Sunday, May 24, 2020

True Godliness

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1 Timothy 6:5-6 (NET) ...and constant bickering by people corrupted in their minds and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a way of making a profit. Now godliness combined with contentment brings great profit.

The reason Harman accepted the Lord Jesus was because he was made to understand that Jesus blesses people. His elder brother was a failure who had nothing going for him, but after he accepted the Lord Jesus and was committed to the work of God in his local church, everyone saw the difference. His elder brother became responsible and was now able to be a blessing to other members of the family. Harman accepted the Lord Jesus because he too wanted to become a success story like his elder brother.

After praying the sinner's prayer, Harman became really committed to the work of God in his local church assembly because that was also what his elder brother did. With time, Harman became recognized as a committed member of the church and was allowed to teach in his subgroup. But unfortunately, he was a teacher of heresy because he still had an idol in his heart. 'Making it' in this life was his true goal for becoming a Christian, and somehow, this goal had not changed in his heart, he still loved money more than he loved the Lord--this was the idol in his heart. He was never content with being godly, the only thing that could make him contented was lots of money.

Unlike his brother, Harman never really walked in the power [and gain] that godliness brings because his motives were wrong. If your purpose for trying to be godly is the attendant earthly gain, you will never truly attain godliness and the attendant benefits. When a believer is goldy, it means the nature of Christ has permeated him to a great degree. Because of this, such a believer can truly appropriate the benefits and power of the divine nature he has received through the new birth.

One of the things that godliness does to the believer is that it delivers him from covetousness and the love of money. Only the more powerful love of God can deliver a man from the pervasive love of money. A covetous believer cannot be goldy at the same time.

Go into today remembering that Godliness is profitable in every way. It holds promise for this present life and for the life to come (see 1 Timothy 4:8). One of the biggest hindrances to true godliness is the love of money. You cannot love God and love mammon (Matthew 6:24).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to love you above everything else. Deliver my heart from idols. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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