Matthew 15:8-9 KJV
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
The Bible is a sealed book to every man, learned or unlearned, till he begins to study it with a simple heart and a teachable spirit, that he may thence learn the truth and the will of God.
To worship God, is to approach him. And if the heart be full of his love and fear, out of the abundance of it the mouth will speak; but there are many whose religion is lip-labour only.
When they pretend to be speaking to God, they are thinking of a thousand foolish things.
They worship the God of Israel according to their own devices.
Numbers are only formal in worship. And their religion is only to comply with custom, and to serve their own interest.
But the wanderings of mind, and defects in devotion, which are the believer’s burden, are very different from the withdrawing of the heart from God, so severely blamed.
And those who make religion no more than a pretence, to serve a turn, deceive themselves. And as those that quarrel with God, so those that think to conceal themselves from him, in effect charge him with folly. But all their perverse conduct shall be entirely done away.
But many who have made profession, have been ruined by proud confidence in themselves. Man trusts to his own righteousness, and presuming on his own sufficiency, he is brought to commit iniquity.
If those who have lived a wicked life repent and forsake their wicked ways, they shall be saved.
Many such amazing and blessed changes have been wrought by the power of Divine grace. When there is a settled separation between a man and sin, there shall no longer be a separation between him and God.
When men let go their hold of Christ, they catch at what will stand them in no stead. The body of Christ is a growing body. And true believers cannot live in the fashions of the world.
True wisdom is, to keep close to the appointments of the gospel; in entire subjection to Christ, who is the only Head of his church.
Self-imposed sufferings and fastings, might have a show of uncommon spirituality and willingness for suffering, but this was not “in any honour” to God.
The whole tended, in a wrong manner, to satisfy the carnal mind, by gratifying self-will, self-wisdom, self-righteousness, and contempt of others.
The things being such as carry not with them so much as the show of wisdom; or so faint a show that they do the soul no good, and provide not for the satisfying of the flesh.
What the Lord has left indifferent, let us regard as such, and leave others to the like freedom; and remembering the passing nature of earthly things, let us seek to glorify God in the use of them.
Remember these words are from a messenger obedient to Yeshua our Lord. I pray those who have seen the truth will shine their light onto those in darkness and share with them this opportunity to find their way. There are no judgments or condemnations just the spreading of God’s messages. Amen, and may God’s blessings be with all.
Heavenly Father, I pray you will reveal the spirits of discernment and understanding unto all, so they may see and return to your fold. Amen.