“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears (II Timothy 4:3, KJV).”
“Praise God for his uncompromising word, my prayer is that this article will permeate the hearts of those that read it, convict those that need convicting and most importantly bring about spiritual transformation in the hearts of all that behold it, in Jesus name.”
As we take a close look at our world today, it is quite evident that we live in a time where as people need God in their lives more than ever before. Although people are excelling in their educational, business and other “societal pursuits,” many are still without God and many that seemed to have had a good relationship with the heavenly father, is drawing further away from him, following after the “deceitfulness of riches” and the “cares of life” (Mark 4:19, BSB).”
And, that same “mindset” have infiltrated our churches and religious organizations disguising itself as “the prosperity gospel.” I am in no way trying to “bash” anybody and this article is not intended for that purpose but, it is intended to expose the traps and wiles of the Devil. Today the “prosperity gospel” seems to be at the forefront of all that is pontificated in today’s churches as well as in the world as a whole.
Having stated that, let’s go a little deeper “shall we.” The bible talks about people having “itching ears.” It goes on to say that people (I’m paraphrasing), place leaders in position of authority to tell them what they want to hear to tickle their ears. Many people would much rather hear that the “Lord will bless you if you give, turn around three times and say money cometh,” than, “you need to repent of your sins, for the kingdom of God is at hand” (Matthew 3:2, NKJV). But, it is that same truth of the word of God and not a lie, that is going to truly set them free.
I don’t know about anyone else but I would much rather hear the truth than a lie. For instance, in a relationship with a husband and a wife, the wife asks the husband how the dress she has recently purchased looks on her and without deliberation, he tells her something to make her feel good although the dress is not “figure flattering” and makes her look fat. Although no one is really being affected by what he stated, a “lie is simply a lie!” But what bears “heavy weight” is what we are being feed every day and if what we are being feed everyday isn’t the truth but a lie, we need to really check the source and ask God to help us to receive the “word of truth” with gladness, whether is it what we want to hear or not because in the totality of it all, it is our souls that are at stake!
So, I implore you that in all that you do, seek God. Chase after him with all that is in you, for he is near and his arms are opened to you because everything on this “side of life” will perish but the word of God remains forever. Don’t allow the lure of riches, the deception of the enemy and selfish ambition hinder you from moving forward in God and him leading and orchestrating your life as he sees fit. For as the Bible emphatically states that “God is coming back again” and my prayer is that we all will be ready for his great coming so that we will be able to hear him say “Well Done (Matthew 25:23, KJV).”