• Bishop Keith Butler

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Paul taught his young protege Timothy through this letter about how to communicate with God. He began this portion of his letter describing different types of prayer. However, it is the end of this verse that I want us to focus on today.

Paul explained to Timothy why we should pray - because it is good and acceptable to God. Prayer brings the results that God wants for each person. Paul explained more about the character of the God who would have men to pray: God wants all men to be saved. Who is left after all? No one. The word saved in Greek is sozo; it means to be delivered from everything. God’s will is for everyone to be protected, delivered, healed, preserved, and to do well.

  The life of sozo is the life of real prosperity. Some have become upset at me and other ministers claiming that we preach a “prosperity gospel.”  What other kind of Gospel is there? A lack gospel? A failure gospel? No. God’s will is for all men to prosper – spirit, soul, and body.

Paul revealed more about God’s character, stating that He also desires all men to come unto the knowledge of the truth. The word knowledge is epignosis. It means full understanding. The truth refers to God’s Word. God wants everyone to enjoy the fullness of salvation and the power of His Word.

Practical Application – God’s plan for your life is to live the sozo life – a life of real prosperity. Open your Word and pray for a full understanding of the blessing of salvation.

  • Bishop Keith Butler

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:29-32)

Paul does not pull any punches in the first chapter of Romans. When he described those who decide to do things they know are against God’s nature, he does not depict that they are a little wrong. Instead, Paul wrote they have allowed themselves to be filled with all unrighteousness.

Rebellion against God’s nature opens your life to consequences that are the opposite of God’s plan and purpose. Sickness, catastrophe, pain, and death have never been a part of God's plan for His children. Still, He has given us the right to make decisions – even bad ones – that can bring us negative repercussions.

This list of unrighteous behaviors listed in Romans 1:29-32 could have been written last week. They are not indicative of only a first-century audience, but they perfectly depict the world today.

When Paul wrote about those who knew the judgment of God, he was referring to Christians, churchgoers, and students of the Scriptures. He wrote that Christians who do nothing more than wink at sin would receive the same consequence of those living in sin. Believers should agree with God and turn from evil - both with our physical bodies and expressions of consent.

Practical Application – Agree with God, not sin. Choose God’s way, not the world’s.

Ephesians 5:3; 2 Timothy 3:1

  • Bishop Keith Butler

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. (Romans 1:26-28)

People today (even within our churches) desire to be politically correct, but they have no issue with being spiritually incorrect. God says that any affection, which in the Greek means lust, that is outside of His designed plan is shameful and comes with negative consequences.

As an example, Paul wrote about God’s natural design for both women and men. He stated that when people change the natural way God planned relationships to be, they rebel against nature. When God’s design is tampered with, the outcome is death. When men are with men and women with women, they open the door for death in their own bodies. This is one of the reasons why Sodom and Gomorrah had to be burned by fire.

Countless diseases have been born and spread because of man’s refusal to live life according to the way God designed us to be.

God’s plan is for you to live a healthy, long, prosperous life. God has a system He purposely designed so you can live the best life possible. Follow His system.

Practical Application – Ask God to search your heart and your life and to reveal to you anything you have not submitted to His ways. Decide to turn from those things and follow His Word in every decision you make.

1 Corinthians 6:18; 1 Timothy 1:10





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