Worldliness Part 11 – “Its WHO you believe, not THAT you believe”


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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From: Psalm 106 – Worldliness Part 11

As we saw last time, worldliness makes light of Heaven as our final destination,
the place of our “Treasure”, and substitutes a concentration on the here and now
for it. But there is a reason why that happens. And it pierces through to the very
marrow of that in which worldliness consists. It is found in part b of Ps. 106:24 –
“having no faith in His promise.” Or, as the KJV puts it “They believed not His
word.” In a word then – unbelief. Unbelief. The very concept which in fact
separates Christians from non-Christians. Christians are “believers”, and
non-Christians are “non-believers.” Yet here, it is God’s own people charged
with unbelief, with having no faith. This then is the real root of all worldliness,
isn’t it? We fail to believe, to have faith in, to take God’s word for it. That which
God says, makes it so. R. C. Sproul has often remarked that the popular
bumper sticker “God said it, I believe it, that settles it” is horribly wrong. God
said it, that settles it. Now, our job is TO believe it, but our believing it has no
role in settling it or making it so. “Let God be true though every one were a liar”
Paul says in Rom. 3:4. The spiritual man, as opposed to the worldly man differs
most in this one place: The spiritual man believes God’s Word, and so takes his
cue as to what is important, to be valued and sought after from what God has
communicated as such, and NOT according to what the world has determined.
Once again, 1 John tells us not to love the world, because it can only offer us
three very temporary things: What we can experience, who we can be (in our
peer’s or own eyes) and what we can own. All of which are fleeting at best. So it
is Haggai 1:6 says: “You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you
never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe
yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them
into a bag with holes.” This is the single most apt description of worldliness to be
found. And isn’t it heartbreaking when we see those at the end of their lives who
have nothing more to show for it – than this? Oh that we might believe – truly
have faith in what He has said. Then, we’ll have promises as much worth dying
for, as living for.

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