Daily Devotional in I Timothy 4

Daily Nugget:
Many of the problems the early church faced are very much a problem today. They had to deal with many that departed from the faith and followed “seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (vs. 1). Being this is the “latter times” (vs. 1) Paul spoke of, today this problem is very present.

People, then and now claim to be Christians. They may be; they may not be. At first, they
make a profession of salvation and start doing something for the Lord. It is not long, and they are nowhere to be found.

Why did they wander away from trying to live for the Lord? They may not have been really saved and were only going through “religious” motions. If they were truly saved, then they are still saved; but they may have been “seduced” by demonic spirits.

Perhaps those spirits caused their feelings to be hurt, or offended their pride. They may have faced an overwhelming temptation and succumbed to it. There are thousands upon thousands of ways a man can be trapped in running the opposite direction of obeying God. Satan and his devils cannot get anyone unsaved, but they certainly can make sure one’s testimony is so poor that they are of little use to the Lord. That is the goal of Satan, and unfortunately, millions have been tempted away from serving the Lord.

None of the reasons a saved person gives for not serving the Lord are legitimate. Nowhere in the Bible is there one reason why any should stop living for and obeying God’s commandments. All rationales for not doing what a Christian should are not of God!

“Well, you don’t understand. So-and-so in church said mean things to me, so I’ll not go anymore.” You’ve been seduced, and a non-holy spirit knew where your weak point was.

“That preacher just doesn’t feed me anymore, so I’m outa there!” You’ve been seduced, and the wrong spirits are giggling because they “got another one”.

“I’m not reading my Bible anymore. I just don’t get anything out of it.” You’ve been seduced by a spirit.

“If I live like a Christian, everyone will laugh at me.” You’ve been seduced.

As Ephesians 6 reminds us, there is a spiritual war going on. Satan and his devils are trying their hardest to seek one “whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8). Be wary in the raging battle and purpose your direction to always do the will of God — no matter the temptations.

Today’s Thought: Seven days without prayer makes one weak!

Today’s Reading: I Timothy 4
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
6 ¶ If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
11 These things command and teach.
12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (KJV)


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