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7/22/13 – “WALKING IN UNITY”

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Phil. 2:2 Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.
Phil. 2:3 Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].
Phil. 2:4 Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.

One of the most powerful attributes of the book of Acts church was the unity they walked in. This does not mean they didn’t have their differences, and sometimes those differences caused issues, but they worked through them and continued to fulfill their purpose because unity ultimately kept them together. In the above verses we see the apostle Paul speaking about this type of unity with the church at Philippi.

Paul here speaks about the importance of walking in a true spirit of humility, regarding others better than yourself. Paul is not recommending that we should demean ourselves, for it was Paul himself that spoke of the importance of knowing who we are in Christ. What Paul is referring to is an example that is seen in the life of Jesus Himself, and that we should follow in that example to walk in unity as a body.

Phil. 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
Phil. 2:6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
Phil. 2:7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

So here Paul using Jesus as our example reveals what should be the focus of every believer in developing unity. Notice in verse 7 Paul shows us this focus in Christ’s life, which is to become a servant. Remember Jesus Himself said that He did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for us. He Himself said that He only did that which He saw the Father doing. Jesus was the Father’s servant, and therefore took on a servant mentality in reaching out to mankind. To become a servant one must take their focus off of self, which is where the humility comes in. When focused on ourselves we are looking at the wrong thing, and focusing on self will not bring about unity in the body of Christ.

Rom. 1:1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God…

Here is what all who are born again need to become focused on. We are to be bondservants of Jesus Christ. This is what the focus of the church that walked in unity was all about. They were striving to serve Jesus Christ in and through their lives. A bondservant refers to a voluntary slave. They were not made to serve Jesus; they did so by their own choice. Their focus was not on themselves; it was on Jesus Christ. This is the first key to the power of unity that was created in the book of Acts church.

When we are focused on ourselves, we are easily offended at what others may say to us, and we become very defense and therefore divisive. This will result in disunity. Instead of working to resolve difference on both ends, we instead feel like we are the “victim” and want to then defend ourselves. This keeps us from walking in the power of unity and experiencing what God wants to bring about in and through our lives. We must learn to keep our focus on Jesus.

So the first key to walking in unity is that we must make sure we don’t get focused on self, but instead as Hebrews 12:2 tells us we need to get our focus on Jesus Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith. Just like Jesus we need to stop focusing on our reputation as Philippians 2:7 states, trying to prove ourselves to others. Instead we need to become a bondservant of Jesus Christ. As Paul states we should have this same mind which was in Christ Jesus.

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
Acts 2:44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,
Acts 2:45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
Acts 2:46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,

 

As this New Testament church was birthed we see some powerful things that reveals to us how they continued to walk unified as the body of Christ seeing God do many miraculous things through the body. The first thing we see in verse 42 above is that the disciples continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine. Simply stated this means they devoted themselves to the apostle’s teachings. The word steadfast means to give constant attention to, and to persevere.

To give constant attention to the teaching of the apostle’s they were first and foremost showing up every time the Word was being taught. This was happening multiple times per week. It is easy to see that if we are giving constant attention to the teaching of the Word the body is going to become more mature and walking united in the truths of God’s Word.

One reason the body today is not as united is because most believers who do attend church today only do so once a week, and many only a few times a month. Just recently I was talking with one of our church members who referred to another church that was no longer having Sunday night services because people were not coming. They instead voted to have their flag football league games on Sunday afternoon and evenings. A pastor who is obedient to God’s Word does not determine if he is going to have services based on the response of people, but based on the Word of God. We are not to forsake assembling together as is the manner of some, even so much the more as we see the return of the Lord approaching.

A second key to them giving constant attention to the apostle’s teachings is that they went home and studied further what they were being taught, and gathered together sharing these truths with each other as well. Remember to be steadfast in their teachings also means to persevere. They did not give up on the Word. They remained faithful to obey the teachings shared with them, even when they faced opposition and times of trial. This brings great unity.

If you look back to Acts 2:42 you will also find out that they walked in fellowship. The word fellowship means association by participation. They were connected together by what everyone had to offer in helping to do the work of the ministry. The apostle Paul speaks about this in Ephesians 4:16. He tells us that when the whole body begins to take part in doing the work of the ministry, this causes us to become joined and knit together (unity). Every believer should be involved in doing the work of the ministry in their church, and outside of their church. That is biblical fellowship, association by participation.

The next thing we see that brought unity in the church is what scripture calls “breaking of bread”. This is a phrase that we tend to think the word fellowship means. They were devoted to each other as a body, so much so that they met continually in each other’s homes, going house to house, talking about what they had learned from the apostles, and having a meal together.

It was very common that when they had a meal at the end of that meal they took communion together just as Jesus did with His disciples. The word communion means to be “one with”. This was done as a reminder and a commitment that they were one with Jesus, and one together as a body. This is a big missing element in the church today and definitely one of the most powerful aspects of what built unity in the body.

Last but not least they were devoted to praying together. You see this all through the book of Acts. As they would come and pray together they would see God move in and through their lives. Times of intercession brought about great results. This too is unfortunately a great weakness in the body as many churches don’t even have corporate prayer times, or the body of Christ is just to busy to come or uncomfortable trying to spend that time in prayer. There is only one way to develop in prayer, you must pray.

So these are some powerful things that I am believing to see the body of Christ awaken to once again that will bring about great unity. A body that walks in unity will be a powerful force in the earth for Jesus Christ. They will go forth with the Word of God on their lips, and the anointing of God on their lives to change the lives of others.

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Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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7/15/13 – “A KEY TO LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS”

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2 Tim. 3:1 You must understand this: In the last days there will be violent periods of time.
2 Tim. 3:2 People will be selfish and love money. They will brag, be arrogant, and use abusive language. They will curse their parents, show no gratitude, have no respect for what is holy,
2 Tim. 3:3 and lack normal affection for their families. They will refuse to make peace with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good.
2 Tim. 3:4 They will be traitors. They will be reckless and conceited. They will love pleasure rather than God.
2 Tim. 3:5 They will appear to have a godly life, but they will not let its power change them. Stay away from such people.

Every minister of God has a responsibility to warn people about the last days. Every believer needs to be aware of what scripture says about this time on earth and what we need to do in the midst of these times. This certainly does not mean preachers should be teaching that it is all “gloom and doom”, for in fact it is to be a glorious day for the children of God who know their rightful place in Christ, and walk out what the scriptures teach we should be doing. Even though this may not be the popular doctrine of the day, it is what scripture teaches.

It certainly doesn’t take much to look around at all that is going on in our world, and especially right now in America to realize these are in fact “perilous or violent times”. As you read the above verses you would think you are reading a report of what is happening just as if you were watching the evening news. Some want to ignore these things, but if we act as if they are not there then why did God see fit to put them in scripture to begin with? Because He wanted us prepared and aware of what we need to do so that we are not overtaken by these destructive works. So let’s take a look at one of the key things we need to do in facing these events as a part of the last day’s church.

In our foundation scriptures notice in verse 5 we are given a word about dealing with a certain type of people that will in fact be a part of the last days. Paul refers here to those who appear to have a godly life, but they will not let its power change their life. Paul clearly states that the believer should stay away from such people. This is not a reference to sinners, for he is referring those who have the appearance of being godly. What distinguishes them is the fact that they may talk of being a Christian, but they are not allowing the power of God to change their lives. Who are these people?

Matt. 25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Matt. 25:2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Matt. 25:3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
Matt. 25:4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Matt. 25:5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
Matt. 25:6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
Matt. 25:7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
Matt. 25:8 And the foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
Matt. 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, “No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
Matt. 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
Matt. 25:11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’
Matt. 25:12 But he answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Matt. 25:13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

The greatest illustration we have of those who have an appearance of being godly but deny the power of God to transform their lives is the parable of the five wise and the five foolish virgins. The power of God that changes believer’s lives scripture reveals is the power of the Holy Spirit. Anyone who denies the work of the Holy Spirit’s power in their life is not going to be truly changed for it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit working in someone’s life that this change takes place. The sad truth is there are many churches today that deny the work of the Holy Spirit in their services.

In this parable there are five wise and five foolish virgins. To become a virgin or pure in the eyes of God one must be born again. The foolish and the wise took their lamps with them. The lamp represents the light of God that comes into ones life through salvation, for the Word of God tells us as a believer that we are the light of the world and we are not to take our lamp (salvation) and put it under a basket, but let it shine for the whole world to see. The oil represents the Holy Spirit and His anointing upon our life (power) to transform us.

Notice the foolish did not take oil with them, but the wise did. Oil is seen in the Bible being used to anoint the priest, kings, and prophets to be empowered for their calling. Believers are a part of the body of Christ, which the word Christ means anointed One. But to have that anointing on your life (the power of God) you must yield to the Holy Spirit, not just once but continually so that you can be empowered to see Him change your life, and then go and see Him change others through you by that same power.

Where does this anointing of the Holy Spirit take place? When you read the New Testament you will find the number one place this occurred time and again is when the disciples came together and worshiped, prayed, and heard the Word of God taught. It was what we call “church” today. But the Holy Spirit must be welcome in the church and we must yield to Him so that we stay anointed. Doing so is what the wise virgins did that represented taking oil with their lamp. They took the anointing with them from these meetings wherever they went.

It was the foolish virgins who when they began to hear that Jesus was coming soon tried to get the wise virgins to go with them. They were in fact making light of church, not attending regularly, or going to churches where the Holy Spirit was not allowed to manifest so there was no fresh anointing. No anointing, no power. No power, no changed life, nor were they seeing God’s power work through them to change the lives of others. They talked about Christianity, but they did not demonstrate the power of God in and through their life. Just remember Paul was warning us for a reason to make note of such people.

The foolish virgins today don’t think church is that important. They would rather be off doing their own thing or just sitting at home thinking T.V. church is good enough. The believers who took oil with them got that anointing from being in the presence of the Holy Spirit as they worshiped together in God’s house as well as having such meetings in their homes during the week where the Holy Spirit and His power was welcome. Why the importance of the Holy Spirit being a part of these services? Because you can’t get revelation from the Word of God without Him (he who has ears to hear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the church). You can’t have burdens removed and yokes destroyed off of your life without the anointing (or power) of God. You also cannot do the miraculous works that Jesus did, which we are all called to do, without the power of the Holy Spirit.

Now remember what Paul said about those who appear to have a godly life, but they are denying the power of the Holy Spirit to work in them to bring about true change. Change that involves not only what someone says and does in their own life, but most of all change that involves them going forth as the Book of Acts disciples did seeing the power of God working through them to bring deliverance and healing to others. Paul said and I quote, “Stay away from such people”. That is what Paul said.

What Paul is referring to can be seen back in the parable of the virgins. To stay away means to not allow them to get so close to you that you begin to allow them to influence you in becoming a foolish virgin. The foolish virgin is always trying to get the wise virgin, who is in a church where the Holy Spirit is welcome, to leave their church or to get them out of church all together. They make fun of and often speak against such churches. Simple truth, do you attend a church where there are testimonies of the power of God in people’s lives working, and do you see the gifts of the Spirit ever manifested? If not don’t be a foolish virgin, go find such a church and receive all that God has for you.

So one of the key things that will help us to be victorious in the last days is to stay anointed by the Holy Spirit, and to not allow anyone who may appear to be godly, but they put down churches where the Holy Spirit is welcomed, to pull you away. This is the work of the anti-Christ (anti-anointing). Without God’s power believers will unfortunately begin to see the things Paul talked about become a part of their lives. Stay anointed! Live your life like the wise virgin! Keep plenty of oil with your lamp! What a blessing we have in the power of the Holy Spirit to not only set us free, but to free others also.

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May God’s Best Be Yours!

Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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7/8/13 – “CHOOSE WHOM YOU WILL SERVE”

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Josh. 24:15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

I recently heard a powerful message from my Pastor Dr. Mark T. Barclay, a message every believer should listen to. In this series he has been preaching on he has been dealing with things that are enemies of the church, the very things that are at work trying to tear down the body of Christ. In this particular message of this series he dealt with what he calls the number one enemy of the church of Jesus Christ, liberalism. There is no doubt based on what we are seeing in America and other parts of the world how this is without a doubt doing major damage to the body of Christ. It made me think of this verse out of Joshua, and I want to share some on this line of thought this week.

First of all realize that when we talk about liberalism we are not talking about a political party, but in fact a belief or system of belief. Let’s take a look at the definition of liberalism. It is defined as: Free to excess; regardless of law or moral restraint; licentious, independent in opinion. You see liberals don’t allow morality to determine their beliefs. They live a life free from moral restraint. They are independent in their opinion. What is so dangerous about that? Simple, man’s ways are not God’s ways, for God’s ways are higher. Man should be governed by the morality that comes from the God of the scriptures. Man should not live independent of God and what He says. This is what has gotten man in trouble all throughout history.

Nothing new under the sun as they say, for this is exactly what Joshua was speaking about in Joshua chapter 24. Joshua was coming to the end of his life and dealing once again with the rebellion of the children of Israel, which was an all to common occurrence in his day. As he is preparing to depart he tells them if they were unwilling to serve the Lord but instead wanted to serve the gods of their fathers, it was in fact their choice. But Joshua finishes with that powerful declaration, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

That same question is posed to every generation on the planet by the choices they make. It is easy to see how the liberal view has crept back into this so-called “modern day” church. A part of liberalism and its beliefs is founded upon the fact that it is the culture that determines what we are to live by. As culture changes so do the views by which liberals change. The culture as it supposedly matures determines the beliefs by which man should live. But this is nothing new. It is what has gotten every generation that was unwilling to serve God in a position where they no longer received the grace God offered. The modern day church and even America want all of God’s grace, but they don’t want the God of that grace.

James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

You hear a lot of talk today among Christians that we should not deal with nor even talk about sin. I grant you the focus of the believer should in fact be who we are in Christ. The more the church learns who they are the better they can address the old nature and overcome that nature. But yet we clearly see that if we want to experience more of God’s grace there is something we must do. James even tells us this in the scriptures above.

He tells us that God gives more grace (heaven’s help), but he goes on to say that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. So who are the humble in the eyes of God? James tells us in the following verses. The humble are those who: 1. Submit to God. 2. Resist the devil. 3. Draw near to God. 4. Cleanse themselves from sin. 5. Purify theirs hearts from being double-minded.

What do I mean when I stated that America and many Christians want God’s grace, but not the God of that grace? They want God’s help, but they don’t want the God who provides that help. If they did they would humble themselves just as James states in these verses. The thing that most people don’t understand is that God and His grace go together. You don’t get God’s grace and yet reject God. This is why liberalism is having such a devastating effect on the church. Let me give some examples.

There are many Christians who see nothing wrong with what they call a women’s right to choose when it comes to abortion. But God’s Word is clearly against it. Abortion in the eyes of God is murder, plan and simple. But our modern day society including many who are born again see nothing wrong with abortion, but God does. There are many in the church that don’t see anything wrong with homosexuality, and even the redefining of marriage as our Supreme Court has even recently ruled upon, but God’s Word is against it. Scripture clearly tells us that homosexuality is an abomination to God.

Realize I have nothing wrong with a person who is in such sin, no more than I do of someone who is living in sexual sin with someone of the opposite sex. It is the sin that God is against and if you serve God so are you. Before becoming born again we are all sinners. No believer who is serving God is against the sinner, but they are opposed to the sin because God is opposed to the sin. Remember, humility James said is when we submit to God. If you submit to God you submit to His Word.

How can you be submitted to God and oppose God’s Word? You can’t, just like you cannot be wet or dry, cold or hot, etc. You are one or the other, not both. Liberalism causes people to begin to cast off restraint, the Word of God, intended to protect our life from that which will only bring hurt and pain. When we allow culture, or our own individual views to determine what we believe we have begun to allow liberalism to enter our life. Even recently I heard a local newscast where they were talking about a pastor who had stood up to speak against abortion as a guest speaker at the capital. They called him a “controversial pastor” all because he believes in and teaches the Word of God.

God’s Word will never change, because the God of the Word does not change. Believers should never allow the culture of the day nor independent opinions to determine their beliefs. If we want God’s grace on every part of our life, the help of God, we must have the God of that grace with it. Submit to Him, draw near to Him, and He with His grace will draw near to us. Choose whom you will serve.

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Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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7/1/2013 – “DOES EVERYTHING JUST HAPPEN FOR A REASON?”

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Gal. 6:7 Don’t be misled. Remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow!
Gal. 6:8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

One of the statements that I hear often from people is, “Everything happens for a reason”. This is not a biblical statement when implying that God is always behind whatever happens. Often believers who have not been taught properly will make this statement in response to things that happen in their lives that may be difficult to deal with or hard to explain. But scripture paints a completely different picture and I want to share with you why it is so important to understand that in fact things happen because of choices.

When you think that everything happens for a reason you automatically do several things. First of all if what happened was in fact a work of satan then he gets to stay under the radar doing his destructive deceptive work and never gets caught, not to mention that God is the One that is usually getting the credit for what has happened. Satan loves to feed people this lie because his desire is to turn people away from God.

When people think everything just happens for a reason and God was behind it they are declaring that God in fact was the one that either was the source of why things happened, or He was unwilling to do something about it. There is another thing that happens when assuming this lie. If in fact man is the one responsible for what happened through a choice he makes then he is not being held accountable.  When people who are responsible are not help accountable then nothing changes.

Look at so much of what is going on today in our country. On almost every topic where our money is being spent for lavish parties, to reporters having their personal emails monitored, and on and on, no one wants to become accountable. Because no one wants to be accountable nothing is being done and therefore nothing is going to change.

Let’s start by looking to our foundation text of scripture and talk about first and foremost the responsibility man has in the outcome of his own life and what happens. Paul clearly states in Galatians 6:7 that those who try and make a mockery of God, or in other words ignore what He has said, they are not going to get away with not being accountable for their decisions. Whatever a man sows he is going to reap. It is really that simple.

If a man chooses to not get up and go to work each day, but instead decides he will stay home and watch T.V. and just be lazy, he is going to lose his job. That did not happen for a reason in the sense that God must have not wanted him to have that job. That happened because of a choice that man made to be lazy and stay home. If someone loaded a gun and chose to point that gun at his foot and pull the trigger, that didn’t happen for some unknown reason, that happened because he chose to point a loaded weapon at his foot and pull the trigger.

People make wrong choices everyday. Those choices have consequences, but man has never liked taking accountability for his actions. From the very beginning of time man has always wanted to place the blame of his choices on someone else. Doing so is a way for man to try and avoid acknowledging that what he did was wrong. Then the blame gets shifted to an innocent party in which the innocent party is then often viewed as the “bad guy”.

Gen. 3:8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Gen. 3:9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
Gen. 3:10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Gen. 3:11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
Gen. 3:12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

Adam was told by God to walk in dominion over all the earth and to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam then following after Eve ate of that tree. Then when God came down in the cool of the day to fellowship with them they had hidden themselves from God. When God questioned them about eating the forbidden fruit, notice in verse 12 Adam’s response to God. “The woman You gave to be with me”. Adam was implying to God that if He had not given Eve to him this would have never happened. He was not willing to take responsibility for his wrong choice, which then had consequences.

When Adam sinned the authority God had given Him in the earth was in fact given to satan, now allowing him the opportunity to bring about into the earth his very works of darkness. We see this manifested early on between Cain and Able. Through this transfer of authority satan now had the ability to do his work here on the earth. Adam was supposed to kick out of that garden anything that was not to be there. It was his responsibility to exercise the authority he had been given.

Man was given the right of choice, a free will to do what he wanted. Because of the free will of man God allows us to make choices, whether good or bad. Without that right of free will you would not truly have the opportunity to love God, for love is a choice. You would be nothing but a robot if God would not have given you this free will to choose. But what you choose God must allow, because He had given man authority over the earth.

James 1:22 But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].

Here even James reveals a powerful truth about man’s choices. No one has to obey the Word of God. We can read it, hear it preached, declare it, and yet still choose not to do what it says. That choice is up to us. Some today claim that when you teach others about obedience to the Word of God that is a form of bondage. But in fact if you teach people to live by the Word of God you help to lead them out of self-deception. Being obedient to the Word of God is what walking by faith is all about. You recognize that God is smatter than you, and you therefore “CHOOSE” what you know is going to be the better path to take.

When we hear the Word as James states above but we only listen and we do not obey what it says, we are betraying and deceiving ourselves. When this happens people are actually reasoning contrary to the Truth, thinking they know better than God. Sound familiar? How about when you were younger and your parents who had lived longer than you told you things for your benefit but you instead chose to do your own thing because after all you knew better then they did. I can tell you every time I chose not to obey my parents I suffered the consequences, not because God had a reason for it, but because in my high and mightiness I thought I knew better than my parents. So it is with God.

2 Cor. 11:3 However, I’m afraid that as the snake deceived Eve by its tricks, so your minds may somehow be lured away from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

We must also be careful as well that we don’t blame satan for everything bad that takes place in the earth. The old saying of Flip Wilson, “The devil made me do it”, is not true. If you are not over 40 don’t worry about that last illustration. Satan can’t make you do anything you should not do unless you begin to fall prey to his deceptive ways. In doing so he can through that deception begin to take advantage of your life and even lure you away from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

All of a sudden doing the things that believers do out of a love and devotion to Jesus for all He has done for us doesn’t matter anymore. Going to God’s house, reading the Word to fellowship with God, and spending time with Him is no longer a priority. Instead our time becomes consumed with things that have no eternal value and before long we are being taken advantage of by satan and don’t even know it. Our love for God becomes weaker and our desire for the things of this world becomes greater.

Jesus made a powerful statement in John 14:21. Those who have His commandments and keep them (obedience to what God’s Word teaches us as Christians), it is he who loves Him. The motive for obedience to the Word is our love for Christ. If that is not the motive, we will eventually walk away.

So don’t believe the lie that everything happens for a reason as a reference to God being the One that brought it about or allowed it to happen and chose not to help us. Man has the power of a free will and we make choices everyday. Those choices have consequences. Make right choices and you will reap the benefits of what God has for you.

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Pastor Darryl Baker

 
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