June 2, 2018
2 Timothy 2:18(b)-19… They are upsetting the faith of some. But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His” and “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
The Truth is a firm foundation and no one can change that. Even if someone teaches other than the Truth, it will not falter. What can change is our faith in the Truth. Rather than face that honestly, some teachers will teach lies and try to persuade us that the lies are true. What is critical about the above sentences is that God knows those who are His. It is not what we claim or profess; it is what God knows. Be certain that your faith is founded on the Truth and not on the persuasion of eloquent teaching.
At times, in my life, I have prayed that I believed certain things, but I gave God permission to change what I believed as He saw fit. He did and I saw the future more clearly, with the pitfalls of my errors. We don’t have the tools to determine Truth. We are called to know God and in that relationship, we will learn the Truth. If prayer is real and if it works, we should be able to trust Him to respond to our requests, never compromising the Truth. We think that because we hear something in a church building, it must be Truth. Develop the habit of asking God to confirm His Truth.
Lately, we have heard a great deal about false news. We might hear that a man shot an intruder. What we don’t know is, “Why?” About that, news commentators will postulate. And we, the listeners, will draw conclusions about the various reasons offered. The truth is what it is, but we will decide what we believe about it. That is a bit like what faith does. Faith believes God, who always tells the Truth. Sometimes the Truth is not popular with the masses. That does not change the Truth. Sometimes, Jesus is not popular. So what? That does nothing to detract from His greatness or value. God knows!
“Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
That is one sign of belief. Believe in God; believe God. In one of his first interactions with humans He told Cain, “Sin is crouching at the door. It’s desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” Rule the sin that is pestering you.