I just finished the book of Hebrews and man oh man I wish I was preaching still. God is revealing so much to me, but since I’m not preaching I must believe that God is revealing it to ME and for ME. So it’s good……..life changing…….
I started into 1Timothy a couple weeks ago. I am taking my time soaking in verse by verse. It’s funny I’ve read this so many times, I think I have preached through the book before. So as I now take my time and eat each word, chew on in, savor it’s flavor it goes right into my spirit giving me strength and wisdom in so many area’s of my life.
Paul we no dummy, he saw right through the crap of the world, the tricks and deception of men and women, the motives and the manipulation of men in power or authority. He knew exactly how men are when they proclaim to be one thing and yet use it to their advantage…. he understands the deception of the devil, and how men meaning well would end up off track and eventually heading straight to hell.
He says in chapter 1 “Be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith” and goes on to talk about how some have turned away from this and they want to be KNOWN as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.
I think that the Lord is going to use this book to expose to me who I was – I meant well, I could say I loved the Lord — but I was so far off base — played the game and didn’t even realize it. I am the men Paul speaks of — well I should say I WAS the man!!!
He has filled me with the love that comes from Christ Jesus!!! And I can now say as Paul said in verse 12 of chapter 1 “He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used be blaspheme the name of Christ” FINALLY I hear Him – He loves me and HE TRUST ME. My life is now dedicated to serving HIM not me, not my flesh, not my heart! I live at the end of my rope daily, no hourly, no every minute of every day. I will serve Him in whatever way he ask me to serve him. I may be preaching, teaching, mission field or cleaning the bathrooms in our local church!! It’s ALL ABOUT HIM!!
The end of chapter 1 there is a statement made that I cling to “Cling to your faith in Christ, and KEEP YOUR CONSCIENCE CLEAR….” I do not think that I’ve ever lived my life with a clear conscience and I must say ……….. I LIKE IT.
1Timothy chapter 2 next……