6th December 2018
Bishop Dag Heward-Mills
GOD OR RULES?
READ: Matthew 16:6-12
“…but you ignore the more important aspects of the law - justice, mercy, and faith…” - Matthew 23:23, NLT
The Pharisees were sticklers for the rules and principles they had found. Because they did not know God, they thought God was a principle or a rule. Jesus showed repeatedly that knowing God was more than knowing rules and principles.
Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. - Matthew 16:6
... Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. - Luke 12:1
The Bible contains the principles, the rules and the Scriptures. The Bible is not God. God is not a book. The Bible is not a god. God is the author of these rules and laws. It takes a personal and intimate relationship with God to stay close to God.
Prayer is good but unbelievably there is a time when it is not a good thing to pray. It may be time to preach or time to rest and you may be in prayer. The well-accepted biblical rule that we should pray without ceasing has variations and exceptions sometimes based on timing. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus urged His disciples to pray. But at a point, He urged them to sleep. In other words, don’t bother to pray any more, just sleep!
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Then cometh he to his disciples , and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest… - Matthew 26 : 40, 41, 45
Start your day with a blessing from the WORD!!!
STAY CONNECTED AND PROSPER.