Monthly Archives: February 2012

Death By Temptation

James 1:14-15 “but every man is tempted,when he is drawn away of his own lust,and enticed.Then when lust hath concieved,it bringeth forth sin:and sin,when it is finished,bringeth forth death.”

God wants to live among His people,but sometimes we don’t want Him around.(let us be honest)See sometimes do to our fallen nature their are lust and desire we chose to surround ourselves in, that keeps God on the outside of our lives.Sin doesn’t rush in and over take us,it is first a simple suggestion,then it becomes a strong imagination,then a delight,then it is accepted.In other words, sin at first does not necessarily appear disgusting to us.In fact sin frequently fascinates us and appeals to our fallen nature. Unless we immediately flee from it, we can easily slip into the darkness of sin.We must reconize it for what it is, a rebillion against God.

Despite God’s faithfulness to His people,time and time again, we turn away from him and worship and serve the Idols we have built in our lives.We reject God and embrace the lust of the flesh and the worldly desires that appeal to our carnal nature.Though the Idols and the packaging of sin may appear different than it did to the Israelites,its basic nature is still the same.Sin can hide itself so that it becomes so beautiful to look at, so wonderful to touch, and so sweet to taste, yet the end there of is still death. Idols today are still made of wood,stone,and metal, but we call them houses, cars ,money, and the biggest Idol is the god we’ve made out of flesh, ourself.As the writer of Hebrews said, its always tempting to “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season”. In many forms and guises, sin still allures and entices us and charms us to do its bidding, by offering to satisfy desires that are pleasurable to us, but violate God’s truth and commandments.

Once sin has won one victory in our lives, it will be even more persistent in securing greater victories. Therefore, we give it power over our lives every time we surrender to it, until sin no longer has to hide its true hideous nature.But by then we are already firmly locked in its grip.Let us not dabble in sin and slip into darkness.But if we find yourself in the darkness of sin ,remember Jesus the light of the world, will save you from the grips of sin.

The Way Back!

Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord,and He will have mercy upon him”.

Here we have the great chapter of gospel invitation.How free! How full! How plain and pressing are the calls to receive grace! Yet the necessity of repentance,in its most practical form is a must.We must turn from our sinful ways back to God, its insisted upon.The Gospel provisions are presented freely(vs.1,2). The Savior is provided and proclaimed(vs.3,4).Salvation is promised to Him(vs.5).We are encouraged to seek and find the Lord (vs.6).But the call to conversion follows close after,and is intended to be the necessary inference from all that preceded it.We must return to God: he mercy make it imperative.

The Holy nature of God will not allow Him to pardon those who continue in their wickedness.The very nature of the gospel is not  a proclamation of tolerance for sin,but the deliverance from it.It contains no single promise of forgiveness to the one who goes on in his iniquity.Jesus died to save us from sin not to save us in sin.Conversion always goes with salvation.Sin must be punished or else virtue will perish. The well being of the sinner himself requires that he should quit sin,or suffer the penalty.The work of the Holy Spirit would be of non effect as He is a Sanctifier.The character of heaven requires that a sinner’s nature be renewed,and his life purged, in order to enter the holy place where God, and holy angels and perfected saints abide.”Except ye be converted, and become as little children,ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven”(Matt.18:3).

Jesus died to accept for us the wage paid by sin.When we accept His death as our own, we must die to the old life and walk in the new life provided by Christ.It is by, and with His power that we can walk in the spirit as not to give into the flesh.But when we do stumble and fall along the way we have an advocate who tells us to confess our sins and he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.

He Had To Die!

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us,who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”.

Jesus Christ death;the message is unbelievable,a message of redemption,that is a substitution for sin. This is one of the great verses proclaiming the unbelievable love of God.It is impossible for man to grasp the fact that God made Christ to be sin for us,yet that is exactly what the scripture says.He who knew no sin made to be sin,for the sole that sinneth shall surley die,so for man to live He had to die.

Why was this act necessary? Because man needs more than just righteousness to stand perfect before God.To stand righteous before God is not enough,for man has already sinned.Man already stands guilty of breaking God’s law, and the judgement and condemnation of death has already taken effect upon man. So the condemnation and judgement of sin had to be taken care of. God did this by laying all the sins of man upon Christ,all the guilt and condemnation of sin,God placed it all on Christ and let Him bear it all Himself.God’s purpose for this was that we through Christ death, might be made righteousness of God in Christ.When a person believes in Jesus Christ,I mean really believes,God takes that man’s faith and He counts it as righteousness.The man is not righteous,but God considers the man’s faith in Christ as righteousness.God does this because he loves man so much,so much that he sent His only begotten Son to die that we might have a right to life.Jesus secured righteousness for man.He came into the world to die for man.He came and arose from death and thus conquered death for man,thus His resurrected life could stand for the resurrected life of the believer.

The truth is this God loves His Son Jesus Christ so much, that He honors any man who honors His son by believing in Him and believing Him.When we sincerly trust Christ,God takes that faith and counts it as righteousness,thus He judges us , and treats us,as though we are innocent.We are not innocent,us and God both knows this,but God counts us as innocent because of our faith in Jesus Christ.To God we have died with Christ and rose a new creation.So He had to die in order for us to have life.

The Fruit Of Redemption

                                                               Sunday School Lesson
                                                                   February 26,2012
Lesson Focus:
When you live by the
spirit your life bears fruit
Lesson Scripture:
Galatians 5:22-6:10

Introduction:

Christians should walk in the power of the Spirit,developing Christlike characteristics that show the fruit of His Spirit.What does that look like? Love is what Christ did for us on the cross.His love was sacrificial,serving,caring for another without any conditions.That love manifests itself in the fruit of His Spirit.The attitude of Joy says, regardless of the circumstances,I can see God working and I’m glad.Peace is harmony and tranquility with one’s self and others,knowing God is in control.Patience is enduring,steadfast under difficult circumstances,without anger toward irritating people.kindness, goodness,and gentleness are ther centered,so weare ready to do the best for the other person with a gracious,sweet disposition.Faithfulness is the quality of loyalty,keeping commitments and promises. The goal of any christian should be having a loving harmony in relationship with God and each other.
The Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-26,KJV
 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

   23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
   24And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
   25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

   26Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Footnotes:
Having just highlighted the loathsome works of the flesh(vs.19-21),Paul went on to contrast them with the righteous,holy work of the spirit and the fruit He produces in the lives of the believers who walk in Him.That “fruit” is singular suggests the various aspects of the Spirit’s fruit develop and grow together and not as separate pieces of fruit existing independently.Love is listed first, and highlights its prominence among the other aspects of the fruit.Those who love with God’s kind of love can also experience joy, peace, longsuffering(patience), gentleness(kindness), goodness,faith (faithfulness), meekness(gentleness), and temperance(self control) in their lives.Against the fruit of the Spirit “there is no law”(Vs.23).Those who are in Christ can do what the non-believer cannot: Live in a manner that glorifies the one who was crucified for sin.Sin no longer has rule over the believer, because on the cross, Jesus broke sin’s power.By coming to the cross in faith,believers are made alive by the Spirit and therefore are admonished to also walk with Him.Sadly, however this is not always the case.Chapter 5 closes with examples of what failure to walk in the Spirit can look like,pride,wanting to be first,antagonizing others,and envying what they have.
The Fruit of Grace
Galatians 6:1-6KJV
1Brethren, 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.

   2Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
   3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
   4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
   5For every man shall bear his own burden.
   6Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
Footnotes:

Having laid the groundwork regarding what the fruit of the spirit is and also what it is not,Paul then gave an example of walking in the Spirit.The term here for”caught”means to suprise or ambush,and “sin”refers to trespass or deviation from uprightness.At times temptation can surprise believers or catch them off guard that they may fall into sin,even if they know what they are doing is wrong. Spiritually mature believers can discern whether someone has been ambushed by sin, or is in outright open rebellion against God. When the former is the case, the mature believers will deal meekly and gently with the transgressor because they realize that ,apart from God’s grace, they too could be caught off guard by temptation.Helping others in times of need fulfills the law of Christ, which is to love one another as he loves us.We must help and not look down on those who have stumbled in their spiritual walk, lifting them and even carrying them until they can walk on their own. 
The Fruit of Our Actions
Galatians 6:7-10,KJV
 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

   8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
   9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
   10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Footnotes:

Paul admonished his readers to live and be who they are in Christ.Believers have God’s Word and Spirit to guide and enable them to live in a manner that glorifies Him.To do other wise is an attempt to mock God,who will not be mocked.You will reap what you sow.Actions have consequences.Sinful acts will reap destruction; God pleasing acts will reap eternal blessings.Sometimes doing right will bring on attacks from the evil doers,but we believers have been equipped to do what is right,and we do so with the power of God’s indwelling Spirit and the hope of reaping a bountiful harvest of blessings if we faithfully press on.We are compelled by love for Christ and those He died for to do good to eryone,with special priority given to our brothers and sisters in the Lord.When we walk in the Spirit we do not conform to the lust of the flesh