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Husbands, Love your Wives!

 
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Ephesians 5:21-33
 
Husbands are called to be leaders…….. not dictators.
Husbands are the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church.
Summit yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
 
How should a husband love his wife?
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Ephesians 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
1Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
 
As husbands, we are called to:
-love our wives as Christ loves the church.
-give of ourselves as Christ gave His life for the church.
-love our wives, as our own bodies.
-love our wives, as ourselves.
-love our wives without bitterness.
-show honor.
-work together as a team.
-Christlike leadership.
-discover the heart of our wife.
 
If I am struggling in my marriage or if I come from a broken Marriage, there is one thing I must do.
1. Look into my own heart and allow God to change me.
As husbands, we hold the keys to a successful marriage.
As long as I cast blame on my wife, I will be defeated.
 
We should be asking:
-How self-centered am I?
-Have I allowed God to teach me how to Love?
-Are my responses Christlike?
-Am I sensitive to my wife’s spirit?
-Do I understand her heart?
 
How can I be a Spiritual leader in the home if I am not sensitive to her spirit, if I do not understand her heart, if I do not respond in a Christlike manner, if I do not know how to love, and if I am full of self?
Am I willing to take a journey of discovery, which includes dying to self and learning to become a caring, sensitive, loving, and Christlike husband?
For most men, dying to self comes hard.
As we focus on dying to self, it is important that we focus primarily on the areas that we (husbands) need to change and not on areas that my wife needs to change.
 
2Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Jesus Christ wants to purge us from our unChrist-like ways.
 
 
There are four male prejudices that we as husbands need to die to:
1. Woman are impossible to understand!
-One thing you can get most men to agree on is: the mysterious nature of women.
1Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
The Apostle Peter clearly did not consider living with our wives in an understanding way an impossible task. He considered it absolutely essential to a vital relationship with God.
Our problem as men is that we are not always willing to put forth the effort to understand our wife, especially when we see it as being impossible.
At times we don’t understand our wives because the flesh is such a dominant influence.
We can learn to understand our wives and by doing so, it will drastically change our marriage for the better.
2. Women are the real problem!
-The most significant problem is that we as husbands have failed to exhibit Christlike leadership in our homes.
-When we are unwilling to learn how to understand our wives, we limit ourselves in bringing lasting solutions to relationship problems.
-Most men do not believe that they are at the root of the problem.
3. Women are inferior to men.
-This is often demonstrated by the demands that we place on our wives.
4. Men are supposed to be “the Boss”.
- The roll of boss means that the husband can disregard his wife’s needs while taking care of his own.
-As husbands, we are called to genuine spiritual leadership.
 
We need to stop thinking of ourselves as:
-the boss
-the king
-the emperor
-or possibly even the dictator
 
We are called to leadership in the home by:
-dying to self
-putting self-last and others first
 
 
 
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 
When a man is willing to yield his “throne” to Christ, there will be a remarkable change in the dynamics of his home.
In order to be the spiritual leader in the home, we need to become Christ’s representative and be purged from unChristlike attitudes and behavior.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
 
A wife wants her husband to be her spiritual leader but she is designed by God to feel secure only when she sees that her husband is not the final authority in their marriage, but that he is looking to God for direction and guidance.
 
God is calling husbands to a deeper commitment to Himself.
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HONESTY

What is honesty?

Honesty is a reflection of who we are and what or who we worship.

Honesty means: uprightness, integrity, trustworthiness, truthfulness, sincerity, freedom from deceit or fraud.

Honest means: to be honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright.

Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

   -Provide means: to think or mediate beforehand.

   -Things honest. Literally, things beautiful, or comely.

   -The connection requires us to understand it respecting conduct, and especially our conduct towards those who injure us.

If you want to ruin the Truth, stretch it. ~ unknown author

Six things that the Lord hates and the seventh is an abomination to Him.

Proverbs 6:16-19

16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

   1. A proud look.

   2. A lying tongue.

   3. Hands that shed innocent blood.

   4. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations.

   5. Feet that be swift in running to mischief.

   6. A false witness that speaketh lies.

   7. Sowing discord among the bretheren.

Is honesty important?

Is it important that we are honest in all areas of life?

Can an honest person be trusted?

Can a dishonest person be trusted?

Dishonesty breaks down and destroys trust.

Proverbs 11:1 ¶ A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

Proverbs 12:22 ¶ Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

 

The Parable of the Sower

Luke 8:5-15

5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.

6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.

7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?

10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

13  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Honesty will show itself by its fruits.

Honesty is important in leadership and in carrying out responsibility.

Acts 6:1-7

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

1Timothy 2:1-4

1 ¶ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Honesty comes from a heart that is surrendered to God, and a heart that is in fellowship with Him.

Honesty is anchored in truth.

Honesty is up-building.

Honesty builds lasting relationships.

Dishonesty brings contention and distrust.

Dishonesty tears down and destroys.

Dishonesty brings fear and confusion.

Am I honest in word and deed?

Do I stretch the truth in order to make something sound better?

Am I really honest in the struggles that I face?

 

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*HEAVEN*

 

Am I on the road that leads to eternal Life?

Am I following Jesus Christ?

Is Heaven real?

 

Will Heaven be reality for me?

Psalm 119:105 ¶Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Jesus said in:

John 14:1 ¶ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Father’s house (abode) are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

4 ¶ And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

What is Heaven?

Geneses 1:1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The word heaven is defined as:

1. The aerial heavens- where the birds fly, the clouds float, the rain and snow are formed.

2. The broad expanse- the region of the stars.

3. The heaven of heavens- the place where God dwells, the eternal paradise of God where God and saints and angels will spend eternity.

How does God describe Heaven?

1. In John 14 it is described as a place. From this we understand that heaven is not merrily a condition but is the eternal dwelling place of God, where God the Saviour dwells and where saints and angels will spend eternity with Him.

2. It is the high and holy place.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

High because it is above all places.

Holy because it is inhabited by Holy beings. Sin will never enter heaven.

1Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

3. It is a better country.

Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

All that is in this world will pass away.

1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Matthew 6:19 ¶ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

1Peter 1:24 ¶ For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Revelation7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

4. It is a place of many mansions.

John 14:2

5. It is a place of protection, safety, and preservation.

6. It is a place where there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

7. It is a place of spotless purity and fullness of glory.

1Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

1Corinthians 13:8 ¶ Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1 ¶ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Will heaven be reality for you?

Am I living for the pleasures of this life or an I living for eternity?

Where will you spend eternity?

We have God’s Word, the road map to Eternal Life.

There is only one way to God and that is only through His son Jesus Christ.

 

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=GIVING=

Proverbs 28:27 ¶ He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

How important is it to give to those in need?

1John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

James 2:14 ¶ What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

The condition of the world

-Every day 29,000 children die from preventable poverty-related causes.

-850 million people go to bed hungry.

-115 million children have no opportunity for education.

-there are 143 million orphans.

-and an estimated 246 million children suffering in the bonds of child labor.

 

Our resources

-Experts estimate the for $13 billion a year we could provide basic nutrition for every starving person in the world.

-American Christians spend $21 billion a year on cable TV.

-For $6 billion a year we could educate every child currently not in school.

-American Christians spend $11 billion a year on coffee.

-For $9 billion a year we could provide safe drinking water for the millions who die without it.

-American Christians spend $21 billion a year on soft drinks.

 

 

What does God want from Me?

Is giving an option for a Christian?

1John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

How much should a person give?

2Corinthians 9:6 ¶ But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

How should a person give?

Matthew 6:1 ¶ Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward

3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

 

 

What did Jesus teach about giving?

Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

The rich young man

Mark 10:17 ¶ And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

Mark 9:41 ¶ For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

Matthew 25:31 ¶ When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

 

Examples of giving in the early church

Acts 4:32 ¶ And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

Acts 11:27 ¶ And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.

28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar.

29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:

30 Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

 

 

2Corinthians 9:6 ¶ But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 

Luke 21:1 ¶ And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.

2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.

3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:

4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

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Light or Darkness?

Halloween is a celebration of darkness, fear, and evil.

How should a Christian respond?

What does the bible say?

The Bible explicitly forbids God’s people to be involved in witchcraft, spiritism, and the demonic.

Deuteronomy 18:9 ¶ When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. (the heathen)

10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, (child sacrifice) or that useth divination, (fortune telling or occult knowledge of the future) or an observer of times, (interprets omens or tells the future by astrology) or an enchanter, (one who casts spells or practices the magic arts) or a witch,(one who practices sorcery)

11 Or a charmer, (one who casts spells) or a consulter with familiar spirits, (one who consults demons or evil spirits for guidance) or a wizard,  (a spiritist, one who seeks knowledge from the unseen world) or a necromancer.  (one who calls up and consults the dead for guidance and secret knowledge)

12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.

1 Samuel 28

Saul consults a witch.

Witchcraft is condemned as one of the works of the flesh that God will judge.

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

The conversion of the heathen in the book of Acts brought conviction against heathen and occult practices. These new believers wanted nothing to do with the practices that God had delivered them from.

Acts 19:18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.

19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

 

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;

10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (rebuke) them.

Ephesians 2:1 ¶ And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4 ¶ But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Matthew 5:13 ¶ Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Ephesians 6:10 ¶ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

1Thesalonians 5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.

We do not need to live in fear because of who we belong to.

1John 4:4 ¶ Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

As a born again child of God I have been set free from the powers of darkness and I can live in the Power of God.

But when I say no to God or resist God, I am opening the door to the powers of darkness, fear, evil, and confusion.

Why are so many (Christians) living a double life and a life of defeat?…..because of deception

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

 

 

 

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…purity…

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Paul’s charge to Timothy:

1Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Striving for purity without repentance and true life that comes only from Jesus Christ, and Power of the Holy Spirit, is in vain.

I cannot attain the standard of purity and holiness held forth in the word of God, by striving to do so by my own strength and effort.

The bottom line is this:

-We all desperately need Jesus.

-We need to be connected to the true vine.

-We need to live in the power of the Holy Spirit

 

 

Can I lead a life of purity?

1John 4:4 ¶ Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Titus 2:11 ¶ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

1John 1:5 ¶ This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Submitting my will to the will of God,

Allowing Jesus Christ to perform the miracle of grace in my heart,

Walking in the light as He is in the Light,

And daily following the Great Shepherd,

……allows the weakest of mortals to walk in righteousness and true holiness.

What is meant by leading a pure life?

1. Are my thoughts pure?

How is my thought life?

What do I fill my mind with?

Does what I have in my mind affect my character?

Am I filling my mind with things that are pure, holy, kind, righteous and so on or is my mind filled with evil thoughts and impure motives.

What I allow through the door of my mind, will at some point, also come out          and affect those around me.

 

2. Is my speech pure?

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:3 ¶ But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

What is pure speech?

-words that encourage and are upbuilding

-words of kindness

-words that are shared from a heart of love

…..and so on.

Here is a list of things that do not belong to pure speech:

-idle words

-by-words

-slang phrases

-vulgar language

-profanity

-gossiping

-taking the name of the Lord in vain

……and so on.

There are two things that are essential to overcoming wrong speech:

1. A pure heart.

Mt 12:34 …………for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

2. A persistent and prayerful walk with the Lord and being willing to continually say yes to the will of God and no to self and old habits.

 

 

3. Is my heart pure?

Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

1Titus 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

A pure heart seeks to bring honor and glory to God in all areas of life.

A pure heart is an open heart and a heart that is full of joy and peace.

4. Are my relationships pure?

Do I treat others with respect?

Am I driven by emotions and do I treat the opposite gender in a way that is God honoring.

Do my relationships draw me closer to God or do they have the opposite effect?

2Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Where chastity gives way to impurity, character is ruined.

 

5. Is my conscience pure?

 

Hebrews 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

   14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Leading a pure life will positively impact those around you.

Leading an impure life will not only do damage and destroy your own character but it will also affect the people you associate with.

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

 

 

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Deception…

 

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

What is deception?

-deception is the act of being deceived. It is something that deceives or is in intended to deceive.

What does it mean to be deceived?

-to be misled by a false appearance or statement.

 

What does it mean to be deceitful?

-to be given to deceiving, intending to deceive, misleading.

Let’s take a look at two examples of people who either were deceived or deceived others.

Eve was deceived by the serpent in the Garden of Eden.

Genesis 3:1-13

Here are a few things that took place in the garden:

-God instructed Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

-Satan temped Eve and planted a seed of doubt. “Yea, hath God said?”

-Adam and Eve willfully and deliberately rejected God’s command and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

-Their eyes were open and they were no longer innocent.

-They hid from God because they were ashamed.

-They were ensnared by fear.

-God judged them and sent them out of the garden.

Ananias and Sapphira

Acts 5:1-11

-Was it wrong for Ananias to keep back a part of the money from the land that he sold?

-What did Ananias and Sapphira do that was wrong?

The Law of Sowing and Reaping

-What is the law of sowing and reaping?

-Is what I feed on or fill my mind with, important?

-Do my actions have consequences?

-Do Ideas have consequences?

Galatians 6:7-10

What a man sows, that is what he will also reap.

-good for good

-evil for evil

If I invest time in Bible study and in prayer, and allow God to fill me with His Spirit and give me His life, I will reap Peace, Joy, and true Fulfillment.

But if I do nothing or pursue the things of that this world has to offer, ( such as: pornography, sex, pleasure, wealth, fads, fashions, entertainment, and so on) I will be left spiritually bankrupt, empty, without peace, without joy, without true fulfillment, lost, hopeless, unsatisfied, and so on.

1Corinthians 6:9  ¶ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

1Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Be not deceived

Here Jesus is speaking to His disciples on the mount of Olives.

Matthew 24:3-14, 24

Matthew 24:4 ¶ And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Luke 13:22-30

The Strait Gate

24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

-There is only one way to God (through the shed blood of Jesus Christ) and it is for those who have had their sins covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, are walking in newness of life, and have endured to the end.

Pride deceives

Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

The last days

2 Timothy 3:1-7, 10-17

2Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

 

A person that is deceived does not know it.

In order to not be deceived we need to:

-trust in God

-believe in God

-put our faith in God alone

-accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior

-walk in newness of life  (the life that comes from Jesus)

-study the word of God

-live in obedience to His Word.

-live by the power of the Holy Spirit

-test my thoughts and beliefs to see if they are in line with the word of God.

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

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HELL

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

What is Hell?

Is Hell real?

Who is Hell prepared for?

Who will go to Hell?

Define Hell:

The original word “Sheol” has a double application. It refers to the grave and also to the place of departed spirits.

Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Acts 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

In these two verses the word Hell refers to the grave.

In general the word Hell refers to the place were lost souls are, as in the following verses:

Deuteronomy 32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

The word “Hades” is frequently used and means:  the place (state) of departed souls, grave, hell.

It is also use at times in reference to the grave but most often is referred to as a place of torment.

The word “gehenna” is used twelve times in the Greek New Testament and means a place of future punishment.

 

 

What is Hell like?

It is a place of everlasting contempt.

Daniel 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

It is a furnace of fire.

Matthew 13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

It is an unquenchable fire.

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

It is a place of fire.

Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

It is a place of wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

It is a place of damnation.

Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

It is a place of outer darkness.

Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

It is a place of everlasting fire.

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

 

It is a place of everlasting punishment.

Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

 

It is a place were the worm never dies and the fire is never extinguished.

Mark 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

It is a place of suffering and vengeance.

Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

It is a place of no rest and everlasting torment.

Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

It is a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Hell is a place and not a mere condition.

Luke 16:19-31

The rich man and Lazarus

 

For whom was Hell prepared for?

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

 

 

 

Who will go to Hell?

The devil and his angels.

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

The wicked.

Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Romans 1:18-32

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sinners who do not repent.

Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Those that do not know the Lord Jesus.

2Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

 

Without the Saviour, I would be forever lost.

Without the Saviour, I am on the road that leads to eternal death.

Without the Saviour, There would be no hope.

 

There is hope for the one who knows the Saviour.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

If I have not repented of my sin or if there something in my life that I am not willing to surrender, today is a day of opportunity.

Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

Isaiah 55:6 ¶ Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Look at the contrast of what God has prepared for those who truly love Him.

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Is my name written in the Lambs book of Life?

1John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

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