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Body of Christ Responsibility

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

2 Thessalonians 3:10-15

Love should be our motivation in all ministry, including correcting an unruly brother. But biblical love does not mean being nice all the time. Rather, biblical love seeks the highest good of the one loved, namely, that he might be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. If a person is disobeying God’s commandments, it’s not loving to let him go on without correcting him.

 

If a doctor knows that his patient has cancer, it isn’t loving to hug him and say, “I love you, man!” Love requires gently telling him the truth with the aim of helping him get better.

 

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.“You who are spiritual” refers to the spiritually mature, who walk in the Spirit and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in their lives (Gal. 5:16, 22, 23).

 

“Restore” has the idea of bringing healing. The process is to be done with gentleness (a fruit of the Spirit), not with harsh scolding or angry rebuke. And, it must always be done in humility, realizing that you, too, easily could fall into temptation. Don’t come down on the person as if you never sin, but come alongside as a fellow sinner offering help.

#holyspirit #teach #helpusgod #thankinghim #correctingerror #thinkliketheword

 

The Body of Christ Responsibility:

But, if an unruly man continued in his ways after all that was mention in first post to help restore him, the final step would be excommunication, in which the church would treat him as an unbeliever.

 

Matthew 18:15-18

15 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. 16 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. 17 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. 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 

He may not be saved. The gospel promises that we are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone, but genuine saving faith is never alone according to Eph. 2:8-10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.. When God saves us, He changes our hearts, which inevitably results in changed behavior in obedience to God’s word. A man who doesn’t respond to repeated attempts to correct him may not be genuinely saved.

 

I stand in agreement with Paul when he told the Corinth church, "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Corinthians 9:27 It’s easy to grow weary of the difficult task of exhorting an irresponsible brother. They’re often manipulative and deceptive. They try to play off your emotions.

“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good,” because dealing with an unruly, lazy man can be exhausting and frustrating. 2 Thessalonians 3:13

 

Questions of the Day.

Are you a church hopper? Are you comfortable in sinning?

Does your life reflect that of Christ? Are you about your Father's business? Are being a manipulator? Are preying on other believers kindness? Are you stirring up love or division? Have you taken thought to your works of good and evil?

 

"Once Saved Always Saved False Doctrine"

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 

Matthew 22:37-40, Proverbs 14:12

2 Thessalonians 3:10-15, Galatians 6:1, Gal. 5:16, 22, 23, Matthew 18:15-18, Eph. 2:8-10, 1 Corinthians 9:27, Philippians 2:12, 2 Peter 1:10, John 8:11, John 3:17



Apostle, Prophets and Intercessors

Posted on October 24, 2019 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Romans 8:34 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Apostles, Prophets and Intercessors Functioning Together Ephesians 3:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Apostles carries an administrative gifting. Apostles call forth the intercessors and have them begin to mobilize the word of the Lord through strategic prayer assignments and covering of leaders and their families.Prophets are a blessing to apostles and help us from becoming rigid, legalistic, controlling, and authoritarian.Thank God for this! Prophets are called to keep apostles from functioning from the position of the "letter that kills" and move them to the place of "the Spirit that gives life." Prophets must work closely together with apostles so that blind spots can be revealed. Intercessors help advance the plans and purposes of God by standing in the gap and declaring the word of the Lord. They also help to mobilize and put into motion the promises of God by stirring up communities of believers to wake up and get involved. May God release a spirit of humility and purity that is necessary for these individuals to work together for the glory of God. Now is the time!

Stand on Truth

Posted on October 23, 2019 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

John 8:31-32

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

We as Christians past tense, present tense, and future tense mistakenly pray to Satan when we are undertaking spiritual battle. Sometimes we address the evil one in prayers and say something like "I bind you Satan in the name of Jesus."

Where the sentiment of relying on the authority of the name of Christ (Acts 4:7) is certainly biblical, we should be careful not to address our prayers to the devil. We should address our prayers to God and ask him, in the name of Jesus, to bind the devil. Our prayers should always be addressed to God and God alone.

Luke 8:4-8 The Message (MSG)

The Story of the Seeds

4-8 As they went from town to town, a lot of people joined in and traveled along. He addressed them, using this story: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. Some of it fell on the road; it was tramped down and the birds ate it. Other seed fell in the gravel; it sprouted, but withered because it didn’t have good roots. Other seed fell in the weeds; the weeds grew with it and strangled it. Other seed fell in rich earth and produced a bumper crop.

“Are you listening to this? Really listening?”

Luke 8:11-12 The Message (MSG)

11-12 “This story is about some of those people. The seed is the Word of God. The seeds on the road are those who hear the Word, but no sooner do they hear it than the Devil snatches it from them so they won’t believe and be saved.

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 The Message (MSG)

12-15 And I’m not changing my position on this. I’d die before taking your money. I’m giving nobody grounds for lumping me in with those money-grubbing “preachers,” vaunting themselves as something special. They’re a sorry bunch—pseudo-apostles, lying preachers, crooked workers—posing as Christ’s agents but sham to the core. And no wonder! Satan does it all the time, dressing up as a beautiful angel of light. So it shouldn’t surprise us when his servants masquerade as servants of God. But they’re not getting by with anything. They’ll pay for it in the end.

My Resolve:

Philippians 3:12-14

Focused on the Goal

12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

2 Timothy 1:8-12

8-10 So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus. 11-12 This is the Message I’ve been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary, and teacher. It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what he’s trusted me to do right to the end.  




 

Brotherly Love

Posted on October 23, 2019 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Galatians 5:13-15

13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!  Only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! Only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the sinful nature (worldliness, selfishness),But through love serve and seek the best for one another. For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is fulfilled in one precept, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, you shall have an unselfish concern for others and do things for their benefit].”  But if you bite and devour one another [in bickering and strife], watch out that you [along with your entire fellowship] are not consumed by one another.

Galatians 5:13-15 The Message (MSG)

13-15 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?

Ephesians 4 The Message (MSG)

To Be Mature

4 1-3 In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences. 

Ephesians 4

4-6 You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.

He (Jesus) handed out gifts above and below, filled heaven with his gifts, filled earth with his gifts. He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.

No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.

The Christian’s Walk Ephesians 4

17 So this I say, and solemnly affirm together with the Lord [as in His presence], that you must no longer live as the [unbelieving] Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds [and in the foolishness and emptiness of their souls], 18 for their [moral] understanding is darkened and their reasoning is clouded; [they are] alienated and self-banished from the life of God [with no share in it; this is] because of the [willful] ignorance and spiritual blindness that is [deep-seated] within them, because of the hardness and insensitivity of their heart. 19 And they, [the ungodly in their spiritual apathy], having become callous and unfeeling, have given themselves over [as prey] to unbridled sensuality, eagerly craving the practice of every kind of impurity [that their desires may demand]. 20 But you did not learn Christ in this way!

The Christian’s Walk Ephesians 4

17 So this I say, and solemnly affirm together with the Lord [as in His presence], that you must no longer live as the [unbelieving] Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds [and in the foolishness and emptiness of their souls], 18 for their [moral] understanding is darkened and their reasoning is clouded; [they are] alienated and self-banished from the life of God [with no share in it; this is] because of the [willful] ignorance and spiritual blindness that is [deep-seated] within them, because of the hardness and insensitivity of their heart. 19 And they, [the ungodly in their spiritual apathy], having become callous and unfeeling, have given themselves over [as prey] to unbridled sensuality, eagerly craving the practice of every kind of impurity [that their desires may demand]. 20 But you did not learn Christ in this way!






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