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.

Ephesians 5:6 Don’t Be Deceived

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Ephesians 5:6

One of the most deceptive things are advertisements. Nearly every advertisement tells a person that what is being sold is the very best on the market and that everyone needs it right now, even though there may be better products out there and not every one needs it.

Deception often comes in how things are worded and said. When things are worded a certain way, people will believe it, even when it is false.

After listing some specific sins that a believer should not even think on, Paul tells the people to not be deceived with empty words. It is on those empty words of those disobedient that God brings His wrath upon.

In the same way that advertisements deceive people into thinking that they need something that they don’t, people also deceive others into believing that sinful acts are acceptable to God.

Sexual immorality is just as popular in the church as it is outside the church. Using bad language is common among believers. Along with these, there are many others sins that believers continually commit on a regular basis.

It is not that believers are perfect, but that many of these believers claim these sinful acts are acceptable to God. With deceptive words they claim that they do not need to change, because God still loves them and will save them.

Living in this way is deceptive and is being led by Satan. It is false living and will incur the wrath of God.

Believers are called to live a pure and holy life unto God. As the believer is led by the Holy Spirit, he will not be misled by deceptive lies, empty words of this world and false believers into sinful acts.

The moment you chose to repent and believe in Jesus for your salvation, God had called you to a new way of living. You are to step away from sinful acts to live a righteous life.

All around you the world will continue to try to deceive you into believing that sin is good and acceptable to God. Keep yourself immersed in God’s word and filled with His Holy Spirit. Know what God expects of you and then live that way.

Do not allow yourself to be deceived by the lies of this world and false believers.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know how God expects you to live your life; that you will live a holy and righteous life as Jesus did; that you will not be deceived by false and empty words; and that you will speak God’s words, not empty words.

John 10:27 Who Are You Listening To?

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. John 10:27

Every place that a person goes, there are voices that are speaking. All over the world people have something to say.

These voices that are speaking, often say things that are so conflicting from each other to the point that one may wonder what to believe. No matter what is said, there is often someone who will say something the exact opposite.

A person is required to choose who he will listen to and who he will believe is telling the truth.

Jesus said that He knows His sheep who listen to His voice and follow Him.

In the same way that there are many different voices in the world, there are also many different voices inside the church. These voices are also speaking many very different things to the people that are opposite each other and some will go against God’s word.

In order for a person to truly follow God, he must know what God is saying. To know what God is saying, one must listen to God and line it up with His word.

Every believer must have God’s Spirit inside of him to guide him and allow him to know and hear God’s voice. The things God will say will always line up with what He has revealed in the scriptures, because He cannot go against His own word.

The more a believer knows God’s voice, he will hear His voice. Instead of trying to not hear all the other voices out there, teaching false lies, he will only listen to God’s voice. There are too many voices in the world to just work at not listening to them, one must focus upon God’s voice and follow Him.

As a believer, study God’s word to know what God is saying. Focus your life upon God first, so that you may recognize His voice when He speaks to you.

Do not allow yourself to get caught up in what the world is saying. Turn your eyes, ears and heart towards God and His word. It is the only place that you will hear truth with no defects or lies in it.

As you hear what God is saying, obey Him and follow Him. God will speak life into you, if you will allow Him and obey Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s voice; that you will hear when God speaks; that you will obey what God says; and that God will strengthen you to not be led astray by the voices of this fallen world.

John 8:44 Who Is Your Father?

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

In most families, in which the father stays, the children often grow up acting like their father. Many of the thoughts, actions and words of the children are repeats of the father. This includes both the good and bad actions and words.

Jesus speaks against those falsely trying to accuse Him of wrong. He tells them that their father is the devil, because he speaks lies and has no truth in him.

Just as Jesus is truth and life, the devil is lies and death. He is the exact opposite of everything that Jesus is.

Unless there is a major change in a child’s life, it is good to expect that the child is a good representation of his father. He will act and speak very much like his father.

At some point after birth every human chooses to sin and be like the devil. It is not usually a conscience effort to be like the devil, but it is giving into his ways.

One of the most common sins among people is lying. People lie about how they really are, about there not being a God, about how they really care about others, about what is good and bad and many other ways. The lies show up in deception and ignorance of truth. Their father is the devil.

The one who follows Jesus, will follow truth and allow truth to be a part of his life. His father will be God and it will show in his life.

As you examine your life, ask yourself how much truth is in your life. It is easy to allow deception and lies in, covering up mistakes and wrongs as though they were acceptable and good. Living like this is living like the world, and allowing the devil to be your father.

Immerse yourself in God’s word, living as Jesus lived. Jesus is truth and if you live as He lived, you will live in truth, not lies. As you live in truth, you will also make God your father, not the devil, the father of lies and deception.

Who is your real father?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow the truth of God; that you will live as Jesus lived; that God will be your father in every area of your life; and that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in keeping from all lies.