This week a close up of one of my favorites - African Daisies, and the verse that was the theme of our Women's Retreat over the weekend.
I Timothy 6:11 But you woman of God flee from all this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
Yes, I'm aware that the actual verse states "man of God" but when applying it to myself (and a few dozen other women over the weekend) it makes sense to use the word "woman". How does one FLEE from all this? It means you stop dead in your tracks, turn around and go the other way. RUN! Easier said that done, isn't it?
The verses before I Tim. 6:11 are cautioning Timothy about those people who teach false doctrines and are not in sound agreement with the teachings of the Bible. It comes right out and says whoever doesn't believe that the teachings are sound is conceited and understands NOTHING. Wow, that kinda makes me cringe a bit, because it's rather harsh. But it's true. Our God is a LOVING God. He WANTS us to be with Him, and he is cautioning about the truths vs the lies of our society. He doesn't want his children wrapped up in unhealthy controversies and constant friction. HE is the word. His word is absolutely perfect, and there is no flaw or disagreement in it.
We are also cautioned about Money in the preceeding passage, as those who desire money or to climb the "ladder of success" ultimately fall right into Satan's trap of temptation which leads to destruction. Loving money is the root of all kinds of evil and many of us have wandered from our faith in pursuit of selfish gain. I know I've been there before... have you?
God says simply: FLEE FROM IT. Turn around. Do something else -for someone else and we will find the greatest gain.
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