Food for thought…. most seems basic to me and may seem so to you, but to one I have sent this too, he doesnt understand where I am coming from and still chooses to believe you can be a prochoice abortion endorsing Christian who will be accepted by God. I disagree according to my understanding, I think I have the mind of Christ in these matters and think I understand as one who has the Holy Spirit guiding me. I could be in error, if that can be demonstrated biblically, but this fellow, offers nothing but surmations of his reading of what I wrote and shows no basis for his own conclusions other than to attack me.. Oh well , I wanted to share these anyway and think most will remember them and if you agree let me know but also if you think I am wrong on any of it still let me know.
Colossians 1:10 NIV • Read this chapter
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,
As we mature in Christ, the things of this world are viewed more as ‘trappings’ or the cares of the world that we abandon as we see more clearly how to please t he Lord.”He must increase & I must decrease” becomes not only ‘understood’ but embraced and complied with to our own benefit, which then explains when Jesus said ” My yoke is easy”.. It does get easier when you seek to do his will, resist the devil and not compromise, which keeps you free from guilt as the devil looses his foothold in your life…
1 John 3:9 NIV • Read this chapter
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
…So as we yield to the Holy Spirit and are ‘watered’ by the Word, we begin to grow in Christ and as we study His word, seeking his will and not some ‘angle’ to manipulate the word according to our desires…
We see that we must resist the devil and our self serving desires which would give birth to sin and bring us to failure and even death.
We are born of God, no longer subject to the flesh, although we inhabit earthly bodies, we are to glorify God in our bodies as well…It isnt as hard, once we submit to his teaching and will for us .
All that the father gives to me will come to me.. .Jesus said, since He is willing that NONE should perish, it is fairly certain that since we are ‘chosen'[you did not choose me but I chose you…] Some through their own stubborness and rebellion, resist the Father’s will for great portions of their earthly lives… it is said that even the elect ‘could’ be fooled…but not that they ‘would’.
Some say that we get into Predestination as a result of these promises of God and since he knows the beginning and the end of the matter, there is an element of that.It should be to our encouragement however, since he has plans for us that are ‘good’ and not evil…
1 Thessalonians 4:1 NIV • Read this chapter
[ Living to Please God ] Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
…Once we come to terms to trust and believe in God and not lean on our own ‘understanding’ we can begin the process of cleansing our temple[mind& heart]putting away the childish things, studying and learning to a workman serving God no longer allowing evil thoughts to persuade our carnal minds, as we gradually put on the mind of Christ.
Philippians 1:21 NIVUK • Read this chapter
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
…When we become disciplined and accustomed to living in the Word and putting the flesh last while we practice our belief as we choose new each day , in each and every circumstance we face, who we will choose to serve.. It is one or the other, God or our own carnal reasoning which was introduced to us by the devil…If God is God choose Him and live.. if he is not God or Lord of your life you will not choose Him. So to live is Christ and to put to death the deeds of the flesh is gaining favor in God’s sight and will lead to becoming joint heirs with Jesus.
Therefore as Paul said, we can not compare the sufferings we face now with the glories of the things to come..
2 Thessalonians 3:6 NIVUK • Read this chapter
[ Warning Against Idleness ] In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
…If we become complacent and shrug our reasonable duty to God when we have been freed by His grace from all matters of our unrighteousness, when we put on Christ’s righteousness in our lives, we are reminded to ‘go and sin no more’….
If we let our light so shine before men, we do our duty to make disciples of all the nations and not shun our responsibilities as Christians in any area of our lives, including ‘everything’ we are to give thanks in and for.. then even in matters such as politics, we are sometimes faced with the spiritually moral dilemmas presented and it is then we have to stand up for Jesus and what he would do and want us to do.
We can not slack off as curse is he who does the will of God with slackness!!We also are not to be cowardly or hide our lamp under a bushel… so being a hidden believer and not bearing the fruits of the Spirit make us double minded, two faced and self deceived.
John 3:36 NASB
36“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
…If we ‘believe’ and not just merely surfacely acknowledge a weak allegiance to … we will embrace and digest that belief to become part of us and then live by that belief… we are to obey and continue in his word and thus prove to be his disciples… we arent to be like the seed on rocky soil that grows a bit and then shrivels before any fruit can be born.We are to be like the tree planted by living waters and grow and bear fruit doing the will of our Father in heaven as Jesus always did what was pleasing to His Father, so shall we do.
2 Corinthians 10:5 NIVUK • Read this chapter
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
…We can not allow ourselves to compromise and allow evil to have its place in our lives as the Lord shares his throne with no evil~! WE must take every thought captive and not be like Adam & Eve who considered, embraced and partook of reasoning that allowed them to defy God and thus loose their position in the garden, being cast out.
1 John 4:1 NIV • Read this chapter
[ Test the Spirits ] Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
…the battleground for our souls is in our minds and thoughts are constantly presented to our minds to consider and think about which lead to our action or inactions.We will be judged by our actions and intent of our hearts. If we harbor iniquity in our hearts then we are double minded, meaning we entertain thoughts presented by demonic influences of the spirits roaming to and fro seeking whom they may devour… Resist the devil and reject the evil thoughts and you will be able to see right and wrong as you yield to the will of the Father.
2 Timothy 2:14 NIV • Read this chapter
[ A Workman Approved by God ] Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.
…The Holy Spirit of God that guides us into all truth, is always in agreement with the Word so where 2 or more are gathered in “MY” name, there I will be in the midst of them… a promise and instruction as to how we can test the spirit of any thought we get to consider. The Holy Spirit will never tell you anything that goes against the word of God as a house divided can not stand and Jesus and the Father are one and their Spirit of Truth is one with them as well and is here to guide us.
2 Timothy 2:15 NIV • Read this chapter
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
…AS we study God’s word and let it grow in our hearts and minds, it will be ready to bear witness to what the Holy Spirit tries to teach us and also will send up the red flags when religious thoughts [from spirit of religion] and others in tandem approach your mind with the ‘what ifs’ that ultimately would cause you to doubt God and fail.
So study and become one with the word as Jesus is one with the Father!
Romans 12:1 NASB • Read this chapter
[ Dedicated Service ] Therefore [1 Cor 1:10; 2 Cor 10:1-4; Eph 4:1; 1 Pet 2:11] I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to [Rom 6:13, 16, 19; 1 Cor 6:20; Heb 13:15; 1 Pet 2:5] present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
…The closer you draw near to God the closer he will draw near to you.. which would only stand to reason t hat you would want to be as best prepared to be before Him and not stand ashamed.
Romans 8:13 NASB • Read this chapter
for [Rom 8:6] if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are [Col 3:5] putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
…all things are lawful for me but not all things are helpful, so to continue in an activity that will bring you shame , it is better to forsake such sinful activity and become a living sacrifice so that no one can rightly accuse you when you know you are doing the Lords will. Being falsely accused will happen, but you will know that your redeemer lives and that as long as you seek his will you will be safe from judgement.
Matthew 18:15 NIV • Read this chapter
[ A Brother Who Sins Against You ] “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.
…Trying to show an unyielding carnal minded brother is not an easy task, especially when he has wronged you.Trying to bring him to his right mind in exposing the wrong is also difficult as he who is estranged will seek pretext to break out against sound judgement. So in love and gentleness you are to show the brother the error of his way and pray the Holy Spirit grants him repentence. If you are able to reach and persuade him to the truth, you will be blessed for having restored a brother.
Ezekiel 3:18 NASB • Read this chapter
“When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his [Ezek 3:20; 33:6, 8] blood I will require at your hand.
…If like when Jonah didnt want to warn the Ninevites because he saw them as enemy, you are rebelling against the will of God and your life will reap punishment til you repent and comply..IF you do and others are reached for righteousness to give God glory, then you will be rewarded but if you dont, then you will be blamed…We are to walk blameless to it is better to do God’s will!
Titus 3:10 NASB • Read this chapter
[2 John 10] Reject a [Rom 16:17] factious man [Matt 18:15] after a first and second warning,
…when a false teacher or false brother is in your midst only causing dissension and raising doubts to lead others astray, you are to warn him and witness to him in hopes of restoring him. If he remains unyielding and obviously is leading others astray, then you are to warn him to desist and if he doesnt, then you are to shun him and have nothing more to do with him til he is ready to receive the word of God and obey it.
Philippians 4:8 NIV • Read this chapter
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things
…To be yielding to the Holy Spirit’s guidance will cause you to put away fifthy talk, thought word and deed and when you choose to think on fruitful thoughts you will be able to honestly please the father.
Galatians 5:22 NIV • Read this chapter
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
…This is the barometer of how we are to sek and serve God..the Holy Spirit will bear peaceable fruits of righteousness within our beings and gradually allow those fruits to guide us in all our daily considerations and decisions .
1 Thessalonians 2:4 NIV • Read this chapter
On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.
…As we mature, we become more confident in the word and we wear the whole armour of God, rightly divide the word and can stand ready to give account to all who ask or demand of us. We may not be popular and may be rejected but as servants are not greater than their master, we can expect at times to be mistreated as Jesus was, so when we are meeting various trials we are to count it as joy that we are privileged to share in his sufferings!
Hebrews 6:11 NIV • Read this chapter
We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.
…To do this we must obey and embrace Gods word and not be double minded as to not receive from him the wisdom the Holy Spirit wishes to impart to us. If you are confused about who you are listening to, then that is not from God and you need to stop thinking, pray and wait to receive confirmation from the Lord before you proceed.
Once you are certain that you are hearing from the Holy Spirit, you will then be empowered to do Gods will.
Matthew 5:19 NIV • Read this chapter
Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
…If you allow earthly compromise to negate Gods will then you will fail.If you stand up to what you know what is right according to Gods will and not the will of man, then you will be great in the kingdom of God, even if you are looked upon as a nut by others.
Acts 5:29 NIV • Read this chapter
Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men.
…This is true for all of us and it is time we stand against abortion in America as it is evil, no matter how you may carnally want to justify it! Over 47 Million have been killed so far~ their choices silenced, their bodies mercillessly ripped apart and disposed of like trash.
If God is Lord of your life, then obey him!~
If you have a conscience obey that~!
I have now had some time to think and review these verses and have placed my initial comments on them according the the level I am now at in my service to almighty God. I hope and pray that you will see what the Lord is trying to tell you through the words he has enabled me to present. 🙂 GBU~! Ave