According to americanskin.org about 85% of the world is allergic to poison ivy so the mention of poison ivy, poison sumac or poison oak may recall a time for most of you where you had an itchy rash. More than likely you had that rash at a younger age in which you did not know better than to constantly scratch it. Despite your parent’s best efforts to instruct you to leave it alone you would continue to scratch the itch. This only made it worse. It is counter intuitive, but in letting the itch alone and adhering your parent’s advice the rash would slowly get better. What you really wanted to do and what your body was telling you to do was to itch it. The itching would often make it spread to other parts of the body.
In 2 Timothy Paul tells Timothy that there is a time coming where people will not want to listen to the sound teaching of the Word of God, but they will have itching ears. Knowing ourselves to be sinners we too can have itching ears and there are two different ways to handle itching ears. We can either scratch the itch by ‘surrounding ourselves with teachers to suit our own passions’ or we can submit ourselves to sound teaching. Our submission to the Word of God will prove to be a lamp at our feet upon the straight and narrow path, but finding teachers who will suit our own passions and who will tell us what our itching ears want to ear will only lead us astray. Therefore we must cling to him who is the way and the truth and the life. As we cling to Christ he will protect us from ourselves and from false teaching. He will be the one who will truly satisfy us and will meet our real needs not the ones we think we need met. As you approach Sunday morning consider the ways in which you can forsake the things in life you cling to dearly and turn to Christ in true humility and dependence.
Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Sermon: Proclaim the Word Faithfully
Break Thou The Bread of Life
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