Godliness or Deception

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Devotion: 2 Timothy 3:5

This verse brings me to tears.  God’s Word declares there will be “many” who think they have Jesus in their heart, but only have “a form of godliness, denying the power therein.  Many.

Those who have a form of godliness are regular church attenders.  They even do lots of good deeds and are outwardly good, moral people.  If asked why would God allow them into His heaven; they will say: “I’ve never killed anyone.  I haven’t stolen anything.  I desperately try to obey the ten commandments. However, none of these things are requirements for entering the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus wants a relationship with all men, created for His glory. Relationship and form of godliness are worlds apart.  One is authentic; the other is fake.  The deceived person has “played the part” of a Christian so long; that he has even deceived himself.

Christianity is more about being than doing.  We are known by our fruit;  therefore, our relationship with Christ flows in and through the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit.  Are we exhibiting the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control to those around us?  Do we truly possess peace that passes all understanding?

When everything falls apart; do you blame God or fall more deeply in love with and depend more upon Him, the One who allowed these things to come to pass?

1 Timothy 6:6 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”  Does godly describe who you are or what everyone else thinks you are?  That question can only be determined between you and God Himself.  He knows and you know.  I beg you, Do not deceive yourself.  Please don’t just play the part.  Be godly, for Christ’s sake.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, I want to be godly.  I want everything I think, do and say; to be real and never fake.  I want my relationship with You to be real and to cause others to want to know You in an intimate way.  I love You Lord Jesusl  May my latter days be greater than the former, for Christ’s sake.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

 

 

 

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