Updated: Jan 24
Romans 7:15-020 "For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me."
I don’t know about you holy people, but me, I mess up all the time, whether I know it or not. I am constantly struggling to do the right thing to serve my Lord. My flesh is weak. Now I’m not talking about blatant sins or huge sins but even tiny insignificant things in our eyes that Jesus will see as wrong. In the sermon on the Mount Jesus completely changed and conflicted how we see our sins. We must look at it through the eyes of God and not our own. Now sure, we know what the law is as it was given in Exodus and as pastor preached recently, “I had not known sin, but by the law.” But I ask you, DO you, KNOW the law. God says in
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew theyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Sure, pastor gives out Bible reading schedules, but as I have learned, just reading your Bible every day to check the block on your reading schedule is NOT what he (God) meant by Study. In school you read, took notes, reread, review the material over and over and meditated on it, until it is learned. We need to truly study our Bible and take it as it truly is. After all it is the word of truth. What do I mean as take it is as it truly is you ask? Well, as pastor says “The Bible is the basis for our beliefs and behaviors.” Well that cannot be true in our lives if we don’t know what it even says and it’s not hidden in our hearts. Reading the Bible hides it in our heads, studying it hides it in our hearts.
I looked it up and google says there is 613 commandments to the Jews or Old Testament, and 1,050 commandments in the New Testament to Christians. I bet none of us know all of them, so how can we say we know the law?
So, how am I to do what I should do, and not the things I shouldn’t if I don’t have it hid in my heart? I can’t. This is why we are more blessed having the scripture than those in Bible times. We have the printed Word of God where as they only had a few books and unable to have a copy for themselves. Even those in years 30-33AD during Jesus’ Earthly ministry, we have more then they. Memorizing scripture is good and we should do it, but that hides the word in our heads. When we meditate on that scripture and apply it to our lives, we have then, have hidden it in our hearts.
Point 1: you must study your Bible –
Point 2: you must not be complacent –
To take a page from RU on Friday nights, our first principle says “If God is against it, so am I.” This is a mighty principle for doing what we should and not what we shouldn’t. However, there is more to it then to just study the word and hide it in our hearts. We need to stay humble and remember who God is and who we are. Some of us here have more life behind us than ahead of us, and some have been saved for many years. Well we must watch out.
1 Corinthians 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
I myself have overcame various temptations and gained victory over some sins in my life, however; I have to be careful lest I fall back into those same temptations. I can’t let sin deceive me any longer, but most of all I can’t allow my own mind and flesh to deceive me. Like I said before, my flesh is weak. This is why I must stay in church, stay in the word of God and in prayer, lest I fall. We don’t fall just by getting proud, but we can fall by becoming complacent. When I was in the Army, we always had to be alert, especially while deployed to combat. Complacency could cause death of ourselves and others. Well men, we are all in combat.
Ephesians 6:12 says “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
1 Peter 5:8 says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
I have heard of and even witnessed godly men whom had served the Lord for many years fall to the way side and stop serving.
Studying your Bible, and not being complacent is not enough to do what you should, and not what you should not. You must also live the Word.
Ephesians 5:15-17 says “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Don’t be idle. Being a pew sitter or a listener and not a doer of the word will have you doing the wrong things. Some in this world, are perfectly comfortable in their salvation knowing they can’t lose it and living however they choose, but not me. For one, if you have that thought process, are you truly saved, not caring about living a life honorable to God? For two, if we are truly saved, should we not have a burden for lost souls?
Matthew 22:37-40 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyslef. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Many times, I find ways to share the gospel and/or my faith in Jesus Christ with people I’m in contact with even though I haven’t been soul winning on Saturdays in some time; whether I am at the drive through, the store, my apartment complex, talking to other authors online or others on social media and online elsewhere. Living the Word is not just being a good person. Jesus was the first missionary and we are to continue His Work. We can’t all go across the world, we can, however; pray, give, and preach where we are. Most of us work, but we all have some circle of influence. We all have people we see daily, whether once or often.
I heard once a brother say that he waited to share the gospel with someone when the Holy Spirit was telling him to talk to a person, and the next thing he knew, this man had passed away without the gospel. Don’t let that burden be on your shoulders.
Why do we not give the gospel? Me personally, I get dismayed and worried, I get scared of what they would say or think. Our families are the biggest struggle. If we were saved later in life or even early, it doesn’t matter, our families usually know us more than the rest and it’s harder for them to take the gospel from us. As Jesus said that “a prophet hath no honor in his own country”. Those that knew him couldn’t take the gospel from him, but don’t be dismayed. Give the gospel to everyone you can.
So, not only must you study your Bible, you must also not be complacent, but you must also live the Bible in order to do what you should and not what you should not do.
When you are living for Jesus, you can’t at the same time live for self. We all must make a decision of whom we will live for. Saying it is easy but doing it is hard, and there is much more to being a Christian than what most people think. It is far simpler than we think, hard, but yet simple. Let us die to self daily, pick up a our cross daily, and as the shepherd boy David, seek his face daily.
Let us all choose to keep on the upward way by keeping to the old paths, the fundamental paths, that honor the Lord.
That is all. Thank you.
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