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People have funny ideas about Scripture. Some even quote verses that aren’t there. If “cleanliness is next to godliness,” then my mom and Jesus are joined at the hip. While I don’t doubt at all that they hang out together frequently now that she is in Heaven, I do not believe it’s because she was the cleanest person to walk this green earth.

This truth has been true for too long. From Isaiah 29:13 we hear:

“And so the LORD says, ‘These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.’”

If Jesus thought enough of a passage to quote it, knowing that would cause it to be written in both the Old and New Testaments, perhaps it is noteworthy.

“Jesus replied, ‘Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote:

‘These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.’” -Mark 7:7,8

Before we tell a suffering soul that “God won’t give them more than they can bear,” let’s notice that the comfort is that He is the One Who will bear it.

Before we say, “Judge not!” to someone, let’s check the context to make sure we’re not spouting off a cliché. The Lord also warns us to be wise and make correct judgments.

Before we take the words, “I can do all things through Christ!” as our mantra, let’s realize those words were written from jail. “All things” may include some suffering and perhaps a little prison food.

I looked all over for the verse, “This too shall pass.” Numerous translations later I realized I couldn’t find it because IT’S NOT IN THERE!

We can only separate the world’s philosophy from Truth if we know the Word.

Get in God’s Word. That’s the only way to heed the warning Jesus cared so much about.

Bible clichés are a source of comedy in the Clark household. I was aggravated about something one day and commented to a daughter that I had my butt on my shoulders. That dear friend is a heavy load. Her comfort was this “Don’t worry mom. God won’t give us more than we can bear.”

Can I get a halleluiah up in here?

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