It Sounds Good, But Is It Sound Doctrine?

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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.

2 Timothy 4:3


You can be healthy. You can be wealthy. You can have everything your heart desires. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to become a Christian if you could have everything you wanted? The premise of these teachings is rooted in making our lives comfortable–without sickness, without sorrow, and without pain. This reminds me of something: heaven! But we are not there yet.

In contrast, Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:12 that “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” We were never promised that our lives would be free of problems.

God uses your pain, sickness and sorrow to show His glory. It’s not the absence of sorrow that reveals the glory of God in your life. It’s taking the step of faith every day no matter what is going on in you or around you. He is glorified when you keep the faith, even in the darkest days, because He is with you and has overcome the world.

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Can you still love, trust, submit and obey God’s word when everything falls apart? Through the Holy Spirit you are comforted in your trials, you are strengthened in weakness, and you are saved through Jesus Christ. God still heals, God still blesses, and God still provides—yet there’s balance in trusting in God more than trusting in His gifts.

Prayer

Dear Lord, help me to trust and lean on You when life doesn’t always seem fair or easy. Help me to resist unbalanced teachings that lure me away from knowing You in a deeper relationship in the hard times. Amen.

In His Service,

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