“But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of Lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.”
I Timothy 6:11-16 NKJV
Flee, and don’t look back
We are surrounded by error and greed. Over the last few weeks I have been witness to purported Christian leaders attacking other leaders over perceived doctrinal slights. Under further examination, it comes down to greed, for the true heart of the critics is to draw more followers after themselves. So many of opted to lie on legitimate teachers, and many churches are under siege as the devil seeks to destroy the work of the Lord.
In the pursuit of fleshly things of the world, many have turned to error, looking to those who appeal to their desires, and not those who actually bring the truth. It seems as if to seek to merely follow Jesus has become anathema, and those who simply wanted to be followers of Jesus are considered second class citizens.
Paul’s exhortations to young Timothy are of great encouragement to us today, as we are living in a time when the American church is greatly fractured, with many people have been drawn away by ulterior motives. Paul urges Timothy to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
The pursuits should be those of every believer, for they are a portion of what comes when one is controlled by the Spirit of God.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV
In these times of testing, may we flee those temptations that can cause us to seek after the flesh. The world is pressing in on the followers of Jesus, and desires that we go with the flow. It is crucial that we heed the words of Paul, for there is coming a time when opting to follow Jesus will be met with great persecution.
Let us fight that good fight of faith, consciously laying aside the motivations of this world, and choosing to make word of God our priority. In His word, He has given is direction, for He has commanded us to go and tell. We are His ambassadors, those commissioned to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a sin sick world.
We cannot reflect the world and its values, for they do nothing but inhibit the advancement of the saving message of our Lord.
Brothers and sisters, the devil, our enemy is working many angles to get us to not go and tell people about Jesus. He has managed to distract us by appealing to our values, deceiving us into extremism, where some of that we believe is true, but not true to the heart of God.
For those on the left, the devil has appealed to the love of the saints, causing them to lay aside the justice of God, opting for a messy agape that winks at sin, and casts doubt on the word of God. From the those on the right, he has pushed the cultural war button, where those who call identify as conservative find themselves railing against an ever expanding list of sinners that are considered to be guilty. The word is used as a cudgel, to bludgeon the dirty sinners who don’t sin like we do.
In both cases, the heart of God is misrepresented. Our God is loving, but He is also just. I fear that many of us will have the fate of Moses, missing the promised land, for a time, due to our disobedience.
Numbers 20:8 NKJV““Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.””
Numbers 20:8 NKJV
“And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.””
Numbers 20:10-12 NKJV
Let us flee the temptation to use the Lord for our own goals, and let us be His ambassadors, representing Him for His glory. The time is of the essence my people, form even now the devil is moving hard against the body of Christ.
Let us flee and not look back!
Have a blessed Sunday!