“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
Colossians 2:8 KJV
There is much to say, but very little time and space. I believe you have had a glorious year and a wonderful Christmas celebration, praise God for that. I believe whoever you are, your best days are ahead of you. This is the last capsule of this series let us make it count. I know that most of the things we discuss are counterculture and at times challenge the popular thought process, I have been there too. If you are to be the person God has made you to be, you must never, never allow your personal convictions, feelings and sentiments to get in the way of the Word of God. Remember that the primary strategy of the devil is to prevent you from being saved and now that you are saved, he will do everything possible to make you ineffective using the Tradition of men and Vain (empty) Philosophy (Mark 7:13, Colossians 2:8, Galatians 1:14)
In the last capsule, I showed you that wrong tradition or tradition of men is designed to neutralise the Word of God, both the Authority and the Power. It corrupts the Word such that it does not manifest (make visible to the senses) the power it contains. In this capsule we are going to consider the second part of the equation, VAIN PHILOSOPHY. Colossians 2:8 in part gives a strong warning, 'be careful don't allow anyone to SPOIL you through VAIN PHILOSOPHY.....' The word translated spoil is also translated cheat and capture in some other versions. That is, Vain Philosophy can spoil, cheat or capture you. The word philosophy literally means a way of thinking or to be in love with ones thought or a body of ideas. If you add the word vain, it suggest a way of thinking void or empty of the truth. Unlike tradition of men that is directed at the Word, Vain Philosophy is directed at the person, it captures, spoils or cheat you. In other words it renders you not fit for purpose, because it renders your thinking twisted and warped, remember as a man thinks, so is he (Proverbs 23:7a). It makes it difficult for you to differentiate good from bad, 'everything goes' (Isaiah 5:20).
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools,”
Romans 1:20-22 NKJV
The question is what is VAIN PHILOSOPHY? I will suggest you take time to study Romans 1:20-22 and Ephesians 4:17-20. Before we do that, I will like to make an observation that you might consider controversial but I implore you to give it some thought. The unbridled constant access of information through the TV, internet, radio and such, have done untold damage to the modern way of thinking. We accept anything presented through the media as true without challenging it. This constant diet of falsehood in turn forms the basis on which many set their standards. Many pride themselves as being current on the latest News without sanitising it through the filter of the Word of God. Proverbs 4:23, 'Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life'. If you allow all the sewage of the world in, you will end up SPOILT by VAIN PHILOSOPHY. You need to be discerning, because the internet or the 6 O'clock says it does not mean it is true! Because the Government says it is acceptable or the latest population feedback or research say it is agreeable does not make it so. Remember you are an Ambassador for Christ, you are not part of the natives and you are not meant to think like them (Romans 12:1-2).
In summary Romans 1:20-22 and Ephesians 4:17-20 says, anytime you allow a thought process that does not glorify God, (that is put the highest value on the Word of God), your thinking process becomes futile, empty or vain and your heart becomes foolish and darkened. When something is darkened, it cannot emit light, In other words it makes you unfit for purpose. I implore you to develop a spiritual filter that comes with Word of God. As we end this capsule, I will like to make a observation that will help you understand the damage Vain Philosopy can cause. The set of Christians that I find ordinarily the most difficult to minister divine healing to, are those with some form of medical training (Doctors, Nurses etc). This resistance I have come to realise, is as a result of what we have been discussing. It is subtle, but potent and unrelenting. I wish you a glorious 2017, better and bigger things in Christ JESUS. Remember you are an Ambassador for Christ, you have the Name and the Word, the Authority and the Power. You don't have to know everything, just the knowledge of the TRUTH.
SAY IT LOUD, NOTHING BUT THE NAME AND THE WORD, WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST
I really want to express my gratitude to each and everyone of you for your encouragement, we are just starting, the best is yet to come. To my partners, thank you for your tolerance, patience and generosity. To God, I give all the glory
Spread the word, link to your social media sites, God is the rewarder.