"Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.”
- I Timothy 4:7
Word of the Week
The Apostle Paul was emphasizing to this young pastor the need to be careful about beliefs people may hold. Beliefs that have been passed down from family, friends and culture on different ways to be healed of this or cured of that.
There are so many homemade remedies. Without me getting into a long list you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Some people believe that if you hang cloves of garlic out over your house it scares evil spirits away and keeps sickness away! Now, there's great medicinal value in garlic––if it's in your body––but it doesn't have any medicinal value just hanging out in front of your house. That's not going to scare anything away!
So many of these types of fables have come down through the bloodline or hearsay. But the most dangerous one of all is whenever you can't even trace it to a person or a source.
Pretty soon you have people basing their belief system on something that isn't even true!
Even though something may be a fact, it doesn't make it true.
Even though it has some truth in it, it may not have all of the truth. There's only one place you and I can go to that has the truth that we can stand on. That's the written Word of God!
Paul is using a very strong word (refuse) to instruct Timothy. In the Greek, the word refuse means to reject profusely.
Paul is saying, reject it. Push it away. Don't let it get near you and don't let it get near your mind. Why? Because it will damage your faith and damage what you're building your faith on.
God's word for you today is that you don't need to take in all of these hooting owls, garlic bulbs and black cats. This drink, that bath and that potion. No, we know that we have access to a greater way and that's by his stripes we are healed!
He gives us peace, peace, wonderful peace to keep our mind solid. It's the Lord Jesus and his shed blood over your life! That's going to keep you, sustain you, protect you, and see you the whole way through it!