Can We Be Too Diligent?

 

I am serious, and you cannot be too serious about Me.

 

You cannot be too devoted, spend too much time in My Presence, in prayer, or in My Word (studying to handle it correctly- 2 Timothy 2:15- and to walk in a manner worthy- Eph.4:1, Col. 1:10) in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Phil. 2:15).

 

You can never be too diligent…

..as you seek to please Me in ALL respects, bear fruit, and increase in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:10).

 

Faith comes by hearing the Word (Rom. 10:17),

and the Word became flesh (John 1:14)

and says, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me..” (Luke 9:23) “..and whoever does not carry their cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:27)

Faith produces action (and is not quick to retort, “That is being legalistic” as an acceptable excuse to not obey).

Listen to Me (Mark 9:4-7- ‘give constant heed’).

And grow up in your most holy faith.

 

My grace has appeared, and it instructs you to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age.  I came to redeem you from every lawless deed, and to purify for Myself a people for My own possession, zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:11-14)

“These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” Titus 2:15

 

This is what grace has done for you, believer. It calls and enables you to be holy as I am holy.

 

The sin in your life has been conquered by the blood, that you may freely come into My holy presence with awe and wonder and give a correct estimate of Me and the weight of My glory.

 

“…and day and night they do not cease to say, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.’ And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4:8-11


Come.

Do not allow the enemy steal this precious invitation away from you by making it seem burdensome.

Instead come

and find times of refreshing in My presence (Acts 3:19).

 

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Do We Need to Reconsider How We Approach a Holy God?

“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,……let us draw near with a sincere (true) heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:19-22

 

I am holy and am to be treated as holy.

 

I am serious, and you cannot be too serious about Me.

 

When will My people lay down the excuses, stop turning My loving grace into licentiousness (Jude 1:4), and begin to approach a holy God in fear and reverence (fully acknowledging and truly realizing in the depths of their being that they are approaching the Loving, Holy, Righteous Creator of the whole universe Who does have the right to rule and reign and have the final say in all of life)?

This is when they will realize My power and My Presence.  I will meet them there.

 

When My people lay down the ‘false familiarity’, I will rush in with truth, with doctrine that conforms with godliness (1 Tim. 6:3) and IS powerful towards you…not in word only, but in power (1 Cor. 4:20, 1 Thess. 1:5, 2 Tim. 3:5).

 

“..For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.” 1 Cor. 4:20

 

“As obedient children do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.'” 1 Peter 1:14,15,16

 

 

 


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Why Are People Falling for Ungodly Wisdom?

 

Ungodly and wisdom: two words that cannot go together.

Yet we see people all around us professing to be wise (Romans 1:20,21, 22) as they live contrary to the Only True Word of Wisdom (John 1:1-18).

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20,21

 

Now here is truth:

“The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

 

We are to obey the Lord’s leading and His clearly set directions for us in His Word, rather than bowing to any person’s ‘wisdom’ of how they ‘think’ it may work better.

We can expect the servants of the enemy, disguised as servants of righteousness (2 Cor. 11:15), to come with their “persuasive argument” (Col. 2:4) and to “creep in unnoticed”(Jude 1:3,4) because we are clearly warned of this in scripture.*

We can expect this and thus should be prepared.

 

So why is it that so many are losing their footing and getting plowed over by the ‘persuasiveness’ of their ‘arguments’? 

This should not be.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for us so that we may be equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16,17).

 

Therefore anything and everything that does not line up with the inerrant Word of God, no matter how persuasive the argument, needs to be discarded.

So how will we know? 

 

The only way we will know the counterfeit when we see and hear it is to be thoroughly acquainted with the real thing.

We must be in the word of God daily, having it always before us and knowing it like the back of our hands.

And we must

“..contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints..” (Jude 1:3).

 

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