The Danger Of Sexual Sin

But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully,
knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,

according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.

1Tim. 1:8-11

In the first letter to Pastor Timothy in the Bible we see some things that may not be so politicially correct or “PC” to our generation. People don’t want to hear the truth. However, sexual sinners such as homosexuals are put into the same category as liars, murderers and kidnappers. 

We know from Revelations 21:8 that homosexuals will be thrown into hell. But here in 1 Timothy we see the fornicators, which is also sexual sin, shall be with them. What is fornication?  Fornication is extramarital sex. That’s sex between an unmarried couple. Sexual sin is serious and grounds for separation from God. 

If you are involved in homosexual acts or sex with whom you are not married, be warned. You may not be lying, cheating, or stealing, but if you continue in sexual sin it will forever separate you from God if you don’t stop immediately. 

Don’t be duped, serve the Lord with gladness but also serve the Lord in purity. 

Take Your Thinking Higher

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:1-2 (NKJV)

If you want to take your life to the next level, you can’t think like you’ve done up to now. It’s time to be more like God. 

Be more like God?  Yes!  Jesus tells us to be like the Father who is perfect. When you practice sports with strong people, you become so much stronger than practicing with a bunch of lazy unmotivated people. 

Your future starts by how you think. When your thinking is right, then your talking comes in line. If you want to know someone’s thoughts, just listen to what they say for a day. It’s very revealing. 

Take your thinking higher. Talk like God talks. Love like God loves. Live in victory like God lives.  Seek these things. Seek means go after. Let’s go after more of God. 

Complaining Connects You To The World and Disconnects You From God

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
Philippians 2:14-15 (NKJV)

What makes Christians different from unbelievers?  A lot!  When you  talk like an unbeliever you give God no power in your life. In fact, you open yourself up to the forces of hell. When you speak Gods Word in your daily life, you give God something to work with. 

We should be passionately positive when we deal with people. While unbelievers have the opportunity to exist along side is on the earth, you have a chance to be the light of God in their lives. 

Don’t let yourself sink to the low levels of this world. The world becomes more perverse, more vulgar, and dark. You, shining the light of the Good News of Jesus the Lord, will blow away the worlds darkness where you are.   Whenever you feel like complaining, just hold you tongue and turn that thought into something positive. That connects you with God and disconnects you from the messes around you. 

If you don’t know what to say just praise God. Say, “Father I thank you for this great day and that YOU are blessing me above and beyond what I could ever ask or imagine.  I praise Your Holy Name.”  

Preachers With Different Motivations

Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill:

Phil. 1:15

Have you ever met a mean pastor or evangelists?  When we look at Jesus mean is not a word that comes to mind. ‘Mean’ implies doing something wrong or evil to someone who is innocent. 

One thing you will notice about people is they have different motivations. That includes pastors. In our lives, we have met a lot of ministers. You want to assume if someone is ‘doing’ ministry that they would have the heart of Jesus. Sadly, that’s not the case. 

There are people who are building churches because they have competitive spirits that just want glory. Others are in ministry because they want to lead or control others. Here in Philippians we see that even in the early church people were preaching Jesus out of envy of someone else. They wanted to have that same big church as someone else. 

What is your motivation for serving God. Do you serve Jesus because you love Him?  Let the sunrise on your relationship with God today. Put aside the distractions and serve the Almighty Father. 

Are you really a son of God?

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Galatians 3:26-29

Some Christians may not believe it. Others would be shocked that another Christian would dare to say it…  You are not just like every other. When you believe and follow Jesus every day, you are a son of God!

What Made Abraham Jewish?

Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
Galatians 3:5-7

What made Abataham Jewish?  He believed God!    Interestingly the Bible says that ONLY those who are of faith are the children of Abraham. Have you got faith?  Are you believing God?

Make sure the gospel you preach is the Bible version

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:8 (NKJV)

Gal. 1:8 しかし、 私たちであろうと、 天の御使いであろうと、 もし私たちが宣べ伝えた福音に反することをあなたがたに宣べ伝えるなら、 その者はのろわれるべきです。

There’s a lot of confusion and junk out there. If only you focus on the Word of God, you will never be misled. All you need is between Genesis and Revelation. Be diligent to make sure anything outside of that is in line with God and His Word. 

People Are Unwilling To Think

Some people are unwilling to think or logically evaluate the truth.  They judge a document or a person before they’ve actually read the thing for themselves or met the person. Pre judging something is literally ‘prejudice’.

Some are very quick to judge someone as a sexist, racist, leftist, rightist, or whatever, if another’s opinion doesn’t line up with their perceived thoughts about something.  We live in a world where people don’t think, don’t read, and don’t dare say what they think for fear of ‘rocking the boat’.

As a believer, we are called to be salt and light.  However, we need to have  strategy much like a board game.  If you say or respond how will others react or even perceive you or your church family.  It can be a major challenge to know what to do or say.  But that’s why we have to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  I like Luke 12 that says
For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Luke 12:12 (NKJV)

The world, religious people, and the forces of hell may work against believers but if we walk in God’s ways, He will give us the words to say and the wisdom we need.

Choose your battles wisely.  There is no need to respond to everything.  You can be led by the Spirit and choose.  Be like a Texas duck, when the rains come pounding down, the water will bounce right off your spiritual feathers as you are covered.  It’s not about all the little battles, it’s about winning the spiritual war.

 

 

How you are supposed to give

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8

2Cor. 9:6   私はこう考えます。 少しだけ蒔く者は、 少しだけ刈り取り、 豊かに蒔く者は、 豊かに刈り取ります。

2Cor. 9:7 ひとりひとり、 いやいやながらでなく、 強いられてでもなく、 心で決めたとおりにしなさい。 神は喜んで与える人を愛してくださいます。

2Cor. 9:8 神は、 あなたがたを、 常にすべてのことに満ち足りて、 すべての良いわざにあふれる者とするために、 あらゆる恵みをあふれるばかり与えることのできる方です。

It’s Time To Abound

But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.
2 Corinthians 8:7

2Cor. 8:7 あなたがたは、 すべてのことに、 すなわち、 信仰にも、 ことばにも、 知識にも、 あらゆる熱心にも、 私たちから出てあなたがたの間にある愛にも富んでいるように、 この恵みのわざにも富むようになってください。

We need to abound in everything. It all starts with faith.