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Proverbs 6 12-6-19

December 6, 2019

Why do we do the things we do? It’s important for us to understand our motivation. Who are we trying to please: Ourselves or Christ?

3 So do this, my son [child], to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:

9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?

12 A trouble maker and a villain, who goes about…

16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to Him:

25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty…

32 But a man [or woman] who commits adultery has no sense…

If we are motivated by our natural desires, desires of the flesh, then we act according to the natural man [person]. It is what it is: Only Natural. But, those of us who have the Spirit of God living in us can move beyond the natural to the supernatural, i.e. the spiritual. We answer to a higher calling and have power available to us through Him to overcome our natural tendencies, and thus to behave like Christ and to become in thought and motivation just like Christ.

Jesus brings out in us all the good things in our personality. Imagine if everyone was kind and compassionate, slow to anger and considerate. What if everyone was quick to forgive and not remember the wrong? Would everyone be the same? Would we all be robots? Hardly! Instead, we would all be at ease with each other and would be free to be ourselves without having to worry about condemnation and ridicule. We wouldn’t have to worry about “landmine” topics, nor about there being sharks in the water (figuratively speaking).

Jesus wants to free us from the bonds of sin and our natural tendencies in order to become the persons we really are. Slavery is inhibiting, to say the least. Why would we want to stay bound to our old nature? Christ has SO MUCH MORE waiting for us! Here’s how it works:

8:1 Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation awaiting those who are in union with the Messiah Yeshua. Why? Because the Torah [Law] of the Spirit, which produces this life in union with Messiah Yeshua, has set me free from the Torah [Law] of sin and death. For what the Torah [Sinai Covenant] could not do by itself, because it lacked the power to make the old nature cooperate, God did by sending his own Son as a human being with a nature like our own sinful one [but without sin]. God did this in order to deal with sin, and in so doing he executed the punishment against sin in human nature, so that the just requirement of the Torah might be fulfilled in us who do not run our lives according to what our old nature wants but according to what the Spirit wants. Romans 8:1-4 CJB

Knowing that Christ has set us free from our old selves, these next verses take on a new focus:

30 Many people who heard him say these things trusted in him. 31 So Yeshua [Jesus] said to the Judeans who had trusted him, “If you obey what I say, then you are really my talmidim [disciples]32 you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:30-32 CJB

We now know the truth, and that truth is that in Christ we have been set free! Now, let us let that truth set us free from following our sinful natures, and instead, follow Christ.

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 NIV

Here it is from the Complete Jewish Bible:

 20 When the Messiah was executed on the stake [cross] as a criminal, I was too; so that my proud ego no longer lives. But the Messiah lives in me, and the life I now live in my body I live by the same trusting faithfulness that the Son of God had, who loved me and gave himself up for me. Galatians 2:20 CJB

Today, may we make it a point to set aside our natural desires and way of thinking to consider His perspective [wisdom] and to do things that please Him, namely, our obedience. It’s all about the relationship, that interaction we have with the Spirit of God.

Abba, thank You for guiding me day by day, minute by minute. I live for our relationship. The stuff I do is a distant second compared with communing with you in sweet fellowship. May I learn what quenches the Spirit (restricts the connection) and avoid it, even overcome it, depending upon how entrenched it is. Keep sanctifying me, Lord. I want to be JUST LIKE YOU. Amen.

Old Man’s Rubble-Imperials 1977

Chorus: Are you living in an old man’s rubble? Are you listenin’ to the father of lies?

If you are then you’re headed for trouble. If you listen too long, you’ll eventually die.

Verse 1: Are you walking’ with unnecessary burdens? Are you trying to take them upon yourself?

If you are then you’re living in bondage, And you know that’s bad for your spiritual health.

Are you trying to live by your emotions? Are you puttin’ your faith in what you feel and see?

Then you’re living just to satisfy your passions And you better be careful, ‘cause you’re being deceived.

Chorus: Are you living in an old man’s rubble? Are you listenin’ to the father of lies?

If you are then you’re headed for trouble. If you listen too long, you’ll eventually die.

Verse 2: Are you puzzled by the way that you’re behavin’? Do you wonder why you do the things you do?

Are you troubled by your lack of resistance; Do you feel that something’s got a hold on you?

Well, deep within’ you there’s a spiritual battle. There’s a voice of the darkness and a voice of the light.

And just by listening you’ve made a decision, ‘Cause the voice you hear is gonna’ win the fight.

Chorus: Are you living in an old man’s rubble? Are you listenin’ to the father of lies?

If you are then you’re headed for trouble. If you listen too long, you’ll eventually die.

Chorus 2: If you’re living as a new creation If you’re listening to the Father of light

Then you’re living in a mighty fortress And you’re gonna’ be clothed in power and might. 

Proverbs 6 11-6-19

November 6, 2019

We can never get away from sin, which is why we need a vaccine, an antidote. We need the Holy Spirit in us!

32 But a man [person] who commits adultery [any sin] has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.

Satan tempts us to sin because he knows this truth: Sin destroys us. How? It keeps us from looking at the Father. When we don’t look at the Father, we are led astray by what we see. We are fooled by the way the world seems–it’s a lie, a house of mirrors, created by Satan to ensnare us. He has most of the world fooled, so it’s easy for him.

The first thing he does for us in America is hold out the carrot of the American dream: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

  1. We take life for granted, but not in other parts of the world, for instance, China. Abortion is the antithesis of life. We should fight it every chance we get.
  2. Liberty is assumed in America. We have our rights! We should thank those who fought/fight to keep those rights available to us.
  3. The pursuit of happiness is a misnomer. Happiness doesn’t really make anyone happy for long. What we should pursue is peace: Peace with God and peace with our brothers and sisters. I’m not talking about peace at all costs; that’s not liberty. It takes away our lives. I’m talking about the peace that comes when people are one in the Spirit of the Lord.

The second thing Satan does is get us hooked on something. If he can get us to go overboard in an area of our lives, he can manipulate us and control us. Be it drugs, sex, shopping, gambling, eating out, eating snacks, drinking, power, racing, sports/watching sports, luxury, recreation–the list is practically endless–it’s a shiny lure with a hook on the end. Oh yeah, fishing. We must lay everything down at the feet of Jesus everyday. Sometimes, many times a day. Remember, we can never get away from sin in this life; it’s always around us and part of all we do. We live in sinful bodies, so everything we touch is tainted. It’s hard to live godly lives when sin is so prevalent. It’s why we need to lean HARD on Jesus and trust His Spirit.

The third thing Satan does is distract us from Truth. Our truth is that we live in a world of sin, but God has called us out of this world to walk holy and godly lives according to His Spirit. We look forward to another country and another city where God’s people can worship Him without this sinful nature getting in the way. And, God wants us to bring as many with us as possible. Even THAT depends on Him drawing them. Let’s be faithful followers so that He will draw them to us and we can show them the Way.

20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses [those who have gone before us], let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-2

Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ, just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined and lovingly planned for us to be adopted to Himself as [His own] children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the kind intention and good pleasure of His will— to the praise of His glorious grace and favor, which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved [His Son, Jesus Christ]. Ephesians 1:3-6 AMP

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined [intentionally determined] to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:28-29

13 For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing (desire) and the ability (power) to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.  Philippians 2:13 AMP

Abba, I pray for my readers that they would take courage from these Scriptures just as I do. I ask that You drive their message deep in their souls. Please call them to mind when we are tempted to look away from You and be frightened by the wind and waves–but, when we do, may we do as Peter did and cry out, “Lord, save me!” At which point, may You reach out Your hand and pull us to Yourself! Draw us close to Your side, O Lord. We NEED You in a BIG way! Amen.

Proverbs 6 10-6-19

October 6, 2019

This chapter ought to make us shake in our boots. Our sin nature is so strong in us that we NEED the Holy Spirit!

23 For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction are the way to life,
24 keeping you from your neighbor’s wife,
    from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.

Whether it’s pleasure that drives a person or control, the LORD wants to save us from the devil’s traps. We are as bad as two-year-olds in a candy store; we can’t resist our impulses. How do we survive in this world?

21 Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you;
    when you awake, they will speak to you.

Knowing the Word of God helps us to hear the words of God when He speaks to us. The Spirit is constantly speaking to our spirits. He is constantly running His words through our minds–if we will stop and listen to Him! The key is to mute our own voice in our minds so that we can “hear” Him speak to us. Godly thoughts don’t come naturally; they come from the Spirit in us.

Here are some things that He will say to us (from Colossians 3:1-17):

“I have raised you from death with Me, and part of you is seated with me in heaven; therefore, set your heart on My things and what I want for you.”

“Let go of the things of this earth and focus on what I have for you both in the immediate future and in the age to come.”

“You are now DEAD to the things of this world, but alive to ME and are hidden with Me in God.”

“When I appear, You will also appear with me in glory!”

“I am your Life.”

“Die to this way of life: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. My wrath will be poured out on those who give themselves to these things.”

“There are deeper things I want to help rid you, things from your old life and ways: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language. These should not come from your heart or your lips.”

“Let truth be the only thing that comes from your mouth as you put off your old self with its ungodly practices and put on your NEW SELF, which is constantly being renewed in your experiential knowledge of ME. I AM renewing you daily, hourly, minutely!”

“You are one with your brothers and sisters in Christ. You are all My family. Let me be your all in all as I bind your hearts together in My love.”

“I love you dearly and have chosen you; therefore, clothe yourself with My compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

“Just as I bear with you, bear with others and forgive them for everything. Forgive them as I have forgiven you: Completely and forever.”

“Be like me by putting on My love, which binds you all together in perfect unity.”

“Let My peace rule in your heart; I have called you to this peace. You may thank me for it. A thankful heart is easy to bless.”

“Let My message dig down deep and dwell in you richly; teach and admonish others with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to the Father with gratitude in your heart. Do this and you will experience HEAVEN!”

“As we walk through life together, may each word and deed be done in My name, My power, and on My command. You will thank Me for it.”

Dear Lord Jesus, may You whisper these verses to me all the time! I sure need them. I promise to give You thanks and to have a grateful heart. Make me like You, Lord Jesus. Amen.B

 

 

Proverbs 6 9-6-19

September 6, 2019

Our main goal is not to live a sinless life, but to have Christ formed in us. The other will come in time.

(21) bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.

Where do we learn to be like Christ?

  1. From the Gospels- Christ’s own words, written down by inspiration of the Holy Spirit by godly men, compel us to imitate Him and to obey Him.
  2. From Paul’s letters- He was shown the Master Plan by the Master.
  3. From Peter’s and John’s letters- Both men walked with Christ. They were given the task of leading the Church after its creation–always by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
  4. The Old Testament- Knowing the overall plan and by reading about God’s interaction with our forefathers gives us depth and a foundation for our faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
  5. From other Christians- Their experience is important to our faith. We can avoid many pitfalls and traps through their wisdom and experience.

Paul wrote to the Galatians, who were having problems with false teachers trying to lead them back into Judaism, and said:

(19) My dear children, whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you, Galatians 4:19

Let’s learn a lesson from the Jeremiah when he was at the potter’s house:

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to himThen the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.

Isaiah, too, knew the message of the potter:

Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8

Today, may we determine in our hearts that we will be soft and malleable in the hands of our Lord and Savior. May we kill our pride and our flesh (sinful nature) and put on our new nature in the Spirit, the one created in true holiness and righteousness (Eph. 4:24). Let’s allow Christ to be formed in us TODAY!

Abba, this is my plea and goal today. May people see Jesus in me as You are formed in me. Amen.