2 Timothy 2:16 What Are You Talking About?

Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 2 Timothy 2:16

The majority of people all over the world love to talk. They love to talk about all types of topics that are of great interest to them.

Most often people like to talk about themselves and what they are doing or what they think about a situation. It is common to hear someone talk about the local, national or world events that are occurring.

Some of these topics directly involve the individual, while many do not have any direct effect. Some are uplifting, while most are not.

Paul tells Timothy to avoid any godless chatter. The reason to avoid it, is that anyone who does it will become more ungodly.

When a person is talking, he is always talking about what is on his heart and mind. It is the process of revealing what is in the heart to others who are willing to listen.

God has given every believer a commission to be His witness. In order to be a witness, one must talk about what he has witnessed. For the believer, this means he must talk about what he has witnessed that God has done. His topic of discussion will be on God and the things of God.

Many in the church have chosen to talk about the topics that the world is discussing–the latest movie out, the latest sports team, wars, politics, local events, and more. Most of these things have absolutely nothing to do with God. While not inherently bad in and of themselves, these topics can lead a person away from what God wants them to talk about.

The believer needs to have God in his heart so much, that when he speaks he is talking about God and the things of God.

Take note of what is your primary topics of discussion from day to day. Realize that what you are primarily talking about is what is in your heart and is your desire.

Allow God and His purpose for your life to become your main focus. Saturate your heart and mind with God’s word and God’s mission. As you do this, it will keep you close to God and from all sinful ways and thinking. It will allow you to be His witness as He has called you and all believers to be.

What are you talking about? What is on your heart?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the things of God in your heart and mind; that you will be willing to talk about what God is doing and wanting; that you will be a witness of Jesus in your talking; and that you will stay close to God in all you say and do.

1 Corinthians 5:11 Avoiding False Believers

But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. 1 Corinthians 5:11

The world is full of sinners who do not know the truth about what is right or wrong. They are unable to live a righteous, holy life in any way, because they have never been told what that is. They have no reason to live it.

Inside the church, it is a different story. Paul just got done talking about expelling a ‘believer’ who was doing things with his mother that are left only for in marriage. Now Paul tells the people to not even eat with people who claim to be a believer, but purposefully live in sin.

It is expected that those who do not follow Christ will live in sinful ways. However, those who have chosen to believe in and follow Christ, God expects something different. They are to leave their life of sin, be a new creation and live a righteous and holy life.

Many in the church claim to believe in Christ, but continue to purposefully sin in some way. Some are continued drunkards, sexually immoral, homosexual, greedy, gossipers, liars, swindlers, or more. Those who purposefully continue to live in these ways are not truly following Christ. They are only following in word, not heart and are false believers.

True believers, who strive to flee sin, must run away from all such people. False believers will bring down the church and give the name of Christ a bad name.

True believers may still sin, but they are striving to not sin. They will not purposefully continue to sin.

Start by taking a look at your life. Ask yourself if you are purposefully living in some sin. Repent of that sin and begin to flee it. Do not allow it to control you.

Then take a look at the believers you hang around with. Ask yourself if any are purposefully living in sin. Break off your relationship with those false believers who habitually live in sin, refusing to repent or change.

Do not allow yourself to be corrupted by false beliefs that a person can continue to sin and God will just overlook it. God loves everyone, but will not tolerate purposeful sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal unrepentant sin in your life; that God will strengthen you to flee all sin; and that God will reveal false believers among you.

Proverbs 4:14-15 Where To Avoid Walking

People on a street

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. Proverbs 4:14-15 

There are many different paths in life for a person to take. It is most common for a person to take the path that the most people have taken.

Choosing that path is easy because it goes with the flow, it does not create ripples or hardships and there are others on that same path. It appears to be the best path because many others are on it.

Solomon says that one should not set foot on the path of the wicked at all. One should avoid it at all costs and go another direction.

The path that the majority of people take in this world is one of selfishness and sin. It is usually a path that goes against God and leads one into more sin. The paths are ones of hatred, vengeance, greed, violence, pride, gossip, jealousy, and more.

There are many ‘believers’ who are taking the path of those in the world, the path of the wicked. They choose to watch, listen or do sinful things, because that is what every one else is doing. Often they do it with the claim that they are free in Christ and not bound by the law.

Jesus did not die to allow a person to sin more, but to free him from the bondage of sin’s punishment. It is to free the believer from continuing to sin on purpose. He has given a new path to walk on that is narrow and straight and leads to life and victory in love, grace and mercy.

Turning towards sin and accepting it as a part of life is to deny Christ and what He has done. The believer must avoid all paths of sin and run the other way, flee temptation.

The world will strive to get you to walk on their path. They will make it look and sound good for you. Avoid it, run from it. Avoid walking in any type of evil or sin.

God’s path for you has true life. It may be narrow and difficult, but it is full of life, leading to eternal life. Do not walk it to earn your salvation, but because you are saved. Walk it to thank God for what He has done for you. This is not to be done out of legalism, but out of love for God.

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that God will reveal to you paths that are wicked; that God will guide you from paths of the wicked; and that God will give you strength to avoid sinful paths. 

Proverbs 4:14-15 Avoid And Keep Going

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. Proverbs 4:14-15

Solomon gives some advice about where to walk. He says to never set foot on the path of those who do evil. It is to be avoided as a person travels on the path of life.

People love adventure, even though many will say they do not like it. They like to step as close to the edge of trouble as they can without getting into trouble.

While many will not step close to the edge of real cliff that is a thousand feet up, many will step close to the edge of sin without a second thought. The problem that many have is that when they get close to the edge, part of the edge gives way and they slip and fall. Often the edge is not a solid rock edge, but a slippery, muddy slope.

Despite Solomon’s great upbringing under David to follow God, he allowed himself to step into the path of the wicked. He took on many wives from many nations. He accepted the worship of many false gods. This led to his downfall and the destruction of a nation.

As you are walking through life, there will be many times you will have an opportunity to step into the path of sin. Temptations to sin will always be there before you. You have a choice in what you will do.

The best choice is to avoid it and run the other direction or go around it. Be willing to walk as far from it as possible to keep from accidentally slipping onto that path of sin. Once you have avoided it, you must then continue on the path God has placed you on.

God has given you a straight and narrow path to walk. Do not allow yourself to deviate from that path into sin. It may appear as a good path, but all it will bring is death and destruction.

How close are you willing to walk to the edge of sin?

Better yet, how far away from the edge of sin are you willing to stay?

Stay away and stay alive.

I pray today that God will help you see the path of the wicked; that God will strengthen you to avoid the path of sin; that you will choose to follow God’s path; and that you will avoid all sin on your path to God.

Titus 3:9 What To Avoid

“But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.” Titus 3:9

As Paul brings his letter to Titus to an end he gives him some practical advice. This advice is avoid foolish arguments and controversies.

People love to debate things. Many people are “experts” in many things. Watch a football game and you will hear many armchair coaches state how things should have been done. Listen to anything in politics and every person knows how the president should do things.

Once something happens, people will debate for hours on what should have happened or how it should have happened. Often these debates end up in an endless circle or disagreement. At times it will break up friendships with people. At a minimum, most of the time it serves as no real purpose. It does not help or hurt the situation, because no real change has occurred. They become a waste of time.

Inside the church, there also comes various debates and arguments that tend to be a waste of time. Simple debates of whether Jonah was swallowed by a whale or a big fish, to complex arguments about whether to speak in tongues or not. Other arguments deal with how a church is set up, who is the leader, what songs to sing, and the list goes on and on.

What these arguments and debates do is bring separation and division. There is no unity when they occur. There are some things that are concrete and you must take a hard stand for or against. There are many things that are not so concrete and there must be allowed an opinion of difference.

God is one God and wants all believers to be in unity. Is there unity with you and those you are with?

Or is there constant debate and arguments?

Where is your time being spent? On building God’s kingdom? Or in getting your way?

I pray today that God will reveal what is important and what is not important; that God will help you live in unity with all believers; that you will use your time wisely for God; and that you will build up, not tear down God’s kingdom.