Gods group thoughts for 12/17/2012 “Chains or Fruit ??”

“Our Daily Bread”   

http://odb.org/2012/12/17/worth-the-risk/

The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie                                  

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

Ephesians 4:1-2I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul wrote this opening scripture… He had spent about 2 years in prison in Caesarea; and about 2 years in a Roman prison, where the Apostle Paul wrote what are known as the prison epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon… But the Apostle Paul wasn’t speaking of his physical imprisonment in the opening scripture… He was speaking of his unswerving love and his dedication to the Lord…

As Christians, we no longer live in the world (Philippians 3:20) of sin and shame, chained in bondage to Satan as our father (John 8:44)… The chains Satan used, to keep us an unredeemed sinner under his control, are broken forever; once the unredeemed sinner is graced with the free gift salvation by God, and forgiven by Him of their lifetime of sins…

The Apostle Paul explains the transition of going from being a slave to sin (an unredeemed sinner)…to becoming a slave to the Lord, in…Romans 6:17-18…   But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.  (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul goes on to say this, in…Romans 6:20-21 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death(NKJV)

The unredeemed sinner is free to sin as much as they want…  With Satan’s overpowering temptations to feed their flesh with all the lusts of the world that he uses to keep them in bondage…it is impossible to turn away from Satan’s temptations in their own strength…  The end result for the unrepentant sinner, if they never become a Christian in God’s eyes…is to die in their sins (John 8:24)…  (To be sentenced to an eternity in hell)…

The Apostle Paul goes on to write this, in…Romans 6:22-23…  But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (NKJV)

“For the wages of sin is death means that we are all hell bound; born with a natural sin nature, ever since Adam and Eve’s fall in the Garden of Eden…Romans 5:12…  But praise the Lord, for sending His only begotten Son; born to the Virgin Mary that day some 2000 years ago, that we are about to celebrate as Christmas !!

The Apostle Paul tells those that have not as yet been redeemed by God’s grace, how to break Satan’s chains of sin and shame… Romans 6:17…   But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.  (NKJV)

God has given us a way to be deemed righteous in His sight…  God draws the unredeemed sinner to Himself (John 6:44), and gives them the faith they need to trust in Jesus Christ… They must believe that Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and rose again in 3 days… They now understand that they can in no way save themselves from eternal damnation through any efforts of their own (Ephesians 2:8-9)… They must seek Christ to come into their heart and soul by repenting of their sins…and confess and turn from their sinful ways to Christ… By God’s grace through saving faith alone in Jesus Christ…a lifetime of sins will be cleansed by Jesus’ shed blood at the cross…

This is what the Apostle Paul means when he writes…you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.”  Here is a link for this most important days writing for those that are urged to read about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes, through obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/gods-group-thoughts-for-10202012-gods-grace-through-obedience-to-the-gospel-of-christ/

The Apostle Paul writes above, that as a new Christian, you became slaves of righteousness.”  It’s not like a Christian is forced to live in God’s will…  God gives His children free will to live as they choose…

Please come back tomorrow, to allow me to finish the rather lengthy, but important writing…on being slaves of sin, or slaves of righteousness.”  There are 2 sides of the fence, in this life… We cannot walk on the top rail…  Jesus tells us this, in…Matthew 7:13-14Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (NKJV)

Heavenly Father, I pray that each and every reader will do a “self-check” of their own lives…and seek to become slaves of righteousness.”  I pray Father, that Christians will reach a point in their lives, where their spiritual wisdom and maturity will easily allow them by the full power of the Holy Spirit, to say no to their own fleshly desires, and Satan’s temptations to sin…  I pray for Your power to overcome evil, through the fullness of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all of Your children…in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

written by bruce r mills

About Godsmanforever

I present posts about God's Word, with a personal focus on how God's grace is received through saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... Sinners must understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ... See this link for more... https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/
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