En Gedi: Finding rest in the wilderness!

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-From A Dad: Keep Watch over Your Spiritual Life!

Posted by Scott on November 4, 2007

   “But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.”  -II Timothy 4:5 NLT

-Watch your Will.  I hear so many people and even young people say, “God gave us a Free Will you know.”  The Free Will so often talked about by evangelical Christians does not exist.  Their definition of Free Will amounts to free sin so that grace will cover them.  The Will that God gives us is the Free Will while in the Spirit to do His Will, not ours.  A Free Will is one that is free from the bondage of sin in order to accomplish the Will of the Father.  If it was left up to us to make certain decisions it would be wrong every-time, because our sin would always get in the way.

Hebrews 10:7 “Then said I, I come…to do your will, O God.”

-Watch your ways. We need to make sure that our ways match up with God’s ways.  If we are living in the Spirit then our decisions will match up to God’s.  Our ways will be pleasing to Him and life will run in greater harmony according to His will. 

What are ways that are pleasing to the Lord?  Obedience is the first way you will match up to His ways.  Loving your neighbor is another way that matches up with our Lord.  Praying fervently for others is another good way.  Fighting sin in our lives in great way that is pleasing to God.  They are many ways in which will line up with the ways of God, but we must be on guard not to allow man’s ways to get our focus away from God’s ways.

Proverbs 16:7  “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

-Watch your words.  Anytime a word spews forth from our mouth into the open air it cannot be retrieved.  That word which we eagerly sprayed our subjects with can pierce deeply into another persons heart in a split second or it can uplift the Spirit of that person to the point of exuberance.

Our words are priceless for the most part when spoken in truth and love.  The only things that are left behind after we are gone from this world are pictures and words.  The only one that cannot be destroyed by man or fire are the words. So, be careful with the choice of words we use around others…someday they could be used again either for you or against you.

God’s word is spoken precisely as it should be.  The Holy Spirit uses the word of God in order to instruct and guide us daily.  We can take this example of watching our words throughout our lives.

James 3:2  “If any man offen not in word, the same is a perfect man…”

-Watch your work.  Do we live each day in order work or do we work each day in order to live?  Our work should be unto the Lord.  Although we may not like our job or our employer we need do everything for the glory of God.  We are here to be pleasing to God and none other.  Our labor will not go in vain if we are striving to bring glory, honor, and praise to our Lord.  The work may become less of a hassle with the right attitude towards it.

I Cor 3:9  “For we are laborors together with God.”

-Watch your walk.  Are we walking upright before God?  Are we spending enough time daily in order to keep our walk with Him?  Walking in Christ is to embody the power and Spirit of Christ.  Look at the scriptures to see how Christ reacted to situations.  Look to see how Jesus responded to the sick, the poor, the thief, the beggar, the lame, and the Pharisees.  When we were about 10 months old we started to walk very slowly.  Much of what we learned was subconsciously by how we saw others walk.  Each step taken at first unsteady, but later we begin to walk with more confidence.  This same happens in our walk with Christ.  At first we are a bit unsteady or unsure of what we are saying or doing.  As we grow in the Spirit our walk becomes more like Christ.  Our walk will resemble that of Christ without daily injections of God’s word to speed the process along.

How do we walk in the Lord?  This is accomplished by being in the Spirit or Spirit filled.  Without the Holy Spirit drawing us along it is impossible to walk with the Lord.

Col 2:6  “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so you walk in Him.”

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