Flee youthful lusts!

Please read II Tim. 2:14-26

I believe we all know this scripture and are aware of the way it is traditionally taught; the subject somehow surrounding sexual immorality, using Joseph and his experience with Potiphar’s wife to substantiate the point; how he ran off and left his coat; hence flee also youthful lusts.

The problem with this interpretation is that this verse has nothing to do with sexual immorality or even sin for that matter. Paul is simply reminding Timothy to avoid religious contention by maintaining some spirit led self-control. In other words, to flee any compulsion that might lead him to argue his case like a young man. Remember Timothy, these men have been taken captive by the enemy to do his will; so you are not battling flesh and blood. The idea here is not to win some fleshly argument, but rather to edify in hopes that they may change their minds concerning their error.

The problem with taking scripture out of context and slinging them wherever they stick is that we lose the power and insight within its original God given context. II Tim. 2:22 deals with one of the hardest subjects we will ever face as christians; which is our ability or lack thereof to remain somewhat self-controlled in the face of those that are clearly destructive to the body of Christ.

Authors note:
Gold and silver represent purely inspired vessels; while wood and clay represent impure and un-inspired. Hymenaeus and Philetus were of the latter having strayed concerning the truth. Lord may we remain always and forever inspired by what you have made us to be. That we may stand in the light of your loving righteousness and not our own; in that we would not be sin conscious, but rather life conscious; rightly dividing the word of truth. God bless you all!

Commentary by:
George L. Miller

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Kings with us!

‘You are already full! You are already rich! You have reigned as kings without us, and indeed I could wish you did reign, that we also might reign with you! For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored.’ ~ 1 Cor. 4:8-10

To fully understand what Paul said in the preceding verses, we must back up to chapter 3 and take in verses 1-4. Here Paul warns against the worship of men. ‘And I brethren, could not speak to you as spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you are not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, ‘I am of Paul’, and another, ‘I am of Apollos’, are you not carnal?’ The following is simply a restatement, ‘Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come all are yours. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.’ (verse 22) Meaning simply that we have been given everything we need to know God because we are His and He is ours, and we are all God’s children. In other words, the only shot caller in God’s kingdom is God Himself! Who by His own gracious hand has made us all kings individually with Himself!

The sufferings and persecutions Paul speaks about in chapter 4:8-13 are a direct result of those that have declared themselves kings and queens of their own little castles while Paul and the apostles suffer dishonor like common criminals. Hence Paul’s statement, ‘You have reigned as kings without us.’ In other words, while you’re in church singing songs about the Lord, we are outcasts in the streets getting beat to death. Sound familiar?

Unfortunately most christians will not experience this until it’s too late and has actually happened to them. I say unfortunate because if we were discerning enough we could stop some of this nonsense before it occurred. However, it is not until we actually stand against religion and the worship of men in an organized church that this horrendous, yet enlightening experience is actually felt. Sadly enough, the worst persecutions are almost always in house! This is a terrible, yet very true and present reality.

Authors note:
My friends, if you have been disfellowshipped by a clergy gone wild and your suffering persecution in regards to the purity of God’s loving grace and the gospel of Christ; here is what I believe Jesus would say to those coming in like prisoners at the end of the procession:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the poor in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Commentary by:
George L. Miller

P.S. Since leaving the physical church, i.e. the building; my wife and I have begun to see and experience God like never before! Because now ours truly is the kingdom of heaven! God bless you all!

The Masters touch!

The following is taken from John chapter 13:7-10

Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.’ Peter said to Him, ‘You shall never wash my feet!’ Jesus answered him, ‘If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.’

It is clear from this passage, according to Jesus Himself, that Peter did not understand what Jesus was about to do. Can you imagine the actual physical touch of the Master while He was still yet a man? Or what transferred through His hand into the very core of Peter’s being? The first hand touch and living experience of the unfathomable love of God! Which in essence said, ‘It’s not that I won’t have anything to do with you; it’s that if you maintain that position, and won’t allow me to touch you; your not having anything to do with Me. Peter, if you won’t allow me to touch your life, on a daily basis, how will you go into the world and do likewise? Will you wash the world, your friends, and your loved ones with the towel of hypocrisy? Only to dry them with the rag of self-effort and obligatory obedience? In other words, how will you touch them if you won’t allow Me to touch you? And how will you love them if your not experiencing my love for you? Peter, you must allow Me to touch you daily, that you may feel My presence and experience the power of My love for you firsthand. Peter, you must make allowance for the Master’s touch.’

Author’s note:

My friends, if we view Jesus washing the disciples feet as just some external picture of an example we are to follow in regards to loving one another, I believe we are missing the point in one of the most beautiful passages in scripture…the Master’s touch!

God bless you all!

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

Who’s testimony?

I believe one of the greatest errors in modern christianity is what huge emphasis we place on something that was never ours in the first place. God did not call us to testify of ourselves, He called us to testify regarding the good news! “Behold the Lamb of God, the Christ, who takes away the sins of the world!” That of whom John the baptist said, “In whose sandal straps I am unworthy to loose.”

Over the years I have witnessed countless men and women fall from great human heights in what they perceived to be great ministries; only to land in the condemning sand of their own failed testimony. Shattered by guilt and tormented by the possibility that they may never speak of God again. Failing to realize that this horrendous mindset is the direct result of misunderstanding their mission.

If we view our ministry through the stability of our testimony, and it is established by our ability to walk as Christ walked in this world, I can assure you that it will only be a matter of time before the whole thing comes crashing down like a house of cards.

Authors note:

My friends, God did not rescue us to testify of ourselves! He rescued us and saved us so that He could show us experientially how much He loves us. That we may openly and honestly share that love with the world. Father let us not hide in our testimony, but rather rejoice in yours! Let us always remember that when we are weak, You are strong! Thus your name is glorified!

Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites to Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then?Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.””Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?” He said: “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Make straight the way of the Lord’, as the prophet Isaiah said.”Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.” ~ John 1:19-27

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

Confession!

The whole principle behind confession is in identifying unwholesome or unedifying areas in our lives that we may in turn seek God for solutions. I do not regard confession as a New Testament task that we must focus on or else; but rather a life sustaining reality born in the knowledge of the fact that we are actually walking with the Creator of the universe. If we view confession as a task, it becomes just another form of slavery to sin because it can perform no more than the law. It can show us that we are in error, dirty or missing the mark; but confession in and of itself has no power to heal. At least not in terms of our relationship or standing with God.

Authors note:

There is one area where confession does have the power to heal. Unfortunately this area is too often overlooked! It is in regards to our personal relationships with one another; and the topic is transparency. That we would bring our offenses to the table and honestly discuss where we have hurt one another; that we may be healed and seek reconciliation. 

‘Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.’ ~ James 5:16

Commentary by:

George L. Miller

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