Scripture teaches us that we are not to be ignorant about the gifts of the Spirit. This refers to not only lacking understanding about them but includes ignoring the gifts. God wants us to fully understand these gifts so we can see Him impact our world through us.
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1 Peter 1:18-19
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
The rarest thing ever known to man on planet earth is the precious blood of Jesus, for this was God’s very own blood that was given to redeem mankind. The word redeemed means to deliver from an oppressive and destructive condition by the payment of a ransom. That is what Jesus did for us in shedding His blood. Six different times Jesus shed His blood for us and each time a payment was being made to deliver us.
The first time blood was shed was in the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was praying about going to the cross. He prayed not His will be done, but the will of the Father, and as He prayed in agony the Bible says He sweat drops of blood. Jesus paid to deliver us from our own human will so that we could live in the Father’s will for us. Then He being arrested was scourged at the whipping post, paying the price for our healing for by His stripes we are healed.
After this the soldiers put a crown of thorns upon His head and blood flowed out paying the price for us to have a renewed mind as Scripture teaches we have the mind of Christ. Then He was crucified, nails driven through His hands so that we could live free from the dominion of sin for the Bible says we are to lift holy hands to the Lord. Then they drove a nail through His feet and He provided for us dominion over evil for Luke 10:19 tells us we can trample upon all the powers of darkness.
Finally they pierced His side near the heart and the blood that poured out delivered us from the old spirit man within and purchased for us a new spirit. The key to walking in all He has purchased is to simply agree with God that all these things are already done for the Word of God tells us we already are, not one day going to be redeemed. We must also act upon His promises for faith without corresponding action is dead. May you walk in the liberty of all Christ has freed you from through His precious blood He shed for you.
43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Scripture is very clear that no one but the Father knows the day that the Lord will return to catch away His church. What we do know and everyone agrees on is that He is coming back. Jesus describes this event like a thief coming in the night and if we knew when that thief would come we would be prepared, and then He tells us to be ready for the Son of Man will come at an hour we do not expect. He describes two people in different settings right before these verses where one is taken but the other is left behind.
Recently the Lord impressed upon my heart two questions. If you knew that He would return next Sunday would you live differently this coming week? If you would live differently why? If you answer the first question yes, the second question is very important, because if you would live differently then why are we not living that way now? The why is the issue we need to deal with that is keeping us from living the life we should be living.
Many believers are not living like a Christ follower. Many are living the life of a lukewarm believer because God is not a priority in their life. If they knew Jesus was coming next week I think many would change the way they are living. Don’t procrastinate any longer and continue to have other things more important to you then God, for Jesus said He will come at a hour you do not expect, so be ready. Are you watching?
God designed the local church and when we understand the purpose of God’s house, we can truly enjoy what God has blessed us with.
Matthew 16:16, 18
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
18 …upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
Jesus had asked His disciples who men had claimed He was. Some thought He was John the Baptist, and others thought one of the prophets. Jesus then asked who they thought He was. Peter declared that He was the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus tells Peter that he did not get this revelation by natural means, but from the Father. Then He declares that it is upon this rock He will build His church, and the powers of hell itself will not prevail against it.
The rock that the church stands on and overcomes all the powers of darkness with is the revelation of Jesus as the Christ. The word Christ means Messiah or deliverer. When you get to know Jesus for who God anointed Him to be and what He accomplished for us, the authority of hell, the devil himself, cannot prevail over you. Many know about Jesus, or know of Him in a religious way, but they don’t know Him as the One sent by God to defeat death, hell, and the grave so that we can live a life of victory and not succumb to evil and be defeated.
When you look to the cross and what Jesus did for us, it was not just so we could go to heaven. In taking our sin, and the punishment our sin deserved, He bore the curse and all that came because of that curse to deliver us from it. Time spent meditating in the New Testament, seeing what Jesus fulfilled through His life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension is how we can receive revelation from the Father of our Messiah, our deliverer. He has delivered us from the powers of hell itself and the way we enforce that victory is by faith in our deliverer and what He has done for us.
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
One of the easiest ways to keep the devil and his works out of your life is found in this verse of scripture. It is known as the power of positive resistance. Every time you submit your life to the ways of God, you are automatically resisting the devil. The things God wants you to do the devil does not want you to do.
For example, does God want you to find a good church that teaches all the truth and will therefore lead you into the truth that will set your free? Yes He does. The devil does not want you in a church where you can become a disciple of God, he wants you to be his disciple. So once you find such a church and go to church, you are automatically resisting the devil.
Scripture teaches us to forgive one another, but the devil wants us to hold a grudge. When you choose to forgive and walk in love you resist the devil and he will flee from you. God’s Word teaches us to give to the work of God so we can share the gospel. The devil sure doesn’t want you giving any of your money to help God’s work, but when you do, you are resisting the devil.
The opposite of this verse is true as well. What if you know you should be in a good church but don’t go? What if you know you should forgive, and give to the work of God but you don’t? Then you would be submitting to the devil’s ways and resisting God. Some people don’t realize their biggest problem isn’t the devil, it is the fact that they are not resisting him by choosing to submit to God. You can put the devil on the run by simply submitting your life to the will and ways of God.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.
To walk by faith you must believe in your heart what God’s Word says, but if you deceive your own heart you won’t have faith in God. James tells us we must deal with our tongue to keep from deceiving our hearts. If we speak contrary to God’s Word we convince our heart God’s Word is not true, which is deception. How do we change our words?
We must change our thinking for our thoughts will determine what we believe, and what we believe will come out of our mouth. There are three primary influences that wrongly affect our thinking. They are observation, association, and falsification. Observation means what we look to or focus on. If we spend our time watching T. V. and movies for example that are filled with sex and violence and lies, this will begin to cause us to believe those things are ok, but this deception will lead to wrong thinking.
The second thing that leads to deception in the heart are associations. Scripture teaches us to choose our friends carefully for even the wicked will lead you astray. The wrong friends will cause you to be deceived. The third area is falsification, which refers to false teachings from God’s Word where people are not taught the truth but are taught man-made religion instead. Many today don’t believe in the promises we have been given through Christ, for they were taught such things passed away.
So to guard your heart from deception you must address observations, associations, and falsifications. Right thinking leads to right believing, right believing leads to right confession, and a right confession will bring right results in your life.