Friday, October 29, 2021

What's to be Spiritually Seen Part 2: War of the Spiritual World's

What's to be Spiritually Seen Part 2: War of the Spiritual World's 

Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. Romans 12:1

All things are permitted for me, but not all things are of benefit. All things are permitted for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, however God will do away with both of them. But the body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. Do you not know that your bodies are parts of Christ? Shall I then take away the parts of Christ and make them parts of a prostitute? Far from it! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.” But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every other sin that a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought for a price: therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6 12-20 NASB

What do you do in your life that's clearly not God honoring? 
What lies, if you are truthful with yourself and God, have you convinced yourself aren't really sins?

We all have done it. It began with Adam and Eve.  Our Spiritual lives are supposed to be in the development stage. Growing in Christ Jesus is what we are to be doing. 

Charley Pride had a song long ago that speaks to some of this.  "This Highway Leads to Glory".

I remember when I was a little boy
Down on an ole country farm
We'd go to church on Sunday and I'd hear the preacher say
If you want to see my Jesus you gotta stay on the King's highway

This highway leads to glory but it's no easy ride
You'll find all kind of exits can throw you off your stride
Some will lead to fortune and others lead to fame
Some will lead you so far wrong you won't return again

Oh you just stay between the white lines
Obey all the right signs
Keep your eyes open all the time
Oh you just stay between the white lines
Never pass o're the yellow line
And you'll get to heaven right on time

Satan's on this highway he walks on every side
Tryin' to flag you down don't give him a ride
He will try to stop you at just any cost
You may stop too long and your soul maybe lost

Oh you just stay between the white lines
Obey all the right signs
Keep your eyes open all the time
Oh you just stay between the white lines
Never pass o're the yellow line
And you'll get to heaven right on time
Oh yes now you'll get to heaven right on time

Now this song may not be entirely theologically correct but you get the gist from the words that there's a lot more to life than seeking fun and good times. 

After Christ Jesus returns, this world will sink into even lower levels of depravity in what it labels good and fun things. Sin will be hailed as the right and true way of life.  Anything resembling Christian principles will be against the law, punishable by death.

There's a list of what people would be like. 2 Timothy 3:1-7 NASB "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power; avoid such people as these. For among them are those who slip into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."

These things are evident in today's world. I see them. I see myself being tempted to display such behavior in me.

People within the Church is where the concern is.  We know these behaviors exist outside of it.

"I solemnly exhort you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and they will turn their ears away from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But as for you, use self-restraint in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry." 2 Timothy 4:1-5 NASB

Biblical Pastors who teach the Word of God without partiality are extremely rare these days. 
The sheer fact that over a thousand purported pastors are moving away from the unerring message of the Good News of the Gospel because of worldly ideology tells you indeed that the apostasy has come. The falling away has begun. 

You cannot afford to sit idle in this true war of the Spiritual World's. 

If you claim to be a Christian, what parts of your life are still yours that you have not handed to God?

To be holy means to separate from. To be Holy as He is Holy wasn't a suggestion. 

Do you waste the very breathe you breathe on wasted things?  

Do you have a drive and enthusiasm for ANYTHING in this world that rightfully belongs to God?  Be careful here. This can and DOES include sports, entertainment, family members, anyone or anything in this world. 

Read for yourself the specific offenses of the children of Israel against the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Those aren't exclusive to them. They are for you to consider in regards to what God says concerning Godly living. 

Are you apathetic towards how God feels about sin because you enjoy it too much?

Are you holding onto some idea that in the end it won't matter, you're saved?

Are you at all considering your thoughts and actions?  

Do you lead a double life?  Being one kind of person in front of other believers and a different one in the world?

The book of Ephesians is very clear on the whole armor of God for a reason. 

There's a war of the Spiritual World's and you my Dear Reader are in the battlefield. 

If you look around at your possessions. What do they say about your devotion to following Jesus Christ?

If a single day of you life, thoughts and all, were played back on a global broadcast, would the world find you guilty of being a Christian or laugh at you because of what they see and hear?

Part of my purging isn't done yet during this move. Odds are good that even more things will be donated after we move.  If the thing that people will be doing in the Thousand Year reign of Jesus Christ is learning about Him, with most every distraction we experience in today's world being gone, how should we be living today?

Would you even know what to look for when it comes to idolatry? 
Would even recognize what the Bible says about sin?
Do you even know where your thoughts as a believer should be going?

As a soldier of the cross, you are to be in basic training to learn how to fight or not to fight in the battles you will engage in this world.  As Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:3-7 "Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him.  And if someone likewise competes as an athlete, he is not crowned as victor unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything."

Open your eyes, your Spiritual eyes, look in the mirror and what do you see?
Do you see what should be seen Spiritually?  

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