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The unashamed worker!

Scripture reading for July 6th:  Ecclesiastes 4-6, Psalm 125, 2nd Timothy 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Timothy 2:15-19  “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of Truth.  But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene.  Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened.  They are upsetting the faith of some.  But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal:  “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the Name of the Lord depart from iniquity.””

Paul encourages the younger minister, his son in the faith, to do his best to handle the Word of God rightly.  This also included living it out in his everyday life as evidenced by the instruction to stay away from irreverent babble.  Paul cited two bad examples by name, Hymenaeus and Philetus, as what to avoid.  Paul’s warning included a reference to God’s intimate knowledge of His own servants and His clear instructions to live a holy life.

Psalm 125:1  “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me by the Holy Spirit to rightly handle Your unchanging Word and to apply it to my life each day.  I will be a good example with Your help!

Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.”  

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Powerful examples!

Scripture reading for November 24th:  1st Corinthians 7-10

I chose my life theme from going through Army officer’s leadership school.  A key leadership principle that stuck with me was “Set the Example!”  I was taught that one of the most powerful influences that a leader could have on others is their example.  Jesus Christ modeled for us and his disciples by living a life centered on doing God’s will and serving others.   The Bible records many examples that are not so good as well.  Someone has said, “if you are not good for anything else, you can always be a bad example!”

In 1st Corinthians 10, Paul used some bad examples as warning for believers.  Paul exhorted the Corinthians to remember the Israelites of the Old Testament.  They had some great spiritual experiences with the Lord leading them by the cloud and fire and taking them through the Red Sea.  They got to eat “manna” from heaven and drink water from the “Rock” for forty years while they wandered in the desert.  They had God’s appointed leader, Moses, praying for them.  However, God was not pleased with them!  (1st Corinthians 10:1-5)

In spite of being supernaturally delivered by God from Egypt, many of them brought their idols with them!  They were taught by God to be true to their wives, but many were sexually immoral as they worshiped these idols.  Many grumbled against God and died from the bite of poisonous snakes and by the destroying angel of death.  Their hearts were not right with God in spite of all the supernatural power that they witnessed.  They thought they were right with God because of His blessings.

We should learn from their example. (1st Corinthians 10:8-10)  America is a land of idols!  Sports stars, entertainment figures, soap operas, movie stars, popular music stars and the like all serve as idols.  We are sexually immoral and glorify sexual freedom that mocks God and His word because we are idolatrous!

Grumbling against God because of unbelief was also a characteristic of the Israelites.  That grumbling kept them out of the land of promise and a whole generation died in the desert.  These examples should drive us to Christ Jesus.  He is our escape from sin, death and temptation.  He is always faithful and delivers those who depend on Him!

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God’s presence–blessing or curse?

Scripture reading for March 18th: 1st Samuel 4-8

I love the presence of the Lord.  I always have tears or sometimes feel all my senses are alive and His Peace makes me want to wait quietly or kneel before Him.  God’s Presence was something that men and women of God have sought.  Moses would not move without God’s Presence going with him.

The Ark of God was the place where God’s Presence rested with the Israelites.  (1st Samuel 4:3-5)   They had just lost four thousand men in battle and were aware of a need for God’s presence.  The Ark was brought into the camp by Hophni and Phinehas, Eli’s two wicked sons, and the camp erupted in shouting!  They planned on taking the Ark into battle to insure victory.   More than 30,000 Israelites died in the ensuing battle!  Hophni and Phinehas were killed and the Ark of God was captured,  Eli died at this news and his daughter-in-law died in childbirth.

God had warned Eli, Hophni, and Phinehas about their wickedness and about His coming judgment! (1st Samuel 2:16-22) Sin has consequences!  Treating God’s Presence as something to be used or manipulated is never allowed.  Hophni and Phinehas had been dishonoring God, their own father, and the nation.  They had been eating the portion belonging to God and they had been having sex with the women who served at the temple.

All the noise and enthusiasm was not an indication of God’s presence with them!  The loudest and wildest worship is not always a sign of God’s Presence or approval!  We can turn things that represent God’s Presence into an idol very easily!    Passionate worship, being slain in the Spirit, dancing before the Lord, and other manifestations are fine if genuine and a response to God’s Presence.  They can bring trouble if they are not in “Spirit and Truth”.  (John 4:24)  God’s Presence was not a blessing to the Philistines either!  Everywhere they took the Ark of God, panic, fear, tumors, death and confusion broke out!

God’s Presence is Holy and special.  He must be treated with honor and respect by those who know Him!  Take time today to thank Him for His Presence with you in the Holy Spirit!   His Spirit is a gift of the Father sent to bless His children!

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