REMODELING “WORTH CONSIDERING” 10/13/20 From Ken Smith<><
Today’s Scripture (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Today’s Scripture tells us to resist the enemy. To resist means to not agree with what he’s telling you, but rather to believe what God says about you. When you hear him whisper, “You’re all washed up. You’ve made too many mistakes,” the way you resist it is to answer, “No, thanks. God’s mercy is bigger than any mistake. My best days are still in front of me.” Don’t assist the enemy; resist him. When he tells you, “You don’t deserve to be blessed. Look what you’ve done,” resist him by declaring,” I am the righteousness of God. I am forgiven. I am redeemed.” When the enemy says, “Well, you blew it. You knew better, and now you’re guilty,” tell him, “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. I asked God for forgiveness, and He not only forgave me, but He doesn’t remember it. I’m going to live guilt-free, confidently, securely, holy, blamelessly, righteously, and honorably in Jesus’ Name.”
A Prayer For Today
“Father, thank You that when the accuser tries to dump a load of guilt on me, I can say with authority, ‘Condemnation is not acceptable here. Jesus paid the price.’ I am far from perfect, but I will not drag yesterday’s failures into today. I am forgiven. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Several things come to mind about this as a learning curve. First Off, a good in depth knowledge of what God says is right and wrong is needed. As the heart is deceitfully wicked and has to be retrained from the truth of this world of Adam to the truth of the Word of God. It is God’s Truth that sets us free. Adam’s truth brings us into bondage. We have all grown up with Adam who elected to be a disciple of lucifer and suffered a lot of pain and bondage’s. It takes about 30 time in agreeing seriously with the Truth of God before the heart (ed, sub-conscious) even begins to think you are serious about a change in direction. Some times even months go by before the heart demonstrates a change of a major direction in the way of living.“As a man thinks in his heart so is he.” “Out of the heart proceed the issues of life.” How to put on the heart of Christ Jesus?
Quick story about this, In the Army, I could out cuss the best. Fully ½ of my vocabulary was unfit for my mother’s dinner table. So when I got saved in 1955 I knew it was wrong for a Christian to talk that way so did the best I could with eating my words sometimes. But they were still etched down deep in my mind and heart. Then in 1968 I was gifted with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and a new dimension of power came over me. One day later I was running to get something done on my little farm in Pleasant Hill, Or. and I miss-gaged gaged the tread on my T340 dozer and hit the track dead on in the center of my right knee cap. Boy!!! did that hurt as I fell to the ground and I let out a very Loud yell!!! “Praise The LORD,” “Thank you Jesus” !!!! and I stopped in shock, and the pain quickly left with no damage at all. But my sponge got squeezed and out came was what was inside and it really shocked me. I had no idea of how the Holy Spirit managed to do that, but HE did and I was free of profanity. So all of those gatherings around God’s Word that I went to in the late 60s’ revivals had totally changed my heart. I was really experiencing being a new man in Christ Jesus. Of course that was just the beginning of my many needed changes. And at 88 I am still in the Holy Spirit’s class room of change every day. And I am sure, not the best student.
Second thought is our free will. To stop and ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do” in a given decision. What habits are good and what are not. It takes about a month to change a habit. So a lots of times we go for the darkness without even thinking about it. James 3 talks about our tongue as being a world of sin. And if we learn to control our tongue, the rest is easy. I do not have the space here to copy James 3 for you so please commit to reading James 3 in the Amplified https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+3&version=AMPC
Becoming in the Image and Likeness of God in Christ Jesus is a life journey. Once you make Christ Jesus really your LORD then the Holy Spirit begins the process of, with your permission, changing you from being a child of Adam into a child of God. Jesus was and is and will ever be the 1st born of this new family of God. HE is the 1st born of many brethren. You have been invited to join the family of God , if you want to. But it will mean change, repentance. Many things of this world will need to be pruned off and much of God will replace what has been removed. We purchased a very distressed house 3 yrs. ago. Had to even take out the cabinets, doors and window and some walls and all the kitchen and bath fixtures and replace them. Now the house Is a home for us. God want to move into your distressed house and make it HIS home. But it is totally up to you and your comfort zone. But if HE moves in, expect a complete remodeling and enjoy it. It will make you fit for living in HIS new eternal Home of Love, Peace and Righteousness for eternity. This whole world is up for a total remodeling very soon anyway. Can only keep what the Holy Spirit cleans up as well. And if you OK the total remodel, you even get the gift of a new eternal body to live in.
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