Some people's trusting and serving
God is so they can anticipate a physical reward here and now. Then people
will think "Boy, God is sure with that person. Look at all he has going
for him" -1Timothy 6:5.
differently – again, Philippians
3:14. We too should be trusting God not for what we want to receive
(He'll look after that in His own way and time -Matthew
6:24-34; 2Corinthians 3:5;
4:19, but rather for what we're
to give to lift others up -Matthew
23:11; Luke 22:24-27; Galatians
6:2,8-10. Some give only after qualifying
the person first.
people listen kindly to a story of need. Then go on their way offering
little effective help or nothing at all, when it's obvious they have much
ability to be of assistance and/or relief. "If I really cared I wouldn't
climb over your walls; I'd hang around until you let me in the gate. I
wouldn't unlock your secrets; I'd wait till you handed me the key. If I
really cared, I'd look you in the eyes when you talk to me; I'd think about
what you are saying, rather than what I'm going to say next; I'd hear your
feelings as well as your words." ...unknown (from a paper that came to
In effect they
are walking (living)
by their own commandments (Titus 1:14,16)
and not loving others -1John 5:1;
2:1-3; Jude 1:18-21. In effect they
are devouring the poor and needy.
In effect they are antiChrist, and
are asleep to that fact!
must feel comfortable with their 'spirituality' -Psalms
36:2; Proverbs 12:15; 14:12;
this; see also 'Pride');
6:13 "Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not
taken to us horns by our own strength?"-Have
things really changed since the
Tower of Babel?
Along with everything else, the
facilities for getting into trouble have been improved!
tells us to come out from the way of the
4:4) – not dancing, drinking and the like, not
having a good time, but hate, selfishness
guile, which is deceit. These
are the things that characterize the world. The things focusing attention
upon the self and not on the cares and concerns of others.
How many Christians
even know what the word guile means? When have you ever heard a preacher
talk about guile, or even deceit for that matter? To
overcome guile, one must understand just how it is working negatives
in one's life. The Bible has much to say about guile and deceit -1Peter
14:5; 1Peter 3:10; 1Thessalonians
2:3; Psalms 32:2.
people who weren't crafty and deceitful, those who want to hide their lives
from you, presenting instead an erroneous image -Psalms
39:6 "Surely every man walketh in a vain shew-(show).
Surely they are disquieted in vain. He heapeth up riches and knoweth not
who shall gather them."
prefer living behind a veil of deceit; those who hesitate when it comes
to being open; those who prefer an air of mystery to openness and honesty--John
1:47-51. I mean, do you really want to be around anyone who seems fearful
of trusting you, seemingly content in a wayward
unloving selfish lifestyle and perhaps making a god of the attainment of
many sense desires (Exodus 32:1),
when your focus is to serve others?
greed motivated individuals such as we have seen of late, in positions
high in corporations who have ripped the company off, are proving that
morally, we are no different than the wicked way back when -Isaiah
1:1-7; Genesis 19:4,5.
I've personally known 'Christians'
that guard carefully the truth of what they possess in money and lifestyle
in hopes they won't be asked to help; because it's made to appear as if
they are unable to help -Proverbs
26:19; 2Timothy 3:1-5. They,
in effect, are confessing by their own code of inaction to help,
their own comfortable and selfish brand of 'Christianity' for living
their lives, that they are unbelievers, antiChrist
and of the chief of deceivers
-2John 1:7; Acts
13:10; Matthew 15:8. Some
need to ask themselves if they are really allowing God to work through
them -Philippians 2:13. Some
treat others as if they don't matter very much. They see only light for
themselves and not hope for others -John
you're relying on your preacher to wake you up.
division, not unity amongst the people of God. Yet I've met Christians
who live by the ways of guile. Perhaps they have yet to live in the reality
of the forgiveness making us holy in Him. The
opposite of His
holiness in us – the selfish,
things -Revelation 18:3-5.
3:17 "But the wisdom
that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be
it easy for others to come to you),
of mercy and good fruits, without partiality,
and without hypocrisy."-Galatians
to like ancient Israel-(in
this scripture called 'house of Jacob)-Isaiah
does get one saved. Some, however,
hold there. Church
is a good place for sincere people to be together and learn. It's also
a haven for hypocrites, the frozen
chosen, the 'spiritually' constipated (Matthew
13:24-30) and the lukewarm -Revelation
3:16. As a body all together, we need to reach
others, providing hope in all ways.
Jesus said -Matthew
7:21-23; Luke 11:23. If you have
time read it from verse 12 to the
end of the chapter. 2Timothy 2:12
with Matthew 25:44,45.
people will give account of their works of love toward others -Matthew
goats). Read more about
this important subject -Philippians
2:21; Philippians 1:29;