Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. – 1 Corinthians 9:26-27
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. – Romans 8:13
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? – 2 Corinthians 13:5
You must never be ignorant of the danger that surrounds the believer. You must care about those falling around you, but never be overcome with evil. Run.
Temptation getting too hot? Run.
God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape.
And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved. – Matthew 10:22
He will let you fall, if you let him. He will let you die in your sins, if you let him. Hear the words of Jesus. “ If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth” (John 9:41).
There is only ONE way unto the Father. There is only ONE way to heaven. There is only ONE way to escape eternal judgment. There is only ONE way to be set free. There is only ONE way to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Acknowledge your blindness and come to the Father through his Son Jesus Christ and receive the abundant life.
Deny your self-sufficiency. Put your trust in the all sufficient-one. Be free from the chains of sin and death. Be whole and commit your life to good works and receive the joy of the Lord, which is your strength.
Wickedness is abounding and the deception of the Lord is coming on those who are set in their ways to commit evil. Protect yourself quickly, while there is still time. This is not a game and neither am I being comedic. If you hear these words praise the Lord and if you do not, you better find out why.
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The heart is a precious tool within the human body. It is the function that gives life to other parts of the body. The body lives when the heart is beating. The brain may be dead, but the body is still considered living when the heart is beating. The heart is so central to the functioning of the body that life is unable to be sustained when this instrument is not functioning. I need my heart to continue to beat to sustain my life. The heart needs protection. God saw fit to give the rib cage as a barrier for the heart. God saw fit to give muscle, tissue, and skin to protect this vital organ. He knew that without the protection it would not function. Not only is it given outer skin, but inner skin to protect its walls. The heart is vital.
Not only is my physical heart so precious to the functioning of my life, but also it is the blood that it pumps throughout my body that gives life to other parts of my body. There is life in the blood (Lev. 17:14). Without the blood I cease to exist and lose everything.
Jesus Christ shed his blood for the believer. Jesus Christ shed his life for the believer. Jesus Christ gave up the land of the living to redeem his sons and daughters. Jesus Christ rose from the dead. It is his death and resurrection that assures us the same. For it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment. The believer’s judgment is like the noonday because of the bloodshed upon the cross and our participation in believing through faith we are saved from hell and damnation. Do Not Forget!
If I whisper the truth that Jesus saves will you hear me? IF I SHOUT THE TRUTH THAT JESUS SAVES WILL YOU HEAR ME? Is there a special code or password that unlocks someone to hear the truth that Jesus saves? You may use a combination of all three or discount all three as useless, but one thing for sure without the hearing of God’s word a response to God’s word is impossible. Let’s make available the truth that Jesus saves throughout our lives by living righteously and telling those around us that Jesus saves. Jesus died for the sins of mankind and unity through him will create a lasting peace in the future. Oh taste and see that the Lord is good. He saves those who call upon him and trust in him.
If we take a personal journey of our lives whether we profess that Jesus is Lord or not we will find as created beings in God’s image that all commit and have committed various wrong doings or sin. The disobedience to authority as youth and the prevalent indulgence in lusts of various kinds have colored our existence, until we finally come across the believer in Jesus Christ who is possessed by the love of God. An individual who is on fire or as some may say “the zeal of the Lord hath eaten them up.” Whatever it may be, this desire to please God makes this individual, a candidate for God to use strategically in such a way as to bring others into the very fire and love of God as the one in which at first before being exposed to Christ was cold. This fire and zeal for Christ does not mean the individual has ceased from sin in such a way as to be without fault, but the excess of sin has been removed.
The excess of sin is drinking alcohol without being able to cease. The excess of sin is wild parties that do not cease. The excess of sin is not controlling sexual desire to consist within the bounds of marriage, but pours out sexual desire on any willing to pick it up. The excess of sin is unrestrained desire to undermine others to increase ones wealth. Sin in excess has the destination of destruction, death, and ultimately hell.
The person who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and believes him, God transfers his righteousness and through becoming a new creature in Christ we receive his righteousness and have access to heaven. Conversion confirmation is this, those in Christ, through his Holy Spirit, do not walk in excess of sin, but through his power and the knowledge of his word demonstrate a different lifestyle than seen on the rich and famous, through excess of drugs and alcohol and sex. Selfishness subsides as our reason for living is to please God and his will is that we love him and our neighbor.
The first most important reason for doing good exegesis is the Bible’s command for it. The scriptural reference for the biblical command for good exegesis is found in 2 Timothy 2:15 written in the 21st Century KJV “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” This admonition is a result of the mission given by God for preachers and teachers to subvert hearers to the gospel of Jesus Christ and not things which vainly puff up the minds of the hearers.
Jesus leaving words were “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).” The preaching of the gospel is of most importance and rightly dividing the word for the subverting of hearers is extremely important. I recall one day while my friend and I were witnessing on division street in Biloxi Mississippi, him badgering this one guy about the gospel of Jesus Christ and he went into arguing and the situation escalated and I was angry, because I recalled the scripture in Titus 3:9-11“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”
We spent considerable time with someone who was not worthy of our time and took this time away from someone who would have been more profitable to preach to. Notice how Jesus spends quick moments with the Pharisees and considerable time with the people he healed, delivered and set free, like the multitudes at the mount.
The second most important reason for doing good exegesis is the nature of the Bible demands it. Recorded in the instructor notes “Peter tells us himself that Paul’s letter “contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:16). A verse that I struggled with personally and not something I taught was Romans 13:8 “Own no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” I do not like debt. Many individuals say they do not like debt yet they have no trouble sleeping with $2000 dollars’ worth of credit card debt. The amount mentioned is not a lot but I had this amount and it disrupted my sleep. I used the above verse to mean that I was living in sin with this debt over my shoulders. Did I pay the requested amount every month? Yes I did with a little extra, but it still bothered me. The Holy Spirit convicted me about the verse that my interpretation was in error, so I began looking into what others had gleaned from this verse. I found many hold to the view I held as this appears to be the best interpretation looking at the text out of context and literally.
Good exegesis showed me that the text refers to paying government taxes and that the obligation of a contract is what is required in this passage and that the debt of love is so high that the payoff compared to what Christ did on the cross is not possible while on the earth. This gave me peace at night and the power of condemnation was broken and I was no longer imprisoned by incorrect understanding. As the instructors notes mention “misunderstanding the Bible can be damaging to your own faith, and others whom you teach and or influenced by your ministry.” So because the text is filled with things hard to understand we should take seriously our study of the contents in the original language as well as use other English translations of the Bible, so that while we preach to others we may save ourselves and those who hear us.
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