[1Ti 5:22 NKJV] “Do not lay hands on anyone hastily…”
Timothy had a tough job ahead. Paul had instructed Timothy to essentially restructure the Ephesian church leadership and gave detailed instructions as to what church conduct should look like.
[1Th 5:21 NKJV] “Test all things; hold fast what is good.”
Paul writes to the Thessalonians that they were to evaluate all things especially in the area of prophecy which is the forthtelling or declaring of God’s truth. There is to be an evaluation or even a sifting of that which is communicated to us. We are to judge all things by the scriptures, whether it be the news or someone claiming to speak on God’s behalf,
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” (1John 4:9 NKJV)
The Bible teaches us that sin is much more that simply breaking rules or commandments whether issued by man or God. Sin relates to our rebelling against God and His principles, but also to the falling short of His righteous standard. The problem is that our sinful nature prevents us from completely obeying God’s principles when we try and it propels us from Him when we are tempted to rebel.
Ps. 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
David was in a difficult spot. He had just learned of the intention and determination of Saul to put him to death. He was now a fugitive, an outlaw. Although this was a low point in David’s life, he was still able to praise the Lord and look to him in spite of adversity.
“…Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. (Lam 3:22-23)
I have been a Verizon customer for almost 20 years. That is a long time to be a customer of any business really. Can they hear me now?
This morning as I was considering the promise of the rainbow in Genesis 9, the fact that it comes after the rain struck my heart. What a powerful picture that God will see us through the storm and gives the rainbow as a promise upon the dark and bleak backdrop of our sin and trial in this world. I may have broken every law of poetry, but I pray you are blessed.
Christmas is a wonderful and awesome time. We love the food, the smells and sipping hot chocolate or Russian tea by a warm fire. Hanging out with family and friends, attending musicals or concerts, and even the various Christmas parties, are all events we gladly participate in during this season. But probably the most notable aspect of Christmas is the giving of gifts and presents to one another.
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