Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
“Don’t play with God.”
Those four words still echo throughout my mind and are deeply rooted in my heart.
The week of Christmas members of our church missionary ministry made a visit to a local nursing care facility.
We make this visit monthly and have a small but dedicated number of patients who join us for devotion, praise and worship and Bible Study.
On our last visit in December, we spent time with the patients telling the story of Jesus birth, singing Christmas carols and reading scriptures. Before departing, we gave gifts to them.
In the past three years at the nursing home, we sadly lost a few patients who died and some who were moved out of the facility.
However, the last visit was indeed heart wrenching and profound.
One of our faithful patients who were with us when we began our Bible Study was missing.
We inquired about her whereabouts and were told that this sweet elderly woman of God health was failing.
Yet, in the month of November, she did tell our group that she wouldn’t be around by December. She pretty much told us that she was going to be with the Lord.
Learning of the situation, some of us decided to look in on this woman of God.
As she lay in her bed, her small elderly frame hurdled underneath the blankets. Her room was made up of her life story in picture frames of family and friends. She had a Bible on her night stand and a large crucifix with a red bow affixed to it hanging on the wall over her bed. She wasn’t aware at first that we were standing around her bed. But when she realized we were present, she smiled.
Her eyes looked around at our faces and she had special words for each of us. When I reached out to touch her hand, she reciprocated and then, she spoke these words, “Don’t play with God.”
Hearing those words personally left me contemplating what did she mean by this?
Her words to be quiet honest were unnerving to me.
I began to toss those words over and over in my head.
Was she eluding that she didn’t feel we were authentic in our faith?
Or were we being warned things to come?
It must be said however, it is always best to make sure whoever is bringing forth a message that it be lined up with the Word of God.
Otherwise, you will find yourself caught in a state of confusion and living your life in a fleshy spiritual walk that collides with the true Word of God.
Yes, playing with God and taking His Word to mislead and turn others away from His truth is a very serious matter.
Nevertheless, His Word and warnings for mankind are always ever-present and before us and we should avoid putting it to the test.
We know it as His Holy Word—the Bible.
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 1 Corinthians 2:15
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