Words Of Truth - February 24, 2010

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Loyalty"

Loyalty
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves…Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”
I Timothy 3:1, 2a, 4

   

     A quality often revered in a dog, but reviled in a man.”  This is a saying I heard years ago and it has stayed with me.  Loyalty is a trait that is obviously missing from our society today.  I believe many of our social problems could be reversed with a little bit of loyalty from the citizens.
 
     As a boy, I started each morning in the classroom with my hand over my heart and the words, “I pledge allegiance…”  I was giving a solemn promise to give my loyalty to the country I so love.  As governments change and political powers shift to and fro, there is a sense that America is changing.  I wholeheartedly disagree with that!  Our leaders cannot change America unless we become disloyal to her foundations.  I believe that America is not just a nation.  America is a people united by ideas and principles of liberty and justice for all.  Those principles are preserved in documents known as the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.  These are not just documents but the preservation of the American idea.  America will die if the people will not place hand over heart and pledge allegiance to uphold, live and defend these rights. 
 
     As believing Americans, we hold allegiance to our Christian faith as well.  We must be loyal to Jesus Christ, and His Word!  We must know Him and walk with Him, and live by the doctrines He taught us.  Loyalty is necessary for a belief to survive.  We must not sell out our Saviour for sin, selfishness and popularity!  Judas Iscariot found himself on this side of history.  His disloyalty drove him to suicide and that is how it always turns out.  Disloyalty is a self-inflicted death for a nation, cause or faith.  The same is true in business.  Disloyal employers and employees can bring a strong company down.  This is true in every institution.  A home can be shattered by a disloyal husband or wife.  It will be dysfunctional if the children are disloyal to the family unit.  Disloyalty is a self-death.  Churches, communities, companies, and countries have all been killed by their own disloyal hand.
 
     I believe if we will hold fast to our profession of faith and stand firm with the conviction to live our faith and the American way, we can cause stability in our society.  Loyalty is the key.


Study verses - Hebrew 4:12-16; 10:19-25; Galatians 5; Romans 13;
 I Timothy 2:1-6



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Previous devotions


"Observe All Things Whatsoever I Have Commanded You" - February 17, 2010
"A Praying Church" - February 10, 2010
"A Glorious Church" - February 3, 2010
"Work of the Ministry" - January 27, 2010
"Redeem The Time" - January 20, 2010
"Stewardship" - January 13, 2010
"Tithing" - January 6, 2010
"An Expected End" - December 30, 2009
"Silent Night, Holy Night" - December 23, 2009
"Christmas - Part 2" - December 16, 2009
"Christmas - Part 1" - December 9, 2009
"Walk in Truth" - December 2, 2009

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