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Time Passage – Acts 20:29

April 26, 2010
“For I know that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.”
This post begins a process that will not only will allow me to keep the site more current, (as in they are quick to assemble and yet relevant) it will facilitate those unexpected cogitations that often stem from a spontaneous opening of the scriptures. Oftentimes the most incredible things from the word of God arrive when I just open at random, without a set agenda. Last summer, before CR got rid of his cell phone, we would often do this. We were both on first shift at the time. In the morning, upon waking up, I would open the bible at random, and whatever passage I landed on, I would text the reference to CR. Sometimes it would result in an obscure passage, but usually it would become a point of cogitation throughout the day, once we arrived at work.
This, and subsequent “Time Passage” posts will be a version of this. The verses highlighted may be one stumbled upon unintentionally, something that came forth during planned reading or something that came to light during the preaching of another. This first edition was an unintentional landing, but what an “unintentional landing” it was.
We tend to think of Acts 20:29 as the introduction of erroneous doctrine into the body of Christ, but it goes even deeper than this. It also speaks of folks who profess to know Jesus but have self-serving motives. Being a faithful servant of the Lord is not their primary motive; nor is the well-being of the saints. Such a person may well be unaware that they are harboring such a thing. In John 16:2, Jesus speaks of those who think that they are serving God by killing the saints, and while he is primarily speaking of physical demise, a person with a self-centered mindset can be equally dangerous. A self centered person opens themself up to manipulation by the enemy, who knows exactly which levers to pull in order to bring about a desired outcome. While we tend to think of Acts 20:29 as referring to those in leadership positions, it applies to anyone who enters the flock with a self-centered agenda. (It bears repeating; such a person may well be unaware that they are doing this)
A thought just came to me as I was about to close this up. (well so much for keeping it short) A person who is “not sparing the flock” may well be scripturally solid and proclaiming truth on every issue, but their heart is in the wrong place. This can lead to decisions based on the desires of self; some of which may sow discord, damage those who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, and even cause scattering. Paul mentioned in Philippians that “whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” We rejoice whenever truth is proclaimed. We must love the truth, (Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life) love the brethren, love those in our ambience who know not the Lord, and be careful that we don’t place excessive confidence in our contemporaries. This is all the more imperative in this age of celebrity preachers and Christian “superstars” so to speak.  “For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos: are ye not carnal?
Well I have to go. Matthew 7:22-23 just came to mind, but I must stop before I spend the entire morning on the comuter.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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10 comments

  1. “A self centered person opens themself up to manipulation by the enemy, who knows exactly which levers to pull in order to bring about a desired outcome.”

    I’m amazed at the Lord continues to bring home a message I heard in church yesterday about the source of “self” in our souls (and yes, that’s lots of fun to say five times fast). Without going into a lot of detail (mainly for fear that I’ll butcher the message in the process), the pastor talked about the tripartite nature of man–a spirit possessing a soul that lives in a physical body. In the beginning, Adam’s spirit dominated both soul and body, but when the fall of man took place, the spirit was dethroned and the soul took its place. Now, the born again spirit must be freed from the self-focused soul through the word of God (Hebrews 4:12).

    What interested me in what he said was that Adam and Eve had no sense of self before they partook of the forbidden tree. They were both naked and had no awareness of it. “Self” came into the picture through Lucifer; he who made seven “I will” (self)statements outlined in Isaiah at the time of his fall from heaven. Yes, a self-centered person most definitely opens himself or herself to the workings of the enemy, because this sense of self originated with the enemy.

    Bless you and your musings, friend!


  2. Hi Timbob

    James doesn’t hold back when he states in James 3:14-15 that selfish ambition is demonic!

    Thanks for posting this “unintentional landing”, I am going to enjoy stepping in on your “Time Passages”. 🙂

    God bless.


  3. david meyers was in the hospital for some reason. he’s home now, but weak. not sure when May will be released.


  4. This is a very important scripture and I see it “popping up” quite often. It is with very good reason!

    Blessings


  5. Hi Chrystal. This is something that I had never thought of before. Adam and Eve were not aware of “self.” A relationship with God that was unhindered, until they chose to disobey him in exchange for what appeared to be self-empowerment.

    This will sound strange, but I’m kind of reminded of a common theme found in various works of science fiction; wherein a robot or a computer will become self-aware. It always ends in disaster.

    Thanks so much for your observations. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  6. Hi Five peas. Indeed the desire to exalt “self” was the very thing that led to the war in heaven and Lucifer, along with a third of the angels, being cast down. It’s astonishing that Lucifer was so subtle that he convinced that many angels to abandon their place in the presence of the Lord who had brought them into existance. What kind of promise did Lucifer make that would lead to such an unthinkable act. Un thinkable, and yet all around us are the fruits of this rebellion.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  7. Hi Code. I’ve been thinking about this situation and wondering what all is in the works. I know that Pastor Meyers must be incredibly busy as, not only does he devote extensive research to the newsletter, he is also a full time pastor. I think that he was in need of a rest. Philippians 2:27-30 has been coming to mind, but also something else has been coming to mind as well.

    The newsletter is usually put together around the middle of the month, meaning that some events dont get covered until the subsequent month. There’s a reason for this delay and I think it may have to do with events that are unfolding and their need to be addressed. (This is speculation) Such as the situation in the Gulf of Mexico where a disaster is unfolding as oil spews from the uncapped well. I cannot help but wonder if it’s a form of judgment. Another small piece of a puzzle that, while it’s gradually becomming clearer, it still gives plenty of room for speculative commentary.

    I pray that the Lords will be done as he knows the end from the beginning while we are locked into a linear vantage point.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  8. Hi mkayla. Indeed it tells of a serious danger and highlights the need for discernment. I’m reminded of a saint at work who once made an unnerving statement. In speaking about his pastor, he unwittingly said “he’s been in the word for thirty years; nothing is going to throw him off.” It was troubling because, while this pastor may indeed be well grounded, it’s dangerous to place such confidence in a contemporary. I do believe, however, that the statement was made without being thought through. (Oh if I had a nickel for each time that I’ve done that. lol)

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  9. This is the last update…

    “Pastor Meyer is now home from the hospital but is still very weak and tired. Please continue to lift him up in prayer.

    The May edition of the Last Trumpet Newsletter is currently being proof-read. If all goes well, we’ll be able to print it and post it online tomorrow. (May 3rd.) Thank you for your patience. “


  10. Hi Code. It’s interesting that, now a few people at our church are becoming interested in this newsletter; along with those at work who read it on a regular basis.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.



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