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The Diatribe of Deceit

February 3

 "THY testimonies also are my delight and my counselors."  Psalm 119:24






"...supply masquerades as opinionated wolves in sheep's counsel."









Have you noticed that counsel amongst human kind is a most abundant resource ... and one of the most freely dispensed?  The old adage that opinions are as noses is not overstated.  Ask most men their counsel (opinion) on any given matter and you'll rarely go away wanton.  The dreaded egomania virus is loose among us and it breeds an unholy contagion.  "Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them."  The winds of our day carry much doctrine contrary to the Word of GOD; and we indeed are being tossed to and fro (c.f. Ephesians 4:14).  As believers, let us agree that however near or dear the source, all counsel apart from Scripture is corrupt, and extremely corruptible!  Even we believers have succumb, in many quarters, to the sleight of men and their craftiness.  If HIS counsel is to win the day, we must reinsert discretion into the formula of who, or what, we allow within our influence bubble:  "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our LORD JESUS CHRIST, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple."  As our world slips further from GOD and nearer to the end, counsel is in high demand; while at the same time: "... grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock."  The trouble of course, is that the high percentage of supply masquerades as opinionated wolves in sheep's counsel. 

What solace and comfort there is in the Scripture, yet what an impertinence HIS Word has become to mainline faith.  Does not our delight determine the counsel we seek after?  Delight yourself in anyone, or anything, other than the LORD, and you'll quickly find the pseudo counselors swamping your phone banks offering to shore up your shaky delight.  It is true that: "in a multitude of counsellers there is safety." ... but true safety is only in the multitude of "testimonies" found in the Bible.  This parting counsel to the Church of Ephesus from the great Apostle Paul, is some of the wisest ever offered, and preserved unto us, that we might heed it too:

"And now, brethren, I commend you to GOD, and to the Word of HIS grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified." 

For Love of Country
Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)

(Bless Your Heart; Series II)
"I thank my GOD for my handicaps, for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my GOD."

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