2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2Timothy
2:22 "Flee also youthful lusts. But follow righteousness,
with them that call on the Lord out of
a pure heart."
3:1-8 "This know also, that in the
last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their
own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient-(original
is 'not influenceable', 'unwilling to listen, comprehend, try or apply
parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers,
false accusers, incontinent-(lacking
self-control), fierce, despisers
of those that are good, Traitors, heady-(impetuous,
unreasonable due to stubbornness),
highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having
a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly
women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever
learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now
as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these
also resist the truth; men of corrupt minds, reprobate
concerning the faith."
1:10,11 "If there come any unto you, and bring not this
doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
Selfish people devoid
of faith that God will
get them through life, prefer instead to apply efforts toward greatness
in their lives here and now, perhaps not realizing just quickly a short
7 to 9 decades or so goes by -Matthew
16:26 "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul? or
what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
They favor information
on where, how and now to 'get the bucks'!
in God's promises, tend toward concentrating on a
reward to come, with efforts involving where to go and who to see in
order to help others, especially
other Christians, and of course anyone needing help -2Corinthians
Take a lesson from the discipline coming from martial arts training.
When we lay down to sleep, we relax.
Then, many thoughts begin to come forth. This thinking requires energy.
The energy travels throughout the body. And, thus,
you keep yourself awake.
Solution: Have a thinking time before
sleep. Get a cuppa something, tea or what have you and sit awhile in the
When you go to bed, if thoughts
come and you haven't trained yourself to stop them; here's what to do:
Get outta dah
bed, go and sit down and think. Sometimes you'll forget what you got out
of the bed to think about. Go back to bed. If thoughts come again and you
just can't yet stop them, get outta dah bed again. Do this every night,
Your goal is
to train yourself so that when you hit the pillow, you're out in a few
This will never
happen if you continue to think in bed. You must train yourself to not
think in bed.
It will take
4 or 5 days of pure punishment, that of, forcing yourself to do what you
don't want to do, but doing it anyway because you want the end result –
sleep! That's discipline. Can you make yourself become a disciplined person?
So, get outta
dah bed when you can't stop the thoughts in your mind that keep you awake.
Realize too, that is is because you have no self control. Decide that no
thought is important to think at sleep time. You'll get so fed up with
getting out of bed to think, you'll change. Perhaps write important things
that well up in your mind on a piece of paper that you keep close to the
bed.(and a pen and a dim light), so you can deal with
them in the morning.
But, what if
you got stuff to worry about? Schedule 10 minutes every Thursday.(or
before bed to worry. Now if worrisome thoughts grab you at any other
time, you are just not going to deal with them till Thursday for ten minutes
just before bed. When Thursday comes you'll have forgotten 90% of what
it is that you thought you were supposed to worry about, the things that
you earlier deemed so damn important, screw 'em, right! Hey! Are you bigger
that the worries you sometimes allow yourself the luxury of contemplating?
Yeah, you are! And God is there.
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"Do not bite at the bait of pleasure
till you know there is no hook beneath it."
Jefferson, 1743-1826, 3rd President of the United States