Bible Ballistics: BBs #154 Where ARE YOU???
“Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” 1 Timothy 6:5-7
The context here is a warning against false teachers, and one of the false things they are teaching is the equation of ‘prosperity’ to ‘godliness’. And as my momma would say, “tain’t so”! And friends it is just as false a teaching now as it was in the days of the early church.
Perverse: showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of consequences.
We live in a day when money and sex are proclaimed as the panacea for everyone, and everything everywhere. That is a lie! No panacea exists to life. We can face it with God’s strength and courage in Jesus, or we can go it our own way and believe the lies of the world and reap the consequences.
Panacea: a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases.
And dear ones, sex and money will never give you peace in your heart! No matter how much, how often or how hard you try to fill your life with ‘things’ other than God, it will never succeed. Never! The alternative???
Psalm 118:24, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Consider the options: continually seeking that which will NEVER satisfy or learning to rejoice and be glad in the “day which the Lord hath made”! How do we rejoice? By learning that God is totally faithful, and HE will provide.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
When we take up our ‘cross’ and follow Jesus we can have absolute confidence that we belong to God and He is caring for us. He is leading if we will but hear and obey. And contentment is a result of learning to trust in HIM!
“Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:4-6
We must choose to walk in godliness—honoring the sanctity of marriage. God made sex!!! And He also made the safest, and most fulfilling place for those needs and desires to be filled–and that’s within a Biblical marriage. One man-one woman—for life!!! We can’t improve on God’s plan. But we can abandon it and reap the consequences, for ALL sexual sin and perversion: “but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge”. God will keep HIS Word. Where are YOU? In submission and obedience to God or making your own way, falling for the lie which can never deliver?
So??? Here’s our shot for today. Where are YOU? Going your way or God’s. Where is your confidence?
“My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2