May 20, 2022 Memory Verse

2 John 4 Are You Walking In The Truth?

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 2 John 4

According to the world, truth is relative. It depends on who one is, what the circumstance is, what one’s experiences are, and what one is feeling in the moment.

Many do not believe that there is an absolute truth in which one is to live by. Times and circumstances change, which in turn will change what is true. Each and every person is allowed to live in the way he thinks is best for himself, as long as it does not harm or offend anyone else.

In this short letter, John is finding joy in hearing that some people are walking in the truth just as God commanded.

Since the world believes that there is no absolute truth and that everything is relative, the world finds itself in chaos and fighting. Every person is their own little god, thinking that they know the real truth.

People of all age groups are confused on who they are, what they are to do and how they are to live. The world is fighting to remove gender identity and all moral absolutes. As a result, people are confused and depressed going about harming others and self.

When Jesus walked on the earth, He said that He is truth and He is God’s living word. In His word, God gave commands as to how a person is to live in His truth and love. The person who has chosen to believe in Jesus must be willing to walk in the ways of Jesus (Truth) and God’s commands (Truth).

Any time a person stops walking in the truth, he is walking in the lies of this fallen and sinful world. He is no longer walking with God.

Every day you have a choice to make as to how you will walk through this life you have been given on this earth. The world is going to fight to get you to walk in its lies and deception, appealing to your physical desires, rather than your spirit.

Choose to study and know God’s word and have a relationship with Jesus on a daily basis. This will keep you focused upon the absolute and eternal truth and God’s word. Everything you need to live life can be found in Jesus and God’s word.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s absolute truth for your life; that you will obey God’s commands to you; that God will open your eyes to the lies and deception of this world; and that you will walk in God’s truth.

1 Timothy 4:1 Are You Abandoning The Faith?

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Timothy 4:1

In this world there are many different things, beliefs, and people to follow. No matter what a person wants to believe in, there is usually some group that also believes in it and one can follow it.

Scam artists are out there that get thousands of people to believe that what they have is good. People buy into something, only later to find out that they were deceived and had their money and time taken.

Paul points out that as time goes along some will abandon the faith. This will be done by following deceiving spirits and false teachings.

Satan and the world does not want a believer or the church to succeed. Both will do whatever it takes to stop the believer.

Most believers are wise enough that if the devil walks up to them to tempt them to do some major sin, they will reject him and walk away. However, the world does not work like that. Instead of directly getting a believer to change, they will use deception.

Twisting words just a little bit, will make sin look as though it is good in the eyes of God. Sadly many in the church have been deceived into thinking that murdering unborn children is really caring and love for the mother, rather than a sin against God. Without being led by the Holy Spirit, many are deceived into following false teachings.

Later many completely abandon the faith in Jesus. They walk away, because they were deceived into following something that appeared to be of God, but was not.

Those who stay in God’s word and are led by the Holy Spirit will not be deceived by the world.

Every day the world will try to deceive you in some way or another to follow something that is not truly of God. In order to recognize the deception being presented, you must know God’s word and be led by the Holy Spirit.

Check everything you hear or read with God’s word and in prayer. Do not allow yourself to be led astray from God’s word and faith in Jesus. Stand solid upon God’s truth that has been proven right over the centuries, rather than the false teachings of this dying world that follows demons.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God’s word teaches; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; and that God will protect you from the deceptive teaching of this world.

1 Timothy 3:9 Hold To The Deep Truths Of Faith

They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 1 Timothy 3:9

Truth, to many people, is considered to be questionable and debatable. It depends on whose truth it is, what one’s experience is and what one’s reality is to know if something is true or not.

With this type of view, truth is not a constant foundation and everything changes on a regular basis. What many believe is true today, will change it to being false tomorrow, as they reject solid, eternal truth all around them.

Paul describes some requirements for men that are to be a deacon. Here he states that they must hold on to the deep truths of faith with a clear conscience.

Throughout the church there are many who waiver on what is truth. They bounce back and forth as to what is sin, what God requires and how a believer should live his life.

It is sadly common to hear a believer state that a lie is a lie, but then go ahead and ‘bend the truth’ so that they may save their job, reputation, or help someone else. Ignorance or changing of what God’s word says about lying is used to justify their words.

God’s word to man is the same yesterday, today and forever. It does not change as He does not change. True and eternal truth is found throughout its pages.

Believers, who are seeking to truly follow God, will seek and hold on to the deep truths of their faith. They will not allow themselves to change God’s word and truth to fit their situation, as the world does every day.

As a believer holds to God’s truth, he will have a clear conscience before God that he is believing, doing and saying the right things.

Every day you will be faced with situations that will challenge what you believe in God’s word. If you have taken time to read and study God’s word for yourself, you will know what the deep truths are.

God will guide you by His Holy Spirit in knowing the truth and give you the strength to hold on to it. Allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you in all truth, will keep your conscience clear of false teaching before both God and man.

Ask yourself today if you are holding to the deep truths of the faith or are you being swayed by the lies of this world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the truth of God’s word; that you will hold on to the deep truths of the faith in God; that God will guide you by the Holy Spirit into His truth; and that you will live with a clear conscience before God and man.

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Hold On Tightly

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15

Things that are popular in the world change on an almost daily basis. One way of doing things is popular today, and then the next day something takes its place.

As a result, things that are believed to be true one day are often disbelieved the next. Many are working to change what the history books state about different situations. The world does not like to stand firm on anything but what feels good in the moment.

After describing how many will believe in lies, Paul encourages the people to stand firm and hold on to what they have already been taught.

The world does not really hold to any rock solid standard that stays the same forever. Views and expectations change on a constant basis. Changing views occur in order to accommodate the feelings of the people in the moment, with no regard to the future or the bigger picture.

Without a solid foundation, things eventually fall into chaos and confusion.

Some in the church have chosen to believe in and embrace the lies and deception of this world. Rejection of what God’s word says has crept into the church body.

God’s word has remained true and faithful for thousands of years and has not changed. God, Himself, has also remained faithful and true for thousands of years and has never changed at all.

Believers, who have chosen to fully sell out to God, continue to focus on what God’s word says and hold to its teachings. They will stand firm and not be continually moved to every whim and wave of changing doctrine or belief that comes their way.

Every day you will hear of things that attempt to change what God’s word says. Temptations to accept sin and false teachings will abound in all around you.

Put your focus upon God’s word and stand firm on it. Hold fast to what God has already taught you. Tie a rope around yourself with God’s word and do not allow yourself to be moved to believe in the lies and deception of the enemy.

God and His word will remain true and faithful forever, never changing as the world does on a regular basis.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s teachings in your heart and life; that you will hold fast to God’s word everyday; that God will guide you in knowing His truth; and that God will protect you from being swayed by the deception of this world.