STARVING THE OLD MAN

Have you ever seen a starving malnutritioned soldier? It is a pitiful sight. Not only is the body weak but the spirit is broken. Not only is the spirit broken but the mind is fragile. How can one believe in the cause for which he fights when he is in this weakened and crushed state? At this point he has lost the will to fight.
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Romans 7:15-25 talks about the strife between our two natures under the law. As I read verses such as vs 19

“For the good that i would i do not: but the evil which i would not, that I do:”

something became abundantly clear to me. I often feed the sin nature giving it the sustenance it ‘needs’ and then i wonder why I lose the battle of daily sanctification. My starving ‘New Man’ doesn’t stand a chance against a ravenous well fed sin nature.  So then the question remains, “how do I starve the flesh?”  It’s really so simple that we overlook it. By feeding the New Man we counter the effects of fleshly desires. Too often we focus on what we shouldn’t be doing and we lose focus on what we SHOULD BE DOING!! I Corinthians 12 gives a complete and comprehensive list of the spiritual gifts.
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Have we discovered and begun using or applying ours? I ask my youth group on a regular basis this question, “what is your spiritual gift?”. Their answer mirrors that of the majority of modern day Christians…….a shrug of the shoulders and an ‘I dunno’. How can we be effective soldiers when we don’t even know what manner of soldiers we are supposed to be? Stop focusing on what we shouldn’t be doing and ask God………WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME TO DO!!!
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NOT ALL SAINTS ARE CHRIST’S!!

NOT ALL SAINTS ARE CHRIST’S!!

Do I have your attention? Good now that I do let me explain my statement before y’all accuse me of being a heretic.

You see, some saints haven’t given THEMSELVES to Him
Romans 12:1-2 KJV
“1.I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2.And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

But those who have given themselves to Him are sanctified
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 KJV
“3.For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
4.That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;”

You see, at this point the saint has reckoned the old man to be “dead indeed unto sin” (Romans 6:11). They are walking “in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25), and so have crucified the flesh (outward sanctification) with the affections and lusts (inward sanctification) II Corinthians 7:1

So knowing all of this the question I would pose to you and me is this, ARE WE (THE CHILDREN OF GOD) CHRIST’S? Have we given our lives wholly and completely to Him? Matthew 16:24 talks about the Christian taking up his cross and following Him. In order to do this we MUST “deny himself” – die to self and the world, in order to live unto Christ. God bless you all.

Adapted from the book ‘The just shall live by faith’ by Dr M.H. Tabb

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Christians, REFOCUS!!

I may be wrong but it seems that our eyes are the gateway to many of the sins in our lives. Each individual is different but human nature is pretty much the same across the board. This began way back in the garden of Eden when Eve looked at the forbidden fruit (Gen 3:6).
So my question is, how do we avoid this calamity in our lives? I think the answer is relatively simple. We must change the things we ‘look’ at. 

#1. Heb 12:2 KJV “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Looking unto Jesus as our example would truly make dramatic changes in our daily lives.

#2. Titus 2:13 KJV “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

Anytime the Bible talks about the ‘blessed hope’ it is referring to the soon return of Jesus. If we lived our lives as if Jesus might reurn tomorrow I can guarantee we would change quite a few things. 

#3. Phil 2:4 KJV “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

This has got to be the most selfish generation that has ever existed. Everything is centered around self/instant gratification. Imagine the difference it would make if we woke up in the morning and prayed to God that he would allow someone to cross our path whom we could help. 

#4. II Cor 4:18 KJV “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

We are consumed with temporal things. If we would shift that focus to eternal/spiritual things I truly believe our eyes wouldn’t get us in so much stinking trouble. 

I hope that this encourages you in some small way. Temptation is part of our sin nature and is extremely difficult to deal with, especially without the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. By changing our focus we can stop feeding the pleasures of the flesh. May God bless and keep you all.

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Shall we continue in sin?

My dearly beloved fellow Christians (all those who have accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior). This simple message is for you. I’d like to direct, very briefly, your attention to

Romans 6:1-2 KJV 
1. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

My (actually God’s) message tonight is very simple. If we are ‘dead to sin’, why do we keep trying to live in sin?

I Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV

9. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

This list is who we were…..not what we are now. Now we are ‘new creatures’. I suggest we start living like it.

God bless you all. Have a wonderful week!!

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The Giant Slayer

We all know the story of David and Goliath. We know how a simple shepherd boy defeated a great giant, the enemy of God’s people and defier of the Lord Most High. We also know that David was a man, the Bible says, “after God’s own heart”. A quick look into the story of David and Goliath will shed some light onto why he was a man after God’s own heart.

1 Samuel 17:20 KJV

“And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.”

#1 “early in the morning” David was not a layabout, he was punctual even as a young man. Punctuality is the character trait of a man who can be trusted. My personal opinion is, if you’re not 5 minutes early…. you’re late.

#2 “left the sheep with a keeper” David showed great responsibility. Most ‘kids’ would have been so excited at the prospect of going to the battlefield that they would have left the sheep unattended. Do we as Christians leave our families unattended? Do we have unfettered access to obscene television and unsupervised internet access in our homes? Do we personally know our children’s youth leaders and where they stand doctrinally? Do we scrutinize our children’s friends carefully? It is our job to protect and serve our families.

#3 “as Jesse had commanded him” David was obedient. Later, on the battle field he was falsely accused of being nosey but his obedience silenced his accusers. The Bible says “friendship with the world is enmity with God”. How can we be obedient to God if we aren’t disentangled from the world?

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These characteristics were ingrained into David as a young man and were made even more apparent as he grew older. We will face many giants in our lifetime and if we don’t live in constant fellowship with our Creator we will lose these all important battles. I highly encourage quiet times with no distractions between you and God. This includes daily devotions coupled with prayer. Our relationship with God is designed to be a dialog and too often we make it a monolog throwing up ‘flare prayers’ whenever we are in trouble.

I pray this encourages you and helps you in your walk with the Lord.

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Saved….or not? A lesson on salvation.

Quick lesson on salvation from book of Romans

Romans 5:9-10 KJV

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Vs 9 says we SHALL be saved (future); vs 10 says we WERE reconciled (past), but we SHALL be saved (future); Romans 13:11 says NOW is our salvation nearer than WHEN we believed. So, are we saved or not?
PAST at the cross (I Peter 1)
PRESENT in daily life (II Cor 4:16; I Cor 1:18)
FUTURE eternity (Romans 5:9; 8:23)

A. The saint was delivered from the PENALTY of sin at Calvary

B. The saint is being saved (delivered) from the POWER of sin in his daily life

C. The saint shall be saved (delivered) forever from the very PRESENCE of sin at the coming of Christ.

Paul summed it up nicely in 2 Corinthians 1:10 KJV

“Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”

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My prayer is that all who may read this have made that decision and given their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ.

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FLASHBACK: Wasn’t #Obamacare gonna make Healthcare costs go DOWN by 3000%??

Two Heads are Better Than One

Obamacare Snake Oil

Lost among current concerns over the White House’s foreign policy “successes” is an issue much closer to home: the Affordable Care Act and its deleterious effect on our healthcare system, our economy and our nation’s psyche.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not seeing the term “Obamacare” used as much as I once did. Of course, that’s likely due to journalists’ desire to shield Obamacare’s namesake from news like this, from Investors Business Daily:

“…Forty-six percent of Americans now describe health costs as ahardship,” up from 36% in 2013…” 

A “hardship”, you say? Almost HALF of the country?

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Sitting on the porch.

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There was once a family. They bought a beautiful home in the countryside. The place was absolutely magnificent, a 2 story plantation home set in the middle of a huge piece of property. The drive in was postcard perfect with tree lined and white fenced winding road. The family thought to themselves, “This is it, we have finally made it”. One day the fathers dad came to visit and see the home his son had purchased. As he pulled into the gated property he was struck with the beauty of the place and as he drew close to the house he noticed the family gathered on the porch to welcome him. His son greeted him as he dismounted from his car. “Here dad, take a seat”, as he offered him a chair on the wrap around porch. They sat and visited, caught up on current events within the family. As time turned to hours the father finally asked to see the rest of the home. “What rest of the home?” exclaimed his son! “Well, I’d like to see the inside”, declared the father. “Are you telling me there’s more than this porch?”, the son asked.

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You see, the family never went inside to enjoy all the pleasures of the home. They hadn’t cooked a single meal in the oversized kitchen, nor spent a solitary evening grouped around the stone set fireplace in the magnificent loving room. The family had been living on the porch and because the porch was so much nicer than the bridge they had lived under before, they thought this was it.

As Christians we do the same thing. We receive Christ as our Saviour and spend the rest of our Christian life sitting on the porch. We never experience the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. I would encourage all who read this to get off the porch and into the presence of the Lord. Open that Bible up and study. Develop a relationship with your Lord and Master. Just because the Christian life is better than the filth and mire of the world doesn’t mean that’s all God has to offer. If you’ve never shared the Gospel and helped lead someone to the saving knowledge of Christ then you have missed a tremendous blessing. If you’ve never discipled a new believer then you haven’t experienced the joy of watching a spiritual baby grow. GET OFF THE STINKING PORCH!!!

Adapted from a sermon by G.B. Clemonts

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