Do not wear strange clothes
Zephaniah 1:8 -
And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD'S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange [foreign] apparel.
The biggest problem in teaching people with half or little knowledge of the Bible is when they use the word 'doctrine'. No doubt this word safeguards the people from being mislead but more than being mislead this word had ensured people do not grow in understanding and learning new things about the Kingdom of God.
If one really goes to the roots of understanding the Bible, everything is so well connected and everything has inbuilt checks by which any misleading person can be immediately caught. Understand this is not man who authored this book but God.
About the mischief makers coming with intentional misleading understandings of the Bible; if you realize all rubbish had already existed since the time of Babylon. Any weird or wildest concept you can think of has been already tried before and only keeps coming back with a new face or name. The biggest games which are misleading the maximum number of people has been already tried before, written and warned about in the Bible. If only people read it they will realize and be saved.
Therefore 'false doctrine' is nothing but induction of foreign cultures, understandings, practices etc. into what God has instructed, that is the reason the Lord uses the word 'foreign apparel'.
Joseph before being renewed use to wear strange (wild colorful) clothes and the Lord had to take him through a testimony to renew him and get rid of his strange clothes before putting on royal clothes on him. This happened with him because although he had strange clothes on but his heart was good (the Lord was seated on the throne of his heart and his character/nature was like a child of God).
Understand all of us however anointed or learned we are in the Bible - Word of God; we all are infected with some level misunderstanding of scriptures. Just to give a personal account; from the time the Lord started teaching me and I started writing which was about 3 to 4 years back, today I see a great level of change in what I knew and I know. Many of my teachings I had to change and need to change.
Is it that they were or are wrong and misleading? No.
Even though at that time they were the best the Lord could disclose to me because my basic foundation was not build. Understanding does not come only by reading and studying. When the Lord teaches He builds you in character so that the precious understanding of His Kingdom hold in you.
What I know today, I know is still not the perfect since I still have many questions yet not answered, but I know I am walking in the right direction because I counter check with the Word and experience the Lord taking me in my everyday life.
For example about 2 years back I wrote about the end times. Although I wrote many pages yet in my heart I still had many questions not answered. Just last Sunday I was asked to take on this matter at my Bible session and the Lord opened my mind and made clear many of those questions very simply so much so that even my students had no queries on the fall of events.
Those whose hearts are not set right in the Lord will get more confusion entering it than real understanding. Like Jesus said check the tree and you will know what kind of fruit you can expect. However wise words any person speaks but if his ways are not wise then one day that person will be the reason your plane will crash (you cannot blame that person alone for out of your own will you allowed him to take charge of your plane).
Today's message is a serious warning to all God's children about wearing strange clothes. If you want to get rid of it set your heart right by straightening your ways of life according to the Lord and setting your priorities right according to the Kingdom of God.
I do not want to just scare you but to wake you up for since some time we have seen great disasters but these are just the start. What will give you the jitters is the figure of the number of people who are going to die in the days to come.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You are a merciful God. Since You love your children and are jealous (possessive) of them and You will not let anything to harm them, including they themselves. You are slow to anger but one day your anger does shake all that which is not of your Kingdom. Lord we pray the grace of Jesus Christ abode in the hearts of your children and set right their inner man according to Jesus Christ...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
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