I John 2:6 – “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
The bible is very clear. Your walk must align with your talk. If you profess to be a water baptized, blood washed, holy ghost filled believer in Christ Jesus, then you ought to live a life that someone else can recognize that there is something different, something peculiar, something exceptional about you. Usually people watch what you do, rather than listen to what you say!
As a believer, there is an expectation that is placed upon everyone who says they are a disciple of Jesus. A “disciple” is simply a learner and follower of Christ. If you are following the path that He has set before you, then you will not lean to the right or to the left. You will keep your eyes on the prize. And when He says, “Move”, you will move Just Like That!
When you demonstrate love in a world filled with racism, bigotry, hatred, senseless killing, human trafficking, looting, muggers and robbers, the world will know that you are His disciple because you have love one towards another. You may be the only bible someone will ever read! I understand that it is very trying and taxing to love those who are unloving and unlovable. However, we are commanded to do just that. (Matthew 5:44) – “ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” That’s how Jesus lived while here on earth. When He moved, His disciples (learners/followers) moved with Him, Just Like That!
Take introspect of your walk today in the midst of COVID-19 and a Shelter In Place Order. Are you walking as a person who has no hope, no faith and no purpose? Or instead, are you walking and talking to persuade the world, that no matter what it looks like, no matter what it sounds like, and no matter what it feels like, God is yet in control. You are moving solely by the unction of the holy spirit and inspiring those in your home, church, workplace and community to stand fast to their faith because it is the substance of things not seen and the evidence of things hoped for!
Let me challenge you today; Wake up! Get up! Boot up! Shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace! Peace in your mind, peace in your spirit, peace in your finances, peace in your relationships, and peace in your body! (Romans 10:15b) – “…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace…”
Genesis 12:1 – “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:”
Have you ever been so overwhelmed and overstimulated by your present environment and surroundings? You’ve come to a place in your life where you are relieved that you are not where you used to be, and you’re thankful for where you are right now, but in the pit of your belly, deep down in your sanctified soul, you know there is a void, a hunger, a thirst that just cannot be quenched. You sense that there is much more to life than what you are experiencing right now! Some people remain stuck and content to do the same thing day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year and really believe they are living. Not so! They are merely existing! They have become complacent and comfortable in the state they are in and have totally stopped dreaming for a better tomorrow.
Unfortunately, sometimes, something major has to take place in your life to ignite the flame to get you from where you are to where God needs you to be. Think about what’s going on with the COVID-19 Pandemic. You’re either being punished or you’re being pushed! Which is for you? This was the case with Abraham! He had lived his life and was old and settled in his ways and knew that he would be right there in his own country, with his own kindred and in his own Father’s house until the day he died! BUT GOD had another plan! Don’t you just love it! We make plans for our lives all of the time, but it is ultimately God who orders our steps! The key, however, is being in the right position and in right relationship, knowing the voice of God so that when He speaks and tells you to move, you know it’s time to move! God had a purpose, a future and expected end for Abraham. He wanted to take him to a land that he had never seen before. To make him a great nation; To bless him and make his name great so that he could be a blessing.
What about you? Have you grown weary and hopeless in well doing? Have you concluded that where you are today in life, is where you will remain for the rest of your life? Have your dreams been shattered, and your hopes severed? What is God saying to you? That business you’ve wanted to open – It’s time to move! That degree you’ve wanted to earn – It’s time to move! That job you’ve wanted to apply for – It’s time to move! Those toxic relationships you’re in – It’s time to move! Your shallow prayer life that needs building – It’s time to move! Those many distractions that keep you from the Word – It’s time to move! In this season, God is definitely pushing His people to seek Him even the more in fervent prayer!
Leave all the excuses, procrastination, fear and anxiety about the unknown, and when you hear God’s voice say “Move”. It’s time to move; just like that!
I Timothy 6:11 – “But Thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
In (Verses 3-10) Paul condemns the greedy motivation of the false teachers. Paul claims that these people have erred in their understanding of doctrine as well as in their conduct. Paul points out that the false teachers have financial gain as their motivation for living according to God’s standards and that such desires only bring ruin. Let’s see what Apostle Paul is instructing young Timothy to flee from and follow after.
I. FLEE FROM THESE THINGS
In this text, notice that Paul is speaking to the man of God – his mentee, his apprentice, his son in the ministry — which means this advice given was for Timothy and all those who were a part of the first church as well as for us today who are in the household of faith! We, the believers, are not to live by the standards of this world, but by the commandments of God our father. The bible warns us to be in the world, but not of the world! Let’s take a look at some of the things Apostle Paul warns Timothy to watch for: pride, envy and strife, evil surmising, perverse disputing, supposition that gain is Godliness, and the addictive love of money.
II. FOLLOW AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS
Now that you know what to flee from, it’s time to follow after righteousness. Righteousness is simply what God wants for your life! The text says to follow after:
– Godliness with contentment is great gain
– Contentment – we came into the world with nothing, when we leave, we will have nothing!
– Faith – the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.
– Love – the one thing that the world will be able to identify us as disciples.
– Patience – knowing that all things work together for good to them who love God and are the
called according to his purpose (his time and his way).
– Meekness – extend grace to those we come in contact with. If it wasn’t for the grace of God
where would we be!
– Eternal life – the reward we will receive at the end of the race!
You must not live in fear because of what you cannot see (what you do not have); but walk in faith believing God for the impossible! FLEE from FEAR; FOLLOW in FAITH!