TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Scripture: Mark 4:21-25
In verses 21-25 we are told, “Also He said to them, ‘Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” Then He said to them, ‘Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.’” What measure are we applying to the unchangeable truth that we hear? Are those who speak truth our friends or do we treat them as enemies? How do we respond to the unvarnished truth of God’s Word? Do we feel like the double death promised all those who promote, promise and approve of homosexuality is too strong? Do we water down God’s ultimate truth? Do we present it in such a way that it loses the weight that it carries? Do we diminish it in any way? Jesus made it clear that for those who have more will be given and to those who do not have even what they have will be taken away. There is a point in Christian development where if we refuse to water, weed, and prepare the soil, crop failure looms and we start sliding backward and can easily lose everything we have gained. Could such a moment in history be facing the church right now? Could the persecution that is shaping up by the government and the antichrist individuals who occupy its chief positions be creating such a moment for the church right now? What measure of truth are we accepting – the world’s or God’s. If we are not accepting God’s we are in deep, deep trouble.