I simply put off the flesh by immersing myself in the things of God. I minimize my exposure to the dangers of the computer, ungodly programs on television, phone applications, magazines, video games, and certain friendships and stores. I know that my outside temptations are one dimension and dealing with internal temptations is another. So the first thing I do in the morning is shut myself in the room with my computer and listen to Christian worship music. I listen until I am only thinking about God and the things he has done for me. I listen until all is quiet in my mind and I am able to focus on my word. Then I begin reading scripture. I keep reading until I literally start praying and then after prayer I meditate on the things read and prayed.
I seek to change things that are revealed to me in prayer and scripture reading. It may be gossip has entered my conversation. I am literally speaking too much and the inevitable gossip arises, because I do not have that much to say and sometimes I talk a lot. So I ask the Lord to forgive me and identify this pattern in my life and God convicts me in my conversation if I am going down the path of gossip. Gossip is now put off and now I seek to put off more things. I do this, with all that is revealed, because I love God, I humble myself to his authority and simply stop. It works wonders because more and more people trust me with their words as they will not hear them from someone else. I have put off a conversation that is ungodly and now have put on a conversation which is that of God’s gospel. I move in this manner from one issue to the next in hopes that while I preach unto others I myself will not be a castaway (1 Corinthians 9:27).
DELILAH: TELL ME! WHERE DOES YOUR STRENGTH COME FROM
SAMSON: FROM THE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH
DELILAH: WHAT WILL YOU GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR STRENGTH
SAMSON: AT FIRST THOUGHT NOTHING, AT SECOND THOUGHT NOTHING, AT THIRD THOUGHT SEX
DELILAH: SEX IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR MIRACLOUS STRENGTH
SAMSON: YES! I THOUGHT IT OVER AND IT SOUNDS GOOD
When you look at this story it seems to be a no brainer. The devil will always tempt you with something you already can have, but in a way that defiles the man or woman. Psychologist tell us that sexual addictions are the most difficult to break. Why? The Bible says that when a man and woman outside the bonds of marriage have intercourse they are joined. No other sin joins us together. So refrain from joining with anyone that has not joined you in marriage. Otherwise why cheapen yourself and lose strength for nothing.
*The defilement of mankind with sexual sin is on the rise as you may or may not notice in the news, the solution, if we go back to the conversation we find the solution is found in the meditation. DO NOT MEDIATATE ON UNHOLY THINGS. Our flesh is weak and we will fall all the time if we do.
There are so many voices that speak, but who says you have to listen? God says, set your affections on things above and not on the earth. When spiritual creatures of immense dark power come raging with false accusations and false prophecies of defeat, put on the full amour of God. Put on every piece and let his voice alone speak into your mind and fill the depths of your heart, so that when its time perform his word in your life, no weapon formed against you will prosper.
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It is natural to run from the sufferings of this life, only to find more suffering. Some work to drown sorrows in alcohol, sex, drugs, gambling, shopping, etc. Some may use weird techniques to eliminate the pain by meditating on absolutely nothing. When will earthly suffering end? The answer: The Grave. You must run through life with this understanding. Just accept that life’s suffering unites color, sex, and socio-economic status. There is a natural unity in all of mankind and that is suffering.
The moment resolution is made about suffering in this life, you can move on with faith believing and trusting in the impossible. Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered. Suffering is as natural as breathing air. Let the fire of suffering make you shine as gold.
There are two types of suffering. The first is because of disobedience to Christ and the second is obedience to Christ. You can add unnecessary suffering to your life. For all the pleasure that sin gives there is a tail that brings suffering. Ask the addict who lost everything they had in their life because of it. This suffering should be avoided and can be avoided by obeying the voice of God and understanding his will for your life. The second suffering can never be avoided. This suffering is found when you choose to obey God’s word over strong desires to sin against it.
There is a pain that develops in telling your flesh the answer is no. Ask the dieter who tries diligently to put down the potato chips, ice cream, pizza etc. The body will fight you. The devil will fight you. Spiritual darkness in heavenly places is against your success. Why? Your success shines the light for others to see and rejoice in the fact that making it is possible.
Breathing well in suffering is found in understanding that your suffering is not strange. For the follower of Jesus Christ understands that it is common to all believers. Since it is common, sit back and trust the Lord for the roller-coaster ride is almost over. Grab the hand next to you and say we will make it. Don’t allow the screams of others to cause you to lose hope. Jesus will never leave or forsake you and in the end he will be there to bring you home.
It is important to keep at the forefront of ones mind the cross. Why? It is the foundation of Christianity. Paul said, “for I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). As the days progress there will be more and more challenges to your faith in Jesus.
Evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). How? Through smooth speech and cunning craftiness will men and women be moved by teachers to fulfill the requirements of the flesh and not God.
Be on guard to remember when you are despised for doing well, that Jesus, who was perfect was crucified. Steven a man filled with the Spirit of God was stoned to death. Many others within scripture and within our contemporary setting are being killed for telling the truth.
So, if you feel bad or beaten and you know your living holy, understand the wicked are being set up and they will have their day. Because God is just he will make sure you have your day as well. Your eternal life is on the way.
It never ceases to amaze me the confusion people have when they borrow from everything they hear. The amount of information in this world is endless. The doctrines and the philosophies are two numerous to be contained in ones mind. The different nuances of each is enough to make you thrown in the toil, that is why I love the simplicity of the gospel.
I know theologians abound and they intimidate some into thinking that the Scriptures are so deep, but Jesus said, you must come to him, like a little child. Is this not the sweetest thing? Jesus said, if you love me you will keep my commands and the commands are broken down into two. Love God and mankind who were created in his likeness.
The prayer of Atheist should not be suprising. We know that there are spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places as well as God the Father. Satan desires worship just like God. Both are part of the spiritual hosts that exist in the heavenly places. The experience Atheist have with prayer makes sense. Unfortunately, the only way to the Father is through his Son Jesus, so the spirit he/she is communicating with does not love him/her and will lead them to destruction.
P.S. Everyone prays. Even those who claim they have no religion. Don’t believe the lies of those who say they don’t. They may not pray, in what some consider, traditional prayer, with folded hands, but is that really the only way, believers in Jesus pray? Communication between the spiritual hosts happens to us all. The foundational difference is Jesus is the only door to access the one true God.
Link to the article that inspired this post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/atheist-prayer_n_3498365.html