Fundamental to our core system of beliefs is the acceptance by faith that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
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Much of the emphasis in the modern Church world has to do with avoiding the snares of the world, and well it should be! If we love the world, or the things of the world, we simply cannot serve Jesus. It is abundantly clear throughout the Scriptures that the thinking and material pursuits of the world system will destroy our spiritual lives.
I recently heard a message by a wonderful Bible teacher, a very humble man whom I respect immensely. He was teaching on the purpose for our lives, and laid his foundation with two primary principles from the Scriptures: the truth that we were created for good works in Christ, and the truth that we were called to bear fruit, and fruit that remains. His conclusion was that the fruit we are called to bear is the good works for which we were created.
Have you ever felt as Abram must have felt when he prepared to turn his back on Haran and step out into the vast unknown? So often we think the first one God spoke to about the land of Canaan was Abram, later called Abraham. But the Scriptures suggest that the Lord likely spoke first to Abram's father, Terah.
Both Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 reveal to us that, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." There are many things we consider on a daily basis which may seem good or right, or even spiritual, and may be the way things are normally done. However, unless our decisions and methods are directed by the Lord, they can get us into trouble!
I once ran into a guy I hadn't seen in a while, the pastor of a prison outreach in the community where I lived at the time. He is a man that I didn't know very well, but we'd met on a couple occasions, and we had once shared an evening meal together at his home. I greeted him with the usual, "How are you?" His answer took me aback a little and started me thinking. Without skipping a beat, he said, "I'm blessed with the best 'cuz I'm not like the rest!"