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#3526719 - 01/02/14 08:24 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: rabbit hunter]
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New Year....put on Jesus!


The new year has started. Many have made resolutions of all sorts. This scripture below is something all followers need to make sure is a part of their life this year and all years to follow:



Romans 13:14

14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.



For a follower of Christ it should be obvious that you have put on Christ and are different than the rest of the world. What I want all of us to concentrate on is the making no provision for the flesh. Sin is to be out the door! I have never understood how folks can claim to be followers but yet still choose to sin willingly. Something is majorly wrong, even to the point where we have to question if they have even been saved or not. Things such as getting drunk, high, sex outside marriage, stealing, cheating, lying, hoarding, gluttony, gossip ect. are all sin. They all deep down satisfy something in our flesh. When we put on Jesus we have the power to overcome all of these, the question is o we love our Savior enough to let Him have all of these things?



So lets get serious in our faith. Give all of your life to Jesus and gratify Him not ourselves!



Tom
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#3528666 - 01/03/14 08:00 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Something to never forget!


All of us need to memorize this verse and think on it often:



Romans 14:12



12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.



This should be motivation to live a godly life! Things like how we treat people, how we live our lives, what has priority in our life, the words that come out of our mouth, what we do with God's money, how we treat God's body which has been bought with the blood of Christ if you are a follower, ect. All of these things and more will be on our account when we stand before God one day.



So that brings us to this, is your life in a place right now where you are ready to give an account to God? If yes, Great! If no, there is no better time than right now to get your life in line with what God desires for you!



Think on this over the weekend.



Tom
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#3533204 - 01/06/14 08:18 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Bear with the weak!


Well I pray everyone is staying warm this morning with this bitterly cold weather! Be safe and careful!



Today the verse that I want to look at speaks loudly to me. I sometimes am a little tough on the weak in their faith and have much to learn on helping them instead of the tough love approach. Here is the verse:



Romans 15:1



15 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.



We are to bear with those who are weak in their faith and lovingly help restore them:



Galatians 6:1

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.



It is easy for us to point out sins to others and forget we have our own sins to deal with! Hopefully we are dealing with our own sin daily. At the same time we have a responsibility to help others grow in their faith. The world tries to teach we need to accept sin which is not biblical, we must stand against sin but love the sinner as we are sinners also and must keep that in mind.



So I am challenging you this morning to do all you can to help the weak in their faith. Love them to Jesus. But do not compromise on sin being sin. Remember we all are at different places in our walk with God. The point is to keep drawing close and to help others do the same!



Tom
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#3535170 - 01/07/14 08:05 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Watch out!


This is a great word from scripture that we all need to be very careful to observe:



Romans 16:17



17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.



Paul is telling us here to be on the watch as followers of Christ. Be on the watch for what?



1. People who cause divisions. There are folks who just want to split the church. Always stirring up trouble for no reason. It isn't that they are bringing up scriptural problems, they are just causing a stir constantly.



2. People who do things contrary to the Word of God. Anyone who is teaching or leading in ways that are differing from the Word of God need to be removed from the fellowship if they do not change their ways when pointed out. Sounds harsh but we can not have folks who are going in opposite of what God says plain and simple.



Paul warns...avoid them! If they are in out midst then we have to remove them until they repent and turn in obedience to the Word. Let me give a caution here. Many folks are big in following folks on TV which can be good or can be bad. Know your bible! If they say things contrary to the Word...turn it off! If they stay faithful to the doctrine then by all means worship with them. Again you will only know if you know your bible!



So watch out!



Tom
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#3536815 - 01/08/14 08:32 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Not as I will, but as you will.


Jesus is coming to the conclusion of what He came to earth for, to die for our sin. Being a man He desired a different way to save mankind if there could be one. There was not so Jesus said not what I want God but what you want:



Matthew 26:39



39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”



This is the example from our Savior that we are to follow. When He died on that cross for our sin, and then we choose to give our lives to Him and follow Him, we are then His! Bought with the price of His blood:



1 Corinthians 6:20



for you were bought with a price.



So glorify God in your body.What does all that mean? Jesus owns us! We are willingly His slaves! Thus we do not do what we want, we do what He wants us to do even to death!Are you willing? It may be the cost of following Jesus? Or it may be as simple as telling your co-worker about Jesus. Are you willing? He was willing to die for you!



Oh Lord help me today and everyday to do your will, not mine.



Tom
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#3538514 - 01/09/14 08:17 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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God wants Unity!


It is unbelievable how much division there is among believers. This is something Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church about and we need to take notice!



1 Corinthians 1:10



10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.



It baffles me as to why there is so much argument over what the bible says. Most of it is pretty clear. I guess when we have man sticking their two cents worth in there will always be problems. Why can't we just take God's Word for what it says and believe it as truth?



We have so much work to do as the church. Souls are dying and going to hell everyday. I read yesterday that every two seconds somebody dies. As of yesterday around 10:30 a.m. 12,000 people have already died in this world of ours in 2014. Think about how many of those did not know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Guess whose job it is to reach the lost....the churches! We have be come somewhat useless because the lost see that the church can't get along so why do they want to be a part of that! This should not be so!



Now think to inside your own church. How are things? I hope great! If not it needs to be fixed and quick. Your church won't be effective for the kingdom if their is quarreling or division among you. Get it fixed! In love and humility come to a resolution.



The church (believers) is to a representation of Jesus to a lost and dying world. Love, compassion, humility, and unity are all apart of being like Jesus. Loving sinners and trying to help them repent of their sin and come to Jesus is what our main focus is to be, all else is really no importance!



So lets get together as believers. Quit all the divisions and lets get busy for the Lord. If we are busy for the Lord we won't have time for the divisions!



Tom
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#3538523 - 01/09/14 08:25 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#3538720 - 01/09/14 10:33 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Kimber45]
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Yep, I have seen it in more than one church.
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#3544437 - 01/13/14 09:29 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: rabbit hunter]
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Christians are to judge in the church!


I figure this post will create quit a stir but let me say don't argue with me, it is God's Word you will be arguing with! I read this the other day and wow as usual God spoke to me about some things and I want to share them with you. Now clear your mind of all preconceived ideas and just let the Word speak. Are you ready? Ok here we go:



Sexual Immorality Defiles the Church

5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. 2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.

3 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. 4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”



Wow! pretty harsh huh? Let point out several thins here:



1. Sexual immorality was taking place here. In the case pointed out it was a type of incest. Man having sex with a step-mom. Other sexual immorality that would be included in this would be homosexuality, and adultery.



2. Paul was telling them not to celebrate this sinner but to remove them from the church! Huh? Well what if the man says he loved his step-mom as we here today as an excuse to continue in sin??? No remove them from the church.



3. V.5 is important. Remove the man from the church, let Satan have him. What? The reason for this is so the man will come to senses and repent! So his Spirit may be saved!



4. V.6-8 tell us to get him out so his sin, which apparently they were boasting about, would not sub off on others and defile a big part of the church. God wanted them in sincerity and truth not evil and sin!



5. V. 9-10 tell us Paul is talking to the church not the world! Judge inside church not the lost world.



6. V. 11 expands the sins wider than just sexual immorality....greed, idolatry, reviler, drunkard, and swindler. Ouch that covers much there! Not only are they to be removed from the church but God says not to even eat with them! This again is to help them see the error of their ways. Tough love huh?



7. Then in verses 12-13 God says He is judge of lost world we are to judge those in the church. The lost world does not know better, the church knows what sin is and should live obedient lives!



Now let me say this, God's Word has more to say on this issue so do some studying for example:



Galatians 6:1

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.We must love our brothers and sisters in Christ and help them when they stray but at some point is sin removal from the church may be needed and the church must judge other brothers and sisters!



Chew on that today....I have been for several days!



Tom
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#3545902 - 01/14/14 08:31 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Lawsuits in public court are wrong!


Well let's tackle another tough one today. In case you haven't noticed our court systems are backed up big time. For Christians we should not be in public courts for most matters! Look at what God says in his Word:



1 Corinthians 6:1-8



Lawsuits Against Believers

6 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!



Not to difficult to understand is it? God says we should take care of our problems among the saints! I wonder when the last time this was practiced? Can you imagine how this would go in the church today? God says here why take a problem to unbelievers, as they will not answer according to His standards. Then God goes onto ask do we not have wise enough people in our church to settle disputes. I believe we do, but you know what would happen? The one who lost would have a problem with it. That is where as believers we have to say a decision has been made by God's Word and that is where we stand.



Paul then goes on to say that having lawsuits is wrong in itself! That as a believer we are to take loss if that's what it takes. Wow! Our selfishness can't have that now can we? Paul implies suffer wrong if need be! How can he say that? Here is why....



Romans 12:19



Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”



1 Peter 3:9



9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.





Romans 12:17



17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.



This is a very tough teaching from the Lord. First, we are to settle disputes ourselves. If we are wronged so be it because the Lord will take care of it in the end. Second, if we must have the dispute settled then we are to take it to the church and let it be settled there. Why is the church not doing this?



Something to chew on!



Tom
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