TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice

January 22, 2018

In the post TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II, we listed the attributes that were reflective of the new self from Ephesians 4. They were the things that we were to do or not do. To remind us, let me give you what Paul outlines as some of those new attitudes to apply to our lives. TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice

We see the new attitudes/behaviors that the new self or new man/woman should adorn himself/herself with after surrendering his/her life to Jesus as Lord and Savior.

  • v 25 – put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor
  • v 26 – do not let the sun go down while you are still angry
  • v 27 – do not give the devil a foothold
  • v 28 – do not steal any longer, work to give/share with those in need rather than taking
  • v 29 – do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but speak only what is helpful for building up others in conjunction with their needs. Also speak what is beneficial to the listener
  • v 30 – do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
  • v 31 – get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice
  • v 32 – be kind and compassionate (tender-hearted) to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you

In Romans 13:14, we are told to  clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Gal 3:27; Eph 4:24; Col 3:10, 12 also echo that sentiment. Remember what Paul said in Ephesians 4:24, he is telling the believer …to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice

In the development of this new self or new man, there are things we are told to put on or to clothe ourselves as well as things were are told to take off, put off or rid ourselves of certain attributes. Anything that we are told to rid ourselves are reflective of the old self, old man or of the flesh. We are called to live a new life in Christ Jesus. Likewise, we are told “with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires/lusts;” (Eph 4:22).  TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice

God does not want us to be corrupted which is to be destroyed by leading away a believer from that character of God i.e. specific knowledge and holiness he/she is to abide. This is why we see Paul tell us the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage (wrath) and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice.

The list of behaviors in verse 31 are all acts of the flesh. From Romans 8 and other text, we know living in the flesh has been condemned. We are to led by the Spirit of God if we belong to God. The new self or new man is told to “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5). “For those who are led by the Spirit of Godare the children of God.” (rf). Bitterness, Rage (wrath) and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice are all fueled by one’s emotions. We are not to be controlled by our emotions but by the Spirit of God. The new self or new man has control over his emotions. When those emotions emerge, he/she is able to deal with them in a manner glorifying to God. Paul tell us the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage (wrath) and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice.

At the root of all negative emotions is selfishness which is pride. I have tried to slice it a million ways, but that is the truth. When I put Christ first and not myself, I handle circumstances in a manner that brings glory to God. When I do not, I bring shame to the name of Christ. This is the Lordship decision that we all must make all day every day. It is the challenge of the new self – whether to live according to the Spirit or to our own desires. This gets at the heart of what Paul told the Corinthians when he said, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Now, Paul tell us the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage (wrath) and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice.

Let’s try to deal with bitterness and anger today. It will keep us from rage, brawling, slander and malice. If you are bitter with someone, even God, you must confess it and ask for forgiveness. If you get angry with someone, you cannot let it linger. Deal with it before the sun goes down.

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TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit

January 18, 2018

In the post TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II, we listed the attributes that were reflective of the new self from Ephesians 4. They were the things that we were to do or not do. To remind us, let me give you what Paul outlines as some of those new attitudes to apply to our lives.

Today, after several says of attending to my sin, I am able to write the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit. The reality is that several days ago I was preparing to finish this post, but the Holy Spirit convicted me of this exact sin – grieving the Holy Spirit.

We see the behaviors that the new self or new man/woman should adorn himself/herself with after surrendering his/her life to Jesus as Lord and Savior.

  • v 25 – put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor
  • v 26 – do not let the sun go down while you are still angry
  • v 27 – do not give the devil a foothold
  • v 28 – do not steal any longer, work to give/share with those in need rather than taking
  • v 29 – do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but speak only what is helpful for building up others in conjunction with their needs. Also speak what is beneficial to the listener
  • v 30 – do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
  • v 31 – get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice
  • v 32 – be kind and compassionate (tender-hearted) to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you

The Greek word for grieve is lypeō which means to

  1. to make sorrowful

  2. to affect with sadness, cause grief, to throw into sorrow

  3. to grieve, offend

  4. to make one uneasy, cause him a scruple

Several days ago, as I began to provide tangible ways to grieve the Holy Spirit, I was halted. I did not have to go far at all because I was the prime example. As I had shared in a previous post, I struggle with dealing with my anger in an effective and sinless manner. I had gotten angry again, but I did not apply what I had written. I did not resolve it quickly. I did not resolve it in a time table before the sun went down. I allowed an avenue for the devil to gain a foothold. I had not lived TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit.

As usual, I had gotten angry about something that was insignificant. James’ words were true about why I was angry – it was selfishness masked as fairness. Because I did not deal with my sin then, it led to more sin. The anger was a gateway into disobedience and failing to pray with my family as I normally do. When I failed to pray, I sinned against God because He commands us to pray continually. I allow distance to come between my family. I allowed my daughter to develop or extend some unhealthy thoughts and habits – blaming herself. I was not angry with my daughter, but she thought I was. She had to deal with feeling separated and not in union with me during that time. That is unfair to her and it is a result of my sin. The fracture there and with my wife was not in concert with God’s command and expectations for she and I to be one as husband and wife. Again, I had not lived the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit.

I had made the Spirit sorrowful, offended and grieved because I failed to do what was right and I failed to immediately acknowledge my sin, confess it, repent of it and get back into right relationship with God and man – my family. By the grace of God, He showed me my sin again. He challenged me to stop writing several days ago. He told me to follow 1 John 1:9. I confessed my sin to Him, my wife and then my kids. I shared with them the error of my way as well as my commitment to do better the next time. Experiencing the forgiveness of God, my wife and kids allowed me to live the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit.

I hope this helps you as you consider the ways that we grieve the Holy Spirit who lives in those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus as Lord and Savior. He is always with us. We must take every step to make our abode as hospitable, but more importantly, as holy as possible. That is the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Do Not Grieve the Holy Spirit.

 

TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Unwholesome Talk

January 15, 2018

In the post TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II, we listed the attributes that were reflective of the new self from Ephesians 4. They were the things that we were to do or not do. To remind us, let me give you what Paul outlines as some of those new attitudes to apply to our lives.

  • v 25 – put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor
  • v 26 – do not let the sun go down while you are still angry
  • v 27 – do not give the devil a foothold
  • v 28 – do not steal any longer, work to give/share with those in need rather than taking
  • v 29 – do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but speak only what is helpful for building up others in conjunction with their needs. Also speak what is beneficial to the listener
  • v 30 – do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
  • v 31 – get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice
  • v 32 – be kind and compassionate (tender-hearted) to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you

I have already addressed speaking truthfully. You can speak truthfully but unwholesomely at that same time. My mother told me a long time ago “just because it’s true does mean it needs to be said.” You see, according to her and others, I did not have a filter growing up. I spoke what was on my mind even more so when I was angry especially the use of profanity. While it was not right, it was a function of what I heard at home and in the neighborhood. Anger was another of the old self attributes that we are told to get rid of. Now today, we are told the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Unwholesome Talk.

Exactly what is unwholesome talk. Well, we know talk is using words or speaking to communicate. So, the unwholesome part refers to the words we use. What is unwholesome? The New King James Version says it like this – “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth,” Profanity certainly would constitute as unwholesome or corrupt, but it is more than that. F.F. Bruce said, ” “Not only obscene vulgarity but slanderous and contemptuous talk.” (Bruce)” Slanderous means to make a malicious, false and defamatory statement or report. Defamatory is to attack the good name or reputation of another. It is to simply say anything that sheds a negative light on someone without the purpose of saying it to help the person get better. The Greek word for unwholesome is sapros which means:

  1. rotten, putrefied

  2. corrupted by one and no longer fit for use, worn out

  3. of poor quality, bad, unfit for use, worthless

We are told what not to do as well as what to do. We are to let things come out of our mouths that is only “helpful for building up others in conjunction with their needs. Also speak what is beneficial to the listener” Perhaps, trying to figure out what is unwholesome is much more difficult than assessing what is helpful. We are told that we need to have the person as well as the listener i.e. anyone there who is able to hear in mind when we open our mouths. Building up is edifying which is the act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, holiness or generally how to help them grow. That is the the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Unwholesome Talk.

Can we work on that today? Can we check the words before they come our of our mouths today to ensure they are useful for building up or edifying the person as well as those who are listening. If the words are not helpful, let’s ask God to help us not say them. Furthermore, let’s ask God to help us to say them in a manner that they will be received. Saying them with malice or sarcasm defeats the purpose and contradicts edifying or building up. That is the the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Unwholesome Talk.

TRUTH: Putting on the New Self – Stealing

January 12, 2018

In the post TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II, we listed the attributes that were reflective of the new self. They were the things that we were to do or not do. To remind us, let me give you what Paul outlines as some of those new attitudes to apply to our lives.

  • v 25 – put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor
  • v 26 – do not let the sun go down while you are still angry
  • v 27 – do not give the devil a foothold
  • v 28 – do not steal any longer, work to give/share with those in need rather than taking
  • v 29 – do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but speak only what is helpful for building up others in conjunction with their needs. Also speak what is beneficial to the listener
  • v 30 – do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
  • v 31 – get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice
  • v 32 – be kind and compassionate (tender-hearted) to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you

Today, we move on to another act to put on the new self. The old self did not work and stole. No where in this world is it an acceptable norm to steal. In the most advanced or in the most primitive societies, stealing is seen as wrong. That is the obvious. What else is this verse telling us. It is a condemnation against not putting forth effort to do all you could for self and not take from others because of one’s inactivity or lack of effort. In today’s term, I call it the get over. One is looking to take advantage of any situation where one can get something for doing nothing. In a connected society, a person of this ilk is seen solely as a consumer not producer, a taker and a giver. TRUTH: Putting on the New Self – Stealing

Ironically, the new self that is espoused in work gives another reason to work. It moves beyond self to other. It is clear that we need to work to build and demonstrate character and to provide for our own needs or the needs of those of our family. Here, Paul expands our notion of the purpose of work. He shares God’s purpose  for work is to give also. Acts 20:35 undergirds this notion. It says, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Again in Galatians 6:10, Paul accentuates this notion in work. Paul says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” TRUTH: Putting on the New Self – Stealing

The new self does not steal, but he/she works with his/her hands.  Providing for self is not the sole motivation for work for the one being transformed by the renewing of one’s mind. It is not the motivation for the one who has surrendered for Christ. For the new self, one works also to give to those who have needs. The Apostle Paul presents a new idea for work – to give. One’s purpose now is not to get solely for self but one gets to give. TRUTH: Putting on the New Self – Stealing

 

 

TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Anger

January 11, 2018

In the post TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II, we listed the attributes that were reflective of the new self. They were the things that we were to do or not do. To remind us, let me give you what Paul outlines as some of those new attitudes to apply to our lives.

  • v 25 – put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor
  • v 26 – do not let the sun go down while you are still angry
  • v 27 – do not give the devil a foothold
  • v 28 – do not steal any longer, work to give/share with those in need rather than taking
  • v 29 – do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but speak only what is helpful for building up others in conjunction with their needs. Also speak what is beneficial to the listener
  • v 30 – do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
  • v 31 – get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice
  • v 32 – be kind and compassionate (tender-hearted) to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you

We already looked at putting off falsehood in the aforementioned post. Now, let’s look at anger. In regards to anger or being angry, Ephesians 4 says,

“26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.”

Through Paul, God is telling us how to deal with anger in relation to our new life in Christ when we submitted to Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In exchange, Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, His burial, resurrection and ascension serves as the forgiveness of our sins and the ability to live a new life of righteousness powered by the Holy Spirit whom Paul stated lives in us as a seal and deposit of what is to come. TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Anger

Anger or being angry is an emotion that we are told not allow it to control us – “Be angry and do not sin” There, God acknowledges the emotion; yet, we are told not to sin. I can tell you that have struggled mightily with this command and ability. Anger is a sin that has dogged me since my earliest remembrances. In fact, it dominated me until salvation. James 4:1 says, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? “For me, anger arouses from pride i.e. circumstances are not of my liking. That is whether I get what I want or whether someone does me wrong without cause. In my so called faultlessness, it is my attitude that since I did not do anything wrong to you that person should not do anything wrong to me; therefore, I am justified in feeling angry.  TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Anger

I am not sure if I am ever faultless but anyway. In spite of that claim, God says that I am to not sin as a result of my anger. Since God commands me not to sin in anger, He gives me the power through the Holy Spirit to make that choice. Again, James 4:7-8 tells us “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. ” We know from Romans 8 and other places in the Word that though Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. As a result, anyone who trusts in Christ for salvation has been set free from sin(A) and have become slaves to righteousness. TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Anger

We are told by various spiritual pundits that the new self may get angry, but he/she does not sin. The new self knows how to let go of his/her anger or wrath. When we do, the latter part of verse 7 tells us that we give no opportunity to the devil to gain a foothold or regain control over us since we have been freed from the control of sin (anger) through Christ.  In that verse, F.F. Bruce states “Here it is suggested that anger can be prevented from degenerating into sin if a strict time limit is placed on it: do not let the sun set on your anger.” We know that the devils goal is to accuse and divide. We see that first with Adam and Eve once they gave way to sin. When we let sin (anger) fester or when we harbor anger in your hearts and mind, we give the devil a foothold because we have only focused on us, the old self, and not God/Christ, the new self. TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Anger

What is the remedy that Paul shares with us? “Do not let the sun go down on your wrath,” God sets the standard high; however, He knows we are but dust. He tells us to not let the sun go down with us being in a position for the devil to divide us causing a lack of oneness or unity. That oneness and unity with another is reflective of the oneness and unity Christ has with the Father and we have with God. We cannot afford to have any time where we are separated from God. This is the ultimate agony that Christ felt as the atoning sacrifice. He was separated from God when our sins were upon Him. This is why we are being told to put on our new self and dispose of anger. TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self – Anger

TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II

January 9, 2018

In the post TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self, we answered that question by conveying the process of transforming our minds by renewing our minds. Our minds are made new by learning and applying the Word of God in the manner in which we think. We allow the Word of God to shape our attitudes. We are to align our thoughts and attitudes of our hearts with God’s Word. That is the TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II

What are the thoughts and attitude of the new self? This is what Paul conveys later in Ephesians 4.

Ephesians 4

 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands,that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another,forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II. In verse 23, Paul tells us to be made new in the attitudes of your minds and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Paul outlines some of those new attitudes to apply to our lives.

  • v 25 – put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor
  • v 26 – do not let the sun go down while you are still angry
  • v 27 – do not give the devil a foothold
  • v 28 – do not steal any longer, work to give/share with those in need rather than taking
  • v 29 – do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but speak only what is helpful for building up others in conjunction with their needs. Also speak what is beneficial to the listener
  • v 30 – do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
  • v 31 – get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice
  • v 32 – be kind and compassionate (tender-hearted) to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you

We could just stop with this list, but we would do ourselves and God an injustice. We must examine those in the Word of God to see what is required. For example, to put off falsehood, one must stop telling lies. One must not make false statements with the intent to deceive another especially those in the body of believers. Think about that. We all know it is wrong to lie, but how many of us fail to give true credence to being different. Until we move beyond a thought to changing our attitude, we will persist in telling lies as well as everything else outlined by Paul. TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II

Let’s just look at cross-references for putting off falsehood or laying aside falsehood.
Ephesians 4:22 – that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being…
Ephesians 4:31 – Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with…
Colossians 3:8 – But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from…
Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside…
James 1:21 – Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive…
1 Peter 2:1 – Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,

Now, let’s look at speaking truthfully to one another.
Psalm 15:2 – The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart;
Leviticus 19:11  – “‘Do not steal. “‘Do not lie. “‘Do not deceive one another.
Zechariah 8:16 – These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound…
Colossians 3:9 – Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices

Reading, Listening, Memorizing, Meditating and Studying the Word of God are the ways that you put on your new self. We must impact or affect the attitudes we have about what God says are important attributes for us to demonstrate to other believers and to the world. Let’s work on the TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II

TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self

January 5, 2018

Recently, Nike initiated a revival of their old Be Like Mike campaign. Micheal Jordan was arguably the greatest NBA basketball player to date. There are always people to emulate in this world, but for the follower of Christ, it is not Mike or any other man/woman. It is Jesus who is the standard. TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self

The post TRUTH: Who has a Futile Mind, Darkened Understanding and are Excluded from the Life of God? gets me back to Ephesians 4. We had reached the point where Paul had begun to give instructions on how to live in true righteousness and holiness as we seek to be like Christ. This leads us to the title of today’s post – TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self.

The concept of a new self or new person is reflective of the commitment one makes when surrendering his/her life to Christ, the Son of God and Savior, in confession of his/her sins in exchange for redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 tells us

14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Romans 6:4 tells us that “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self.

This is why Paul connects those matters with what he told the believers in Ephesians 4

 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands,that they may have something to share with those in need.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another,forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self involves being made new in the attitude of your minds or to be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Paul is telling the Ephesians the TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self .

How do we put on our new self? We are transformed by renewing our mind. Our minds are made new by learning and applying the Word of God in the manner in which we think. We allow the Word of God to shape our attitudes. We have to remember that our lives are not our own if we profess Christ as Lord and Savior. Our lives are His. Galatians 2:20 says, “20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” That is the TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self. The next post will examine what particular attitudes of our mind we should transform.

If you have never surrendered your life to Christ, then that is your first step in having a new life. I should say life period, because without Christ, there is no life. John 3:36 tells us “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”

TRUTH: How We Treat the Lord with Contempt.

December 30, 2017

In the post, TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt! , I urged us to not treat the Lord with contempt or to live in 3D. That is to demonstrate Disbelief, Disobedience and/or Dishonor. In instances that I have explored in the Word of God, there has been a great cost to those who lived in 3D or treated the Lord with contempt. When God does something in our lives, we should worship Him rather than forget Him.

Perhaps, one of the most poignant examples of living in 3D or How We Treat the Lord with Contempt can be found in Numbers 13-14. If you recall, this is where Moses, on the Lord’s command, sent 12 spies to see the land God promised to give them as an inheritance. Of the 12, only Joshua and Caleb believed that God would do what He said He would do – give them the land. The other 10 did not believe God. As a consequence of their disbelief, the entire camp was dissuaded from believing in the promise God had made to the Israelites via Abram to possess the land God would show him.

Listen to these warnings about the TRUTH: How We Treat the Lord with Contempt.

Exodus 23:21 – Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.

“‘The priests are to perform my service in such a way that they do not become guilty and die for treating it with contempt. I am the Lord, who makes them holy.

Numbers 14:11 – The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?

Numbers 14:23 – not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.

Numbers 15:31 – Because they have despised the Lord’s word and broken his commands, they must surely be cut off; their guilt remains on them.’

Numbers 16:30 – But if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead, then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt.”

Deuteronomy 17:12 – Anyone who shows contempt for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering there to the Lord your God is to be put to death. You must purge the evil from Israel.
Deuteronomy 31:20 – When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their ancestors, and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other gods(crf) and worship (crf)them, rejecting me and breaking my covenant.

1 Samuel 2:17 – This sin of the young men was very great in the Lord’s sight, for they were treating the Lord’s offering with contempt.

2 Samuel 12:14 –  But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.”

In Jeremiah 14, we see another cost to the people for treating the Lord with contempt. Even in that instance, God wants the people to humble themselves, ask for forgiveness and seek Him. Listen to what He tells Jeremiah to tell them in verse 21 after all the judgment that He pronounced on them.

For the sake of your name do not despise us;
    do not dishonor your glorious throne.
Remember your covenant with us
    and do not break it.

We need to humble ourselves because we are just like the Israelites and Moses who broke faith with Him by failing to believe in Him, by failing to regard Him as holy. We are a stiff-necked people.(R How We Treat the Lord with Contempt.

Please join me in humbling yourself before the Lord today asking Him to forgive you for living in disbelief, disobedience and dishonoring Him. This is our only hope to escape the cost or consequence for showing contempt to the Lord.

 

TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

December 28, 2017

My first object lesson in understanding contempt was in the courtroom.

Dictionary.com defines contempt as willful disobedience to or open disrespect for the rules or orders of a court (contempt of court) or legislative body as it relates to law. In terms of the individual, it is defined as the feeling with which a person regards anything considered mean, vile, or worthless; disdain; scorn. TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

I am not close to being qualified as a lawyer; however, I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of contempt. On the matter, Lawfind presents that contempt of court refers to actions which either defy a court’s authority, cast disrespect on a court, or impede the ability of the court to perform its function. Contempt takes two forms: criminal contempt and civil contempt. Actions that one might normally associate with the phrase “contempt of court,” such as a party causing a serious disruption in the courtroom, yelling at the judge, or refusing to testify before a grand jury, would often constitute criminal contempt of court. Civil contempt of court most often happens when someone fails to adhere to an order from the court, with resulting injury to a private party’s rights. Contempt of court may be “direct” or “indirect.” Direct contempt occurs in the presence of the court – during a court proceeding, for example. Indirect contempt occurs outside the presence of the court. TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

Now, I am receiving another lesson about contempt. For the past month and half, God has engaged me about TRUSTing Him. God’s first priority for me is to TRUST Him. Hebrews 11:6 tells us “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” God considers doubt, fear, a refusal to believe, the doubting of who He is (His character) or what He has done/can do (His power/might) as a personal affront that He contends with the one who contemns. Failure to have faith is surely sin.

We should not that “The Lord takes his place in court; he rises to judge the people.” It was for sin that God contended with those of old and will reckon with us who commit the sin of doubt, fear and disbelief. God himself is the prosecutor (Isa. 3:13). For the past month, God has shown me an example of His judgment for the believer, the follower of Christ through Moses. In Deuteronomy 32, God shared with me the warning Moses gave the people. Moses said,

 45 When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel,46 he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.

Moses spoke this out of what God had shared with him and what he had violated. Later in the passage, we learn that Moses will only see the Promised Land and not enter it? Why? For the same reason the 10 spies did not, He, despite all God had shown him and did for him, did not believe God. Specifically, we learning in verses 51-52 the reason. God said it was 51 This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. 52 Therefore, you will see the land only from a distance; you will not enter the land I am giving to the people of Israel.” TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

Breaking faith or failing to believe or TRUST in God is a serious crime in the court of God. It is treating God with contempt. It is denying and defying His authority. It is disrespecting the person of God, His purposes and His promises. It is impeding God’s right to use us to bring glory to Himself as He carries out His will. The occurrence in Deuteronomy 32 is a fulfillment of what God told Moses in Numbers 20:12. “12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”” TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

Moses serves as an example for you and for me to know the TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt! The consequences for not TRUSTing God are dire. Moses missed out on entering the Promised Land. He missed out on seeing God at work again in the lives of His people. He missed out on experiencing God and God at work and fulfilling His promises en route to accomplishing His purpose – to glorify Himself. God wants us to experience Him not look for an outcome, but as we have been shown and told that without faith (TRUSTing in God) it is impossible to please Him.

I want to please God. I want to experience God and God at work again in the lives of His people. TRUTH: Stop Treating the LORD with Contempt!

TRUST: What is the Impact II?

December 21, 2017

Listen, I am just sharing what God shared with me. It is only an indictment on me but an encouragement to us all. As I finished my quiet or devotional time this morning, I began summing up what I had read in over a hundred verses. The summation was that TRUSTing in God is the gateway to all of His blessings. God reminded me that as I trust Him that He is my help, and He is my salvation. Hallelujah.

Listen to the glory of God here.

Psalm 3:8
Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.

Isaiah 45:17
Israel has been saved by the Lord
With an everlasting salvation;
You will not be put to shame or humiliated
To all eternity

God’s message to me is that salvation belongs to Him alone. It is His to give and His to keep. No one can take it way from me not even me. The salvation that God gives has eternal ramifications primarily. While He saves in moments or circumstances in our lives, salvation from God is rooted in eternity. There are times in our lives when we TRUST in Him that the world, even ourselves, will feel like we are fools for doing so; however, God says, “You will not be put to shame or humiliated
To all eternity”

I am so excited about the benefits of knowing God through Jesus my Lord and Savior. Hallelujah.