Posts Tagged ‘body of Christ’

Good day everyone in the land of America. I want to write a short blog on one single verse from the Bible. I would say to everyone reading this to examine their faith and walk with Christ. If you find yourself being convicted by the Holy Spirit then you need only repent. Jude 1:4 “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Clearly today in America “Christianity” has taken on a new philosophy, which is not new, that says everything is covered in Grace and we can just be ourselves. The Scripture I just posted says that there will be “ungodly men” that will turn the Grace of God into “lasciviousness” and they would even deny the Only Lord Jesus Christ in the process. WARNING! What you are about to read may indeed be shocking to you. I pray it is Shocking! Because anyone proclaiming Christ with their mouths and then talk like the devil needs to be Warned that God does not turn a blind eye to His Name being blasphemed by our lives or our mouths.

Let us define the word lasciviousness; 1. lacking legal or moral restraints; especially: disregarding sexual restraints 2. marked by disregard for strict rules of correctness.

So, lasciviousness is the opposite of Righteousness. It is a disregard for morals. It is FILTHINESS or uncleanness of thinking, talking and living. By the way Jesus said whatever a man thinks, that he becomes! So why would a “Christian” want to be unclean? Filthy mouthed? Immoral? Let me be Bold here, they CAN’T! If you have the Spirit of Christ in you there is no way you can “turn God’s Grace into lasciviousness” without some Holy Chastisement from the Lord! Paul put it this way; Romans 6:1 ¶ What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Answers to these questions is a resounding God FORBID! Now listen to this Warning Paul gave the Galatian Church and us; 5:19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Did you read the WARNING? “ that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Your manner of speech matters! Your lifestyle matters! Jesus Christ DID NOT die on the Cross so you and I could have a License to sin! By the way, Jesus Christ IS Grace! When we our IN HIM through Faith and we “continue” to sin He is right there with us!

I do want to tell you something. I am not saying you will go to Hell if you commit sin. What I am going to tell you is when you do sin it should bother you! If it does not bother you to sin then I will question your relationship with Christ! Judgmental? YES. DO I mind being Judged in the same way I just spoke? NOPE! Let us Live as Free men and woman! Not to sin but to live in Righteousness! Let us never fall for anyone turning the Grace of God into a license to sin, which is lasciviousness, nor be guilty of sinning against God with the Grace card! Think Righteous and do Righteously. Think uncleanly and do uncleanness! You are what you think! You are what you believe! You are of Christ then you are Righteous!46520_4034938064657_1205287887_n

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So many in our society are addicted to illness!  Why is that statement being presented in this devotion?  Take a look around.  Look at the hospital emergency rooms.  Look at your Doctors office.  Look at our Nations focus for the last decade, if not longer, in the political realm!  Where’s my healthcare?  I am entitled to healthcare!  I am an American and I have a right to healthcare!  Vote for me and I will give you the right to healthcare, rants most politicians.  My concern is not so much political as it is Spiritual.  As a Christian I am told in the Word of God that dependence upon Christ alone for Salvation is not an option but a requirement!  Christ paid for our sins on the Cross of Calvary!  God’s Salvation by  Grace was given to all who would put Faith in Christ Blood and believe that Christ was Raised from the dead!  Thank God for His Mercy and Grace!  Is that all?  Is that the only thing God did for us through His Son?  Saving our souls from sin, death and the Devil?  Absolutely not!  Did you know physical healing was given as well?
Listen to what the Bible says concerning healing through Christ.  Ps 103:2 “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.”  How about this verse; “1Pe 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”  What about the many verses in the Gospels where Jesus brings healing and then tells the recipients, “your faith has healed you.”  Let me say right here that I am not saying you don’t have faith if you go to your doctor!  What I would like to point out here is that Christian’s should seek healing for their physical needs first at the feet of Jesus!  Cry out to Him when an infirmity comes upon you!  Have faith that He has healed you.  Don’t pray for healing and then start doubting, Believe that you have received healing!  Have you done that before seeking a Doctor’s advice?  I can testify to many who have received healing without the aid of technology!  Yes, I know that God has bestowed knowledge and Wisdom to mankind concerning our bodies.  But I cannot and will not believe that God wants us to rely upon Doctors for our healing!  He wants to touch you and heal you mentally, physically and spiritually!  How many times have you got sick and never ask Jesus to bring healing?  How many times has God healed you through Doctors and you never acknowledged His Divine healing?  God wants us to be dependent upon Him!  Has your Church Pastor preached and obeyed Scripture concerning healing?  Listen to what the Bible says; James 5:14 “Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”  Do you believe this passage dear Christians?  Do you believe in Divine healing or not?
Listen to what Paul the Apostle says concerning our remembrance of the Lord’s Supper. 1Co 11:23 “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself.  30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.”  Could it be that many Christians have a sickly attitude because of their irreverence for Christ?  Weak and sick in verse 30 sure seems to point to Christians infirmities as the result of unworthily partaking of the Body and Blood of the Lord.
To address this further I will attempt to point out a powerful comparison from the Old Testament and its fulfillment in the New.  Notice this passage from Isaiah 53 which directs our attention to the coming of Christ in the future and Suffering for all humanity.  Isaiah 53:4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”   Now compare that with Peters proclamation.  1Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”  Did you here what the prophet and Apostle said concerning the work of Jesus the Messiah?  Isaiah says He took our infirmities (sickness) and by His wounds we are, present tense, healed; whereas Peter’s proclamation was (have been) past tense, healed.  Wow!  We as Christians have healing in Jesus broken body before we even get sick!  That sounds like the best healthcare plan I ever heard and it is a Promise from God, not a politician!  Next time you get sick consider these passages and cry out to Jesus in Faith for healing.  If the infirmity remains then seek Doctors advice! Always seek God first and give Him the honor due His Name! Amen

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