When the ends justify the means

The average person has good intentions. Having good intentions does not exempt us from being guilty though. When God has given an instruction as to how a thing should be done, we would do well to stick to it. Taking things into our own hands places us in an authority we have no right to be in. The older generation used to call it "playing God".

Losing your membership

Assuming that "this is what God would want" might seem well meaning but it can cost us. In the book of 1 Samuel, Samuel instructs Saul to go to Gilgal, wait for him seven days. Once Samuel arrived, he would make a sacrifice unto God. Saul goes and waits but at the onset of the seventh day, Samuel does not show. Saul then has a decision to make. In Saul's mind, a sacrifice needs to be made today and someone has to do it. So, Saul takes it upon himself to do the work of God. Samuel arrives just after and informs Saul that his actions have just cost himself the Kingdom.

Good intentions could sometimes lead to bad results. Doing what seems right is not to be taken lightly as it could cost us the Kingdom of heaven. All it takes is one thought. Entertaining a thought, even if it sounds godly when it's actually not, is sin. That's how subtle sin is. The enemy knows that we are heirs of the Kingdom and will use every trick in the book to make us believe in anything and everything else.

Well technically speaking...

So many geniuses...so little time. We are an intellectually brilliant but spiritually blind generation. That's not a great place to be since only one of these things matters to God. The enemy will even go as far as to making us believe in ourselves if he has to. Now hold on...believing in ourselves should be a good thing and it is. We should all believe in ourselves but not above our belief in God. It is God that gives us the belief that we can do all things.

Preconceived notions have regularly been more common to us than the word of God. Jesus advised us to throw them away as he repeatedly mentioned the term "think not" in the book of Matthew. He did so in relation to the strange ideas persons had created in their minds about the character of their saviour. Ideas like salvation by bloodline, the law being thrown in the garbage and Christ saving the earth like superman. These ideas have given birth to many terrible doctrines ever since.

Why not?

The scriptures were consistent and so should we be. When we add our own feelings onto scripture, we add to our frustration. When we take God out of the equation, we are in danger of God taking us out of his will. A once anointed and admired King Saul had a very sad end. He became a whirlwind of emotions, including jealousy towards David and pride which would lead him to falling on his own sword in battle. Are our preconceived notions worth dying for?

Verses to read:

Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,

Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in [their] heart; and they have not known my ways.

So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Hebrews 3:7 - 3:13

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:1

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

2 Peter 2:20