God may change His mind about a matter, but His laws concerning morals will never change …
I recently made a post similar to this but It was before the decision of the supreme court on “same-sex marriage”.
But let it be heard clearly and known truthfully. The Supreme Court does NOT have the authority to define morality of any kind. Only THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY does – And He doesn’t change! BE SURE OF THAT!
Hebrews 13:8 KJV
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
To born again Christians – Not “professing Christians” :
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be…
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“Him we preach… that we may present
every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”
The word perfect there means spiritually mature, having reached the full measure of the purpose for which a person is created. This, in essence, is the purpose of all ministry, whether it is the ministry of an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher. It is to preach Christ, and to bring all men into a spiritually mature relationship with Him.
Paul wrote to the Galatians and said they were “my little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 4:19). Christ was in them already, but He was not fully-formed in them yet: they were still children. Maturity in Jesus is what ministry is supposed to lead to. Christ is at the heart of everything; He is at the center of all activity; we begin with Him and we end with Him.
Source: Lord of All by Chip Brogden
I would truly recommend studying the lifestyle of Jesus Christ as a Living Testimony when it comes to living a lifestyle of prayer. And in defining the reasonable and essential service of worship, examine the attitude and behavior of Christ towards those who opposed Him for who He was and for His right standing with God.
What do we mean then by what is reasonable and what is essential when it comes to our reasonable and essential service of worship? We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our minds, with all our wills, with all our emotions, with all of our strength. And we are also commanded to love all of our neighbors which includes our enemies as well.
Hebrews 14:12 admonishes us to “seek peace with all men and with holiness;” otherwise we will not see God. So, this should tell us that we cannot live out our lives like that of the world. When we accepted Jesus Christ into our heart and our lives, we were born again from above not by any man made doctrine.
We are no longer a part of this world system when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We may still be in this world, but we live according to Kingdom principles and what is acceptable unto the Lord. We do not serve a hard taskmaster and this is why the Apostle Paul admonishes us to be “imitators of Christ” (Ephesians 5:2)
Do away with the old and put on the new
When we were born again, we were not only transported out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of Light by the Spirit of God. We are stepping out of the old realm and entering into a new realm when Jesus became the Lord of our lives(See Colossians 1:13 and 2 Corinthians 5:17).
In Galatians 5 Paul wrote about the flesh which wars against the spirit, and the spirit man that wars against the flesh. Paul also warned us about living a lifestyle according to the works of the flesh. Those that do so will not, I repeat will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Saints, the Word of God will always expose what’s in our hearts. Hebrews 4:12-13 tells us that:
“The word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart. No creature can hide from God: God sees all. Everyone and everything is exposed, opened for His inspection; and He’s the One we will have to explain ourselves to.”
The prayers that we pray come alive by the very words that we speak. Our thoughts are unspoken words in our minds and this is why Paul writes in Ephesians 4:23 that we are “to take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit.”
Our attitudes and behaviors will not only expose what is in our hearts and our minds, but they will also hinder our prayers from going forth in the manner God intended them to forth. Yes, praying the will of God supersedes any prayer that comes from out of a book.
God sent the Holy Spirit who is our Helper to lead and to empower us through prayer that is a direct communication line between us and our heavenly Father. With all due respect, we approach His Holy Throne in all humility in the Name of His Son, Jesus (See Romans 8:26-28).
The Holy Spirit is the One who empowers and enables us to pray. He is Holy, and those who worship our Father who is above must worship Him “in spirit and truth.” Come with me as we survey the wondrous cross to prove what is the good, perfect and acceptable will of God for our lives as we daily learn to live a lifestyle of prayer.
Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. —2 Kings 6:16
Most of what goes on in the universe we never see. Many things are too small or move too fast or even too slow for us to see. Using modern technology, however, filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg is able to show stunning video images of some of those things—a caterpillar’s mouth, the eye of a fruit fly, the growth of a mushroom.
Our limited ability to see the awesome and intricate detail of things in the physical world reminds us that our ability to see and understand what’s happening in the spiritual realm is equally limited. God is at work all around us doing things more wonderful than we can imagine. But our spiritual vision is limited and we cannot see them. The prophet Elisha, however, actually got to see the supernatural work that God was doing. God also opened the eyes of his fearful colleague so he too could see the heavenly army sent to fight on their behalf (2 Kings 6:17).
Fear makes us feel weak and helpless and causes us to think we are alone in the world. But God has assured us that His Spirit in us is greater than any worldly power (1 John 4:4).
Whenever we become discouraged by the evil we can see, we need to think instead about the good work God is doing that we cannot see. —Julie Ackerman Link
Lord, I’m tempted to fear what I cannot understand or control. But my security rests in You and not in what happens to me or around me. Help me to rest in Your unfailing love.
Eyes of faith see God at work in everything.
INSIGHT: Scripture speaks of unseen angels protecting God’s people (Ps. 34:7; Dan. 3:25-28; Matt. 4:6; Acts 5:19; 12:7). They are God’s “servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14 nlt).
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD. Psalm 37:23 (KJV)
We are wise to guard our time and to place a prayer covering over our appointment book. The enemy wants to get his schemes written into our schedules, and use his appointments to bring disappointments into our lives.
Here are a few things to consider about the use of your appointment book:
Surrender each day to God. Acknowledge Him as the Lord of each day and believe that your times are in His hands. By faith, ask Him to direct your steps and to keep you from any missteps.
My times are in Your hand. Psalm 31:15 (NKJV)
Write your appointments in pencil. Most appointments are not “for sure” and should not be written in stone. Unexpected things can happen, situations can change, and appointments may need to be canceled or moved to a different time.
Remain flexible. Flexibility is one of the best ways to respond to interruptions, or the unexpected. Don’t allow changes or cancelations to your schedule become the grounds for discontentment or resentment. Also, the things that appear like “interruptions” to your schedule, could be God’s appointments that didn’t make it onto your calendar (some have even entertained angels unaware).
Keep your expectations in the Lord. It is important for us to guard our hearts and to place our expectations in the Lord and not in the events of life. Our joys and true happiness are not found in upcoming activities, but in the daily presence of the Lord in our lives.
Listen for God’s voice and wait for His answer. When responding to others’ requests, making plans, scheduling appointments, or making commitments, wait until you hear God’s “yes” before you give your “yes”…an offer may be exciting and appealing, it may seem like the opportunity of a lifetime, but that does not mean it is of God.
Be Discerning. A traffic light gives out clear and important information. The red light tells you don’t go; the green light tells you to go; and the yellow light tells you to either proceed with caution, wait, or be prepared for the light to change. When God gives you a red light, it is time to stop without debate; when He gives you a green light, it is time to go in faith without doubting. When He gives you a yellow light, then slow down, move with caution, and wait upon His time.
Be led, not driven. Sheep are led. We don’t need to say yes to everything. The will of God is not to see how full you can make your appointment book, and how busy you can make your life. God’s path and God’s pace are always accompanied by God’s peace.
Believe in God’s provision. When God orders your steps He also provides for them. Believe that He will make each appointment possible for you circumstantially and personally. “As your day, so shall your strength, your rest and security, be.” Deuteronomy 33:25 (AMP)
Be assured of God’s presence. Whatever may be on your calendar, let the proclamation of Moses be your proclamation…“If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place.” Exodus 33:15 (NLT). Be assured that as you follow His leading, you will have the blessing of His presence….He will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:8 (KJV)
“Now as [Paul] reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, ‘Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.’”
When the time is short we must make the most of every opportunity and waste nothing. Ordinarily if we speak the Word to someone and they send us away, the best advice is to leave. Unfortunately, Paul was in prison and could not get away. Felix sent for him often but nothing ever changed. In this manner Paul witnessed to Felix for two years without any result whatsoever. Clearly this was a ruse of the enemy designed to frustrate the gifted apostle and sap his strength.
Paul the prisoner had no choice but to come when Felix called for him; we who are free ought to be careful lest we find ourselves spending all our time talking to a Felix when there is a Cornelius praying to hear us speak the very words that Felix takes for granted.
Source: The Church in the Wilderness by Chip Brogden