The CCN Daily Worship by Pastor Don. Roy Hemingway.
Gooooooooooooooooooooood morning brethren, May the Almighty God of hosts be with you this morning and thank you, for joining us here at ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’ for worship and praise. Let us begin as is our tradition every day here at the Nation, by reading from the word of God. Amen.
2 Timothy 4. 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
1 I charge thee therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom:
2 preach the Word; be instant in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but having itching ears, they shall heap to themselves teachers in accordance with their own lusts.
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned toward fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith.
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me on that Day — and not to me only, but unto all those also who love His appearing.
9 Use diligence to come shortly unto me,
10 for Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark and bring him with thee, for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
12 And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.
13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil; the Lord reward him according to his works.
15 Beware thou also of him, for he hath greatly withstood our words.
16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me. I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.
17 Notwithstanding, the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work and will preserve me unto His heavenly Kingdom, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
19 Salute Prisca and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus.
20 Erastus remained at Corinth, but Trophimus I have left sick at Miletus.
21 Try with diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brethren.
22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.
Thank you, great God and Father, for filling our hearts with trust so that we are of good hope, also for those who have not yet found trust in Christ Jesus. Thank you for giving us courage to face all the questions that arise in human life and for accepting us again and again when we come to you. You know what lies before us. You know the mountains that have to be moved. You know all the things that frustrate us and try to wear us out, and you will take them away. At last your light will shine into all the darkness. This certainty fills us with gladness and thanksgiving. In this faith we are determined to remain steadfast and to press on to victory in our Saviour. In Jeus’ name we pray. Amen.
(3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; (4) and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
Paul’s description of people having “itching ears” is picturesque. The Greek word, knethomai, literally means “to itch, rub, scratch, or tickle.” This figure of speech implies that they have an itch that must be scratched, or as William Barclay puts it, “they have ears which have to be continually titillated with novelties” (The Letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, p. 202). Such people open their ears to any teacher who will relieve their particular “itch” regardless of how it measures against the truth.
The solution to this resides in proper discernment based on God’s infallible Word. This judgment must be based on His whole counsel. John writes, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (I John 4:1). Christ commends the Ephesian church for this:
I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars. (Revelation 2:2)
Paul says it most simply, “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (I Thessalonians 5:21).
It is our Christian duty to evaluate the “causes” we endorse. Are they truly of God, or are they itches we want scratched? Have we allowed the world to influence our thinking, or are we on solid biblical footing? Have we held our ground against Satan, or have we given in to his relentless onslaught?
Our effort now should be presenting ourselves “blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (verse 23), for God is not concerned with scratching our itches but transforming us into the image of His Son. That is our only cause!
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
May God bless you all and ‘The Church of the Christian Nation’, Amen.
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