Devotion: Itchy Ears

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3

I am not a vet, but if you are just scratching a dog’s ears, you are letting the parasites fester deep inside. It may cause temporary relief, but it fails to get to the root of the problem.

Isn’t that the same way we seek advice and counsel?

As a gripped my warm cup of coffee yesterday morning, I discovered my hands had clasped onto the trivialities of our culture. However, when you stand this up against the truth of scripture you see it is completely lacking.


As John the Baptist–the cousin of the Messiah said–“He must become greater; I must become less.”
As Paul–the main writer of the New Testament wrote–“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”
As Jonah disappears, as Steven takes a stoning, as the women run from the tomb to talk about Jesus and not themselves, as Peter gets crucified upside down…the consistent witness of the Bible is our need to lose our identity.

The problem with false teachers is they touch on a bit of truth that sounds close to the truth but they are just telling you what you want to hear not want you need to hear.  You need the power of #TruthSayers not mascots in your life.
In our narcissistic culture what we need to hear less about ourselves, chasing after the empty promises of happiness and self-fulfillment, and more about the unsettling power of the Gospel.

These quotable Oprahisms (which by the way she is just plagiarizing from more classic works) may just force me to change coffeehouses. Are you willing to change the coffeehouse, the channel, your counselor, your church…wherever…to be challenged instead of being appeased?

I doubt this will make it onto a coffee ring, but are you willing to lose your life?

Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:39

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