Topic: Dangers of False Profession
2 Timothy 3:1-17
1 Timothy 3:5– “For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?”
Profession can be simply defined as a public acknowledgement of what you believe. Therefore we can then conclude that a false profession is to do the opposite of what you have declared. In this case, we are talking about the profession of our faith in Christ.
Do you make a false profession of your faith in Christ? Or, are you bold enough to declare Him your Lord and Saviour at anytime and anywhere? Look closely at our memory verse. You will see there that Paul is referring to those who claim to be Christians and appear to be religious to do the right things yet do not have intimate personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ whom they claim to be their Saviour.
Their lives, conduct and comportment are not characterised by the power of the Holy Spirit that set people away from sin and worldliness, selfishness and ungodly behaviours. Such people tolerate contrary behaviours and worldly lifestyles in their family, in the work place, at home, the environment, even in some churches, yet they claim to know God.
Take a time to pause and think deeply. Even in our physical world, how possible can you claim to be a soldier, policeman or fire fighter but you are not rightly dressed, you don’t have the conduct or disposition of one, neither do you carry their identities? Nobody will believe you to be what you profess to be.
The people will be quick to assume you are an impersonator. Are you engaging consciously or unconsciously in spiritual impersonation? Bragging or boasting, dressing and speaking like a believer of Jesus Christ when actually you are not one? Or perhaps a Christian but your life does not portray Christ in anyway?
Beloved, those who engage in false profession can also be termed hypocrites. Jesus said a lot about such people in the Bible when He was on earth. Matthew 23:23 says, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgement, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
Jesus would want you, as a reader of this devotional, to stand by what you profess. Be bold to declare: “I know whom I believe”. Think, act and let the world see Christ in you. God is interested in your true profession of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
He wants you to act it out and not the other way round. False profession is sin. Nothing more!
The greatest form of good you can do for the kingdom of God is to live your life as an open book.
The grace of God that renews and revives shall make your life its abode, in the name of Jesus.
When I survey the wondrous cross
When I survey the wondrous cross,
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord! that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God:
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down:
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
1. I pull down every stronghold of falsehood in my life, in the name of Jesus.
2. O Lord, let there be light in my darkness, in the name of Jesus.
3. Every power hindering me from following Jesus all the way, die, in the name of Jesus.
4. O Lord my Father, make me a vessel of honour, in the name of Jesus.
5. Power of the cross, fall upon me, in the name of Jesus.
6. O Lord God of heaven, help me to take my stand in You, in the name of Jesus.
7. Jesus, help me. Let the world see You in me and know that You are my Lord, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
1 Chronicles 26-29; Psalm 127
MFM Daily Devotional 23 May 2021. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya.