Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

The Morphine of the Moron

January 7

“But let a man examine himself …”  1 Corinthians 11:28





“… even the slightest error or bias of diagnosis holds the potential for death.”







An ongoing process of honest self assessment is basic to any and all spiritual health and vitality.  Introspect here has to be both thorough and critical; with the knowledge that even the slightest error or bias of diagnosis holds the potential for death.  “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that JESUS CHRIST is in you, except ye be reprobates?”  In all our vetting of soul there is no more crucial a step than this one.  How many a souls though, rush into the ER of Eternity General to be examined, only to find they have no pulse, and yet dismiss themselves as healthy?  “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.”  The second opinion of the HOLY SPIRIT must be sought if we are to avoid a fatal misdiagnosis here: “The SPIRIT itself beareth witness with our SPIRIT, that we are the children of GOD:”  When HE comes to make a house call and points out the disease of the old man in preaching or personal devotion, the wise patient concurs quickly so that the healing may begin.  One may deny his own findings altogether, and that of the SPIRIT as well; but that will ultimately prove to be the morphine of the moron.  Sooner, rather than later, the spiritual illness will run its course, and the sick in sin will die. 

“Mine answer to them that do examine me is this …”  Ours is a time it seems, that the majority of the Church’s shepherds are preaching health and peace.  Be careful however, to not hold their conclusions in higher esteem than HIS, when it comes to the reading of your x-ray.  “Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; consider your ways.”  The consistent and candid considering of ourselves is at the front line of our eternal defenses against the rampant viruses of sin.  If this cancer be found in you, stay under HIS knife till the cutting is complete … sometimes the SURGEON works until the wee hours.  “I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.”  At the end of it all, bear in mind that the exam is useless unless we accept the counsel of our PHYSICIAN, and receive the cure HE offers. 

Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.”

For Love of Country
Josiah Quincy (1744-1775)
(American Revolutionary Patriot)
"Blandishments will not fascinate us, nor will threats of a 'halter' intimidate.  For, under GOD, we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men."

(response to the 1774 closing of Boston harbor by the British)

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