“They have done nothing to strengthen the break in the walls around the nation. They have not
helped it to stand firm in battle on the day of the Lord. Instead they have lied and said, ‘My message
is from the Lord’.” (Ezekiel 13:5-6)
Truth or lie? Of the world or of the Spirit? It seems we live in a world where it is hard to see a clear cut line between what is of God and what is not. The walls that separate the two are crumbling. Yet we have all the strength and guidance we need before us. Let us be sure that our nourishment helps us to ‘stand firm in the battle of the Lord’. Listening to a sermon or reading a devotional is not the starting point of this nourishment. Although they can have great value, there are two greater sources (bearing in mind that each source leads to Christ, our real life giving nourishment).
The first is pray, a continuous fellowship with Christ. Simple faith and trust starts with constant prayer, trusting in God not man. The second source is by no means separate from pray. Scripture is ‘inspired by God’. We know scripture is truth! We don’t need to search through books, or follow men to know that. God gave us the scriptures to show His Glory, to strengthen and guide us.
Why then do we rely on others for a word from God? Let us not neglect the inspired words of scripture that God provides. We do get strength from others, but it should never be at the expensive of pray and God’s Word.