Needful Things

A servant of the Lord must not quarrel. Instead, he must be kind to everyone. He must be a good teacher. He must be willing to suffer wrong.

He must be gentle in correcting those who oppose the Good News. Maybe God will allow them to change the way they think and act and lead them to know the truth.

Then they might come back to their senses and God will free them from the devil’s snare so that they can do his will.

2 Timothy 2:24‭-‬26 GW

Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval.

They equip God’s servants so that they are completely prepared to do good things.

2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17 GW

But you must keep a clear head in everything. Endure suffering. Do the work of a missionary. Devote yourself completely to your work.

2 Timothy 4:5 GW

I may have said this before, but it’s important to think before you speak.

Everything you say should be kind and well thought out.

We are surrounded by examples of what not to do.

The blind lead the blind.

There is a great tragedy consuming carnal Christian churches.

They excuse hypocrisy as acceptable and expected behavior.

There is no repentance.

Only a resignation to their sinful, carnal, corrupt nature.

Where is the victory in that?

I’m appalled by some of the things that come from the mouths of their false teachers and false prophets.

Avoid such people.

Who is a teacher of truth?

Who prophesies the Word of the Lord?

Those who are submitted to God.

False brethren are liars.

They say what they think you want to hear.

Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

They manipulate people for selfish gain.

That’s the opposite of the way of the Lord.

We need to repent and return to holiness.

God commands us to be holy as He is holy.

If we are born from above, then the fruit of our lives will be spiritual fruit.

We will be living examples of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Hate does not come from God.

God is love.

You were created to be like God.

You were created to love unconditionally.

Jesus warned us not to judge or we will be judged by the same measure that we judge others.

Do you want to be forgiven?

Then you must forgive.

People, we are just empty vessels.

What are you filling yourself up with?

The things of the world?

Or God’s Holy Spirit?

Jesus came to bring division.

He divides the sheep from the goats, snakes, dogs, and pigs.

You will know them by their fruit.

Do they do the works of righteousness?

Do they love sincerely from a pure heart?

Are they submitted to, accountable to and dependent on the Shepherd of their lives?

Do they follow Jesus?

Then they are sheep.

They produce eternal fruit that yields an eternal reward.

Do they constantly consume with a desire for more?

Do they like to take the high position of honor to be seen by others?

Do they butt heads with everyone around them?

Then they are goats.

Are they liars?

Do they backbite and lay in wait to attack others?

Are their words judgment and condemnation?

Then they are venomous snakes.

Are they slaves to their flesh?

Do they sin sexually?

Is their belly their god?

Then they are dogs.

Do they clean up their lives only to return to their sinful ways?

Do they consume without producing any fruit?

Are they boastful and arrogant?

Do they make a lot of noise but say nothing of value?

Then they are pigs.

Let your eyes be opened to see.

Let your ears be opened to hear.

Guard your heart.

We are in a spiritual war, and the casualities are real.

If you neglect your spiritual walk, you will fall into sin.

I know because it’s happened to me before and I watch it happen all around me to formerly faithful people.

We can no longer afford to be spiritually lazy.

Corruption has infiltrated all levels of the Church.

If we are to present ourselves to God as holy and blameless without spot or wrinkle, then we’ve got a lot of work to do.

The world is going to hate you.

That’s okay.

The world and its lusts are passing away.

They will be consumed in fire.

The Word of the Lord endures forever.

I encourage you to spend time everyday in fervent prayer.

Spend time reading and studying the Bible everyday.

Share the Gospel everyday.

Remind each other of truth.

The voice of the world is roaring in every form of media and out of the mouth of every fool.

The voice of the Lord is a still, small voice.

It’s unshakable.

It’s unwavering.

It’s a constant stream of life giving wisdom and knowledge.

It doesn’t have to boast because it stands on truth.

Witness the rebirth of a nation.

Have we sunken far enough into hell that we’ve had enough?

I know I have.

The prodigals are returning.

The gates of hell will not prevail.

The first fruits are appearing.

Revival is chasing fast on our heels.

As each individual repents and returns to God, as we each change the way we think and act, as we each take up our cross and die to ourselves, God will give the increase.

To win in this life, you must surrender.

Surrender to God’s will, God’s plan, God’s purpose.

It’s wakeup time.

It’s time to open your eyes.

And do something.

To God be the glory.

Amen.

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