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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.
    Paul thought 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; Philippians 4:19, but rather for what we're able 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. 

Some 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 the door)
    In effect they are walking (living) by their own commandments (Titus 1:14,16) and not loving others -1John 5:1; Hebrews 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!
    They obviously must feel comfortable with their 'spirituality' -Psalms 36:2; Proverbs 12:15; 14:12; 16:5, 19-(on this; see also 'Pride'); 21:2; Amos 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! 

God tells us to come out from the way of the world-(James 4:4) – not dancing, drinking and the like, not having a good time, but hate, selfishness and 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 2:1,22; Revelation 14:5; 1Peter 3:10; 1Thessalonians 2:3; Psalms 32:2.
    Jesus appreciated 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."
    Some persons 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?
    Self-serving 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 11:9.
    If you're relying on your preacher to wake you up.
    Guile breeds 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, greedy, inconsiderate, unkind, unmerciful, unforgiving things -Revelation 18:3-5.

James 3:17 "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be intreated-(make it easy for others to come to you), FULL of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."-Galatians 6:3.
    Try not to like ancient Israel-(in this scripture called 'house of Jacob)-Isaiah 58:1-3
    Accepting Christ 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.
    All people will give account of their works of love toward others -Matthew 25:14-40-(sheep and goats). Read more about this important subject -Philippians 2:21; Philippians 1:29; 4:12,13.-...continues


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