12:25 "He that loves his life shall lose it
and he that hates-(original
Greek is to 'love less by comparison')-his
life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal."
believers go to church.
What are they hearing from the pulpit which make many complacent?
23:16,17 "Thus says the Lord of hosts,
Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy
unto you. They
make you vain, as they speak a vision of their own heart and not
out of the mouth of the Lord. They say still unto them that despise-(original
is 'flourish against, disdain')-me,
The Lord has said, You shall have peace and they say unto every one that
walks after the imagination
of his own heart-(like:
'I imagine next year I'll continue on with keeping the
law's ten commandments and be giving my tithe
to the church as the pastor said, so that things will go well for me',
or other things we see
as being right for us), no evil shall come upon you (or, don't worry, God
is a forgiving God)-no
evil shall come upon you."
God IS a
forgiving God, but He's also a "hard man" -Matthew
25:24. God wants the highest position for you that you can possibly
achieve. And God gets perturbed
with those who teach things
that cause people to become lukewarm
in love and cool in compassion. When we leave
off the beatitudes, we're left with
the me attitudes.
The fear we have of loss is equal
to the lack of involvement we have with others. Fear says stay, be comfortable.
God says 'I've given you the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ is
in you. Why do you then select a life
We are to vigorously pursue with
effort, providing peace to all -Hebrews
And what have
some learned that is causing them to, in effect, be offensive
toward their poorer brothers and toward others by not sharing with them
-Luke 17:1,2; Matthew
13:38-41; 18:6,7; Romans
15:1,7 "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the
weak, and not to please ourselves. Wherefore receive ye one another,
as Christ also received us to the glory of God."
12:13 "Distributing to the necessity-(original
is 'those needing money')-of
saints; given to hospitality-(original
Greek for 'hospitality' is 'friendly
5:11,14; 2Corinthians 13:11;
and Job's example.
learn to do good if
we want the Holy Spirit's
guidance in all things -John 14:26;
6:17; 2Thessalonians 3:5.
But one must take action upon what he learns, otherwise of what
to anyone is it? Not taking action is resisting the Holy Spirit's
guidance in one's life and akin to self
Acts 7:51; 2Timothy
3:8. Taking action is recovering yourself to God -2Timothy
Your time (and
my time) is as near as death or perhaps, whichever
comes first, to the setting up of God's government
here on earth -Luke 21:28; James
5:8. I want to get you to achieve for yourself the highest
possible position that you can get -2Timothy
still focus upon the ten commandments,
thinking to keep themselves "right with God" and give themselves
that good feeling of "godly spirituality", while the world and some of
their brethren remain in dire straits out there. In this they have been
deceived (Revelation 12:9)
and seduced (1John 2:26) to turn from
the truth -Titus 1:14-16; 2Timothy
4:3; 2Timothy 2:19.
Many have been
deceived into thinking that the iniquity in their lives to get rid of,
is all the things commonly understood as the
sinful, not realizing that the greatest shortfall is that of not loving
and caring for others.
If one is plagued
by various other character downfalls and he begins actively loving and
consistently caring for others, his chronic
sins will dissipate.
you know what spirit (attitude) you
are of? -Luke 9:55,56.
smoking, drinking, swearing and the like by others bother you?
about being bothered enough to alleviate
the suffering of those in need, whether or not these things are mixed
in? Don't be so sickeningly 'pure' that others repulse you -Matthew
11:19; James 3:17.-...continues