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Friday, June 30, 2006

Holiness!!

In the world today, the church is being bombarded by worldliness. Just like a preacher I heard recently say, "we need a revival of holiness" in this time that we live in. When the subject of holiness arises in a conversation in the church(or even in a sermon) all kinds of reactions play out. You have one crowd that will amen you, but for all the wrong reasons. They have their personal beliefs of what holiness is and that's all holiness is, and unless you are exactly like them in everything they do then you are not holy.
The other crowd reacts by saying holiness isn't necessary. That noone's perfect, we'll all do the best we can, but we'll only be perfect when we get to heaven. There needs to be once again of revival of true holiness though.
The questions then arise, What is true holiness? Is it necessary for Christians today? What does it take for it to become an attribute in our own lives?
True holiness is the state that your life is in after sanctification. It is simply stated, completely holy, pure, sanctified, righteous and free from every form of sin. True holiness is a middle ground between the finatics on each side. True holiness balances the two reactions from above. It is obvious that when Christians become holy and have the attribute of holiness, that they will be in unity one with another because they are purified by the same Spirit of God. But they will not be a club or clique that shows hatred or a judgemental attitude toward others just because they have things in their lives that they do not agree with. At the same time the other reaction that says holiness isn't necessary don't worry about it, we have to stay away from this line of thinking as well. We cannot and never will be able to become holy on our own power. We have to seek God for this state of living. Look around us at all the signs of the time. This world is coming to an end. The Bible still rings true, "Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which no man shall see the Lord," (emphasis added). Without the godly attribute of holiness, it is impossible to be in right standing with God. Yes we will always be human, and therefore always succeptable to falling, but that doesn't mean that we have to fall or have to sin. Jesus commanded that they be perfect as His Father in heaven is perfect. The Bible also commands us to "be ye holy for I am holy." I don't know why the world today is so blind to the fact that we must be holy to go to heaven. The Lord won't even accept those that are lukewarm, much less those who blatantly sin against God! The very damnable doctrine of ETERNAL SECURITY is sending a lot of souls to hell. They get wrapped up in thinking that their soul is eternally secure no matter what, so they drift out in sin again, and when they die, instead of going to heaven like they think they spend eternity burning in a hell that the "smoke of their torment acended up day and night." We need to open our eyes and realize that the Lord is fixing to return. The prophecies are being fulfilled before our very eyes all around us. He's only coming back for a holy, righteous, sanctified bride, those that have kept oil in their lamps and are ready to go when the bridegroom calls (Matthew 25). God Bless You friend as you pursue holiness in your own life!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Fruit of the Spirit

It is good to note that while living in the flesh we do the works of the flesh; but on the same note we bring forth the fruit of the Spirit while walking in the Spirit. In other words, the works that we do in flesh is a part of our own nature coming forth. The Fruit of the Spirit is of the nature of the Spirit.
John 15:1-2
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. [2] Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
John 15:5
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
We have evidence of the Spirit being present, whenever the fruits of the Spirit are present.
Love: (agapao/agape) love, i.e. affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast—Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary
In Greek there are four words for love. (a) Eros (compare ) means the love of a man for a maid; it is the love which has passion in it. It is never used in the New Testament at all. (b) Philia () is the warm love which we feel for our nearest and our dearest; it is a thing of the heart. (c) Storge (compare ) rather means affection and is specially used of the love of parents and children. (d) Agape (), the Christian word, means unconquerable benevolence. It means that no matter what a man may do to us by way of insult or injury or humiliation we will never seek anything else but his highest good. It is therefore a feeling of the mind as much as of the heart; it concerns the will as much as the emotions. It describes the deliberate effort--which we can make only with the help of God--never to seek anything but the best even for those who seek the worst for us. —Barclay's Daily Study Bible (NT)
Matthew 5:44
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Joy: (chairo); cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight—Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary
Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
1 Peter 1:8
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Peace:The peace that comes from God is a deep inner peace. It is a peace of assurance. It is the peace of unquestionable confidence; the peace with a sure knowledge that one's life is in the hands of God and that all things will work out for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary
Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Longsuffering: patience, bearing and suffering a long time, perseverance, being constant, stedfast, and enduring. Long-suffering never gives in; it is never broken no matter what attacks it.—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary Longsuffering never strikes back.—POSB
1 Tim. 1:16
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
Gentleness: it is being kind and good, useful and helpful, gentle and sweet, considerate and gracious through all situations no matter the circumstances.—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary
Ephes. 4:32
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Col. 3:12
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Goodness: it is being full of virtue and excellence, kindness and helpfulness, peace and consideration. It means that a person is full of all good and he does all good. —Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary
Psalm 34:8
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Faith: it means to be faithful and trustworthy; to be loyal and stedfast in devotion and allegiance. It means to be constant, staunch, and enduring. A faithful person denies and sacrifices himself—all he is and has—and trusts God. —Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary
Deut. 7:9
Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. The patriarchs lived their lives by faith.
Meekness: it means to be gentle, tender, humble, mild, considerate, but strongly so.—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary
Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Titus 3:2
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
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.
Temperance: to master and control the body or the flesh with all of its lusts. It means self-control, the master of desire, appetite and passion, especially sensual urges and cravings. —Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary
1 Cor. 9:25
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Rest of the Works!

Again, I know it's been a while since my last post, but noone reads it anyway:) .
Let's get right into it:

Idolatry: "The worship of idols, whether mental or made by man's hands; the worship of some idea of what God is like, of an image of God within a person's mind; the giving of one's primary devotion (time and energy) to something other than God." —Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary
It can also be the creation of a God other than Jehovah; so altering who Jehovah really is and turning Him into something He is not in our minds or in the minds of others, is creating an idol. We then are practicing in idolatry. Taking the word of God and twisting to say what we believe is in fact created an idol unto yourself.
Witchcraft:" sorcery; the use of drugs or of evil spirits to gain control over the lives of others or over one's own life. In the present context it would include all forms of seeking the control of one's fate including astrology, palm reading, seances, fortune telling, crystals, and other forms of witchcraft."—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary This also includes all forms of black magic.
Also, let us remember that while we understand that practicing these works of the flesh is sinful and the penalty is hell, it is also a sin to be entertained by them as well.
Romans 1:32 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. The creator of such “entertainment” as Harry Potter, and any other form of entertainment that promotes the lust of the flesh is committing an act of sin. With that being said anyone allowing themselves to be entertained by this garbage will also be committing sin.
Exodus 7:8-12. A good example of the devil using witchcraft to mimic the work of God, but God’s work is more powerful.
Hatred: " enmity, hostility, animosity. It is the hatred that lingers and is held for a long, long time; a hatred that is deep within."—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary
1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Look ahead to the fruits of the Spirit; love is one of the fruits. Love and hate contrast one another, so anyone that has hate in their heart can’t have love as well. Hate is the characteristics of murderers.
Variance: "strife, discord, contention, fighting, struggling, quarreling, dissension, wrangling." —Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary. It could mean doing this for position or some kind of material gain.
Emulations: Zeal, fervent ardor or fiery ignation. Boiling resentment against assailants.
Wrath:"bursts of anger; indignation; a violent, explosive temper; quick-tempered explosive reactions that arise from stirred and boiling emotions. But it is anger which fades away just as quickly as it arose. It is not anger that lasts."—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary
James 1:19-20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: [20] For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Ephes. 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
It is not a sin to be angry, it's where that anger goes that makes it sin.
Strife: "conflict, struggle, fight, contention, faction, dissension;" —Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary
Philip. 2:3- Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Proverbs 20:3-It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
Proverbs 20:3 (TLB) 3 It is an honor for a man to stay out of a fight. Only fools insist on quarreling.
Seditions: division, rebellion, standing against others, splitting off from others.
Romans 16:17-Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Heresies: "rejecting the fundamental beliefs of God, Christ, the Scriptures, and the church; believing and holding to some teaching other than the truth."—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary
Matthew 15:9-But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
1 Tim. 4:1-Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Envyings: Deep form of jealousy rooting into the depths of a person.
Murder:"to kill, to take the life of another person. Murder is sin against the sixth commandment."—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary
Remember also the discussion on hatred.
Drunkenness: "taking drink or drugs to affect one's senses for lust or pleasure; becoming tipsy or intoxicated; partaking of drugs; seeking to loosen moral restraint for bodily pleasure."—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary
1 Cor. 16:10-Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
Ephes. 5:18-And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Revellings: "'carousing; uncontrolled license, indulgence, and pleasure; taking part in wild parties or in drinking parties; lying around indulging in feeding the lusts of the flesh;"—Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary
1 Peter 4:3-For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
Conclusion: As we see the conclusion of this verse tell us that those which do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God, we must remember the beginning of our study.
Galatians 5:16-This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Our ultimate goal, in fact our only hope, is to surrender our life and put our complete trust in the leading of the Holy Ghost.
Romans 8:14-For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Fornication, Uncleanness, Lasciviousness

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted (as if people are really reading this anyway), we've had a lot of problems lately that have tied up my hands. Back to the text.

Fornication: Fornication by definition is firstly sexual relations before the marriage union. It is also used to describe many sexual sins. 1 Thes. 4:3- For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication. The word here is sometimes used interchangeably for adultery as well.

Uncleanness: Uncleanness is defined really well by the Pulpit Commentary: "It covers a wider range of sensual sin ("all uncleanness," Ephesians 4:19); solitary impurity, whether in thought or deed; unnatural lust(Romans 1:24), though it can hardly be taken as meaning this lust alone." Uncleanness is a deep disconnection betweeen the soul and God. It is something that you "work" yourself into. Romans 1:24- Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Lasciviousness: It literally means filthiness, indecency and shamelessness. The Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible says that it is "filthiness, indecency, shamelessness. A chief characteristic of the behavior is open and shameless indecency. It menas unrestrained evil thoughts and behavior. It is giving in to brutish and lustful desires, a readiness for any pleasure."
Lasciviousness is a work of the flesh that people skim over and never pay any attention to. Maybe at a later date I will post the pamphlet that I have on this subject. But just a few notes, we already see that it is a deep form of shamelessness. A degree to where it doesn't matter what the world sees, thinks, etc. The best example I know of where this runs rampant (anywhere really) is the beach. Men and women run around NAKED for the most part and tempt the opposite sex to lust, this is lasciviousness. Also, the practice of wearing your clothing so tight that it shows off all of the curves of your body to promote the lust of the opposite sex is also under this lascivousness term. Lasciviousness is deadly, and needs to be paid close attention to!!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Adultery: Part 2

Let's come right out with it. A person that is living in sin, will spend eternity in hell. That seems hard but there's no use in beating around the bush when it comes to talking about God. Now, with that in mind let's get back on the subject of adultery. The bible says that transgression of the law is sin. "Thou shalt not committ adultery" is one of the ten commandments, that's the clearest form of the law that I know of. So in that line of thinking, we must look at these works of the flesh with great attention. When we see in this passage that we are studying, that the ones that do these things "shall not inherit the kingdom of God" it ought to raise warning flags within our minds.
The flesh is our human nature without God. Anyone without God in their life, will slide into deeper and deeper sin. They will continue a downward spiral always fulfilling the works of the flesh. If persistent in this without turning to God, they will be let loose to a reprobate mind as Paul talked about. So how is it they we as mortal humans conquer this flesh that is within us. Well, in this same chapter (Galatians 5) Paul tells us that in order to conquer flesh we must walk in the Spirit (which is the Holy Spirit). He tells the Romans to be led by the Spirit of God. Walking in the way that the Holy Ghost leads is the only way to conquer fleshly desires within us as they try to rise.
So with that being said, adultery is a sin that has to be dealt with. It's obvious with all of the marital unfaithfulness that there isn't that many people being led by the Spirit of God any more. Jesus took the commandment of "no adultery" and went a little deeper than just the obvious. Jesus said that if a man looked upon a woman to lust after her, he had already committed adultery with her in his heart. That lets us know that there are a lot of people everyday that committ adultery but yet never partake in sexual activity with others. It's clear that anyone looking at women in this nature (pornographic pictures or even at the local grocery store) is committing adultery and also is on the road to hell.
Jesus also made it clear that if people divorce without reason of marital unfaithfulness and then remarry they are committing adultery as well. God has told us what the sin is in every case and has also told us how to conquer it. Let's stop looking at these subjects with a sense of negativity and let's start praising God for showing us these things.

God Bless You,
Preacherboy21

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Works of Flesh vs. Fruit of Spirit!

God is a God of Love! And I don't want to be labeled as someone who spends all there time on the "negative" side. But out of love for souls, I must tell them what sin is and also let them know that sin sends souls to hell. What I want to do, if anyone is even out there reading this blog, is do a study on the passage out of Galatians 5:19-23. It will be a lengthy study that we will try to take work by work and then also fruit by fruit. May God bless the posts. This is an open discussion so feel free to post comments or questions:

ADULTERY: This will just have to be part one of the discussion on this work of the flesh. Adultery is one of the most dominant works that is taking place in our world today. It literally means sexual activity or intercouse outside the marriage union. Adultery is not viewed in our world today as the damnable sin that it is. Anyone living in adultery is not permitted access into heaven so it must be defined, we must know what it is in order to stay away from it. God is against adultery and anything God is against we need to be also. Sex other than with your spouse is agaisnt God and will send you straight to hell.

When we come back the next time we will discuss the way to refrain from committing adultery and also that looking with lust is committing the act itself.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

More on the persecuted church!

This is some of the latest news from the The Voice of the Martyrs: The first trial of the 17 top leaders from a Chinese religious group ended March3rd, after three-and-a-half days. Inhumane torture, including sexual abuse, wasrevealed by some defendants during the court trial. CAA learned from a governmentsource that only one relative of each of the 17 defendants was allowed to attend thehearing. One defendant, Mr. Xu, immediately revoked his so-called "confessionpapers" as soon as the court finished reading the prosecutors interrogation records.He said the listed confessions were signed under enormous torture, when "I wouldrather die than live." He was hung in the air for five hours after sleep deprivationfor five days and nights. Some self-claimed "torture experts" tied his fingers, toesand genitals with wire and then connected the wire to electricity. One defendant washung in the air with a very thick blanket and then electrified after he gotextremely wet. Mr. Xu's daughter, Ms. Xu Baiyin, described her father as "calm andpeaceful." "In his final remark, he urged everyone in the court to believe in Jesus;otherwise, they will one day face eternal judgments in heaven. He also urged hischildren to continue to follow Christ without fear." Government sources have said Xuand at least three co-defendants will be sentenced to death.
These are the things that go on everyday all across the world but it is seemingly is of least importance than the issues that come up on our daily news stations. The hatred of true fundamentalists Christians is seemingly at an extremely high rate today. We as Christians in the United States have to not only spread the truth of the gospel, and spread the truth of what's going on in churches around the world, but we MUST remember them in our prayers. And not as a vain repetitous prayer, but a deep sincere prayer from the heart. We MUST feel their pain as if we were next to them in the jail cell, or in the torture room. May God lay the burden of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ on our hearts so heavily, that we cannot have peace inside unless we are seeking God for their sake.
Hebrews 13:3- Remember them that are in bonds as being bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.