Summary: To show that GOD is our Firm and Solid foundation because GOD knows who are His and let's forsake sin.
Are you standing on firm or solid foundation?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD is our Firm and Solid foundation because GOD knows who are His and let's forsake sin.
2 Timothy 2:19 (Amplified Bible)
But the firm foundation of (laid by) God stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal (inscription): The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names [himself by] the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it.
GOD is our Firm and Solid foundation because GOD knows who are His and let's forsake sin.
GOD's solid foundation
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: A.D. 65 to 67
C. Purpose: Encourage and instruct a young pastor in his ministerial work
D. To whom written: Timothy
E. Main themes: Faithfulness and boldness in the ministry
2 Timothy 2:3 (Amplified Bible)
Take [with me] your share of the hardships and suffering [which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:14 (Amplified Bible)
But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned [them],
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. The LORD knows us
"The Lord knows those who are His,"
Numbers 16:5 (Amplified Bible)
And he said to Korah and all his company, In the morning the Lord will show who are His and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to Him; him whom He has chosen will He cause to come near to Him.
John 10:3 (Amplified Bible)
The watchman opens the door for this man, and the sheep listen to his voice and heed it; and he calls his own sheep by name and brings (leads) them out.
John 10:14 (Amplified Bible)
I am the Good Shepherd; and I know and recognize My own, and My own know and recognize Me—
1 Corinthians 8:3 (Amplified Bible)
But if one loves God truly [with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him].
We need to be aloofed from sin and near GOD and inside GOD's Presence.
B. Forsake sin
"and, Let everyone who names [himself by] the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it"
Isaiah 55:7 (Amplified Bible)
Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to him His abundant pardon.
Ephesians 4:22 (Amplified Bible)
Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
Hebrews 12:1 (Amplified Bible)
THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,