This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. – Galatians 5:16
If there are any 2 major struggles Christians of our time face, they are sexual lust and drug/alcohol misuse. These sins have so pervaded the church that many have concluded that they cannot be jettisoned. Some have even gone the length of saying that these struggles are an inseparable part of the Christian journey. My precious friend however -the Holy Spirit- showed me how He is more than capable of matching these pleasures and passions like for like: ungodly sex – with actual spiritual intercourse and getting high – with godly intoxication. Watch the Holy Spirit make His case with 2 key scriptures.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. He who fears has not been made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18
With the help of my Friend, the precious Holy Spirit, I have found the perfect antidote for fear, Love. Now let’s learn how to use love -according to scripture- to drive out fear!
What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? – 1 Corinthians 6:19
What is your adjective? If you were to ask a number of people who know you what adjective best describes you, what do you think their answers will be? Now what would you like it to be? Holy, knowledgeable, forgiving, hardworking?
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength – Mark 12:30
How much do you love God? If you were to rate your love for Jesus on a scale of 1-10 what would you rate it? Take a 10 second break to think and pick a number. Now what do you think is the greatest expression of this love? How do you think you can show this big God how much you really love Him? Well, I can help you with that.
Wherefore be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is – Ephesians 5:17
Wisdom, wisdom. Many seek wisdom daily, many pray for wisdom. A number of scriptures speak of wisdom and how to get it, but the verse above simplifies it perfectly for me. According to God’s word in Ephesians 5:17 wisdom is simply knowing God’s will. Those who know God’s will are wise, those who do not are unwise, or fools. “Do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” – Ephesians 5:17 [NIV].
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:21
Not only is doing good the best way to overcome evil, it is the only way. However, oftentimes when faced with evil situations and temptations, retaliating with goodness is the last thing on our minds even as Christians. We tend towards either repaying evil for evil, repaying evil with not-evil, or doing nothing at all.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil – Ephesians 6:11
Years ago, when engaging in heavy spiritual warfare against the enemy, an angel of the Lord appeared to Dr Rebecca Brown to give her specific instructions from Father. She was told to ask every day for Jesus to put on the whole armour of God for her as she battles the adversary. Now since every Christian is perpetually fighting one battle or another daily, this prayer applies to us too. I for one am not sure if I have ever skipped a day in praying for this war gear since I came across it.
Hence let us briefly expound on each of the elements in this armour written in Ephesians 6:13-18 from top gear to bottom gear, so we may reiterate its importance.
Those who hate others are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life in them. – 1 John 3:15
Christians sometimes struggle with hateful thoughts, and even more so with the understanding of the verse above. But glory to God, this teaching puts an end to all such struggles. Continue reading
Let us run this race, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured, disregarding the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2
There is only one way to successfully run this race to heaven, and that is by looking unto Jesus and absolutely nothing else. Hebrews 11:2 explains why we need to look squarely unto Christ.