It’s ideal when you can have a car, a suit, or even a burger made according to your desired specifications—hold the pickles, grill the onions, bacon and tomatoes, please. But some things are already perfected—right off the showroom floor or straight off the rack; no addons or deletions necessary. Case in point—the Word of God!
Can’t edit what’s nonnegotiable.
The devil is more than pleased to oblige anyone with his made-to-order version of the “word.” His pliable adaptation fluidly fits into the lifestyles of those who are willing to substitute the Holy Spirit for a powerless shadow of godliness. You see, his translation cast heavy fog over the nonnegotiable conditions attached to God’s comforting promises. When those conditions are disregarded, we can forget about those blessings coming to pass.
The adversary acknowledges the Sword—the unabridged Word. He knows the Sword is the weapon God gave His people to use against the corrupt kingdom of darkness (see Ephesians 6:17). That’s why he will cunningly take every opportunity to put a breach between us and what saith the Lord. He aggressively, yet sneakily, works to undermine our understanding of what’s written. He knows full-well the Word spoken in faith will pierce through wicked principalities and cancel out its plans.
Faith (accidently) compromised!
It’s easy to fall for this made-to-order counterfeit if we’re not paying attention; we can’t depend on the world (the enemy) to clarify the Word to us. Psalm 1:1 tells us not to take counsel from the ungodly. Ungodly interpretations will have a profound impact on our faith and on our relationship with the Holy Spirit. Before long, we’ll start thinking: “This faith stuff doesn’t work.” As I stated previously, it’s not going to work if the prerequisites of the Word aren’t met. Faith that is connected to the power of the Holy Spirit—Works!
Your faith attached to God’s power—Oh My Lord!
However, God’s power comes with a price tag: A surrendered-uncompromised life to Christ. The made-to-order edition accepts easy “do it your way” payments.
The Word Made-to-order
• Keep My commandments Up-to-date edition only
• Love Only “certain” people
• Forgive Within limitations
• Vengeance is Mine Payback!!!
• Humility Superiority
• Kindness Cruelty
• Give Take
The Word—NOT made-to-order!
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.