This Post is still in reference to practicing the Fear of the Lord in our Lives. I feel as if God is pressing me to talk about this subject multiple times since the Last post in regards to Tapping into Divine Wisdom: The Reverential Fear of God .
Now, from what I’ve read, there are two clear distinctions in this chapter. There are characteristics that describe the traits of Children of Disobedience and then there are Characteristic traits of those who are the Sons of God. We cannot afford to be like the Children of disobedience because there is indeed a heavy price to pay by choosing to be rebellious in nature. However, having said that we must also understand what it means to be Children of God. From what I have read, we must clearly assess what type of Children we resemble in our current life right now. If you want to grow from strength to strength, from faith to faith, from glory to glory in your walk, there are certain features that you cannot afford to be ignorant of concerning your conduct, concerning your behaviour, concerning your belief system that determines your FAITH level and the level of your intimacy that you have in your relationship with GOD, Jesus Christ, Son of the Father. Purposing to walk in Holiness is a serious commitment that takes so much dedication and resolve that it can only be cultivated by discipline and confidence in your Faith towards Jesus Christ. You can only come to the Father through the Son, so accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord who is the One that paves the way for you to commune with the Divine Father God in your life. Let me make it clear that it is YOUR CHOICE the path that you choose to walk on. You are accountable for your own decisions that you make in your Life, so remember that as you read on.
Perilous Times and Perilous Men
3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.
The Man of God and the Word of God
10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The Man/Woman of God that is described here is one that:
2.) Endures the troubles they experience through and for their faith in Christ (2 Tim 3:10-11)
3.) Has a Spirit of Love indwelling in them which is one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:10)
4.) Understands that they will be persecuted for what they believe (2 Tim 3:12)
5.) Walks in the divine wisdom of the Lord that comes from Discernment and meditation of Gods Word through the workings of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:14)
6.) Meditates on Gods Word as a lifestyle and practices it on a daily basis (2 Tim 3:15)
7.) Takes Heed to the Prophetic Word of God and believes in that Prophetic Word (2 Tim 3:26). The Bible is often described as the book of Prophecy (ref. Revelation 22:10 ) so hence I am calling it the “Prophetic Word of God” since God’s Word will not return Void, it shall complete that which it was sent it to do and it will accomplish much! (Isaiah 55:11)
8.) The Man/Woman of God is equipped through the Word and lives by the Word that provides Divine Wisdom and Understanding to walk with God in all their ways (2 Tim 3:16-17).
The Man/Woman contrary to the Word of God is one that:
1.) Acts like they “believe” in the Word but denies the power of the prophetic Word which is from God (2 Tim 3: 5). <– this is also characteristic of False Humility which is a post I wrote a while back that I truly recommend for people to read if you want to increase discernment about such people operating in this fashion.
2.) They are Narcissistic (Lovers of themselves), Greedy (Lovers of Money), Braggers (Boasters), they act aloof/conceited/ haughty (Proud), they talk against God and His word and try to cause others to lose faith in GOD (Blasphemers), are disobedient to instruction/ guidance/ rebuke/ correction from their parents (or guardians), they lack a heart of gratitude (are unthankful), they don’t believe in the holiness of God and are perverted in all their ways (unholy) (2 Tim 3: 2).
3.) They are unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good (2 Tim 3: 3)
4.) They are people who don’t think twice about selling you out (traitors), Stubborn in their thinking and all their ways (headstrong), arrogant and snobby (haughty), they prefer to walk in the flesh to satisfy their carnal desires rather than walk in the Spirit to operate in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God),(2 Tim 3: 4)
5.) They can appear to look and act “Christian” on the surface but they do not actually believe in the power of the Name and the Blood of Jesus Christ our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord. This is how some will have the form of Godliness but deny its Power (wolves in sheeps clothing) (2 Tim 3: 5)
6. ) They love to deceive people and they have corrupt minds that are self-seeking to satisfy their carnal desire (2 Tim 3: 6 & 8)
7.) They can learn about the Word just like everybody else but not fully embrace the truth of it. They are Skeptics, Doubters, they tend to be argumentative about the Word, are Unbelieving in nature and are not doers of the Word but are still able to preach about it when practicing false humility (2 Tim 3:7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth).
8.) They will NOT prosper in their wickedness even when they think that they are getting away with it, God will make them a spectacle and deal with them accordingly (2 Tim 3: 9; Nahum 3:6; Colossians 2:15).
What does God say about such people… He says to TURN AWAY. (2 Tim 3:6). Turning away from them is the only way one can keep from being influenced by their perverted way of life. Turning away means DO NOT follow their path, DO NOT walk in their ways, you may not be able to ignore such people in your life completely, but that doesn’t mean you should do what they do when you know to do better, always do better. Don’t be led astray and purpose to walk with wise counsel rather than evil and corrupt ones because there is safety in wise counsel (Proverbs 24:6).
Corrupt people corrupt others and in the same way that God-fearing people edify and strengthen others.
You’ve got to ask yourself, who are you hanging out with? Are you hangin’ with the God-fearing Crowd or the Crowd that entices you to do things that go against what you believe in?
I believe in my spirit that at this present time, God is making a clear distinction between His People and those that Deny His Power. I know this sounds bold for me to say, but this has been in my spirit for a while and I can’t keep silent about it. God is separating the wolves from the Sheep and that is what it means to be Set Apart in the first place. This Separation is going to cause a lot of repositioning and dethroning liken to what happened between Saul and David. He is making a clear distinction between the Saul’s in this world with the David’s of this world. The question is, who are we before God? Are we seeking to walk in the Spirit with God and be like David, or are we going to choose to walk in the Flesh like Saul?
When God Says: “I will be your God and YOU will be my People”, it means that He sincerely wants to be God to His People, but do we want to be His People? We can only be His people if we are GOD-FEARING. So ask yourself, Who do you Fear? Is it Man or God? Your answer will determine where you stand and who you place as “God” in your life.
This is a humbling word to me and I would like to encourage others that God makes a distinction so that we can increase in our discernment of the types of people we have in our lives as well. Can you distinguish the Sauls in your life from the Davids?
David was used to help build the temple of God and made worshiping God His lifestyle. As imperfect as he was as a man, God chose Him over Saul who was rebellious, arrogant and Jealous of David’s true love for the Lord. Saul didn’t love God that way at all but still wanted what God gave to David, and that was Sonship through KINGSHIP. This is a kingdom thing.
God is King of KINGs and LORD of LORDS. Saul was bankrupt in His spirit for the Love of God and became one that hated anything to do with Him and that is why He sought to kill David, because He despised what is Good and acceptable of the LORD. Saul epitomizes the one with a contrary spirit to God. David is a God-fearing man loved by God.
Today, Meditate on what it means to be God-fearing. Seek to walk in the Spirit, Seek Sonship because you sincerely LOVE God, and Seek to do what is Good and acceptable before the Lord.
Stay blessed in your walk everybody!
Scriptures to Meditate
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.
To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
[ Living Sacrifices to God ] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him.
[ Persecutions Are Coming ] “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the LORD.
Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.
But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’