KEY SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:24 ” And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given”.
The Lord Jesus warned us to be careful and selective about what we hear.
God works with words. (Isaiah 55:11) Satan also works with words.(John 8:44)The principle of sowing and reaping is what both God and Satan uses. We learnt that words are seeds. (Mark 4:14) God’s words are seeds of life yielding faith (Rom 10:17). The words of Satan are words of death yielding fear. Be careful Satan does not succeed in planting his word in you.
What are the sources of the words of the devil? Satan’s words come through two main ways: They are:
- Negative imaginations. 2nd Corinthians 10:4. The bible speaks of thoughts and imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. These are mainly demonic origin.
- The next means of satanic words that come to men are Traditions of men. Mark 7:13. Traditions are the practices and experiences of people which have been believed and passed on from one generation to the other. The bible cautions us in Colossians 2:8 ” Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ”.
These traditions may come through the airwaves, advises from friends, personal experiences, and even through the pulpits. There are a number of teachings taught on various pulpits which have no biblical foundation or proper interpretation of the scriptures. These are ideas of men passed on from one generation to the other.
In 1st Samuel 17.It was the tradition of men that kept the armies of Israel paralyzed before Goliath, but David came with the word of God and conquered.
Every spiritual failure comes from a positive response to some human tradition of some sort. (That is, to disobey the word of God.)
Now take this advice: any thought, imagination, teaching, information, experience or counsel that does not FULLY agree with the word of God is the word of the enemy and you must refuse and reject it.
Decide to give attention to the word of God.
Faith in God remains the main answer to the impossibilities of life. Faith always comes by hearing the word of God. (Rom 10:17)
God’s word is the tonic of life that gives birth to faith. I am not ignorant of the devices of the devil as he deceives men through deception, I would continually attend to God’s word and see my faith overcome life challenges.
Proverbs 4:23-24 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
Mark 7:8, 13 “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye”.