I saw the well dressed young men and oh how the memories haunt me.
Before condemnation. Before judgement. Before I knew what sin tastes like and understood how hard my flesh was going to fight against me doing the right thing.
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Romans 7:15 | NIV
I thought I was alone in this thing. Obviously Apostle Paul and I have more in common than I once thought.
18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
Romans 7:18-19 | NIV
I return to the cravings of this flesh.
So I see the young men at the door and I smile. I used to hold onto bitterness and anger when dealing with Jehovah’s Witnesses for the angst they caused me in humiliation and the lies and the trouble. I was pretty much going my own way then the trouble makers found me.
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
Romans 7:21 | NIV
But I’m better. I’m not healed. But I’m healing.
So I smile and politely tell the young men that I will relay the message to my grandfather and ask God to present an opening for me to give my ‘witness’.
Here it comes. They try to present me with their version of the truth, and I politely say no thank you. I have found the truth.
I basically go on for about five minutes explaining how I have come to understand the truth about Jesus in another light, one that cannot be falsified by books that quote one scripture as then give their whole explanation of that one scripture out of context.
I tell them that fundamental truth about Hebrews 1. I tell them that Jesus says He is the way the TRUTH and the light. A religion that is making themselves to be Jesus that doesn’t even really believe He is the Son of God but rather an archangel named Michael that claims to be the truth is basically in essence telling the ones that have had their minds so deeply penetrated by a half truth that instead of following Jesus, everyone should just follow them.
I explained to them what a false prophet is.
But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken.
Deuteronomy 18:20-22a | NIV
Yes. We saw the covers of magazines proclaiming the worlds end according to the men back in early 1900’s.
I saw they were ready to engage in combat. I let them know, I had been raised in the art of verbal combat. Proving you wrong with skillfully manipulated words scripted in the literature we studied at the weekly meetings.
I let them know this fundamental truth. Jesus is the way the truth and the light. There is no other way for anyone to get to the Father than through a personal relationship like the ones the disciples had with him while he walked the earth.
He said His sheep would know His voice.
I explained how praying, asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit who is our teacher would get them the answers like I did.
18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.
Colossians 2:18 | NIV
False humility. Thinking they are better than everyone else because they have the truth. I know. One of the sisters said that to me one day verbatim. “We are better than them. We have the truth they don’t.”
But they can’t have the truth. Not when they are calling Jesus an angel named Michael. And didn’t God say at Hebrews 1 for all the angels to worship his Son.
That would be angel worship right?
I shook my head. No young sirs. I will not engage in the art of verbal combat. I would most assuredly win. However it’s not about winning and losing. Well maybe it is. About winning and losing souls. I would much rather you leave me with a sweet taste on your lips as opposed to a bitter one so that the words study and show yourself approved continuously ring in your ears.
Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:14c-15 | NIV
Yes. Study. Show God that you are not trusting in man but willing to let Holy Spirit reveal all things because He will take the foolish things to confound the wise.
Yes. The devil once had a hold on me. Trouble with fallacious truths at they doors of many but now when what is evil is present with me I give it to God and since I have a personal relationship with Jesus He will be my High Priest to present my problems before the throne of grace so that I will definitely get the answers I need.
Praise God for His truth. His way, truth and light really came through to save my life!