Gods group thoughts for 9/28/2012 “Get Settled In”

“Our Daily Bread”   

http://odb.org/2012/09/28/day-unknown/

The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie                                  

http://www.harvest.org/devotional/daily-devotions/home.ht

1 Peter 5:10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.  (NKJV)

When I look around me at my family and my church family…I find myself to be a relative “newbie” to “being settled in” to living my life for the Lord…  It took me over 7 years after I was shown mercy and given grace by God with salvation…before I can honestly say I have been habitually walking with the Lord most of the time… All Christians will make mistakes… It’s how quickly we understand and correct them that counts…

I have spent the last 2 days writing about the trials God gives to all Christians; some trials producing joy and patience (James 1:2-4), and some trials given to us by God as chastising (Hebrews 12:5-6), because we have been wayward or backsliding Christians that are not walking in the light of Christ…

I explained how we as God’s children are to be walking with the Lord as Spirit filled Christians, if we want to be blessed with the joy and the supernatural God given peace that goes beyond our mortal understanding (Philippians 4:6-7), that God wants to give to all of His obedient children…

I believe most Christians, young or old…will have to go through this time of suffering, until they mature enough in their spiritual knowledge and wisdom God wants them to understand, to finally become “settled in” to living their lives for the Lord… For many young Christian, their problem keeping them from settling into living for the Lord, seems to be the fun filled lusts of the world that happen in their late teens to young adult age… Alcohol, partying, possibly fornication and other sins keep some young Christians living in an unrighteous state in God’s eyes, because living in sin and walking with the Lord as a Spirit filled Christian are exact opposites…

The apostle Paul explains this best in…Galatians 5:16-20I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, (NKJV)

It is the Holy Spirit and His power, given to the Christian as a life long Helper (John 14:26) at the time of their salvation, which the Christian must submit to, in order to remain Spirit filled… And I can’t pass up this opportunity to once again reflect on the “Whole Armor of God” that the apostle Paul tells us about in…Ephesians 6:10-20…which if worn in its entirety will be able to keep Satan at bay, if the Christian learns about and puts on this 6 piece set of spiritual armor that all comes from the Word of God…  The Bible (God’s inerrant Word), is the only piece of this of spiritual armor that is offensive, in battling Satan (Ephesians 6:17)…    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6:10-20&version=NKJV

I have witnessed a few young Christians that outwardly appear to be living for the Lord, with almost no visible signs of trials… I am amazed at the level of spiritual maturity that they have acquired, in a relatively short period of time…  It could be to their young minds that can absorb more quickly God’s Word, to perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle them into living a godly life as true ambassadors for Christ…

Let me be clear here, with my thoughts on the only way a Christian can possibly be Spirit filled and habitually walking with the Lord as righteous in His sight… I believe there must first be a desire in the heart of the Christian to live for the Lord… This must be an urge brought on by the Holy Spirit, and then followed whole heartedly by the Christian… And there must be time spent reading God’s Word (hopefully daily)…praying morning, noon, and night (as well as during the day if needed) to confess any sins that have been committed (1 John 1:9)… And lastly, I believe the Christian will be best served if they attend a Bible teaching and preaching church, as they become part of a congregation and the body of Christ…

Hebrews 10:24-25And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.  (NKJV)

These are my thoughts on how Christians can best become “settled in” to living their lives for the Lord, as Spirit filled Christians…  There will be multiple blessings by God for obedience to living in His will and His ways… This supernatural peace and God given joy have to be experienced to be believed… It’s up to the Christian as to how long it will take them to finally understand what God wants from them…and then submit their lives to Him…

Heavenly Father, I thank You for finally showing me the way to absolute peace and joy in my life… I pray Lord, that Your Word and my struggles with self-control, will combine to helping others find a quicker way to finally “settling in” to living for You… I pray for this state of spiritual maturity for all of Your children…in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

written by bruce r mills

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