24 What variety there is in your works, Adonai!
How many [of them there are]!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creations.
How do I know God is real, I only have to look at all of creation. Some days it is just that simple.
15 To all who are themselves pure, everything is pure. But to those who are defiled and without trust, nothing is pure — even their minds and consciences have been defiled. 16 They claim to know God, but with their actions they deny him. They are detestable and disobedient; they have proved themselves unfit to do anything good.
It is by our actions, for good or for evil, that we are known not by our speech or writings. For we are human and cannot deny our nature either our hearts are filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit, or with selfishness.
2 Timothy 4:1-2
4 I solemnly charge you before God and the Messiah Yeshua, who will judge the living and the dead when he appears and establishes his Kingdom: 2 proclaim the Word! Be on hand with it whether the time seems right or not. Convict, censure and exhort with unfailing patience and with teaching.
Though the charge or comission in this passage Sha”ul is giving to Timothy, it is just as convicting for all believers. We all must proclaim the Word throughout all aspects of our lives.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; 17 thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work.
All Scripture is valuable, not just the parts foolish people want to quote by taking things out of context. It is only by studying the Torah, Tanahk, and Brit Hadasah, the Old and New Testaments, that we can see fully God’s plan for us. Adonai please let me continue to dwell with You daily in your Word. Amen.
2 Timothy 2:23-26
23 But stay away from stupid and ignorant controversies — you know that they lead to fights, 24 and a slave of the Lord shouldn’t fight. On the contrary, he should be kind to everyone, a good teacher, and not resentful when mistreated. 25 Also he should be gentle as he corrects his opponents. For God may perhaps grant them the opportunity to turn from their sins, acquire full knowledge of the truth, 26 come to their senses and escape the trap of the Adversary, after having been captured alive by him to do his will.
Confession time, I am not good at this, I really like the argument, the give and take of a debate until you can destroy your opponent with facts they are not cognizant of. Yet the more I am confronted with apostasy the more I realise they want the fight so they can feel persecuted and thus vindicated. Lord send Your Ruach to keep me civil so that others may know You by Your shalom, peace. Amen.
2 Timothy 1:6-7
6 For this reason, I am reminding you to fan the flame of God’s gift, which you received through s’mikhah from me. 7 For God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline.
When we are intrusted with gifts we must use them not let them go stagnate. It is only in during our gifts that we edify others to strengthen their trust in God.
1 Timothy 6:20-21
20 Oh, Timothy! Keep safe what has been entrusted to you. Turn away from the ungodly babblings and the argumentative opposition of what is falsely called “knowledge.” 21 For many who promise this “knowledge” have missed the mark, as far as the faith is concerned. Grace be with you.
Trust in Adonai is simple, understanding the Word is simple, so when anyone tries to complicate my trust with “you have to find the deeper meaning” or”that’s not what the original writer meant” and starts arguements based on things not found in the Word, I walk away, it is not worth the arguement. As Sha’ul challenged Timothy we are to keep safe the Word in our heart that has been entrusted to us.
2 Chronicles 22:2-5
2 Achazyah was forty-two years old when he began his reign, and he ruled for one year in Yerushalayim. His mother’s name was ‘Atalyahu the daughter of ‘Omri. 3 He too lived after the example of the house of Ach’av, because his mother was his counselor in acting wickedly. 4 So he did what was evil from Adonai’s perspective, as had the house of Ach’av; because, to his destruction, they were his counselors after his father died; 5 and he lived his life by their advice.
Any advice offered by man that is not tested against the Word of God is is at best useless and worst harmful. We are to live by the Word, spend time in prayer with God, and allow the Holy Spirit lead us through this life.
2 Kings 9:20
20 The watchman reported, “He reached them, but he isn’t coming back. Also, it looks like the driving of Yehu Nimshi’s [grand]son — he’s driving like a maniac!”
When we pursue the will of God in our lives we are to pursue it with abandon, just like Yehu racing for his crown.
2 Chronicles 20:17
17 You won’t even need to fight this battle! Just take your positions, Y’hudah and Yerushalayim, stand still, and watch how Adonai will deliver you! Don’t be afraid or distressed; tomorrow, go out against them; for Adonai is with you.’”
As a believer I must remember God is always with me. He fights my battles before I get there so that I am not distressed in anything in this world. God thank you for Your peace and leadership in my life.