5/22/2005 ~ Sincerity

... You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. ~ Psalm 4:8

... whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe. ~ Proverbs 29:25

Do you feel secure where you are at?
Do you find comfort with brethren?
We all struggle for security.   

Material security is disappearing as people trust one another less and less.
Most people used to keep their doors unlocked.
People today worry about family and jobs.

Most important:
           • Our feelings with God.
           • Where we stand with Him.

┌─> Do we believe in God or the world?
"... But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
~ Matthew 10:28

Each one has to answer for themselves.

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 13:5

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 9:27
└─> Paul knew his weaknesses but kept them under control.

If you're feeling secure beware that you’re not over confident.

... Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
~ 1st Corinthians 10:1-12

"... beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees." ~ Matthew 16:6

... "Take heed that no one deceives you. ... ~ Matthew 24:4-5

... let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; ...
~ James 1:6-8

God is looking for people to hear and follow His word.

... for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. ... ~ John 4:23-24

... but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. ~ John 1:17

... "Let all the angels of God worship Him." ... ~ Hebrews 1:1-13

Using God's word as our security.

... let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, ...
~ Hebrews 10:14-24

Even with security, we must remain on our guard.
We know when we fall short.
We don’t like to fail or hear about complacency.

... hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, ...
~ Hebrews 3:12-14

... but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 10:13

Walk with wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
~ Colossians 4:5

... but understand what the will of the Lord is. ~ Ephesians 5:15-17

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, ... ~ James 1:22

We should feel secure with God and Christ.
~ But that doesn't mean we don't have to work for Him.

... If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31

... Moreover by them Your servant is warned, ... ~ Psalm 19:7-14

True security is in these words.

... to all who have loved His appearing. ~ 2nd Timothy 4:8

... love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. ~ Ephesians 6:24





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