UNGODLY Counsel

Father in Jesus Name I come to You and thank You so much for the warnings that You give us as Christians. Lord, help us to be aware and sensitive to the Holy Spirit who is helping us.  Lord, keep our ears and heart clean and clear so we can hear You and learn to obey You. Speak to my heart about this and may these notes help me grow in my walk with You and avoid what I need to avoid and even sometimes who I need to avoid. I thank You and love You deeply in Jesus Name! AMEN!

 

“Ungodly Counsel; Where and What is it?

 

 

Dictionary.com defines Counsel asadvice; opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another.”  & interchange of opinions as to future procedure.” 

 

Interesting enough, of all of my 1575 Study Bibles; ungodly counsel was not a particular topic.

 

Where Can We Run Into and Find Ungodly Counsel?

·         Schooling

·         Scholars

·         Church

·         You

·         Me

·         Ourselves

·         Books

·         Magazines

·         Web-Sites

·         Plays

·         TV

·         Comedians

·         Music

 

Man-Kind receiving counsel from the ungodly has been around since the Garden of Eden.

Satan said to Eve; Verse 1: “Yea, hath God said, ye shall not ear of every tree of the garden.”

Eve replied;  Verse 2-3: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

 

Satan implies ungodly counsel; Verse 4-5: “Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then shall your eyes be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

The next thing that happens after the ungodly counsel is action; Verse 6; “And when the woman saw…”

 

The truth is if we are born again and we are doing our best to walk with God; whenever we hear ungodly counsel, we generally will know it’s not of God, but the more we hear it or the more we think of it the closer our chances to acting on it. The same thing is seen with Eve, she knew it was wrong, but she caved because it was appealing. 

 

Let me break it Down in Our Terms;

 

§  “You should talk to her.”

§  “He likes you, why don’t you talk to him? He might be the one.”

§  “It’s ok if you drink a little bit.”

§  “One won’t hurt.”

§  “It’s ok to have sex; you’re going to marry the person anyways.”

§  “Masturbation is better than fornication, after-all the Bible is silent about it.”

§  “It’s ok to do that, just don’t overdo it.”

§  “Secular music is ok in Gods eyes.”

Ungodly Counsel;

§  Will always appeal to the flesh

§  Is very self centered

§  Is very deceiving; it lays traps for us

§  It will always lead you away from God

 

Always compare the counsel you receive from someone to the Word of God; if it contradicts the Word of God and the teachings of God; you know to leave it alone.

 

There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” ~ Proverbs 19:21

 

Hebrew Word for Counsel; ‛êtsâh [ay-tsaw']

:advice; by implication plan; also prudence: - advice, advisement, counsel ([-lor]), purpose.

Greek Word for Counsel; sumbouleuō [soom-bool-yoo'-o]

:to give (or take) advice jointly, that is, recommend, deliberate or determine: - consult, (give, take) counsel (together).

It’s so Seductive and Deceptive; How Can I avoid it?

 

§  Stay in the Word of God & Apply it!

ü  Looking to understand the ways of God;

ü  What does He think?

ü  How does He operate?

ü  What is His promise?

ü  What happens when you obey Him?

ü  What happens when you don’t?

ü  Why does He do this?

ü  Why doesn’t He do this?

ü  Learning the ways of God

 

§  Pray for wisdom, God desires to give it to you!

 

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” ~ James 1:5 (New International Version)

“I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. All who fear the Lord will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine.” ~ Proverbs 8:12-14 (New Living Translation)
 

§  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.”  ~ 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 (New American Standard Bible)

 

You will not be able to defeat the pull, urge and seduction of worldly philosophy and ungodly counsel until you are walking in the Spirit as seen in the above scriptures.

The truth is, regardless of how spiritual you are or how much you pray, fast and study the Word, we all can be persuaded by ungodly counsel.  It’s a matter of praying over what you receive and hear. No-one is incapable of being deceived. 

 

 The Prayer that is 100% the Will of God for your life and others;

 

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” ~ Colossians 1:9-12 (New American Standard Bible)
 

1. “Be filled with the knowledge of His will”

2. “In all spiritual wisdom and understanding”

3. “Bearing fruit in every good work”

4. “Increasing in the knowledge of God”

5. “Strengthened with all power”

6. “Joyously giving thanks to the Father”

 

God My Father, I come before You and thank You for the wisdom that You have given me.  I ask You Lord Jesus to supply me with more wisdom, so I can make godly decisions and make proper judgments in my life.  Holy Spirit fill me and overflow in my life, lead me and guide me to Gods will and keep me in the Will of God by Your sustaining power. Holy Spirit help us to yield to the wisdom and will of God.  Teach us how to hate evil and avoid ungodly counsel, alert us when we fall into or are being tempted with ungodly counsel. Show us the way to avoid temptation when we are tempted.  Help us love others and love You first and foremost in the Name of Jesus Christ! AMEN!!!!

Intercessory Prayer

Father in Jesus Name I come to You so thankful that prayer isn't just what makes a difference, it is the difference and I thank You soo much that it works. Lord, teach me to pray and how to pray effectively for others. Teach me Your will and ways through my new found blessed prayer life. Lift my level of prayer through these notes, may I take them down and study them. Holy Spirit fill me afresh and move in me and through me please and I thank You so much and give You the glory and credit, remove pride and exemplify Yourself through my life. Lord, please reveal Your Son to the world through me, change others while You change me please in Jesus Name! AMEN!

 

“Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” ~ Matthew 6:8

 

If God knows everything why pray?

 

Jesus introduced God as “Our Father,” you didn’t see that in the O.T. It was always THE LORD or Jehovah God; Jesus brought much more than forgiveness of sins; in that forgiveness Jesus brought…

God Designed Cycle of Prayer; Beginning with the Heart of God, coming down through your heart, passing back to God in prayer and then opening the door and opportunity for God to do the things He desires to do.” ~ Pastor Chuck Smith [Excerpt from ‘Prayer Our Glorious Privilege.’]

 

Intimacy is the key; when people hear of the word intimacy, people think to romance or sex.

 

ü  Intimacy; a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group. 

 

God wants to communicate with you.  Notice I said WITH you, not to you.

(Why would God want me to tell Him I love Him if He already knows?) LINK with me and my wife or a child, knowing they about to say it but still wanting to hear it.

How many have children? (You can see God on another perspective and viewpoint.) Imagine if your child came to you and said “Mom, dad, I did this wrong.” “Mom, Dad, I wanted to do (this) but didn’t.” 

 

You would be excited; it’s the same with God!

 

“But the prayer of the upright is his delight.” ~ Proverbs 15:8

 

If something is delightful to you, you will enjoy it, obviously.  In the process of praying to God we give God a sense of pleasure.  

 

Reaping & Sowing; God gets pleasure when you pray, you should experience a form of pleasure. Burdens should be lifted.  

 

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” ~ Galatians 6:7

 

You shouldn’t ever get up out of prayer and be discouraged, that’s not how God is. God always encourages us through and in prayer.

 

Where do you pray?

Where did Jesus pray the most?

“And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.” ~ Luke 5:16
 

The Gospel of Luke records more of Jesus’ prayer life than others.

 

·         Luke 3:21 (Praying before) The Holy Spirit descended

·         Luke 6:12 (Prayer before big decisions) choosing the twelve disciples

·         Luke 9:18; (Prayer before asking questions) Who do men say I am?

·         Luke 9:28; (Praying before big events) Transfiguration

·         Luke 11:1 (Praying before Disciples questioned Him) about learning how to pray

Is praying in the bed a smart place to pray?

 

The devil already doesn’t want you to pray, so in a “very comfortable situation;” that’s not a good move.

 

When you go and decide to pray, generally you might experience some “Anti-Prayer” side effects.

 

·         Tiredness

·         Phone calls

·         Facebook

·         Text messages

·         Walk the dog

·         Hunger

·         Thirst

·         Desire to watch TV

 

What would hinder our prayers for being answered?

 

·         Some prayers are unanswered due to Gods wisdom.

·         Think back for a minute and imagine the prayers you have prayed and said “wow thank GOD that didn’t happen.”

·         If I got everything I was praying for, I would be pregnant.

·         We should all be able to admit, thank God for the word NO.

·         Don’t always think no answer is a bad answer; what if God is saying “Wait, I have better…”

 

Issues that will hinder our prayers from being answered.

 

·         Willful and known sin; just ask for forgiveness. We all fall short, nobody is perfect.

·         What are some of those sins; Jesus said if you lust after a person sexually, you already committed adultery. Cussing folk out. Hate. Slander. Even if it’s just in your mind; don’t let the devil fool you. Dismiss certain thoughts.

·         Being unforgiving towards another person. 

·         Just admit you hate them.

·         Acknowledge that you need help to love them.

·         The Bible says love keeps no record of wrongs.

·         Can you pray for them in sincerity and mean it?

·         Requirement to prayers being answered; 

 

Pray in Jesus’ Name;

 

What is Jesus’ name? What does that mean?

I want a million dollars and two girlfriends IN JESUS NAME! Is this Biblical?

Jesus’ death gave us the ability to go directly to the Father in prayer, when we believe and acknowledge Him as the RISEN Savior. There is no need for a priest anymore.  Mary isn’t needed either.  

 

Think about the character of Jesus Christ when you pray.  Can you honestly say; God I want you to do this for me? Is it in line with the character of God? Is it something Jesus would do and want?

Biblical Definition of ‘Faith.’ “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” ~ Hebrews 11:1

 

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” ~ Hebrews 11:6

 

1.      You must have faith to please God

2.      In order to increase your faith, you can diligently seek Him, not things, but Him.

 

What if I doubt?

 

Tell God; In case someone thinks I am crazy for that; here is some scripture.

“And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” ~ Mark 9:24
The context of the scripture is Jesus is asked by a man for his son to be delivered from some form of “demonic attack.”
Help my unbelief.  We discussed God is all knowing, He knows, why not just tell him?
 

Ways to Increase your Faith;

 

Think about who God is; how big God is before you pray; Think about all He has done for you.
Study The Word of God; “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ~ Romans 10:17
 

§  Come to Bible Study

§  Join Ministries

§  Get around real Christian friends

§  Ask for others to pray for you

§  Get study material; Dictionaries, Handbooks, Study Bibles ; www.cbd.com

 

Listen to Biblical Teachers with Sound Doctrine;

§  Pastor Chuck Smith www.twft.org

§  Dr. Charles Stanley www.in-touch.org

 

Fasting and Prayer;

 

·         Fasting is typically abstaining from food and or water. 

·         What if fasting from food isn’t the issue?

·         Fast from the television, internet, clubs, beer, etc.

·         The key purpose of fasting isn’t to get something from God. It is to get closer to Him.

·         Generally if you fast, God is going to deal with sin first, not a Bentley, new Job, condo, house and a new husband or wife.

·         Fasting can clear out our spiritual ears, so we can hear better AND know what to pray for. 

 

Intercessory Prayer;

 

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-5

Jesus interceded for Peter and for us

  • Jesus prayed for Peter; Luke 22:32 says, "But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."
  • Jesus prayed for those who crucified Him; Luke 23:34 says, "Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.' And they divided up his clothes by casting lots."
  • Jesus prayed for His disciples and for Believers throughout eternity in John 17.
  • The church prayed for Peter when he was imprisoned; Acts 12:5 says, "So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him."
     

Samuel considered it a sin not to pray for believers;

 

“As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.” ~ 1 Samuel 12:23 (New International Version)

You are a production of Intercessory Prayer; someone prayed for you to come to Christ

 

What can I pray for? Colossians 1:9-14

Health

Strength

Knowledge of God

Humility

Ministries

Pastors, Preachers, Teachers, Police, Fire-fighters, Doctors

Persecuted Church across seas

For the Gospel to be spread

Pray for the truth of the Gospel to be seen

For family members and friends to understand and accept Christ

 

The Holy Spirit;

·         He helps us pray.

·         He leads us in prayer, when we allow Him too.

·         He can show us things to pray for, for others as well.

 

The Prayer that is 100% the Will of God for your life and others;

 

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” ~ Colossians 1:9-12 (New American Standard Bible)
 

1. “Be filled with the knowledge of His will”

2. “In all spiritual wisdom and understanding”

3. “Bearing fruit in every good work”

4. “Increasing in the knowledge of God”

5. “Strengthened with all power”

6. “Joyously giving thanks to the Father”

 

Requesting Direction for Someone’s Life

 

Spiritual Wisdom – Seeing life from Gods viewpoint and operating on the basis of the Fathers will. 
To know the will of God is a treasure; it prevents a person from wasting their time, money, talents and gifts.
Spiritual Understanding – Understanding things the way they are, not as how they appear.  Gods understanding.
He said we do not cease to pray, not pray every so often, but all the time. 
 

Request to Walk Worthy of Jesus Christ’s Name

 

Walk obedient to what Christ wants for their life.
Walk in a manner so your conversation, conduct and character are consistent with The LORD Jesus Christ!
When someone meets you, they meet Him! Maybe not in the physical form, but His character, by what you are on the inside, not just what you appear to be. 
When we disobey God, the Spirit of God convicts us; the same when we obey, the Spirit of God gives a sense of approving or approval.
A godly life is life a patterned after the life of Jesus Christ; it means that our goal is not to be perfect or sinless, but our goal is to follow Jesus Christ.
What would He have me to do today?
When Jesus and I met and we got saved, He left us here so we could make a difference and so our lives would count.
Your life is an extension of the life of Jesus Christ.  Your eyes, ears, walk and talk represent Him.

ü  An exhibition of His character.

ü  A demonstration of His power.

 

Request that Your Life Will Make an Impact

 

All work is not good work
There is a difference between being fruitful and being busy.
“I am too busy to go to Church or serve The LORD.”
Being busy is not acceptable in the eyes of God.
We are to pray to be fruitful and that our lives would make a difference, an impact!
 

Pray for their life to make a difference:

 

Notice it says good work, many people impact people’s lives, but it’s very destructive.
What is good work?

Ø  Lord how do You want me to invest my time?

Ø  How do you want me to use my talents and gifts?

 

Request a Desire to Know God

 

To grow in The LORD

 

Study His Word;

 

ü  Looking to understand the ways of God;

ü  What does He think?

ü  How does He operate?

ü  What is His promise?

ü  What happens when you obey Him?

ü  What happens when you don’t?

ü  Why does He do this?

ü  Why doesn’t He do this?

ü  Learning the ways of God

 

Apply what you learn;

 

·         If you come to Church and you don’t have any intention of changing your life, you won’t bring a notebook or a pencil and pad.

·         The Holy Spirit will teach you the truth, if you want to know it.

·         Observe the consequences

·         Nobody wants to talk about the consequences

 

Request to Experience the Power of God

 

When we pray for people, we want them to live out of the power and strength of God; this helps them to understand that nothing is impossible with God.
We can live a life in His energy, power and strength.
We can do what seems to be impossible with God.
God can handle anything that comes our way.
We can never ask God for too much strength or power.
The issue is am I willing to pray for it? Am I willing to believe it?
Our consistency in praying for someone reveals the value of the person to our lives.
Pray for His strength and patience; so you won’t give up and quit.
When we have learned about God we can joyously give thanks to Him, regardless of the circumstances.
 

Lord, I thank You so much for Your Word and for prayer. I ask only one thing now, may I grow in my prayer life and life of praying for others, teach me how to do this and I thank You for it while You change the world as I pray in Jesus Name! AMEN!

Temptation.

Father in Jesus Name I pray thankful. I ask You to let these notes help me to overcome temptations that easily take advantage of me. Lord, help me to rid my life of them and delete them out of my cell-phone and notebook. Holy Spirit sift and fill my life with You and not it. I thank You in advance in Jesus Name! AMEN!

 

What IS Temptation?

 

 

Temptation – something that tempts; entices or allures.

 

Tempt – To entice or allure to do something that is often unwise, wrong or immoral.

 

What are you tempted with everyday on the job, at school, in your homes, at your desk on the computer?

 

Everyone in the world has temptations and we at various times in our life and often fall victim to it, but what does God say about temptation? 

 

Often we are tempted to listen to the wrong music (we know it’s wrong), fit in with the crowd, do what others do, go against God, not believe in God, not read the Bible, not going to Church, smoking cigarettes, sex, drugs, hating people, hurting people, hating your parents, getting mad at God, being angry at your brother, being angry at a friend, being angry at your sister, fear, envy, jealousy, bitterness, stealing, lying, revenge, peer pressure, disobeying parents, cussing, lying, cheating and lust

 

The world is filled with temptation, it’s on TV, it’s in school, it’s at work, it’s even at Church, yes even at Church.

 

Peer Pressure – social pressure by ones members of their peer group to take certain action, adopt certain values, or otherwise conform in order to be accepted.  (God’s viewpoint; Romans 12:2)

“But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust and passions).” ~James 1:14 (Amplified Bible)

 

What is lust?

 

Lust – A passionate or overmastering desire or craving, uncontrolled appetite

 

What does God say about all of these things? Is there a way to overcome these things that we fall victim to?

 

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13 (English Standard Version)

 

This means that no-one faces new temptation and we all have temptations.

God provides a way out of all of our temptations! The phone could ring (it could be your mother or brother), the person may walk away or you may have to go-to class or study, these are routes of escape that God often places in your life when you are tempted. 

 

Key points in temptation! Things to remember. 

 

-          God is with you, even in temptation

-          God is rooting for you to overcome, He wants you to overcome it and will help you

-          Victory is provided by God! He will show you how to overcome, if you let Him

-          Overcoming your temptation is possible with The Word of God and the Holy Spirit

-          Victory is yours, it is yours! God has given you a way of escape for all temptation, you have to take it!

“And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, lie with me. But he refused.” ~ Genesis 39:7-8

Key points in this passage of scripture (Read full chapter for better understanding Genesis 39)

-          His temptation didn’t just stop when he said “no”

-          He recognized that this temptation was against God and not against himself

-          Joseph overcame by running away

Each of these instances in Joseph’s life proves that God is able to help us in any temptation, it proves scripture is real and can help us in our everyday activities and life.

“And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business and there was none of the men of the house there within and she caught him.”  ~ Genesis 39:11

 

What is the environment of temptation?

 

With who are you tempted to sin/do the wrong things?

 

-          Certain people? Peer pressure? School guys? Cheerleaders? Brothers? Friends? Church buddies?

 

Where are you tempted?

 

-          At Home? At home alone after school? At his house, at her house? In his car, in her car? Job? School? On a computer? Phone? Text messages? Facebook? Twitter?

 

When are you tempted to sin?

 

-          Certain day? Certain class? Time? Week? Weekend? Angry? Sad? Lonely?

In order to have victory, you have to know the details of your temptation and why it’s happening?

We often fall victim to temptation because we desire to do these things, but inside we know it’s wrong and it hurts us and others, especially our parents, Pastor and those who truly care about us.

 

Why are you tempted?

-          The devil tempts people (James 1:13)

-          God allows this to show your strength and show your weakness

God is not mad at you if you fall into temptation! However, God is ready to help you on the track of overcoming this!

How to overcome and have victory

 

The key to overcoming temptation is knowing yourself?  Write a list of what tempts you. Write out a prayer asking for freedom and forgiveness for falling and ask God daily (sometimes even hourly) to help you. He will!

-          What are you around?

-          What do you like to do that entices you or draws you?

 

Get away from people who do these

 things!

 

-          You can’t overcome by sticking with the crowd and trying to fit in.  It takes courage to leave people that hurt your life, but you have so much more to live for. You have the capability to become a Doctor, Lawyer, Pastor, Preacher, Mayor, President, Teacher or anything in the world that you desire to become, but we often have to leave a group of people to find out what to do in life.

-          Leave them alone, delete Facebook friends, texts, phone numbers, avoid people, change your phone number, block numbers, even switch schools if it’s that necessary and sometimes it is!

 

Prayer!

 

-          God loves to hear from you! God wants to help you! God wants to free you! God wants to talk with you and show you Himself! God wants to make sure you know He is real, but we have to believe first! (John 14:21)

-          Be honest with God! He won’t get mad! Tell Him that you like doing these things and ask Him to change your heart.

Know Gods Word!

-          What does God say?

-          How does God tell me to live?

-          How do I get away from this temptation? (2 Timothy 2:22)

God has given us the ability to overcome anything that hurts us and hinders us.  Often we reach towards drugs and sex, things that hurt us because we ourselves are hurt.  We have been betrayed, abandoned, left by people, hurt by people and various other things? What are you truly hurt about? God wants to heal THAT! God wants to help you get through bad times in your life.  God wants to help you get through the pain of a divorce in your family.  God wants you to know that you are special to Him. He created you with a purpose, a good one! He loves you so much and wants to do so much for you, but we have to come to Him and allow Him to do it.  

 

 He wants to spend time with you, will you spend time with Him?

 

Ways to spend time with God

 

 

-          Studying the Bible

-          Prayer

-          Bible Study

-          Church

-          Youth Church

-          Ministries

-          Giving money, funds, time, talent and gifts to your Church

-          Helping others, Loving others

-          Doing things to help your parents/guardian around the house. God has a plan and we have so many options to do something for others every day, part of His plan is giving and helping others.

 

 

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16 (New Living Translation)

God loves you and died for your sins.  Jesus paid a price for all of your sins, the temptations we fall for, the temptations we will fall for as well. However, we have to believe in Jesus to overcome sin/temptation and in the process of believing we will have Eternal Life and victory over those things that hurt us and hinder us from receiving the best God’s plan has to offer.

 

“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.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (New Living Translation)

 

God has a plan for your life. You’re not here on mistake or as an accident. You are valuable, you’re a prized possession of God! The Creator of the Universe loves YOU! You are beautiful!  It’s a plan that we often don’t know right away, but His plan has a promise, a purpose, a reason and a season to be completed.  Will you let Him work in your life to show you this plan?  It’s a choice that we have to willingly make every-day. Will you let God have control of your life so He can show you what life is all about?  Many people search in life and never find peace, joy, security and happiness, but we fail to look to Jesus Christ who is God for these things.  God has these things available to us, we just have to believe in Him.  It’s too simple to pass up and too good to leave behind.  Age doesn’t matter with God. (1 Timothy 4:12)  God wants us to know Him at any age, especially a younger age as well.  You have the capability to change the world.  God wants you to do well in school and continue your education.  God can show you where to go-to College.  God wants you on His side, on His team.  He also is concerned and cares for you and every area of your life! God Bless! Ask for prayer if you need it!

 

Father in Jesus Name I thank You so much that You have a plan. Lord, show me how to overcome sin and let sin not have dominion over me anymore. Lord, let my life shine brighter because of the great freedom that You have given already in faith. Lord, I ask You to help me to help others and I pray that I can overcome the temptation to not love others. Please help me take note of these things again and I thank You so much because prayer works and You are already on the job fixing me for Your glory and Kingdoms goal and work. I thank You. May I do all of Your will in the spirit of love and humility in Jesus Name! AMEN!

The Great Face Off: PRIDE V.S. HUMILITY

Father in Jesus Name I pray that Your Spirit makes this relevant to my life right now and help me to grow spiritually because of it. Lord, let me finish it all and not get distracted. Speak to me so I can speak to the world about You in Jesus Name. Amen.

What is PRIDE?

The Greek word for “pride” is “graggadocio” which means boasting [alazoneia ἀλαζονεία]

How often do we boast about things?  It’s an example of pride.  We can do it through various ways, words, social media and even just showing something off that we have.  We can even boast about how much of the Bible we do or know but one of the worst signs of pride is coming to Jesus Christ in prayer talking about our “good works” that we have done in order to “have a blessing or prayer answered.” 

 

One thing is for sure: God doesn’t like pride and gives us many warnings of it through the Word of God: “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” (Proverbs 8:13 He also goes in depth with: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16. These are the things we should avoid in our lives, but the focal point of this is PRIDE.

Let’s compare one of Jesus’ parables to our lives:

“Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” ~ Luke 18:10-14 (King James Version)

 

Jesus is giving a description between humility and pride in prayer and more than likely how these two people conducted their lives.  If we are honest we have all put our “good works” in Gods face in hopes that He would answer our prayers and not only answer it, but answer them fast.  However, this is not the plan of God.  It’s seen in this parable found in Luke 18:10-14. One of them came to God showing his sinfulness and one came to God showing his works and God looked at the person who showed their sin and not their deeds and blessed him. Salvation is by confessing of sins, grace and faith alone.

 

The only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us in our daily conduct.” ~ Andrew Murray

We need to guard out mouths in all areas in our lives, even in prayer because sometimes pride makes its entrance through our lips, but it’s always sitting in our hearts due to our nasty sinful nature that we all have.

Jesus also said:  

“And he went on to say, "It is what comes out of you that makes you unclean. For from the inside, from your heart, come the evil ideas which lead you to do immoral things, to rob, kill, commit adultery, be greedy, and do all sorts of evil things; deceit, indecency, jealousy, slander, pride, and folly--- all these evil things come from inside you and make you unclean." (Matthew 7:20-23 GNB)

 

All of our pride is found deep within our heart and nobody is pride-less unless they have transitioned to be with The LORD in Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8).  However, humility is a fruit of the Holy Spirit and that fruit grows in the lives of Christians as we develop in our walk with Jesus through prayer, studying the Bible, giving, attending a godly Church and serving in it, etc. etc.

Paul tells us that humility is a fruit that grows and is not immediately made at salvation: “But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these.” ~ Galatians 5:22-23 (Good News Bible)

WHY ARE ARGUMENTS STARTED?

Arguments are always started by a heart filled with pride and selfishness that soon turns into words and actions that we later regret.  These words can hurt our family, friends, Churches, Ministers, marriages, relationships, etc. etc. How many times have we said and done things that hurt people but in the end hurts us as well? God even speaks to us about that, the Bible says: “Arrogance comes, then comes shame.” ~ Proverbs 11:2 (Gods Word)

The Bible is clear pride causes contention and strife: “Only by pride cometh contention.” (Proverbs 13:10 KJV)

“What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you? Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members?” ~ James 4:1 (AMPLIFIED)

“Quarrels and fights among believers are always harmful. James explains that these conflicts result from evil desires battling within us: We want more possessions, more money, higher status, more recognition. When we don't get what we want, we fight in order to have it. Instead of aggressively grabbing what we want, we should submit ourselves to God, ask God to help us get rid of our selfish desires, and trust him to give us what we really need.” ~ Life Application Study Bible

THE DANGER OF BOASTING:

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.” ~ C.S. Lewis

"I warned the proud, 'Stop your boasting!' I told the wicked, 'Don't raise your fists! Don't raise your fists in defiance at the heavens or speak with such arrogance.” ~ Psalm 75:4-5 (New Living Translation)

God is serious about us not boasting about what we have, have done or want to do. The Lord wants us to live humbly, depending on Him.  Anytime we boast in anything but the Cross (Galatians 6:14) we are glorifying something that isn’t of God.  However, look how easy it is to boast, we can show off our car, body, life, houses etc. etc. you may say “but I am bragging that God did all that for me,” but pride can easily creep into a person’s heart without even noticing it. Pride is a camouflaged spirit. We need to be careful with boasting and do like Paul: As for me, however, I will boast only about the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Good News Bible)

To show how much God hates pride and boasting He even mentions it in our salvation: “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 New Living Translation) The truth is God is serious about us not boasting about anything but the things of God. Period.

 

PREJUDICE AND PRIDE:

Prejudice always starts from a prideful heart. Period.

Jonah was also someone who was prideful and prejudice.  The Ninevites were great enemies to the Children of Israel. Jonah was mad as he could be when his message of salvation through The LORD caused the whole city to repent and turn to God. “This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the LORD about it: "Didn't I say before I left home that You would do this, LORD? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.” ~ Jonah 4:1-2 (New Living Translation) However, Jonah was still dealing with prejudice and pride but God never stopped working on him and God will never stop working on us. However, God does want us to pray and try to lay down our pride and our prejudices.

Luke 5:8 says: “When Simon Peter saw this happen, he knelt down in front of Jesus and said, "Lord, don't come near me! I am a sinner." (Contemporary English Version) The very same Peter humble enough to receive salvation and acknowledge His sin before the presence of Jesus Christ the King, the One who forgives all of our sins past, present and future had a prejudiced and racial spirit on him.  Let’s not forget to acknowledge that after the Holy Spirit filled him he did great works for God, but the prejudiced spirit was still there.  This gives us insight into the fact that we don’t have to be perfect to walk with God or to accept Gods salvation. He takes us as we are but He will work in us until we get to Heaven (Philippians 1:6)

God saw this prideful spirit in Peter and gave an example of the Jewish Law the area Peter was most “devout” in.  He let down a sheet of unclean food three times and each time Peter said: “But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.” – Acts 10:14 (King James Version) Peter was prejudiced and thought the Gentiles didn’t merit salvation, forgetting that he himself didn’t merit or do anything good to receive this great gift of salvation.   Peter was in the process of being broken of his arrogance and pride and God knew how to get his attention.  At the time the vision took place Peter was hungry and God used his bodily desire to crucify his fleshly pride.

“Not so Lord” is always a sign of pride and rebellion creeping into the life of the Christian believer. But let’s look at someone who said “Yes, Lord” and made an eternal impact that is still taking place in our lives through Paul’s New Testament writings that we love to hear, read and study.

 “Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord!" he replied.” ~ Acts 9:10 (New Living Translation)

It’s almost as if Ananias was just waiting to do something great for The Lord. Look at his reply; he was anticipating doing something for God and God called him to do something. Ananias had the right attitude “Yes, Lord!” However, he was nervous to speak to Paul because of Paul’s past of killing others, even after Paul’s conversion people doubted his salvation.  Ananias proves our availability to God causes opportunity to do something for God.

Although Ananias was scared he knew God had called him to do something special for the Kingdom and he saw the fear and went anyways. He had to visit Paul and cure his blindness that took place on the road to Damascus. Ananias had the spirit of humility which was able to make him “in tune” with God to do whatever God would have him to do.  We don’t speak much about Ananias and He isn’t recorded much in the Bible, but he helped Paul the Apostle who wrote over half of the New Testament that we love and read all the time. Ananias’ humility changed the world and he never took credit for Gods call to help Paul.  

What Jesus forbids is self-righteous, officious, hasty, unmerciful, prejudiced, and unwarranted condemnation based on human standards and human reasoning.” ~ John MacArthur

FINAL THOUGHT/SCRIPTURES:

God wants us to search our heart in quiet time with Him as the Holy Spirit shows us the areas of pride and as He does show us those areas He wants us to confess them to Him in order to have victory over them.

“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” ~ 1 John 1:9 (New Living Translation)

“Reverence for the LORD is an education in itself. You must be humble before you can ever receive honors.” ~ Proverbs 15:33 (Good News Bible)

“Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!” ~ Matthew 5:5 (Good News Bible)

QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

Have you bragged about anything lately that you know is designed to glorify and show off what you have (regardless of the addition of the “glory to God” to try to justify our bragging?)

Have you noticed how often pride starts arguments in relationships you are involved in?

Do you see any traces of pride right now, if so what are you doing to get rid of it? (Example: Prayer, the Bible, Serving, Forgiving, etc. etc.)

“Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because He shows us both God and our own wretchedness.” ~ Blaise Pascal

Father in Jesus Name I come to You and ask You to let the fruit of humility grow in abundance in my life and may my life be an example of Your love and Grace towards all people in Jesus Name. Amen.

WANT TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR FROM YOUR SINS? CLICK “HOW TO KNOW JESUS”

“Behold, now is the day of salvation.” ~ 2 Corinthians 6:2 (King James Version)

Remember, you do NOT have to be perfect or “get your life together” to accept Jesus as your Savior from your sin. He loves you just like you are! (Romans 5:8)

“I will never turn away anyone who comes to me.” ~ Jesus (John 6:37 GNB)

“The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" Everyone who hears this should say, "Come!" If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It's free!” ~ Revelation 22:17 (Contemporary English Version)

BIBLE STUDY TOOLS GUARANTEED TO BLESS YOUR LIFE:

If you have a computer you can download a GREAT Bible study tool called “E-Sword” found at www.E-Sword.net (also for iPad’s). If you download this, you can also download many free Bible commentaries (helping to explain scriptures to you), dictionaries and Bible versions.

www.ChristianBook.com (Order a Study Bible) Life Application Study Bible

§  KJV Study Bible

§  MacArthur Study Bible

§  The Jeremiah Study Bible

§  The Word for Today Bible available @ (twft.org)

Some Commentaries (Matthew Henry’s, J. Vernon McGee, or Bible Believers Commentary), Naves Topical Bible (Free on E-Sword), Bible dictionaries (Holman); etc.) or www.Amazon.com (And grab a highlighter)

Great books to buy: • “Disciplines of the Holy Spirit” Dr. Tann/Gregg

• “How to Listen to God” ~ Dr. Charles Stanley

• “How to Reach Your Full Potential for God” ~ Dr. Charles Stanley (www.InTouch.org)

• “How to Study the Bible” ~ Dr. Charles Stanley

• “Living Waters” ~ Chuck Smith (www.twft.org)

• “Success God's Way: Achieving True Contentment And Purpose” ~ Dr. Charles Stanley

• “When the Storm Hits” ~ Chuck Smith

• “Married. Happily.” ~ Greg Laurie

• “FAITH” ~ Chuck Smith

• “EMOTIONS” ~ Charles Stanley

GREAT BIBLE TEACHERS WITH FREE BIBLE STUDIES ONLINE:

Pastor Chuck Smith [Check out his library on the site] (www.twft.org)

Dr. Charles Stanley of In-touch Ministries (www.intouch.org )

Greg Laurie of Harvest Ministries (www.harvest.org)

Bishop T.D Jakes of The Potters House (www.thepottershouse.org)

Dr. J. Vernon McGee (www.ttb.com)

Dr. David Jeremiah (www.davidjeremiah.org)

Walking in Sin V.S. Running to Jesus

Father, please teach me and help me to apply what I can learn from this and I thank You in Jesus' Name. Amen.

"For you spent enough time in the past doing what the gentiles like to do, living in sensuality, sinful desires, drunkenness, wild celebrations, drinking parties, and detestable idolatry." ~ 1 Peter 4:3 (ISV)

Peter lists some things we as Christians have to struggle with and sometimes God will fully deliver us from these things and sometimes God will allow us to struggle against sin for a while then change our hearts. Endurance is being built through this. Endurance is the ability to keep going even when you desire to give up. You can’t run a race (live as a Christian) without TRAINED endurance from God. God uses various things to produce endurance in the life of a Christian; some trials, some temptations, etc. etc.

Paul compared the Christian life to a race. “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1 Corinthians 9:24 KJV) Paul was a teacher that used his surroundings as a lesson, similar to Jesus. Jesus often used what He saw to teach, “birds of the air (Matthew 13:32), foxes have holes (Matthew 13:32), sowing seeds (Mark 4:3).”

In the New Living Translation it states: “When we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries” (1 Peter 4:3 NLT)

The Good News Bible makes it clearer without even having to break it down and explain it further: “You have spent enough time in the past doing what the heathen like to do. Your lives were spent in indecency, lust, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and the disgusting worship of idols.” (1 Peter 4:3 GNB)

Side Note: “Idols” can be cars, clothes, books, whatever we put ABOVE God and His Word, ways and will. Also, it’s great to use various translations of the Bible when you study (King James Version, New Living Translation, AMPLIFIED, Good News Bible, etc). I suggest getting E-Sword @ E-Sword.net. It supplies you with free various commentaries, dictionaries, Bible translations, etc; for free. It’s for a computer or you can get it for your iPad’s. It is a GREAT TOOL for Bible Study; HIGHLY recommended.

The first thing we need to notice is that we ALL have done this.  So nobody should have their heads lifted above anyone still doing it (Galatians 6:1). We have all fallen short of Gods Will and standard (Romans 3:23) and in the process of this we were only brought back to God by Jesus’ death on the Cross and our faith in His resurrection (Romans 5:1). We are saved by GRACE through FAITH and NOT works (Ephesians 2:8-9)

But look what Paul told Timothy who was a younger person who was walking with Jesus. Paul knew that it was “easier” for a younger Christian to either fall into these things or start again or continue to do them.

 “But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:11 NLT)

“Man of God, keep eternity's values in view. Lay hold on eternal life. Keep focused on the fact that you're going to heaven.” ~ Jon Courson’s New Testament Application Commentary

Paul went further into what we should RUN (quicker, faster) for as Peter has just listed what we WALKED (went slow, lasted longer) in. Notice the need to run for Jesus and His presence instead of slowly going into sin and staying in the presence of it.

“Paul uses active and forceful verbs to describe the Christian life: run, pursue, fight, hold tightly. Some think Christianity is a passive religion that advocates waiting for God to act. On the contrary, we must have an active faith, training, working hard, sacrificing, and doing what we know is right. Is it time for action on your part? Christian service, like athletics, requires training and sacrifice. Our discipline and obedience largely define whether or not we will be contributors or merely spectators. How would other believers rank your contributing role on Christ's team?” ~ Life Application Study Bible

As you develop and grow (through studying the Bible, giving, praying, etc.) in your Christian walk you will have this same mind-set. “You won't spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.” (1 Peter 4:2)

Now Peter gives us the purpose: “it’s time to be done with it for good.” Fight sin and pursue Christ.

 “You've already put in your time in that God-ignorant way of life, partying night after night, a drunken and profligate life. Now it's time to be done with it for good.” (1 Peter 4:3 The Message)

Father in Jesus Name I thank You for prayer and the change it can bring. Lord, change our hearts and cause us to want the will of God. Loose us from the things of the flesh and those things that hinder our walk with You in Jesus Name. Amen.

 

WANT TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR FROM YOUR SINS? CLICK “HOW TO KNOW JESUS”

“Behold, now is the day of salvation.” ~ 2 Corinthians 6:2 (King James Version)

Remember, you do NOT have to be perfect or “get your life together” to accept Jesus as your Savior from your sin. He loves you just like you are! (Romans 5:8)

“I will never turn away anyone who comes to me.” ~ Jesus (John 6:37 GNB)

“The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" Everyone who hears this should say, "Come!" If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It's free!” ~ Revelation 22:17 (Contemporary English Version)

BIBLE STUDY TOOLS GUARANTEED TO BLESS YOUR LIFE:

If you have a computer you can download a GREAT Bible study tool called “E-Sword” found at www.E-Sword.net (also for iPad’s). If you download this, you can also download many free Bible commentaries (helping to explain scriptures to you), dictionaries and Bible versions. If you desire to buy certain commentaries, devotionals and dictionaries as additions to the abundance of the ones they already have you can at www.estudysource.com

www.ChristianBook.com (Order a Study Bible) Life Application Study Bible

  •  KJV Study Bible
  • MacArthur Study Bible
  • The Jeremiah Study Bible
  • The Word for Today Bible available @ (twft.org)

Some Commentaries (Matthew Henry’s, J. Vernon McGee, or Bible Believers Commentary), Naves Topical Bible (Free on E-Sword), Bible dictionaries (Holman); etc.) or www.Amazon.com (And grab a highlighter)

Great books to buy: • “Disciplines of the Holy Spirit” Dr. Tann/Gregg

• “How to Listen to God” ~ Dr. Charles Stanley

• “How to Reach Your Full Potential for God” ~ Dr. Charles Stanley (www.InTouch.org)

• “How to Study the Bible” ~ Dr. Charles Stanley

• “Living Waters” ~ Chuck Smith (www.twft.org)

Success God's Way: Achieving True Contentment And Purpose” ~ Dr. Charles Stanley

• “When the Storm Hits” ~ Chuck Smith

• “Married. Happily.” ~ Greg Laurie

• “FAITH” ~ Chuck Smith

• “EMOTIONS” ~ Charles Stanley

GREAT BIBLE TEACHERS WITH FREE BIBLE STUDIES ONLINE:

Pastor Chuck Smith [Check out his library on the site] www.twft.org

Dr. Charles Stanley of In-touch Ministries www.intouch.org

Greg Laurie of Harvest Ministries www.harvest.org

Bishop T.D Jakes of The Potters House www.thepottershouse.org

Dr. J. Vernon McGee www.ttb.com

Dr. David Jeremiah www.davidjeremiah.org

Enjoy Jesus!

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ~ 2 Timothy 2:15 (King James Version)