Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
Some can exchange the truth of God for a lie, and results in not waiting on Him – Part 2
And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they shall believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12, NKJV)
Judgment is coming to those who do not believe the truth. The sign that someone does not believe the truth is they take pleasure in their sin, in their unrighteousness. A disciple takes pleasure in serving his or her Rabbi and is not enslaved to sin. Do you take pleasure in serving your Master, the great Rabbi, Jesus Christ? As you wait upon Christ ask the Holy Spirit reveal to you the sin, and I mean all of it, to surrender to the power of Christ to break its shackles free from you. Take pleasure in Jesus through waiting and serving Him – not through enjoying your sin and your resulting unrighteousness. We only become righteous through Jesus. Wait. Recognize. Act.
Who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. (2 Timothy 2:18, NKJV)
Paul is instructing his young disciple and church leader Timothy by warning of the cancer that spreads by the teaching of false doctrines. It is very important to understand what the Scriptures mean and Paul admonishes Timothy to “be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15, NKJV) The false doctrine of the Rapture being already past is being spread by two former members of Timothy’s fellowship and they are said to have strayed from the truth. Doctrine is important and studying the Word of truth, sitting under a good teaching pastor, and waiting upon the Spirit of truth will keep you from straying from truth and drifting into error.
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth. (2 Timothy 2:24-25, NKJV)
Paul continues to admonish Timothy, in this his last epistle, on how to deal with those who do not believe the truth but will listen to your instruction. Take note of our attitude towards unbelievers should be according to Paul: not quarrelsome, gentle, able to teach, patient, humble, and correcting. People will not come to know the truth unless they are told and Paul gives us the attitude of the one who speaks the gospel truth to others. As you meditate upon this Scripture wait upon God with great hope and ask Him to work in you by the power of the Holy Spirit to take on these character traits in Christ so you become a better witness for the truth.