The Power of Godliness
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power
thereof: from such turn away. For of
this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden
with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever
learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
(II Timothy 3:5,6,7)
St. Paul is warning the young man Timothy about the diversions from
faith. It is possible to give the
impression of always exercising faith and yet never reaching the goal. Athletes set goals before them. They try to break records. But in religion it is difficult to know if we
have reached our goal. We can be in a
state where we never demonstrate that it is possible to be victorious in all
things and live like the disciples. Such
a life achieves nothing. Ever learning,
and never coming to the knowledge of the truth.
We must be warned about this. If
we are steadily growing in the truth, our life itself will have a message. Our dress, our demeanor, our speech, our
observing of Sunday will speak to all around.
We must be warned about money-making-religion, gain-seeking-religion, and no-humility
religion. Young people who do not truly
develop complete dependence on God, do not cut away every hindering thing, and
are lost. God expects very great things
of you. Do not limit God. Jannes and Jambres were men of corrupt minds. They thought they could do without
Moses. Moses was always with God and had
developed great spiritual carefulness.
He would never take a decision by himself without consulting God. Moses with all his education and about a
hundred years of experience would never depend on his wisdom but would refer
all matters to God and humbly submit to God.
Timothy was like-minded with Paul.
When the Church becomes weak in exercising
faith, wicked leaders will rise up. You
whose eyes have been opened by God can also be ever learning and never coming
to the truth. Be right with God and
straight with God. Grow deep in
faith. Like Moses, meet God every day
and be corrected by Him and learn from Him every day. In prayer learn all that you should give
Ask God to do a very great thing and give
extra-ordinary grace and power. God did
so with St. Paul. He did so with
Finney and Wesley. God must do something
new for His glory.