Thank You Lord

Please Read Colossians 3:17 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The words above just don't seem like enough to tell God how grateful we are for His goodness. But they're all we have. “Thank You Lord,” should roll off our lips constantly. There is so much that God does, has done, and will do for us. We are blessed! It's interesting how it doesn't look that way here on earth sometimes. But looks have been known to be deceiving. No matter what you do, how much wealth you attain, or whatever you become in this world, it all means nothing in the eternal scheme of things if it's not rooted in God. (Mark 8:36)

SET FOR ETERNAL LIFE

Besides having our daily needs met God has given us eternal life. John 3:16 says that anyone who believes in His son Jesus Christ has eternal life. On the other hand every Jesus hater will perish. This life is so short. Can you imagine being shocked after waking up from your worldly dream, only to find out there really is hell to pay for being a God hater? We don't have that problem. We live in Christ and he lives in us. (John 15:5-7) Our future is set forever! We continue to live just as God continues to live. (John 11:25-26) That in itself is enough reason to say, “Thank You Lord!”

Slip Of The Tongue

Please Read James 3:2

Ever said something you wish you could take back? Hopefully we all have. Why do I say this? Because James 3:2 says we all offend others in what we say and do. If anyone doesn’t they’re perfect. And we know there are no perfect people. Don’t beat yourself up too much for a slip of the tongue. If you can apologize to those you have offended. We can always apologize to God; confessing our sins to Him. (Proverbs 28:13) He knows we fall short and gives us His grace freely. (Romans 3:23-24) No one can go without saying something wrong, it is impossible. Though we should strive to have excellent speech we all have a slip of the tongue now and then.

I think the person most widely known for slipping with his tongue in the Bible is Peter. And I think it’s very unfair. Peter said some of the most profound things in the Bible too. But they don’t get as much publicity. For example, Peter was the first among the disciples to openly acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah. (Matthew 16:13-20) Peter also was the one who stood before the leaders of the early church and explained to them that God does not show partiality. He is not just the God of the Jews. He is the the God of every person in every nation that fears Him, and lives righteously. (Acts 10:34-35) Peter said and did so many wonderful things. These don’t seem to get the same coverage as Peter’s blunders. Our fallen sinful nature loves to harp on the shortcomings of others. Many so-called religious people today will wish they were like Peter. They don’t even come close to the Man Of God he was. Yet they find fault with him.

Please Read Proverbs 20:9 1 John 1:8-10

No one can honestly say, “I am pure and without sin.” That includes sinning with the words that come out of our mouths. If we say we are sinless we are deceiving ourselves and making God out to be a liar. The truth is not in us. God’s word is not in our hearts. But if we confess our sins (that includes what comes out of our mouths) God is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins. Let’s not pretend we never say anything wrong. Let’s go before the throne of grace and receive mercy from God. Words are very important to Him. If they were not Jesus wouldn’t have said that on Judgment Day people will have to give an account for every useless word that came out of their mouths. (Matthew 12:36-37) Let’s get ahead of the game so to speak. Let’s repent and ask God’s mercy when we have a slip of the tongue. And if we can apologize to others we’ve offended.

The World Is Passing Away

Please Read 2 Peter 3:3-7

Everyone is moving like nothing is going on. “All things are happening like they always have since the beginning of time,” they say. “Y'all been saying for years, 'Jesus is coming.' ” Where Is he?” They deliberately forget that God destroyed the world with a flood years ago. And He has appointed the present system to be destroyed by fire on the day of judgment.

Please Read 1 John 2:15-17

God tells us not to love the world. And anyone who loves the world doesn't have love for the Father. Then God describes to us what everything in the world is:

1. The lust of the flesh.

2. The lust of the eyes.

3. The pride of life.

All these come not from the Father but from the world. And they will pass away too. But whoever does the will of God remains forever. They have eternal life with God.

LUST OF THE FLESH

Galatians 5:19-21 lists the works of the flesh as sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, witchcraft, idolatry, hatred, jealousy, discord, fits of anger, selfish ambition, factions, dissensions, drunkennes, envy, orgies, etcetera. Whoever has these as their lifestyle will not inherit the kingdom of God.

LUST OF THE EYES

Some think they're good because they don't commit adultery. But Jesus said anyone who looks at a woman (or man) lustfully has already committed adultery with her/him in their heart. (Matthew 5:27-29) But “lust of the eyes” means way more than this. Coveting with our eyes what is forbidden has many forms.

PRIDE OF LIFE

'I got this, I own that, I'm great for this, I got money,' etcetera. Sounds like the lyrics to one of the latest rap songs. It's also the pride of life. The Bible says pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) The spirit of, 'I'm somebody important; I'm somebody because of this achievement, or that endowment,' has caused many to fall to their destruction. Those who think they're better than everybody else for any reason will not inherit God's kingdom. (Luke 18:9-14)

God breaks down the heart of the world into three components: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. We must fight these like the plagues they are. All who stay away from them and do the will of God will live forever in the kingdom of their Father.

2 Timothy 2:2

Please Read 2 Timothy 2:2

Timothy was told by his mentor the apostle Paul to teach God's word only to faithful, reliable men, who in turn would be able to teach others. This lines up with what is said at Proverbs 9:7-9 which says not to correct or instruct wicked men or mockers. That doing so brings abuse and insults to oneself. Instruct wise men and they will love you it says. Teach the wise and they will become more wise. This also lines up with what Jesus said at Matthew 13:11-12. There we read the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven are given to some and not to others. And whoever has will be given more until he has an abundance. And those who do not have even what they have will be taken away from them. So it is clear that the gospel message is not for everybody. But if we have the privilege of sharing God's message with someone on a regular basis 2 Timothy 2:2 behooves us to ask God these questions, “Are we entrusting your word to the right person? Is this person reliable, faithful? Can they be trusted to pass on your sacred secrets to others?

Jesus said at Matthew 7:6 'Do not give what is sacred to dogs or cast your pearls before swine. If you do they will trample them under their feet then turn and tear you to pieces.' Yeah, Jesus said there are certain people we are not to teach the word. And if we ignore his advice we're putting ourselves in danger. People who trample God's words under their feet; who show no appreciation for His precious words, yet pretend they want to learn are dangerous.

Some folks will ask you question after foolish question after foolish question. And no matter how many times you give them solid answers from the scriptures here comes another foolish question. (Titus 3:9-11) What's interesting is they don't believe the answers you've already given them. So why are they still asking you questions? Is it because they really want to learn about God? Or are they slyly trying to teach you? Questions draw people in and keep conversations going. Are these minions employing on us the same evil tactic the Devil used on Eve in the Garden of Eden? (Genesis 3:1-5) You know, ask a controversial question to get the unsuspecting believer talking. Then throw in a statement in an attempt to cause doubt and trip up their faith. It's a smooth technique. But it only works on those who don't obey what God says at 2 Timothy 2:2, Proverbs 9:7-9, and Matthew 7:6. Those who obey God won't be harmed. What awesome power there is in obedience!