Ephesians 4:22-32 " That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
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.
25 ¶ Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
Peter urges us to 'conduct ourselves throughout our time here in fear"-- the fear of the Lord! We fear the Lord because of His disciplinary hand and our future accountability. But we also fear Him because of the great things He has done for us, the greatest of which is our redemption! We have been purchased and set free from sin, specifically from our lusts, ignorance, futile lifestyle, and traditions. The purchase price was the blood of Christ, the perfect Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.The One who was foreordained before the foundation of the world, who was manifest in these last times gave His life sacrificially so that we might be free and forgiven. His resurrection and ascension guarantees that God the Father was satisfied with the payment of His Son. He did so to provide for us eternal salvation and so that our hope and faith may be in God! Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!
The church this side of heaven is always the church MILITANT. But how often are Christians known as peacemakers? And how do you put together the call to be pure and holy and also to be a peacemaker in every level of your interaction with others. This probing sermon addresses these issues and so many others. And it will challenge YOU to be peacemakers - even as part of the church militant. We need this message in our day!
Let's take a checkup ... a spiritual MRI to see how many of the old things are passed away in us. These 21 vices of a depraved society are extremely practical in detailing a heart that has wandered from Christ. Let there be light! The Light of Christ's Gospel in our life.
The Reformations of the 16th century was no less than the rebirth and resurrection of the church of Jesus Christ from false doctrine that laid an impossible burden on people and robbed christ of his glory as the all sufficent Savior of sinners through personal faith in him. The recovery of key doctrine is expressed in later adopted mottos of the five solas- Scripture alone, Grace aloe, faith alone, Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
Luke 17:11-19 (KJV) And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Ephesians 4 says to put off the old man and put on the new man created in God's image in righteousness and holiness. The passage gives several examples. The point is that in order to put off an old character, you must not just stop the wrong, but put on the new and right. To put off dishonesty, put on speaking the truth. To put off stealing, put on working with a generous spirit. To put off slander, put on speaking was is good for edification, to build up. To put off anger, clamor, bitterness, malice, put on kindness, tenderheartedness and forgiveness.
Thus, the principle of substitution applies to how people change. To put off anger and bitterness, substitute compassion. Forgiveness and compassion lead to kindness and love. Refusing to forgive will lead to bitterness and ultimately malice.
Weapons that Win Battles 1 Timothy 6:12 There's a battle to balance your life and keep it healthy to keep the stress down and the serenity up.In the Bible there's a lot to say about personal battles you go through. In fact the second most used analogy in Scripture for the Christian life is that of a soldier. We're fighting against spiritual forces… and the powers of darkness in the unseen spiritual world." He's saying there's a world that we don't see in the universe. And there are powers there. They are fighting against us. And if we're not fighting back we're just giving in. Did you know that the conflict you have in your family, with your spouse, with your kids, with your friends, with people at work, did you know that that conflict starts not with them? It starts with you choosing the right weapons to fight against yourself and the enemies that Satan , the world and the flesh use against you. Because if you had a humble spirit inside of you even their peculiarity even their poor decisions, even their sins, even their mistakes wouldn't bother you so much if you were humbler. When I focus on me it causes conflict. But when I'm humble then I'm focusing on other people. Timothy began as an apprentice to the Apostle Paul. Paul led him to faith in Christ, afterward Timothy worked with Paul, traveled with him, and learned from him. Timothy began as an trainee and ended his life as a great leader in the kingdom of God.You can take the same journey. That means living a life of love and mercy and transformation. It means wanting for others for what God wants for them. It means dedicating yourself to becoming a person of character and training yourself to be Godly.
The Creator of all the universe has given us a gift to be able to communicate with Him and express our needs and concerns and yet, prayer is often under-utilized by the people of God. Be fervent in prayer and accomplish much to the glory of God.