Have you read in 2 Tim. 2 vs15 about presenting yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not have to be ashamed? Have you presented yourself this way to God?
2 Tim 2 v 15-19....Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and "Everyone who confesses the name of the LORD must turn away from wickedness.".....
Do you do your best to bring the truth to others, or do you just go along with the crowd, and sit back listening while others are talking about things that you know God would not want you listening to? Are you afraid to speak out what the truth says, because it might not be politically correct in today's world, or that you might offend someone talking about Jesus? Are you just ashamed of what you say you believe to be the truth, of what the word of God says about things? The scripture above tells us that this godless chatter is like gangrene spreading throughout the people. But, it also says that God knows who is people are. They are the ones who know the word and will not be deceived by people like Hymanaues and Philetus who do not rightly divide the word of truth but just divide it and destroy it with their own beliefs instead of what the word truly means. How do you know what the word truly means? By reading it for yourself and letting the Holy Spirit in you show you the truth of the word. Many times I have said that you need to get the word out and read for yourself what I write about in these tid-bits. Don't just take my word for it. I am not the bible, I am not the word of God, I am just giving you what I get from God when I read His word. You must not be lazy when it comes to reading the word for yourself, and you must get into a good bible teaching church filled with faith so that you can build your faith and strengthen your armor. AMEN!
You do not need qualifications to know the word of God and to speak the truth, you need faithfulness to God and to His word. You can not get faith from training or schooling, you get faith from reading the word of God and spending time everyday with God and in His word. Don't get me wrong, schools for helping you to learn to study the bible are great, I learned a lot from going to the school of ministry at our church, they can really help you in your ministry, but that is not a qualification to present yourself to God as an approved worker, who correctly handles the word of truth. That comes by being faithful to the LORD.
1 Cor. 4 v 2....moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful......
2 Tim v 2....And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also....
You see, the word is not saying you have to be qualified, it says you have to be faithful, but if you are faithful to the word of God, you will be qualified. This does not mean just faithful in reading the word of God, but faithful in living your life the way the word of God says you should live, faithful in following the LORD and putting down your life for His. In other words faithful to God in all things big and small. Putting God's word first, above all others, whether it be offensive to them or not. Taking a stand for God. Not in arguing the word of God, but in sharing the word of God with love.
When you sit by and do not speak up for your rights as a Christian, because you are too ashamed, then it is the same as you denying Christ. When you live your life contrary to how Jesus tells you to live, it is the same as denying Him. When you disobey your parents or teachers, etc. then you are denying them, it is the same with God, when you willfully disobey His word, you are denying Him.
Have you ever traveled far to someone's home to visit, and you just couldn't wait to surprise them, only to find that when you got there, no one was at home. You know that feeling of disappointment?
In other words America, if you continue to take God out of everything, before long you will be on the other side of the door knocking and finding no answer.
Matt. 10 v 33..."But whoever denies Me before men, him I will deny before My Father who is in heaven"....
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Be An Approved Worker