1. Repent. This is easier said than done, I know. If your sin has caused others to stumble ask for forgiveness. But also be ready to accept God’s forgiveness for yourself when you repent and ask Him to forgive you. Remember, God always forgives a truly repentant person, humans may not. This is not your battle to win, accept that if you have done the right thing and asked another for forgiveness you cannot make them forgive you.
2. Rend your HEART and NOT your GARMENT (Joel 2:13). This is true repentance. To rend your garment (tear) is a public display of your sorrow, grief, etc.; but to rend your heart is a private matter that is done before God. He alone knows when a person is truly repentant (rending their heart) or just putting on a show (rending their garment). Be sure that when you ask God for forgiveness, when you ask another for forgiveness, that you are doing it from a changed heart. True repentance leads to changed behavior.
3. Confess your sins. Confess them to God, confess them to yourselves and confess them to a godly person that will hold you accountable. Confession is hard because it calls to light those parts of us that we want to keep in the darkness. But when we confess our sins we own them, rather than them owing us. Confession is God’s plan for our freedom from the flesh. Without confession of sin we are slaves to our own flesh. This happens because we want to protect the sin; because if people know then we may be judged, and no one likes to be judged. After a time we condition ourselves to justifying the sin. Now the sin owns us, and it is our master. Confession brings about the freedom that we long for as believers. It allows us to conquer the flesh and its demands.
As always, God Bless you till we meet again…
- Confession and Repentance (gracewalkerton.wordpress.com)
- Forgiveness – Part 2 (pastorlamb.com)
- No Regrets (cbnindiablogs.wordpress.com)
- Forgiveness and Consequences (gbonsy.wordpress.com)
Godly Confidence and Godly Righteousness
(There will be no blog for tomorrow. May you all find blessing in the house of the Lord on His day.)
(Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s that read my blog’s. May God bless each and every one of you!)
Philippians 3:3b, 9c “…put no confidence in the flesh…” “…the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith…”
The word confidence here means to obey. So what Paul is saying is don’t obey your flesh. Your flesh has no righteousness in it. Walk in consultation of the Holy Spirit, not the passions and desires of the flesh. For it is in this confidence of our own abilities apart from God that we get carried away with temptations and sin. We have to seek God’s righteousness in our lives.
And how exactly does one “obtain” the righteousness of God? Through faith Paul says. This is true righteousness. I think sometimes that we confuse righteousness with good works. This doesn’t make you righteous, believing in God’s goodness, believing in His promises of deliverance, believing that Jesus has set you free from your past, believing that He is coming again to bring us to Heaven. This is faith, and this is where the righteousness comes from that God wants us to attain to. Good works is our way to show the world Gods love, but also to show God and the world that we are changed.
I see so many people struggling with temptations and the sins that follow. It breaks my heart; if we would just stop and really focus on what God wants for our lives, but instead we only focus on our flesh. I see people putting themselves in bad situations, then being carried away by the sins of their flesh, just because they think they can “handle” it. We put confidence in other people’s flesh too. We get ourselves into compromising positions thinking that the other person can “handle” it. Or worse, we use the other person as our scapegoat to act ungodly. Why is it so hard for us to be faithful to God? Because we put confidence in our flesh! We do not have the righteousness of God because we do not have faith. We have the ability to be so much more than we are if we would be willing to let go of our old ways and live for Jesus. We need to get to that place in our lives where we are willing to say “Not my will Father but Yours be done in my life…” until that day comes for us, we will always struggle with putting confidence in the flesh.
As always, God Bless you till we meet again…
The Armor of God
V. 15 “…and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;…”
• Shod (5265)(Greek dictionary to the NT) Hupodeo: to bind under ones feet
• Gospel (2098) (Lexicon) Euaggelion: The Good News of Jesus Christ
• Peace (1515) (lexicon) Eriene: peace as a Messianic blessing is that state that is brought about by the grace and loving mind of God wherein the derangement and distress of life caused by sin are removed. Hence, the message of salvation is called the Gospel of Peace.
When I hear the word shod I think of a horse getting shod. This is something that is bound to you. The word bind means to fix in place. What are we to fix in place? The preparation…let’s stop here for a moment. Paul is trying to tell us to be prepared to do this. This is the thing that will carry us. Imagine being suited up, but not having foot coverings going into battle. Your feet would cause a distraction, you would lose focus and stumble and fall; rendering the armor useless.
Our feet are what carry us to and fro, what is it that we bring with us when we are about? It is supposed to be the gospel of peace. But how can we do that? By being prepared. We must make sure that we know what it is that we believe. We must make sure that we have faith that can move mountains. I think it is interesting that the meaning of the word peace here is a messianic blessing that is given to us by God through the salvation of Jesus Christ. We have touched on Christians walking with God’s joy in other studies; I think it’s worth mentioning here too. If we are trying to witness to someone about the gift of salvation, but we are showing with our lives defeat and grumbling than this is what the world sees and translates that into the meaning of salvation.
We are to shod (fix in place) our feet (the thing that carries us about) with preparation (the state of being prepared) of the gospel of peace (the message of the salvation of Jesus). If we are walking around grumbling about this and that like the world, then we are not fixing in to place on our feet the right attitude. We are given a messianic blessing from God that we are forgiven the sins of this life. This does not mean that we will not have troubles in this life, what it means is that we have an obligation to God to share the message with people. It’s hard to want to follow Jesus if the people that are supposed to represent Him look like the world; sometimes even worse. This is not the way that God wants us to be.
What is the significance of feet? I am still trying to figure this one out completely. The feet are referenced so many times in the bible I know that there must be some big message here. What keeps coming to mind is Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. This was an act of humility and service, so perhaps that is the meaning here; that we are to take this salvation message to the world in humility (meaning humbleness) and as an act of service. In any case, we need to be prepared. Have you ever found yourself in the midst of witnessing to someone and been caught off guard by a question that you were not prepared for? I’m not saying that it is possible to be prepared for every single question that people have; what I am saying is that we need to be prepared to share and be knowledgeable about the message of salvation. This is imperative for all Christians.
I just had another thought about the feet. They are our foundation; the “shoes” of a suit of armor are the foundation to that suit. And likewise, salvation is the foundation of our faith. So to make sure that we are fitted with the preparations of the message of salvation is one of the most important parts of successfully wearing God’s suit of armor.
So far we have learned that we are to be strong in the Lord (meaning to take up His strength), we learned that we are to take up the whole armor of God, not just part of it. We have learned that we are to stand firm against the false reality that the devil (meaning evil spirits) uses on this world. We learned that we do not war with people, but rather we are at war with the false reality that the evil spirits that are at work in this world. We are told again to put in the whole armor (not just parts of it) and to work at standing firm. We are told to keep ourselves from stumbling sexually, because this is a sin that we take into our own bodies (which is the temple of the Holy Spirit and the home of God and Jesus). And today we need to make sure that we are prepared in the foundation of our faith to be able to tell others about the gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Just 2 more studies to go and then we are done learning how to properly wear the Armor of God. I hope that you all are being as blessed by reading this as I am by writing it. If you have any questions please send me a message. I will try to answer you as honestly as I can.
There will be no study for tomorrow. But I will be back in Monday to share with you part 7 of this study. And as always, God bless you till we meet again.