Things To Reconcile 4
“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” Timothy 6:11-12
Flee the temptations that cause men to fall into a snare of lusts, destruction and perdition.
Perdition — the state of being in hell forever as punishment after death; utter destruction; eternal damnation; final spiritual ruin; the ultimate and eternal punishment of the wicked after death
Because the love of money is the root of all evil, we are charged to be on our guard to avoid and quickly remove ourselves from any situation that is leads to evil of any kind. Flee means to leave hastily, run don’t hesitate or meander around in it. Get out, and get out NOW!!!
When was the last time we discovered we had been lured, unwittingly, into a situation or relationship that we sensed in our spirit, or discovered from obvious indications was not of God, but for the sake of protocol or social convention, we felt compelled to just endure it until we could leave without calling attention to ourselves? Maybe, we’ve all been there at one time or another. God understands that, so this call to flee is not without grace. Yes, we are to get out quickly but that is with an awareness of the need to consider our safety and the safety of those in our care that we don’t irrationally make them or ourselves targets for the enemy.
These are ever changing and increasingly challenging times for Christians throughout the world. Hostilities and hatreds are on the rise. Persecutions are increasing and those who shine with the light of Christ are targets for the enemy. But, what he doesn’t realize is that light is not just illumination it is the glory of God and thus a powerful force of defense and offense against the darkness of this world.
We have nothing to fear because God is with us wherever we go. We do not flee for fear of the God haters. We flee so as not to be seduced by the lies and cunning tactics of the devil to dissuade us from holding fast to our faith.
Our weapons of offense are these; righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Righteousness — We have been made the righteousness of God in Christ through Jesus who became sin for us [2 Corinthians 5:21].
Godliness — We live in pursuit of Godliness because the Holy Spirit is working in us both to will and to do what please God and He is changing our hearts so that we desire God’s pleasure more than yielding to temptations. [Philippians 2:13]
Faith — We walk by faith and not by sight because our trust is in God and His Word. [Mark 11:22]
Love — The love of God is being shed abroad in hearts by the Holy Spirit [Mark 11:22]
Patience — Through patience we are being perfected in love. [Hebrews 12:1-2; James 1:3-4; 2 Peter 1:6;1 John 4:180]
Meekness — enduring injury with patience and without resentment; having or showing a quiet, gentle, and humble nature
In meekness we can endure all things through Christ who strengthens us. [1Timopthy 2:25; Titus 3:2;
The good fight of faithis the fight we win. And we win every time we rest our hope in Jesus and declared His Word in the midst of it all. Jesus fought the good fight of faith every time He faced the devil [Luke 4], whenever He faced the threats and attempts by the Pharisees to kill Him [Luke 4: 28-30], in the Garden when He prayed just before He was arrested [Matthew 26:39] and even on the cross when He was dying, [Luke 23:34 and 23-46]
To lay hold on eternal life is to receive it by faith and hold it true in our hearts, letting nothing dissuade us from it. It is God’s gift to us bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ, no greater sacrifice, and no more costly price, not in all creation for all time.
professed a good profession before many witnesses —
Our faith and our message of Good News will not go unchallenged. Just as Jesus was tempted, so too, the devil has his minions directed at us, but our testimony bears witness of the faithfulness and glory of God to many around us. They hear by our words and see by our actions that we are called by the name of the Lord and God is with us.
“Wherefore seeing we also arecompassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily besetus, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of ourfaith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2