Ephesians 4:22-32 " That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 ¶ Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
Peter calls upon God's people to "consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation." God's patience lies behind the saving favour that every child of God enjoys and will enjoy. Here we think about the patience God shows before someone becomes a Christian, when they are becoming a Christian, and after they have become a Christian. Such contemplations fill the heart of a child of God with humble wonder, and—far from inciting the wicked to indulge their sin—should be the very thing which draw sinners to repent.
Believers must spend time that they set aside, each day, for dwelling upon the Scriptures in two ways: directly (expositionally understanding what the Bible says) and reflexively (applicationally understanding themselves in light of the Bible), so that they may respond well to the providence that the Lord brings into their lives.
Not giving SELF what SELF wants requires love to Christ coupled with devotion to Christ and a strength and desire that none of us possesses naturally! God must give us everything to walk with Him, or else we fail!
If you're "IN CHRIST" you know the danger of allowing SELF to have his or her way! If you would deny YOURSELF, you must walk CONTRARY to YOURSELF! If you would DO THIS, you must be led and made strong in this opposition against self by the Holy Spirit!
Continuing in our study of apostolic preaching, we note other features which come to the fore in Peter's preaching at Pentecost.
It is Christian and adoring, fervent, ardent, urgent, full of Christ. It is applied and direct, spoken boldly and plainly. It is affectionate and gracious, holding out gospel hope. It is blessed and fruitful, owned by the Holy Spirit to the salvation of thousands.
It is an enduring example, and gives us a great confidence.
Today Pastor Wright reviews the biblical story of Christianity, Judaism and Palestine. How we interact. Will there be a place for the Jewish people in Heaven? Or just Christians? How Holy is the current land of Israel?
Many claim to believe in Jesus Christ, but do not hold fast to Him. They perhaps have said a prayer, but they fall prey to false teachings, are surprised by suffering and eventually they turn away from the Lord. Here the Apostle closes the letter with his personal autograph, again, encouraging the church by what he says in order that they may persevere in their faith to the very end!
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
What is required in the ninth commandment?
Answer The ninth commandment requireth the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man, 1 and of our own and our neighbour's good name, 2 especially in witness bearing.
What is forbidden in the ninth commandment?
Answer The ninth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever is prejudicial to the truth, or injurious to our own or our neighbour's good name.
In chapter 10, we are bombarded with a series of seemingly disjointed wisdom sayings that leave us saying amen while simultaneously scratching our heads wondering, "Okay... but why?" By heeding the Teacher's admonitions, the wise student will learn the meaning behind this both simple and abstract chapter.
If you and I are not resolved and determined to follow Christ
each day, you won't. If you and I would be DEVOUT CHRISTIANS,
we must follow Christ with "purpose of heart"! Acts 11:19-23,
Every one of us, children of God, should enter each
day that God gives us holy intentions and purpose of
heart to follow Christ!
These were David's RESOLUTIONS as he took the throne of
Israel…they should be our resolutions as children of our
Reigning Lord and King.
Is my heart crying, not my will, but thine be done?" This
should always be the cry of our hearts in our prayers unto
our Father and our God! That shows sincere and genuine
humility and submission to God's will and not yours.
That's why it's so good for you to keep Matthew 6 and Luke
11 close to your heart before and when you pray. The Lord
Jesus taught each of you RIGHT HERE HOW TO PRAY!