Ephesians 4:1-16 - Part 3 - Ephesians 4:1-16
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
I just like the order.. "Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders."
Yup, worship first, then witnessing.. more worship and then more witnessing. Upwards (do we have a greater ministry than that? Nope) and then outwards. Takin' time for Jesus first (Matt. 6:33), and then taking time for dialoguing with the people He loves.
Wanna be w.e.l.l. instead of sick, Christian? Remember how the early church was worshipping, evangelizing, learning and loving!
"Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth."
"Make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing.."
"Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him: talk you of all His wondrous works."
"O sing to the Lord a new song; for He has done marvelous things.." See Psalm 96:1, 105:2, 98:5, 98:1,5.
Love to look at worship in the Bible, and really love to be worshipping the Lord. And just shared these verses with a friend.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Smart fishers know that havin' and maintaining a clear conscience is important in witnessing of Christ's love.
Thinkin' about Shakespeare.. what did Hamlet mean when he said, "Conscience makes cowards of us all"? Does it have to? No.
I think he meant that the God-given conscience in people.. it can help prevent them from doing wrong sinful things, yes, from having wrong thoughts or doing evil deeds. But to unspiritual on-lookers who lack discernment and wisdom.. to unbelievers ..it might appear to them in their minds ..that we believer who is taking heed is an uber-weak, wimpy, yes full on coward. They miss, but to the righteous person wanting to please the Lord, it simply means that things in that person are working right as the conscience was designed to work. And when a person becomes a new creation in Christ, the conscience in connection with the Holy Spirit will work all the better for Christ's Cause. Let it, and God will use you to impact lives.
God says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9 nkjv
"There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all." ~ Ogden Nash
Questions: Believer, how many people do you desire to help put on the Journey to Jesus Christ? How many lives do want God to use you with, so that they too can enjoy a clean conscience?
When people tell you or me that they've always been a Christian ..chances are they are not yet a real Christian. Why? Well, because no one is born the first time regenerated in their human spirit. You know that. It takes repentance and faith not pedigree.
Yeah, that's why we all need to be born all over again. It might not have looked like that at the time of our Birthday, but we've all been born wrong the first time due to Adam's sin. And when a person turns and trusts Christ.. when they meet Jesus one on one.. guess what.. real changes will indeed take place. The outward may be without the inward (with so called religious people getting moralized - lost), but the inward is never without the outward (with real believers who desire to grow, to walk in victory, and want to maintain a clear conscience). So how do we do that? We confess and forsake sin when we blow it - admit it and quit it. We yield daily to the changing power of the Holy Spirit who both works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Whenever, any person turns to the Lord in faith, "God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We're free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him." 2 Cor. 3:17-18 msg
What needs confessing you might ask? What we mess up needs to be confessed. Sins of the heart.. of your thoughts ..need to be confessed to God alone and forsaken. You might at times need to confess a bad attitude to others if you ill-affected some people with that. People of the world are watching us. Timing is also important.
Not sure if you are married or what you've done or not done. Listen, if the relationship you have is already fragile or crumbling, you might need to confess your sin to somebody else first. God really wants you to have a clear conscience and rebuild the trust.
I would say that private addictions need confession to God first, and then perhaps to a growing Christian as well if God leads. Yes, especially if you've hurt somebody with that (you'll need accountability to stay free). I would say stealing needs to be confessed to God and then to the one who lost what you stole.
Denial is so prevalent today. Did ya know that 80% of abusers deny that they abused anybody so.. if you've been hurt by an abuser.. don't expect a whole lot from them, I mean if somebody abused you. Hint: A lawbreaker needs to be reported to the police (I know too many believers who only go tell their pastor who informs them that he'll pray for that abuser [only]. Dumb!).
Repentance with confession is rad-imperative. People can't get saved without true repentance and believers can't enjoy a clear conscience without it. But we want to be good witnesses for Jesus.
We don't need to go to a mere human priest or pastor in some confessional to find forgiveness from God. That's not biblical. That simply comes from man and his religious traditions (not saying no one has ever heard some good advice in a confessional, though I personally never did). Please don't let dead religious leaders.. even with good intentions (not saying all priests are lost).. twist the meaning or application of the Scriptures for you. God check the entire context of Scripture. And please repent going directly to God for forgiveness first.
Later on as the Spirit leads.. or when sick.. "confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." James 5:16
But I'd say that public sin calls for public confessions, and private sin often calls for private confession generally (but confession need to be made to God first). Yes, the confession should be as broad as the offense was. God was hurt by your sin. Many sinners don't realize how we've hurt the Lord. In connection with your confession.. when it's appropriate ..others should be present. And the confession should reflect the seriousness of that particular offense committed.
Here are some ways to apologize to another human when saying "I'm sorry" ..just isn't enough:
You know how "I'm sorry that I spilled coffee on your shoe" kind of apologies will do.. yup, most of the time that's enough for others. But sometimes "Sorry dude" ain't enough. Grasp hold and say I was wrong.. I was SO wrong ("SO" depending on the severity). I am so SO sorry because this was no minor matter. I feel bad inside (if you really do, and you should if you wronged someone). I respect you and understand that merely saying I'm sorry is not enough here, but I take full responsibility for it (and do that).
Sure, the people harmed by you need to understand that we grasp it.. that we, as the wrong-doer understand the extent of the damage etc that we caused them. You know how sin is never superficial, but when sin-committed is thought of superficially by the one who sinned, that offender tends to address their own sin superficially. That's also wrong. None of us are perfect so this is good to talk about. Ask how can I make this right?
Remember how Zack got right with God and even restored the possessions that he cheated people out of. Go and do likewise. Making restitution, when the offended person is still alive.. yes, if you still can ..is so important. That's a good witness to the world.
You remember Zacchaeus in the Bible. He was a chief tax-collector at Jericho, and mentioned only in the Gospel of Luke. He was a descendant of Abraham, and became a good example of Jesus' personal, earthly ministry to seek and to save that which was lost.. yes in bring salvation to the unregenerate people.
Zach received Jesus very joyfully but when other people, "saw it, they all complained, saying, 'He (Jesus) has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.' Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, 'Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.' And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house..'" Lk. 19:1-10 nkjv
A bad conscience has a very good memory and God's is even better. Therefore the aim of our instruction is love from my pure heart.. "Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and [from] sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.." 1 Timothy 1:5
"Disobedience to conscience is voluntary; bad poetry, on the other hand, is usually not made on purpose." ~ C.S. Lewis
The Bible talks a lot about those with a cauterized or seared conscience inside.. you know a hardened heart or conscience. But there is a Solution for all that ..for us Christ's followers even.. and His Name is Jesus Christ.
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Monday, April 27, 2015
Thanks Lord for filling up our lakes lately. Let it rain some more! Pour out whatever You and Heaven can afford.
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Sunday, April 26, 2015
How truly I love you with Christ's love! Want the best for you and yours. I consider you and me to be friends.. "and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul!"
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"First things first." Always heard that as the kid who felt like doin' my cores and homework after goin' surfin' at Salt Creek. And this here really needs to be first among all first things.
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Has that conversation been headed south like a tall roller coaster ride at Six Flags or Disney World minus all the thrill and fun?
Ready to have the contentious strife cease.. or not so much? They can't long argue with them self.
The Bible says, "Where there is no wood, the fire goes out.." 26/20Aproverbs
The servant of the Lord must not, must not, must not allow themselves to strive, but be gentle with all. Christians arguing with each other or with a lost person.. is not a good witness. It solves nothing. Even if you were to win the argument you could lose the friend. Listen, when there is ongoing arguing, at least one of the two parties involved has pride.
Listen, you don't really have to show up for or attend every argument that you are invited to. All invitations are not worth your time and energy. Why keep letting em start it? Just bail, split, abandon the quarrel before it breaks out - walk off before your flesh is tempted to join in.
"For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.." (kjv).
The Bible says, "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable." James 3:17,18
"The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out." Proverbs 17:14
"It is to one's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel." Proverbs 20:3
Just make it your ambition to lead a quiet life not quick to put up your dukes - yeah, minding your own biz.
"This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls." James 1:20
"In your anger do not sin: do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.." Ephesians 4:26
You know that with some people it's a whole lot easier than with others to get drawn into reacting in the flesh.. or an ugly argument. Before I could blink my eyelids, I've been drawn in before. I'm not proud of it, but I've been guilty of this on more than one occasion. Grateful for God's mercy and grace.
Choose to walk in the Spirit and in victory instead of in the flesh with defeat on your hands. Too many have that. Yes, hold your peace, appropriate His anointing to conquer, and show Christ's love.
The real enemy isn't wearing skin today. Remember how Paul challenged us saying, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.." 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 nkjv
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