“Christian ‘Character’ – 101”…Blog. [1/?]
*** (2Corinthians 4:7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels; so that the excellence of the power; may be of God: and ‘not’ of us;
*** (Ephesians 5:9) For the fruit of the Spirit consists of ‘every’ form of Goodness; Righteousness, and “Truth”. [Matthew 4:4 & Luke 4:4]
*** (2Corinthinas 3:5) By ourselves we are ‘not’ qualified; to claim that ‘anything’ comes from us. Rather, our [total] sufficiency comes from God, [John 3:30 & Romans 12:1-2-3]
What about “Christian Character”…? Most reference the fruit of the Spirit; “Galatians 5:22-to-26.” But did ‘You’ see the fruit of the Spirit in “Ephesians 5:9” in the above verse? That is what happens when one; uses God’s Holy Word… like a textbook. The wrongly relegate the “Truth of God’s Holy Spirit”… to a list. The Holy Word of God is “Living”: and the Holy Spirit teaches His Truth; ‘Only’ to those who are ‘Truly Born Again!’ To those others; the Bible is just a text book, written by mankind: and ‘not’ by God. Do ‘You’ really love Jesus? Are ‘You’… “Reading & Studying”… His Holy Word… “Daily?” “If Not: Why Not”…? If ‘You’ are not growing ‘Spiritually’… Then ‘You’ are operating in the flesh. Many people only… ‘Play Christian’…!
*** (2Peter 1:20-21) First of all, you must understand this: No prophecy in Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, [Numbers 23:19]
(2Pet 1:21) because, no prophecy ever originated through a human decision. Instead, men spoke from God; as they were carried along [driven] by the Holy Spirit.
*** (1Corinthains 2:10) But God has revealed them to us by His [Holy] Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things; yea, the deep things of God.
*** (John 6:63) It is the [Holy] Spirit who gives life; the flesh is ‘useless’. The words that I [Jesus] have spoken to you; are Spirit and are Life.
*** (Deuteronomy 29:29) The ‘secret’ things belong to Jehovah the Lord our God; but the ‘revealed’ things: belong to us and to our sons forever; so that we may ‘do all’ the words of this Law. [Deut 8:3 & Matt 4:4 & Luke 4:4]
*** (John 17:17-18-19) Sanctify them through Your Truth. Your Word is Truth.
(John 17:18) As You [God] have sent Me [Jesus] into the world; even so I have sent them into the world.
(John 17:19) And I [Jesus] sanctify Myself for their sakes; so that they ‘also’ might be sanctified in Truth.
“Growing ‘Spiritually?’ – 101”…Blog.
There are many dynamics in the human psyche… most of them hinder the Christians ‘walk’ with Christ! These are often referred to as the ‘Flesh!’ A cursory reading of the book of Romans will reveal these Truths to anyone; seeking to understand our “Fallen Human Condition.” This flesh also becomes ‘Religious’… to ‘circumvent’ God’s Holy Word! And do its ‘own’ thing; contrary to God’s Holy Word. “Say it isn’t So”…? Open your Bible and read “Matthew 7:21-22-23!” Did Christ Jesus say… ‘Some’–‘Few’–or– ‘Many’… would say; “Lord, Lord?” That was simply the Flesh getting Religious; and denying Christ Jesus; His place in any life! ‘Many’ who say they came to Christ Jesus; never spend enough time in His Holy Word! But instead, replace “Christian Character”… with what they ‘Imitate’ others; doing, saying, and living out. This is obviously ‘NOT’ what the Bible teaches.
*** (Job 9:20) If I justify myself; my own mouth shall condemn me; though I am perfect; He [God] shall declare me perverse.
*** (Galatians 5:16-17) I say, then; Walk in the Spirit: and you ‘shall not’ fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
(Gal 5:17) For the flesh lusts [wars]: against the Spirit; and the Spirit: against the flesh. And these are contrary [opposite] to one another; lest whatever you may will these things you do.
*** (Romans 7:18-to-25) For, I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right; but I cannot carry it out.
(Rom 7:19) For I don't do the good I want to do; but instead do the evil; that I don't want to do.
(Rom 7:20) But if I do what I don't want to do; I am no longer the one who is doing it; but it is the ‘sin’ that lives in me.
(Rom 7:21) So I find this to be a law: when I want to do what is good; evil is right there with me.
(Rom 7:22) For I delight in the law of God in my inner being,
(Rom 7:23) but I see in my body a different law; waging war with the law in my mind; and making me a prisoner; of the law of sin that exists in my body.
(Rom 7:24) What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
(Rom 7:25) Thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself serve the law of God; but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. [2Corinthains 10:3-to-6]
*** (1John 1:8) If we say that we have no sin; we ‘deceive’ ourselves; and the Truth is ‘not’ in us.
(1Jn 1:9) If we ‘confess’ our sins; He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins; and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [Proverbs 28:13]
(1Jn 1:10) If we say that we have not sinned; we make Him a liar; and His Word is not in us.
“Christian Character” is that dynamic work… by God’s Holy Spirit Alone! That is why we have this “Holy Spirit Treasure”–“2Corinthains 4:7”–so the “Excellency of the Power”: may be of God; and ‘not’ of us! The “Only ‘Good’ Thing”… is You-Me-or-Anyone: is Christ Jesus! Our human condition, even after we are Born Again; is to have ‘Human Validation’… instead of “God’s Validation!” We want to be known as a ‘Spiritual Person’; or that we have a, ‘Knowledge of the Bible!’ If we please ‘Others’… we will ‘Not’ want: to “Please God!” The Jews of Jesus’ day… had their ‘Religious’ [Talmud] traditions; which they ‘substituted’ for God’s Holy Truth. So today; the Christian will listen to “TV, Radio & Videos”… without ever ‘validating’ that teaching; with the Holy Word of God!
*** (Jeremiah 13:23) Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard its spots? [Not!] Then you also may do good; who are accustomed to doing evil.
*** (Romans 8:8-to-11) So then they who are in the flesh; cannot please God.
(Rom 8:9) But you are not in the flesh; but in the Spirit; if the [Holy] Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone has ‘not’ the Spirit of Christ; he is ‘None’ of His.
(Rom 8:10) And if Christ is in you; indeed the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of [His] righteousness.
(Rom 8:11) But if the Spirit of the One who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the One who raised up Christ from the dead shall also make your mortal bodies alive by His Spirit who dwells in you.
*** (Luke 6:26) Woe to you; when ‘all’ men shall speak well of you! For so their fathers did; to the false prophets.
*** (John 12:43) For they loved the praise of men; more than the praise of God.
*** (Matthew 15:7-8-9) Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying:
(Matt 15:8) “This people draws near to Me with their mouth; and honors Me with their lips; but their heart is ‘far’ from Me.
(Matt 15:9) But in vain they worship Me [God]; teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” [Traditions of the Elders]
*** (Acts 17:11) And these were more noble = than those of Thessalonica, = in that they received = the Word = with ‘All’ readiness of mind = and = searched the Scriptures = “DAILY” = to see if those things were so [or Not].
Do ‘You’ want “Easy Answers”…? “Sorry”…! God’s Truth is hidden in His Holy Word; and cannot be found; without the Holy Spirit teaching His ‘Real’ children! There is ‘No’ such thing as: “Instant Spirituality!” There are many who wrongly… ‘Teach & Preach’… thinking they are serving God. Any soldier… goes through ‘Basic & Advanced’ training; before they go to ‘War!’ Today, more harm is being done… ‘Religiously’… to the Kingdom of God; by the ignorant zealots. Their ‘False Opinions’ are often used to ‘Nullify’ what God; has ‘Already’ said in His Holy Word! There are those “Falsely Claiming” that God spoke to them… with new revelation… about the coming ‘tragedies & tribulations’. Often, when confronted with the Holy Word of God; the will “De-Friend” you as one of their Face Book friends. Only God’s true children… hold to the “Complete Authority of His Holy Word!” All the Others; will substitute their… ‘religious expressions & opinions’… and then ‘Falsely’ claim: “New Godly Inspiration”. There will always be a War for God’s Truth! You either believe… “Only HIM”… or… “Everyone Else!”
*** (Amos 8:11) Behold, the days come; says the Lord Jehovah; that I will send a famine in the land; not a famine of bread nor a thirst for water; but of = hearing = the Words of Jehovah [The Holy Word of GOD].
*** (Isaiah 8:20) To the Law = and to the testimony! = If = they do ‘NOT’ speak according TO this Word, = it is because “NO Light” [Holy Spirit–Romans 8:9] = is in them.
*** (Luke 16:31) And he said to him; If they = do NOT = hear Moses and the Prophets, = they will NOT = be persuaded, = even though one rose from the dead.
*** (2Peter 3:15-16) And think of the long-suffering of our Lord as salvation as our beloved brother Paul also has written to you according to the wisdom given to him
(2Pet 3:16) as also in all his letters, = speaking in them of these things; = in which are some things hard to be understood, = which the unlearned and unstable = pervert, = as also they do the rest of the = SCRIPTURES, = to their own destruction.
“Do ‘You’ know your Bible? – 101”
Did ‘You’ really think… that ‘Christian Character’… could so easily be discussed? May I ask… do ‘You’ treat the Holy Word of God… with the same contempt; expecting easy answers? Or does your ‘heart & soul’… long to know His Truth; found ‘only’ in His Holy Word…? Surely, boxed ‘instant’ potatoes… are not as good as any; ‘Real Fresh Mashed Potatoes!’ So too, when ‘You’ commit yourself to ‘Read & Study’ God’s Holy Word… your flesh will struggle with ‘You!’ Any study of God’s Holy Word… is a ‘discipline’; like any sport or exercise program. But with this one… ‘You’ will reap … eternal benefits!
“Losing ‘what’ you have – 101”…Blog.
*** (Jeremiah 12:5) If you have run with footmen, and they wore you out, then how can you compete with horses? And if you feel secure in the land of peace, then how will you do in the swelling of the Jordan?
*** (1Corinthians 9:27) No, I keep on beating my body and making it my slave so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified.
Love; in Christ, Roger / “Psalms 138:2”…!