Make the Wise Choice

Key Verse

15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NKJV)

There is a great assumption that if “something” isn’t wrong, then it must be alright. Many assume that if a sermon hasn’t been preached about the direct issue they are facing, or they haven’t found verses directly related to it, if other Church people are doing it, then many will believe what they are doing is a right thing.
We then move to a thought process of ‘ “how close can I get to sin without actually sinning!” How many times can I take fire in and not get burned?

Stop asking the question is this wrong for me, and start asking is this wise for me.

 

  1. Walk Carefully 

Walking carefully gives us the idea that we are to scope out the situation and think ahead to the domino effect this decision will have when we make it. Get an idea of what is to come before it’s too late.

We are to walk carefully because the arena in which we are walking is a dangerous one.

 

  1. Understand the Will of the Lord– Ephesians 5:17

Paul is telling us to “face up to what you know in your heart is the will of the Lord”. You know the right thing to do, it’s in your heart and you know what is true! As long as you are honest with yourself, you’ll know the wise decision to make.

Choices have consequences, we must make wise choices to avoid tough consequences.

 Lot made a choice as to where to live, and as a result he
      experienced:
      1) War and kidnapping – Genesis 14
      2) Oppression and torment by the ungodly citizens of Sodom
(2 Peter 2:7-8)
      3) Loss of all his possessions, death of his wife, and incest with
         his daughters – Genesis 19
    David chose to commit adultery with Bathsheba, and as a consequence he suffered:
      1) The death of his infant son – II Samuel 12
      2) A daughter molested by her half-brother – II Samuel 13
      3) That son killed by her vengeful brother – II Samuel 13
      4) A rebellion led by that son, who shamed him publicly, and whose
         death brought even more grief to David – II Samuel 15-18
Choices have consequences.
  1. 3 Types of People – Who will you be? 
  1. The Fool
  2. The Scoffer
  3. The Wise

 

Proverbs 28:26  (NKJV) – He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,

But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.

 

Fool = knows what to do but doesn’t do it.
7 A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is as useless as a paralyzed leg.
 Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation(Pr 26:7). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Scoffer = He’s a lot like the fool, he knows what to do and doesn’t do it. Then the scoffer takes it a step further by criticizing the wise.
24 A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name;
He acts with arrogant pride.
 The New King James Version. (1982). (Pr 21:24). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Wise – knows what to do and does what he knows to do.  (Homework assignment list out the attributes of the wise using a concordance or search engine)
20 There is desirable treasure,
And oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man squanders it.
 The New King James Version. (1982). (Pr 21:20). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
5 A wise man is strong,
Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength;
 The New King James Version. (1982). (Pr 24:5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

10 questions to ask yourself in making a decision.

1.What does the bible say about making decisions?

Proverbs 2:6, Proverbs 3:5-6, I Corinthians 10:31, II Corinthians 6:14, Proverbs 22:7, Philippians 4:8

2.Do I have all the facts? (do I know the whole story)

Proverbs 18:13,17

4 sides to a story.

3.Am I being pressured by time or people in making a premature decision?

Proverbs 19:2, Proverbs 21:5

Another’s procrastination doesn’t equal an emergency on my part.

4.What motives are driving my decision? 

Proverbs 16:2, Proverbs 20:9

Why do I do what I do?

5.Have I considered past experiences in making this decision?

Proverbs 26:11, Proverbs 17:10

Find someone who will tell you where the potholes are and how deep they are.

6.Have I asked for counsel from multiple people?

Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 18:1-2

Multitude of counselors there is safety.

Friends for seasons and for reasons.

No meeting after the meeting!

7.Have I disregarded any warning red flags?

Proverbs 10:17, Proverbs 16:25, Proverbs 27:6

Have I blown past the stop signs?

Don’t ignore the checks, the checks are pointing you to a better decision.

You will not be the exception to the rule. Past performance equals future results, unless there is an encounter with Jesus.

8.Have I considered the outcomes and consequences for my course of action?

Proverbs 14:1,15, Proverbs 27:12

What’s the domino effect of this decision?

9.Could this decision cause my integrity or my witness for the Lord to be questioned?

Proverbs 25:26, Proverbs 10:9, Proverbs 20:7, Proverbs 22:1

Is it keeping your life above reproach?

Can your good be evil spoken of?

10. Will this allow me to make a greater impact for God’s Kingdom?

Proverbs 11:30

Only what you do for the Kingdom will last.

We must make maximum impact for the kingdom.

 

 

If you lack wisdom, ask God to give it to you.

James 1:5 (NKJV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

 

Proverbs 1:7 NKJV

7           The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

Butfools despise wisdom and instruction.

 

Proverbs 9:10 NKJV

10          “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Bought By the Blood

Romans 3:24-25 (NKJV)

24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

25 whom God set forth asa propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

Redemption means to deliver by paying a price.

This describes the work of Christ! Christ fulfilled this at the Cross of Calvary and it can be summed up or set forth by using three principal greek words

1.) Agorazo – meaning to – buy in the market – it is taken from the word agora – (market)

Man is viewed as a slave “sold under sin”  Romans 7:14

14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.

The New King James Version. (1982). (Ro 7:14–15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

 Man is under the sentence of death (Ezek 18:4,20, John 3:18-19, Romans 6:23)

23 For the wages of sin isdeath, but the gift of God iseternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The New King James Version. (1982). (Ro 6:23). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

 However, man is able to be purchased and the price is the blood of Jesus (this is the cost of man’s freedom or salvation) 

20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

The New King James Version. (1982). (1 Co 6:20). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

9 And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,

And to open its seals;

For You were slain,

And have redeemed us to God by Your blood

Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

The New King James Version. (1982). (Re 5:9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

See Also (1 Corinthians 7:23, 2 Peter 2:21, Revelation 14:3-4)

2.) Exagorazo– to buy out of the market – in other words to purchase the item or remove it from further sale. (Galatians 3:13, 4:5, Ephesians 5:16, Colossians 4:5). The finality of the finished work of the cross is that you have been taken out of the marketplace and you are no longer for sale.

13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursedis everyone who hangs on a tree”),

The New King James Version. (1982). (Galatians 3:13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born  dof a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

The New King James Version. (1982). (Galatians 4:4–5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

3.) lutroo– to loose and or set free – (1 Peter 1:18 and Titus 2:14)

We were in the market place, we were to be delivered to the highest bidder in the market.  Once we were purchased we would be placed into slavery.

So who would be the highest bidder?

God became the highest bidder.  He sent his Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16) and through the blood that Jesus shed on the Cross of Calvary, He purchased us out of the market place, took us off the market! However, He didn’t put us into slavery! Instead we became the sons of God and made to be joint heirs with Christ, not a slave but a son!

You and I were purchased with the blood of Jesus, not to be slaves but to be sons!

The cost of your freedom was the blood of Jesus! What a High Price for a Free Salvation! 

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Romans 3:24-25 (NKJV)

24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

25 whom God set forth asa propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

You and I were justified freely by His grace, through the redemptive work of Christ! Jesus Christ was the substitute, He was the procurement.  His blood procured the redemption of our lives!

In Hebrews 9:5 the word Mercy Seat is the same word that is translated propitiation (Romans 3:25). The lid of the ark (Exodus 28:15) which is where the mercy seat was located. The priests would sprinkle blood on the Day of atonement (Leviticus 16:14) upon the mercy seat. This represented that the sentence of the law had been executed. When the blood was applied to the mercy seat, it changed the judgement seat into the mercy seat. Read Hebrews 9:11-14. When the blood of Jesus was applied to your life you no longer stood before the judgement seat you stood or now stand before the mercy seat. Instead of judgment we receive mercy.

Mercy = not getting what you deserve. We deserved death because the wages of sin is death. Instead of receiving death, which we rightly deserved, we now receive life (John 10:10).

So the blood is what purchased you out of the result of sin,  which is death!

Instead you were purchased into life.

The bible clearly states the blood of Jesus Purchased us. You and I were bought by the blood of Jesus Christ

1 Corinthians 6:19-20(NKJV)

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who isin you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Corinthians 7:23 (NKJV)

23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.

Colossians 1:14 (NKJV)

14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Acts 20:28(NKJV)

28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV)

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

Hebrews 10:29 (NKJV)

29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

Revelation 5:9 (NKJV)

9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

Revelation 1:5 (NKJV)

5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

Without a doubt we have been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ!  Knowing that Jesus’ blood purchased you!  Knowing that you were loved enough; that Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His blood for you. In so doing He regained everything that was lost by the 1st Adam in the garden of Eden. He regained everlasting life, regained the keys of the kingdom, and regained everything that was lost, through the finished work of the Cross!

Having this knowledge that the love of God is shown through the blood of Jesus.  Having and possessing all that knowledge, ought to cause believers to live life far differently than they do. Often people have more faith in what was lost by the 1st Adam then in what was regained by the 2nd Adam which is Christ Jesus.

We had more faith in our lostness then we do in our salvation!

We have more faith in the lies of the devil then in the finished work of the cross!

We have eternal insecurity, living in a constant state of worry about our status with God.

We must come to a point, that the old song writer wrote about. When she penned the words…

Blessed Assurance

Jesus is Mine

Oh what a foretaste of glory divine –

heir of salvation

purchased of God,

born of his Spirit,

washed in his blood.

There ought to be a blessed assurance that we are no longer in the marketplace!

We are no longer for sale, no longer slaves, no longer in bondage. Assured that the blood of Jesus has lifted us up and out of the slavery market and we are no longer under the curse of the law, but now walking and living freely in His grace!

Jesus has purchased us with a blood that is greater then the blood of bulls and of goats. Then made us to be the sons of God! That my friend is the picture, of the Love of God! That is the love that He has for you.

We would do well to remember that He didn’t purchase you so that you could be free. He purchased you and you are free!

He didn’t purchase so that you could be healed! You are healed!

You are saved!

You are delivered!

What I am saying is that the blood worked! The blood did it’s “job”!

Your “job” is to accept this finished work! You have to have a belief or an assurance in the blood of Jesus Christ.

You need to know assuredly that you are saved by the blood of Jesus!

Then remind yourself that there, is nothing more powerful, than the blood of Jesus.

The Blood is what redeemed you! It is what covers you! It is what protects you! It is what heals you!

You need to have an assurance that God is for you. Not only is He for you, but He is in you!

It is Christ In You the Hope of Glory

The blood now grafts you into the body of Christ.

So not only is Christ in You, but you are in Christ!

Because of that you then can stand upon this…

Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

1 There istherefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

There is “now” no condemnation! That is right now word, right now, you are not condemned, instead you are free!

That is the word that ought to give you an assurance. You need not be concerned about were you stand tonight, or whether God is against you, or the standing/status of your salvation!

There are three things that ought to confirm where you stand!

  1. The Work of Christ
  1. The Word of God
  1. The spirit of Almighty God that bears witness in you!

You were bought by the blood and you are secured by the word of God!

 

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Three Questions about our Foe

Let me say from the outset, that there is no doubt that there is a Greater within us than he that is in the world. However, I believe we are mistaken to underestimate the ability of Satan to hinder us from what we intended or what we intend to do. He is a real adversary and he hindered the Apostle Paul, he will hinder you. 
 
18 Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.
 The New King James Version. (1982). (1 Th 2:18). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
 
In Zechariah (3:1-2) when Joshua the High Priest was standing before the Angel of the Lord, at his right hand was Satan ready to resist him. 
 
So let me reiterate that, the Apostle Paul and the High Priest Joshua were prime targets to be resisted and hindered, so are you. 
 
Paul would also write to the church at Galatia and he asked them. Who has hindered you? 
 
Galatians 5:7
 
7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not comefrom Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
 The New King James Version. (1982). (Ga 5:7–9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
 
What Paul was saying, who cut into you, or who cut in front of you? 
 
It speaks of running a race and while you were running someone cut in front of you and caused you to stumble…
 
In this text it was the legalists wanting to persuade the Galatians to turn back to legalistic ways, and it caused them to stumble. Paul said you were doing so well, you were established in the freedom of Christ and then you were caused to stumble. You were running and someone cut in front of you, slammed on the brakes and you wrecked. Because you weren’t paying attention. 
 
Now before you answer this next question, let’s keep this in mind. 
 
11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
 The New King James Version. (1982). (2 Co 2:11). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
 
11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (2 Co 2:11). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
 
Let’s not get outwitted and blame the person who cut in front of us…. You have just fallen for the trick to blame a person instead of the one who is ultimately wanting to trip you up. 
 
Remember what Paul said in Ephesians 6:10-12
 
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hostsof wickedness in the heavenly places.
 The New King James Version. (1982). (Eph 6:10–12). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
 
We shouldn’t be wrestling against the one who cut in front of us, we should be wrestling against the one who positioned that person in front of us. 
 
People come into your life for one of two reasons. They’re there to either hinder you or help you. 
Don’t get outsmarted or outwitted by the devil. Take accountability to be aware of the difference, and understand that your enemy uses people, just like God uses people. 
 
The scripture tells us…
 
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
 The New King James Version. (1982). (1 Pe 5:8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Satan is out to hinder you, and he will use any means necessary. 
 
You must be vigilant….
 
Be sober… He is out to cut into you…. cut you off from the destiny that God has for you….
 
How does he hinder you? 
 
He Lies….
 
“When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” John 8:44.  The first time Satan appears in the Bible in Genesis 3, the first words on his lips (“Did God say, You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?”). Satan’s second words were a subtle lie (“You will not die”).
 
He blinds minds…
 
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). 
Satan not only lies but he then hides the truth. 
 
He appears as light…
 
In 2 Corinthians 11:13–15, Paul says that some people are posing as apostles who are not.
 “Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.”
There are people who will profess enough truth for you to join their cause.  Then there is a switch that Paul calls “doctrines of demons” 1 Timothy 4:1.
Jesus said they will be like wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15). 
Acts 20:30says they will not spare the flock, but will draw people away to destruction. 
He will produce signs…
 
9 The coming of the lawless oneis according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved
 The New King James Version. (1982). (2 Th 2:9–10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
 
24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
 The New King James Version. (1982). (Mt 24:24). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
 
So there are signs and miracles, but if those that are producing them are living and serving sin, there is a problem, even if they do them in the name of Christ. 
 
22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
 The New King James Version. (1982). (Mt 7:22–23). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
He will tempt you into Sin…
 
This is what he tried with Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). 
 Satan successfully tempted Judas ( Luke 22:3-6).
 Paul warns against this for every the believer: 2 Corinthians 11:3 “I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
 
Three ways that we are tempted. 
 
Lust of the eye.
Lust of the flesh. 
Pride of Life. 
 
 
He will choke the word out of you…
 
Jesus told the parable of the four soils (Mark 4:1-9). In it, the seed of the word of God is sown, and some falls on the path and birds quickly take it away. Jesus said in verse 15, “Satan immediately comes and takes away the word which was sown in them.” 
Why does Satan want to choke the word out of you? According to Romans 10:17 the word produces faith, and Satan hates faith.  Paul would later write to the church in Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 3:5:“I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain”. Paul knew that Satan’s wants to choke off the faith of people who have heard the word of God. For without faith it is impossible to please God. 
 
He will inflict you…
 
Jesus healed a woman in Luke 13 who was bent over and could not straighten herself. Jesus was criticized  for doing that on the Sabbath. The audacity of Jesus that He would heal this woman on the Sabbath. I love the response of Jesus to his critics…“Ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” (Luke 13:16). Jesus declared that it was Satan who inflicted this woman. 
How, why, or when will he hinder you?
 
What triggers Satan to attack? What makes the devil so upset that he rises up to resist you and your efforts? If God chose you, why are you experiencing so many hassles and difficulties along the way to your goal of fulfilling all He has called you to do? So many have been taught that resistance means that you are out of the will of God. I’d say that resistance is a strong indicator that you are in the will of God. 
He will attempt to hinder you because you are anointed…
 
11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
 The New King James Version. (1982). (2 Ti 1:11–12). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
 
When Paul wrote this verse, he used a tense in the Greek that lets us know he was experiencing this at the very moment he was writing the letter. 
 
Satan was terrified of Paul’s calling and He’s terrified of yours. 
Satan will attempt to hinder you right after and you’ve had a great spiritual experience (Jesus in the wilderness Matthew 3:16,17 ; Matthew 4:1)
He will attempt to hinder you when you want to begin something new for God. Matthew 4:17 Jesus was getting ready to start his public ministry and prior to that was the temptation. All in an effort to keep Jesus from starting what He was called to do. 
 
Satan will attempt to hinder you when you are in a weakened state. Matthew 4:2,3 
 
Satan will attempt to hinder you when you are alone. Matthew 4:1. 
 
Satan will attempt to hinder you from within your group of friends. Matthew 16:22-23
How do you overcome?
 
Ephesians 4:22-30 
 
Neither give place to the devil. 
 
What does it mean to “give place to the devil”? 
Let’s say you own an apartment complex, and I want an apartment right in the middle of your complex. You sell it to me. Now I have the right to go into and out of your property at will, to get to my one apartment. I become the worst neighbor you’ve ever had. You now despise the fact that I live in the middle of your complex. So you now want me out. So you come to me and ask me to leave, you complain about me to all of your friends, write facebook posts about me, etc. However, I’m not going to leave, and you can’t make me go. I’ve got a legal right to it. If you don’t like it, tough luck. You wouldn’t be able to move me out because you gave me a place there. No matter how much you despise me, I’ve got a right to be there, because you gave me the right. 
 Some of you have done the same thing for Satan! You gave him a place and now you can’t dislodge him. He has a legal right.  You have to dislodge him legally because you’ve given him a place. He owns some strongholds in your life.
 Here’s what you must do to dislodge the devil and break his strongholds. Three things:
REPENT
Just before “Neither give place to the devil,” Paul says: 22…put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” 
Be done with it, confess it, break away from it—there’s no other way to deal with sin. Repent.
What gives place to the devil? 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
You gave him a place in your life.  You’re not going to get that place back until you repent. Repentance is not just being broken over your sin, it is being broken from your sin. 
 
RESIST
Even after you repent, the devil is not going to walk out. After repentance there must be resistance.
27 Neither give place to the devil.
 James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
 What you gave him, you must take back. But you can never take it back until you take away his legal authority.
If there is sin in your life, every area where there is unconfessed sin is legal ground for Satan. Until you confess it and come for cleansing, Satan has every right to set up camp there. He’s not going to walk out. You’re going to have to run him out.
Even if you repent, you’ve still got to clean house. Go in there with a power of attorney, which is the name of Jesus, then take the blood of Jesus Christ as your authority, and you can Resist the Devil and He will flee. 
 The Bible says he will flee from you. But if you try to resist the devil with unconfessed sin in your life, he will laugh in your face. He’ll  say, “You gave me this piece of property and I am not moving out.” There must be repentance, then there can be resistance.
 RENEWAL
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness
It’s not enough to put off the old man; you must put on the new man. “And be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5:18.
To be “filled with the Spirit” means there’s not one place in your life where God is not in. In your sex life, family life, business life,  political life, church life,  social life—in your  money, your exercise, your sleep, your eating, God is a part of it all.
You’re never going to dislodge Satan from your life, until you choose against Satan and yield to God’s Holy Spirit. Take those three steps, repentance, resistance and renewal. 
That’s how you overcome! 
 
 
Further Study 
Luke 22:31-32; John 17:22; 2 Timothy 4:18; Jude 9; Ephesians 4:20-32

Handle the Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:1 (NKJV)

I have always been a reader. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I grew up before electronics were in the mainstream. I can still remember when the Commodore 64 computer came into our house. However, before that, to fill my time, I would read. My parents always had the Reader’s Digest in the house. I would start by reading the jokes, but would always be sure to read the Word Power section. I would use it to build my vocabulary.

As a child, one of the earliest corrections that I can remember receiving from my parents, was over a new word to my vocabulary. I had learned this new, four-letter word from school. That evening, I proudly, and loudly, announced that new word to my dad, at the family dinner table. My dad was so “impressed” with my new word, he asked me to repeat it… a few times, I might add. A split-second later, I found out he was actually not at all impressed by my new word. Matter of fact, he was pretty angry. That day, I learned more than just a four-letter word, for sure!

Nevertheless, that lesson was one I have never forgotten. No, I didn’t get my mouth washed out with soap, nor did I get a spanking. Although, there are many times I would have rather got a spanking. Instead, I got the whole, “I am disappointed in you.”

On this day, though, my dad stated something I have since taught others. It was a simple statement, yet it has stuck in my life.

My dad said, “A man that can only express himself using curse words, isn’t an educated man. You should be able to express yourself, without using words that make you seem unintelligent.”

I took that as a personal challenge, to know enough words to be able to properly express myself. For the record, I have never introduced a new word like that to my dad again; especially the ones I picked up on the playground.

In school, my teachers said I was a whizz when it came to reading. I can attribute much of my reading comprehension, and vocabulary, to that encounter with my dad.

Secondly, I can attribute a lot of my ability to read and to understand, to the fact that reading the Bible was a big deal in my home. We read the King James Version (KJV), not because we didn’t believe in other translations, but at the time I was growing up there wasn’t a lot of the other translations that we have now. Therefore, we read the KJV Bible. Try reading through Chronicles and you’ll understand exactly what I am talking about. I wasn’t sure who begat was, but boy he sure begat a whole lot of folks.

Reading the Reader’s Digest Word Power section raised up my vocabulary. Reading God’s Word raised me up on a whole different level. To this day, I can remember verses that I read as a child, memorized them, and later came to understand them on a new level. I didn’t know that I was being scriptural in “[hiding] God’s Word in my heart” (Psalm 119:11), I was just reading it like a book. The more I would read it, the more I began to understand God.

Reading God’s Word will always bring you up. It will raise you up. In fact, it raises you up in many ways: It raises up your understanding of God. It raises up your understanding of who you are. It raises up your understanding of what you can do, and where God wants to take you. It raises your expectation. It raises your faith. It raises your prayers. It will also cause you to raise up praise. When you get into the Word of God, there’s no doubt, it will bring you up.

Paul wrote to Timothy, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

Study, read, meditate on God’s Word so you learn some new Word, and bring yourself up, as well as others around you.

Another Perspective Episode #1

 

 

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