There are times when I don’t want to do anything but exist. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. That doesn’t mean that I am lazy. I define laziness as an unwillingness to work or use energy. Unwillingness introduces desire and not ability. So the lazy person is able to do, but does not desire to do, and because the desire is not there, nothing gets done.
Proverbs 24:30 – 34 teaches us about a lazy person. While I was studying these verses it really struck me that the lazy man has a field. I learned from those scriptures that God has equipped all of us with ability, it’s just a matter of whether or not we are willing to work for the Kingdom in the way that God called us. In other words, are we too lazy. Isaiah teaches us that we have to be willing and obedient to eat the good of the land. I take that to mean that willingness and obedience give us the ability to tap into the power of God and use the “field” that He has given us to His glory.
An unwillingness to work is against the commandment of God. In Genesis 2:15 God shows us that even the Garden of Eden, where there were no weeds, needed to be cared for. Work came before Adam was given Eve and work came before the earth was cursed because of Adam’s disobedience. Man was equipped by God to work bodily (with his muscles, bones and joints) and materially (with a field – Adam’s field was the Garden of Eden).
What are you doing with the field that God gave you? Are you productive at work, in your church or in your community? Do you feel like you are doing what God would have you do? Or do you feel like you spend more time lying around in the comforts of home, unwilling to get us and get active for God? Overcome laziness! The power of God is available for you!
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God made a way for man to get to Him from the beginning. God’s making is through Jesus and we learn from I Corinthians 8:6 that all things come from God and that they come through Jesus. We learn from John 1 that Jesus was in heaven with God in the beginning and that God put flesh on Jesus and sent Him to earth to redeem man from sin. Knowing that God prepared a way for us to get back to Him from the very beginning is evidence of His love for us. He loved us so much that He gave Jesus to the world to right the sin of Adam. (John 3:16)
Believing in the way God provided as a connection to Him is how we access God. You can’t get around Jesus, you have to go through Him to get to God. Hebrews 10:20 teaches us that there is a new and living way to get to God and that way is Jesus. Before Jesus, the people had to go to the priest and had to have animals sacrificed to cover sin. Jesus’ death and resurrection didn’t cover sin, it did away with sin, along with shame and the consciousness of sin. That means sin has no more reign in your life! No matter what you may have done! That’s why you want to go through Jesus! His blood was sinless and paid the price for our sins. Without the blood of Jesus there is no remission of sins. God made is so from the beginning because of His love for us.
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I have been teaching on how to get to God and want to bring forward the final lessons from this teaching. Jesus is the path to God and if you disregard the path, you will not be able to get to God. God created the way to reach man from the beginning and you can’t disregard Jesus and think that you are going to get to God. (John 1:1-3, 14)
Where I see folks disregard God is in prayer. Prayer has to be in Jesus’ name. We learn from John 14:6 that He is the way, the truth and the life and that you can’t get to father God but by Jesus. Why you pray, you have to pray in the name of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to pray in Jesus’ name. Don’t let folks intimidate you when it comes to praying to God. Don’t offer up vain repetition, saying the same words over and over and trying to sound holy. The faithful and fervent prayers of the righteous avails much. You have to talk to God like you would talk to a loved one and it has to be in Jesus’ name. Send us a comment or visit the website at stwteachingministry.com
Forgiveness is a choice. That means that you are capable of doing it. Capability is based on the works of Jesus. In other words, when you received Jesus Christ as your personal savior, according to Romans 10:9-10, you were given the ability to choose. That means that the born again believer cannot say that he or she cannot forgive. He or she may not forgive because of a lack of desire to forgive, but because the Holy Spirit lives on the inside, the ability to forgive is there. In other words, there is no excuse for the believer to walk in unforgiveness.
Ephesians 1:4 teaches us that God chose us to be in Christ. Isn’t it great to be chosen of God. God also teaches us that Him forgiving use is dependent on us forgiving others. You can forgive because God made you capable of forgiving. Don’t say that you can’t forgive because of how severe someone treated you or what they did to you. You can forgive because you have Christ.
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God has had me present these lessons from the negative. This series has been titled How to get to God, however God has had me bring for how not to get to God to show you how to get to God.
Repentance is a requirement to access God. Repent means to turn away from something that you were doing that you shouldn’t have been doing – sin. We learn from Isaiah 30:15 that salvation and rest are in repentance and we know from Luke 5 that Jesus calls sinners to repentance.
What we see here again is unwillingness. This is the same thing that we talked about when we talked about unbelief. God is seeking purity and holiness and those cannot be found apart from Him. If there is no repentance there is no access to God.
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I have been teaching on How to get to God. I have discussed several areas that can hinder or prevent you from getting to God. Points that I made in previous blogs and on the radio ministry include: 1. Unbelief, 2. Refusing Spiritual growth, and 3. An unwillingness to repent. If you haven’t heard those lessons and would like to, please contact the ministry at stwteachingministry.com and I can make them available to you.
In this post I want to begin a discussion about unforgiveness. Unforgiveness will prevent access to God. Because God gives us choices, we have the ability to align our will with the will of God and we can choose to forgive. We have to choose to forgive others in order to be forgiven by God. We learn through Mark 11:25 that access to the forgiveness of God requires that we forgive.
How do we forgive folks who mistreat us? You have to consider where the mistreatment comes from. Anything that is good comes from God. (Psalms 86:4-5) That means any evil acts or meanness, or things that are not good that are done toward you by someone else, come from the enemy. Knowing this helps us know where to direct our anger. Our anger should be directed at the devil and we should attack him with the Word of God.We should not attack or direct our anger at people . . . who are essentially being used by the devil to create disorder and confusion. People who are being used to get us out of the peace of God. We know this when actions are not inline with the Word of God. In other words, if people do things that are not consistent with God or what God says, they are acting of themselves and not being led by the Spirit of God.
Hebrews 12:14 teaches us that we should follow peace and that following peace is forgiving. When you are mad with someone you should never forget who you are in Christ. You should never tell anyone that you are going to put down your religion. Christ has given you the ability to forgive. You can walk in forgiveness, and walking in forgiveness is walking in the peace of God. When you are angry and you don’t want to forgive you should pray to God and get His wisdom as to how to handle the situation. He will show you how to forgive, pray for the person and walk in peace, even if the person does not want to be peaceful with you.
God wants you to forgive because He wants to forgive you. In fact, He has made forgiveness available for you through the finished works of Jesus. All you have to do is receive Jesus, and ask God to forgive you of your sins and God will cleanse you from all things that are not like Him. (I John 1:9). I hope this post has blessed you and helps you forgive others. Contact the ministry at stwteachingministry.com as we would really enjoy hearing from you. Praying for you a Happy and Prosperous 2017 in which you continue to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I have been teaching on How to get to God. I have explored the need for access to God, even if you are saved. I have also discussed unbelief and how unbelief can keep you from accessing God.
In this post I want to talk about how refusing Spiritual Growth can keep you from getting to God. We know from Jeremiah 33:3 that there are deep things of God and that they are great and mighty things. Knowing that there are deep things of God let us know that we need to be meditating on the Word of God – hearing the Word of God – so that we may grow thereby. Second Peter 3:18 teaches us that we are to grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
If you are not growing in the Word of God – learning more and more about Kingdom principles, the Word of God and the finished work of the Christ, then you are stagnant in Christ and God is not pleased – actually you are walking in disobedience. If He says that we are supposed to grow in the knowledge of Jesus, if we don’t grow then we are being disobedient.
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How do you get to God? I established the point that we need to have access to God whether a person is saved or not. Hebrews 4:14-16 teach us about mercy and grace and how in the time of need, they can be accessed by accessing God. This was written to Christians which underscores the fact that we will have times of need where we need a move of God on our behalf. We need to be able to access the fullness of God – His ability, His grace and mercy and His power that is working in us.
Unbelief is stubbornness, hard heartedness, arrogance, stiffened neckish, rebellion – unbelief means that you must have heard about Christ, and after hearing and understanding the finished work of Jesus – you make the conscious decision to reject Jesus. You make the conscious decision to not believe. Acts 7:51 teaches that resisting the Holy Spirit is resisting the Power and Instruction of God. Unbelief prevents access to God – which leaves one alone to grope around in the dark with out direction or insight from the mind of Christ.
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Some of you may be asking, How do I get to God? Where is He in my life? Why does He seem silent? I am starting a series of lessons that give advice on how to get to God. For the Christian, it begins with an understanding that we need access.
Sometimes Christians think that because they are saved that they don’t have to access God. Hebrews 4:14-16 teach us that even though we are saved, we will experience a time of need. In that time of need when we go to God, we will receive mercy and grace. Mercy is not getting what we deserve for the mistakes and meanness that we may do. Grace is God’s ability to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. Recognize that you need God, whether you are saved or not. You need to access Him. You need to get to Him. He is the only one who can provide you with what you need.
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God has always wanted to be with man. He has always wanted to fellowship with man. When Adam sinned and broke our fellowship with God, God purposed Jesus to be the second Adam to restore our relationship with Him. That was Jesus’ purpose and it didn’t change and He knew it was His purpose and He knew when He had done the job.
Luke 19:10 teaches us that Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. We were lost because of Adam. We learn from the Gospel according to John that Jesus knew He was on His way to the cross. John 12:24-27 and John 17:1-4.
Your purpose is the same. God may change the plan because of our actions . . . we may go the long way around, but His purpose for us will not change and we will be held accountable for it. Romans 11:29 teaches us that not only is the calling irrevocable, but the gifts are as well. We won’t be talking about the gifts in this post.
Are you fulfilling God’s purpose in your life? Do the work of God. Finish the work of God. Jesus did the work God sent Him to do and He finished the work and now He is interceding with the Father on our behalf, which is His current ministry.
Genesis 1:27 teaches us that we all were made in the image of God. Yes, that means that those who are saved and those who are not are made in the image of God. Those that aren’t saved are blind to fact that they are made in the image of God. We learn this from 2 Corinthians 4:4. We also learn from 2 Corinthians 3:18 and Romans 8:26-20 that we are transformed by the Spirit of God to the image of God . . . meaning as we continue to grow in the things of God and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, we begin to look more and more like Him, with His character, attributes and nature.
We learn from Jeremiah 1:5 that purpose comes before salvation. You need to know that your purpose didn’t just originate when you got saved. God had a purpose for you even when you were unsaved, out in the world, living for yourself and not living for God. The Bible teaches that Jesus was made in God’s image. We know that Luke 22:42 teaches us that Jesus put aside His will in order to do the will of the Father. Jesus decided to be obedient to Father God. In His doing this He was proving the purpose and will of God concerning Himself – that He was sent to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).
If you are not saved, you need to get saved so that you can understand your purpose . . . the work that God called your hands to do to benefit the Kingdom and improve the lives of others. Purpose doesn’t just begin once someone gets saved. That’s when it gets discovered.
What does it mean to renew your mind to the Word of God as is taught by Romans 12:1-2. Your mind is the part of you that exists between your spirit and your flesh. Your spirit has been born from above when you received Jesus as your savior, but your mind has to be renewed. That means that salvation is based on receiving the finished work of Jesus, but renewing your mind is based on YOU deciding that you are going to live your life by the Word of God and not the standards of the world.
Proving your purpose depends on you renewing your mind to God’s Word. We have to play close attention to what God is teaching here. We also learn from Romans 12:1-2 that God’s will for us (His plan and purpose for us) is three things – good, acceptable and perfect. So, we can conclude, any purpose apart from God is not good, not acceptable and imperfect. Proving your purpose depends on renewing your mind to God’s Word, and as we shared in our last post, you are the one who has to prove it.
How do you renew your mind to the Word of God? You examine every aspect of your life through the Word of God. For example, if you are tempted to scream at your neighbor for blowing leaves from his driveway onto yours, you remember that God teaches to treat one another with love and esteem others higher than yourself. God will show you the way you should approach your neighbor and it won’t be through screaming or yelling.
Another verse of scripture that teaches us that the proving of our purpose is up to us and how we prove it is through the Word of God, is Joshua 1:8. We learn here that when we meditate on God’s Word that we make our own way prosperous. So we see here that it is our responsibility to make our way prosperous and we do that by renewing our minds to the Word of God.
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Romans 12:1-2 teach us that we have to renew our minds to the Word of God. If we look at these verses of scripture in the Amplified Bible, we understand that we are to prove for ourselves what the will of God is. Us proving God’s will for ourselves is based on us renewing our minds to the Word of God. Renewing our mind to the word of God means that we reject the purpose that the world has for us and that we embrace the purpose that God has for us.
God’s will for us has to be proven by us! It is clear what God’s will is concerning many things and we learn this by reading His Word. Discerning His will for your life not only comes from the written Word, but it also comes to your heart by the inward witness from the Spirit of God. (We discuss the inward witness in the Faith Series) The Holy Spirit is our teacher and He leads us into all truth. You will not arrive at your purpose apart from the Spirit of God. If you don’t know God you will not know your purpose. You will receive the purpose that those who don’t know God have for you and you will fulfill who it is the world calls you to be.That’s dangerous and can even kill you!
Michael Jackson was trying to be who the world called him to be and was so driven by society that he lacked appropriate rest and sleep. He was trying to please others so much that he did not take care of himself. Being driven by others led him to seek sleep through medications and that action led to his death.
A problem in today’s society is an ignorance of purpose. Folks do what they want, when they want and how they want with total disregard to why they were created. Second Corinthians 4:4 teaches us that the enemy blinds folks – and folks have been blinded to purpose. We live in a “me” society based on feeling good and doing what feels right no matter the consequences.
What is your purpose? Why are you here? I will tell you that you are to give glory to God and you are here to make the lives of others better. Understanding that you have to prove your purpose and that you prove it by renewing your mind to the Word of God is a necessary step to fulfilling the purpose that God placed in you.
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What is the response folks get when they post selfies? Are they seeking a “wow you look good” or something along those lines? Seeking the selfie response is dangerous and is further evidence of a yielding to the plan of the enemy. The only response that we should be seeking is God’s response to the work that we do for the Kingdom. Seeking the selfie response is a form of practicing your own righteousness. (Matthew 6:1-4) Our response is to glorify God for who He is and what He has done in our lives. An obsession with selfies gets us away from giving God glory because we are too busy trying to give ourselves glory and get others to agree and support that instead of giving glory to God.
Another example of practicing your own righteousness is posting to dead people and to people who you know don’t use social media. It’s all about the response. If mama has gone on to be with the Lord, why are you wishing her a happy birthday on social media? What response are you looking for from your friends? That’s a form of saying you wish she was here with you instead of being where she is with Jesus. Why are you trying to bring mama back from the presence of the Lord? (Philippians 1:21-24) There are so many other examples of folks seeking a response. Can you think of any?
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I have been searching the scriptures to answer the question, “Can selfies trap you?” I talked about how traps are of the devil and how they are set in secret and they use the element of surprise. Traps are used to capture and retain. The Bible says that Christ came to set us free.
In order to avoid being captured by the devil we have to use the wisdom of God. We learned in our last post that the devil uses time to trap us. The message here is that he is trying to get you to change posture. We are to stand in Christ. Standing is the posture that was given to us by the finished work of Jesus Christ; but you have to decide to stand. In other words, Jesus made it to where you can stand, but it’s up to you to actually stand. Standing is based on the full armor of God. (Ephesians 6:11)
In order to not get caught in the selfie trap you have to use the full armor of God to stand against the plots and schemes of the devil. The full armor of God contains elements for protection as well as the Spirit of God, the element with which we go on the offense.
The more obsessed you get with selfies, the more you are yielding to the enemy and the farther away you are getting from the Spirit of God. Yes, He is in you if you are saved, but your ability to hear Him gets less and less as you yield more and more to the works of the enemy.
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The devils traps aren’t always instantaneous. He will wear you down over time. His plan is always working and apart from the wisdom of God, you won’t know what he is doing. (2 Corinthians 2:11) That’s the danger with selfies. Folks think that they are harmless – not only that, they are cool and you don’t need anyone else to take a picture for you.
The first selfie may be harmless, but if you give place to the devil, over time the selfies may become an obsession and that harmless selfie will slow walk you down to the place of being completely self-absorbed. You find yourself posting pictures of yourself daily saying things like – “just feeling myself today”, or “check out my new makeup or my new look.” Every post is all about you and how you look.
Here is a practical example of being “slow walked down” that we all can relate to. Usually when we are young our metabolism is fast and we move around more and we can eat things that may not be so healthy but they seems to not affect us much because of our activity levels. But as we get older our metabolism slows as does our activity level – but our eating habits usually grow worse. We still eat things that are not so healthy – fried foods, sugary food and drinks, etc., and we exercise even less because we are busy with our family responsibilities and work. The next think you know weight has crept on and it didn’t come overnight! With excess weight comes diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure and other health problems. God is telling you to eat healthy foods and exercise, but the devil has slow walked you down with years of inactivity and unhealthy eating choices.
I hope this example of how the devil can slow walk you down helps. There is no difference in selfies and what they can do for you. Grow in God with Sow the Word where we are sowing the Word into the heart of man. Visit us at stwteachingministry.com
I am beginning a new series on selfies. I have been searching the scriptures and seeking the wisdom of God to answer the question, “Can selfies trap you?”. I would encourage you to listen to the radio broadcasts of this lesson on heart radio Heaven 98.3 on Wednesdays at noon EST.
I want to start by talking about traps. Traps are designed to catch and retain. They allow entry but they do not allow exit. The goal of the trap is to catch you and not let go. Traps are of the enemy. God is not trying to trap you. He is not trying to catch you doing something that you shouldn’t and He’s not trying to condemn you. He wants you to proper and be in health and He wants you to live the abundant life that Jesus came to give you. (John 10:10)
Two things about traps I want you think about.
- Traps are set in secret
- Traps use the element of surprise
Lets talk about traps being set in secret. Think about that. That means that the trapper doesn’t want the animal to know or see the trap being set. Why is that? It’s so that animal won’t know to avoid the trap and it amplifies point 2. It creates surprise; the animal is surprised that it got caught in the trap.
We learn from Psalm 31:4 that traps are from the enemy. God is not trying to trap you. He wants you to accomplish His will for you in the earth and He wants to exalt you to a place in Him; a place where you live a good, happy and abundant life on earth.
An example that may help with this is the police. Have you ever seen a police officer hide? I especially see this on the interstate when they may hide their cars in the median or behind a tree, or under the cover of darkness. The intent is to catch you speaking or otherwise breaking the law. I was in my office one day and I saw a motorcycle cop hide behind a big tree with his radar detector monitoring speed. The Lord spoke up in me and told me that this was unjust and that the motorcycle cop is guilty of speeding himself.
Hiding is unjust – no you shouldn’t be speeding or otherwise breaking the law and no they shouldn’t hide. Them hiding is no different from you speeding – it’s a surprise attack set in secret. No one representing God and God himself is not trying to trap or snare you.(2 Timothy 2:26 and 1 Timothy 3:7)
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Have you ever been sick and tired? If you have ever said that, please don’t say that ever again! Jesus died to redeem us from sickness so don’t ever claim what Jesus came to deliver you from. Now that doesn’t mean that the devil won’t try to attack your body with sickness – you just get wisdom from God as to how to deal with it and confess nothing but the Word of God. This will help you in dealing with conflict.
It’s ok to be tired – and when your body says it is tired, what it needs is rest, no caffeine or some drug to try to keep you awake and alert. In Matthew when Jesus was in the wilderness and fasted and prayed, we learn that he was tired and hungry. We see here that He chose to receive nourishment the way that God intended and not through the means of the devil.
What about when you get tired of people? We know from Galatians 5:22 that longsuffering is a fruit of the spirit. The key here for us is being led by the spirit of God. God will give instruction how to deal with folks who are trying your nerves. The question you should ask yourself is how does God want me to impact this person? How can my interaction benefit the Kingdom of God? How can I be salt and Light to this person? If you are struggling in dealing with them seek God’s wisdom as to how to extricate yourself. Remember that God always gives a way of escape. The final thought I want to leave concerning this post is speak the Word – complaining doesn’t help anything. The only real changer is the Word of God. Say what He says and you will succeed every time.
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I have been teaching on being pre-occupied with evil and have made the point that the world system is run by the devil and that the standard thinking is evil. That means that we have to renew our minds to the Word of God as the Bible teaches us in the first few verses of Romans 12. We have to overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 – helps us to understand that we can be overcome with evil. Overcome means that the evil amasses you and takes over – I think of it like pulling a blanket over your head and completely covering up with it. Think about it. I am sure that you have hidden from someone under the covers before when you were a child. Darkness can never hide light. Think about that. Evil cannot overcome God – and the goodness of God.
It is God who gives the ability to overcome evil, but understand that it has to be overcome. Evil has power and will whip up on you apart from the Word of God. Let’s make this practical. When folks talk about you and mean to do you harm, how do you overcome that with good? Can you? Can you overcome the evil of the rapist, crook, hater or cheater? You can’t apart from God. I don’t have answers for how to deal with those situations but I have faith enough and I trust God enough to believe that He will give the answer and the needed action. Do you trust God to provide for you? Or do you say that you do, but what you really do is trust in your own power to get things done? You really can overcome evil with good – with the wisdom and power of God.
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