Day 329

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Timothy 6:20
O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.

Paul warns Timothy to stay focused. He reminds him not to be distracted by the arguments of false teachers under the guise of ‘knowledge’.

Our pursuit of God is clear and simple – we focus on Jesus alone and not these lengthy discourses that seek to impress men but fail to seek God.

Titus 1:14 refers to “… Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.”

Sometimes the world will present to us a new teaching that seems to make sense and seems enlightening – but unless it comes from God’s Word and is consistent with what Jesus’ taught – then we ought not to follow it.

Focus matters. But it can only happen if we are properly anchored unto Christ – we have to know what He taught and why He taught it. And stay focused on His voice and not every wind of teaching that comes about by a persuasive speaker.

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Good or God?

Good or God? (my reflection inspired by John Bevere’s sermon of the same title)

“And Peter took him (Jesus) aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”” Matthew‬ ‭16:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Mt.16:22 was Peter’s reaction when Jesus spoke about his impending suffering, death and subsequent resurrection. In Peter’s mind, suffering and death can’t be good! Surely God wouldn’t allow us to go through that! Surely God wants us to have the good things in life – strength, pleasure and comfort must be the marks of a believer and weakness, pain and suffering can’t be good – Peter must have thought. Jesus’ reply in v.23 must have shocked Peter – “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Jesus saw that such a way of thinking was first of all satanic; second, such a belief was a hindrance to Jesus; and third, it was worldly and not of God! Clearly, not everything that is good in our opinion is of God.