Things I’ve Learned About Giving Under Grace
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study
I do realize that some people have fallen into debt due to circumstances and situations beyond their control such as job lay offs, government shutdowns, death, divorce, accidents, health issues, medical bills, and other matters. To these people; just remain faithful in The Lord and lean and depend on him. Remember Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Giving Under Grace Should Be Done Secretly: Apostle Paul never told the saints to get an envelope and put their name on it including the amount they are giving. He never told the Bishops or Elders to ask for the saints payroll stubs, W-2 forms and other local, state, and federal tax income information. He never told local assemblies to post how much each saint has given. He never told the saints to give according to their gross income which is the amount people are paid before taxes, insurance, and other local, state, federal, and job related financial responsibilities are taken out of their payroll checks. Remember the net income is what individuals earn after taxes, insurance, and other local, state, federal, and job related financial responsibilities are paid. Apostle Paul told us to give cheerfully. When I was in the Baptist setting and other assemblies I attended, it was made known who gave the most and who gave the least, and in these assemblies the giving was not done in secret but saints were encouraged to stand or come up front so that everyone could see them especially if they had given a big donation or collection. They would announce from the pulpit who gave and if they were lifting an offering, the pastor would say what he was putting in in the offering plate as a starting amount. The pastor would say, "I’m starting out with $20” and begin to pressure the congregation to give again. What I would see is saints giving to please man and not giving as the Spirit led them. Satan uses these kinds of tactics to help saints get caught up in their pride and have those with the most money looking down on those who do not have much to give. Satan also used the situation of saints giving over and over again to keep saints worshipping the creature (man) instead of the Creator (God).
Giving Under Grace Is A Personal Matter: "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come" (1st Corinthians 16:2). Even though the Apostle Paul was collecting funds for the saints at Jerusalem, it was a personal matter of those past saints being led by the Spirit to give. Each one of us must do our own giving in this Age of Grace as we are led by the Holy Spirit too. Saints no preacher nor leader in the church has any right to dictate or tell you how much to give or where you should give. That is strictly between you and the Lord. The Holy Spirit will lead you in your giving if you will seek His guidance.
Giving Under Grace Should Be Proportionate: Notice The Word of God says "let every one of you lay by him as God hath prospered him." Paul lets the saints know how much we should give to the Lord in just five words, "as God hath prospered him." What Paul is saying is there are some who can give more than others to the Lord's work. Paul is also saying there are some who are only able to give a bare mite or nothing at all. This is "proportionate giving" or as the Holy Spirit puts it, "according as God hath prospered you."
Giving Under Grace Should Be Voluntary: Apostle Paul is saying that saints in the Dispensation of Grace should be ready and willing to give at all times - wherever the Holy Spirit shows us there is a need. Apostle Paul gave us a good example of this giving in 1st Corinthians 16:1-2 . The Apostle Paul said, "Now concerning the collection for the saints, upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him." This was a special offering to help the poor saints at Jerusalem. It was an emergency or relief offering. Noticed how Paul urged each Corinthian believer to lay aside so much money according "as God hath prospered him" so that there would be enough money on hand to help these poor saints when he came to the church. Paul did not tell the saints to neglect their bills, neglect taking care of their families or go homeless trying to help these saints. Paul was saying do what you can according to how God has blessed you. Tithing under the law is not voluntary; however under Grace, it is voluntary.
Giving Under Grace Should Be Spirit-Led: Apostle Paul says In Galatians 5:18 "If ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law." Now we know according to Matthew 23:23 and Leviticus 27:30-34 that tithing was a part of the law. Now when people allow themselves to be put under the law of tithing, they are not being led of the Spirit. In this dispensation of grace all of our giving must be Spirit-directed. In the dispensation of Grace, there is nothing in the Bible which tells the saints of God how much they are to give. That is left up to each believer and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. 2nd Corinthians 9:7 says “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” Enjoying the liberty we have under Grace can never come through listening to the Law and its demands. It can only come through absolute surrender to the Spirit of God to let Him lead us in all of our service, deeds, thoughts and actions. "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). In the Dispensation of Grace, we need more Spirit -led giving and less Law-led and preacher-led giving. Saints remember Spirit-led giving always honors God and promotes The Word of God Rightly Divided.
Giving Under Grace Must Be Done Willingly: Look at what Our Apostle says, Paul says in 2nd Corinthians 8:12, "For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to what he hath not." Saints this is the major difference between giving under the Law and giving under Grace. Grace is undeserved, unmerited favor bestowed on sinful man because God so loved that He gave. We as saints in the Body of Christ must remember that the only gift that God accepts in this Age of Grace is that which comes from the heart constrained by this same love. Saints, God does not accept any gift that is not given out of a loving and willing mind that is led by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit. Saints in the dispensation of Grace are not to give to ease our conscience. We are not to give because we have been intimidated or coerced to give. We are not to give because we feel that we have to give. We are not to give to make a name for ourselves. We are not to give because others give. Rather, the saints should give because they love the Lord and because of what Christ has done for them.
Giving Under Grace Should Be Done Cheerfully: Apostle Paul says in 2nd Corinthians 9:7, "Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. We as saints in the Body of Christ must remember that we are not to give grudgingly and reluctantly. How can we expect God to accept it in the same way as He does a cheerful contribution? Do not forget that God sees the heart and that He knows the attitude in which we give. Saints, one thing I have learned since being under Grace and that is those who give cheerfully, from a heart of love, are those who are blessed in their soul from giving. On the other hand, those who give grudgingly, find it very painful to part with their money. Instead of these saints enjoying God's blessing of joy and peace, they have feelings of regret and hurt in their soul. I have learned that giving cheerfully doesn’t leave you with regrets after you have given to the work of ministry. You do not ponder excessively after you have given. You do not wish you could have it back or wish you would have given a lesser amount. Giving cheerfully means you understand Philippians 4:6-7, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." That is why we can give cheerfully, we do not worry about anything because God is in control. God is eager to hear our request and they are to be accompanied with thanksgiving. We have the Peace of God knowing that God is in control and that means tranquility of the mind freeing saints from fear and worrying. God’s peace far surpasses one’s own understanding of the problem and His ability to cope with and solve it. Saints, we in the Body of Christ should always remember what Apostle Paul said in 1st Corinthians 6:19,20, "Ye are not your own for ye are bought with a price." That means that all of our money really belongs to God. When we are saved everything we have, including body, time and money belongs to Him who loved us and redeemed us with His own precious blood.
Giving Under Grace Means Being Good Stewards Over Our Money: A good steward will give himself or herself to the Lord: Apostle Paul states in 2nd Corinthians 8:5, "And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God." Paul emphasizes that the Macedonians "first gave themselves to the Lord" They recognized that their entire lives belonged to the Lord and then were generous with their money. Oftentimes those who are not good stewards of their money have not given themselves completely to the Lord. Many continue to struggle with the world and all the world has to offer. 1st John 2:15-17 states "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." Apostle Paul told Timothy in 1st Timothy 6:10, "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." Apostle Paul in these verses lets saints know that is what happens when we are not good stewards over our money. The reason many go into debt is because they are not content with what the Lord has blessed them with in their lives. Many times numerous people fall because of their love of money.
Giving Under Grace Means Being a Good Steward in Managing Money: The reason most saints end up in debt is because many are poor money managers. A good steward includes God in their finances. Notice it says "Godliness with contentment." Only the Holy Spirit can help us to be satisfied and stay away from the spirit of greed and use what God has given us wisely. Simply put, when God is included in the plans of saints’ finances, a budget is implemented. A budget is nothing more than a short-range plan for how you will spend your money during the coming week, month, and year. A budget will help saints live within their means and not go into debt. A budget will also help you get out of debt. A budget will allow you to focus on how much you have spent and what you can afford to allocate each month in categories such as utilities, food, gasoline, and entertainment. A budget will help in providing for your family needs. Paul did say in 1st Timothy 5:8, "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel."
Giving Under Grace as a Good Steward Means Learning How to Save and Not Needlessly Spending All of Your Money: A good steward learns to save some money for unforeseen emergencies and for future anticipated needs. If you spend everything you make and never save anything, you are not being a steward of God's money. Save something, no matter how small, out of every paycheck. It will add up over time and it is a good habit to develop. This is another way how saving can be a blessing to others. When we saved a little, we will have money to help others in need and also to support the work of the ministry of other saints in the Dispensation of Grace who rightly divide the word of truth. We also will have money to help our immediate and extended family members and friends. Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 4:28, "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth." But simply not stealing is not enough. Paul is saying being in Christ means taking it a further step by demonstrating generosity by giving to those in need.
Giving Under the Age of Grace, A Good Steward Should Do Their Best To "STAY OUT OF DEBT”: Saints, we must remember that when we owe money, we lose a degree of our freedom because we must pay the lender a certain amount of money on a regular basis. You are not free to spend all your money in other areas without first paying on your loan. Outside of the necessary bills we must pay, we as saints should stay away from added obligations. Some people have mortgage payments so high that their lives are unbearable because too much of their monthly income goes to paying the house payment. Credit cards are the worst and keep many in bondage. Many saints in the Body of Christ should have "plastic surgery and cut all their credit cards up."
Giving Under the Age of Grace Means A Good Steward Should Heed the Warning Signs of Going Into Debt: Saints, I have been in the bondage of debt and the Lord has allowed me to share the signs of going into debt and being in debt from my own personal experiences. Here is the list that I came up with as I ponder my past in debt. 1) I constantly worried about money. 2) I had family disputes over money. 3) We had no savings for emergencies. 4) I was paying only the minimum due or less on my credit cards each month. 5) I had to take cash advances on one credit card to pay off bills on another. 6) My credit cards were at their max. 7) I was borrowing from one credit card to pay the other off. 8) I was getting threatening phone calls and letters from creditors. 9) I didn't know exactly how much I owed. 10) I was borrowing from credit cards to pay the utilities. By the Grace of God, I learned that the basic rule for avoiding debt is "Never spend more than you make." If you never spend more money than you make, you can always avoid debt. Learn to live within your means. If you allow a desire for a rich lifestyle to control you, you will end up in financial disaster. Being content means we shouldn’t try to eat filet mignon on a hamburger income. Remember 1st John 2:15-17. I thank God, He taught me how to be a good steward over the money he blesses me with during this time in my life. Not having to dodge creditors’ phone calls and reading their letters is a blessing and relieves so much stress in our lives.
Giving Under the Age of Grace, A Good Steward Will Always Asks Some Very Important Questions: Do I have any doubt about purchasing the item? Will it aid or hinder my spiritual growth? Does it put me in debt? Is it a good investment? Is it meaningful for my family (1st Timothy 5:8)? Why do I want it (1 Timothy 6:9)? Do I really need it? We as saints have been given wonderful opportunities by the Grace of God to lead by example. Having the mind of Christ will tell us as saints to give up an affordable purchase so that we would not tempt others who do not have the financial means to live at the same level. We as saints should also consider the effect that our purchases have on shaping our children's perspective on materialism. We as saints in the Dispensation of Grace consider our motivation in providing for our children. The world tells us that we are good parents if we give the "best" stuff to our children but we must realize that we are teaching them to derive their identity from what they own. If they only feel better about themselves because they wear the "right labels"; this is misguided teaching. When we give all "the best" according to the standards of this world to our kids, rather than providing them with sound doctrine from the Word of God rightly divided, we are doing them a disservice.
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study
PLEASE READ !!! I PUT ON A FAÇADE FOR MANY YEARS ( I WAS HURTING)
3-15-14 I LED MY FAMILY INTO FINANCIAL RUIN!!!!! GOD DIDN’T BAIL ME OUT!!!
TRYING TO EAT FILET MIGNON ON A HOT DOG AND PORK AND BEANS INCOME!!!!!!! I LED MY FAMILY INTO FINANCIAL RUIN!!!!
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study
PLEADING THE BLOOD ON MY FINANCES DIDN’T WORK!!!!
I LED MY FAMILY INTO A FINANCIAL DISASTER!!! GOD DIDN’T BAIL ME OUT!!!! I PLEADED THE BLOOD AND PRONOUNCED HEALING ON MY FINANCES. I GAVE ALL I HAD TO THE CHURCH IN HOPES OF GOD BRINGING ME OUT OF MY FINANCIAL BIND. I PAID MY TITHES WITH HOPES OF THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN BEING OPENDED. AFTER ALL THOSE THINGS, I WAS STILL IN DEBT AND GOD DIDN’T BAIL ME OUT.
WE HAVE A CHOICE!!!!
I believe God would love to see saints in the Body of Christ living debt-free lives. But, as stewards of the money that He has entrusted to us we have a free will to do what we wish with it. We can choose to give it, save it, spend it, or even spend more than we have. I also believe that God will work on our behalf to help get us out of debt, but we have a big part to play – to stop spending more than we have! It doesn’t matter how much money we make – as long as we are spending more money than we have, we will always be in debt.
GOD DIDN’T BAIL ME OUT (WHY?)
God didn’t bail me out. He allowed me to go through the heartaches and pains of my poor decisions so I could grow and mature into a father, husband and leader who by the grace of God now know how to be a good steward over the money in my family. Many saints put on this facade like everything is going so well when in reality, they are hurting and stressing because they are drowning in debt. I use to be the same way until I listen to God through his word. God didn’t drop a bag of money in my lap and say “here, pay off your bills and get yourself out of debt.” That wouldn’t have helped me to become a good steward of my family’s money. I wouldn’t have learned from my poor decisions and choices I made in life. I wouldn’t have grown spiritually and wouldn’t be able to comfort and help those who are dealing with the heartaches and pains from their poor decisions and choices in life. God's purpose in times of crisis and trouble is to teach us precious lessons. They are intended to educate, and build us up. My friends I realize that God wants to use our problems for good, to make us better and stronger for our personal development and in turn for us to be able to help others in their lives. God needed to wake me up. I’ve learned that without wakeup calls, we will blindly fall onto the wrong path that leads to greater disappointment and ruin. God allowed me to go through the heartaches and pains from my poor financial decisions and choices to help me learn to be patient. I now know that patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady." Romans 5:3-4 “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:”
TAKE HEED TO THE WARNING SIGNS!!!! GREED IS DEADLY!!!!
Many of us were not taught how to manage money and make good financial decisions when were growing up. All many of us LEARNED how to do was SPEND. The reason most saints end up in debt is because many are poor money managers. A good steward includes God in their finances. Apostle Paul told Timothy in 1st Timothy 6:10, "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." Apostle Paul in these verses lets saints know that is what happens when we are not good stewards over our money. The reason many go into debt is because they are not content with what the Lord has blessed them with in their lives. Many times numerous people fall because of their love of money. Notice it says "Godliness with contentment." Only the Holy Spirit can help us to be satisfied and stay away from the spirit of greed and use what God has given us wisely. Saints, I have been in the bondage of debt and the Lord has allowed me to share the signs of going into debt and being in debt from my own personal experiences. Here is the list that I came up with as I ponder my past in debt. 1) I constantly worried about money. 2) I had family disputes over money. 3) We had no savings for emergencies. 4) I was paying only the minimum due or less on my credit cards each month. 5) I had to take cash advances on one credit card to pay off bills on another. 6) My credit cards were at their max. 7) I was borrowing from one credit card to pay the other off. 8) I was getting threatening phone calls and letters from creditors. 9) I didn't know exactly how much I owed. 10) I was borrowing from credit cards to pay the utilities. By the Grace of God, I learned that the basic rule for avoiding debt is "Never spend more than you make." If you never spend more money than you make, you can always avoid debt. Always include God in your finances and consult with him through the Word of God about your financial decisions.
Saints, we must remember that when we owe money, we lose a degree of our freedom because we must pay the lender a certain amount of money on a regular basis. Outside of the necessary bills we must pay, we as saints should stay away from added obligations. Some people have mortgage payments so high that their lives are unbearable because too much of their monthly income goes to paying the house payment. Credit cards are the worst and keep many in bondage. Many saints in the Body of Christ should have "plastic surgery and cut all their credit cards up." Learn to live within your means. If you allow a desire for a rich lifestyle to control you, you will end up in financial disaster. Being content means we shouldn’t try to eat filet mignon on a hamburger income. Remember 1st John 2:15-17 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." . I thank God, He taught me how to be a good steward over the money he blesses me with during this time in my life. Not having to dodge creditors’ phone calls and reading their letters is a blessing and relieves so much stress in our lives. We as saints should also consider the effect that our purchases have on shaping our children's perspective on materialism. We as saints in the Dispensation of Grace should consider our motivation in providing for our children. The world tells us that we are good parents if we give the "best" stuff to our children but we must realize that we are teaching them to derive their identity from what they own. If they only feel better about themselves because they wear the "right labels"; this is misguided teaching. When we give all "the best" according to the standards of this world to our kids, rather than providing them with sound doctrine from the Word of God rightly divided, we are doing them a disservice. Let us all remember Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study
Check The List Below To See If You Belong To The Religious Folk Category!!!
Saints over the years, I have seen and been involved in a lot of things in the ministry and I never asked why we did certain things and what was the purpose of doing certain things, I just followed the crowd. I learned that just because someone can say that they had been preaching for so many years doesn’t mean they know the Word of Truth rightly divided. I can now by the grace of God know if someone knows the Word of God Rightly Divided the moment they open up their mouth. Jesus in Mark 7 was speaking with the religious leaders about traditions and the commandments of men. In strong words, Jesus was telling them that they were better off going fishing or going out to the mall shopping because their worship was in vain or worthless. When saints don’t know or don’t care to know and just follow the crowd, they become religious folks. That was me for over twenty some years.
Religious Folk: Follow the traditions and the commandments of men (Mark 7:7). Honor God with their lips and not with their heart (Mark 7:6). They just get up and quote scripture without having any knowledge of what the scripture is about. Many memorize it so if they have to speak, they can get up and quote the scripture. Many religious folk will use 2nd Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Many do not know who the "my people" are in this verse and what this verse is really pertaining to. They just grab and use it. My people are the children of Israel (Not you and I in the Body of Christ today).
Religious Folk: Pick up their Bibles on Sunday and dust them off and go to Church as they call it and put their Bibles back on the shelf and pick them up again next Sunday. Nothing more than a routine, they never really study the Word of God rightly divided. 2nd Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. They think they have done their Christian duty by going to church as they call it, so they can say I have been to church. They have no knowledge of the scriptures.
Religious Folk: Think God is waiting for them in a building not realizing that if you are saved, the Holy Spirit lives on the inside of you. Your body is the temple of Christ 1st Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1st Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” People still erroneously try to reach God through physical towers, physical church buildings, sometimes with steeples reaching toward heaven. Satan uses these beautiful church buildings to create a false spiritual atmosphere, a man-made awe or reverence, created by architecture, stained glass windows, etc. It is a false religious spirit, not the Holy Spirit of God. It is a substitute spirit for the Spirit of our true and living God. God wants you to relate to Him daily and moment by moment in a natural and living way by studying and meditating on the Word of God. Our answers are in the one place most saints do not want to look in and that is The Holy Bible (The Word of Truth). Steeples, stained-glass, ornate designs, and other architectural elements that make people think “God is here” are all false.
Religious Folk: Believe any and everything that come out of a preacher's or teacher's mouth, they never search the scriptures to discover the truth. They will turn into an angry mob when the truth is preached to them, or you speak out against their manmade traditions. (Just read Acts chapter 7 when Stephen is speaking the truth in love). Acts 7:54-60 “When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”
Religious Folk: Don’t know what they believe, many just follow the crowd. If you ask many of them why do you believe what you believe, most of them couldn’t tell you or give and explain biblical scriptures as to why.
Religious Folk: Prefer tickling ear messages over hearing sound doctrine rightly divided. They want preachers to tell them what they want to hear and not what they need to hear. 2nd Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Religious Preachers: Preach tickling ear messages: In other Words, they preach what people want to hear and not what they need to hear. They stay away from the hot button issues in the Bible. They turn their ears away from the truth. 2nd Timothy 4:3-42nd Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Religious Folk: Believe the Holy Spirit hangs from chandeliers in buildings, and that when the service gets emotionally charged, the Holy Spirit jumps on them. They do not even realize that once you are saved by the gospel, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise, Jesus is the sealer and the Holy Spirit is the Seal. Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. The Holy Spirit lives in us by faith, He doesn’t jump in and out. We can grieve the Holy Spirit when we walk in the flesh. The Bible says walk in the Spirit and we won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The Holy Spirit doesn’t throw people up against walls and make them run into pews or make them jump from the pulpit. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is temperance which means self control. Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Religious Folk and Many Saints: Do not pray and sing with understanding due to not rightly dividing the Word of Truth. 1st Corinthians 14:15 tells us to pray and sing with the Spirit and with the understanding. 1st Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Many times we pray like God is that big Genie in the sky and whatever we pray for He’s going to give it to us. Many pray like that when they don’t have an understanding of the scripture rightly divided. We sing songs like "Save a Seat for Me" and "I’m Climbing Up the Rough Side of the Mountain, I’m Doing My Best to Make It In." You don’t have to do your best to make it in, that’s works. Once you are saved, your citizenship is in heaven. Philippians 3:20 “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:” all you have to do is take God at his Word, that’s faith.
Religious Folk: Will argue the scriptures without having any knowledge of the scriptures. Paul said shun profane and vain babblings, in other words worthless talk. 2nd Timothy 2:16 “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”
Religious Folk Love Rituals: They get up and cite readings or man made readings without any knowledge of what they are reading and the purpose of what they are reading. Jesus said in Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Many just repeat what others have heard or said. A prime example is a church covenant, many have no idea of what a church covenant is in their local assemblies. They just believe it and think that it should be something they should follow. Many Christians and many churches claim that they abide by the principles of the Bible alone. Then they will turn around and formulate something called a church membership policy or church covenant. But where does the Bible tell us to have such a thing?
Religious Folk: Amen Everything. (Now we know Amen means "I agree with that"). It was once said that a preacher got caught up in the cord of speaker system and he said- “Once I get untangled from this cord-” the people said Amen, Then He said “ I’m about get untangled from this cord” and the people said Amen, Then he said “ We are going to move on” and the people said Amen. Religious folk amen so much, they don’t know how to identify false teachings and doctrines. The person speaking could say “after service, we are going to go and jump off that bridge” and you would get some people saying Amen. That is why so many are carried away by every wind of doctrine. Ephesians 4:14 says “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
Religious Folk: Will say some things that to them it sounds good. They may say “you know saints, I was getting ready for service this morning and when I got outside, the car wouldn’t start and I came to realize that the devil got in that car and didn’t want me to get to service.” My friends, have you ever thought that cars are like humans, they will let you down?
Religious Folk and Many Saints Believe They Can Attend Any And Everything The World Has To Offer: When not under teaching rightly divided, many will fall under the anything go religious system. Many do not understand Sanctification. Many believe that we can attend any and every function that the World offers. It’s appalling to hear and see some of the things we attend and the places we go as saints of God. Its appalling to hear and see some of the things that we watch, listen to, and say we are as ambassadors for Christ. Many don’t see anything wrong with going to entertainment that makes smoking drugs and getting high okay. Many go to comedy shows where every other word is a curse word. The things we rent in stores to take home, we think because its in the privacy of our home, its okay. We as saints should be careful about the things we allow in our homes. We should be careful how we carry ourselves in front of our children, other saints, and sinners. We should be watchful of the folly we engage in. Every Christian should realize that we have been bought with a price, that he is not his own (Ephesians 6:19-20). We shouldn’t act like the Corinthians, they were saved and sanctified, but did not behave as saints. They walked as carnal (1st Corinthians 3:1-5). Do you realize as a saint that everywhere you go, the Holy Spirit goes with you? It doesn’t matter whether in town or on a vacation. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit saints.
ARE YOU IN A POSITION TO MINISTER TO SOMEONE?
NOT ROOTED, CARRIED AWAY BY EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Ephesians 4:11-14
We are frequently admonished to "search" the Scripture to seek out the truth that God reveals by His Spirit. We are urged to know what we believe and why. We must carefully examine God's Word and learn what is true. And having found it, we should adhere to it always, not yielding an inch of ground when supposedly new teaching comes around from the mouth of false teachers and smooth talkers. Not all church members have stood firm, as we know from experience. Some, making poor choices about what "truth" they will adhere to, have been blown off course, sailing away from their original destination. What’s happening is that many members in the Body of Christ are not following Christ's path and instructions. They had become liberal and lax, no longer having the conviction to the truth fixed in their hearts and minds. Their faith is weakening, and in consequence, they are yielding to every new opinion and idea from false teachers. We must really know the truth of God, believe it, and be fully convinced of it in true faith. We must study God’s Word God’s way and that is by rightly dividing the Word of Truth. Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. We need to search and study the Word of Truth rightly divided.
In Ephesians 4:14, the apostle Paul encourages us, writing that God has given us gifts of His grace to equip us so "that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. . . ." He is referring to a process of spiritual maturity that will keep us solidly grounded and on a steady course as we do the work of the ministry. It is not wrong to be a child of God, to be a new-born babe, but it is wrong to be a child when you ought to be a man, and that is what the apostle is speaking about. The great majority of Christians never get beyond the milk diet. All the saints, every member of Christ’s body is a minister. Then the work of ministering, which is the work of each member of Christ is to result in the building up of the body of Christ. The apostle has in view these things which are circling round: “...that we be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error.” If only we could stop with the apostle’s language it would throw so much light on this matter. “...by the sleight of men.” Literally, in the deceit, but the Greek words refer to the throw of the dice and the element of cheating, it is something like the loaded dice by which there is a fraud, a cheating, and that is what is here in the language. The wiles of error. The throw of the dice which is always so arranged that it comes out to the good of the one who is using it. These errors and false teachings that are going around are cheating the saints of their advantage in Christ and their place.
When we don’t study and stand on the Word of Truth rightly divided, we are cheated of the many blessings we have in Christ. Yes, believers who are carried away by every wind of doctrine may one day wake up to the fact that they have been cheated of the reality of what we have right now in the Word of God rightly divided by a fraud. In craftiness”, that is literally, in their clever trickiness. The words here by Apostle Paul are very rich. He uses the word here which is “in every deed, or every work, in craftiness”. Every deed of theirs (false teachers and preachers) has some subtle craftiness in it, some trickiness in it. And oh, the trickiness of the devil in his false doctrine. The thing seems so right, so thoroughly good, according to the Word, but there is something hidden in it, a trick, a snare. And many in the Body of Christ have fallen for the tricks of false teachers and preachers. [That we henceforth be no more children] . . . children have other characteristics besides simplicity and docility. Children are credulous, and are influenced easily by others, and led astray. In these respects, Paul exhorts the Ephesians to be no longer children but urges them to put on the characteristics of manhood [adulthood]. [And carried about with every wind of doctrine] With no firmness; no settled course; no helm. The idea is that of a vessel or ship on the restless ocean, that is tossed about with every varying wind, and that has no settled line of sailing. As we know, children have short attention spans; they change directions seemingly in an instant. They will begin to play with one toy only to be distracted by another a moment later. A parent will tell them to do something, and the intention to obey escapes them as soon as something else comes up. To get the upper hand, Satan and his ministers use trickery, cunning, and deceit to fool others into moving in the direction that they want them to go. Employing crafty and calculating "skills," they deceive and misdirect the unaware down a path that they never intended to go. They may speak smooth words—what they propose sounds great—but the consequences are destructive. Not all is as it seems. Appearances can be very deceiving. A piece of fruit may look delicious on the outside, but the inside may be rotten.paragraph here.
PLEADING THE BLOOD OF JESUS (IS IT BIBLICAL?) 8-12-15
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study
Oftentimes we wonder how so many can be so confused as to what’s going on in the body of Christ. It’s the teaching that many are sitting under and never searching the scriptures for themselves. They believe any and everything that they hear. Where is the practice of “pleading the blood" of Jesus found in Scripture? There seems to be a profound practice of manipulating God by “pleading the blood” of Christ. It seems that the blood is supposed to hold some magical formula. Do you need a new house? Plead the blood. Need a job? Plead the blood. Need to cast out a demon from someone? Plead the blood. Pray for salvation for your loved ones? Plead the blood. If pleading the blood of Jesus is so important, why do we not read this in Scripture or even its practice? Some even talk about the “covering of the blood,” and the “protection of the blood. “Pleading the blood of Jesus” has no basis in Scripture. Where does ‘pleading the blood’ guarantee us health, wealth, happiness, or even deliverance from demons? Where does it say doing such a thing will deliver us from just about every problem or situation we encounter in life? ” Romans 8:18: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” It’s foolishness to follow the lie that nothing bad will ever happen to believers. I often hear people say I plead the blood for safety, I plead the blood over my home, my car, and many don’t realize what they are saying if you ask them what that mean. When ritualistic or traditional prayer has crept into the Body of Christ that is not scriptural, we must address it. These rituals and traditions are damaging to people lives. Many find themselves depressed, confused, and many give up hope all because they haven’t been taught what the Word of God says rightly divided.
What does it mean to plead the blood of Jesus. It simply means that a person declares and confesses by spoken word or prayer that the blood of Jesus is applied to your life, the lives of others, your possessions, and the circumstances of life. Many do this because they believe that the devil will not be able to come against those things to which the blood has been applied. I’ve noticed that pleading the blood is usually coupled with the useless warfare technique of binding Satan. There is coming a day when Satan will be bound, along with his demonic host, and we do not have to speculate as to when that will be. Revelation 20:1-3 says that Satan will be bound for 1,000 years shortly after Christ's Second Coming. Following the Millennium, Satan will be deposited into the lake of fire for all eternity (Revelation 20:10). During the current age, Satan is "a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" (1st Peter 5:7). The antidote for the believer is not to bind him (if Satan and the demons are being bound, who keeps letting them loose anyway?) My friends think about it, just picture chickens out on the chicken yard running wild all over the place, but get this, you can’t see them. How can we bind something or someone we can’t see. That’s how far out in left field is the thinking of those who believe these teachings. My friends why are we trying to do a job that only God can do? Jesus Himself will bind Satan and his followers at a future time. He does not use believers to act in His behalf in this area. God will not be using believers to round up Satan and put him out of commission by binding. Instead, the means God will use is stated clearly in Revelation 20:1, where it says that "an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand," And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousands years. It‘s impossible for any saint to think that he can bind Satan, that is God‘s job. Therefore, the idea that believers have removed Satan and his demon armies from spheres of influence because they have prayed for Satan's binding, is not found in the Bible and is thereby unbiblical.
I’ve seen people and heard people plead the blood over their health, their life, their friends, their family, their co-workers, inanimate objects, situations, and other people, with the expectation of protection, healing, victory, prosperity, divine intervention, change, salvation and deliverance. Many that plead are usually waiting to obtain a particular result or answer from God. Some of the prayers that I’ve heard for pleading blood goes something like this. Let's use a home for an example. "Lord I plead the blood over this home in the name of Jesus. I cover it with the blood from wall to wall, front to back, top to bottom, from the 1st floor to the basement. I pray against any robbers, thieves or burglars that may try to break in. I bind you Satan from attacking us as we live in this home and I dispatch angels to cover me all through this home, in Jesus name I pray Amen." Many like to dispatch angels, but fail to understand that scripturally, man has no authority to dispatch or commands angels. Never have and never will in the dispensation of grace. By the grace of God, when we study on angels, we will see God’s purpose for angels. Pleading the Blood of Jesus is not biblical. My friends if a robber or burglar came through my door, I have choices, I can stand there and plead the blood or I can protect my family. So, what you would have is brother Roberson, that’s me, doing my best to keep my family safe and if I don’t make it out or if I get injured or hurt really badly; my concern should be the safety of my lovely wife and daughter. If I lose my life protecting my family, I’m not worried about where I will spend eternity. I know I’m gone home to be with the Lord.
What’s needed is what many do not want to do and that is to get in the book. We need to get in the Word of God for ourselves and stop depending on man for our spiritual growth and development. Many are satisfied with man telling them what to do and how to live instead of following God and His word. Depend on God. Nowhere in the Bible does Jesus tell you to plead His Blood over yourself. No where in the Bible does anyone plead the Blood of Jesus over themselves or others. This teaching is taught in churches and you can read in many books that you need to cover yourself with the blood of Jesus for protection 24/7 as though it’s the biblical thing to do. We can’t spiritually plead the blood of Jesus or cover unbelievers with the Blood of Jesus in order that they one day become saved. The question tonight is where does pleading the blood come from? One thing for sure, it’s not scriptural Many might go back to the protection offered to the Israelites in the book of Exodus while they were slaves in Egypt. The children of Israel placed blood on the lintels and doorposts of their home to keep them safe when God passed through Egypt to execute judgment. Many Christians see Jesus’ blood as offering that same protection for us today. This is where the problem lies with many saints, they haven’t realized from the Word of God, that in the dispensation of grace, protection isn’t promised to us from tragedies and people of this world. This confusion comes from not rightly dividing the Word of Truth. It’s sad to see many Christians in the Body of Christ pleading the blood. It’s sad to see these saints come against the devil every day pleading the blood and begging the devil to not hurt their family, take their possessions, or take their lives. They don’t realize that at the moment of pleading the blood, they are giving Satan an open invitation to attack them and they lower their only defense, which is the shield of faith. I want everyone reading this message to get this point and that is; it is not walking in faith to believe in the blood of Jesus according to our own personal or man’s application of it.
When we really study God’s Word, we will see that it takes no faith to believe in pleading the blood. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and pleading the blood is not found anywhere in the Word of God. Something to remember and that is the blood of Jesus never expires or loses it power to accomplish it purpose. Pleading the blood takes our focus off grace, and places our focus back on works. “Pleading the blood of Jesus” has no basis whatsoever in Scripture. This teaching is born from the misguided view of prayer that prayer is really nothing more than a way of manipulating God to get what we want rather than praying for His will to be done.
False teachers and preachers are telling many saints that if we pray with enough faith, then God guarantees us health, wealth, and happiness and will deliver us from every problem and every situation. In this view, God is simply a way to get what we want instead of being the holy, sovereign, perfect, and righteous Creator that the Bible reveals Him to be. Those who teach this false doctrine have an exalted view of man and our “rights” to plead what we want and get God to respond the way we want. If we really study scripture rightly divided, we will see that this teaching is in opposition to true biblical faith exemplified by Paul’s life and his approach to suffering and trials. Paul wrote, "Yea all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2nd Timothy 3:12). But the Word of Faith teaches that, if we suffer or are sick or struggle with sin, it is because we do not have enough faith or that we are not pleading the blood of Jesus to claim what is rightfully ours. But we do not see Paul pleading the blood of Christ or claiming what is “rightfully his” when he was faced with trials and persecution. Instead, we see his unwavering faith in Christ no matter what the situation: “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day” (2nd Timothy 1:12).
Paul had “learned in whatever state I am in to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13) Paul’s faith was in Christ alone, and he could say with conviction, “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work and will preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory for ever and ever, Amen!” (2nd Timothy 4:18). The works (pleading the blood), take the form of ritual religious prayers. Many begin to believe as though the prayers themselves ward off the devil and entreat God to move on our behalf and comfort our fears. The truth is that pleading the blood entreats the devil, wards off faith and only give a false sense of security.
Let’s really find out what the blood of Jesus is all about. Ephesians 1:7. “In whom we have redemption through His blood:” Redemption (freedom by payment of a price) this is what the Lord Jesus Christ did for us when He died upon the cross. We were enslaved under the debt of our sin. That’s what Romans 6:23 says that the payment of sin is death. The Lord Jesus loved us enough to come to earth to pay the price for all of mankind’s sins and He willingly died upon the cross, shedding His blood for the payment of our debt of sin. Without shedding of blood is no remission” (Remission means forgiveness, to send away) (Hebrews 9:22). “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4). They simply provided a ‘covering’ for sin until a full and final redemption was accomplished by the blood of Christ. Pleading the blood” of Christ is not needed to defeat Satan. He has already been defeated, and, if we are truly born again, Satan has no power over us. Colossians 1:13 makes this perfectly clear: “For He has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
The sacrifices and offerings of the Old Testament, were, representative; and pointed to the once-for-all sacrifice of Christ. The price of our redemption was His own blood which He shed when He died in our stead. He became sin for us; He who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2nd Corinthians 5:21. His blood provided total and complete removal of our sins and we grow to that place when we put our total trust in the gospel by which we are saved that I spoke about earlier. Sins are taken away once and for all (permanently) by Christ’s Work on the cross. “In Christ” alone is redemption planned, never apart from Him, and God’s grace made manifest in the forgiveness of sins is only experienced on the basis of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus. So, we can plead the blood over our homes, but that want stop a burglar or robber from breaking in. If they break in, let's pray that by the grace of God no one gets hurt or killed. Our homes and cars are not exempt from burglary or robbery. I hear people say they plead the blood in their home and cars and when you ask if they have an alarm in their homes or bars on their doors and windows or an alarm on their car, they say yes. I really say point made, if God was providing your safety, why would you need all the alarms and bars in your home and alarms on your car.
I remember one time I was staying at my sister’s house and my car was parked out front. I came out the next morning and someone had broke in and stole my radio system. We are not exempt. We should expect those behaviors from those who are not saved and those struggling with the flesh, they will continue to steal, rob, and kill. If you were a thief, liar, cheater, or abuser before you got saved, those behaviors did not just up and leave. They are still there and now since we are in Christ, we need to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Romans 12:1-2. We renew our mind through the Word of God. For those who are not saved, those behaviors of stealing, robbing and cheating will not change until they get saved and start studying and walking in God’s word daily and as they continue to walk in God’s Word, they will read in Ephesians 4:28 “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. They will then have a new life in Christ and have taken off the old and put on the new. They now will walk in the Spirit so they will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Let me say this and we are going to move on, tribulation, suffering and problems today are not a sign of God's displeasure with us. They are a part of the nature of the age in which we live; The "But Now Age" is one of corruption, suffering and sickness. In our dispensation, God has not promised physical safety, protection, or guarding angels to swoop down and save us from a tragedy or catastrophic event. We are not told to expect or demand these things; we are told to expect suffering, hardship and difficulty. We all must remember that one second of glory will extinguish a lifetime of suffering. Remember tonight that we are not exempt.
Bible Study Articles By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson
Please Read!!! I Was Once A Fake Man, A Fickle Man, But By The Grace Of God, I Am Now A Faithful Man Of God
WHERE ARE THE GODLY MEN?
FAKE, FICKLE OR FAITHFUL MEN (WHICH ONE ARE YOU?)
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study
I WAS A JELLY BACK MAN FOR YEARS (NO GODLY BACKBONE) I HAD A FORM OF GODLINESS!!!
WHERE ARE THE GODLY MEN?
There has been a rising epidemic in the Body of Christ. This disease is contagious. It’s attacking every male in today’s generation of Christianity. The disease? Godlessness. It’s no time for softness and men being of a jelly back. We must stand firm against sin. Many of these men would not verbalize this, but they think that they do not need to live godly. One of the reasons why we are not making an impact in today’s world is because of this mentality. We shrug off godliness as not important. You see this with the lack of godly men in the Body of Christ. Where are the godly men? Where are the ones who are going to lead their families? Where are the ones who have family devotions? Where are the ones who live for God at work? Where are the ones who read and study their Bibles rightly divided? Where are the ones who pray? Where are the ones who provide and care for their children? The Body of Christ needs godly men. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer your critics and enemies. Before the Lord changed me into a true godly man by the Word of God, I could argue and have disagreements with my wife with boldness but I could not stand up to religion, men and the traditions and commandments of men. I was more concern about persuading men than God. I was weak because I was easily led and didn't stand up for myself. I was taught in religion to forgive, to not be angry, to be loving, kind and good to everyone and that's great. I was to do what I was told and not question authority, follow orders and not rock the boat. My behaviors were more of a boy than a man.
A GODLY WOMAN’S EXPERIENCE!!!!
A Question To Godly Women (Who Come Across Men With A Form Of Godliness)Have you ever dated a great guy who seems like he’s got “it all together,” only to find out weeks or months later that he’s really more of a boy than a man? If so, you know trying to build a relationship with an emotionally immature guy with a form of godliness is like trying to build a house out of cards. Having a fulfilling, honest, loving long-term relationship takes a lot of work. If one partner isn’t capable of really showing up, it won’t work. So, having a weak man with no godly backbone and a form of godliness will only make a relationship very difficult and painful at times. Women must remember that when they get involved with an immature guy with a form of godliness and try to deal with and make things work with him, their life will get messy and they will start acting immature as well. In other words you may see yourself stooping to his level of ungodliness.
DESCRIPTORS OF FAKE, FICKLE, OR FAITHFUL
I WAS ONCE A FAKE MAN ( I REALLY HAD NO CLUE OF WHAT A TRUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WAS ALL ABOUT) I HAD A FORM OF GODLINESS
FAKE MEN: My personal testimony is that I received the word with joy when I heard it, but the Word of God had no root in my life. I believed for a while, but in the time of testing I fell away. My friends, I was pretending to be someone that I really wasn’t for years. In simpler terms, I was a hypocrite and that is someone who not only does not practice what one preaches, but a person who does the opposite of what one preaches. My friends that was me for years, my speech and my actions were contrary to one another. After years of faking like I had a true relationship with God, I was still a babe in Christ. I couldn’t be fed the meat of the Word, I still needed the milk of the Word. 1st Corinthians 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. I neglected the inward man, and only focused on the outward. I loved titles, and honors, and respect from others. Fake men are in church on Sunday morning and they may even participate in many “Christian events.” They are often members of a congregation of believers but in all reality they do not understand at all what a real relationship with Jesus Christ is all about. It is not because they have not heard the Gospel preached or because they do not have the ability to comprehend what it is required to enter into such a relationship. It is simply because they are willfully choosing not to initiate that step of faith to begin the journey of developing a relationship with Jesus.
I WAS ONCE A FICKLE MAN (TOO BUSY TRYING TO PLEASE MAN INSTEAD OF PLEASING GOD) I WAS CHASING MATERIAL THINGS IN LIFE.
FICKLE MEN: They are more concerned about life’s riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.” They have not grown to understand that they must rely on the Word of God rightly divided in all things and not on their own understanding or abilities. Whether good things are happening or bad things are happening, they are relying on man’s ability to achieve or overcome. If we were to compare these men to their non-Christian peers, we would see very little, if any, difference in how they are leading their lives. They are caught up in living their lives by worldly standards and worldly methods. Their lives are measured by how much they acquire and accumulate and not by how much they are serving or giving. They love the world and all it has to offer. These men see God as a means to prosperity and not eternal salvation. They operate from the “what have you done for me lately God” mentality. These men are “Christians” when it is convenient but otherwise they try to “blend in” with the world around them. 1st John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
BY THE GRACE OF GOD, I AM NOW A FAITHFUL MAN OF GOD (A GODLY MAN)
FAITHFUL MEN: They are the ones who hear the Word of God rightly divided, retain it, and by persevering produce the fruit of the Spirit.” These men are the one’s I call “faithful” Christians. Their salvation is based solely on Jesus Christ and they have accepted by faith the gift of grace. They seek a relationship with God on a daily basis. They regularly and routinely study the Word of God and with the assistance of prayer and the Holy Spirit, they lead their lives based upon the understanding gained. These men are not concerned about the world’s view of them but most important to them is pleasing their Heavenly Father. There is an understanding that life’s journey will have trials, tribulations and temptations but they are firm believers that if we live godly, we will suffer persecution. Faithful men are the spiritual leaders of their marriage and families. No matter what their occupation or profession, their peers note a distinct difference in them compared to their non-Christian peers or those who have a form of godliness. Their daily lives are built around activities that are pleasing to God and they function as servant leaders in their homes, their churches and their communities. Their “witness” is not in word only, but more importantly, it is in how they live their lives that speaks volumes. 2nd Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. They truly believe the gospel by which we are saved 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
Too many men are taking the first step but not putting forth what is required to grow and mature in that relationship. This is exactly why we have “fake” and “fickle” Christians. “Faithful” men should desire to be recognized like Paul recognized the church in Corinth. 1 Corinthians 1: 4-9 says “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way–in all your speaking and in all your knowledge– because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” Men, it is time that we stand up as “faithful” Christians just as we expect our Heavenly Father to be faithful. It is time for the world to see “faithful” men making a difference in the lives of those around us. So, what will it be for you, “fake”, “fickle” or “faithful”?