“5 Practical Ways to Avoid a Rebellious Spirit” 9/19/2014 by Michael Boling of Job 31 Ministries

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5 Practical Ways to Avoid a Rebellious Spirit

September 12, 2014
This is part two of the series, Demise of Rebellion

By Michael Boling

Some practical ways we can avoid a rebellious spirit are:

1) Seek after God and His will – Since a rebellious spirit comes directly from the enemy, it is evident that to combat rebellion in our lives and to reject any element of the spirit of divination requires the work of the Holy Spirit, molding and shaping our hearts to yearn after God. Rebellion is devoted to self, the emergence of “I” in opposition to yielding self to God’s perfect will. Dealing with rebellion requires “I” be removed from our spiritual alphabet to be replaced by the word “You” with the declaration “It is you Lord I desire to glorify and obey”.

2) Acknowledge God’s sovereignty – “I” desires to be lord in opposition to God’s sovereignty. The child of God must dedicate themselves to what Paul notes in Galatians 5:24:

“those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

The Puritan divine John Owen described this as mortifying the flesh. To belong to Christ means we are in relationship with a holy God. Rebellion, a construct of the flesh with its god hating passions and desires, must be put off and replaced by a heart that seeks after God. This is accomplished through the work of the Holy Spirit writing God’s word on our hearts, again that source of living water. When we acknowledge God’s sovereignty, we see His proper place as Lord of our lives and in turn we recognize that we are the creation, not the Creator. That posture places us in the proper position to be molded and shaped with God deftly removing the sin of rebellion from the clay of our lives. We no longer have a desire to serve other gods because we know the God we serve is THE Lord of all.

3) Put on the Full Armor of God – God provides the believer with armor by which we can resist the wiles and schemes of the enemy. Since the Garden of Eden, the enemy has used the age old yet effective tactic of rebellion against God. When we don at all times the full armor of God, we are able to withstand the temptation to usurp God’s authority with “I”. As believers who are engaged in constant and fierce combat with the forces of evil in this world, we must daily put on the complete armor of God. Our Commander in Chief (God) has provided us with the tools by which we can effectively engage the enemy. As with all manner of weaponry, they are only effective when used properly and in concert with one another.

4) Repent of the Sin of Rebellion and Pray – If you are struggling with a rebellious attitude it is time to repent and flee that youthful lust and passion. Repentance is far more than saying a quick prayer and then continuing to walk in that dreadful sinful habit. Conversely, repentance requires movement from a particular wrongdoing and movements towards righteousness. This movement towards righteousness cannot take place on your own strength. This is where prayer is so vital. We need God every minute of every day. Rebellion is a tough battle to fight for it is at the very root of all sin. It takes the work of the Holy Spirit replacing a rebellious attitude with a love for God and His will to move from that place of darkness (rebellion) to a place of light (obedience). Prayer and the vigilant study of God’s word are vital to this process.

5) Assess Your Surroundings – Often a rebellious attitude stems from what influences us. For instance, if you find yourself associating with those who display a rebellious spirit, it is likely time to evaluate those friendships. If you listen to music or watch programming that promotes a rebellious spirit, it is time to evaluate what you set your eyes and ears upon. It is vital to be around fellow believers who will lift you up in prayer, disciple you, and help you walk in the ways of the Lord. Proverbs 13:20 reminds us “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” Those who are rebellious against God fall into that category of “fools” so find yourself a man or woman of God who is wise, someone who can mentor you and walk beside you.

Rebellion is like divination – powerful words yet so true. Rebellion is a work of the enemy and engaging in a rebellious attitude against God and His will is the same as saying you embrace the enemy rather than hiding in the shadow of almighty God. May we reject the sin of rebellion and the many ways it reveals its ugly head in our lives. Seek after the things of God, draw near to Him, read His word, pray, put on the full armor of God, and surround yourself with godly men and women. In doing so, you will be equipped to put off the fleshly desire to thumb your nose at God which is the sin of rebellion.

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“Life Can Change in A Instant” 9/18/2014 by Ann Friend

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Life Can Change in A Instant

Posted on September 9, 2014 by Ann “afriend4ever54” Friend
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
~ Proverbs 27:1~

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
~ John 15:12 ~

Hello friends. Thank you for your kindness and prayers. I appreciate you! {{hugs}}. It’s a beautiful thing to let people know that we care. Glory to God. Life can change in an instant.

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I don’t think anyone is ever prepared for the loss of those we know and love. Recently, I’ve come to realized that tears are a blessings too. Life can change in an instant.

Sometimes, loss has a way of putting what’s important, in our life, in perspective. Life can change in an instant.

Things and stuff, or X, Y and Z moments can really be put in perspective when you realize it is, what it is. Let it go. Life can change in an instant.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Life can change in an instant.

Love and forgiveness comes from within our hearts. Love and forgiveness are essential in maintaining life in our relations. Life can change in an instant.

Sometimes, we must keep showing love until those, in our life, see Jesus within us. Many times, we judge what we don’t know or understand. Sometimes, we just don’t know any better until Jesus shows us how. Life can change in an instant.

To maintain life, in our relations, start celebrating the positive qualities, forget the past and appreciate what each bring to the table. Life can change in an instant.

Life is too precious to waste holding stuff that keeps us from loving and forgiving one another. Life can change in an instant.

God is the only one who can be all things to each and everyone of us. Even if we speak, Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me, we are not equipped to handle every single need. That role is designed for God. Give it all to Him.

Blessings, my friends, by faith, as we learn to maintain life in our relations. Life can change in an instant.

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“Prioritizing Our Hopes” 9/17/2014 by Bill Sweeney

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Written by my friend Bill Sweeney, stricken with ALS almost 18 years ago. He now writes by use of an eye-tracking computer, with only his eye movements. Bill’s “Unshakable Hope” should give us all a reason to count our blessings !! (bruce)

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Prioritizing Our Hopes

When you go through a trial, especially an extended trial that disrupts or even destroys your earthly hopes and dreams, you either learn to focus and depend more on your eternal hope or slide further into despair.

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I imagine that every Christian that has gone through an extended trial will remember coming to this difficult crossroad and facing this choice. In truth,it’s a decision we should have made when we committed to follow Christ – whether or not we were going through a trial at the time. By definition, a Christian is someone whose primary hope is an eternal hope in Christ.

“…we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast…” (Hebrews 6:18-20)

I know that God wants us to have hopes in and for this life, but, for the Christian, those hopes must be secondary to our heavenly hope. Our heavenly hope must govern our earthly hopes. This is the only formula that leads to the “Abundant life” that the Bible talks about. If Jesus is not the Christian’s primary hope, he or she will have a really difficult time when (not if) a trial comes. Even when everything is going great (by the world’s standards), the Christian that does not have his or her hopes in order will not be experiencing the inner joy and peace that the Bible tells us we should have.

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Unfortunately I speak from experience. If asked, I probably would have said that eternity was my primary hope before being diagnosed with ALS, but looking back now I really don’t think it was. It’s so easy to get caught up in our career, our marriage, raising kids, our homes and so many other things involved in day-to-day life that, without even realizing it, our earthly hopes and dreams can become our primary focus.

In this context, I think it’s fair to say that hope and love are synonymous. If Christ isn’t our primary hope, He is not what the Bible calls “our first (most important) love” either. I remember when I began reading the Bible, I had a real hard time with the following verse: “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:37)

Probably because I didn’t understand Christ’s nature at that time, His demand seemed harsh and even narcissistic. After reading the whole New Testament and getting a better understanding of His selfless nature, I realized that His demand had nothing to do with harshness or ego; it is a simple matter of priorities. It’s only by loving Christ more than anyone or anything that we are able to demonstrate His unconditional love to and for others. Likewise, it’s only when Christ is our greatest hope that we are able to fully appreciate and enjoy our earthly hopes. And, it’s only when Christ is our primary hope that we will know if our secondary hopes are also God’s hopes for us.

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“IS CHRIST ALIVE IN YOUR WORKPLACE?” 9/16/2014 by Dave Boller

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IS CHRIST ALIVE IN YOUR WORKPLACE?

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV)

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The things that matter most in a Christian’s work life are not the same things that matter to the rest of the world. It’s not the dollar amount of their paychecks, the impressiveness of their business cards, the prestige they have earned within their trade, or the position they hold within their company. It’s not even about their productivity or the quality of their work – although hard work is certainly an honorable pursuit. Instead, when it comes to their jobs, what matters most is the extent to which they model themselves after Christ from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday.

When we attend church on the weekend, we are taught to become more like Christ in the way we live. The problem we encounter is that our intentions are good, but our minds become altered somewhere between Sunday and Monday. The realities of work often keep us from becoming Christ-like at our jobs. Some of these realities are work related, some are simply human nature, but all of them force God out of the forefront and onto the back burner. By Tuesday or Wednesday, our thoughts of God and living for Christ may have completely faded away.

From my experience, that’s a source of frustration for many Christians. We struggle with it. We feel guilty about it. We may even recommit to do things differently, but somehow we manage to backslide and leave Christ out of our lives – just when we need Him the most!

Perhaps you too have had personal experience with this. Maybe you’ve made some effort to apply your faith in the workplace, only to be discouraged by the results. Perhaps you’ve even reached the point of concluding that real, enduring change is hopeless. It’s not. It’s just a matter of seeing things more clearly – maybe for the first time in your life. And then it’s simply a matter of cooperating with God to defeat the things standing between you and our Savior.

What’s keeping you from being more Christ-like in your job and in your career? What are the barriers that stand in your way? Ask God to give you the strength you need to become more like Christ in your workplace! Your job is an important mission field. Keep Christ “alive” twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week!

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Enjoy your Wednesday, “Working for Christ!”

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“John 12:44-46 (In The Light)” 9/15/2014 by BJ Richardson

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John 12:44-46 (In The Light)

Lights

Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. (John 12:44-46)

Read: Daniel 5:1-31, Daniel 7:1 – 8:27

Relate: Funny thing. As I was chewing on today’s verse and what it means for my life today, a facebook status update I just posted last night came to mind. I’ll copy a portion of it here:

A few things I was reminded of tonight.
1) I absolutely love crisp fall nights when it isn’t quite cold enough to pull on a sweatshirt.
2) Boulevard isn’t really a boulevard. It’s a dead end. It doesn’t matter if I’m turning on to it from the left or the right. It is still a dead end.
3) If I’m running aimlessly and happen to see a really cool looking hill I am goin to run up it. Again… And again… Doesn’t matter how many times I already have. I have no self control.
4) Starting from Schubert and Matthews there are five hundred ways to make one or two random turns and end up back at Schubert and Matthews.
5) Even though I’ve spent over six years living in this neighborhood it is still possible to get all turned around without ever getting further than two miles from home.

Now truth is, I was just out for an evening stroll and didn’t truly care all that much where I was going. At all times, I knew I was inside the box made up of Beethoven, Grand, West End, and Riverside. But where inside that box? Quite often I had no clue. Part of the problem is that it was dark out. I’m normally navigating through that tangled warren only in the daytime. Part of the problem was that I had no real goal or destination in mind. I was just out for a stroll and was headed wherever my feet would take me.

React: All too often those two problems perfectly illustrate how we go through life. Because we have no fixed purpose or destination in life, we find ourselves just wandering aimlessly through it. Yes, we would like to someday get to heaven but it doesn’t become a driving factor in our daily walk. Yes, we would like to leave a legacy and live for something beyond ourselves, but aside from the occasional gift of time or treasure it doesn’t really become who we are. It is more of a vague “Someday I would like to…”

The same thing is true in how we live for Jesus. Yes, we have made an intellectual assent to His Lordship. We have verbally acknowledged Him as our Savior. But His light doesn’t illuminate our daily walk. Sure we go to church, but we aren’t called and commanded to “go to church” we are called to be the church wherever we go. Christianity is something we claim but it isn’t who we are. In reality we are simply wandering through life completely turned around even though home is oh so close. God forgive us.

Respond: 

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God, illuminate my life. God, guide my steps. I don’t want to just say that I trust You, help me to put that trust to the test day in and day out. I don’t want to just say I see You. I want to really see Your leading in my life every day as I follow You with every heartbeat, not just for a few hours some Sundays. Guide me out of the dark. Let Your light, that shines in the dark places, shine through me.

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“Armor All for the Soul” 9/14/2014 by Robert VanHoose

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Read Ephesians 6,
Psalm 35:17-28
September 5

“Armor All for the Soul”

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

Armor All is one of the most successful products ever offered to protect and beautify car dashboards and interior trim. God has an “armor for all” that will beautify and protect our souls from the temptations of the world, our flesh, and the devil.

God knows that in our own strength we are no match for the power of our flesh and the devil to tempt us beyond what we are able to withstand.

No matter how full of the Holy Spirit we are, the truth is that we are still cracked pots who leak a lot and need to always wear the full armor of God to protect us from the continual attacks that keep coming.

God assures us that there are no temptations given that are not common to man, and that with the temptation He will provide the means
to escape, withstand, or defeat them.

When we are armed with the righteousness of Christ, the peace of the Gospel, faith, the joy of our salvation, and the power of God’s Word we will be able to stand firm not in our strength, but in the supernatural strength and power of the Holy Spirit living within us.

This armor comes in a refillable container in our soul, housed in our earthly bodies. Our abundant life depends on keeping it in good repair by frequent visits to the prayer throne, and house of worship.

How empowering it is to be able to tell temptation to “take a hike” and see it flee when we stand fully armed.

Father, thank You for giving me a powerful means of defense when temptations come knocking at the door of my heart… In Jesus’ name, Amen

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“Death and the Afterlife. What’s Next?” 9/13/2014 by Rob Barkman

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SIH STSTA ICONShintoism calls it “Ama-No-Hashidate”; some of the New Age followers call it “Astral Plane”; Aborigines describe it “Bralgu”; Buddists have given it the name “Ching Tu”; “Djanna”, or the “Garden of Allah” is the Islam version; the Native American Indians called it “The Spirit Land”; Eskimos give it the title “The Land of the Moon”; Hindus describe it as “Nirvana”; “Pole Star” was the common title for it given by the Aztecs; “Sheol” was the chosen Hebrew term; while the Greeks called it “Hades”; and the state of the dead for the Norse warriors was called “Valhalla”; and many, many, others. For a more complete list please see: http://afterlife-knowledge.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?num=1202113237/0

So many names, so many different beliefs, for the place and/or condition of those who have died!

“What takes place, if anything, after a person’s spirit is separated from their body?”

“Where does their spirit go?”

“What can I do now to secure a future afterlife?’

These themes are addressed by every known religion.

Why are these subjects of universal interest? It is because death affects every one of us. Based on mankind’s experience over thousands of years, apart from a never before experienced act of God, has one thing held true…. every human being will eventually die.

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What will it be like and how can we be prepared for it… the Bible gives us the clear, unquestionable answer to these issues we all face…

THE SCRIPTURE:

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (Heb 9:27-28)

THE STUDY:

In our text, we find the answer to life’s most pressing issues.

First, in verse 27 we find what will take place following our death…

The Bible tells us much about the “afterlife”. In today’s blog entry we will be centering on one of the most important aspects of the after life… the coming judgment.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” – Here, we have the clear, undeniable proclamation … Following a person’s death, one of the aspects of the afterlife, involves a judgment of each work that has been performed while on earth. (Eccl 11:9, Rom 14:9-12, 2 Cor 5:10, 2 Tim 4:1, Judges 1:14-15, Rev 20:11-15).

The specifics of this judgment can be debated. Personally, I believe this judgment will come in two different phases. One judgment will involve those who have trusted in Christ, while the other phase will be the judgment of those who have never trusted in Christ. These details are really not important for our blog entry today. The important point is this… the Bible has made it absolutely clear that EVERYONE must face the judgment of their works by Jehovah God.

What are the possible results of this judgment?

For those who are unprepared, they will receive consignment to the lake of fire for an eternity… suffering the just punishment for the sins they have committed.

For those who are prepared for this judgment, they will be ushered into an eternity with the Lord, having their sins forgiven and their works of service rewarded (Matt 25:31-46)

So the real question is this…. “Are we ready for that time of judgment?” If not, “What must we do to become prepared”?

Second – in verse 28 we find how we can be prepared for this coming judgment

“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

The key to being secure for our future judgment is found in the work of Christ on the cross. You see, it was on the cross that Christ took the punishment for our sins upon Himself so that we would not have to receive that punishment. (1 Pet 3:18, Eph 2:13-17, Rom 5:8-21, 2 Cor 5:21)

Notice that our verse also speaks of faith in the life of those who are prepared to meet Him at His coming. (These are the same people who are prepared for the judgment of their works, as well). They are the ones who, by faith, are looking for Him to come back at His second coming. This faith they have received from God as they turned from their sins to serve the living God. (1 Thess 1:9-10, Acts 26:17-18) By placing our trust in Christ, as the Savior from our sins and the Lord of our life, we can be prepared for the coming Judgment Day. “Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.” (Job 35:14)

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

I know of no better application than the verses found in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14…

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecc 12:13-14)

What is the commandment of God?

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mar 1:14-15)

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