Lessons Of A Lifetime

SUNDAY MAY 19, 2019

Scripture To Consider:
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the counsel. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”

“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.” Matthew 5.21-26

Something To Consider:
Most of the human race is well aware of the fact that murder is wrong. This concept has been understood for millenniums. But Jesus, as is His custom, speaks directly to the heart of the issues that plague mankind. Jesus reveals that anger leads to hatred and that hatred often times leads to murder. The apostle John warns us in his letter in 1 John 3.15; “Whoever hates his brother [or sister] is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him [or her].”

Jesus will later drive home the truth of where murderous thoughts originate. In Matthew 15.19-20 Jesus proclaimed; “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things that defile a man [woman and or young person].” The only real and everlasting cure for this condition is a spiritual heart transplant!

This is another excellent reason why we are commanded to study to show ourselves approved of God, spiritual workers who need not to be ashamed, but rather, being able to rightly understand and to rightly communicate the Word of God. And without our personal study of God’s Word for ourselves, we will become dependent on others for our spiritual understanding which may bring about many being ashamed and greatly deceived.

And many will be ashamed and offended when they find themselves and their loved ones in the midst of the end time tribulation and the false hope of a pre-tribulation rapture that was vigorously taught by false prophets and false teachers did not take place as deceptively espoused. Jesus Himself on many occasions declared, “You have heard that it was or has been said…” Therefore, beware that no one deceives you!

Something Else To Consider:
Many false doctrines and deceptive traditions have been espoused and taught by men in leadership capacity granted them by other men and not granted as leaders by God. And if men in leadership roles have climbed up some other way into leadership other than through the divine ordination of God in and through Jesus Christ, their leadership is doomed to fail in time. What have we heard that has not been biblically correct? Without studying the Word of God for ourselves how will we know the truth from a lie?

We are instructed by the mystery writer of Hebrews 4.12, as mentioned a few lessons ago; “For the Word of God is living and powerful… And is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Therefore, when out of our hearts proceed evil thoughts of murder brought on by hatred, adulterous thoughts of fornication brought on by the lusts of our flesh, and evil thoughts of thefts, false witness, and blasphemies, what is a man, woman, and or young person to do?

If the Word of God has been regularly studied for oneself, that same Word of God faithfully begins the spiritual discerning process within our hearts. The real problem becomes which of the two do we yield to? Do we yield to the evil thoughts of our own fleshy lustful heart, or do we wisely yield to the discernment of the Word of God and the Spirit of God within us? One choice leads us to be victorious in not walking in the flesh and not fulfilling the lust of our flesh. The other leads to our yielding to whatever sin has availed itself and gained access through our weakened and at times wicked lustful flesh.

Something More To Consider:
Therefore, it would do all true believers good to heed the words of the apostle Paul in Ephesians 4.26-27, as he declared; “Be angry, and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” The bible does not prohibit anger. The bible does caution us concerning our being angry without a cause and our being angry and committing sin. It further warns us to not let a day end by letting the sun go down while anger controls our thoughts which in time leads to action. In other words, let us deal with our anger from a biblical perspective by putting it behind us and moving forward!

But in order to do this we must put into action what Paul explained a few verses prior to Ephesians 4.26-27. Paul taught beginning in verse 17 of Ephesians chapter 4, “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”

That is indeed a mouthful! But, it clarifies for us our need to be renewed in our thought process by the regeneration and washing of our minds and hearts by the water of the Word of God. How else will we be able to combat the forces of our flesh and compete in the spiritual warfare that Paul addresses later in Ephesians chapter 6 as he closes his treatise of spiritual warfare.

Paul proclaimed to the truly born-again Holy Spirit filled follower of Christ, in Ephesians 6. 10, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles [schemes] of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

A Few Final Words:
In reality, the only person we should honestly ever be angry against, should be ourselves, if we are refusing to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might by resisting the command to study to show ourselves approved unto God. If we neglect arming ourselves with the whole armor of God’s written Word we will not be able to stand against the end time evil and wicked wiles, schemes, and constant onslaught of the enemy of all that is good and godly.

If we forget who it is that we are waging warfare with, we will make the mistake of thinking our spiritual fight is against the flesh and blood of humankind, and it is definitely not! Our spiritual warfare is against an enemy that has existed for a very long time and is able to establish demonic strongholds that are humanly impossible to break free from without the power and the might of God’s Word and God’s Holy Spirit living inside us.

As of today, we must be made aware that our struggle is against demonic rulers and behind the scenes principalities not of the human race. Our battle is against spiritual hosts or demonic fallen angelic beings who have pledged their allegiance to Lucifer, a one-time anointed angelic being that stood in the presence of Almighty God, until the day sin was found in Him. If we must be angry with someone, let it be with ourselves or with Satan, the father of lies!

In closing, spiritual leaders in training seek God’s guidance in training both themselves and others, to guard against wrongful anger and evil thoughts entering and evolving in one’s heart and mind. That is why Paul’s final words in Ephesians chapter 4 constitute an important reminder to all true believers; “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you [and me].”

And according to Jesus, “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother [or sister] without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.”

Our Father in heaven, watch over our hearts and minds Lord, that we do not allow evil thoughts to lead us to being angry without a cause. In Him Always, Amen!

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