GraceGems Devotional from 2006

Sample Devotional – October 27

On just such husks do the religious swine feed

(Arthur Pink)

“Take heed what you hear.” Mar 4:24

The word hear obviously includes what is read, for that which is written or printed is addressed to the ears of our intellect. Few people today realize the urgent need for ‘taking heed’ unto what they read. Just as the natural food which is eaten either helps or hinders the body; so the mental food we receive either benefits or injures the mind, and that, in turn, affects the heart. Now just as it is harmful to listen to the rubbish and poison which is being served from the great majority of present-day pulpits, so it is exceedingly injurious to the soul to read most of what is now being published. Take heed what you hear—and read!

“Those who are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh” (Rom 8:5), and are charmed with oratorical eloquence, catchy sayings, witty allusions, and jocular displays. On just such husks do the religious swine feed; but the penitent prodigal can find no nutriment therein!

Christian reader, if you value the health of your soul, cease hearing and quit reading all that is lifeless, unctionless, powerless—no matter what prominent or popular name is attached thereto. Life is too short to waste valuable time on that which profits not.

Ninety-nine out of every hundred of the religious books, booklets, and magazines now being published, are not worth the paper on which they are printed! Take heed what you hear—and read!

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