Ephesians 4 says to put off the old man and put on the new man created in God's image in righteousness and holiness. The passage gives several examples. The point is that in order to put off an old character, you must not just stop the wrong, but put on the new and right. To put off dishonesty, put on speaking the truth. To put off stealing, put on working with a generous spirit. To put off slander, put on speaking was is good for edification, to build up. To put off anger, clamor, bitterness, malice, put on kindness, tenderheartedness and forgiveness.
Thus, the principle of substitution applies to how people change. To put off anger and bitterness, substitute compassion. Forgiveness and compassion lead to kindness and love. Refusing to forgive will lead to bitterness and ultimately malice.
Weapons that Win Battles 1 Timothy 6:12 There's a battle to balance your life and keep it healthy to keep the stress down and the serenity up.In the Bible there's a lot to say about personal battles you go through. In fact the second most used analogy in Scripture for the Christian life is that of a soldier. We're fighting against spiritual forces… and the powers of darkness in the unseen spiritual world." He's saying there's a world that we don't see in the universe. And there are powers there. They are fighting against us. And if we're not fighting back we're just giving in. Did you know that the conflict you have in your family, with your spouse, with your kids, with your friends, with people at work, did you know that that conflict starts not with them? It starts with you choosing the right weapons to fight against yourself and the enemies that Satan , the world and the flesh use against you. Because if you had a humble spirit inside of you even their peculiarity even their poor decisions, even their sins, even their mistakes wouldn't bother you so much if you were humbler. When I focus on me it causes conflict. But when I'm humble then I'm focusing on other people. Timothy began as an apprentice to the Apostle Paul. Paul led him to faith in Christ, afterward Timothy worked with Paul, traveled with him, and learned from him. Timothy began as an trainee and ended his life as a great leader in the kingdom of God.You can take the same journey. That means living a life of love and mercy and transformation. It means wanting for others for what God wants for them. It means dedicating yourself to becoming a person of character and training yourself to be Godly.
The Creator of all the universe has given us a gift to be able to communicate with Him and express our needs and concerns and yet, prayer is often under-utilized by the people of God. Be fervent in prayer and accomplish much to the glory of God.
This message looks at Jesus' Finished Work from a legal perspective; more specifically, the transaction which removes sin from a child of God having two components: 1) the removal of sin from our ledger, and 2) the placing of sin on Jesus' ledger. Part 3 in the series Slow Looking at Jesus' Finished Work.
"You have a Gospel opportunity and a Gospel responsibility. Have you responded in saving faith to the good news of Jesus Christ?" ~ Pastor Ken Endean
Watch this Sunday morning's message from Romans 10:18-21 entitled "No Excuses," part 4 of our series "The Power of the Gospel."
Steve Rothkopf fills in for Jerry Pedine today; the class continues in the study of Mark Jones' "Knowing Christ" (ISBN 9781848716308). Today's class considers forgiveness with a look at the seven statements made by Jesus as he hung on the cross (sometimes referred to as the seven stations of the cross). These words are recorded in the gospels' recounting of the crucifixion.
Statement One - "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
Statement Two - "Today you will be with Me in Paradise."
Statement Three - "Woman, behold your son."
Statement Four - "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
Statement Five - "I thirst!"
Statement Six - "It is finished!"
Statement Seven - "Into Your hands I commit My spirit."
God Deserves our Thanks Psalm 65:1-13;Luke 17:12-19Psalm 65 is a hymn of thanksgiving praising God for both spiritual and physical blessings. Like ancient Israel, we today are the recipients of God's rich blessings. He hears and answers our prayers, forgives our sins, and freely allows us into His presence. He meets our daily needs through His marvelous creation. We, like grateful Israel, ought to faithfully offer our sacrifices of praise to Him.David announced to God that praise was awaiting Him in Zion. The people were assembling in Jerusalem where they would celebrate the Lord's goodness and fulfill their commitments to Him.David was thanking God for the good things He was going to do, even before He had done them.We cannot fully appreciate the greatness of God's atonement until we fully comprehend the depth of our sin.In this last part of Psalm 65, we see God's direct involvement in the physical blessing of food. God prepares the earth. God sends the waters. God's carts overflow. He brings the harvest. When we follow David's example of thanksgiving in this psalm, we're reminded that God cares about both our physical and spiritual needs.Psalm 65 is appropriate for those special days and every other occasion of thanksgiving. We should always remember God's goodness in providing for our salvation as well as for every other need of life.Through His goodness, God seeks to draw people to Himself, leading them to repentance and faith in Christ .
On today's Servants of Grace theology segment, a listener writes in and asks Dave, "Should I forgive someone who is not sorry they sinned?
What You'll Hear on this Episode
• Scripture's teaching about the forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with others.
• Addressing bitterness in our lives with gospel hope.
• Addressing relational conflict.
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The gospel message appears to be absurd. God sent His son to die a shameful death on behalf of perishing sinners. But this is the way for those who cannot know God in their own wisdom to come to know Him through His good pleasure. The worldly wise man must humble Himself before the all-wise God to receive forgiveness of sins through the Lord Jesus Christ.