My Part in Living Righteous
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My Part in Living Righteous
Paul said in Roman 8:6 to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Carnality is when we serve the flesh. The flesh is that material body, as distinct from the soul or spirit. All beings possesses flesh, therefore mankind is frequently in contrast with God who is Spirit. Human nature, deprived of the Spirit of God is dominated by the appetites of the flesh and obeyed by the mind. We must not follow outside influences. We have to be careful of what we allow to enter our ear. There is a Church of the world and a Church of God set up by Jesus and is in Christ. If we are in Christ, we follow Him. If we follow the Church of the world we have habits that strangles out the Spirit. There is stuff in the earth we need to leave alone, the Church kills itself. Proverbs 14:12 there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Ecclesiastes 11:9 we are to let our heart cheer and walk in the ways of thine heart and in the sight of thine eyes but know thou that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put always evil from thy flesh. Evil is as evil does and when we offend one we offends God too.
We are to set our affections on things above, not on things on the earth. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. If we do the will of God we are promised everlasting life. Jude 11 woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. Jude 12 these are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear; clouds they are without water, carried about of winds, trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots. Jude 13 raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. Jude 16 these are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having menís persons in admiration because of advantage. Jude 19 these be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
Psalm 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. David is saying there is a way that we are to come before God. When we come to worship we show respect to God. When we are at home we lay prostrate before God. Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
Our worship must be acceptable to God. Worship comes through meditation and that meditation is on the Word of God day and night. When we come in his presence we must have an attitude of praise and thanks. We must bow down before Him, kneel down before Him and lay prostrate before Him. Where two or three are gathered together in His name He will be a God in the midst of them. Luke 4:8 thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and him only shalt thou serve. John 4:23-24 the hour cometh, and now is when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Godliness with contentment is where we want to concentrate our thoughts. I Timothy 6:6 Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing in this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
It takes work to hold on to your salvation that is why we need to content with what God does or allows to come into our lives. Godliness with contentment is great gain for the believer. We have to rest in the Lord for things come up but He has made a way of escape for us where we donít have to fret or fear. A good man is satisfied with himself. Contentment causes us to not do violence to no man nor accuse any falsely and be content with our wages for it keeps us from stealing. It keeps us from being desirous of vain glory that we will provoke or brother or sister through envy. Philippians 4:11 not that I speak in respect of want; for I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content.
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