Sunday, March 31, 2013


"But he that received the seed into stony places, the same
is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy
receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself,
but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or
persecution ariseth because of the word,
by and by he is offended. " Matthew 13:20-21
"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" Luke 6:46

You cannot be a believer in Christ Jesus unless the word of God is the standard of truth in your life.  If there is any wavering about this in your mind, then you have given the enemy a huge advantage to snuff out your spiritual life.  The word of God is the actual sustenance our spirits need in order to grow and mature in the faith (Hebrews 5:12).

Many professing Christians are actually not believers at all.  Rather, they are beleavers.  I call them beleavers because they 'be leaving' the Lord at the drop of a hat.  They have not committed to give their life to Jesus.  They are not willing to stand with Him against that which is evil.  They use Jesus like window dressing to pretty up the outward appearance of their lives, but leave the doctrine of Christ and deny Him at the slightest sign of pressure or conflict.
beleave:  to cause or allow to remain behind, to leave something behind; to abandon
A lot of time is wasted talking to and trying to reason with beleavers.  They spend most of their time disputing the word of God and explaining why it does not mean what it says...and then they'll get mad at you when you point them to the Scriptures.

"They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." Titus 1:16

Someone recently contacted me, disturbed because a number of what they had considered strong Christians seem to be gravitating closer to the world and farther away from God.  To hold on to a religious facade, these persons are taking refuge in false doctrines such as Once Saved Always Saved or Universalism which says God's love will save everybody in the end.  They will believe anything in order to continue pretending that their sin has no bearing on their eternal relationship with God.

Although this person sought reassurance, all I could say is, "It is written."  God warns us in His word that a great falling away will occur prior to His return.  This is the time to see it.  If our hearts are not wholly set on the truths of God - if there is any part of us that still longs to do things our own way - then we may very well be in danger of falling into apostasy.  When the rubber meets the road and it is truly time to chose whom we will serve, the beleaver is going to run for the hills for they have no anchor or root in their souls.

The issue is not that beleavers don't understand what God says.  The problem is that there's still sin in the camp.  They are willfully continuing in sin in some area of their lives and they do not want to give it up.  They don't want to repent (which means to turn away from sin).  Don't be shaken up as you see this begin to happen around you.  Just make sure that you are keeping your body under subjection so as not to become a castaway yourself (I Corinthians 9:27).

You may very well find that those most receptive to the Gospel these days are not the professing beleavers, but those who have been outside of the religious domain.  This is just as it was in Jesus' days.  The religious sinners saw no need for repentance, but those who were broken and humble before the Lord came to Him in droves.   

"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 1:8

The only issue between man and God is sin. It is not that we don't know God loves us.  It is not that we need tangible proof God exists.  It is not that we pride ourselves on being a 'freethinker'.  There is only one reason that people do not give their lives to the Lord, and that is they love the darkness of lies more than they love the light of truth (John 3:19). 

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law." Matthew 10:34-35

God wants to know; who is on His side?  Will faith be found on the earth when He returns?  Don't get distracted by the falling away, but make your own eye single so that your whole body will be filled with light.  Let the Holy Spirit lead you to those whose hearts He has prepared to receive the truth.  Jesus is using the sword of His word, the sword of Truth, to divide between the sheep and the goats, the wheat and the tares, the believers and the beleavers.  On which side will you be found?


  1. 'Let the Holy Spirit lead you to those whose hearts He has prepared to receive the truth.'

    This is my prayer from the depths of my soul. Oh, how the Lord has truly being working on me these last years and especially these last months. I read your blog post where you shared your personal testimony regarding saying goodbye to your security blanket. I can relate in that I know God is calling me to stand for His truth and all that He has revealed to me these last years even though I am surrounded by opposition from some very dear, dear friends.

    But, with reliance on the Lord, I will be true to God for He is my life - the very air I breathe.

    Thanks for this post - so many of the verses you used, God has used with me these last few days.
    Joy M

    1. Hi Joy,

      I stand with you in that prayer. We can spend a lot of time striving with unbelievers - or even beleavers - thinking we are contending for the faith (II Tim. 2:24). However, I am looking for the fruit of my efforts. Do I want to feel good because I have won a religious argument or do I desire to see the light of Christ open up blind eyes so that the life of Christ is imparted to the hearer?

      There is a people who God has been working on, revealing to them spiritual truths they are not even aware of. They know the direction in which the world is headed and yes, they even see the hypocrisy of much of the church. However, they are waiting for that which is true, that which is real. And when the truth is revealed to them, they will know it by the Holy Spirit of God. It will confirm everything the Lord has shown them as He drew them unto Himself and they will embrace and cherish this truth more than life itself (Rev. 12:11). Not like the Esau's of the world who was all too happy to give away his inheritance for a bowl of pottage.

      I also don't mean to present that all who believe in OSAS are trying to cover sin. Some just have not been taught the truth or have not studied enough to know the truth. Yet, this is certainly a strong deception in the church.

      I pray that God continue to strengthen you for the purposes He has for you. Whatever may be taken away He is more than able to replenish. We don't always know how the words we share affect a person because we don't always get to see the fruit it bears in time. However, His word will not return void. It will accomplish what He send it out to do, which is why it is so important that we are obedient sowers, sowing what, when, and where the Husbandman commands.

      Be encouraged Sister!

    2. In spite of the trials and challenges Sister, I am filled with joy to know that time is short, for my heart longs for the appearance of our Lord.

      "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." II Tim. 4:8

      What Manner of Persons Ought Ye to Be?

      Just felt led to share this. :-)

    3. The Lord is our Husbandman (Husband Man). What greater news is there than that?! Like an excited Bride awaiting to be presented to her Groom, we look for our Lord Jesus' return. The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come!" (Rev. 22:17)!

      Even So

  2. I'm so thankful for the time and love you put into this blog. Although I just discovered this a month or more ago, I feel like I have been here forever! What a wonderful work you do for the Lord! God Bless, Sis!


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