All of your efforts will come to nothing in the end, unless you submit yourselves to the truth of God’s Word, who says, ‘What comes out of a man is taken from what he puts inside himself.’
The practical application?
Rather than try to focus on and ‘cure’ the symptoms, go for the root, and axe it.
How do you do that?
By filling up on the Word of God, not on television;
on the Word of God, not on the internet;
on the Word of God, not on computer games;
on the Word of God, not on newspapers and magazines;
on the Word of God, not on the contents of your iPod;
on the Word of God, not on the latest Christian books;
on the Word of God, not on rumors;
on the Word of God, not on hanging out with your friends.
Can you see the connecting idea from the practical application above?
The downfall of the churches as assemblies of God’s people, and of people themselves as individuals, comes from the utter lack of respect for and immersion in the Word of God, i.e., the Holy Bible.
Read the Word of God every day, throughout the day, fill yourselves with it, rather than filling yourselves up on that which cannot last and which divides and slays the spirit.
Remember, it is not just money that Jesus is talking about when He says, ‘You cannot serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or love the one and treat the other with scorn. You cannot serve both God and Mammon.’ The bottom line on Mammon is that it is anything that diverts your attention, unlawfully, from the Word of God.
Again I say, don’t just try to cure the symptoms, strike at the root of worldly attitudes in yourselves by using the axe of the Word of God. Christ has already used it to fell the world tree of death. Now He has given it to us to do the same in ourselves. It’s never too soon, but it could be too late.
‘Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees…’