If you know that God is angry with the wicked on a daily basis and has ordered His angels to cast into hell the wicked, how shall we live daily? Our actions manifest our belief. If we know the terror of the Lord is coming and arrives for those who enter the grave before the final day, how shall we live daily? We should choose to suffer the affliction of the flesh, knowing this that one day we shall be free.
The salvation of the Lord produces freedom at death, but while you live on earth, you will be required to fight your unbelief. Satan will convince you that sin is something God does not care about. It is easy to fall into a pattern of not reading your Bible and not praying daily. Resist the temptation that tomorrows bread will feed you today. We must interact with God’s Word on a daily basis. Keep fighting your unbelief. Believe God’s word. Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor verbal abusers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
There will never be a drought in books and information about marriage. The hashtag #marriage is updated every other second on twitter. Marriage advice, marriage fear, don’t get married, or marriage is only for women to take men to the cleaners. The data shows us that marriage is on the decline in the US as people become disillusioned by the 50/50 chance of remaining married. The logic for millennials is try before you buy, not having the knowledge that those who live together before marriage have increased statistics of divorce, you tip the scale for 40% chance of making it. Of course, this wisdom is not from above, but Satan who desires for couples to die in the bed of fornication, rather than be saved and used by God to be a blessing to their children and others.
God says that marriage is a blessing. In fact, men receive favor from the Lord when they choose a woman who honors the Lord. Christian married men live longer than the men who choose to remain single. Women add value to the man’s life and a godly woman can bring the man much peace and joy. Of course, this is reserved for the man and woman who honor the Lord. Those outside of God’s family will not receive such blessings and such peace. Satan will rip and destroy families that are built on the foundation of his lies.
Divorce is for the sinner and peace, love, joy and happiness is reserved for married believers. Married believers become one in multiple ways. The first way is through the blood of Jesus. The second way is through sexual intimacy. The third way is through the mind. This three fold cord is not easily broken. The bands that hold it together, protect it from Satan, and strengthen as they are pulled. Satan despises successful marriages. He understands the power this creates for any children birthed from this union. They will have a covering that children of the devil do not have. Accessing them can only be at a personal request from God.
The pillar of marriage is Jesus. A man and woman whose affections are set on him will always be able to walk together, because there is no schism in Christ. The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit are in complete agreement with one another and this same manifestation is produced when a man and woman have God’s Spirit. Both the man and woman draw from the perfect one and in-turn produce the fruits of righteousness and love. Once you have God’s love, it never fails. So divorce is not possible. Lust will fail, marrying an unbeliever is risky, but two believers marrying one another is truly a marriage made in heaven.
Your connections will either feed your soul with wisdom and power or diminish your ability to stand before God blameless. Who you connect yourself with is important to your stance in God. “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you (2 Corinthians 6:17).” This means digital relationships as well as those that are physical. Anyone who is speaking in your ear on a continual basis should edify you. Edify, doesn’t mean make you feel good, but be good.
The hardest thing in life is disconnecting unprofitable relationships. Often times, you know the relationship is bogus, but because you are lonely you insist on keeping the vine connected, not realizing your stagnation is connected to this relationship. God did not speak with Abraham, until Lot left. God will not receive you and someone else. He wants a personal relationship with you. If you do not have personal time with God, you do not have a relationship with Him.
Don’t deceive yourself. God will not receive you and your ungodly connections. Of course, if you are married to someone unsaved, this does not mean divorce them, but those outside of the covenant should be evaluated for profitability. Every relationship you have should be profitable. It should encourage you in the Lord and not be a conduit for Satan to tempt you or control you. Your children included. Don’t overstep your boundaries with them and give them proper boundaries with you. Don’t be God in their life. Let God be God and you be the parent. You should take every opportunity to direct them to Jesus for their supply and not you. Prepare them early to become adults and sustain themselves without you.
Relational suicide is staying connected to ungodly people. Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4). Don’t let your connections destroy you. Solomon allowed the women he connected himself with to serve other gods. He received wisdom directly from God himself, but refused to disconnect himself and I believe he is in hell because we find no repentance after God’s warning and his name is absent from the men of faith list in Hebrews 11. Be careful. Many are called, but few are chosen.
Watch your relationships (internet included) closely.
If you want to be wise in this world, you must become a fool for Jesus Christ. This means that your wisdom must be exchanged for the wisdom found within the Scriptures. Your understanding exchanged for the understanding found within the Scriptures. This does not mean you do not test or prove the Scriptures, it means that everything you receive as truth never leaves the foundation of Jesus Christ.
If you have any other foundation, it will fail. From this foundation you build upon it the knowledge of God and learn to enjoy hearing and receiving truth. Truth will not always be comfortable or pleasurable, but will set you free. Lies always end badly as the father of lies is Satan and his destiny is hell. As Christians you must learn how to listen quickly, be slow to speak and slow to anger. If you listen quickly, you will automatically speak less and your anger has little information to feed on. Quick anger comes from a lack of understanding and a lack of understanding comes from a lack of listening.
Triggers are triggered because a person has failed to listen and has failed to love truth. When you understand that truth can sting and you listen for truth when someone speaks, you should not get angry. Seek to understand through listening and your response in life will be constructive and you will grow in your understanding and experience rather then be stagnate in your maturity in Jesus Christ.
Anger rests in the bosom of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9). But you want to be wise. Be wise and listen.
There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is death (Proverbs 14:12). There is a way that appears wholesome and that spreads love, but it is actually hate. There is a way that appears like trust, but it is actually laziness and fear. The children of darkness are wiser than the children of light (Luke 16:8) because they don’t have an ungodly trust in God.
They take full responsibility for their success. They take full responsibility for their failure. They live completely in the world without trying to escape it. Many within the church have given up their responsibility and have placed it on God and they wonder why many of their prayers go unanswered. They say things like God will do this and God will do that and God will do that. God’s grace takes care of that and God’s mercy takes care of that. Then my question becomes, what do you do? Nothing?
Don’t stop with a salvation prayer and rest there. Its dangerous and extremely wasteful. As a Christian, we are no longer citizens of earth, but God has never given us permission to abdicate our responsibility to be salt and light with specific implications to change the world around us. This is something we choose, not God. Listen to the wisdom found in Psalms 37 and look at our responsibility that is listed first and then God acts.
- Do not worry (Psalm 37:1)
- Trust in the Lord, watch the conjunction, & DO GOOD (Psalm 37:3)
- Take delight in the Lord (Psalm 37:4)
- Commit your way to the Lord (Psalm 37:5)
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun (Psalm 37:6). It is your righteous reward because you are choosing to perform the righteous acts.
No matter how bad you want to leave this evil world or its political system, you should never believe that your presence is simply to go to work and die. You have a responsibility on earth and you should never forget that. You cannot get God, to do what He already said, you should, before He responds with a yes and Amen.
Evil people have their feet on the ground and as a Christian you should to. Its God’s responsibility alone to carry you to heaven. So, enjoy earth and be about the Father’s business. It is our responsibility to do so. Remember, it is the joy of the Lord that is our strength.