As Christians, we are on the escape out of the valley of this world. For many, their love grows cold as they replace the best for that which is just good. They stop fighting the fight of faith and drift backward. Yet as believers, we often are imperfect in our escape. We must remember that we run the race with our eyes on the Lord, and God our Father who is not ashamed of us, even in all of our weaknesses.
Genesis 19:14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up! Get out of this place, for the LORD is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting. 15 As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” 16 But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. 17 And as they brought them out, one said, “Escape for your life. Do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley. Escape to the hills, lest you be swept away.”
‘; jQuery(“#listen”).html(htmldata); flag = 1; } }); }); We are called to put on the new man, and another essential quality that characterizes the new man is to be a giver and not a taker. We need to put off stealing; but it is not enough to stop stealing, we need to also start giving.
We are saved by faith and much is said by Christians about faith. But the true, infallible test of the reality of faith is how it responds when it is tested. Anyone can say they have faith, but the testings and trials will show if that faith is real or not.
‘; jQuery(“#listen”).html(htmldata); flag = 1; } }); }); What should we do about idols that creep into our lives and hinder our walk? We live in a generation where distractions from technology are at an all-time high, and God forbid we allow ourselves to get swept into it.
For us to be transformed into the image of Christ, one essential factor is that we don’t conform to this world. We can’t let the world define terms and morality for us; we have to renew our minds according to how God defines terms. In the end, the world’s dictionary of definitions will be burned up and obliterated, but God’s standards will endure forever.
If you are a Christian, your life is one of continual transformation into the image of Christ. But if we are to be transformed, we need to know the foundation of that transformation. If we fail to understand the foundation, then we will fail to have a Christ-like transformation.
‘; jQuery(“#listen”).html(htmldata); flag = 1; } }); }); In order to go to heaven, you must be as holy as God and have a perfect record in keeping all of God’s commandments. Every human being has failed miserably, but praise God that Jesus Christ’s righteousness can freely become ours by faith.
We typically think of anger as a work of the flesh that we need to put to death and flee from. And in most cases it certainly is, but there actually is a time and place to be angry. What are some of the things that are right to be angry about? Many times we think of anger as selfish and a destructive emotion that should be eradicated from our lives altogether, but the fact is Jesus got angry when men were hard, when men were unbelieving, unfeeling, unsympathetic, and especially when they dishonored His Father. The Apostle Paul could say to the Galatians at a time when they were being duped by false teachers, “I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves.” Emasculate? Brace yourselves. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon says, “cut off your privy parts.” You say, “well, I never!” Well, that’s right. You’ve never been stirred up like Paul has when somebody comes in with teaching and is trying to lead people away and possibly to their damnation. And he gets stirred! And he knew what that word meant. And he used it in mixed company. Why? Because he was angry. And he was stirred up. And when people came with false doctrine he got that way. And there are some things as Christians that are worth getting bent out of shape about and worth getting stirred up about. Unfeeling people are called calloused. Unfeeling people are Gentile-ish, not Christian. Passionless people, passionless Christians are pathetic Christians. There are things in this world worth getting stirred up about. There is darkness out there. There is wrong out there. There is evil out there. There are people taking advantage and there are devilish doctrines. And there are people trying to deceive our brothers and sisters and deceive your children.… Read More
‘; jQuery(“#listen”).html(htmldata); flag = 1; } }); }); Christians have been recreated in the likeness of God, and one of God’s attributes that we’re actually called to have is anger. But we must remember that it must not be a sinful anger; a sinful anger invites the devil into our lives.
‘; jQuery(“#listen”).html(htmldata); flag = 1; } }); }); Why do people lie? It all comes down to this desire: People love themselves. This excerpt is from the full sermon, “Put Off Lying & Falsehood“.
The Bible calls us to put off the old man with his practices, and one practice, in particular, is lying. Interestingly, one of the reasons Paul tells us to put off lying is because we are members of one another. When we lie to others in the church, it damages our fellowship with them. If we are going to live as new men and have good fellowship with others in the church, we need to put off lying and start speaking the truth.
Being a Christian isn’t just learning how to say the right things. It is very easy to join a biblical church and try to externally mimic the behavior and speech of everyone there. But God doesn’t just want us to copy what other people without actually knowing why we are doing it. Does your behavior flow from a renewed mind, or just external conformity to fit into a certain church’s mold? This excerpt is from the full sermon, “Be Renewed in the Spirit of Your Mind“.
‘; jQuery(“#listen”).html(htmldata); flag = 1; } }); }); The Christian is not someone who is trying to better themselves; the Christian is someone who has been recreated and made new. The new man is who the Christian is on the inside, and we need to clothe ourselves with him on the outside.