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No partiality!

Scripture reading for September 30th:  1 Timothy 5, Psalm 45, Proverbs 10

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 5:17-21 “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.  For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”  Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.  As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.”  

Paul gave practical and scriptural advice to Timothy concerning church discipline.  Elders must be properly taken care of and if accused of wrong, it must be established by two or three witnesses.  Persistent sin in the life of an elder must be dealt with publicly to teach holy fear.  God is impartial and church leaders must be also.

Faith Confession:  I will not be partial and will seek to conduct myself in the fear of God and honor of His Holy Name.  Let God be known and exalted among the nations!

Psalm 45:17  “I will cause Your Name to be remembered in all generations; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.”  

 

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God shows no partiality

Scripture reading for June 14th:  Romans 2, Psalm 119, Proverbs 26

Key Scriptures:  Romans 2:6-11 “He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.  There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.  For God shows no partiality.”

God is ultimately and perfectly just.  God alone knows all things about each person, Jew or Gentile.  He knows the heart and the actions proceeding from the heart, whether good or bad.  He has promised to reward each person according to their works based on the faith they hold.  He is impartial.  Only those who hold faith in Jesus Christ and His righteousness can do good works.

Faith Confession:  I believe in Jesus Christ and seek to do His will by obeying His Word and the Holy Spirit leading me in the good works He has prepared for me. I want to stand before God and be rewarded.  Deliver me from laziness and apathy.

Proverbs 26:14  “As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.”  

 

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God shows no partiality!

Scripture reading for May 17th:  Acts 10, Psalm 99, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures: Acts 10:34-38 “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.  As for the word that He sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.  He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”  

Peter had been sent by the Holy Spirit to share the Gospel at the home of the Gentile centurion Cornelius.  As he opened his mouth to share, he noted that God shows no partiality between Jew or Gentile, but accepts all who come to Him in repentance and faith.  He simply shared Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection and that forgiveness of sins was available in His Name.  The Holy Spirit filled this group of Gentiles and they began to speak in tongues!

Faith Confession:  God is impartial and shows mercy to all who sincerely come to Him.  Help me to clearly share the Gospel with those who are open.  Send me to those needing understanding of Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 6:20-22  “My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.  Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.  When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you are awake, they will talk with you.”  

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Show no partiality!

Scripture reading for March 30th:  Luke 20

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 20: 21-25  “So the spies questioned Him:  “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach what is right, and that You do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.  Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”  He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show Me a denarius.  Whose portrait and inscription is on it?”  “Caesar’s,” they replied.  He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”  

Towards the end of Jesus’ ministry, the religious rulers were looking for a way to trap Jesus in order to eliminate Him from interfering with their little kingdom.  Jesus was asked about paying taxes to Caesar.  He masterfully took a coin and asked them whose inscription was on it.  His answer showed no partiality nor played up to those who were looking for grounds to convict Him of wrong.  Jesus taught submission to authority because all authority is in place because of God’s decree.  (Romans 13:1) However, God is the ultimate authority and His people must honor Him as just that by giving the tithe and offerings.  Both taxes and tithes are required of God’s people.

Observations for over-comers:  Believers must guard their hearts against duplicity and partiality.  We must rightly give honor to where honor is due.  “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.”  (Leviticus 19:15)

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Don’t show favoritism!

Scripture reading for September 30th:  1st Timothy 5

Pastors must be able to deal with all ages of people and levels of maturity.  Paul instructed his young understudy in the proper conduct of an overseer.  “Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father.  Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”  (1st Timothy 5:1-2) Respect and relationship are key elements to proper conduct.  The relationships in a family were a great example of how to conduct yourself in God’s family.  Absolute purity must be practiced, especially towards the younger women! Satan’s temptations have brought down many pastors who were not purposeful in purity!

“Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.”  (1st Timothy 5:3)  Paul wrote more extensively about caring for widows.  God’s heart is for the hurting and disadvantaged.  Widows have a priority in the church and family.  Family members should care for widows, where possible.  A widow could come under the church’s provision if “she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality,washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.”  (1st Timothy 5:9-10)

“The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.”  (1st Timothy 5:17)  Proper respect must be given to church leaders.   This included financial rewards as well as protecting from false accusations!

“I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.”  (1st Timothy 5:21)   God is watching!

 

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God’s Name is blasphemed!

Scripture reading for July 15th: Romans 2:24-3:8

These were Paul’s words to his own people the Jews: “As it is written, “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (Isaiah 52:5, Romans 2:24)  He was trying to awaken an awareness that their religion was not having the effect God desired on the nations!  God had called them to be a light to the Gentiles and through Abraham’s Seed, all nations of the earth would be blessed!  (Genesis 12:3, Luke 2:30-32)  Instead, they boasted in their law and in the fact that God had made promises to them through Abraham.

Paul went on to tell them that circumcision in the flesh was only of value if they obeyed the law.  If they broke God’s law, then they would be no different in God’s eyes than the uncircumcised Gentiles!  (Romans 2:25-27)  Yet if the Gentile kept God’s laws, then they would be accepted as righteous in God’s sight.  True Jews were not just outwardly circumcised, but had their hearts circumcised!  This circumcision could only be done by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ!

Paul was a Jew and knew how the Jews thought.  He thought that way himself until Jesus revealed Himself on the Damascus road.  He was a Pharisee who knew the law “thou shall not commit murder”,  (Exodus 20:13) yet he judged Christians as unfit to live and sought to murder them while claiming to have favor with God!  Because of his own law-breaking, God’s name was blasphemed among the Gentiles!  True Christians were afraid of Paul but prayed for him!

Jews had an advantage because of the very words of God that they had given to them by the patriarchs and prophets.  They were instructed in faith through those words.  They would be held accountable by God for this advantage!  God would be proved justified when He judged them!  (Romans 3:4)  Some might twist this around to blame God, but God would be true!

Let’s examine our own lives today!  Do we claim to have Christ as our Lord?  Do we claim to have special favor as Christians and yet live in sin?  Are we causing God’s name to be blasphemed because of our own hypocrisy?  Lets judge ourselves first and get our own lives in order with God’s word and receive His grace!

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Pastoring the flock!

Scripture reading for October 20th: 1st Timothy 5:1-25

Pastoral ministry involves working with people.  A young pastor has to be taught how to properly work with all the different age groups in the church as well as the maturity levels of the believers.  When a preacher  is young, older people have a tendency to look down on them.  Proper manners would bring order and godliness to the church family.

“Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father.  Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” (1st Timothy 5:1-2)  A rebuke is a correction of behavior given verbally.  Paul taught Timothy to treat the older men as if they were his father.  This would mean to be very respectful.  He still was required to correct them, but the manner was important to unity.  Younger men were to be treated as brothers, and this respect would bring about cooperative behavior.  The same applied to the women with older ones being treated like a mother and younger like sisters.  There must be absolute sexual purity, however.  Paul understood the temptations that would come naturally to a young man and young women interacting together!  This is needed today as well!

Widows were also to be cared for properly.  The church has a responsibility to help these women, especially if they have been godly women and are left alone through the death of a husband.  Family members were to be taught to take care of their widows in their own immediate family if possible.  “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1st Timothy 5:8, 16)  Widows over sixty who had been faithful to their husbands and known for good deeds were to be cared for.

Elders who directed the affairs of the church were also to be financially compensated.  Paul taught Timothy that he could expect to be compensated for preaching and teaching God’s word.  (1st Timothy 5:17-18)  But elders must also be held accountable for their actions.  If they needed to be corrected, accusations must be brought by two or three witnesses.  If true, the elder was to be rebuked publically so all would be warned.  (1st Timothy 5:19-20)  Good pastors would keep these instructions without partiality!  What a privilege to lead God’s people!

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