Watch your Life and your Doctrine Closely!
I was away a couple of years ago down the Cape Cod by Nauset Light/Coast Guard Beach. What struck me was the erosion of the beach and sand due to the ocean storms. I thought erosion of beaches only happened in California!
The nation’s morals have eroded to a point that we are trying to figure out how we got here. There is no excuse for it and plenty of blame to go around. It was living reality TV.
Lying, cheating, exaggeration have become common a common denominator with fake news, media hype, and even censorship in our society. Yet, we are expected to tolerate everything these days even when things are blatantly wrong.
Absolute truth has become an absolute assault in areas of life and society. Things called good are now evil, and evil is now called good. Morality and a person’s spirituality can erode in such a deceiving way. It doesn’t happen all at once, but erosion occurs like a large barrel of water fills up with just drops of water at a time until it is full and overflowing.
Many churches, not all of them are experiencing a famine of the Word of God in church. Sound preaching and teaching are void, and the music and entertainment have become the priority just like the Hollywood and celebrities. (I like good contemporary music that glorifies God). I want to get fed when I go to church how about you? Junk food makes us unhealthy and this goes with eating healthy in our spiritual diet and walk with God.
The way we stop the erosion is to ask God to forgive us and make our hearts right with Him for a personal renewal. To turn from our selfish ways. May I also add to turn from our angry and violent ways. Freedom and peace are at stake in our nation here in the USA.
If the Pastor is not teaching proper Scripture to get fed then leave and find a place that teaches sound truth. Read and study the the Word of God to build on a solid foundation. Stories move us, but only the Word of God can change us!
Spend time in prayer with the Lord and pray in Jesus Name to God the Father. Pray for your family, church, your country and the needs of others. Please continue to pray for our nation and its leaders. Pray also for the nurses, doctors,, first responders, etc. during this Coronavirus pandemic.
To combat the erosion we must be prepared, rooted, and grounded for the storm that comes our way. Erosion happens subtly so guard your life closely. We live in an age of a selfish society where the ‘feel good’ mentality and ‘it’s all about me syndrome’ has led us down a path away from a loving God.
I know this was a strong today and I am personally convicted as well. May we allow the work of the Holy Spirit to do the spiritual surgery that is needed.
May we become aware of our life and behavior to be examples of living for God and loving our neighbors.
Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
1 Timothy 4:15-16 NIV
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]
1 Peter 5:8-9 AMP
As you begin this week my friend look closely within and then your surroundings. Have your convictions and conscience been watered down?
Is your life eroding away like the seashore? Is God the fiber of your being and part of your lifestyle or has He been put on the back burner and you forgot where the Lord went. The reality is that God is faithful and does not change. We are the ones who choose to walk away and do as we please not God. May we not drift away with subtle erosion.
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