As I was studying the Word of God on last night something came to me. We esteem people, we speak well of them, but as soon as they error we talk about them, not realizing it could have been us. We, as a body of believers MUST do better. When someone reaches a time of weakness in their life where their spiritual walk needs a boost and their faults begin to show, this is the time to pray for and encourage them.
Galations 6:1- Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
It was instructed here that first, one must be spiritual to help bring restoration to the fellow brother or sister that’s overtaken in error, sin, fault. Then, it must be done in a gentle manner, but be mindful of yourself as well, because you’re not exempt from being tempted as well.
Don’t kick your brother/sister while they’re down. We all were in need of saving at some point in our lives. How soon some of us forget.
Remember, a just man falls SEVEN times and rises again (Pro 24:16)…..
I’m not talking about a natural death. I’m talking about dying to the flesh. This flesh is very much alive and doesn’t want to be subject to God.
Rom. 8:7 (NASB)- Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so.
The flesh is the enemy of God. It doesn’t submit to God’s law. It can’t. That’s why it must die. Everyday should involve a denying of the flesh. Paul said in 1 Cor 15:31…”I die daily”. (Which is sanctification)
The flesh can’t submit on its own. Belonging to Christ means crucifying the flesh with its passions and desires. (Gal. 5:24)
Jesus said, (Luke 8:24) If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Everyday we wake up is a battle against this flesh. We have to die to the flesh in order to gain eternal life, because flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Our physical bodies cannot possess the kingdom of God. In this flesh dwells no good thing. (Romans 7:18)
Death is a necessity to bring forth fruit
John 12:24 (ESV)- Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
So I say to you today, JUST DIE!
I was thinking, we read “how to” books, recipe books, self-help books, and the like. But if we would dig into the bible, which is our instruction manual for living holy, we will always have success. Whatever problem, whatever questions we have, there’s an answer in the word of God. The Word of God not only instructs us on how to live holy, but it tells husbands how to treat their wives and vice versa. The bible tells us parents how to “train” our children; It tells Pastors how to lead their flock. People write books based on teachings from the bible. The list goes on and on.
The bible reminds me of a recipe book. What I love about recipe books is there are recipes for main dishes, appetizers, desserts, side dishes and more. There are Mexican dishes, soul foods, Italian meals. Any person that cooks, has a desire to improve their cooking, or wants to learn how to cook can find a recipe in a cook book.
And so the Bible is similar. It matters not your background, gender, race or even religion. If you’re a Believer and have a desire to improve your walk with Christ, learn to live Holy or you just want to learn more of God… study the word of God and you will find what you need.
The Bible is not bias, but in fact is impartial and fair. It is an instruction manual, a recipe book for life, a self-help guide, a journal. It’s non-fiction, though. Everything you read is truth, so believe it and remain teachable always.
There are some very sneaky people in the world. They devise plans for other’s demise because either they have allowed the enemy to use them or out of jealousy and an evil heart they long to see the fall of another.
In the word of God, David knew what it was like to be plotted against, but he also experienced the protection of the Almighty God. He wrote in Psalms 27:2… When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
There is symbolism here. We eat or devour food with our mouth, and that same mouth can be used to devour individuals with ungodly words, lies, gossip, schemes, and the like. Some people are cannibals and don’t even realize it; and as they approach you to devour you God Himself causes them to not only stumble, but fall. People spend time setting traps for others and are snared by what the bible calls “the work of his own hands” (Psalms 9:16).
I recently came to realize that even a spider who is talented in spinning a web, if not careful, can get caught in it’s own web. A rare occasion, but yet it has happened. Job 18:8- For he is thrown into the net by his own feet, And he steps on the webbing.
Let’s remember, the same person that digs a pit will fall into it, and the person that rolls a stone will have it roll back on him/her (Pro. 26:27)