My heart is heavy for the church today. That we don’t know how to discern the difference between the Holy Spirit and a good marketing push. That we are so inundated with marketing and so used to being sold with no ability to critically discern that we don’t know a phony from the real thing. Case in point, we read Martin Luther before we read the Gospel. We listen to good pastors before we go directly to the Word for His truth. There are so many other examples of this in common society but I will be quickly condemned for my observations rather than judged objectively…or people will run away from the discussion all together. But if we run away, we continue in our folly. We don’t even understand how to judge a person’s actions whether he be in the faith or not, all in the name of tolerance. We know how to give encouragement but balk at the need to take or give reproof in a Godly fashion. God save me, save us. Forgive us. Let us discern the good from the bad, have the decency to shut up long enough for God to reveal the answers. Help us to tell others to buzz off when they try to convince us to do something when we haven’t had the opportunity to discern your call on our lives or even where to begin in submitting to your Spirit. That we would feast on your Word so that we can know your heart and not just read it and then apply it without even really attempting to hear from You or understand what it says. Please help me to take my eyes off myself, stop trying to be in control of everything, and allow me to lie prostrate before you with no other motive than just because You are Holy. And let it change me, and change those around me, so that we might be fit for your service.