As we approach the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, our greatest enemy, Satan utilizes doubt as a powerful and deceptive strategy to provoke believers [to attempt] to analyze and rationalize the Scriptures, which are God-breathed. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Lest we forget, God reminds us of the limitation of the creation–human beings and our cognitive capabilities versus His Omniscience. Jesus told His disciples, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” John 16:12. Even the Apostle Paul, who was highly educated and wrote many New Testament books, acknowledged the mysteries he could not understand or explain. “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51. Paul also mentioned another mystery in Ephesians regarding Christ and the Church.
Those disloyal to God have always questioned the validity of the Trinity Godhead: God, the Father, God, the Son–Jesus, and God, the Holy Spirit.
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly, a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 NKJV.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.
“But to the Son, He says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever…Therefore God, your God has anointed you With the oil of gladness..'”. . Hebrews 1:8-9
Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3. Yes, like little children who have total faith and trust in spoken words, we must believe every word in the Holy Scriptures. The false teaching of a “One and Only True God” has caused further dissension among believers. Even so, Hebrews 1:8 proclaims Jesus’ Deity as God spoken from God, His Father. Throughout the Bible, Jesus reveals His Deity, clearly stating that He and God are One. Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father'”? John 14:9
There is no middle ground! Are you willing to risk losing your reward of eternal life because of doubt and unbelief based on another person’s perception of the Bible?
Jesus says, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Revelation 22:12-13
Bible Study: Hebrews 1
Prayer: God, we thank you for the Holy Spirit who gives us discernment of your truth. We pray for strength and an increase in faith. We ask for the anointing of the Holy Spirit as we continue our journey on the Path of Righteousness. We give you glory, honor, and praise. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. © 2022 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers, and Woman, You Are Loved by God Ministries
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
We are cautioned against overindulgence in habits. But we can never pray too much. The Human Effort of prayer and faith and God’s Divine Intervention gives us the victory of an Overcomer. Amen.
Prayer: God, we pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
Many of us were raised to possess a highly competitive spirit. In fact, always striving to make greater achievements is viewed as a strength. “Never settle for less or you will never be successful.” Unfortunately, the standard that we measure success against is always entangled in the web of financial gain. Does God expect His royal priesthood to be impoverished? Is there anything wrong with being comfortable in life?
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8
Historically, most Christian believers have been on the lower end of the hierarchy of economic wealth. Never before has the prosperity message been preached, accepted and pursued on a global level in the Protestant churches. The 21st century has provided us with endless opportunities to achieve success. At what cost? We have become discontented and impatient. No longer do we pray and wait for God’s will to be done in our lives.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 KJV
For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 20:11 NASB
Something is not right! The updated translations of the Bible have changed the wording of God’s original promise. Discontent–the desire for more has led us to accept modern changes to the Word of God. Like the Israelites who loved pagan traditions, many have embraced the world and its pleasures.
How has the change in mindset among believers affected the financial status of the church?
A number of Pastors have disclosed that the sacrificial giving of tithes and offerings has significantly declined. Adaptation of worldly values has us weary from running the race to pursue career growth, and endless opportunities to increase our tangible assets. Yes, our money is invested in individual stocks to receive the highest potential returns, or spent on frivolous items, which leaves our churches in a financial crisis.
Have you stopped attending church to avoid giving money? You are not alone. This is an article that addresses a popular question from today’s church members, “Is it Okay to Give My Time Instead of My Money?” https://www.ramseysolutions.com/budgeting/giving-time-vs-giving-money
Distractions have caused us to lose sight of our spiritual duties–to be disciples of Jesus is our purpose on this Earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
Prayer: God, we have lost our spiritual focus. We pray for forgiveness and ask you to reveal the changes we need to make. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. © 2021 Sonya Johnson, Faithful Fishers and Woman, You Are Loved by God Ministries