Proverbs 18 5-18-20

D.iscerning and O.bedient: These are what we D.O. for Christ today. It’s how He wants us to be. In order to be these, though, we must first be connected. What does that connection look like?

15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
    for the ears of the wise seek it out.

The first thing is to be willing to do a little foot work. We must seek out what has already been revealed. I know of two sources: The Word of God and God’s people. One of my favorite songs is Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Walk With the Wise.” Here are some of the lyrics:

I’ve learned to look for answers in those born before my time
As I listen to them tell me what they’ve learned in their lives
I talk to friends with understanding much deeper than my own
And gain wisdom beyond measure I could never find alone

The second thing is to ask Him for:

  1. His opinion- We find it in His Word.
  2. His meaning- He gives us revelation as we read, but we need to double check with Him to make sure we understood Him correctly.
  3. His direction- Many times, He will reveal something to us and then send us to someone for more clarity and filling out. It’s how the body of Christ works.

The third thing is to D.O. what it is He has revealed to us. Through discernment (the revelation of knowledge via the Spirit), we learn what it is that Christ wants us to do next. In our obedience, we lean on Him for courage, power, and even the skill to do whatever the task is. We do it WITH HIM. Doing things FOR Christ will get a person in trouble and sometimes reveals a dirty secret: He doesn’t really know Christ:

To know about Christ but to not actually know Him means that we make all of our decisions from our human perspective–NOT what God had in mind! He wants to be part of our daily experience, to walk with us and share our lives. It’s the POINT of the cross. If we miss the connection with the Spirit, we have missed the entire reason for His coming. If we persist in not making this connection, we will miss His Second Coming, as well! THAT’S how important knowing and walking with Christ is.

As we D.O. for Christ today, let’s make sure that we are discerning what the Spirit is saying to us and that we are being obedient to Him even as He directs our thoughts and actions. It’s like the Spirit is the hand and we are the glove. Even as He works through us, we get to experience being one with Christ: All the love, joy and peace, all the patience, kindness and goodness, all His faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; we get to know the TRUTH about all things; we get to see from His perspective (godly wisdom), and we grow in faith as we gain experience. It’s a walk, a journey, and an adventure!

Abba, may we make the effort to know You and to grow in our faith. May the desire of my heart be fulfilled in my life, which is to be completely absorbed in becoming like You, to walk with you so closely that I even smell like You, that I become so transparent that people see You in me, and that I shine as brightly as possible as a child of light (Ephesians 5:8). Make it so, LORD. Amen.

 

Proverbs 18 4-18-20

True worshipers of Jesus live in a constant state of submission to His will and way. The Spirit leads us.  There is NO OTHER WAY to get Jesus in us except to simply invite Him in. Revelation 3:20. I describe His invitation like this: Jesus knocks; we open the door; He stands at the threshold and holds out His hand. Why? Before He will come in, He wants the deed to our “house” and the Master key to every door. Once we give Him these things, He comes in and LIVES! He NEVER leaves! He begins to transform the place into His House. Out with the old and in with the new.

Why are we talking about this? Because people throughout history have changed the requirements for salvation and sanctification (becoming like Christ) to be something they were never intended to be.

4 The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.

In other words, people use persuasive speech to sway others to their way of thinking. Some err in this way with sincere hearts, while others do it for power, pleasure, malice, and pay-off. Either way, their way is wrong according to Scripture. The fountain of wisdom is the Spirit of God who comes rushing from within us as living waters of eternal life. “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14. Since we are now talking about Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well of Sychar, let’s see what else He told her.

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

Where I see a great contradiction is in THE SACRAMENTS, particularly the LORD’S SUPPER.

Sacrament- religious sign or symbol, especially associated with Christian churches, in which a sacred or spiritual power is believed to be transmitted through material elements viewed as channels of divine grace.

Here’s a little history behind the sacraments:

At the Council of Trent(1545–63), the Roman Catholic Church formally fixed the number of sacraments at seven: baptismconfirmation, the Eucharist, penance, holy ordersmatrimony, and anointing of the sick. The theology of the Eastern Orthodox churches also fixed the number of sacraments at seven. The classical Protestant churches (i.e., LutheranAnglican, and Reformed) have accepted only two sacraments, baptism and the Eucharist [the Lord’s Supper], though Luther allowed that penance was a valid part of sacramental theology. Britannica.com

The sacraments may or may not be true (I personally don’t believe they are because they lean toward idolatry; consider the bronze snake that Moses made Numbers 21:8-9 and Gideon’s ephod Judges 8:27), but either way, they are not what saves us. God desires for us to worship Him. In the Old Covenant, a worshiper would place his hands upon a lamb and symbolically place his sins, his heart, even his very life upon that lamb. That lamb became his substitutionary sacrifice and he would be covered. He would perform this ritual every year for his sins.

Jesus is our Substitutionary Sacrifice.

We are to place our sins, our heart, even our very lives on Him. Once that is done, there is no more need for sacrifice. Let’s look at Hebrews:

12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves;but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Once sacrifice for all time. There is no need for Him to become flesh and blood to cleanse us more than the first and ONLY time (that time was on the cross). Let’s continue:

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared ONCE FOR ALL at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

The blood on the altar stays on the altar. We eat the Bread of heaven every time we come to Him for fellowship, for guidance, for strength, and for encouragement when we fail. Jesus Himself said, The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” John 6:63. Our repentance (after our initial salvation) may not be considered as much for the forgiveness of sin (see Psalm 103:12 and John 13:10) as for redirection on the path of life with him. We repent (change direction, set our hearts and minds to change) and look at and to Jesus.

There is one more item of distinction I would like for us to see:

The New Testament mentions a series of “holy acts” that are not, strictly speaking, sacraments. Though the Roman Catholic Church recognizes a difference between such “holy acts,” which are called sacramentals, and sacraments, Britannica.com

We partake in SACRAMENTALS, not sacraments. They are NOT magical. We depend upon the Spirit within us to save us and make us whole and to renew us daily. 2 Corinthians 4:16 Baptism works the same way. You will notice that the woman’s baptism was never mentioned, but her belief and trust in Jesus was! John 4:28-29, and 39-42.

Let’s be true worshipers today. Let’s thank Him for His substitutionary sacrifice, His daily provision of grace, and the continuous fellowship of His Spirit.

Thank You, LORD, that if I went into a coma today that I would not ever have to worry about my sins being forgiven or my having You inside me. Your Presence is made known to me through Your Spirit as He bears witness with my spirit that I am Your child (Romans 8:16). May Your truth become evident to all as we hold to the word of life (Philippians 2:16a). Amen.

 

Proverbs 18 3-18-20

Today, we discuss the MYSTICAL part of Christianity: Sensing the Spirit of God. How do we know it’s Him?

24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes into ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

The whole point of the cross was for us to become mobile temples of the living God! God wanted to be IN us and not just with us. Really, it’s an even better deal than Adam and Eve had. Think of it: “Christ in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27b).” By the way, the first part of this verse tells us about the MYSTICAL part: “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

The mystery of the presence of Christ in us is no secret. God had it in mind all along; it was implemented through Jesus Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. Let’s look at the process.

In the Old Testament, the Spirit came upon a person (Samson, David, Elijah, etc) like a cloak. He could leave a person in the same way (Samson, Saul). Isaiah heard God’s voice as if it were over his shoulder, “and you will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'” Isaiah 30:21. We hear His voice much the same way (as if over the shoulder), but NOW His voice comes from inside us. In the words of Jimmy Cox, “I hear His voice as if He is talking over my shoulder, but it’s louder than that.” Why? Because His voice is coming from INSIDE him! and US!!!

Why the Holy Spirit? He is the third part of the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Here is what Jesus said about Him, “Therefore, I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men [that’s BIG!], but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” Matthew 12:31-32 Why not? Because the Holy Spirit is our seal of salvation (Ephesians 1:13). In fact, His presence in our lives IS OUR SALVATION! If we refuse His offer to come in and live in our hearts, then we can have no salvation.

Another aspect of the Spirit and how He talks to us is the Bible. 12 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12. If we want God to work in our lives and be real to us, then we will read and implement His Word in our lives. When? Everyday! We would do well to do it several times a day through note cards, texts, memorization, speaking it to each other, etc.

One of the things that King David learned was to wait on the LORD. We often get in a hurry; the Holy Spirit waits for us to calm down before speaking to us. It’s a way for us to remember WHO is in charge of our lives!

14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

What are we waiting for? Let’s look back into the psalm and see:

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
    be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart [His Spirit] says of you, “Seek his face!”
    Your face, Lord, I will seek.

David knew the secret to accessing the Spirit: He was still and quiet. He calmed His Spirit, which could be quite exuberant or anxious, and allowed the Holy Spirit to come upon him like an ointment (see psalm 133). It is when we are quiet and calm that we receive His guidance. We draw near to Him in mind and attitude; He draws us to Himself and moves us along in the way we should go. It’s a beautiful thing.

Here are some of my favorite verses that show how the Holy Spirit works in our lives:

23 Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory [to be with You]. Psalm 139:23-24

21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit [may we all be carried along by the Spirit!]. 2 Peter 1:21

These promises of Jesus cinch it for us:

26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13

THESE ARE THE VERY WORDS OF CHRIST! We can trust Him to walk with us and speak to us even as we have trusted Him for salvation.

Let’s finish with one more promise:

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power [through His Spirit] that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Abba, thank You that You counsel me from within. Your Presence makes life worth living! To hear Your voice within me, to receive Your “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16) is exciting to me. It makes me ALIVE! May I always approach You with fear and trembling, but also with confidence and excitement (see Hebrews 4:14-16). I look forward to walking through this day with You. Amen.

Proverbs 18 2-18-20

For revival to come, we must know what is in our hearts–and confess it and get our hearts right with God!

15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
    for the ears of the wise seek it out.

What is your heart’s desire? Is it to know Christ? Consider this: To seek to know Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Phil. 3:10), we must transcend the distractions of this world and focus on His world. What IS His world?  It is not only the third heaven, but also the first and second heavens, in context with the third heaven. We tend to see this world as the ONLY reality when it is really only PART of a bigger REALITY. God works in all three heavens plus our world. He has never been locked out of any part of it. The separation was for our own good while mankind is still in sin. Soon, He will COME and correct the matter of sin and separation.

Before sin and subsequent death came into this world, all three heavens were joined in Eden. God walked with Adam and Eve. Upon sin and then death, God put a partition between the third heaven and the first two heavens (our atmosphere and then outer space). When we die, we simply cease to be in the first two heavens and move to the third heaven. It is every bit as real as the first two–in fact, more so–and must have some physical properties to it, again, even more so.

With this in mind, we should not live our lives as if this earth is the end-all for us. God made a way for us to leave these sin-ridden bodies and be with Him until He RETURNS to earth. We will come with Him and take up our old bodies, which will then be in a transformed and glorified state. It makes sense, then, that the best thing for us to do is to “seek first His kingdom, and all of the necessities of life will be added to you, as well.” Matthew 6:33 adapted.

Therefore, Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” 2 Corinthians 13:5. If Christ is in us, we must allow Him to lead us. He will not have it any other way. Sooner or later, He WILL take the lead in our lives. We have this promise:

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. Hebrews 12:4-7

As we move closer to Revival, let us recognize the discipline of God in our lives and thank Him for it. May we receive it and use it to repent and move closer to the side of our Savior. We must remember that “no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11. Take great joy in the fact that God deals with us as His children! It is PROOF that we ARE His children!!!

Abba, thank You for the discipline that You have applied to my life through the years. I receive Your discipline and consider those times as precious to me. You are ALWAYS gentle and patient. At the same time, You do not hold back the consequences or the “sand paper” by which You shape me–sometimes, it’s a hammer and chisel! I want to look just like You, Jesus. Please make it so in my life. Amen.

Proverbs 18 1-18-20

Maybe we need to get over ourselves and get around to what Christ would have us do and be.

As I was praying this morning, I was pondering the generational differences in our church. It seems that each generation holds its former generation in contempt to some degree for not getting things right. So, I turned to Proverbs 18 and what did I read?

An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach.

 

It was the very attitude of which I was thinking! How do we break this chain of generational contempt? We would do well to use a biblical approach to our lives; then we might be able to give the other generations true guidance. But, where does one start?

We must start with a biblical worldview. We must all be on the same page–or reading the same pages correctly–in order to interpret this world and world events from a true perspective. That worldview is a Young Earth and a Six-Day Creation by God, which, by the way, is being proved to be true by science every day. Science is finally catching up with Truth.

With a proper worldview comes the true Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. Without the Holy Spirit connecting us spiritually, there’s no way for us to truly come to a biblical viewpoint, let alone a consensus. The ANSWERS are HIS because HISTORY is HIS, both past and future.

Through the Gospel, we learn to have harmony in the family even as we are unified in following Christ. “Harmony” means “blend.” We are different on purpose. What we need to be unified in is keeping our eyes on Jesus, which means that WE ALL must walk in step with Christ. If someone isn’t, then we must encourage him to “begin again.” In a sense, we all start over each day. We see this lesson in Exodus as the Children of Israel were walking with God through the desert:

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test [teach] them and see whether they will [learn to] follow my instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days [for the Sabbath–a really good reason to believe in a literal six-day creation: God was establishing a precedent].” Exodus 16:4-5

Manna didn’t keep; it turned to maggots overnight (v.20). Yesterday’s grace works like that. We need NEW GRACE for a NEW DAY. Manna was also portioned out according to the needs of the family. Some gathered a little and some gathered a lot, yet, “when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.” (v18). We cannot judge each other according to how much we have; it’s all according to our need as the Spirit sees that need. Jesus said it this way, “Give us this day our daily bread…” (Matthew 6:11). 

Let’s all take a lesson from the Hebrews and walk united in following closely to Jesus Christ. Let’s allow our differences to harmonize together to create beautiful music for our LORD. We’ll leave whatever consequences we think might happen up to the LORD.

Abba, I realize it’s not my place to change someone’s mind, but to pray for that person to get close to You and for You to speak plainly and clearly to that person. When we are all aligned with You, THEN we will know true unity in the Spirit. In the meantime, help me to strive with my brothers and sisters and to be Jesus to them, pointing them to You. Amen.

 

Proverbs 18 12-18-19

Christmas is NOT just a story. It’s an event, one with life-changing potential. Jesus in the manger = Christ in our hearts.

16 A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

God gave us the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. His love for us showed itself in compassion, which displayed itself in Love in a Body: Jesus. His birth was the beginning of the salvation process that would culminate in a crucifixion and a resurrection.

We see the Giver being ushered into the presence of the great, which is God, in this passage:

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

We see ourselves being ushered into the presence of God, because of Jesus in this passage:

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

I am enjoying the little book by O. S. Hawkins called “The Christmas Code” that Bryan handed out at the first of the month. It is has some really thought-provoking concepts in it. One in particular is December 8 where it talks about if you could transport back to the birth of Jesus, would you be standing off to the side watching or would you be down on your knees worshiping with the shepherds? He then goes on to say that we are a type of Bethlehem. We are where Christ resides.

Christ is also wherever His Church/Bride meets. When we come to worship on Sundays, is Christ here? Are we on our knees before him worshiping him or His feet praising him? It really is that important. It really is that real.

If Christ doesn’t feel real to you, then I recommend you:

  1. Get alone and read Romans 10:9-13.
  2. Ask the Lord to reveal to you:
    1. If you believe that Jesus is who He says He is: the Messiah;
    2. If you believe that He will do what He said He would do, which is save you;
    3. If you have trusted Him with your life and received Him into your heart;
    4. If you know that you know that you know you are His.
  3. Ask the Lord to reveal to you any sin that is keeping you from experiencing the love, hope, joy and peace of His salvation.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
[fortunately, we don’t have to worry about this verse once Christ is in our hearts]
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

This Christmas promises to be the best Christmas ever if we get our relationship with Christ straightened out! Allowing Him to be Lord is not just a one-time event, but a daily process. That manger eventually transforms into a cross! When we kneel at one, we are kneeling at the other, as well. Let’s worship Him today as our Savior and our Lord.

Abba, thank You for coming in the form of Jesus. Thank You for offering Yourself for me on the cross. Thank You for rising from the dead and offering me NEW LIFE in You. Thank You for coming into my heart and life and cleansing me, and then beginning the process of transforming me into Your image. I know I am still myself, but now I am beginning to be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and getting better at controlling myself and allowing You to live through me. I see myself as crucified with Christ; now, come and live through me, O LORD! I know that when You do, I experience Your overflowing love, joy, peace, hope, and grace that emanate from You. Today is gonna be awesome! Amen.

 

Proverbs 18 11-18-19

Might the Holy Spirit do a mighty work among us today? Are we prepared? Are we looking for Him to move?

16 A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

We offer the gift of salvation to the people around us when we allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives. We become light-bearers for Him as He shines His light into their darkness.

In Acts 3, Peter and John healed a beggar at the temple gate and were given a great opportunity to proclaim the Gospel, which got them hauled before the Sanhedrin (chapter 4), the religious ruling body. They got to proclaim the Gospel to them–although, it was not well received. As a whole, that group never accepted Jesus Christ as Messiah. There were individuals, though, that did. Nicodemus was one of them. God works on individual hearts and not always on the group. It’s the same in America. We may never bring the country back to godly values, but we can bring individuals to Christ.

Paul was given the opportunity to speak before the high priest, Governor Felix, his successor, Governor Festus, King Agrippa (ruler of the entire area), and finally to Emperor Nero. The presentation of the Gospel was all-important to Paul. It was His calling, his life. His own words: “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace [the Gospel].” Acts 20:24

If we take seriously Ephesians 3:21, which says, “Now to him [Jesus] who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power [His Spirit] that is at work within us,” let’s ask and imagine “the moon!” Let’s ask the Lord Jesus to raise up prophets in our day and age; let’s ask Him to place us in circumstances to be witnesses for Him. Let’s pray for revival in our families, our church, our city, state, and nation!

Imagine the most “lost” person that you know becoming a proclaimer of the Gospel. Now, ask God to make it so! Begin praying for that person-whether male or female-  consistently for God to move in his heart and to call him. Pray that he will listen and respond to His call. Pray that God would then move in the hearts of those around him and that he would be given great opportunities to proclaim the Gospel. Pray BIG!!!

In the meantime, what shall we do concerning ourselves? Let’s ask that WE be called by the Holy Spirit and given great opportunities to share the Gospel. Let’s ask that we be instruments in His hands to call others to Himself. Let’s live our lives “so that in every way [we] will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.” Titus 2:10b How?

  1. Through sound doctrine. What we teach makes a difference.
    1. Be temperate (control our temper) v.2
    2. Worthy of respect
    3. Self-controlled
    4. Sound in faith, love and in endurance
  2. Through reverent lives v.3
    1. Not be slanderers (no gossip or sharing of information that is none of our business, especially our own opinions)
    2. No addictions (let nothing control us except the Spirit of God)
    3. Teach what is good (both in word and deed) v.4
    4. Be loving, pure, kind, submissive to one another
    5. Set a good example v.5
    6. Live with integrity (who we are and what we do when only God can see us)
    7. Have soundness of speech v.8
    8. Demonstrate trustworthiness v.9-10

By living this way, we make the Gospel attractive. Now, whether people listen to the Spirit’s call is not up to us. We are only the messengers. We are Ambassadors for Christ!

Abba, I pray for those reading this blog that You would get a hold of their hearts and work a mighty work within them. Call them to great and mighty things. As our world turns darker and darker, may our lights shine brighter and brighter. May the decisions we make concerning how we live reflect our “followship” of You, O Lord. I also pray for the “lost ones” who seem to be the furthest away from You. May they be the very ones whom You call to proclaim the Gospel in our day! Surprise us all, Abba!!! Amen.