Balance Of Power

Titus 2:3-5: The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Granted we are in an age where more women have had to work, but a major part of the devils master plan with WW2 and the women’s movement was to really mess things up in our society. The movie age and industry boom (especially for building war machines) and certainly after corrupting churches with pagan holidays in the 1800’s … who do you think all that targets more? Women, because women in history were more susceptible to the so called “finer things” in life. Now they have a way to earn and possess those things and if you have been paying attention, its become much easier for many women to find work than it has for men and thereby making them the breadwinners of the home, giving them a power over the husband they ought not have.

Hollywood and network TV sitcoms endorses a change of the balance of power and authority in the homes as well. Women are in the judges bench, and supervise over men in warehouses (many times having no real clue what they are doing, so you wonder how they got into that position to begin with) … well the devil for starters.

And so just the same as society has influenced so many women into leadership and politics and such, the churches have conformed more and more to the ways of the world. The same is said for standards and many other corrupt changes that have crept their ways into our homes and churches. Namely the TV and the pagan holidays!

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Unceasing & Unquenched

1 Thessalonians 5:17-19 “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.”

In the previous message about prayer I spoke of peace and keeping a guard up. Well how do we do that? We pray unceasingly, keeping uninterrupted fellowship with God with perseverance (Romans 12:12) and with a strong spirit (Ephesians 6:18)

Paul charges us in Thessalonians to pray without ceasing. We eat and drink several times a day, but we cannot do so without ceasing. But, we certainly breathe unceasingly. Paul’s command that we pray without ceasing implies that unceasing prayer is like breathing. Praying is our spiritual breathing. Doing this requires that we call on the Lord continually in everything we do. This is the way to breathe, to pray without ceasing. As a modernized and indoctrinated people we are not accustomed to this. We must practice calling upon the Lords name all the time. To live is to breathe. Spiritually speaking praying is breathing. By calling on God we breathe His spirit

Sudden outbursts of popular expressions in vain such as “Oh My God” (OMG) or even “Christ Almighty” or the famous “God help me” or telling God to damn something, are offensive to God. These are not ways of calling to Him genuinely. They break His commandment and His heart ….

Colossians 4:2 “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving” … This also mean to to be watchful of ourselves as much as others and to be thankful in part of our day …

After Paul charges us to pray without ceasing and to give thanks in everything, as was mentioned in my previous prayer message, he tells us not to quench the Spirit. This indicates that if we fail to pray and express our gratitude towards God, we quench the Spirit. A fire needs air to breathe. The spirit in us is to be kept burning if we are to be as a candle in the darkness to those around us. Failing to keep in consistent communication with God deprives the Holy Ghost Fire of that air, thereby to quench the Spirit is to cease from breathing ….

All day long, wherever we are and what ever we are doing, we need to call on The Lord. In every situation good or bad. Even if you might be about to lose your temper. By calling on God, you live and breathe in Christ. If you simply make up your own mind to hold your temper, you will be defeated still. It will become worse and will build up inside until another time when your outburst could be much worse. Instead of merely trying to control your temper, turn your focus to God in that moment. Ask Him to be with in this time of anger. If you do this you will saved from your temper, given peace and be able to live and breathe this moment in the Spirit of Christ and you will be blessed for it accordingly …

The devil never ceases, nor should we!

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1 Corinthians 10:13 (Temptation)

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

Carnal desires gain strength by indulgence, therefore should be checked in their first rise.

Nothing in Scripture is written in vain; and it is our wisdom and duty to learn from it. Others have fallen and so may we. The Christian’s security against sin is distrust of himself. God has not promised to keep us from falling if we do not look to ourselves.

To this word of caution, a word of comfort is added. Others have the like burdens and the like temptations. What they bear and break through we may also.

God is wise as well as faithful and will make our burdens according to our strength. He knows what we can bear. He will make a way to escape.

We have full encouragement to flee from sin and to be faithful to God.

We cannot fall by temptation if we cleave fast to him. Whether the world smiles or frowns it is an enemy; but believers shall be strengthened to overcome it with all its terrors and enticements.

The fear of the Lord put into their hearts, will be the great means of safety.

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Subject To Division

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed – always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.”

2 Corinthians 4:7-11

The treasure of gospel light and grace is put into earthen vessels. The ministers of the gospel are subject to the same passions and weaknesses as other men. As well as living by the same words they preach.

God could have sent angels to make known the glorious doctrine of the gospel, or could have sent the most admired sons of men to teach the nations, but he chose humbler, weaker vessels, that his power might be more glorified in upholding them, and in the blessed change wrought by their ministry.

The apostles were great sufferers, yet they met with wonderful support. Believers may be forsaken of their friends, as well as persecuted by enemies; but their God will never leave them nor forsake them.

There may be fears within, as well as fighting without; yet we are not destroyed.

The apostle speaks of their sufferings as a counterpart of the sufferings of Christ, that people might see the power of Christ’s resurrection, and of grace in and from the living Jesus. In comparison with them, other Christians were, even at that time, in prosperous circumstances.

Today’s church perhaps does more persecuting and rejecting of truth tellers than any church in history. The modernization of society has done so much to dumb us down and corrupt our minds. America alone is the most divided nation in the world, and the church is to blame …

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