The Bible Colossians 4: 5- 6 (NIV) Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders, make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace seasoned with salt so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Christians should not hate unbelievers but they should tolerate them and they should be concerned about their salvation. Furthermore, Christian should not act like unbelievers when we are in their company. As Christians, our main focus should be first the Cross of Christ. That is remembering we were once unbelievers and Jesus gave us the ability to change so, therefore be kind and patient towards unbelievers. Our behavior around unbelievers should make them want what we have. However well sadly to say many Christians cause unbelievers to run away from God. It is imperative to remember that every non-Christian is out of relationship with the Lord. 1 John 3: 10 ESV ( paraphrased) Jesus appeared to take away sin and that Jesus had no sin. Furthermore, the same scripture explained saying no one keeps on sinning who has either seen or known God. The same scripture explains that whoever practices righteousness is righteous, and whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. Knowing this all Christians must walk in wisdom towards unbelievers. God will give us the right words to say if we ask him. God will guide us. We are only spiritual farmers. Some of us plant a seed and some Christians water the seed, however, God is the one who brings the increase. God causes the seed to grow. The Apostle Paul address the Corinthians in First Corinthians chapter 3:5-7 saying “After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servant through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”
People are straight losing it over this next election coming up. Fear is obvious, hate is growing and the crime rate is not getting any lower. However, for those who have not lost their trust in God, this next election should not be a big issues. Even in the days of the exodus, the hardness of the Pharaohs heart help glorify the greatness of God. Remember Proverbs 21:1 says: The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases. So let us not get it twisted, the Great and Lofty One, the Sovereign of all creation, the Master of all universes is watching. His eyes are pierced upon the wickedness going on. It’s just a matter of time before His wrath is unleashed. We should address our concerns about who’s making decisions in our government to God. Let us pray for the best person to be in office according to the will of God. In the name of Jesus, rebuke and pray against wicked men and women entering into office, then let God work His mighty works. Oh and if we do our research, then ask God who should we vote for, He will most definitely make a way for us to understand who to vote for. Why? Because God sees inside of hearts and minds and knows all things!
Hebrews 2:1-4 says: So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.
Brothers and sisters, these scriptures were warning to the Hebrew people of the dangers of drifting away from the Word of God…from God. Drifting is very dangerous in that often times we don’t even notice that we are actually drifting away. Some of us are in the fast lane moving faster every day and yes I’m sure that some days we all could use a few more hours to accomplish our affairs. However, drifting starts out very subtle… one stops studying the Bible, praying or going to church…actually it can start in various ways. People start to drift when there are rumors going on about someone in the church or someone whom offended him or her. The subtle drifting takes one into extreme trouble waters……When we are way out in in the deep waters it takes great effort to swim back. We need help getting back to shore.
Stop for a minute, then ask yourself, “Am I drifting?” If the answer is yes…then start swimming back now…Come back! Some of you may be asking how? How do I come back? Well, Peter, when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Shout unto the Lord and ask Him to save you from drifting farther away from Him. Say what David said in Psalm 69:1(NLT) …He said, “Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck.”
Romans 2:14 explains how “Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.” Seeing this scripture made me think about a documentary I recently viewed about a family living in a dense forest away from civilization. The husband of this family thought it honorable to climb a very tall tree to retrieve a bunch of honey for his wife and family. On the ground, his family were looking up at him praising him for his bravery. You see, this man could have easily died while reaching his hand into the swarming bee hive to get his family some sweets. Honey was a rare delicacy they could enjoyed a couple times a year. The husband withstood multiple bee stings. I thought to myself how this man has no access to laws like many so-called civilized human beings yet this man knows that love is an action word and he was willing to take the chance of getting stung by hundreds of bees just so his family would be happy. This documentary was really moving in that it showed how those whom we label as uncivilized were actually more civilized that we are. The unity of this family was astonishing. They fit together like a hand in a glove. These people were obeying God’s command to love one another with a true love. (See 1 Corinthians 13) They were in sincere harmony and showed so much respect for one another. I am clueless as to how God works out situations like this but I do know that God is a God is Love and He is a God of justice. He does the right thing always. I believe that us so-called civilized one’s have much to learn from these so-called uncivilized people. Families like these can impact the world in profound ways. The point is if we would all take part in building strong, bonding, peaceful God-honoring family units, we could actually put a stop to much of the madness that’s going on in this world. Trusting in the righteousness of God sewn into our hearts can make us a better world to live in.
A resistant carnal mind resists contact with spiritual truth. The carnal mind resist studying the Bible. In fact the carnal mind is more interested in arguing religious customs about people, places and things which are of little importance in drawing closer to God. How are you living is the question.Some people get all bent out of shape if anyone speaks negative towards the Ten Commandments. It’s funny how these same people HAVE NOT SUCCEEDED AT OBEYING THEM. In fact, how many of us can even recite all Ten Commandments? Who do you know besides Jesus who’s fulfill all Ten Commandments? Ten Commandments are Holy, Good, Perfect. Notice how not one of these terms describes the human race. So, how can we who are unholy, unclean and so not perfect obey Holy, Good and Perfect Commandments? We’re running around subjecting ourselves to useless works such as wearing certain type clothing, talking a certain way, showing up to church looking godly, reading (not studying)the Bible, and overall many of us are putting on a big show. Holy Spirit guides and teaches and therefore gives us discernment in matters of life. What’s hard to understand is how come people keep putting limits on God and making God look so petty? I mean, seriously, do you think you’ll go to Hell because you eat certain foods. It’s amazing how some people really believe that the clothes they wear will actually turn God’s heart or cause Him to act and give them a that -a-boy (or girl) pat on the back. The Good News is on the seventh day God rested from all his Works (Genesis 2:2) and invited us to enter into His finished works. (See Hebrews 4:11) We need only to believe what He did. Not what we are doing. We must come into agreement with God. How can two walk together less they agree? (See Amos 3:3) Bad news is some of us still believe that, we played a HUGE role in God’s decision to save us by his Great Grace, Mercy and everlasting love for us! Seriously why would God, the Potter, need the help of humans, the clay? It is by grace we’re saved not of works should any of us boast. “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18). (Please study Ephesians 2:8-9 and the entire book of Hebrews)
Tough times can teach us to keep pressing forward or leave us at a standstill full of distress and confusion. As Christians we must expect challenges which comes in all shapes, sizes and forms. Nevertheless, it is imperative to stay watchful or spiritually awake at all times. Often times we have to run from aggressive influences of those who are trying to steer us away from what the Bible says and get us to believe worldly teachings contrary to Biblical principles. In fact 2 Timothy 2:23 says: But reject foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they breed quarrels. Foolish disputes do not promote peace. The devil uses foolish disputes to steel our joy. Often times when Christians attempt to address and issue they are accused of judging others. Matthew 7 says “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Well, If we keep reading, down to verse 6, Jesus talks about not giving what is holy to dogs and not casting your pearls before swine? Well, right there Jesus made a righteous judgment. The Holy Spirit gives us discernment and guidance so we can judge what’s right and wrong. Jesus was actually saying don’t try to judge someone’s minor issues especially when we have major issues. He was telling us to judge righteously. Jesus explained his meaning concerning judging others in John 7:24 (NLT) saying: Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 said “For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.” Furthermore, many of us Christians try to clean the fish before we catch the fish. This is not possible. So let us ask the Lord to help us to avoid foolish things in life and instead strive for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
If we are honest, all of us have issues and problems. In fact, we’ll continue in bad habits, bad manners, anger, depression, rebellion sexual immorality and all together ugly stuff unless we call upon and believe upon the finished work of Jesus Christ. He left us His Holy Spirit so we can be free from slavery to sin. Without God’s Holy Spirit sin overpowers us. Without a Savior we end up destroying ourselves! God wants to regenerate us, renew us and change our hearts and minds so that we will be in sync with his plans and purposes for our lives. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope says Jeremiah 29:11. You see, God is not trying to cause us misery and pain. God loves us so dearly! Once we understand the power of God’s love we will desire change. In fact we desire to draw nearer to God. God wants to change us from the inside out so we can be more like Him. Ezekiel 36:26 (ESV) states: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” This is called being born again. Are you truly born again? Is God’s Holy Spirit dwelling inside you?