The Journey Thoughts

August 11, 2016

We place a lot of emphasis on formal education, and it has a lot of benefit,
yet there is a training that we all get, that seems to pass us by, and that
is the training of life, and the training that is given us by the Spirit.  I
read about many formal seminaries, whose teaching is perverted, because what
is taught is not the Bible, but the thoughts of an individual man, or the
curriculum of a particular institution.  We have only to read the Scriptures
to find out where much teaching comes from.  I'm not trying to bash formal
training, but rather, want to emphasize the benefit of teaching from a heart
dedicated to receive from the Holy Spirit, and a heart willing to learn from
a good mentor.  When Jesus was at the Feast of Tabernacles,(He went up
secretly because the Jews were trying to kill Him), He went up to the temple
complex when the feast was half over, and He started to teach.  Here is what
was said at that time: "Then the Jews were amazed and said, 'How does He
know the Scriptures, since He hasn't been trained?' Jesus answered them, 'My
teaching isn't Mine but is from the One who sent Me.  If anyone wants to do
His will, he will understand whether the teaching is from God or if I am
speaking on My own. The one who speaks for himself seeks his own glory. But
He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and there is no
unrighteousness in Him." John 7:15-18  There is nothing wrong with formal
training, and there is nothing wrong with mentor training, but how do you
know if it is "right" training?  At issue here is our lack of trusting in
the Holy Spirit to train us.  We can study scripture, and learn from
commentaries, which is all right, but what about the commentary that comes
from the Holy Spirit.  Why is it so hard to trust in Christ to teach us?
The training by a mentor is good, so long as it is bounced off the heart of
God, for verification and the impartation of truth.  Read again what Christ
is saying above: "If anyone wants to do His will, he will understand whether
the teaching is from God or if I am speaking on My own."  Jesus is asking
the people to trust God, and they would be given the understanding to know
that the words of Christ are truth.  Yet, after He said this, they told Him
that He had a demon.  The same goes for listening to the preacher, which
includes me.  If the words do not resonate with your heart, check your
heart.  Are you having an issue with trust, and if the words do not sit
well, go to scripture, and read, and listen to the understanding given by
the Spirit.  If it still doesn't sit well, go to the preacher and ask him to
explain the situation.  Perhaps he will help you get clarity, and perhaps
you won't.  Either way, you are responsible to the Lord for the truth you
decide to believe.  You will be evaluated at the judgment seat for what you
did with the truth that you have understood, even if the teacher or the
preacher did not teach you right.  We are to always, 'reason together,'
which means that we discuss relevant truths with each other.  That's how we
learn!  We are to seek answers from the Word of God first, and discuss these
with others who we trust as honorable men and women.  We are to learn.
Perhaps if we change the way we learn, and seek to honestly know the truth,
and understand the truth, and be willing to be obedient to the truth, we
will become all that God wants us to be, and the TRUTH will set us free.
For that we remain in the school house of life, on our journey toward

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, teach us O Lord, to understand Your heart, Your will, and
Your ways, so that we may become more like You.  Forgive us for trying to do
things our way, and lead us to Your truth, for that is the only truth we
seek.  Lord, many listen to false teachers, and are carried away.  I pray
for these, that their hearts are turned to You. I pray for those who
struggle learning, because of some insult on their bodies or minds.  Please
comfort them with Your truth! Please strengthen them with Your love.  I
continue to pray today for: Grace, Don, Dwight, Betty, David, Phyllis,
Devon, the Thibodeau family, Mandi, Montella, Cindy, Terry, Barbara,
Marliana, Loren, Cynthia, Bill, Carolyn, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Mike,
Megan, Jeff, Laura, Japheth, Agnes, Matt, Liz, Matt, Bethany, BJ, Ida,
Isabel, Angie, Terry, Kristena, Shane, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric, Sandy, JV,
Nada, Andrea, Alan, Lydia, Alan, Lydia, Alan, Fisher, Shannon, Robert, Pat,
Ryan, Barry, Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Ben and his family,
Tim's mother, Shelly's mother, Julissa and her friend, Robbie, Laurie, Gary,
Heather, Codi, Jim, Jana's mother, Ron, Sam, Ada, Deane, Bill, Pam and her
son, Kelly and her son, Richard and his father, Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike,
Austin, Sammi, Gus, Lisa, Alice, Dotty, Fred, Mike S., James, Scott, April,
Craig, Ben, Ramona, Betty, Danny, Hunter, Asher, Lynette, Kristen, Kathy,
Jennifer, Patrick, Candace, Abe, Trent, Garret, Mayeaux, Ben, Jason, Ashley,
Marc, Macy, Jake, Bob, Lisa.  May we open our hearts to Your teaching today
as You lead us by Your Spirit, for I ask it in Jesus name. Amen.

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