Jesus said, “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!1” So whether it’s the Jewish roots, believing for signs and wonders, or even wanting to make sure all your doctrinal t’s are crossed and i’s dotted – the enemy wants you to get away from Jesus while convincing you, you are still near to Him.
First Corinthians talks about our love walk; look at the first few verses, “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecyand know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all that I own and if I hand over my body so I might boast but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not brag, it is not puffed up, 5 it does not behave inappropriately, it does not seek its own way, it is not provoked, it keeps no account of wrong, 6 it does not rejoice over injustice but rejoices in the truth; 7 it bears all things, it believes all things, it hopes all things,it endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-7 TLV).
When Jesus is at the center of our beliefs, love will be evident in our lives, and the enemy’s tactics to get us focused on Scripture without Jesus won’t work. The Jewish roots have brought my relationship with the Lord to a greater level, but I guard against letting the roots of my faith replace the central focus of my faith, Jesus. I listen to messianic rabbis and read books that teach from a Jewish understanding with a messianic perspective. As I gain insight from the Jewish foundation of Scripture, I don’t want to lose that Jesus is the fullness of that revelation.
Jesus said in Mark chapter sixteen that signs would follow them that believe2. The enemy wants us to follow signs instead of having signs follow us. When we become so miracle-focused, we forget the miracle worker; the enemy has won. Paul told Timothy to watch his life and doctrine3, yet, the enemy will try to get us to engage in theological wars with fellow believers and try to prove our view right instead of enjoying fellowship through Christ.
Paul wrote to Timothy and said, “But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:23-26 NKJV).
We will all be wrong in some areas, but do we have a love of the Lord flowing from our lives? We are in error when we care more about taking down those we deem as false teachers, more than walking in love and wanting to see them in truth. Doctrine is important, but correct doctrine without the love of Christ is meaningless. A pursuit and desire for signs and wonders apart from Christ is a passion misplaced. Discovering the Jewish roots but losing Jesus in the process is heartbreaking to God.
Jesus is the theme of the Scriptures; He is the hope of the believer, the King of the Jews, and our soon-coming Lord. Therefore, let us keep our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
- John 5:39 NLT
- Mark 16:17-18
- 1 Timothy 4:16 NIV