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Flee these things

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Paul says, ”These things command and teach. [13] Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” 1 Timothy 4:11,13

He says, “Neglect not the gift that is in thee…[15] Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 

[What that means is everyone must be able to see your improvement and progress, and that includes yourself – notice spiritual change in yourself – ie progress. Keep a close look on what you do – on your personal spiritual development].

Proverbs 3:11 says, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord ; neither be weary of his correction. Count it all joy!

Paul says, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” 1 Timothy 4:14-16 

[Reading, Exhortation, and Doctrine – these are abilities) Read, explain scripture, and preach the word. “Be sure to use the abilities God has given you that they appear to all”]

Respect Doctrine – have principles, correct teachings or beliefs of our faith. Anyone, any believer coming to you must be able to find life out of you. Proverbs 4:1-2 says, “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

Anyway, 1 Timothy 4:6-9 says, 

“If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. [7] But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. [8] For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. [9] This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.”

He says, 

1 Timothy 4:1-5 

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; [2] Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; [3] Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. [4] For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: [5] For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”

Say, 

  • God has created meats, to be received with thanksgiving, of them which believe and know the truth.
  • For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
  • For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Don’t you underestimate the power of prayer, and of the word of God.

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation;

– that we all must be good ministers of Jesus Christ, not speaking lies in hypocrisy.

– we all must be nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, not giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils

– we all must exercise ourselves rather to godliness, not that our conscience should be seared with a hot iron

– we all must attain to the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come, do not depart from faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.

– we all must refuse profane and old wives’ fables, not speaking lies in hypocrisy; having your conscience seared with a hot iron; and forbidding others, and commanding others to abstain from the word of God and prayer.

But

“…be ye nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained…”

Value the power of prayer and the testimony of Christ, the word of truth which says – “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: [5] For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Timothy 4:4-5 

That’s our calling – to attain to sound doctrine, not fables!

– your calling is that you become nourished in the words of faith, and good doctrine. It is not to play religion.

He says, “These things teach and exhort.” (6:2)

“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness…he is proud.” (1 Timothy 6:3 ) knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” 1 Timothy 6:5

– Withdraw yourself from cherry pickers; but consent to the wholesome words, even to the word of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to doctrine which is according to godliness.

Flee these things

“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1 Timothy 6:11

Say, flee these things!

Paul says, flee these things; and earlier in Verse 5 he said, “from such withdraw thyself.”

Say, from such withdraw thyself! 

– “that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.” (6:1).

He says, withdraw yourself from;

(Verse 4) – the proud; or those who promote envy, strife, railings (barriers), evil surmising (evil supposition or conclusion).

(Read Verse 5) – from men of corrupt minds; i.e., men destitute of, or lacking the truth. Especially people who think that gain or increasing wealth is godliness 

From such withdraw thyself!

Withdraw yourself from any man called a brother who’s proud, or has signs and symptoms of pride.

PRIDE by definition;

– are feelings of deep pleasure in oneself, 

– it is satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, or qualities and possessions that one widely admires of oneself, e.g.  appearance, accomplishments or having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance – ego centric.

Flee these things

“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1 Timothy 6:11

Faith 

Allow me to talk to you a little bit about faith;

– faith is drawn from good doctrine – it comes or proceedeth out of sound doctrine. It breeds more, and grows much better, in a life or heart established on good doctrine. 

Read 2 Peter 1:1-11

vs 1 – our faith is one – we all have obtained like precious faith through the righteousness of God.

vs 2 – Grace and peace is multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

vs 3 – Whatever you’ve in life (spiritually or physically) you do have, or will come from his divine power and provision – he has given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness –  through the knowledge of him, he called us to glory and virtue.

vs 4 – he called us to glory and virtue, that we be partakers of the divine nature – “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises,”

But give all diligence; “… add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; [6] And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; [7] And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. [8] For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”2 Peter 1:5-8 

– For if these things be in you, they make up your faith!

Now hear this;

– Faith is not all about stretching ourselves beyond our measure, for we are not and will never be sufficient of ourselves…it is “giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.”

People ask me, what faith is Faith? It is walking in accordance to the measure of the rule with which God hath distributed to us. Never stretch yourself beyond what scripture says, never boast or pride yourself of things without your control.

I hear Paul say, “For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: Not boasting of things without our measure….but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly…But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:14-17

What’s the rule? 

– It is to glory in the Lord! Glory in sound doctrine, is to be nourished in the words of faith.

Hope in God; walk only in accordance to the measure of the rule with which God hath distributed to us. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

He said to Timothy above, But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, (this is superstition passed down by older women, people to a younger generation), rather 

– exercise yourself unto godliness, do not be disrespectful, or profanus of the hallowed things or ways of the Lord.

Anyway, let’s go back to our topic;

Paul says flee these things; and follow after godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Say godliness!

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6

– we brought out nothing here, we will also carry out nothing.

He said, if you have food and clothes let us therewith be content.

– anything more is from evil; ”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.” 1 Timothy 6:10 

He says, “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

– Godliness is contentment, it is to be content. It is not coveting after this or that. If you do, “you have erred from the faith, and pierced yourself through with many sorrows.”

– Godliness is trusting in the living God

– Godliness is to do good, that you be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; and laying up in store for yourself a good foundation against the time to come, that you may lay hold on eternal life

Tell your neighbor;

– do not be high minded

– don’t trust in uncertain riches

– but trust in God, who gives us all things to enjoy.

Say to your neighbor;

– do good, 

– be rich in good works

– be ready to distribute 

– be willing to communicate 

– lay up in store for yourself a good foundation against the time to come

– lay hold on eternal life

In conclusion Paul said;

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:20-21

He says, “I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Timothy 6:13-14

He said, “I give thee charge in the sight of God,”

“That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

What was the commandment?

“…O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness…”Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (verse 12).

Say to your neighbor;

– Fight the good fight of faith, 

– lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called

What is that good fight of faith?

– He said, “follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness – lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called.

We are not called to envy, strife, railings, (fence, barriers), evil surmising (assumptions);

– We are not called to men of corrupt minds neither, nor to ungodliness -From such withdraw thyself!

“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1 Timothy 6:11

Say; righteousness! Godliness! faith!love!, patience! meekness!

If you’re not patient, meek and lowly – you’ve not the love of Christ.

– Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9

– Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 

– Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

– Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

– Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

He said, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20

This follow after, for such is the nature of grace. Matthew 5:1-16

Be sober minded!

Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.” Titus 2:6

Believers must realign their faith to sound doctrine. Paul says to Titus  teach them that they “be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.”

The appropriate use of scripture can identify and help correct misguided beliefs. Trust me, or believe scripture when it says people out there are being “carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.” Hebrews 13:9

Be in a constant state of forgiving!

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7

Here is something for you to take home with – be patient; allow others to make mistakes, make room for those who fail, don’t be quick to judge.

Remember we are all growing, and whatever you sow, you will reap. So be quick to release others from offenses.

God bless,

Laurence

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