Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. – 2 Timothy 4:2-5 ESV
The word “Bible” comes from the Greek word Biblion, which means “book.” The Bible itself, gives over a dozen names and titles of itself, in both the Old and New Testaments. It is called: Gospel- GOOD NEWS, Holy Scriptures, Law of the Lord, Living Words, Sword of the Spirit, Word of God, Word of life, TRUTH- it is the WORD OF OUR LORD! It is our INSTRUCTION MANUAL. If you don’t know ‘what’s going on’, and how to respond -then how can you fight, the GOOD FIGHT? Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. (1 Peter 4:12)
Leader, it is important to read the manual, so you are not confused by the weird times that we live in. Confusion seems to be the main weapon of our enemy. When people are confused, they don’t’ SPEAK UP, STAND up, STEP OUT. “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” (1 Corinthians 14:33) We are told that not all spirits are Godly, there are fallen angels- 1\3 of the angelic world. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child, he might devour it. (Revelation 12:4) And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
Conduit, 1 John 4:1 tells us to know the difference between HIS WORD and the world’s interpretation and perversion of HIS WORD. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” We are called to KNOW HIS WORD and to SHARE the GOOD NEWS. Preaching means the proclamation of religious truth- how can you proclaim what you don’t know? “To evangelize” is to proclaim the good news of the victory of God’s salvation- again, if you don’t know it you can’t proclaim it! Beware of finding a word that makes you feel comfortable, one that doesn’t challenge you or doesn’t grow you. Your itching ears might make you feel good today- but there will be HELL TO PAY! BE READY- For our LORD is returning soon! How do we know? Read His instruction manual! Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.