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Nibble of Bread : 1 Timothy 3:6

June 21, 2012

1 Timothy 3:6

An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.

Got a whole different angle for us today with this verse. Member a while back we did a series on endurance? Well God put something about endurance for us on my heart. An elder (without getting to deep for lack of knowledge) is basically a leader in a church, or like a pastor (I believe, someone correct me if Im wrong).

The reason God commands this is because new believers are still vulnerable. New believers are still weak and impressionable. It’s like teaching a new baby that the stove is hot, you can tell them do not touch but sometimes they dont listen and touch the stove, burning their hands. Well new believers are like this, sometimes we dont listen to the guidance of a christian brother. Or we dont follow the guidance of the Word like we should.

But elders (according to this verse) have been through the trials, they have seen many of the devils traps and pitfalls he places in our lives. Therefore they have developed not only the faith to endure but the patience to endure.

Dont ever get down on yourself. Know that God is molding you and shaping you. But dont take His grace for granted. We should still strive to grow closer to Him.

Love Kaaina

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2 Comments
  1. Mike Sands permalink

    I read verses 1-7 and those are some pretty high standards to be a leader in the Church. This is a good thing though. We should all strive to have these qualities.

    • Yep, they really are. Really shows how a baby Christian has some growing to do in order to keep this type of balance. But as the Word says, With God anything is possible!

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