Lift Up Those Whose Hands are Hanging Down
- Date: September 11, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10-11)
- From There Is Yet One Man
First Timothy says it this way, as we're receiving that admonition in this last day, "In the last days, many are going to depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils." What are those doctrines? "Well, you know, we have to be careful of the different false doctrines that are out there." False doctrine is knowing the truth and not doing it. False doctrine says you can have a knowledge of God and yet make the final decision on its application in method or in time. False doctrine is being able to quote the Word and yet not do it as it pertains to us as believers.
I want to build on that a little bit as we go into the study. This is a great passage that all of us are very aware of. We've looked at and studied it out many times. Ephesians 6:10, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." The wiles, the deceits, the cunning devices-one thing about the enemy that we have to become aware of is he knows every one of our weaknesses; doesn't he? Now, he's not omniscient. He doesn't know everything. He's just been around a long time and he's had an eye on you. Now, he's not omnipresent so he's not always around watching you. He has little messengers that come back and forth and say, "Guess what we got him for this week?" Your life patterns are known. He knows what bait you bite on. He goes about as roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
Already there are some of us who are becoming weak. We're becoming beat down in this walk. We're becoming weary with well doing. Our hands are hanging down. Our minds are becoming feeble. Satan has his eye on you, that roaring lion looking for that time of weakness in your life to bring you down. We see why the Scripture says, then, how we're to seek out and comfort the feeble minded. We're to lift up the hands that are hanging down! We can't leave anybody weak among us. Are our eyes open as we're walking in these last days? Are we looking for those around us who need encouragement at this time? Who is it who needs a word in season? Yet so many of us get caught up in our own little agendas and our temporal lives that are just causing weariness and nothing else. Do you ever feel like that? "You know, all I'm getting is tired, man." He's coming back soon! Come quickly, Lord Jesus! But we're to occupy, we're to be busy with trading, busy with making investments. That trading is making investments in the eternal. Trading is just a form of business. Our business is to invest in the kingdom of God; isn't it? That's our vocation. That's what we're called to do, the Scripture says. Are we spending our time investing in the building up of the church, the edifying of one another's lives? If we're not ignorant of his devices, then how is it that we're so frequently tripped up in the same areas?