April 10, 2017

Have you ever said this?

I want to be born-again.

How can I be saved?

What must I do to have eternal life?

How would you tell someone to be born new?

Can you explain to anyone what they must do to inherit the kingdom?

Do you feel like pulling punches with them?

Like you just want to gloss over the whole truth, and share bits and pieces with them because some of it is harsh like, for instance, those who would follow Jesus WILL be persecuted?

What were the words of Jesus to those seeking to know what must be done to get to heaven?

The words of Jesus are different than most everything you will hear from pulpits today.

Have you ever heard a pastor, or preacher say to one desiring heaven, "Go, sell all that you have."

Kind of a hard thing to say when he may live in a big house, receive a big salary, and have a sweet retirement package waiting, and especially hard when he wants them to join his church.

Those who know truth are found speaking it, in season, and out, for it is in them to do so.

God, by his spirit, is in the true believer, and God, through the true believer, speaks truth— always.

True believers do not seek popularity, and do not they make anything of themselves.

The truth that Jesus spoke brought exactly what into his life?

The same thing will occur to those who speak truth today.

What do you desire?

What is the intent of your heart?

Why do you do what you do?

Do you think that godliness is a means to financial gain?

Read about what Paul says to Timothy concerning that in his first letter to him, chapter 6, verse 5.

He goes on to say that if believers have food and clothing, then they will be content with that.

Those who want to get rich fall into temptation.

So when we pray, "Deliver us from temptation," then what are we saying?

The "get rich desire" is a trap, Paul says, and is a harmful desire that lead people into ruin.

Ruin equals destruction, and Jesus does NOT bring that to a soul (John 10:10).

The evil one does.

People, who are eager for money, can actually wander from the faith (I Timothy 6:10).

Have you heard that lately from the pulpit, or ever from any pulpit?

Or like so many, do you get the sense that being rich is right up there with godliness, and righteousness, and proves "something" about a person's faith?

But you, if you claim godliness, what will you do?

Paul says to run from the love, and the desire for money, and pursue something else.

What is it we are to pursue?

Righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness (vs. 11).

Do you wake up in the morning ready, and eager to do that?

And do you express to anyone, who is rich in this world, to not be arrogant, nor to put their hope in wealth, but to put it in God, who richly provides for his own? (vs. 17)

Have you ever told a rich person to do good, and to be RICH in good deeds, and to be GENEROUS (prolifically magnanimous) , and WILLING to share? (vs. 18)

That is how Paul tells Timothy that those who have made a profession for Christ can take hold of life that is truly life (vs. 19).

Do we really know what it means to "believe" in Jesus?

Would you agree that it means to, not just agree that Jesus is who he claimed to be because demons believe that, but that it means to DO as he commands? Do you espouse that claim?

Do you do as he commands?

Do you love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself?

Do you do unto others as you would have done to you?

Are you rich in good deeds, or does you left hand know exactly what your right hand has given?

Are you hesitant to talk to anyone about money? Is it really none of your business?

Well, according to Jesus, and Paul, and all of Scripture, the desire for more of what this world offers is central to the gospel message.

One cannot serve to masters.

Jesus said so.

So if you think that some of your friends, or family, or anyone at all is serving money, and you do not pray diligently for them to be saved, and if you do not, at every possible opportunity, tell them that they cannot serve two masters, and that they are commanded by God to be FULL of good deeds, then you do not love them, nor do you understand the gospel message, nor do you love God.

Those, who love God, are full of good deeds, and they speak truth, for they love with the compassion of God, for it flows through them, and they want that none would perish— not one.

Speak truth, or you know it not.

Repent, or perish in your sin.

Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge (worldly wisdom), which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith (vs. 20-21).

May God's grace be with you all.

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