“And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:9
What a blessed week!
‘Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” Matthew 15:14
The enemy has filled our minds with all sorts of information that has magnified our view of it. Our real position has been so downplayed that like Eve we think we are the victims, the lesser ones, with no power and nobody to help. Man has always sought his good. How will we survive and live? What will we wear and eat? So, we strive to help ourselves.
The doctrine of men is the look-to-yourself doctrine. God’s commandments had been watered down to the point where they were serving the cause of men, instead of glorifying God. The Pharisees and scribes told people what they had been told, and the people followed. Blind following the blind.
Can you blame them? They were doing what they were taught, no questions asked. God must have seemed so impossible to access, as he still seems to some, thank God for his grace. Jesus came to fulfill the law and introduce a new and living way, access to the Father. With him, the wisdom of men cannot work. We cannot jump over the wall into the sheepfold, there is a way in, one. The Jesus way is not broad either, it’s narrow. Doesn’t that make it seem harder?
With the doctrine of men, it was about what you could do to save yourself. In Christ, it’s about grace, not by might nor by power, but by God. Jesus asks us to stop seeking our own and seek God’s kingdom first, the rest would be added. He asks that we bring our burden to him, to find rest.
“the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” Ephesians 1:18-19 NKJV
The enemy wants us to stay buried in a haze, searching for nothingness. It wants us to remain ignorant of the following:
- God’s hope for calling us
- The riches of his inheritance in us
- The power that is available for us to access
It is time to stop looking at ourselves and to look up. Like Peter, stand on the water and stay focused on him. Jesus is standing with you on the raging winds and turbulent waters, asking you to have faith.
Till next time, be transformed!!