ARC Thursday Bible Study August 15, 2019 with Pastor Edwards…dealing with a letter from the devil. Some of the Scriptures included: 2 Kings 19:14-16, 2 Kings 17:17, 2 Tim 3:5, 2 Kings 18:3-7 and others.
Pastor Edwards mentioned again that we have a relationship with God through grace. We are to be mindful of what 2 Tim 3:5 says about having a form of godliness but not serving God in the correct way with faith and obedience in reverence of who he is…God. Israel in the Old Testament (2 Kings 17:17) had that problem…a form of ungodly godliness.
In today’s world, there are “Pulpits” in people life (i.e. having the wrong kind of friends, doing the wrong jobs, going to the wrong places, etc). Those “Pulpits” in some people life have a little religion with a form of godliness. But we as the true Church are to watch and pray…be vigilant and try the spirits. (See 1 John 4:1-5 KJV.)
There is always a war going on against the Saints of God or between the Church and the devil. But we are to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus. (See Luke 9:23 KJV.) Men love darkness than the light. The good and Spiritual things in our life must come from God…the light. And the opposite of evil is not good but “truth.” He that doeth truth will come to the light.
In reference to 2 Kings 18:3-17, Pastor Edwards also said we are to be careful of worshiping our Salvation and not the God or giver of our Salvation. We are to worship God. We need to worship our faith in God. And we cannot worship our past relationships in God. Religion without God is ll about symbols and worshiping symbols instead of God. (See 2 Kings 18:3-7 KJV.) We are to worship God from the tuth and our faith in God.