Topic: Not Destined To Damnation [Sunday January 14th, 2018]
Text: 1 Timothy 4:1-11
Key Verse: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” (1 Timothy 4:1).
It is very common for people to want to attribute whatever happens to them to fate. By so doing, they try to exonerate themselves from their failures and misfortunes. It is true that some occurrences are “acts of God”, a whole lot of others happen either as a result of carefully calculated plans and efforts or through sheer negligence, carelessness or ignorance. Thus, we must take responsibility for the outcome of our choices in life.
In the passage for reading, Apostle Paul speaks of the events of the last days. He foretells that there will be great apostasy and explains why this will happen. People will begin to take interest in strange doctrines and teachings of the devil. There will be so much in sincerity and hypocrisy – people will not be ready to admit the truth about the real state of their lives. Hearts will begin to get hardened as a result of repeated sins and deliberate neglect of the truth. As we look all around us, we can see this prophecy of the scriptures already being fulfilled. People are already departing from the faith. But it doesn’t have to be you!
While some will surely be part of those whom this prophecy will be fulfilled in their lives, no one in particular has been destined to perish. Those who depart from the faith do so because they fail to take to heart the warning of the Spirit. Everyone is saved through repentance and faith in Christ.
Thus saved, you can choose to be part of the many others who will not depart from the faith by staying far away from sin, strange doctrines and teachings, and being careful of where you fellowship and who you fellowship and pray with. Everyone who is righteous must watch, lest they fall
Thought For The Day: It is sheer folly to treat one’s spiritual focus with disdain.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.