffed up minds, full of “their own deceivings”.
- Many are those who run greedily after false things, false thinking – those who reject God’s word, 1 going against the clear teachings of God (of Moses and other spokesmen of God: the Old Testament and the New Testament).
Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind
2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you
- BibleGateway Footnote:
Korah, Kore, Core [Kō’rah,Kō’rē, Cō’rē]—baldness or icy.
- A son of Esau by Aholibamah, and founder of a tribe (Gen. 36:5, 18).
- A son of Eliphaz and grandson of Esau (Gen. 36:16).
- A son of Hebron, son of Mareshah, son of Caleb (1 Chron. 2:43).
- A grandson of Kohath, son of Levi—ancestor of sanctuary musicians (1 Chron. 6:22).
- The son of Izhar, the grandson of Levi, who with Dathan and Abiram conspired against Moses and Aaron (Exod. 6:21, 24; Num. 16). Jude 11 gives Core for Korah.
Korah, along with his two companions, resisted the civil authority of Moses.
- For refusing to appear before him as commanded, Korah, Dathan and Abiram along with their households and houses were swallowed up by the earth (Num. 16).
- Then there came the further revolt of Korah against Moses and Aaron, in the interests of the people at large as against the tribe of Levi. The rebels were consumed by fire from the Lord (Num. 17).
- There followed the opposition of Korah and 250 Levites against the monopoly of the priesthood claimed by Aaron. The “gainsaying,” meaning against the Word, was Korah’s denial of the authority of Moses as God’s chosen spokesman, and intrusion into the priest’s office (Jude 11).