Saturday, September 14, 2013

His Fruit will strengthen you.

Galatians 5:19-23 American Standard Version (ASV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths, factions, divisions, parties, 21 envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 meekness, self-control; against such there is no law.

Colossians 3:12 (ASV)

12 Put on therefore, as God's elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passions and the lusts thereof.

Proverbs 8:13 (ASV)

13 The fear of Jehovah is to hate evil: Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, And the perverse mouth, do I hate.

Matthew 11:25 New King James Version (NKJV)

25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (ASV)

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as man can bear: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation make also the way of escape, that ye may be able to endure it.

Luke 13:22-30 (ASV)

22 And he went on his way through cities and villages, teaching, and journeying on unto Jerusalem23 And one said unto him, Lord, are they few that are saved? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in by the narrow door: for many, I say unto you, shall seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, open to us; and he shall answer and say to you, I know you not whence ye are;

Luke 4:1-13, New King James Version (NKJV)

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.”
And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you,’ 11 and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” 12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” 13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV)

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

My Comments: Beloved we are often in God’s word cautioned on how we live, from the Old Testament through the New Testament God gives us instruction. Yet I know before I came to the Lord and made Him my Savior, I rebelled and did what I felt good about. This is not the criteria we should use yet our sin nature wars within us and when we are not the Lords’ it wins out often. Afterwards if we call upon His name who saved us then we can have strength to resist the urges that assail us. As Christ resisted Satan so may we by knowing the Words of God.

We follow Jesus Christ and He gives us the way out from following into sin. The world tells us that what God says is sin is not, and the world is wrong. Yet when told God’s word is the truth people of the world say Christians are being cruel or judgmental or unloving. This is not so. We come to the Lord and love the people in the world even more. So much so we take the Word of the Lord to the world even if it means ridicule, loss of jobs or failing grades in school and even death. Our strength is made perfect in infirmity. We rely on His strength. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

God’s word came to live with us and He taught us how to live lives that give praise and glory to God.  He taught us through His words, through His actions and by His sacrifice of Love. We can do nothing without Him and if we abide in Him we will be strong in Him to resist the temptations of the evil one. Loved one may you seek the Lord and His forgiveness and truth. He will forgive you if you trust Him and call upon Him to save you. He died for you. When you believe on Him as your Savior you will be a new creation in Christ Jesus. If you already are His may your walk be strengthened as you read His word and rely more and more on Him to be your shield.

When you accepted His Righteousness He filled you with His Holy Spirit to guide and teach you through His Word. You were Born Again and made new. Trust and follow Him and when your hour comes and you stand before the Throne of God, He will say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

Abba, strengthen Your children and open eyes, hearts and ears of those who read Your Word. Thank You, Father, for the treasure of Your Word and the guidance of Your Holy Spirit. Give us Your strength to resist evil and follow Your Son. Strengthen us in the gifts of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.


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