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A New Creature

As a believer in Christ, is there any difference between you and the world? Is there any evidence of internal change?

God doesn’t want a piece of you. God wants your heart. When He has your heart, He has all of you.

…my son, give me thine heart…

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Ask Seek Find

What do we ask God for? He has instructed us to ask. Do we receive what we ask?  Didn’t the Lord promise to give us whatever we ask?

Do you think that He would give us things that are not according to His will? Will he give us things that will lead us away from Himself? Will He give us things that are contrary to His Word? Will God give us things that are inconsistent with His character and His sinlessness?

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. James 4:3

Consider a man who is despondent, oppressed, and suicidal over his inability to control his craving for alcohol. He is desperate to get a handle on it. He wants help. He reaches out. The only real solution for this man is to become a Christian.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (I Corinthians 6:9-11).  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (II Corinthians 5:17). Becoming a Christian (being born again) means that a new believer is no longer a drunk or a fornicator. He is now a new creature in Christ.

Will God deliver the drunkard from the chains of sin?  Will this man truly become a Christian?  What if the real scenario is that his drunkedness drove his live-in girlfriend away and that he desperately wants to get her back?  Does he desire to overcome his drunkeness (a good thing), so he can resume living as a fornicator (a general term for any sexual sin).

Repentance is not about picking and choosing your sin or bargaining with God over it.

The Lord Jesus said concerning the Galileans whose blood Pilate shed and concerning those who perished when the tower of Siloam fell; Except ye repent (change your mind), ye shall all likewise perish.

A repentant man faces a holy, sinless, living God and realizing how utterly abhorrent his sin, he changes his mind about Jesus Christ, the spotless lamb of God, our only hope of salvation.

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (desires). James 4:3

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Our Last Resort

Have you ever come to a place of last resort? A last resort is something done only if nothing else works. In the spiritual realm this something done as a last resort is quite often prayer. Unfortunately prayer from this perspective can take on the character of a lucky rabbits foot. Say this prayer and something wonderful will happen to you. Maybe not. Say a prayer and everything will be alright. Maybe not.

Prayer is not just something you do. Ok, I prayed….everything is going to be alright now. No, prayer is communication. The question is, who are you communicating with and on what basis? Jesus said that the Pharisee was communicating with himself. He addressed his prayer to God, but his prayer was based on his own self righteousness. His prayer was not based on a biblical perspective about himself. The Pharisee was trusting in his own righteousness. Thus Jesus’ statement of fact, the Pharisee was communicating with himself. He had become his own god, therefore He must save himself or deny that he needs saving.

The publican had a biblical perspective of himself. His prayer was God be merciful to me a sinner. Jesus said that this man went down to his house justified. The publican was acquitted because he had rejected his own righteousness and had accepted God’s provision for his sin. God’s provision for sinners is the righteousness of His Son.

Since believers possess the righteousness of Christ, [For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified Hebrews 10:14], we may enter boldly into God’s presence to obtain mercy and grace to help in the time of need. God is sinless and nothing that is sinful or defiles may enter His presence. Believers may enter however, because we are dressed in the righteousness of God’s Son, Messiah Jesus .

God promised to never leave or forsake His own (Hebrews 13:5). That means His presence is always with His children. We should communicate with Him as easily as we do with whoever else is in the room. Communication with God the Father, based on the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ, is proper prayer.

So should Christians communicate with God (pray) as a last resort? Communicating with God should always be our first resort. Rather than trying to manipulate circumstances to satisfy or justify ourselves, believers should always acknowledge Him first (He is sovereign, in control) and trust His promise to direct us. Even when you do not know where to put your foot down on your next step, acknowledge Him and He will direct you.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6

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All Your Anxiety

Is there a heart o’erbound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross, each burden bearing;
All your anxiety—leave it there.

All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat, leave it there,
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus!

No other friend so swift to help you,
No other friend so quick to hear,
No other place to leave your burden,
No other one to hear your prayer.

Come then at once; delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet,
You need not fear a disappointment;
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.

Edward H. Joy – 1920

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The Christian Life – Part II

Settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God:

Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Matthew 18:15-17

Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. 1 Corinthians 6:1-8

Not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Christ-like attitude toward all men:

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21

Exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Maintaining a life of prayer:

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ephesians 6:18

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

Edifying the brethren by use of their spiritual gifts:

Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. 1 Corinthians 14:12

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II Timothy 4:5

But you [Timothy (and us)], be watchful (sober, discreet) in all things*, endure (undergo hardship) afflictions** (suffer trouble), do the work of an evangelist [to announce, declare (the gospel), bring glad tidings], fulfill (complete, carryout, entirely accomplish) your ministry*** (office, service). II Timothy 4:5 NKJV

*See Blog Article – Consider These Things

**Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. I Peter 4:12-14

***Ministry is not a title or position,……it is a gift. It is a gift from God.

And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. Colossians 4:17

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; II Corinthians 5:18

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Doctrine of the Christian Life – Part I

The Christian life is a a life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world;

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1-2

a life manifested by speaking the truth;

But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. James 5:12

a life that maintains the sanctity of the home;

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 5:22-6:4

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To be Continued – See Part II

God’s Ways Are Perfect

God uses sin in a sinless way.

Larry Bunton

Note: Meditate on the announcement of Samson’s birth and his subsequent life.  Consider also the account of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers.

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