The good fight!

Scripture reading for July 2nd: 1st Kings 10-11, 2nd Chronicles 9, 1st Timothy 6

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 6:9-13  “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.  It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things.  Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  

Paul warned Timothy about one of the traps of the devil:  the love of money.  Jesus had taught that a disciple couldn’t serve two masters.  The love of money was idolatry and had taken many away from the faith and caused much ruin and destruction.  The man of God must flee from this trap and pursue God and His righteous character.  He must lay hold of eternal life by living a sold-out and set-apart life .

1st Kings 11:4 “For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I submit to You alone as Lord and will pursue and take hold of eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ and His Word.  Keep me safe from snares that will turn my heart away from You. 

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