From: The Preacher
Under “strong delusion,” according to 2 Thessalonians 2:11, a people will “believe a lie”; in fact, according to the Living Bible, they will do so “with all their hearts.” Therefore, the fact that something is believed, even strongly believed, does not make it true. That something is believed by many does not mean that it is right. That it has become tradition, because it has been believed for so long, still does not make it correct. A thing is not true because of who believes it. Belief is neither fact of the matter nor validation of it. Delusion could be at work, and believers in lies are often marked by a readiness to defend it violently. Sometimes, that’s how to tell (Acts 19:26-29; James 3:14-18).
POWER OF OBEDIENCE
If we would but obey, we would waste less prayers. Ten loud lepers met Jesus, needing a miracle. He never prayed, He only instructed: “Go shew yourselves unto the priests.” Their miracle came “as they went.” Jesus didn’t say a prayer about their case (Luke 17:14). Prophetic instruction is not less potent than prophetic prayers (2 Chronicles 20:20).
To a man born blind, Jesus instructed, _“Go, wash in the pool of Siloam.” Healing for that man came not by prayers offered but by obedience implemented: _“He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing”_ (John 9:7). Many a miracle is hidden not in mighty prayers but in simple obedience. Certain sacrifices and prayers would have been unnecessary if there had been obedience. In the equations of God, “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23). A pending obedience could be a pending miracle.
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