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Don't be adokimos!
Written December 06, 2016
Here's a question. I have the choice to play an online pinball game or instead read bible, Pray or meditate on the Word of God, respond to comments, write an article, study bible word origins in the Hebrew or Greek. Etc.
One of these things would definitely make me stronger and more knowledgeable in God. God says so. Here's just one example, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17
Playing the video game would not help me to grow in God and faith. There are souls dying and going off into judgment every minute. Why should I even play one pinball game or waste one second?
We need to ask ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5), do we really believe the Bible? How then could I in good conscience waste time like that? What does the bible say about being idle? Are we ready to really look at these verses and react to them? Are we ready to be reproved by the Word of God? Are we ready to obey. Are we truly willing to yoke up with Christ and remain yoked up with Him until the very end of our lives?
Tons of preachers love preaching the sweet Word of God. The promises. And they exclude the warnings that are all around these sweeter verses. Lets look at the more bitter verses (the warnings).
Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
Ecclesiastes 10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
So isn't idleness evil?
"Abstain from all appearance of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:22
The Lord asks, "Why stand ye here all the day idle?" Matthew 20
Have you not been put to work by Him? Or are you just rebelling.
"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." Matthew 12:36
Fearful. No? Does this somehow not apply to us?
"iron sharpeneth iron..." (Proverbs 27:17) So let us strive to do better brothers and sisters!
Listen to the Messiah through the apostle Paul: "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Corinthians 9:27
The Greek word for "castaway" is,
adokimos Pronounced: ad-ok'-ee-mos
Strongs Number: G96
Definition: failing to pass the test, unapproved, counterfeit.
Orig: from 1 (as a negative particle) and 1384; unapproved, i.e. rejected; by implication, worthless (literally or morally):--castaway, rejected, reprobate. G1
Paul said he would be worthless If he didn't DO what he preached. Paul said he would be "rejected". "reprobate".
This is the apostle Paul talking folks! Do you think God is going to somehow let us slide by if we do not give God our all? If we don't love God with ALL our heart, mind, soul and strength? This is the evidence of our salvation. If a man or woman truly believe God forgave them and died on the cross for them, they will be loving God with all their hearts!
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith." 1 John 5:2-4
John says God's commandments are NOT burdensome! Just like the Lord says in Matthew 11:28-30.
"Little children, guard yourselves from idols." 1 John 5:21
In other words, don't let ANYTHING get between you and God!
These are the warnings. The "bitter" part of God's Word (Revelation 10:9-11). Which I love and cleave to with all my heart as a son would listen to the good advice and warnings of a loving father. Because with these bitter verses come the sweet promises of God.
Again, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9, "I keep my body under". In other words, "I enslave my body". I bring it under subjection through the power of Christ. That is grace, and that is how we will be justified or disqualified...
Paul forced himself to serve God. Why? Because if he didn't he would be rejected by God. He says it straight out and in plain language. But most people don't want to listen. No, they point to "Saint" Augustine's teachings about Once Saved Always Saved. The same teachings John Calvin re-popularized. The same exact doctrine of the devil.
Lies. "Thou shalt not surely die" The serpent said to Eve (Gen 3).
If we have truly come to Messiah and yoked up with Him, there will be works. And we have a race to run and spiritual warfare to fight. We must resist the devil. We must enslave our body and bring it under subjection to Jesus Christ just like Paul had to.
"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." John 15:14
Can you say you are a friend of Christ?
God will grant you POWER through Yeshua the Messiah.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37
More than conquerors over sin, the flesh and the devil.
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." Ephesians 3:20. 21
This IS the good news. Power, victory, salvation, and eternal life!
But as many as received Him, to them gave He POWER to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: John 1:12.
Each word in this verse needs to be carefully studied and we need to examine ourselves. Have we "received Him"? Do we "believe"? WHAT is believing? And have we received POWER?
Because those who "believe" on His Name are given this incredible power to become the children of GOD.
"Believing" is powerful and supernatural. This faith starts as an external revelation from God which leads us into the New Covenant and baptism in His Holy Spirit. "Faith" isn't just some carnal belief or simply agreeing with something halfheartedly. That isn't faith. Faith is divine persuasion. And once the Holy Spirit enters our bodies, Faith works within us revealing to us God's reality more and more. We are saved by this faith (Ephesians 2:8). That means, we receive power through the intimate knowledge God's reality and power He gives us to endure to the end of our lives. The power He gives us to "...walk even as He walked" (1 John 2:6). And this is all directly connected to the baptism in the Holy Spirit!
Being baptized in God's Spirit is how we enter into the New Covenant and how we receive eternal life from God! God encourages us all to seek this faith and/or more of it every day (2 Corinthians 4:16). May God the Father give us more of this precious faith in Jesus our Messiah and through Jesus our Messiah. And may God the Father give us more of a hunger and thirst for righteousness so we may be filled. And May God the Father bless us all with a deeper revelation of His power that He grants to us who are called and walk after Him with all our hearts... May we understand God more clearly. His love and His will expressed through His Word. In Yeshua the Messiah's Name Amen
And if you have never repented of your sins and entered into the New Covenant of God through Messiah and you feel the Him knocking on the door of your heart you may invite Him in now by saying this prayer (Revelation 3:20, Jer 31:31-33, Ezekiel 36:25-28, Galatians 4:6). This is how I was powerfully saved 20 years ago!
"My Lord and my God, Have mercy on my soul, a sinner, I believe Jesus the Messiah died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and Jesus is now on the right hand of God and can hear my prayer at this moment and wants to live in me and through me and give me POWER to keep His Word. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart Lord Jesus. Please be my Lord and Savior in every aspect of my life. Thank you God for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen"