My Fitness

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

control through spiritual caution (life under control week 4 day 5)

err on the side of caution

In 1 Corinthians 10:12 we are cautioned to "take heed" in the areas we think we are strong in.

Ephesians 5:11 says, "Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them."
(Ephesians 5:11 ESV) What do you think that means? Expose the works of darkness in the entire world or in my own life? If just my life, this would mean confession of sin and willingness to turn from it in my own walk. Once I see an area of darkness in my life, I should turn form it. If I had someone to keep me accountable, I would be more successful.

Hebrews chapter 2 starts of with the warning to pay attention to what we've heard so we will not stray from it. If we don't stay close to the Word, and if we allow ungodly influence more mental space than Scripture specifically (not just godly writings), then it will lead us away from God. Maybe we might hear someone twist Scripture or pervert an attribute of God and our mind will only be emptied of what the Bible calls Spiritual Armor.

First Peter 5:8 says to be watchful for the Devil. If we empty our mind of Scripture, and stop confessing our sins because we think we are strong (maybe we think we have Scripture memorized or we are done sinning), the Devil will pounce on you at your weak and vulnerable state.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 1:5-2:1 ESV)

The above indented paragraphs are so powerful. In God there is no darkness at all. That means if we want to be in God, then we can't have darkness in us. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin! When we accept Christ's sacrifice, we are cleansed. We allow the working of the Spirit to continually cleanse us by confession. If you cannot say which act of sin you have committed, then darkness is still in you. We must ask God to reveal our faults that are hidden to us (even if the rest of the world sees our sins quite clearly). Because we do still sin, but Jesus died for us, he advocates on our behalf. His righteousness covers our faults. The idea here is to remain humble and contrite, willing to change any ways we learn are unpleasing to God.

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