Deuteronomy 18:20-22 (NLT2)
20 But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die.’
21 “But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the LORD?’
22 If the prophet speaks in the LORD’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the LORD did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared.
The message of the Living God will set you free. Luke 4:18 (NLT2)
18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,
I am seeing people become disillusion with the church and its message about God’s Kingdom. They are becoming so dishearten that they are existing the church.
There is a Macedonian call to clarify the message not to change the message of the gospel.
The word gospel means “good news,” so the gospel of Christ is the good news of His coming to provide forgiveness of sins for all who will believe (Colossians 1:14; Romans 10:9). … Because everyone breaks God’s perfect law by committing sin (Romans 3:23), everyone is guilty (Romans 5:18).
The men and women in the pulpit cannot promise what God has not promise. We must be careful to only say what God has said and not add or take away from the WORD.
It is hard to restrain from preaching what is popular but as you see the end coming be more careful to rightly divide the word. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT2)
15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
Our behavior should reflect our release from the present world.
2 Peter 1:4 (NLT2)
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
We must live in this fallen world and not be overtaken by the lustfulness of a fallen world.
James 1:14-15 (NLT2)
14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.
15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
1 Corinthians 8:1 (NLT2)
1 Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.
Love is more important than knowledge. Knowledge can make us look good and feel important, but we can all too easily develop an arrogant, know-it-all attitude. Many people with strong opinions are unwilling to listen to and learn from God and others. We can obtain God’s knowledge only by loving him (see James 3:17, 18). And we can know and be known by God only when we model him by showing love (1 John 4:7, 8).
2 Peter 1:5 (NLT2)
5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,
We must continue to grow as Christians in our faith and not just grow in knowledge:
Let’s start adding:
2 Peter 1:6-7 (NLT2)
6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness,
7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.
We should neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:8 (NLT2)
8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
If God permit let’s address the latter blessing:
Job 42:12-13 (ICB)
12 The Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life even more than the first part. Job had 14,000 sheep and 6,000 camels. He had 1,000 pairs of oxen and 1,000 female donkeys.
13 Job also had seven sons and three daughters.
After you have read the text in its entirety and you have read what comes before and after the text what would you conclude with?
Did you see suffering precede blessing?
Did to see Job waiting on the blessing?
Did you see Job trusting the one who blesses?