Meditation

Todays Meditation is dedicated to my son and his bride’s wedding anniversary. Love you both!

12/07/2020

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.” (2nd Corinthians11:13)

False apostles preach a different gospel based on human achievements. They demand payment for their services. They boast in their status and claim a superiority over their fellow Christians. Paul sent fellow workers to the church in Corinth, to remind them of their promise to help others, and there was a serious need in Rome to help the helpless and hopeless people. Paul also heard there was an “offender” in the church and he reminded them that they were to reflect redemptive love and forgiveness in all areas of their ministry. Only a church whose members are reconciled to one another can carry on a ministry of reconciliation.

Paul stated that though they were dealing with an offender, their function was not to overwhelm him with harsh condemnation but to lead them to repentance and to acceptance of God’s forgiveness. Those who lead in ministry need the concern and support of those they lead.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, Your church, at times, seems to forget that even they make mistakes from time to time and we must seek God’s forgiveness, through our humble prayer of asking God to forgive them of their sins, and to restore themselves to Him. This offender had made a mistake, and yet, their first response was to condemn, not forgive him his sin. It broke Paul’s heart to see their less than humble forgiveness, for they seemed not to understand the mistake and their Christian response. Beloved, we need to take this lesson to heart, for too many times, we too had disappointed God in our own response to a sin. We are to respond to these people with the love of Christ, that will lead them to ask God for forgiveness and restoration of relationship. In Jesus’s name that we pray this. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

A sharp tongue is rarely an indication of a sharp mind.

KNOWING GOD:

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—-bring swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” (2nd Peter2:1-3)

Just as Israel suffered from influential false prophets and false teaching, so will he church. False prophets and false teachers seek popularity, promise what the people desire, slyly undermine the tenets of faith, live immoral life-styles, and covet financial rewards.

They counterfeit the Spirit and lure others astray with enchanting new doctrines. These types, hunger for things of the world, instead of teaching the fundamental doctrine of the teachings of Christ. Their faith may have at one time been real, but is now razor thin, and only used to obtains worldly things that they want for themselves. As stated in 2nd Corinthians, we must respond to them with God’s truth, pointing out their mistakes in sin, and covering them in prayers, that they will confess their sins and seek God’s forgiveness. Also, we should be there with them to show the love of Christ to them in their own time of need.

I AM

For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive you. If that were possible.” (Mark13:22)

False prophets dare to take the office of prophet on themselves and simulate the prophetic gift to win favor and prestige. They deceive the unwary so that believers must be on constant guard against them. The final days of history will see their number increase, but they will not win the victory.

Throughout my life, I have been told somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 times about the end times, and to be prepared, be on guard, don’t be fooled, etc. and now more than ever before, it is more important than ever. I have written this meditation under a couple of titles over the past 25 years for one reason, because it keeps me in God’s Word every single day. Now, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that others get something out of my writings, as well. I always hope people like the text of what and how I present this mediation, but my personal joy comes from being in His Word, and I hope you enjoy it too.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (1st Corinthians 12:28-29)

False prophets plague the church because they can easily deceive with false claims and mighty works (7:22; 24:24; Revelations 9:20). To recognize false prophets, the ordinary Christian must examine the way they live and their message.

Do their behavior and character conform to Christ and His teaching? Do they proclaim only what people want to hear that makes life easy and pleasurable while ignoring the demanding and difficult requirements of discipleship? Be on guard, beloved.

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