“Who are You Living for ??” 8/22/2016 Written by bruce r. mills

“Our Daily Bread”     http://odb.org/

The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie    http://www.harvest.org/devotional

Written by bruce r. mills @  www.Godsmanforever.com

“Who are You Living for ??”

 

James 4:7-8Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NKJV)

For us as Christians’ to live for Christ…we must forget about our built in desire to please ourselves, and turn our lives over to the Lord… This natural tendency of “me first”, must give way to placing God first, and wanting to please and obey Him…just as Jesus always obeyed His Father in heaven, His whole life…  Jesus lived the perfect, sinless life…always obeying His Father, even to the point of dying on the cross, so that the sins of those who believe and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, can be cleansed of their lifetime of sins…  (see 1. Below)

The first, and biggest step in living a Christ centered life, is to confess, repent, and turn from any and all sins… The Apostle John gives us scripture on how we “submit to God”, in…

1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)

When the Christian is living with an un-confessed sin, (such as fornication outside of marriage, as an example)…they must decide if they want to please themselves, and risk chastisement from God (Hebrews 12:3-11)…or to confess and turn from this most pleasurable of sins (or any other sin), and walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16)…allowing the Holy Spirit to guide them into living a life that will be pleasing in God’s eyes…

There is nothing Satan likes better, than to fill the Christian’s brain with numerous reasons why living in sin is Ok… But living with any un-confessed sin is living in rebellion against God…  Even the sin of omission (James 4:17), when the Holy Spirit urges us to witness to someone…to volunteer at church when they are in need of help in any area…or to share our time and/or our resources with someone we see is in need…and we decide (for any number of reasons) not to listen to the Holy Spirit, is a sin…

It’s Sunday, and the Holy Spirit urges us to get up and get to church…  Satan says…it’s OK to miss church…  You were up late and need your rest…  Or, it’s more important to get this or that done to please your spouse or your kids, than to spend time giving praise and worship to the Lord, with a body of fellow believers…  Maybe the Holy Spirit urges you to use your spiritual gift (given to every Christian), at your church…and you say no, out of fear that you are not qualified…or that it’s OK to let someone else fulfill the need God wants you to fulfill…  This fear of witnessing to someone around you who is in need of hearing the Gospel…or fear that your not qualified to fill that needed position in your church…is fear Satan uses to keep you from obeying the urging of the Holy Spirit, and glorifying God by being obedient to His leading…

The Apostle John gives us scripture on fear, in…1 John 4:18…  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  (NKJV)

This perfect loveis a heart filled with the love and the joy of the Lord (John 15:11)…which through the full power of the Holy Spirit will give the Christian the will to witness to that person in need of hearing the Gospel (“good news”) message of the cross…  The Holy Spirit will not only give us the will, but the burning desire that overpowers any fear Satan will use, to keep us from witnessing to someone we know is in need of God’s saving grace…

 

The Apostle James tells us in the opening scripture, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”…  Indeed, I can personally testify that Satan can be (for the most part) kept at bay…  But in my own life, I have found that it is a combination of total submission to God, and the wearing of ALL of God’s 6 pieces of spiritual armor, that the Apostle Paul so eloquently describes for us in Ephesians 6:10-20…   (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph+6%3A10-20&version=NKJV)  The key scripture here, is…

Ephesians 6:11…  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (NKJV)

Friends these aren’t just words in a book…  They are promises made by God, for those who spend time reading, digesting, and applying God’s Word to their lives…  God’s Word, the Bible, is called the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17), and is the only offensive piece of God’s spiritual armor…  If worn in total, God’s spiritual armor can help us keep Satan and his fearful tactics and temptations to sin under control…

I spent a day writing about this combination of total submission to God, and the wearing all of God’s spiritual armor, I called “God’s Duo”…that provides my personal testimony of how God and His promises can help keep our flesh and Satan in check…(see 2. Below)  Will we be able to walk in the Spirit perfectly ??  Heck no !!  All of us will sin…  But God promises to never leave, nor forsake us is found in multiple scriptures in His Word… (see 3. Below)  And if we choose to live for Christ, and submit to His will and His ways…God will in turn, provide us with His richest blessings…Hebrews 11:6

Heavenly Father, I thank You and praise You for who You are…  I pray Father, that Your redeemed children will see the truth from Your Word today…  I pray that they will seek to submit their lives to Your will, instead of their own personal desires…  I pray Father, that they spend time in Your Word each and every day, for their spiritual nourishment (Matthew 4:4)… I pray that they will learn about, and put on ALL of Your spiritual armor, to be able to fend off Satan’s temptations to sin…and the fear Satan uses to keep them under his control…   I pray Father, that the full power of the Holy Spirit gives your children the burning desire to share Your “good news” message of grace, through saving faith in Your Son Jesus Christ…  I pray for this power from above for all of us, in the name of Your most precious Son, Jesus Christ…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

 

References:

 

  1. (The Gospel message of grace through faith in Christ)  https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

  2. “God’s Duo”  https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/gods-group-thoughts-for-2252013-gods-duo/

  3. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-I-Will-Never-Leave-You-Nor-Forsake-You/

Picture credit: https://www.google.com/search?q=picture+Living+for+Christ+Bible&rlz=1C1VFKB_enUS610US619&espv=2&biw=1154&bih=851&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwifmaCJ8NTOAhWDKx4KHeFRAncQsAQISg#imgrc=6JYtgBPAKV7-iM%3A

 

Advertisements

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/
This entry was posted in Bible, Catholic, Christ, Christianity, Daily Devotion, Exortation, faith, God, Gospel, Holiness, Hope, Jesus Christ, Love, Mercy, Peace, Praise, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s