23
Oct

II Timothy 2

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I have been emphasizing to you the importance of knowing Me more intimately than you have ever known Me.  As I have forewarned you about the difficult days that are coming it will not be merely knowing ahead of time about what will happen and making preparations of a material nature, and even of determining by your own resolution to endure and stand fast, that will enable you to do so in these fast approaching days of difficulty.  As I have told you before, preparation cannot wait until those times are upon you.  But as I have admonished you again and again as you draw closer to Me now, as knowing Me and having true and deep fellowship with Me continually, will not only bless you in these days, but it is this that will enable you to stand fast when the floods of great trial are upon you.  For if you are truly finding your reality, your comfort and consolation, your peace, your delight, your deepest satisfaction in Me, then when all else around you is being shaken and the forces of darkness are coming against you, you will not be clinging to what is being shaken.  You will not be seeking your comfort and your security in outward things.  As you see these things being swept away, it will be My nearness; the strong and immoveable confidence that you have in Me that will enable you to experience that I am your true reality.  And you will not be moved or overcome by the collapse and disintegration of all that others who do not know Me depend upon.  Instead of seeking some earthly place of shelter, of succor, of security, you will not need to seek, for you will find all that and more in Me.  And as My servant Paul portrayed here the character, the values and the behavior of those who cling to this world, by knowing Me, your lives will manifest that which is far different, that which reflects who I am and the nature of My Kingdom.  It will be your most glorious portion and testimony to declare as did My servant Paul, “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

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23
Oct

Titus 2

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Are there not many words being noised abroad in these days?  With the great means of communication that have been developed, words upon words are multiplied.  People can read them, people can hear them, but with all these words consider, have they made life better?  Have they accomplished a good purpose?  But you will say to Me, “But Father have you not sent your Word?”  Indeed I have, for in the beginning I spoke and My Word created and brought order.  But you know that also at the beginning My Word was disobeyed, and from that point disregarded and even discarded.  But I did not stop speaking and My Word has continued to speak.  And when it is received there is a great difference in its effect from other words.  Here you see in this portion that My servant Paul in writing to Titus recognizes the importance of that difference between what My Word accomplishes when it is truly received and what the other multitude of words may accomplish.  For in the multiplication of many words has not the world on the whole not been truly blessed by them?  But you see here that My Word not only calls for a change in the life of those who receive it, but it imparts to them the grace and the power to make that change.  Yes you see that the admonition to teach it faithfully is followed with the expectation and the promise that this grace will indeed be imparted so that those who receive it will indeed be prompted and enabled to become truly godly.  Notice the description of what that redeeming process accomplishes; it delivers from wickedness, it purifies those who are redeemed, it promotes within them an eagerness to do what is good.  It causes those who are thus motivated to influence others in the same direction; the older men towards the younger men, the older women towards the younger women, slaves or servants towards masters or employers.  Every segment of My people who live this way is enabled to have a redeeming affect on other members of the community.  And through this they become much more than people who merely receive words and who may be taught.  Yes indeed they become what My servant Paul declares in another place living letters in the midst of so many words, so many messages; the message of truly changed lives that show by contrast a pattern of life so profoundly different from the many who listen to and receive other words.  Those who receive My Word may be truly said to adorn and actually manifest its truth by how they live.  You have a living word, and as you teach it by living it you can be fully assured that its effect will be manifest.

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23
Oct

I Corinthians 10

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You see how My servant describes that all of Israel that came out of Egypt had an outward identification with Moses in the act of deliverance and the participation in My provision for My people.  But it declares that I was not well pleased with all of them.  In spite of their identification with My deliverer, in spite of their participation in My provision, many of them gave themselves over to idolatry and the evil practices connected with it.  My servant goes on to declare that this record is not just a historical account of what happened, but it is intended to instruct those who live at the end of the ages how to live so as to be well pleasing to Me, and how to avoid falling into the same pattern of sin as did your fathers.  For the consequences of such are just as sure judgment as the consequences that befell your fathers that embraced those evil ways even though the outward form of those consequences may differ.  You may ask, “Father are we in danger of going the evil way of our fathers who were judged in the wilderness?”  My reply to you is “Yes indeed you need to beware.”  Though you too have identified with My deliverer and you too have participated in My gracious provision, the enticements of the flesh, the seductions of the evil one, and the trials of faith are as present and as strong as they were in those days.  While you have much more light, much more revelation, it was not outward identification that made the difference for those who did not yield to evil.  It was rather an obedient heart that never took for granted the blessings and the wonders.  And that revelation of My Spirit given to you is that which will make the difference between compromise with what is evil and faithfulness in all your ways.  Do you not observe today that many who identify outwardly either fall away in the face of trials, or else compromise in following evil ways?  Thus these words are as important for you today as they were for those to whom they were originally addressed.  Never ever be satisfied with mere outward conformity.  Always, as My servant admonishes, seek in everything to do it to My glory.  In this way you shall surely avoid the evil ways of your fathers and the severe consequences that followed.

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