One Another

We are the light of the world and should take great joy from all the one another’s that are throughout the New Testament…

Love one another is in there often, honor one another, show hospitality to one another, submit to one another, be kind to one another, forgiving one another in compassion, bearing with one another, serve one another, encourage one another, be devoted to one another, confess to one another, pray for one another, comfort one another’s faith, build up one another, receive one another, wait for one another before eating, carry one another’s burdens, we belong to one another, live in harmony with one another, have mutual concern for one another, spur one another on to love and good works, don’t lie to one another, pursue what is good for one another, with wisdom teaching and admonishing one another…

These one another’s within the body of Christ make our light shine so bright, the world wants to cover it’s eyes for fear of going blind…

The world marveled at the followers of Christ during the time of the early church because of how their light shined in their unity with one another and love for one another.

Starting inside our congregations and building out to every congregation that claims to follow Jesus Christ, we need to stop grumbling and arguing about the crooked and perverse society and start living life in unity with one another exercising our spiritual muscles and shining bright as we live in the light, so the world sees the love of Christ manifest and wants to join us!

Be the Church! Be the light of the world!

Satan is not god!

In our Christian lives, we usually fall into two extremes when it comes to the evil one and his minions. We usually either marginalize them, creating them into powerless cartoon characters and deny their existence entirely. Or, we give them all the power, knowledge, and ability of God himself. Neither is a healthy view in light of what Scripture teaches.

First, Satan, also known as Lucifer and the devil, and his crew are fallen angels, aka demons…not gods, and not cartoons! Scripture says that the Evil One is the god of this age. Meaning that he rules the hearts and minds of those who do not belong to Christ and he can affect the world. He is also called the prince of the power of the air. See here in 2 Corinthians how Paul describes Satan and his work against the gospel of Christ and those who believe.

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing, among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

However, Lucifer only has half the angels on his side that God does. They are created beings and inferior in every way to God himself. They are not all knowing, not all powerful, not omnipresent. They are not trapped in hell. They can’t make you do anything without fully possessing your body. However, they can affect your thoughts and the world around you. Make no mistake, as a Christian, with God’s indwelling Holy Spirit inside you, the power of Christ in you is always more powerful than them. Peter warns Jesus followers what the enemy’s tactics are and how to combat him.

Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him belongs the power forever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:8-11

The devil has used the same tricks since his time in the garden of Eden with Eve (Genesis 3:6). He uses the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life to tempt us to betray God and follow our own sinful desires rather than submitting to the will of God. He used these same things against Jesus in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11), and John warns us in 1 John, that his tactics have not changed. They haven’t changed, because they still work against us. See what John says,

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever. 1 John 2:15-17

 

We need to know, we already have victory in Jesus. We have an Advocate before the Father, that pleads our case for us when we do sin (1 John 2:1-2). John also says that by living in forgiveness, by knowing the Father, by knowing and applying his Word, we have conquered the evil one (1 John 2:13-14). The enemy of our souls can’t make us do anything we do not have the desire to do ourselves. James 1:14 says,

“But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires.”

We must resist these impulses! We must fight temptation! Paul says,

“No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Turn to God and submit to His will and the devil will have no power over you…

The Big Secret

Part four of our series, Walking with Joy, in Philippians chapter 4 the Apostle Paul shares a secret that the world has missed or misunderstood for 2,000 years…

Today, we dig into the Scriptures and mine out the Big Secret that Paul shared that can lead to living a joyful and contented life, a life ruled by the power Holy Spirit through the forgiveness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and through the love of God the Father, Creator of the heavens and earth.

 

July 28 Reading

Shhh, “I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:12-13

South Bend cops warn of ‘mass exodus,’ as morale tanks over Buttigieg handling of shooting | Fox News

Having lived in South Bend during part of this man’s term and having seen what a mess he made of the city, and now this…

He definitely didn’t have my vote then, and absolutely would not have it now!

Color is not an issue here.

A man (it could be any perpetrator) was breaking the law and came at a police officer (any police officer) brandishing a knife. Is it sad that this perpetrator’s life went the direction it did, yes. Is it sad the guy gave the officer no other option than deadly force, yes. Is it sad he didn’t have an opportunity to repent before he died, yes. This police officer did nothing wrong. This wannabe president has done nothing right in handling the situation. Period!

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/south-bend-cops-warn-of-mass-exodus-as-morale-tanks-over-buttigiegs-handling-of-shooting

Strive with Endurance

In part three of our series, Walking with Joy, we walking with Paul through Philippians 3.

We started our time together watching God’s Chisel, by the Skit Guys…

Then, we dove head first into chapter 3.

Craig Gross Has High Praise for the Idea of ‘Christian Cannabis’, and is flat biblically wrong!

I am sorry Craig, but on this issue, you are flat biblically wrong.

I had great respect for the ministry this man has, and he continues to do good work in the name of the Lord, but he is way off base here.

Throughout the Old Testament and the Book of Acts, you will read where, in the KJV, witchcraft or sorcery is condemned. For New Testament study it is found listed in Galatians 5:20 as the works of the flesh, but here both our modern and archaic English translations fall short.

In Greek, the word is φαρμακεία, it is where we get our English word pharmacy and the word pharmaceuticals. In ancient times, it was drug use to induce higher realms of thought and induce a spiritual trance to commune with the gods. Basically, getting high! But, not just getting high, getting high to talk to god better.

Sorry Craig, you can put whatever “Christian” spiritual spin on it that you want, but you are still endorsing exactly what our both our Old Testament and first Christian leaders called SIN; no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

There is no spiritual benefit to any Christian in getting high, and God will never require us to sin in order to get into closer contact with him.

Period!

https://churchleaders.com/podcast/355555-craig-gross-space-talk-christian-cannabis.html