Compromise Or Obedience?



1 Timothy 2: 5-6.

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.”

Paul was giving Timothy valuable instructions based on the prophetic words spoken over him earlier, 1 Timothy 1: 18. These instructions, if followed would allow him to fight well in the Lord’s battles, because there would be battles ahead to face and overcome. Don’t we know it? Timothy was instructed to cling to his faith in Christ keeping his conscience clear in His life, his work and his ministry. Paul knew that violating one’s conscience or could we say ‘compromising’ in our life style by speaking one thing, yet living another resulted in ‘self destruction’ and as he said it, a shipwrecked faith. How disastrous when our lives come to ruin because of compromise, yet it is rampant today as those who claim the faith dabble too close to the world’s standards and then justify their choices with spiritual masquerade. God won’t stand for it! He will not allow our gods and idols to be our focus and if we continue to be distracted with the world He will step in and reveal our wretched condition. It might not be pretty because to see ourselves coming to ruin or perhaps in the pit of despair, is an eye opener. Remember, at this point, it’s never to late to return to God for salvation. He’s only a prayer away, so seek Him out and ask His help and guidance. Receive His salvation and find Hope in Christ.
Paul goes on to urge Timothy to pray for all people; to intercede for kings and those in authority so that peaceful, quiet lives of godliness would mark the believers. False teachers were a real problem for Paul because they had a deficient understanding of Jesus and His salvation and in 1 Timothy 2: 5 -6, Paul confirms there is only one mediator of God’s covenant, the man Christ Jesus, who is fully human and fully God and therefore able to reconcile God and humanity. There is no one else, and nothing else that can save us. Our works, our good deeds, our generosity, our good attitudes, our kindness, or our compassion will not give us our ticket to heaven. Christ is the only way to God.

False teaching is on the rise today as is compromise in our living. Sitting on the fence is a dangerous location where the least little thing that comes along beckons us it’s way. A watered down faith or a pretend faith doesn’t have the foundation of a solid Christ and false words, false teachers, and selfish pleasures quickly lure us
into ruin and perhaps a shipwrecked faith. Yes, It’s all too easy to loose sight of of our focus and take our eyes off of Christ in this journey. Paul’s word to Timothy to cling to His faith and keep his conscience clear, is a relevant word for us today and to do it, will certainly earmark the believer as a Christ One. Let’s be challenged today to listen to that inner voice of His Spirit, that God has so graciously given to us, as his children in order to keep us strong in the faith and free from sin. When His sweet voice, tells us something is wrong with our choice, we really need to listen and act in obedience.

Let’s get off the fence and move in the right direction, do the right thing and stay strong in our faith!

God’s Promise? Our Obedience?

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Deuteronomy 6: 4 , 5, 6
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. And you must commit yourselves, wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.”

The Israelites stood on the verge of the land God had promised to them. He was soon to bring into a land already established with large cities they had not built. Living accommodations, richly stocked with produce they had not grown and cisterns they had not dug ~ Verses 10 -13. They were not to forget their God in their land of plenty. They were not to allow their wealth to distract them from their God who rescued them from slavery in the land of Egypt. They were to fear Him and serve Him with wholehearted commitment. They were to commit to His commands wholeheartedly, for He alone and only He was worthy of their worship. They were to love Him with their heart, soul, mind and strength, or, their intellect, will, emotions and spiritual and physical being. They were to live, sleep, breathe and digest His commands as they talked of them, taught of them, slept on them, rose with them and wrote them over doorposts and on gates through the custom of the mezuzah attached to door frames of houses and buildings. When passing through the doorways they were to touch the mezuzah to show respect and dependence for the Scripture. They were about to prosper at the gracious hand of their God but not without their obedience to Him.

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Where are we today? Some remote place where God seems distant and ungiving? Maybe a land of compromise? Maybe a land of plenty has distracted us from His gracious hand. On a scale of one to 10 where does your obedience fall? Peer through that opaque veil and catch a fresh glimpse of God once again. Try giving adoration to the only one worthy of your worship, and reestablish your priorities as you enter into your promised land to take possession of your fullness of life in Christ.

As true believers then, Let’s be challenged to stamp God’s commandments on our hearts in wholehearted commitment to our God, the only one worthy of our praise. Let’s be challenged today, to live lives of holiness as we strive to love Him with our whole selves: our intellect, will, emotions and our spiritual and physical being. He has promised abundant life in a spiritual land of plenty, and called us to a life of obedience, therefore, we must live, sleep, breathe, teach and digest His commands as we respect and depend on His Word for His promise of abundant life even amidst the difficulties. He didn’t promise a bed or roses, nor an easy life, but He did promise to guide us through the hard places and to bring us out of bondage into glorious light.

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