1 Timothy 5:19 Be Careful What You Pass On

Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 1 Timothy 5:19

Accusations are something that can be found every where there or more than a few people gathered together. There is always someone being accused of something.

Every day courts are filled with cases of someone accusing someone else of something done wrong. Judges are trying to determine who is right and who is wrong.

At the same time, lunchrooms and other places are filled with people talking about accusations against someone.

In a section in which Paul gives Timothy some advice as to how to act with other people, he now gives advice on what to do about hearing an accusation against an elder. He tells Timothy not to entertain the accusation, unless it has been brought by several witnesses.

Just as the world is full of people accusing others of some wrong doing, the church is also filled with the same types of accusation.

In the secluded space of their homes, people hear some accusation about another member of the church doing some sinful activity. Instead of trying to verify the truth of what was said, many spread that accusation as truth.

Suddenly people begin to disrespect or trust an elder because of some accusation that may be true or it may be false. Men with their ministries are suddenly destroyed, because of lack of verification and only one person’s false words or interpretation of something that occurred.

People will hear of accusations against elders or others in the church. Instead of just suddenly believing it and destroying a person and his ministry, one must work to verify if it is true or not.

If it is only one person who has brought the accusation, one must just keep it in mind and not spread it. Most likely it is false. If more bring it, then an investigation should occur to verify it.

You will have times when people will bring you ‘news’ of someone. Be careful of what you believe and what you spread.

Do not spread sinful or bad action information to anyone without verifying it. Don’t even entertain the thoughts, unless several bring it up in the same way.

As a believer, you are to work at building other believer up, not tearing them down with gossip. Entertaining an accusation can be gossip, a sin God hates.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you discernment on what is truth; that you will put down any gossip you may hear; that you will speak God’s word in truth; and that God will guide you in how to deal with sinful issues in the church or home.

Luke 2:17 Spread The News

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told about this child, Luke 2:17

Interesting or unusual news is something that can spread very rapidly and most people like to hear about. People like to know what is going on, especially things behind the scenes, the unknown quiet stuff.

One of the things people like to hear about is when someone does something unusual or is just unusual and different. Once they hear something unusual, most people will talk about it to everyone else, spreading the information rapidly. With social media on the internet, it will spread around the world within seconds.

Some shepherds were told about the birth of Jesus by some angels. After going and confirming the news, they went out and told everyone about Jesus.

When a person has great news he wants everyone to know about it. He does not hide it in his heart, keeping it to himself and hidden from everyone. The greater the news, the faster one will desire to spread the news.

In today’s society, negative news is common. It is actually very difficult to find positive, good news about anything. The world thrives on bad news, though most people love to hear about something good.

Every believer has some information or news about Jesus. They have been given a revelation of who He is. They have some experience as to who Jesus is and what He can do. The greatest of this information is that Jesus can save a person.

This news is the greatest news in the history of the world. Every believer needs to be like the shepherds and go out and tell what they know about Jesus.

As the shepherds went out, they did not know much, but told what they did know. Believers need to do the same. The world needs to hear the good news.

You, as a believer, have learned some news about Jesus. It may be a lot, if you have been a believer for a long time, or it may be just a little. Either way, you have some news to tell others.

Do not hold the good news to yourself, but go out and share it as much as possible. Use every method possible to spread what you know and have experienced about Jesus. The world needs to hear about Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will be bold in talking about Jesus; and that many will believe the good news about Jesus.

Psalm 61:1 Calling On God

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Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. Psalm 61:1 

Being heard is something that most people desire of others. When someone has something to say, he wants others to hear what it is he has to say. What is being said can change from time to time. One time it is information, while the next time it is a request.

Regardless of what the person has to say, he wants to be heard.

However, in order for a person to be heard, he must speak up. He must let his voice and desires be made known, so that others can hear it. If he does not speak up, no one will know what he has to say.

The method of speaking up can be one of many different ways. It can be in person, on a phone, video chat, social media, written words, or one of many other ways.

David wants to be heard from God. He had been dealing with some troubling times and so he cried out to God. David spoke to God through prayer to tell God something.

Prayer is just calling on God, talking to God. Unlike trying to talk to someone on this earth, God is always available and can always hear a person speak. There is no waiting time for God to get the message, it is always instant.

There are many believers who wish or hope that God would do something in a situation, but don’t take the time to talk to God about it. They do not call out to God.

Some do not believe that God hears them or even will acknowledge them. They feel as if they are a nobody or their situation is not ‘important’ enough for God to take the time to listen.

God is always waiting to hear from His children. All one has to do is talk–pray.

Every time that you take a moment to talk with God, He is listening. This is prayer. It does not have to be something complex or long, but can be very short and simple. God will hear your prayer.

However, in order for Him to hear you, you must talk to Him. Call out to Him with everything on your heart. This can be in times of rejoicing or in times of need. God wants to hear it all.

Take time to talk to God today. Let Him know what is on your heart and mind. He is listening.

I pray today that you will talk to God daily; that you will know God hears you; that you will know God loves you; that you will not fear bringing any thought to God; and that you will go to God first in every situation. 

1 Corinthians 15:3 Most Important

 

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For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3

There are a lot of things that appear to be very important in the lives of people. Depending upon what the situation a person is in depends upon what is considered as the most important factor at the moment.

When a person wakes up late, having overslept, the most important thing at the moment is to get going and get to work on time. When a person lives in a controlled neighborhood, and it has been raining steady for two weeks, the most important thing is to get the lawn mowed.

When a person has not had any money to buy food and the cupboards are empty, the most important thing is to find food to eat. When a person has been seriously injured in an auto accident, the most important thing is to get to a doctor quickly. When a person is in the water and is sinking, drowning, the most important thing is to get to safety.

In the eyes of most people, what is most important changes on a regular basis. However, there is one thing that surpasses all things in the level of importance. That one thing is the knowledge that Jesus Christ died for the sins of a person.

One can be on time for work, have the law mowed, have food, have healing, get to safety, but if the sins are not forgiven, then all those things are meaningless. Everything except the forgiveness of sins is temporary fixes, not permanent and eternal.

Many believers start out with trying to change a sinner from sinful ways or to get him to look different or for him to go to a church. The message needs to start out with Jesus dying for their sins and the need to have the forgiveness Jesus provides.

You would not need to believe in Jesus, if Jesus had not died for your sins. There would be no purpose in following Him. If this is true for your life, it is also true for everyone else.

Paul knew this and reminded the people of what he passed on to them, that they should pass it on to others.

As a believer, what knowledge is most important to you? What information must you pass on to others?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will pass on the knowledge of the reason Jesus died on the cross; that you will be a witness of what Jesus did; and that you will live for God because of what Jesu did for you.