Dying Daily

“I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.”

Dying daily is the duty of every Christian.  To be ever watchful of the “old man” or “sin nature” that is lurking in shadows of our lives, since coming to the divine nature that we receive upon accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

For us as Christians to walk the straight and narrow, we must crucify the flesh daily.  Putting aside all selflessness and and strive toward the mark of the high calling.  Philippians 3:14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

When we crucify the flesh, our spirit get stronger and we are lead by the spirit.  If we crucify NOT the flesh, then our spirit is weaker and we are lead by the flesh into all form of unrighteousness if we continue there in.  Galatians 5:24  “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”

Romans 8:5-13

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

So every morning in pray, one should pray that God would help and provide grace to crucify our flesh, die to self, and walk in the Spirit, living unto Christ.  Be therefore mindful that the enemy is constantly seeking how he may slip temptation into your life, that would lead you to sin.  Strive always in prayer and in the Spirit, that by walking in the Spirit you shall not so easily be fooled.

 

God bless you and keep you

 

 

 

 

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The Fear of the LORD

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  Proverbs 1:7

If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, then how do we acquire the good and healthy fear of the Lord so that we can come to the beginning of knowledge?  If you do not fear the Lord then you truly have no knowledge.  The word knowledge used in this verse is from the Hebrew word da`ath, which means discernment, understanding, and wisdom.  So to gain knowledge one must fear the Lord.  This word fear is not the same fear that one gets from watch a horror movie or the like,  it is more related to respect, reverence, and piety.

For one to fear the Lord one must come the realization that God the Father is the Creator of all the seen and unseen.  He created you and me.  So He surely deserves our respect and reverence.  We must also recognize that He a just God, that must punish sin.

Also we must see that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)  So in our sin God must punish us for being in rebellion to Him and His word.  The punishment is eternal separation from God, and everlasting torment in hell.

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Matthew 10:28

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31

Thanks be to God for sending His Son Jesus Christ to pave the way for us to be reconciled, redeemed, restored, and made wholly complete through His perfect work at the cross.  By believe  on Him and believe he was raise from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven, we can pass on when we die to paradise with Him.

We must see the fear of the Lord is more about understanding our place and respect God as He truly deserves and  to be obedient to Him and His word. That truly brings knowledge and discernment to live by the grace that is given to us upon salvation.

So if you find yourself in the hands of the living God, tremble.  You do right to tremble.  Call out for Jesus to forgive you of all your unfruitful works of darkness, and repent of all your sins.  Then receive the free gift of salvation.  Let that fear be a reminder to stay on the straight and narrow, and continue in the good fight of faith.

God Bless you and keep you

Beyond Us

We have all come to a point in our lives where things don’t go the way we want or situation don’t turn out the way we think that they should.  In these times we sometimes lash out at God, asking Why?  God why am I going through bad situation in my life when I am following your commandments?

In the story of Job,  Job had everything and was richly blessed of God, because scripture says in Job 1:1 that, Job was perfect and upright, one that feared God and eschewed evil.  He had a get great family, property, livestock, etc…  Through the story God allowed the devil to due all manner of things to him except take his life.  Job loses everything.  All ten of his children are killed.  His livestock is stolen and killed.  Even most of his servant were killed.  Also, kinds kinds of boils and sores covered Job’s body, putting him in much pain.  And we say we have bad days.  But all through this devastation, verse 22 of chapter 1 of the Book of Job states, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.  He even in verses 20 and 21, worshiped and blessed that name of the Lord.  Now, how many of us would do?

Through the story of Job, he was tested.  We to are tested daily and should strive to worship and bless the name of Lord through dark times, even when we don’t feel like it.  When friends and loved ones turn on you and tell you that you should, curse God , and die (Job 2:9) because there is no way for you to make it, stand fast in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13), because “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)  Jeremiah 29:11 tells us, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

God wants the best for us and bring you though the good times and bad times “IF” you let Him.  Just because things don’t go the way we think they should doesn’t mean God isn’t in it or doesn’t care. In fact it is quite the opposite, God cares about every little detail of your life.  But we don’t always give Him the small things.

Isaiah 55:8-9

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LordFor as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Another example is the story of Joseph.  God made him a promise, but he had to go through almost be kill, sold into slavery, thrown in prison, all before that promise come to pass.  Genesis 37 through 50 is his story.

In all situations in your life, always try looking at the big picture.  We don’t have to and we won’t understand why God does the things He does.  Just trust in Him and place all your faith in the fact that He has your life map out perfectly.