Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Itching Ears

In many different places within the scriptures it speaks of Jesus speaking with authority, and that was witnessed by those very familiar with promised words void and empty of any true substance or authority.

So many crave a gospel that comfortably fits in well with their life style, just take a look around, that ‘met’ need is being offered on every street corner.
I love what Wayne Jacobsen says here from The Naked Church; “In a word, kingship leads to exploitation, even if those involved don’t intend to do so. It stifles the growth of hungry believers and it alienates the world from hearing the gospel.
Nothing has turned off this generation more than people who use Christianity to play political power games for the exaltation of their own ego and charge the poor for it.”

We who have believed that the role/office of the prophet was in tact have refused to let them face us with our own nakedness. “Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions. Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!” (Isaiah 30:10-11).

Doesn’t this ring a familiar bell in Paul’s warning to the church; “For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.”

“Humanity has never regarded truth itself that valuable-only an illusion of truth that leads to personal ease.”

As we the church are coming awake to His life in us, and learning that we can indeed live out of/from, every word that comes from the Father’s mouth, He is establishing in the earth words/lives of authority that are being heard through the voices of those once gagged and muted by the cheap tricks of the father of lies.

In sharing with my brother Dave this morning, I jumped for joy in hearing how Father met him and set him free. He was reading an email from a friend he has stayed in touch with over the years. The email was heavily laced in such oppressing and fear filled words. Dave said at first he was simply going to delete the email, but decided to respond. In speaking the truth to his friend, suddenly the Truth, Christ in Dave was unexpectedly speaking to him, and in hearing these words of authority, the lies that had been binding in his own life lost their death grip on him.
In following Him, we experience the truth, and the Truth makes/sets us FREE.

It’s not a seminar, it’s a revelation!



Free Spirit said...

Yeah, it's funny how I have always read that scripture about the itching ears thinking of "those poor fools," until I divorced myself from my religion, and saw how I had actually been one of those fools.

The unfortunate truth is that perhaps we all (still) desire to have our ears scratched to some degree. It makes me wonder, can I ever be completely free of
it?? What about the tough and hard-to-understand truths? Do I still push them away because they make me too uncomfortable?

Rich said...

free spirit,

I loved your questions; maybe you would like to offer some additional thoughts on what you were asking?

In my opinion, it’s the constant battle, struggle of differing thoughts where we grow and learn who and what the Truth really is.
In learning to differentiate between the flesh and the spirit is what I think Paul was saying here; For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.