“Christians: Smoking or Overweight – 101” …Blog.
*** (1Corinthains 3:16) Do you not know that you are a temple of God; and that the [Holy] Spirit of God dwells in you? [Romans 8:9]
*** (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.
*** (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? [Good Times vs Bad Times]
*** (1Corinthains 15:31) I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I “DIE” [to Self-] –> “Daily”.
*** (Psalms 33:4) For the Word of the Lord is right; and all His works are in Truth.
“Free Will – 101”…Blog.
What do the “Words” of Christ Jesus mean in… “Matt 4:4 & Luke 4:4 … “man does not live by bread alone… but by ‘Every’ –> Word of God”…? There is a “Principle of Life to Live Godly” by; in His Holy Word for… “Each & Every Situation!” The problem is that ‘Everyone’ wants… “Instant Solutions!” Any physical harm that we do to our ‘Human Bodies’ is simply a “Choice!” ‘Smoking or Overeating’ are all indications of an… “Un-Disciplined Life!” No one holds a gun to your head and makes ‘You’ –> light up that “Cigarette”… do they? No one holds a gun to your head and make ‘You’ –> “Over Eat”… do they? These and many others are simply your “Choice!” If ‘You’ have not read completely through your Bible… ‘You’ probably do not know this. If… ‘You’ are Truly Born Again by the Holy Spirit of God… ‘You’ have His Holy Spirit Power… to ‘Overcome’ and to ‘Discipline’ your own self! Remember discipleship does not come easy. The Olympian Athlete trains for years! ‘Mushrooms’ grow up almost overnight… but “Oak Trees” takes years of ‘Growth’. When was the last time ‘You’ saw a good piece of “Expensive Furniture”… made out of “Mushrooms?”
*** (Romans 15:4) For everything that was written long ago –> was written for our instruction; so that we might have hope –> through the endurance and encouragement –> that the Scriptures give us. [Psalms 19:7-to-11 & Psalms 119:97-to-104]
*** (Romans 8:24) For we were saved with this ‘hope’ in mind. Now ‘hope’ that is seen is ‘not’ really hope –> for who hopes for what can be seen?
“ADDICTION”... is the World’s… “EXCUSE”… for “SIN/SINS”...
*** (Romans 6:16) Don't you know; that when you offer yourselves to someone; as obedient slaves; you are slaves of the one you ‘Obey’ –> either of Sin; which leads to Death; or of ‘Obedience’ –> which leads to Righteousness?
*** (James 1:13-to-16) When someone is tempted; he should not say, “I am being tempted by God,” –> because God cannot be tempted by evil; nor does He tempt anyone.
(Jas 1:14) Instead, each person is tempted by his own desire [lust]; being lured and trapped by it.
(Jas 1:15) When that desire [lust] becomes pregnant; it gives birth to Sin; and when that sin grows up [matures]; it gives birth to Death.
(Jas 1:16) Do ‘not’ be deceived; my dear brothers.
*** (Hebrews 12:5-to-8) You have forgotten the encouragement that is addressed to you as sons: "My son, do not think lightly of the Lord's discipline or give up when you are corrected by him.
(Heb 12:6) For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he punishes every son he accepts."
(Heb 12:7) What you endure is for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as sons. Is there a son whom his father does not discipline?
(Heb 12:8) Now if you are without any discipline, in which all sons share, then you are illegitimate [Bastards] and Not –> His sons.
“Christian or: Born Again ‘Disciple’ – 101” …Blog
*** (2Corinthains 13:5) examine yourselves; whether you are in the faith; prove your own selves. Do you not know your own selves; that Jesus Christ is in you [Romans 8:9]; unless you are reprobates?
There are “Massive Health Problems”… directly connected to “Smoking & Being Overweight” choices. In Canada, there are ‘Color Photos’ of the organs affected by Smoking right on the Cigarette packs. In the USA, these are ‘Not’ there. Many Governments… “TAX the Cigarettes & Alcohol”… and would not directly stop people from using them. They want the “Tax Revenue”… and do ‘Not’ really care about the Humans. Their ‘Faulty Logic’ goes like this. Since they do ‘Not’ care about the “Unborn Baby Humans”… why should we care about the Surviving ones? People are nothing more than ‘Tax Revenue’… in their minds. “NOW”… this responsibility is “Yours” and… “No One Else’s!” ‘You’ must make your “Choices!” Oh yes, the Physical PRICE: for “Smoking & Over Eating” is… “Paid Later”… and “Not Immediately!” One weekend while completing an Emergency Medicine class, I was working in an Emergency Room. A senior male was admitted with “Chest Pains & Emphysema”. We started a Lidocaine drip IV and ‘Rotating Tourniquets’ on three limbs. Oxygen administered by mask @ 6 LPM was also started. His wife told me he had has 6 heart attacks already. He pulled off his Oxygen mask and asked… “Hey Buddy, do ‘You’… have a ‘Cig’ for Me?” Death was waiting outside and would soon visit him.
*** (Psalms 106:15) And He [God] gave them their request; –> but sent leanness into their soul.
*** (Romans 12:1-2) I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God; for this is the reasonable way for you to worship.
(Rom 12:2) Do not be conformed to this world; but ‘continually’ be transformed by the renewing of your minds –> so that you may be able to determine what God's will is -> what is Proper, Pleasing, and Perfect.
“Reasonable Service – 101” …Blog.
*** (Luke 6:46) And why do ‘you’ call Me [Jesus] = Lord, = Lord; and do ‘Not’ do - what I [Jesus] say?
*** (Matthew 13:12) For whoever has, to him shall be given; and he shall have more abundance. But whoever does not have; from him shall be taken away; even that which he has.
“Losing ‘what’ you have – 101”…Blog.
All of Life… is made up of “Choices”…! No one forces ‘You’ to go to work! Instead ‘You’ choose “Not to ‘Stave’ to Death!” Life is ‘Not’ made up of… “One, Two or Three Major Decisions!” Life is made up of the “Hundreds of Thousands” of… “Little Choices!” We choose ‘How’ to respond… out of our “Character” –> or “Lack Thereof!” A friend of mine asked me to help him stop smoking. I told him I would… “IF he would sign a Contract”. He asked me, what kind of Contract? I said one where each time ‘You’… “Smoke a Cigarette: ‘You’ give me One Dollar!” He did not want to sign. It takes a real ‘Life Changing’ experience to stop smoking. Perhaps ‘You’ thought ‘You’ were a Christian…? Perhaps ‘You’ have religion only? When Christ Jesus by His Holy Spirit comes into a Sinner… He makes that on a Saint!
“Will ‘You’ be: “Reconciled to God?” – 101” …Blog.
*** (Son 2:15) Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines; for our vines have tender grapes.
*** (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.
*** (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?
*** (2Corinthains 5:19-20-21) For in Christ God; was reconciling the world [any that would come] to Himself; by not counting their sins against them through His forgiveness]; and He has committed to us; the message of reconciliation. [in Christ alone]
(2Co 5:20) Therefore, we are Christ's representatives; as though God were pleading through us [to You!]. We plead on Christ's behalf: “[You] Be reconciled to God!”
(2Co 5:21) God made the One [Jesus]; Who did not know sin; to be sin for us [Christ our Passover]; so that we might become God's righteousness in Him [Jesus].
“Have ‘To’ / Want ‘To’ – 201”…Blog.
Your body is the Temple the Holy Spirit…! Why then would ‘You’ want to ‘defile’: God’s Temple? Of course, “Discipline” for the Child of God is just… “Simple Obedience!” If ‘You’ know something is “Wrong”… and “You do it Anyway”… what does that say about your “Relationship with Christ”…? What about “Starting Over”…? That is your decision. If ‘You’ “Smoke” Then: “Choose Not To!” If ‘You’ are Overweight… Then: start on a Controlled Caloric Intake [Diet] & Exercise program. Of course, by all means… see your Medical Professional for “Medical Testing”. Some ‘Overweight’ problems may be an indication of other unknown: “Medical Problems.” All of these are no different than… making a daily decision… to meet with Christ Jesus in His Holy Word: “Daily!” …Not To Decide… is simply: To Decide Not TO!
*** (1Corinthians 14:40) Let = ‘All’ things = be done decently = and = in order.
*** (2Corinthians 4:7) But we have this Treasure [Romans 8:9] in earthen [our human bodies] vessels; that the excellency of the [His Holy Spirit] Power; may be of God; and –> ‘Not’ of us.
“Helping those ‘New’ in Christ Jesus – 101” …Blog.
*** (2Corinthains 4:16) That's why we are not discouraged. No, even if our outer man is wearing out, our inner man is being renewed: day by day. [John 15:1-2-3]
One Last Thing… have ‘You’ had a talk with Christ Jesus and told Him… “Your Problem”…? When do ‘You’ think ‘You’ should…? How about Now…?
PRAYER… Father God, I come before Your Throne of Grace and… “Confess & Forsake”… my “Lack of Discipline” in my life. Lord, my problem of: “_________”… which I have handled myself… and am unable to overcome. Lord, I openly ask You to help me… act as Your Child… in ‘Every & Each”… “Area of my Life”. Help me to become a witness of “Your Grace, & Mercy & Love”… in Jesus Name and for Your Glory, Amen & Amen…! “Sign & Date” ___________ / _________! [Proverbs 28:13 & 1John 1:5-to-10]
*** (Luke 18:1) Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray all the time –> and never give up.
*** (Philippians 4:6-7) Never worry about anything, but in every situation let your petitions be made known to God in prayers and requests, with thanksgiving.
(Philip 4:7) Then God's peace, which goes far beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Love; in Christ, Roger // “Psalms 138:2”…!