A Famine in the Land
“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
“when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Amos 8:11
Every idea, every suggestion, every so called prophecy or teaching is a seed being planted in the mind and heart of men.
The identity of the sower is important but the storehouse where it comes from is equally important. Jesus and Paul warned about false teachers and false prophets.
- That ´s the WHO.
- In Mark 4:24 He warned : Be careful WHAT you hear.
- In Luc 8:18, he warned: Be careful HOW you hear,
- expanding the initial command: WHO has ears let him hear. Matthew 13:9.
We cannot ignore these commands without suffering the consequences of disregarding them or taking them lightly. Right after the context of John chapter 15 on the need of the disciple to abide in Christ in order to bear fruit, good fruit and more fruit, chapter 16 begins with this ominous statement: “ All this I have told you so that you will not go astray”.
So going back to the WHS question words we can see that their application is paramount in the disciple´s life and that our steadfast and faithful abiding walk with Jesus will depend on heeding the warnings. As a good examination of our Christian walk and of our progress or regress in our spiritual life, a simple yet powerful tool is to ask ourselves these questions and our honest answers will serve as a good gauge of where we are in the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.