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1 Timothy 6:12

King James Version (KJV)

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Many people talk about fighting the good fight of faith. Fighting the good fight of faith is not just fighting against satan and his cohorts. Fighting the good fight of faith is speaking faith words that bring forth reproduction. Your words bring forth reproduction. What you speak brings forth blessings or curses.

Jesus spoke and many were healed, delivered…ETC. Do words carry forth power? Yes! Scripture talks about your words and what they bring forth. The scripture in Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Your words are very powerful. You can bless someone and curse someone. Your words can make a situation good or bad. You need to keep your words clean.

As a believer you need to lay hold of eternal life. This means you need to understand and comprehend your life as being forever in God’s presence. Why do you need to do this? So you can continually keep your words clean. Here is an example… People arrive at a crash and see cars all messed up. These people are not going to speak good things but they will speak about the crash and even potentially bad things. More than likely the people will start talking about death. Maybe no one died but people will talk as if someone died. Why? Because they are moved by the situation. The point is this, if you lay hold of eternal life you won’t speak death. Why? Because your life is moved by eternal life.

You have negative people and positive people in a room. Whoever you hang out with is who you will talk like. The same thing applies with who you’re listening too. If your life is filled up with satanic things and you’re constantly listening to condemnation, who will you talk like? You will talk like the devil. If your life is filled up with godly things and you’re constantly listening to life, love, peace, joy and faith, who will you talk like? God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Your words are the container of your heart. Whatever you place in your container clean or dirty will spill out. Be cautious of what you bring into your life. They will show where you have been. Your profession of life will be seen and heard by many witnesses. Keep your words clean!

Scripture Study: 1 Timothy 6:12-19

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1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

Common English Bible (CEB)

God’s will is that your lives are dedicated to him.[a] This means that you stay away from sexual immorality and learn how to control your own body in a pure[b] and respectable way.

God desires His children to live dedicated to Him. He does not want us dedicated to worldly things and its vices. As we see here in these two verses we see the words sexual immorality and control your own body. For a married couple you would think this would not apply to them but that is far from the truth. Even married couples need to keep themselves from sexual immorality. Sexual immorality will corrupt the marriage bed and will open up the marriage for opportunities of committing adultery and other sexual things.

Your eyes are the light of your body. We can find this in the following scripture: Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.What I am telling you is that sex is not the only way to commit an act of sexual immorality. Your eyes which are the light of your body can be used to commit sexual immorality.

Paul tells the us that we are to keep our own body pure and respectable. Your eyes can get you into a lot of trouble. I also know the rest of your members can get you into trouble if you start to entertain the ideas. Paul does not say just one body part, but talks about the entire body. Why? Because he knew that if one member is out-of-place the whole body will end up disjointed.

You can control your own body, but it’s a choice you will have to make every day. Sexual immorality is lurking out there and it is like a prostitute looking to lay down with someone. It will only give you a temporary time of fun. The end results will be misery and disgust. There is so many ads today that are sexual and can draw a person out of living a life dedicated to God. You can protect your dedicated life to God by continually meditating on Bible scriptures.

I used this topic of prostituting yourself because people are doing this by submitting their eyes, ears, mind and heart to junk on television, movies and radio. I know it’s hard to avoid these things but I want you to look at what you think is okay. Whatever you think is okay, your children will go further with. I am not perfect but I am finding myself being more cautious of what I watch and hear. Why? Because the world is the pimp who is showing goods that cause havoc to someones life.

It’s easy to say no and to walk away. It’s easy to be dedicated to God. Why? Because He fulfills everything I have need of. When you decide to be dedicated to something you always give your best and give your all. You can’t give your best to two things at the same time, its impossible. Make a decision. Who do you want to give your time and best too. You can give your best to the world and all of its facets or to God who will give you everything you need.

Sexual immorality will destroy a marriage and a person who is not married. Sexual immorality can get you into things you thought you would never do. Be cautious and keep your eyes on the Lord.

Scripture Study: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5

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Philippians 3:14

Amplified Bible (AMP)

14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

I have been working with this theme called the “Past” for a about a week or so. The reason why I am discussing this issue is, I have heard many people talk about their past and find that they don’t just talk about it they live there. It’s impossible to move forward if the person keeps going backwards. My friend who is one of the Elders in our church said this statement to me on the golf course about 4 years ago… “If the golf ball goes forward it means that you have positive yardage which is forward progress, every inch counts.”  I laughed when I heard that statement because as simple as it is, most people make it difficult. It does not matter the distance, so long as it is moving forward. Forward progress is positive yardage and it is about moving to a desired destination.

A person like myself, who likes to play golf is always looking for distance and consistency. I really enjoy playing golf even when my forward progress ends up in the woods or a sand trap. Why? Because I know that I am moving ahead. The game of golf is meant to be relaxing but most who play golf get frustrated because they don’t hit the ball like some of the professionals. Let me say this to you… They are called professionals because they spend time on their sport. They practice long hours and spend a lot of time making adjustments. Why? So they can improve. This should be the action of the Christian Believer. They should continually practice on moving forward in the things of God instead of settling for last years miracles and anointing.

Let’s transfer this over to the Christian believers life. Just because you have a problem or something creeps up does not mean that you quit. I watch so-called Christians quit and give up when they get attacked in their health or finances or marriage..ETC. This is not forward progress. Paul talks about pressing toward the goal. Just like a golfer who is looking to get the golf ball into the cup (hole), he makes every stride to pick the right club for the distance that he is at. His desire is to get the golf ball into the hole without taking a bogey (penalty) on his scorecard. As a Christian you should be pressing toward the prize of the high calling of Jesus Christ. You should be looking on how to move forward and to make progress.

In my life as a Christian I have had ups and downs but I have not quit and I don’t plan on quitting ever. My plan is to have positive yardage in the Lord, in His Word, in prayer, in my marriage, in my parenting and in Pastoring. I sometimes look back but only to see where I came from. I am not the same as I was yesterday and I don’t have plans to try to make up for yesterday. I am pressing ahead! Do the same! You can move ahead and you will have positive yardage.
Stay constant and be consistent.

Scripture Study: Philippians 3:14-21

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2 Corinthians 7:1

Amplified Bible (AMP)

7 Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God.

We have such great promises with God. He will meet our needs. Be available to us always. Hear our prayers. Comfort us always. Take care of our enemies…ETC. However it is vital to note that we need to cleanse ourselves daily.

You would make sure that you were clean before you left your house right? Well it’s more than just cleaning the outside of your body. This cleansing is from things that contaminate your body spiritually as well. How can your spirit be contaminated? By what you watch on T.V. or by what you hear on the radio. Let me give you an example… Don’t just listen to the beat of the music. Listen to the words that are sung. Some of these Christian songs are abominable. They don’t speak about God’s faithfulness or that He is great. Some songs are more or less sung about the songwriter and how they have gone through something. Our spirit is susceptible to music. Why? Because we were created as creatures of worship. What is sad that there are songs that are supposedly called Christian but are full of distrust and lack of relationship.

Do you understand that music is a way to the spirit of man because of our life being made for worship. Man desires to worship. Who we worship is very important. Your spirit can become corrupted by what you put into it. Just like you would examine a dirty area of your body and cleanse it with soap, the same is needed for your spirit. You can examine what you have put into it and cleanse it by repentance. Repentance is a spiritual cleansing car wash. It examines the dirty area and applies the blood of Jesus which makes us white as snow.

Pay attention to the songs that are sung. Be sensitive to the Spirit of God that you don’t grieve Him. So if there is something that you are watching that is causing a bad stirring in you, then you should turn it off or walk out. Why? Because this “something” is making your spirit dirty and grieving the Holy Spirit.

Keeping yourself clean is your part of being consecrated unto the Lord in reverence. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Would you offer God something dirty? I think not! You would provide the best. However looking good on the outside is not enough. It’s the inside God will examine. Examine yourself and keep yourself cleansed daily!  It is your reasonable service! Romans 12:1-2 King James Version (KJV) 12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Scripture Study: 2 Corinthians 7:10-12

2 Corinthians 4:8

King James Version (KJV)

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Paul is describing events that are currently taking place. There are problems all around him. People were wanting to kill Paul all the time. Paul’s life seemed to be in danger often. Yet, he was not moved by what he saw or what he experienced.

This is not always true of the Christian. You could get a hang nail and start crying to God about the pain or suffering. Let me remind you that you serve a faithful trustworthy God. He will always answer your prayers and He is always available. God will not leave you nor forsake you. To say your prayers have gone unanswered would mean that God has forsaken you. He sees what is going on but He is waiting on your response. See God is bound by His Word and He can not violate His Word. He is always available and He wants to give instruction for your stress and perplexity. He is waiting for you to sit still for a moment and to listen to His instructions.

Many times I find that when a Christian is in stress or perplexed, it is usually because they are moved by what they see and hear. I am talking about the negative things. Negative things happen. Like your car breaks down. You pop a tire on the way to work in the middle of rush hour traffic. Your dog rips up your couch. Your children drop grape juice on your carpet… ETC. You have to choose to not be moved by what you see or hear.

Allowing yourself to be moved by what you see or hear allows the enemy to keep playing games with you and your emotions. Choose not to be moved by anything other than the power of God. More people are moved by the negative things rather than the positive things. If you are moved by the negative things you could end up being like Job… Looking at things that are not even happening! If your moved by the negative things then you will be caught up in the problem without an answer. Jesus is the answer and He has an answer to your problem. The Bible says Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. If you seek first the Kingdom of God then you will have wisdom to deal with the issue. You won’t give into the negative things you see and hear. Why? Because you will be caught up with seeking first the Kingdom of God.

Everything you need and desire is found in the Kingdom of God. The answer to your current problem is found in the Kingdom of God. Do you want to know how to tap into the Kingdom of God? Start praising the Father and get into worship. Don’t wait till Sunday morning. Do it now!

Scripture Study: Psalm 14

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Romans 13:14

King James Version (KJV)

14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Many times when we hear “lust of the flesh” or “lust” we always think about it pertaining to sex or sexual immorality. Many Pastors have spoken this from the pulpit, but I would like to tell you that it is much more than that. Let’s look at lusting after fear for example…

Did you know you could lust after all kinds of things other than possessions and sex? How about this… There are people who lust after worry, anxiety, fear, failure and death. As I began to run this morning I was talking to the Lord and He spoke this word to me. People that are in constant fear, lust after it. They think and meditate on it daily. I have given them scripture to take the thought captive, but their thinking tends to go to a lustful fear thought. I began to ask God what He meant by this. I have never thought about lusting after fear or anything else like this. Here was His response… A person who lusts after a person sexually thinks about it constantly. They entertain it until it is fulfilled or until they fulfill themselves. Fearful lust comes in the same thought patterns as sexual lust or possession lust. Worry and fear are synonymous!

A person who lusts after fear constantly replays it over and over again in his mind. They begin to speak it out loud and even speak it to others. They roll play what could happen. These people constantly imprison themselves. The thought of fear for some invigorates them. They can’t admit it but it is truthful for a person who fears. I used to have a great amount of fear. I used to fear flying and death. If I knew I was going to fly 6 months from a certain date I would begin the process. I would start to meditate on death and fearful thoughts. I was lusting after it. When I would get on the plane I would have high anxiety and feel terrible. By the time the plane had finished landing I was exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally. All of these signs point to a lustful behavior. Just like sexual lust, fearful lust makes you tired after the deed is done.

For thought purposes… If you don’t want to be lustful in any way, then you need to take every thought that exalts itself above the knowledge of God captive. If you want to be out of fear then you need to take that thought captive. Fear starts with the thought and then the emotions will take place after. Get your soul in line with God’s Word. The soul is the mind, will and emotions. Keeping yourself in check will keep you from sinning and consistently struggling. Keep your mind renewed on God’s Word. Take every evil thought captive. Resist the devil and he will flee. Meditate on God’s Word day and night and keep it before your eyes. Sing spiritual songs and hymns and pray without ceasing. Doing so will keep you from being lustful.

Scripture Study: James 1:12-18

In The Past

Posted: May 31, 2012 in God, Help, Identity
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2 Corinthians 5:17

King James Version (KJV)

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Are you in Christ Jesus? Are you a new creature? If you are, then stop trying to go back to your old life or lifestyle. As Christians we need to be reminded of who we are now and not who we were before Jesus. We can testify about what our old life was like before Christ but, we should not desire to go back to that old life. I get reminded about my past often! Sometimes the enemy will say “do you remember when you messed up?” Do you remember how this made you feel good? Do you remember how you failed? Do you remember this old sin and that old sin? My response is this… Devil, I don’t recall those old days because they are in my past. My past is forgiven me and I stand as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. My response to the devil is also this… Devil, remember how you lost when Jesus went to the cross for me! Devil,  remember how the book of Revelation tells me that I have the Victory! Devil, remember that your under my feet? Devil, remember how I win by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of my testimony! I win and I remind the devil of who I am. I stand in Victory, not in my past.

Let the past be the past. Choose not to dwell there or roll play there. Yes, I have a past and most people do. However, I don’t let my past dictate my present or future. I am moving forward! God has made me a new creature and all the old deeds of my flesh are passed away. I stand forgiven always and I stand as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

If you’re reading this and you’re not saved then this is the perfect opportunity for you to receive Jesus. This is a great opportunity to let go of your past and start moving forward. Jesus loves you and He wants you to be part of the family. Jesus is real and He died for you. So, if you would like to receive Jesus then repeat this prayer out loud…

Jesus, I want you to be the Lord of my life. I believe you died on the cross for me and my sins. I believe that you rose from the grave, ascended to Heaven and that you said you were coming back for me. I denounce my old life and I now receive the life of Christ. I receive the new life as a new creature. Amen!

If you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior and you have been running from the Lord then it’s time for you to get back. Choose to repeat this… Father forgive me for running from you. Renew my life! I receive Your forgiveness and I will choose to stay on task. Amen!

If you have made one of these public confessions then respond by writing on this blog. We would love to hear from you. We love you all and we are expecting great things for you. We don’t want you to stay in the past but to move forward. God is on your side and Jesus is Lord!

Scripture Study: 2 Corinthians 6:11-18

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