“Walk” Defined

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CPX2121.TIFThe last post I made sent me on a “walk” study of God’s Word. I really wanted to dig in to how walk could be defined, how we are called to walk, how not to walk, and ways others have walked that we can learn from. I have only scratched the surface, but I thought I would post where I am at so far. I basically did a search for “walk” and then read each verse along with the verses surrounding it to make sure I had the proper context. The yellow text below are my take away’s from each:

Mark_7:5  And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?”

The religious leaders insisted that the people practice the traditions of men as a means of righteousness.

Mark_12:38  And in his…

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No Longer…

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No longer…

This is a directive from Paul, through the Holy Spirit. The directive is to NO LONGER do something. No longer implies, and in this case correctly implies, we used to do “this thing” or still do “this thing” that he is about to tell us not to do.

The thing we are not to do is “to walk” a certain way. DO NOT WALK THIS WAY. DO NOT WALK THE WAY YOU USED TO. It seems clear in Scripture that there are a few words and phrases used to define “walk”: practice, deliberate continuance, do.

When you think about walking we would agree that it is something most of us are blessed to be able to wake up in the morning, put our feet on the floor, and do without too much thought or effort. So, could we rightly say that Paul is saying, “do not continue to…

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“Cast the first stone”

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StonesHow many of you remember the account of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery?  Before you continue reading, consider this scene for a minute.

If you don’t recall, or have never heard the story, allow me to hit the hi-lights:

  • The religious leaders, trying to trap Jesus, present a woman caught in adultery to the crowd and to Jesus while Jesus is teaching
  • They tell them that the Law of Moses requires that she be stoned
  • Jesus addresses those that were taking up stones and basically says, “sure, go ahead, but whoever among you is WITHOUT sin, let him be the one to cast the first stone”
  • The stones fall out of their hands, and they leave with no one left to stone her

That is so cool!

But if we stop there we miss the bigger picture.

Yes, Jesus says, “Where are they? Is there no one left…

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Do you want victory over addiction?

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Most  approaches to “winning” the addiction battle do not work. Many of us have a mind set of “I can do this”….”I’m going to do this”….”I’m trying quit”….”This time I am really done”

The reality is, when we are in bondage to addiction, whatever that addiction may be, we cannot set ourselves free from that bondage. Striving in the flesh does not set you free. Some reading this might think, “that’s not true, I quit this or that on my own”…but the reality is, in many cases, we go from one addiction to another. To go from a “bad” addiction to a “good” addiction is still addiction. For example, if I was drug addict and quit using drugs, but then became obsessed with financial success I have turned in one addiction for another.

If you want to be truly free of addiction you need to quit striving in the flesh…

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Do you have obstacles you need moved?

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One of the ways I have come to completely trust that the Bible is the Word of God is the way It continues to teach me things that I didn’t see before. Many of you know exactly what I am talking about. We can read a certain text several times and not see certain things and then the next time we read it we scratch our head wondering how we didn’t see that before.

This morning as I read John 20 the Lord gave me a couple things I was hoping to share with you.

Jesus moves obstacles. Why? That we may believe, and trust Him. He moves obstacles that we would believe the Scriptures and put our complete faith in Him as our Lord and Savior. To illustrate this let’s take a look at 1 verse that is so easy to zip by and we may have done just…

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I hate myself

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Recently I have been in many environments where God is not a thought, but instead conversation and actions are all about the things of this world. I found myself frustrated, annoyed, irritated, and impatient. Physically I don’t think I was showing these things; but as we know, God looks at the intentions of the heart. I spent time praying that God would give me more humility, meekness, gentleness, patience, and self-control.  In addition, I prayed that the joy of the Lord would completely overtake me so as to be salt and light for His glory. In other words, I was asking God to work through me to show His love in spite of myself, in spite the condition of my heart.

This week I was sharing this with a pastor friend of mine. I expressed my deep concern that my life doesn’t seem to be that of which would draw…

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My Morning in Tweets-August 10th, 2013

My morning in tweets…makes more sense of you read from the bottom to the top since the first one listed is the last one tweeted J

  • Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
  • Ephesians 2:14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
  • Question for those that hi-lite & underline your Bible – Is it possible NOT to hi-lite most of Ephesians?!?!?!
  • He chooses us,He calls us,He blesses us,He gives the Spirit of wisdom&revelation of Him..HE DOES IT! If u trust Him it is because He did it!
  • Christians are co-heirs with Christ, and an indicator that they belong to Him is that they want to know, love, and serve Him more.
  • If you found out you had a wealthy uncle that was going to leave everything to you; would you have a desire to get to know him?
  • When you heard The Truth and believed you were sealed…what were you sealed with? – Read Ephesians 1
  • How, then, are we redeemed? In the Blood of Christ – Forgiveness-Redemption-Adoption-Eternal Life–IT ALL HAPPENS THROUGH THE BLOOD!
  • Answer-We are not God’s children by nature,we are by nature children of Wrath needing to be redeemed and adopted to become God’s child (Eph)
  • Wouldn’t it be strange if your parents said they wanted to adopt you?..because u are already their child…so why does God need to adopt us?
  • Are you born again? If so, God chose you to be holy & blameless in Christ before the foundation of the world!! WOW! Humbling!! (Eph 1:3-14)
  • Do you want EVERY spiritual blessing in the Heavenly places?It happens only IN CHRIST-The mystery of God,dig into His Word&find the treasure
  • Dead #sinners are made alive & gain eternal salvation by God’s Grace through faith in #Jesus Christ

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“That’s not very loving”

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Very powerful warning for two groups of people in the first 8 verses of Romans 2; we would all do well to heed the warning.

Let’s back in to these warnings in an effort to make sure they have their full effect.

Starting with a prayer:

“Lord, please do not allow me to feel entitled to the riches of your kindness. Please do not allow me to make any assumptions of your forbearance. Please do not allow me to take your patience for granted. Instead, impress upon my heart, Lord, to know that your kindness is meant to lead me to repentance, please grant me repentance and give me a heart of obedience and surrender to You.”

Before we take a look at the 8 verses that inspired that prayer today, let’s first look at 2 definitions:

Presume:

To imagine; to believe; to receive as true; to think.

Forbearance:

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WOW! Getting to the point quickly!!

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Bullet point summary of Romans 1:

  • The Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ was promised in the Old Testament
  • Jesus was declared to be the Son of God in power by His Resurrection
  • Grace comes through Jesus, which brings about obedience for the sake of His Name
  • Fellowship is very important, in part, for mutual encouragement
  • The Gospel is the power of salvation for all who believe
  • The Wrath of God is being revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men
  • Because of creation, men are without excuse
  • Men suppress the Truth by their unrighteousness and will eventually be given completely over to wickedness
  • Evidence of being given over to wickedness is doing shameless acts, practicing sin and approving of those that do, exchanging the Truth of God for a lie

Other” take aways” from Romans 1:

  • Continuing in sin is proof of suppressing the Truth
  • Receiving the…

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Remember Junior High Speech Class?

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Have you ever presented anything before?  I remember in Junior High everyone had to take speech class and the week we had to do a presentation you could feel the stress of it in the hallways. Kids would be heard saying things, “I have to do mine today” with a little trembling in their voice; and sometimes quite a bit of trembling, depending on their level of comfort in public speaking.

In the context we are going to look at today the word “present” is speaking not of presenting a made up product in junior high speech class, but something much more serious: our body. God is clear that there is a right way to present our body, and a wrong way; but before we get in to that, let’s take a quick look at the definition of present.

Present:

to bring, offer, or give, to hand over or submit

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