DON'T PLAY...YOU NEED TO REPENT!
February 4, 2013
Unrepentant Christians (Pt.1)
‘Now Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds…but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.’ II Timothy 3:8,9
When you read that verse, it’s easy to overlook who Jannes and Jambres were. Without going into details, Jannes and Jambres were people who resisted Moses which means these were brethren; Christians is what we’d call them nowadays. So lets re-read that verse keeping this in mind, ‘Now Jannes and Jambres (who were Christians) resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds...’ Now let’s examine this verse further in order to get a clearer understanding of who Paul is directing this scripture towards because he’s using Jannes and Jambres as an example of what’s going on today. Notice in verse 8 he says, ‘so do these also resist the truth.’ Who are the ‘these’s’ (excuse my English) in which Paul is referring? Go to II Timothy 3:2-5,
‘…men…lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power…’
Paul is referring to the aforementioned but here’s the thing. Ordinarily, when you read that list, you think of atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, devil-worshippers, people who aren’t saved and those that don’t know Jesus, right? Wrong. Remember when Paul refers to Jannes and Jambres he was talking about Christians? Well, guess what? Those ‘lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God’ were Christians too! I mean what devil worshipper has a form of godliness? They worship Satan. And don’t atheists reject the notion of God? So they’re definitely denying His power.
So how could Bible-toting, scripture quoting, note-taking, CD playing, DVD watching, conference attending, church going Christians be considered amongst the likes of II Timothy 3:2-5? We’ll learn more about it in our upcoming issues, but until then….
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, please give me eyes that see and perceive, ears that hear, and give my heart godly understanding of this issue. Lord, help me to recognize and see if any of II Timothy 3:2-5 is in me and if there is Lord, I ask You ahead of time to forgive me. In Jesus’ name. So be it.
February 5, 2013
Play Time Is Over (Pt 2)
In our last issue, we discovered that Christians were amongst those Paul was speaking of in II Timothy 3:2-5. But what I want to bring to your attention today is verses 8 and 9. ‘Now Jannes and Jambres (who were Christians) resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth (those listed in II Tim 3:2-5): men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; they will progress no further..’ II Timothy 3:8,9
Notice that Paul says ‘they will progress no further.’ In the King James Version, the word for progress is proceed and the Greek definition for proceed means ‘to drive forward as if by beating; to advance in amount, to grow; to be well along.’ In other words (and this is not an exhaustive list but to give you a general idea);
1. They won’t advance in amount which means their finances will be affected.
2. They won’t advance or grow spiritually.
3. They won’t advance in time which means they have no more time to ‘play church’.
4. They won’t be well along in that they’ll no longer advance and be ahead in their plots against other believers.
Remember this applies to those Christians listed in II Timothy 3:2-5; they’ll progress no further. Yeah, I know! This is a hard Word because as Christians, we’d like to think we’re excluded from things like this. But I think we’ll all agree ‘that in the last days perilous times will come’. (II Tim 3:1) We just didn’t know Paul was referring to some of us.
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, this is a hard Word and to be honest, I’m having difficulty receiving it. Lord, if this is the truth, help me to receive and accept what You’re saying. And Lord, please correct every area in my life in which this applies. In Jesus’ name. So be it.
February 6, 2013
The Price Tag for Forgiveness (Pt 3)
As we have established in our last two issues, we are in the last days in which Christians are amongst those considered ‘lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power’ and as such the Bible says that Christians will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all.’
Notice Paul says that they will progress no further. But why? He says because their folly will be manifest (wholly evident, exposed) to all. Many of the lifestyles some Christians have been boastfully and proudly living are about to be exposed; not just by men, but by God.
I know some of you are thinking, ‘Well God is a forgiving God and He wouldn’t do that!’ The key word here is ‘forgiving’; and yes, God is El Nasa - ‘The God Who Forgives’ (Ps. 99:8). But the Christians we’ve been referring to have NOT asked for forgiveness. These are unrepentant Christians; those who know to repent, know that repentance is available - but choose or have failed to do so. Those Christians won’t progress further because they haven’t repented and I Peter 4:17, 18 says it best;
‘For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now if the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?’
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, please forgive me for anything (if you know of something in particular you haven’t asked forgiveness for, insert it here) I haven’t asked You to forgive me of. I know there are things in my life that I ignorantly and willfully did not seek forgiveness for, but right now Lord, I’m asking to be forgiven. Your Word says in I John 1:9 that if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Well today Heavenly Father, knowing that You are El Nasa, the God Who Forgives, I am asking You to forgive me of all my sins which includes the lifestyle that I have ignorantly, willfully, boastfully, and proudly led. In Jesus’ name. Thank You and Amen.
February 7, 2013
Forgiveness and Repentance (Pt 4)
Continuing with I Peter 4:17, the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God has begun. Those that have been professing Christianity but not really LIVING it, those cited in II Timothy 3:2-5 are among those that haven’t repented and these are they to which the time has come for judgment. But here’s the good part – not if they repent!
Sounds simple enough right? Yeah, uhm no. Repentance is not as easy as it sounds. True repentance is a change of heart.
I can only speak for myself because I can recall a time when after I knew I had done something wrong, I’d immediately ask the Lord to forgive me; which is fine and a good thing, in and of itself. But as I matured in the Word, I soon found out that forgiveness and repentance are two different things.
In our last issue, we discovered and even went as far as to pray that God would forgive; and He has. But remember, judgment is coming for those who haven’t repented. Yeah, you may have asked for forgiveness but are you ready to repent?
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your forgiveness. Lord, help me to understand repentance and please teach me how to truly repent. In Jesus name.
February 8, 2013
Sin Exposure (Pt 5)
‘For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
I Peter 4:17
Continuing with I Peter 4:17, the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God has begun. Now I know there are some that are thinking, ‘Yeah, ‘bout time! Them negroes been doin’ they thang for too long. I’m glad they’re finally about to get caught.’ See, that type of attitude is not right. Proverbs 24:17, 18 says, ‘Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; lest the Lord see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.’
Some will even take it upon themselves to go and expose those of whom they know that are listed among those in II Tim 3:2-5 but you need to get somewhere and sit down too! The way that God is going to expose these Christians is mentioned in Ephesians 5:13, 'But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.' In our next issue, we’ll go into detail how they’ll be exposed, but for now….
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, please forgive me when I wanted to be the one to expose other people and when I have exposed peoples sins. Help me Lord not to want to see, seek after, watch or enjoy seeing people being exposed. In Jesus’ name. So be it.
February 11, 2013
Are Your Lights On? (Pt 6)
‘…Walk as children of light … And have not fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.’ Ephesians 5:8-13
If you haven’t read the previous issues, be sure to catch up. But in this final issue, we’ll discuss how God is exposing unrepentant Christians. Notice that in Ephesians 5: 13 God said that all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest IS LIGHT. In other words, those of us that are walking in the light, living and doing what the Word of God says; our actions, our lifestyles will expose those who don’t - not people deliberately setting out to expose just to be hurtful, self-righteous, or to make a profit.
Matthew 5:14-16 says, ‘You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.' People should see how you live, respond, and behave. Your lifestyle should cause the world and even unrepentant Christians to see how life should be lived and how God operates in you. We don’t have to finger point or condemn because our LIVES are LIGHT. The question is; ‘Is your life fully lit, dim, or are your lights even on?’
Pray this with me; Heavenly Father, please forgive me for the things, habits, and people that I have allowed in my life that caused my lifestyle not to be a reflection of who You are. Lord help me to turn my lights back on and get my lifestyle in order with Your Word. In Jesus’ name. So be it.