For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain,
Titus 1:7 NASB
Anytime you are entrusted with leadership it is vital that you be above reproach. This is especially true for followers of God as we are witnessing for Him and what type of God He is. This is why people are so mad when you have religious leaders who get busted on the most salicious of charges.
We must remember whose we are and who we serve.
For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea;
1 Corinthians 10:1 NASB
The lessons of history are there for us to learn from so that mistakes are not repeated. It’s a terrible thing when mistakes get repeated because we see that we did not learn the lesson.
Thankfully God is patient with us and uses various methods to reach us. And He works with us knowing our hearts and what are true desires are.
And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Psalms 139:24 NASB
The hurtful way v. everlasting way. Two different paths with two distinct outcomes. The hurtful way involves selfishness, deceit and a lack of love. The everlasting way is truth, selflessness and love.
If you are at a fork in the road please choose the everlasting way. It is the way you want to go.
For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ” you shall love your neighbor as yourself .”
Galatians 5:14 NASB
The Law is fulfilled in one word. That’s what the passage says. It’s easy for us to find out what the word is because there is only one action word in the sentence. When we have that word truly abiding in our hearts it becomes easy to fulfill the Law. Not because we do it, rather God working in us does it.
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2:11 NASB
From time to time people will ask each other silly questions such as, if you could have one superpower what would it be? The more I think about it the more I keep thinking that knowing what someone else is thinking would be the way to go. There would be no more guess work. You would be able to respond to someone in the correct manner every time.
The Spirit of God knows the thoughts of God and is thereby able to know how much He cares for us. How much He wants us to choose Him. So the Spirit, knowing how important we are to God, begs with us to choose God. And when we do we can have the Spirit living inside us, sharing with us God’s thoughts and love.
Look, they keep saying to me, “Where is the word of the Lord ? Let it come now!”
Jeremiah 17:15 NASB
One thing is certain that when desperate times fall on us, we start looking for a word from the Lord. Perhaps if we had been looking in the first place we would not be in the situation we are in. God says that when we search for Him with our whole heart, we will find Him. So let us do so now while it is good.
“Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the Lord . “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’ You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the Lord of hosts?
Malachi 3:13-14 NASB
There are times that I feel like this and times I have said it. We live in an instant gratification world and it’s hard to not see the pay off of serving God right away. Especially when you are doing the “right” thing, paying your tithes, giving your offerings and then some trial hits and you ask where the money is going to come from?
We must remember that God has one thing in mind for us and that is eternal life. Nothing comes before that. He wants us to spend eternity with Him and if it means that we have to wait on something so that our soul is saved then so be it.