Hebrews 4:14 Hold On Tight

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Hebrews 4:14

All over the world people have some traditions or beliefs that they hold on to. No one can convince them of anything different.

Most people, however, do not hold very tightly to what they believe. Every few days they are changing what they believe is truth. Or they change what they believe, based upon who they are around. Things change on a regular basis, to blend in with everyone else, rather than stand out as different.

The author had just described Jesus as a great high priest. Now he says that in light of that information, one must hold on firmly to the faith they are proclaiming.

Believers have a belief that is different from anything else in the world. It causes them to stand out. It will cause division between them and the rest of the world.

Since there is this division, many believers give up on their faith, in order to fit in with the world and be liked by the world. Others will claim to hold on to their faith in Jesus, but also accept every other belief that is out there as also acceptable.

There is only one way to heaven, one Savior, one God, one truth and one true faith. Believers must realize this and not allow the world to influence them into thinking that there is more than one true faith.

Every believer must hold onto their faith as though holding on to a rope that means life or death to them. It is the most important thing in their life, their belief in Jesus. If they don’t hold onto the faith, then everything is meaningless.

As a believer, you hold a faith that is absolute and sure. It is the firmest truth in existence on this earth. Do not allow the deception and the lies of this world to deceive you into thinking that there are other alternative ways to God.

There is only one way to God, one truth, one Lord, one Savior. Hold on to the faith you have and keep proclaiming it for all of the world to hear and know it. While there may be troubles and hardships now, in the end you will have eternal life with no more troubles.

Hold on fast to the faith you profess.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth of God; that God will open your eyes to the deceptions of this world; that God will keep you from being swayed by lies; and that you will boldly proclaim what you believe in Jesus.

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.

1 Timothy 4:1 Are You Being Deceived?

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

All over the world there are millions of different ways that people choose to live their lives. Many of the ways overlap each other, while some are very different from all others.

Every person believes that their way of living is probably the best way to live. Some will allow others to live as they desire, while others believe every one else should live in the exact same way.

Paul reminds Timothy that God had already made it clear that there is coming a time when some will leave the belief in Jesus and follow deceptive ways of the demons.

All across America and many other nations there has been major pushes by some for everyone else to conform to their way of thinking and acting. The world is living in sin and promotes sin and does not like it when anyone does not agree with them.

There have been many in the church who have completely left their faith in Jesus to live as the world does. Having been deceived, they believe that the world’s way of living is correct.

Along with those there are also many who have continued to believe in Jesus, but also follow the deceptive, sinful ways of the world at the same time. Scriptures are twisted to say what they want to hear or they are completely ignored to allow them to live sinful lives.

The remnant of believers who truly follow Jesus, will be aware of what the demonic world is teaching. They will have their eyes focused on God and His word and will not be deceived by the false teachings being taught.

In doing so, they will stand out as different and be a witness and light to the dark world. Examine your life and determine what you really believe in.

Are the things that you believe in and follow the things of God or of this world? Keep your focus upon God and His word, being led by His Holy Spirit.

Do not fall for the deceptive, sinful ways of this world, but live a holy life unto God. Be able to recognize when someone is trying to teach you a deceptive way of living.

Do not abandon your faith in God, but hold onto your faith.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth in God’s word; that you will live according to God’s ways; that God will keep you from being deceived by the world’s ways of thinking; and that you will never abandon your faith in Jesus.

Romans 2:7-8 What Do You Seek?

To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:7-8

Every person on this earth is seeking something. The majority of people are seeking things for themselves. People want more of everything for themselves.

Very few are seeking the full truth of what is good and what is not good. It is usually what looks, feels and tastes good in the moment, with very little regard to what the future consequences will be.

Paul points out that everyone will be rewarded for what they have done. Those who seek truth and doing good will receive eternal life. Those who reject the truth and are self-seeking, will be given God’s wrath.

According to the world, every person should seek to please self first and foremost above all others. There is only to be a slight regard for others when choosing actions to please self.

In the process of seeking to please self, there are very few to no boundaries as to what can be done. Since this is the case, sin is openly accepted and promoted, even though it harms the self and often harms others in the process. Truth is rejected and evil is accepted as good.

Many in the church, who claim to believe in Jesus have also fallen for the lies and deception of the world. They have chosen to seek things for themselves, rejecting the truth and following evil, while claiming to believe in Jesus. The truth is not in them.

For all those who reject the truth of God and His word, there is only God’s judgement and wrath waiting for them. Others who have chosen to seek the truth, God and His will are in line to receive God’s blessings of eternal life.

The truth is that all have sinned and need forgiveness by Jesus and to live according to God’s word. You need to ask yourself if really seeking God’s truth or are you seeking the selfish lies of this world.

Put God and His word first in your life, fleeing evil so that you may do true good according to God’s word. Seek the truth that brings about eternal life, not the lies and deceptions of this world that bring about death.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will seek God’s will; that you will turn from evil; and that God will reveal the deceptive lies of this world.

Acts 6:15 Glowing In The Face Of Slander

All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel. Acts 6:15

People who do not like someone else are quick to slander someone else. They want to cut the other person down, in hopes to build themselves up.

One of the most common ways people slander other people is with lies. Lies are spread about the person in the attempt to destroy the person’s reputation and character. How a person responds to those lies will reveal the true character of that person.

Stephen had been preaching about Jesus and many people were beginning to believe in and follow Jesus. Some hated his preaching and spread lies about him. As they brought him to trial, his face looked like one of an angel.

When slander is spread about a person, the most common reaction is anger and retaliation. The person slandered tries to strike back and destroy the enemy out of anger and hurt. This type of action can be seen in the world and inside the church.

Neither Jesus, nor Stephen retaliated in this way. They responded in love, control and the wisdom of God. While it is easy to understand why a person would strike back out of anger, it does not promote the things of God. Striking back in anger does not reveal the character of God.

Believers are to be loving and quick to forgive. Stephen was very calm and at peace when he began to speak in his defense against his accusers.

A soft answer that is filled with the truth of God will destroy the lies and slander of the enemy. It will expose the corruption and plans of the enemy, even if it does not stop the plans of the enemy.

Going through life as a believer will cause you to have some enemies. The world does not like you to stand strong and true to the standards of God and will sometimes do what they can to slander and destroy you.

You have a choice as to how you will respond. Acting like the world, you can respond in anger, fighting back. Or you can act like Jesus, responding in God’s wisdom and love.

God’s wisdom and love will prevail over anything the enemy throws your way. You may or may not lose your life, but you will remain true to God and gain eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you words to speak in light of slander; that God will give you strength to love as He loves; and that you will allow God to control your reactions to the world’s attacks.