“WHO DO YOU TRUST?” 8/24/2016 Written by Kathy Boecher

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WHO DO YOU TRUST?

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“In God we trust – trust your friends – trust the people with whom you do business – believe that your family will always be there for you – know that those who instruct you are people of integrity and common sense.”  How much truth do these sayings hold?.

In business today, it is very difficult to trust. With the use of internet to conduct everything from business to social media, there is very little face to face contact, leaving no room for reading body language or emotions. We can only assume we’re being told the truth. A handshake is rarely evident until a deal is closed and even then we don’t finish business like we did in years gone by.

In our case, friends have always been few, but ones we can depend on. Many who claimed to be friends when our business was thriving, went by the wayside as soon as success left our door. The ones that remained faithful are still friends today.

Most families are separated by miles and they’re busy building their own lives. Today, both spouses work in order to meet the everyday demands of living. Their time is precious to them. That’s not a bad thing and we’ve always given them their space, but when we need them for something, we know we can call them. Not all families are like that. Many leave the nest and are rarely seen again.

Our pastors, teachers, mentors and leaders should be those you can put your complete trust in, but even in those positions of merit, we often hear stories of shepherds leading their flocks astray with false teaching. We discover that teachers or others in authority can use their station to take advantage of those they teach or put them in compromising situations. Mentors should be looked up to, but they often fall short. As to our athletic heroes, movie icons, television stars, their fame has often tainted them and their ability to motivate or stand as good role models is pathetic. Our leaders have lost track of the fact that they have been elected to work for our good, but special interest groups often capture their attention first.

When we trust in ourselves for wisdom, our narcissistic nature often grabs hold of us and we think we’re the only ones we can trust. Some folks worship false gods, the internet, money & success, good works and on and on, but there is only One that we can trust to mold us, punch us, toss us around, help us, comfort us, raise us up when we’re down and give us hope – all for our benefit.

Even when life is coming at us from all sides, His love never changes. He is unconditional with it – He lavishly disperses it on us – sometimes you don’t like His path and determine to take your own. When that doesn’t work, you know He’ll be waiting for you with open arms.

To me, He’s the only One you can trust completely.

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“HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS!” 8/23/2016 Written by Dave Boller

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Written by Dave Boller for “Working for Christ” @http://work4christ.wordpress.com

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HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS!

“Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”(John 15:4, NIV)

Success

Oftentimes, inspiration comes to me in a “vision” – even in a dream – of what God is planning for me. When I have difficulty visualizing His plan, I find myself lacking attentiveness and motivation. As much as I want to do God’s will, it’s very difficult for me to move forward with purpose and passion. I need to know where I’m going. I need to know where God is leading me!

When I started my business a few years ago, I did so with the understanding that I would dedicate my work, and my life, to the Lord. As I sought His guidance, I hadn’t fully received a clear picture as to where I should focus my efforts. As a result, I was “out of sync” every day and had difficulty maintaining my enthusiasm.

After stumbling around on my own for some time, I decided to turn to prayer. It was during this quiet time that I realized the Holy Spirit has always been with me and that He has directed my every move. He has never made demands on my time, but has always waited patiently for me to look for Him. And, yes, I found Him – right where He’s always been – waiting for me to open my eyes.

When I spend time with Him, I am in His will and He guides every step I take.Proverbs 3:6 teaches, “In all your ways submit to Him, and He will direct your paths.” As long as I follow His advice, I know where to find purpose and clarity.

You may not hear God’s voice the same way I do, but He is patiently waiting to hear from you. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you each day and to guide your actions and decisions. Good things happen when you spend time with the Lord! I now have the confidence and motivation that comes from knowing that I am on God’s designated path and that He will guide every step I take. He is the overwhelming focus of my life!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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“Who are You Living for ??” 8/22/2016 Written by bruce r. mills

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Written by bruce r. mills @  www.Godsmanforever.com

“Who are You Living for ??”

 

James 4:7-8Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NKJV)

For us as Christians’ to live for Christ…we must forget about our built in desire to please ourselves, and turn our lives over to the Lord… This natural tendency of “me first”, must give way to placing God first, and wanting to please and obey Him…just as Jesus always obeyed His Father in heaven, His whole life…  Jesus lived the perfect, sinless life…always obeying His Father, even to the point of dying on the cross, so that the sins of those who believe and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, can be cleansed of their lifetime of sins…  (see 1. Below)

The first, and biggest step in living a Christ centered life, is to confess, repent, and turn from any and all sins… The Apostle John gives us scripture on how we “submit to God”, in…

1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)

When the Christian is living with an un-confessed sin, (such as fornication outside of marriage, as an example)…they must decide if they want to please themselves, and risk chastisement from God (Hebrews 12:3-11)…or to confess and turn from this most pleasurable of sins (or any other sin), and walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16)…allowing the Holy Spirit to guide them into living a life that will be pleasing in God’s eyes…

There is nothing Satan likes better, than to fill the Christian’s brain with numerous reasons why living in sin is Ok… But living with any un-confessed sin is living in rebellion against God…  Even the sin of omission (James 4:17), when the Holy Spirit urges us to witness to someone…to volunteer at church when they are in need of help in any area…or to share our time and/or our resources with someone we see is in need…and we decide (for any number of reasons) not to listen to the Holy Spirit, is a sin…

It’s Sunday, and the Holy Spirit urges us to get up and get to church…  Satan says…it’s OK to miss church…  You were up late and need your rest…  Or, it’s more important to get this or that done to please your spouse or your kids, than to spend time giving praise and worship to the Lord, with a body of fellow believers…  Maybe the Holy Spirit urges you to use your spiritual gift (given to every Christian), at your church…and you say no, out of fear that you are not qualified…or that it’s OK to let someone else fulfill the need God wants you to fulfill…  This fear of witnessing to someone around you who is in need of hearing the Gospel…or fear that your not qualified to fill that needed position in your church…is fear Satan uses to keep you from obeying the urging of the Holy Spirit, and glorifying God by being obedient to His leading…

The Apostle John gives us scripture on fear, in…1 John 4:18…  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  (NKJV)

This perfect loveis a heart filled with the love and the joy of the Lord (John 15:11)…which through the full power of the Holy Spirit will give the Christian the will to witness to that person in need of hearing the Gospel (“good news”) message of the cross…  The Holy Spirit will not only give us the will, but the burning desire that overpowers any fear Satan will use, to keep us from witnessing to someone we know is in need of God’s saving grace…

 

The Apostle James tells us in the opening scripture, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”…  Indeed, I can personally testify that Satan can be (for the most part) kept at bay…  But in my own life, I have found that it is a combination of total submission to God, and the wearing of ALL of God’s 6 pieces of spiritual armor, that the Apostle Paul so eloquently describes for us in Ephesians 6:10-20…   (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph+6%3A10-20&version=NKJV)  The key scripture here, is…

Ephesians 6:11…  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (NKJV)

Friends these aren’t just words in a book…  They are promises made by God, for those who spend time reading, digesting, and applying God’s Word to their lives…  God’s Word, the Bible, is called the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17), and is the only offensive piece of God’s spiritual armor…  If worn in total, God’s spiritual armor can help us keep Satan and his fearful tactics and temptations to sin under control…

I spent a day writing about this combination of total submission to God, and the wearing all of God’s spiritual armor, I called “God’s Duo”…that provides my personal testimony of how God and His promises can help keep our flesh and Satan in check…(see 2. Below)  Will we be able to walk in the Spirit perfectly ??  Heck no !!  All of us will sin…  But God promises to never leave, nor forsake us is found in multiple scriptures in His Word… (see 3. Below)  And if we choose to live for Christ, and submit to His will and His ways…God will in turn, provide us with His richest blessings…Hebrews 11:6

Heavenly Father, I thank You and praise You for who You are…  I pray Father, that Your redeemed children will see the truth from Your Word today…  I pray that they will seek to submit their lives to Your will, instead of their own personal desires…  I pray Father, that they spend time in Your Word each and every day, for their spiritual nourishment (Matthew 4:4)… I pray that they will learn about, and put on ALL of Your spiritual armor, to be able to fend off Satan’s temptations to sin…and the fear Satan uses to keep them under his control…   I pray Father, that the full power of the Holy Spirit gives your children the burning desire to share Your “good news” message of grace, through saving faith in Your Son Jesus Christ…  I pray for this power from above for all of us, in the name of Your most precious Son, Jesus Christ…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

 

References:

 

  1. (The Gospel message of grace through faith in Christ)  http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

  2. “God’s Duo”  https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/gods-group-thoughts-for-2252013-gods-duo/

  3. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-I-Will-Never-Leave-You-Nor-Forsake-You/

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“What does the Bible mean that we are not to judge others?” 8/21/2016 Written by Michael for “Altruistico”

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What does the Bible mean that we are not to judge others?”

Jesus’ command not to judge others could be the most widely quoted of His sayings, even though it is almost invariably quoted in complete disregard of its context. Here is Jesus’ statement: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). Many people use this verse in an attempt to silence their critics, interpreting Jesus’ meaning as “You don’t have the right to tell me I’m wrong.” Taken in isolation, Jesus’ command “Do not judge” does indeed seem to preclude all negative assessments. However, there is much more to the passage than those three words.

The Bible’s command that we not judge others does not mean we cannot show discernment. Immediately after Jesus says, “Do not judge,” He says, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs” (Matthew 7:6). A little later in the same sermon, He says, “Watch out for false prophets. . . . By their fruit you will recognize them” (verses 15–16). How are we to discern who are the “dogs” and “pigs” and “false prophets” unless we have the ability to make a judgment call on doctrines and deeds? Jesus is giving us permission to tell right from wrong.

Also, the Bible’s command that we not judge others does not mean all actions are equally moral or that truth is relative. The Bible clearly teaches that truth is objective, eternal, and inseparable from God’s character. Anything that contradicts the truth is a lie—but, of course, to call something a “lie” is to pass judgment. To call adultery or murder a sin is likewise to pass judgment—but it’s also to agree with God. When Jesus said not to judge others, He did not mean that no one can identify sin for what it is, based on God’s definition of sin.

And the Bible’s command that we not judge others does not mean there should be no mechanism for dealing with sin. The Bible has a whole book entitled Judges. The judges in the Old Testament were raised up by God Himself (Judges 2:18). The modern judicial system, including its judges, is a necessary part of society. In saying, “Do not judge,” Jesus was not saying, “Anything goes.”

Elsewhere, Jesus gives a direct command to judge: “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly” (John 7:24). Here we have a clue as to the right type of judgment versus the wrong type. Taking this verse and some others, we can put together a description of the sinful type of judgment:

Superficial judgment is wrong. Passing judgment on someone based solely on appearances is sinful (John 7:24). It is foolish to jump to conclusions before investigating the facts (Proverbs 18:13). Simon the Pharisee passed judgment on a woman based on her appearance and reputation, but he could not see that the woman had been forgiven; Simon thus drew Jesus’ rebuke for his unrighteous judgment (Luke 7:36–50).

Hypocritical judgment is wrong. Jesus’ command not to judge others in Matthew 7:1 is preceded by comparisons to hypocrites (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16) and followed by a warning against hypocrisy (Matthew 7:3–5). When we point out the sin of others while we ourselves commit the same sin, we condemn ourselves (Romans 2:1).

Harsh, unforgiving judgment is wrong. We are “always to be gentle toward everyone” (Titus 3:2). It is the merciful who will be shown mercy (Matthew 5:7), and, as Jesus warned, “In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:2).

Self-righteous judgment is wrong. We are called to humility, and “God opposes the proud” (James 4:6). The Pharisee in Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector was confident in his own righteousness and from that proud position judged the publican; however, God sees the heart and refused to forgive the Pharisee’s sin (Luke 18:9–14).

Untrue judgment is wrong. The Bible clearly forbids bearing false witness (Proverbs 19:5). “Slander no one” (Titus 3:2).

Christians are often accused of “judging” or intolerance when they speak out against sin. But opposing sin is not wrong. Holding aloft the standard of righteousness naturally defines unrighteousness and draws the slings and arrows of those who choose sin over godliness. John the Baptist incurred the ire of Herodias when he spoke out against her adultery with Herod (Mark 6:18–19). She eventually silenced John, but she could not silence the truth (Isaiah 40:8).

Believers are warned against judging others unfairly or unrighteously, but Jesus commends “right judgment” (John 7:24, ESV). We are to be discerning (Colossians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:21). We are to preach the whole counsel of God, including the Bible’s teaching on sin (Acts 20:27; 2 Timothy 4:2). We are to gently confront erring brothers or sisters in Christ (Galatians 6:1). We are to practice church discipline (Matthew 18:15–17). We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

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“Edify: Building a Strong Generation” 8/20/2016 Written by Elihu Anderson

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Edify: Building a Strong Generation

This article is part of the series “Raising GenNext.” You can read the previous post by clicking here.

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Edify comes from the Greek “oikodomḗ” meaning ‘the act of building.’ We often use this word as a reference to spiritual encouragement. Edification is more than perfunctory praise; it is the endeavor to construct something strong.

To date, we have covered the first 4 E’s of Raising GenNext—Engage, Exemplify, Equip, and Entrust. This next E—Edify—is a critical part of the process. There is nothing worse for a person than to put out the effort to do something challenging, only to be ripped to shreds with the knives of criticism.

The millennial generation stands accused of being coddled with superficial praise. However, I believe that many of them (and other generations) can distinguish between genuine encouragement and false flattery. If we truly want to edify our children, new converts, and current Christians, our encouragement must be authentic and constructive

How do we build each other up to raise a strong generation?

Ask evaluative questions

As a parent, I’ve been surprised to find that there are times my kids are harder on themselves than I am. (Not always, of course…When it comes to clean rooms, my standards are apparently stratospheric.) However, I find that asking them to evaluate their performance gives me a gauge as to where I need to correct versus where I need to compliment.

With adults, questions can be used in a similar way. For example: “I was so encouraged to see you up there leading the prayer. It’s great that you are so willing to be involved. How do you think it went?” They might say, “I can’t believe I forgot to include Mr. Jones in my prayer,” or “I felt like I was stumbling over my words,” or “Frankly, I was scared to death!” This questioning creates and opening to suggest corrective maneuvers or strategies for improved performance without crushing someone’s spirit. Before you speak, consider how you will encourage first, then ask your questions second.Remember: the goal is to build up not tear down.

In  another scenario, let’s say a young man has taught the adult class for the first time. Maybe he didn’t respond well to some of the questions or maybe his premise was wrong for something he taught. Instead of telling him how wrong he is, take him aside later and ask him a question: “In class, you said [insert incorrect statement]; I’m curious as to how you got to that conclusion.” He might say, “Oh no! That isn’t what I meant at all. I’ll have to clarify that in my next class.” Excellent! You’ve just corrected your brother without crushing him. At that point, you can respond with something like, “Mistakes happen; it takes a lot of courage to teach a class. I’m sure your honest clarification will be appreciated. I am so thankful for your honesty and thank you for making the effort to teach and grow in your service to the Lord!”

If, however, he says, “well, that IS correct,” it’s time to take him out to coffee or invite him to your house so you can study the issue together. Don’t make it some horrible ordeal. This is to be conducted respectfully. Nobody enjoys being told outright how wrong they are, and I have seen classes in which people behaved horribly to the teacher—I mean full-on shouting! Such conduct is reprehensible, especially between Christians.

Learn from Aquila and Priscilla:

Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue,but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.

~ Acts 18.24-28, ESV

Did Aquila and Priscilla get into a shouting match with Apollos? Did they tear him down in front of all the people?

Nope.

They “took him aside and explained  to him the way of God more accurately.”

What did Apollos do after his discussion with Aquila and Priscilla? He went on to be a powerful advocate for Christ! He was edified. The way in which they approached him made all the difference. They encouraged and corrected to great effect.

Correction will not always be well-received. I was young once and I remember how much I hated to be wrong. I think what I hated more, though, was the callous approach. Sometimes things were said behind my back and reached me through other ears. To quote the children’s song, “Oh be careful little mouth what you say!”

On the other hand, I am indebted to the wonderful Christian men and women who gently corrected me (and sometimes gave me a needed slap on the wrist) to get me back on track. Typically those same men and women not only corrected, but had taken time prior to the correction to build a relationship with me. Correction will be more readily accepted when you have a connection with that person beyond mere acquaintance.

Provide Genuine Encouragement

Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

~ Proverbs 27.6, NKJV

I wish I could count the number of times I’ve seen it written or heard someone say, “if you love someone, you’ll support them no matter what they do.”

[Face-palm!]

Those are the words of an enemy!!!! 

If someone I love proclaims that standing in front of an oncoming semi-truck is their lifelong ambition, I will utterly and vehemently refuse to support their self-destructive dream. I’m going to do whatever I can to deter their course. I’ll try to talk them out of it. Argue if necessary. Maybe I’ll shove them out of the way if they go that far. Is it because I hate them? Absolutely not! Love does not equal a blank check of support!

Let us never be guilty of perfunctory praise.

Have you ever had one of those teachers who has high standards? They don’t hand out praise like candy, but when they do offer commendation it’s like the presentation of the gold medal? They have mastered the art of genuine encouragement. I wish I knew all the secrets so I could employ them myself…

Looking for something praiseworthy is challenging. Pray before you speak. Consider the person you will be addressing. Consider carefully what you are about to do, and then offer your encouragement.

If you withhold praise continually, a person may well give up in despair. Find something praiseworthy in what is being done and give genuine encouragement. If there is nothing praiseworthy, then may I suggest golden silence or—as mentioned above—somecarefully crafted correction.

How do you edify your fellow Christians? Do you have any suggestions on how to give genuine praise? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!


If you have missed the previous posts in this series, here is a list of what we’ve covered:

GenNext: Raising Up Christians Who Know the Lord

Engage

Engage: Building Meaningful Relationships with our Children

Forming Relationships with New Christians

Expanding the Core: Building Relationships with Christians in the Church

Exemplify

Do People See Jesus in Your Life?

Do You Want Your Children to Follow in Your Footsteps?

4 Ways to Shine Your Light to Fellow Christians

Equip

Equipping our Children: Raising #GenNext Christians

How to Equip Your Children to be Future Christians (Raising #GenNext)

Converting Converts into Strong Christians

Entrust

Entrust: Involving Children in the Important (Part 1)

Entrust: Involving Children in the Important within the church (Part 2)

Expanding the Core of Workers

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“Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth” 8/19/2016 Written by Pastor Rob Barkman

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“Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth”

SIH STSTA ICON(Treating The Bible With Honesty and Respect As God’s Revealed Word)

 

INTRODUCTION:

For our Bible study today, we come across a very well-known and emphasized text of Scripture.  In this text, the Apostle Paul is instructing a young Pastor Timothy on the need to “rightly divide the Word of Truth”, as he ministers to the Ephesian the church and the citizens of Ephesus.

What did Paul mean when he gave these instructions to Timothy?

Was he telling Timothy of the need to divide the Word between true teachings and errors that the Bible contains?  There are many that wrongfully believe this is so.

Or perhaps, Paul was telling Timothy of the need to divide the Scriptures into several different time periods characterized by different methods of Godly interaction with men?  Our dispensational brothers would tell us this is the case.

In our study this morning we will be looking at the Scriptural meaning of the phrase “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” and its application for all who seek to serve the Lord and share His Word with others.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

2 Timothy 2:15 – “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

TODAY’S LESSON:

Obviously, this study will center on the meaning of the phrase “rightly dividing”.  The only possible way to come to a proper understanding of this phrase is to come to an understanding of the MEANING of these words and their USAGE in the context of our passage…

 

The meaning of the words “rightly dividing”.

This two word phrase is translated from one word in the Greek.  This word is “orthotomeo”.  The meaning of orthotomeo is very interesting indeed.   This word comes from a fusion of two Greek words… “orthos” and “tomoteros”.

“orthos” carries with the ideas of straight, upright, level, honest, not twisted, not distorted.

“tomoteros” carries with it the idea of cutting, sharpness, dissection.

From this vocabulary we can see the basic idea Paul was getting across to Timothy was the need to “cut into” God’s Word, closely examine it, and then share his findings with others.  It would be much like a biologist that is using a very sharp knife to carefully dissect an animal to come to a better factual understanding of its internal organs and contents.

Also, Timothy was never to approach God’s Word with a bias or a predisposition about its contents.  He was to simply accept the teachings of the Word, accept them as truth, and then fairly reflect his discoveries to his listeners without twisting his findings in any way. Timothy’s teachings were to simply reveal the contents of the Word, not twist the Word to align it with his personal desires and beliefs.

In summary this terminology teaches us that Timothy was to take great care in coming to an understanding of the Scriptures and in revealing its contents in an unbiased, truthful fashion.

The usage of the phrase “rightly dividing” in the context of our passage.

Please keep in mind, the thought found in this passage actually begins in verse 14 and carries through to verse 19.  In this passage we see two basic themes being covered over and over again…

#1.  The need to teach the truth and ONLY the truth.

This subject is found in verses 15 & 19:

15)  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

In this verse, we see the need to study diligently, come to an understanding of the truth and teach the truth we have learned, so as not to stand ashamed before Christ.

(19)  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Here, we see that one of the outstanding characteristics of God’s people is the need to depart from iniquity in our personal life.  This includes departing from false teaching that only harms men.

#2.  The harm that is done through the false teachings of men.

This theme is found in the following verses:

(14)  Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

False teaching is of no profit to the minister or those who sit under his ministry.  On the contrary, false teaching only disrupts and sabotages those who are striving to come to an understanding God’s Word in truth.

 

(16)  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

(17)  And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

(18)  Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

Here, Timothy is told to brush off wicked and fruitless discussions that only lead to an increase in opposition to God.

False teaching devours the listener like gangrene, resulting in uselessness and a poisoning of the hearer.  Teaching error propagates untrue beliefs and can even overwhelm the set of Godly truths that were previously learned.  In other words, error not only deceives those who have learned no truth, but also can confuse those who have assented to the truth.

These were all destructive results of teaching error which emphasized to Timothy the need to come to a proper understand of the truths of God’s Word and then, faithfully, reveal them to his hearers.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, all of us have some type of ministry that God has given to us.  In every case, our ministry should involve revealing God’s Word to others through our lives, whether by our words or our actions or a combination of both.

For us to faithfully proclaim the Word of God, we should concentrate on these instructions given by the Apostle Paul to Timothy…. carefully study the Word and then, with equal care, share what we have learned with others.

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“Paul’s Plea” 8/18/2016 Posted by Don Merritt

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Original post @  https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/pauls-plea-2/

Paul’s Plea

All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Philippians 3:15-16

Following his great rallying cry of verses 12-14, Paul will make a plea to the Philippians and by extension to us, to continue forward in Christ. He begins with these two verses.  This is a transition into his exhortation for us to follow his example. You can see that by the way he links the two sections with the first sentence, yes; we who are mature should take the view that he has expressed, and if we find ourselves disagreeing on some point, don’t worry for God will sort things out.  I sure wish more Christians in our time would take this view!

Notice he goes on to urge us to live up to what we have already attained, which moves us to his larger exhortation. Before we get to that exhortation, maybe we should ask ourselves what it is that we have attained. By our faith we have entered relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and received forgiveness of our sins and eternal life. In chapter one he urged us to be “worthy of the gospel” and now he urges us to “live up to what we already attained”.

Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Philippians 3:17-21

Here is the exhortation; Paul is urging the people to follow his example, and the example of others who live as he does.  Because of this, it is quite clear that he is talking about the way we all live; follow the example of the way he and certain others live. This is an important distinction, for many say all of the right things and live quite differently.

Pay careful attention to verses 18 and 19: Many live a different kind of life than Paul does a life that leads to destruction.  My first question about this would be, “Just exactly who are we talking about?” My first impulse is to assume that he must be talking about unbelievers, to make a distinction between Christians and non-Christians; some might even want to toss in the concept of phony Christians or fake Christians, or Christians who aren’t “really” saved.  I’d prefer to leave that kind of speculation to others; they are probably much smarter than I am if they can make such judgments. I’ll ‘play it safe’ and stick with the context.  Since Paul is sending this message to Christian believers, I must infer that he thinks it is possible for Christians to follow the wrong path, thus the warning; otherwise the warning is pointless and sent to the wrong people. Are there Christians that we might know of (or be) who live for the things of this world and neglect the heavenly priorities of Christ? If so, we should not follow their example.

Our citizenship is in heaven! Our priorities must be on heavenly things. As citizens of heaven, we must concern ourselves with the mission that Jesus has given us, to love others, to put their interests ahead of our own in true humility, and to share the awesome gospel of Jesus Christ, for this is the way that will lead us to our reward. It is also the reason that Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians.

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