Thursday, June 29, 2006

Guarding Against Our Flesh

As ministers of the gospel we should be proactive about guarding ourselves against sin. I don't need to tell you that sin is against God. If we want to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in our pulpits and in our lives; we MUST take a stand against all sin. We just cannot sweep it under the rug like some do today. Our prayer needs to be "God keep me from all SIN this day." Brothers, make the mental decision with me not to let sin infect your life; perhaps this day you need to confess and repent from an infection in your flesh. We need to be reminded as ministers that salvation is an act of the mind. (Ephesians 4:23) We are utterly dependent on Him, and we can not stay out of sin without His power in our lives. Call on His great and blessed name today! I have to share an article on the importance of continually ridding the sin in your life.

But God (William Plumer, "Theology for the People")

No two things are more contrary to each other,than the vileness of man and the purity of God. Sin is hateful to God. It has dug every grave.It fills hell with groans. "From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness--only wounds and welts and open sores." Isaiah 1:6The whole nature of man is affected by sin: the understanding is darkened; the will is corrupt; the conscience is defiled; the memory is polluted; the imagination is depraved; the throat is an open sepulcher; the tongue is deceitful; the mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; the feet are swift to shed blood; the eyes are full of adultery; the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. The whole head is sick, the whole heart is faint! Man is by nature ruined. He is lost. Men are . . . sinners, wicked, ungodly, unrighteous, corrupt, deceitful, vile, ungrateful, children of the devil, slaves of iniquity."But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved! He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus." Eph. 2:4-7

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