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A CLOSED MIND

By Sue Darling

Matthew 7 verse 13 14

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Many churches are watering down the scriptures, saying what people want to hear. We are living in a time where very good Christians are listening to heresies and do not know it. One of the heresies out there is once saved always saved. That is completely not true. How many times have you heard of Christians that have back slidden?

Even Christians that have been favoured with very powerful ministries can walk away from God, because they got too involve with the world. We Christians can get so bogged down with prejudices with churches from other denominations, because we think that we are the only ones that knows how to interrupt the bible properly, when clearly everybody even churches have blind spots. The road that leads to life is narrow and only a few find it. Notice how people tend to go to extremes. We either go too far left or too far right.

It is a hard thing to stay in the middle. To be balanced in our thinking. I have written three books. I have no trouble getting them publish, but I am not good as a sales person, so they are not selling that well. One day I said to Jesus ‘There is no way I am going to write another book, but if I do, I would write a book on Catholics and Protestants listen to one another, because God talks to both of them.’ Jesus suddenly appeared and He was so excitable at the thought of Catholics and Protestants listening to one another that I wish they would.

I love to read about individuals that God has spoken to. I have learned a lot from what people have been told by God. They do not always belong to the same church as I do, and it does not worry me at all. I am more interested in what God is saying not what my church is saying. Christians are supposed to be following Jesus not the church they happen to worship Him in. And because most people close their ears from hearing what God has to say in other churches we miss out, great treasures that help us in our walk with God.

I remember one Priest said’ Catholics sin by defect and Protestants sin by excess. I believe that is true. Notice one is going to extreme right and the other is going to extreme left. Neither are in the middle. Neither are balanced. Once upon a time, there was a saying in the Catholic Church ‘the quickest way to be persecuted by the Catholic Church is to say that you have had a vision from God.’ God is pouring down that many visions from heaven to both Protestants and Catholics, the churches will have to accept them eventually.

Protestants tend to go to the other extreme, by believing every vision comes from God. We are told to test every spirit, because Satan can come disguised as an angel of light and he is very good at it. Protestants and Catholics have much to learn from one another. God talks to both. There is a saying and it goes like this ‘When the student is ready the teacher arrives.’ I have notice in my life, God only teaches me what I am ready and able to learn. He does not false new teachings onto me if I am not ready.

When I am ready to explore a new truth, He then will give me insight into it, because my mind is open to Him to teach me. You can always ask God to give you enlightenment about something you are not sure about. He will lead you to the answer of your inquiry if you are genuinely and sincerely seek truth. You can only do that if you are humble before Him. If you try to put words into Gods mouth, you are not open to His Spirit of truth and so you will miss out. Do not try to fit a circle into a square hole, because it does not fit.

People are always trying to do that. Truth is truth and it will set you free. Do not believe you are always right, that comes from pride, which is the work of the devil. Try to see where the other person is coming from, even if they come from a different denomination from you. You do not have to agree with them, but learn to listen, you learn a lot from listening to others. Do not presume you know where that person is coming from if you are not listening to him. I know I coming across very bossy, but I have learnt so much from other denominations as well as my own, it saddens me greatly when I see so much prejudices coming from Christians. When we should be sharing the treasures God has been given to us. We cannot share if people refuse to listen to what Jesus in person has taught the Protestants and Catholics.

I believe that Christian don’t often think just how powerful their prayers can be, so they pray for small things and only for people they know. I believe in praying big because I know God wants to do great things through us.

Article Source: http://www.faithwriters.comCHRISTIAN WRITER

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