April 15, 2021 Give Thanks

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.

Ephesians 2:1-2 Originally The Walking Dead

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. Ephesians 2:1-2

The world loves to watch movies about the living dead, zombies, without realizing that they are living just like the zombies. Most people in the world are living in a sinful way thinking that they are really living life, when in reality they are dead.

Paul points out to the believers that they were dead at one time, when they were living in sin following the sinful ways of this world.

Sin appears to be fun and exciting, full of life at the time of one doing it. However, all sin brings about death. It is immediate death to one’s relationship with God. Later it can and will bring about death to relationships with other people, and ultimately death to one’s own self, both physically and spiritually.

Every person who has chosen to believe in Jesus is no longer dead, but now made alive. He has been made alive, because he has been forgiven of the past sins that caused him to be dead.

Sadly, many believers go back to being dead. They choose to live in sin and follow the sinful practices and beliefs of this fallen world. Jesus did not save a person to allow him to go back to sin and become dead again. He is saved to be alive for all eternity.

Each believer has a choice to make each and every day. He can choose to be alive and remain alive, or he can choose to go back to being dead in sin. No true believer will go back to being dead.

As a believer you, also, were once dead in sin. You used to follow the sinful ways of the world. At some point you chose to believe in Jesus, repent of your sins and were made alive.

Do not allow yourself to go back to being the living dead. Do not succumb to the sinful ways and practices of this fallen, sinful world.

Live the life that Jesus purchased for you. Live a life of obedience to God and His ways. Only in doing this, will you know what true life is while walking in this dead world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be alive in Jesus; that you will obey God’s word; that God will guide you in fleeing the sinful ways of this world; and that you will be an example of the life of Jesus to this dead world.

2 Corinthians 7:1 The Real Reason Why

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

People try to cleanse their body of physical contaminates for many different reasons. Some are just trying to make themselves look better. Others do it to lose weight. Some will do it for more energy.

Each person is different in what motivates them to do what they do, especially when it is something difficult to do. This works in both physical and spiritual cleansing that people attempt. Most often the reason is for selfish, personal reasons.

After telling the Corinthian church about the promises of reconciliation and a new body, Paul tells them to purify themselves of anything that contaminates the body and spirit. The reason is because of the promises of God and out of reverence for God.

It is very common for believers to flee from certain sins or bad foods to keep themselves clean. However, many will do it in order to look good to others or to make God happy with them. When it is done for these reasons, it is done for the wrong purpose.

Jesus had already paid the price for the believer to be holy before God. What one does cannot add to it any more. But it is for this very reason that the believer should strive to flee sin and anything that contaminates his body or soul. It completely for the reason that God promised forgiveness and salvation in Jesus, that one will purify himself.

Acting in this way is what shows gratefulness to Jesus for what He did and gratefulness to God for His promises. It is not about self, but about what God has done and has promised.

As a believer, think about all the promises God has promised you. Every one of those promises are for you to hold on to. Also think about what Jesus has done for you with paying the price for your sins.

Now ask yourself how you will show your gratitude for what God has done and has promised. The best way to show your gratitude is to keep yourself pure from all sin and contamination of body and soul.

Purification from these things for any other reason will be selfish and legalistic. Make your whole purpose of living a holy life because of what God has promised you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live a holy life as God has called you to live; that you will be grateful for what God has done for you; that you will live in holy reverence for God; and that God will strengthen you to flee all sin.