In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” Then Proverbs 14:12 says “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” A worldly concept of self-love, is those who choose broad way that leads to destruction. These are those who chose the “it’s all about me” pathway. The dictionary online states that self-love is the instinct by which one’s actions are directed to the promotion of one’s own welfare or well-being, especially in excessive regard to one’s owns advantage. Defining the word selfish we discover that it means pretty much the same thing. Now let us not get it twisted. It is totally normal to care about your physical, mental, spiritual and financial well-being. God wants us to be healthy and strong to carry out his plans and purposes in this earth. Broke down, depressing, hopeless, worthless people do not tend to make positive impacts on the lives of others. We need to be love magnets in a god-like love. However the self-love I’m speaking of is that “It’s all about me” self-love. We have to be very careful not to become “ate up” with ourselves. “Ate up” meaning you eat, sleep and breathe self. When our minds are in that mode of thinking, we hog all the love to ourselves and others don’t stand a chance of getting even a little bit of love from us. God wants us to share our love. Honestly, it is only through God can we understand what true love is. Loves come from God and is meant to be shared. God is love. Please study 1 Corinthians 13th chapter, then meditate on 1 John 4:7-8.
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?
Psalm 37:4-6 (ESV) states: Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Delighting in the Lord does not mean that if we act right, stop cursing, drinking, go to church, pray and do religious stuff God will give us new cars, new houses and new stuff. Delighting in the Lord means that we delight in His ways, His Word, His character, His holiness, His truth, His wisdom, His justice and we eagerly yearn to build a stronger relationship with Him through His son Jesus Christ by the power of His Holy Spirit. Delighting in God is obeying our calling by following God’s lead. You see, when we delight ourselves in the Lord our desires actually change and come into alignment with God’s desires. We desire that His will be done. Being in the will of God is being in alignment with His Word. 1 John 5:14 says: And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. Remember, God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. If we come into alignment with God’s will in Heaven it will be done on earth! Please study Matthew 6:10 Matthew 7:21-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Romans 12:2; 1 John 2:16-17; 1 Peter 2:15; Proverbs 19:21; James 4:15.
How many of you have ever took time to meditate on answering the question “What is my purpose, what is my assignment here on earth according to God’s plans and purposes?” How many of you believe that God did not send us here to just strive to eat, drink and be merry from our wealth? Well, God’s Holy Spirit helps us answer these questions. Some of us take God’s indwelling Holy Spirit too lightly and others don’t even acknowledge that He even exist, then there are some who seem to be afraid to even speak on God’s Holy Spirit. Brothers and sisters GOD’S Holy Spirit is the fire living in each believer. God wants to express Himself in our activities and attitudes. Trying to suppress God’s Holy Spirit is a bad idea. (See 1st Thessalonians 5:19) Brothers and sisters, oftentimes the sweet voice of God’s Holy Spirit is trying to keep us on track. Once we realize that God truly loves us, we begin to see things as He sees them because we trust Him. The stronger your relationship with God, the more clearly you can hear and understand that it is He who speaks to our hearts. Let us pray that God fine tunes our spiritual ears to hear Him and focus our spiritual eyes so we can see what He sees. It is the most exciting experience to know when you actually heard God speak to your heart and when your insight is keener than you’ve ever known it to be. What is your true assignment here on this earth? Please study Isaiah 14:14 & 30:21; Jeremiah 33:3; John 10:27 and John 16:13; Proverbs 16:9; Ephesians 1:11.