Keeping and Avoiding – CAC Living Water Devotional
CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH
LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
DATE: Saturday, November 26. 2922
READ: 1 Timothy 6:13-20
I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge (1 Timothy 6: 20)
The text for today’s Living Water relates to the reader how Paul charged Timothy, his son in the faith, to keep certain things and avoid others. The word “keep” is a military term that might better be translated “guard”. While “avoid” implies more than merely refraining from contact. It has to do with actively and deliberately turning away from something. Timothy is to guard that which has been committed into his care-by inference, something quite valuable-the complete gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 1:13-14)
Paul knew, however, that in order to guard the truth, Timothy must actively avoid the false, and lists three specific potential pitfalls. The first is profane babbling, i.e; any of those conversations and arguments that are of a worldly, ungidly, unclean nature, which adds nothing to faith in Jesus Christ. Next, he is to avoid vain, empty, hollow arguments. Elsewhere, it is rendered, *but shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness* (2 Tim. 2: 16).
Lastly, he is to avoid the opposing arguments of false science, or knowledge. Human wisdom, contrary to the wisdom of God, may be called knowledge by some, but is in the real sense, false. Even, *by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith* (1 Tim. 6: 21). Before someone can become what he/she ought to be, especially in God, somethings must be consciously avoided while the good and godly are adhered strictly to. That is the message of today’s dose of the Living Water.
HYMN FOR TODAY:
CAC GHB 724
1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
Ye soldiers of the Cross;
Lift high His royal banner,
It must not suffer loss.
From vict’ry unto vict’ry
His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished
And Christ is Lord indeed.
2. Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
The trumpet-call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict
In this His glorious day!
Ye that are men, now serve Him
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger,
And strength to strength oppose.
3. Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
Stand in His strength alone:
The arm of flesh will fail you;
Ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Christian’s armour,
And watching unto prayer,
Where duty calls, or danger,
Be never wanting there.
4. Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
The strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor’s song
To him that overcometh
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of Glory
Shall reign eternally.
1. My Father in heaven, grant me the grace to keep away from worldly influence that hinders spiritual growth
2 O Lord my Father, let me enjoy the grace to keep the truth, avoid the false and discern the differences, in Jesus name.
3.O Lord, help our leaders to guide the truth entrusted in their hands.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
1 Corinthians 1