Having confidence in this…

“Of these things put them in remembrance, charging (urging) them before the Lord that they strive (argue) not about words to no profit, but to the subverting (ruin) of the hearers. Study (be diligent) to shew (present) thyself as approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the truth of God. But shun profane and vain babblings (worthless talk): for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” 2 Timothy 2:14-16

Now that is quite a warning there, perfect for that day and precise perfection for this day. Now more than ever we need to seek God and we need to seek his word and we have to be so careful when we are dependent on others for our spiritual food, and so often we can take the teachings of others while neglecting what God may want to reveal to us by not having those moments in private study of his word. And that is is NO WAY saying not to listen to your preacher or your pastor, God put those people in your life to help you and help you grow, but it is so vital that you know the word for yourself. As we are warned in that passage we are not to argue the word of God. Since the day that the Serpent TWISTED those words he coerced Eve with causing the fall of mankind, there have been and will be until Jesus returns those who only want to discuss it as a way to try to disprove it, and as we are warned this only leads to more ungodliness, because while they are debating with “us” someone else is always listening and that someone can can be very easily swayed into choosing the wrong path.

“THIS know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous (money lovers), boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.

Without natural affection, trucebreakers (irreconcilable), false accusers (slanders),incontinent (without self control), fierce, despisers of those things which are good.

Traitors, heady (reckless), highminded (haughty), lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.

Having a form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away by divers (various) lusts; 

EVER LEARNING, AND NEVER ABLE TO COME TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.” 2 Timothy 3:1-7

Now think of this as in the phrase “old wives tales”, when someone would hear something no matter how far out and repeat that and on and on it would go, but many along they way believing these various superstitions and “teachings”, such as “breaking a mirror will cause seven years bad luck” and one cute on from the south, is that if you look out and see a red bird (cardinal, to the rest of the world) the next man you see  will be your future husband, if this would were true many people would be in for a world of hurt, but I suppose it came along when prime husband material was far and few in between and someone made up to give some young ladies hope on the prairie when many lived in the middle of nowhere and “pickings were slim” (I had to throw that one in there because I am just that kinda chick 😉

My all time favorite that I heard more than once as a child, that if you keep eating spoonfuls of salt your blood will actually dry up, I was very suspicious of that, but it is an interesting way to keep children from early hypertension.

But you get my point, you all, no matter where you are, know some old weird saying, now apply this to those who twist and distort the true teachings of God, and cause those who would serve go to believe things that are just not true concerning actually living for God.

The Bible dictionaries often state that the term there “having a form of godliness” is in reference to having been created in the image of God,and I am not disputing that, but I would like to submit another thought on the usage of that here, if  a person such as the ones he is referring, has the appearance of being godly, you can think Jim Jones or some of the other famous false prophets there, and even apply it those teachers that lead people astray today in allowing them to wallow in unrepentant sin.

Just as that verse states, led away by those lusts, those things that God absolutely says we can not do, it disturbs me to no end how many teach now that it’s okay to drink… no it is not and the Bible gives us very clear reason why because it will destroy us and yes some people may be able to drink wine with dinner and be fine but you can’t tell them there is a one glass limit, that is why we are in the state that we are in, people are seriously confused concerning the teachings of God because there is so much taught that has “moderation”, there is no such “clause” and if people are needing a “clause statement” to serve the Lord, with a list of what sins or borderline sins that are allowed to commit and what their allotted quota is before they tap out and have to refuse their flesh is not serving the Lord anyway and they still need to repent because when you come to God, you give God your all or don’t even waste your time playing games, that is what the form of godliness is referring to, attributes that would lead on an onlooker to assume and even believe that that what they are seeing is of God, but the heart and intent is so far from God that they are denying the very power of God to change and redeem lives.

So now to counter all that information that may just not be quite right it is imperative that you know the word for yourself, and I know that for many of us old English is quite confusing, and I will be glad to tell you that before I knew Christ I could have won the seat as Mayor of Heathen-Ville hands down and I promise if I could be blessed to learn the Bible anyone who has that desire can, I could understand some of Jesus’ teachings but after that it became a completely foreign language and even after I was saved and realized that much of it is accounts of lives and held references of places and terms that I was clueless of, it seemed even more a challenge, and not that I think I know anything now, I do know what God has taught me, but let me give a word from James.

James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth it to all men liberally,, and upbraideth not (without reproach); and it shall be given him.”

Meaning that God will never make you feel rejected or inferior in heart, God never chides or belittles us, God wants us to know him and know his word and he wants us to grow and anything concerning his kingdom he will teach you, through his word and the leading of his Holy Spirit as you study that word and then you become a workman that needs “not be ashamed” because you know how to “divide” that word, meaning God gives you the understanding of that word as he has intended and you will have confidence and stronger faith because you have the word of God in your heart and mind for yourself.

When others try to lead you astray or convince you of something that that little voice inside is telling is not quite right, you will know God’s word concerning that, which is for not only your benefit but for those others who hear your response and you will also know just how far to go with that response and at what moment you should end the conversation.

So if you are new to all this, please, please let me suggest you start with the Gospel of Matthew, or the Psalms, and you do need the Old and New Testaments because they are together for a reason contrary to some popular teachings, but as you study do it just as you are comfortable whether it is ten minutes here, or an entire chapter there and take notes as certain passages “come alive” and encouraging words for your own life are found in those blessed pages.

I promise as you ask God to bless you in his word your mind will be blown and don’t be so surprised if that seemingly daunting task of taking on that giant book suddenly ignites into such a fire in your heart that you will find it hard to put it down out of sheer necessity, he can bless you that much that it becomes a love, a passion, and just as Jeremiah stated, “His WORD was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones…”

There is a reason that it is the “Living Word” we are so close, as this world is darker everyday, and God will have his kingdom and he will send his workers into harvest that field but those workers must be trained and that training comes studying his word, so I don’t know who he is raising up but I know that his word will go forth in the last days and it will be preached, all the word, the sugar free version that needs no artificial sweeteners because it is sweetened to perfection, …”as Christ also hath loved us , and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour (aroma).” (Ephesians 5:2)

But no matter where you start, just start, if you don’t have the KJV Bible, get one and if you feel like you need a little extra help, get an audio Bible to listen along as you read, but once you start and give it all you got you will be amazed and you will be amazed when he starts revealing all he has for you and passages you had never noticed will suddenly become profound and don’t be so shocked when you suddenly have to share that word with others, again, He is raising some people up! 

Have a blessed rest of your week, and for a little more of this topic, please check out this post: Psalm 119: A Study Guide

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"BEING ALL JUDGY LIKE…."

You know we are the funniest people. Funny in the oh, how things can be so ironic sort of way.
We love nothing more than a good contest, everything thing from MR & MISS Universe, on down through every age group including cutest baby.
We have MVP’s and “Most likely to succeed”, we are glued to our televisions to cheer on our favorites in everything from sports to unknown talents and who might survive a grueling journey.
Our food and entertainment must be given two thumbs up or one tongue sticking out in mock “gaggery”.
And OUR JUDGING does not only apply to beauty and talent, why stop there when we can rate the worst dressed or ugliest pet?
And YET when we try to warn of the coming JUDGMENT from GOD, then suddenly we are all met with a “YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO JUDGE!”
Funny, bloody things. I love people who want to argue about a God they HAVE NEVER EVEN MET and try to argue scriptures from a book that cannot be understood without divine revelation!
One even made a fb comment about the new striped white house that she was so happy that there are people in america that are “not shallow minded” and she “thanked god” I came really close to posting a reply that she should really thank someone she knew!
But arguing against vain babbling’s by reprobates only lead to more ungodliness, and HIS word is quite clear and the gospel will defend itself, which soon also shall be crystal.
I don’t know who her god is but it is not the one true God!
They love to take scripture and try to point it at US, and now all you hear from the world and the candy coats is “Jesus said judge not”.
#1. They have no right quoting scripture unless it is to repent! ( Psalm 50:16)
#2. Jesus was referring to how we treat our FELLOW CHRISTIANS, when they fall or struggle, we are to help them back up. Not to laugh, and point at them, and kick them in the head for making mistakes.
#3. Wrath and fury are at the doors and we will soon see WHO JUDGMENT BELONGS TO!
They like scriptures so good, the candy coats have their favorites, but that is huge book and they are completely leaving out judgments.
So in honor of our dissent into Babylon and in honor of their new-found freedom and their sparkly flag, I proudly offer this:
A very small sampling of HIS ABILITY TO JUDGE:

Psalm 9:7,8,16,17: “But the Lord shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.”
“And he shall judge the world in righteousness: he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.”
“The Lord is known by the judgment which HE EXECUTED, THE WICKED IS SNARED IN THE WORK OF HIS OWN HANDS. Higgaion. Selah”
THE WICKED SHALL BE TURNED INTO HELL, and ALL the NATIONS THAT FORGET GOD.”
Ezekiel 18:4,20,25,29,30-32: ” Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: THE SOUL THAT SINNETH, IT SHALL DIE.”
“The soul that sinneth, it shall die, The son shall not bear the iniquity (guilt) of his father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”
“Yet YE SAY, the way of the Lord is not equal (fair).  Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my ways equal (fair) ARE YOUR WAYS NOT UNEQUAL (UNFAIR)?
“Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal (fair). O house of Israel, are not my ways equal (fair)? and not your ways unequal (unfair)?
THEREFORE WILL I JUDGE YOU, O house of Israel, everyone according to his ways, saith the Lord God. REPENT AND TURN YOURSELVES FROM ALL YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS; so iniquity will not be your ruin.”
” For I HAVE NO PLEASURE in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God, wherefore TURN YOURSELVES, AND LIVE YE.”

Psalm 50:1,3,4,16,17,19,22:  “The MIGHTY GOD, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.”
“OUR GOD SHALL COME, AND SHALL NOT KEEP SILENCE: A FIRE SHALL DEVOUR BEFORE HIM, and it shall be very tempestuous around about him.”
HE shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may JUDGE his people.”
And for all those who think he is like they are and will try quoting his scripture back to him will help:
“BUT UNTO THE WICKED, GOD SAITH, WHAT HAS THOU TO DO TO DECLARE MY STATUES, OR THAT THOU SHOULDEST TAKE MY COVENANT IN THY MOUTH?”

Translation, HE SAID THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS EVEN SPEAKING HIS WORD!!!!!
“Seeing that thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.” (They hate him and his laws)
Thou giveth thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit (speaking evil and lies)
THESE things hast thou done, and I kept silence;
thou THOUGHT that I was altogether such a one as thyself: BUT I WILL reprove (rebuke) thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.”
“NOW CONSIDER THIS, YE THAT FORGET GOD, LEST I TEAR YOU INTO PIECES, AND THERE IS NONE TO DELIVER.”
So we now know, HE will JUDGE the earth, HE will declare HIS works and HE will bring down wrath on the reprobate, god-haters heads.
And a little dose of revelation for the candy coats, who love to argue, “Oh, that is Old Testament” and “But, but, JESUS said…..”
THIS IS WHAT JESUS SAID: Revelation 1:8 
 I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE ENDING, saith the LORD, WHICH IS, AND WHICH WAS, AND WHICH IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY.
JESUS IS GOD! THE ONE THEY LOVE TO QUOTE IS THE SAME GOD FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT!
And Hebrews 13:8″ JESUS CHRIST,THE SAME YESTERDAY, AND TO DAY, AND FOR EVER.”
And as they scream peace, peace, peace, and “oh Jesus loves you” and he wants you to wallow unrepentant in sin and break all his commandments.

I leave you with HIS word, from the Matthew 10:34:
Think NOT that I am come to send peace on earth: I CAME NOT TO SEND PEACE, BUT A SWORD.” QUOTE THAT!
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