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Disconnecting Day 2a

Day 2 was a Sunday and as I work at a church my husband and I visited a neighboring church.

Sunday School: The Gospel’s Goal
First verse to catch my attention? Isaiah 43:7

Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory,Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

Isn’t this what God informed me yesterday?
So, what is our purpose in being created?

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 NASB

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 NASB
(We are created for “good works”, not for our own glory and “good will”).

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 NASB

🌹Every God given breath, necessary for life, is to bring glory to God.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

No Better Living

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,
instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,
looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Titus 2:11‭-‬14 NASB

The “grace of God has appeared”! Appeared in Jesus Christ who brought salvation! How blessed the believer is!!

Besides salvation, Jesus came to instruct for today. “deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,”
Jesus gave His life for us “to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” Hallelujah!!! To know Jesus and to serve Him zealously is a wonderful and joyous privilege!

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 NASB

To live for Jesus is a blessing. We walk with Him “looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,”

🌹Walking in godliness, serving God as we look for His return.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Or

To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
Titus 1:15‭ NASB

Perspective.
Where is your focus?
I can look at the world and be discouraged OR I can look to God and see He has a plan.
I can look to myself and be defiled by my sinful nature OR I can look to God who renews my mind and spirit.
It’s all about God.

🌹And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NASB)
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Ephesians 4:22‭-24 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Influenced

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12 NASB

God’s creation, people, are created in the image of a perfect God. But the rulers, the power of darkness that influences the wickedness of this fallen world rule without God’s influence.

When you look at people, do you see God’s creation and desire that they experience the Almighty God and His salvation? Or do you look and see only the wickedness and influence of a fallen world? People need Jesus.

I was speaking to a Christian sister yesterday about this verse. I was explaining that I had never looked at it from the perspective of people being God’s creation and the war is not with God’s creation but with the forces of darkness working in the sinful person, still a creation of His. She then shared this with me. . .

When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples,  He washed the feet of ALL 12 of them. This included Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus. The one Jesus knew would betray Him.

Wow! Can we look at mankind and separate the creation from the forces of evil working in that person?
Do we love God’s creation enough to share the gospel that they may be made new and whole under the influence of a Holy God? Or do we look at the evil and shy away from speaking truth that can change the life of a God created being?

🌹Are we willing to share the gospel of Jesus Christ for the benefit of those walking in darkness?

Thank you Rhonda W. for your insights and influence.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Gospel Feet

Keep your feet from being unshod (uncovered) And your throat from thirst; But you said, ‘It is hopeless! No! For I have loved strangers, And after them I will walk.’
Jeremiah 2:25 NASB

But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’
Jeremiah 18:12 NASB

Seeking our own way, our own truth, our own life leads us away from the real way, truth and life, Jesus Christ – leading to everlasting destruction.

Thus says the Lord to this people, “Even so they have loved to wander; they have not kept their feet in check. Therefore the Lord does not accept them; now He will remember their iniquity and call their sins to account.”
Jeremiah 14:10 NASB

Keep your feet in check. Cover them with the preparation of the gospel. For your sake, your salvation. Then move those feet, covered with the gospel, everywhere God leads to proclaim Jesus – the way, the truth, and the life – for the salvation of others.

🌹and having shod (covered) your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Ephesians 6:15 NASB

How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”
Romans 10:15 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Fire

Who is among you that fears the Lord, That obeys the voice of His servant, That walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.

Behold, all you who kindle a fire, Who encircle yourselves with firebrands, Walk in the light of your fire And among the brands you have set ablaze. This you will have from My hand: You will lie down in torment.
Isaiah 50:10‭-‬11 NASB

Who lights your fire? Reliance and trust in yourself or in the Lord God? The choice is yours.

🌹for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light.
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;
Ephesians 5:8, 11 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Church – Keeping the Unity

but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.     Ephesians 4:15‭-‬16 NASB

Jesus must be made the head of the body, the Church, for unity to be accomplished. He places each part (person) of the body in the church and He “causes the growth for the building up of itself in love”. We individually must surrender to the Lordship of Christ and be obedient to His commands (the Word of God, Bible).

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Ephesians 4:25 NASB

Neighbor: members of the church and accountable for and to one another.

be angry, and yet do not sin ; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. Ephesians 4:26‭-‬27 NASB

Remember that the devil is seeking whom he may devour and if he can destroy a church he will. Let us not give him the opportunity.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29‭ NASB

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Ephesians 4:31 NASB

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.  Ephesians 4:32 NASB

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 NASB

from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.    Ephesians 3:15‭-‬19 NASB

🌹O the blessings, the “riches of His glory”, “strengthened with power through His Holy Spirit”, the dwelling of Christ in the heart! By this and our obedience we comprehend with all the saints the abounding, overflowing, tremendous love of God and are filled to the fullness of God.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Church – Equipped

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.  Ephesians 4:11‭-‬13 NASB

God has a plan. Every child of His He has given gifts for the edification and equipping of His Church, the body of Christ; to attain the unity of the faith by the knowledge of Jesus; growing into the fullness of Christ in us.

Unity. One mind, one body, one purpose.

One mind, the mind of Christ:

For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.    1 Corinthians 2:16 NASB

One body: The body of Christ.

One purpose:

We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.     Colossians 1:28 NASB

🌹How is God using you?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Church – Christian

if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Ephesians 4:21‭-‬24 NASB

Lord, as a Christian, one called by You unto salvation and a new life; help me daily to lay aside my old self which is corrupted with sin and be renewed in the spirit of my mind, putting on the new self, Your likeness which is Your righteousness, holiness and truth.

In Jesus name, amen.

If you have heard Him and been taught in Him:

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 1:13 NASB

Rid yourself of the old self:

But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.        Colossians 3:8 NASB. (See also: James 1:21, 1 Peter 2:1)

knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;   Romans 6:6 NASB

Put on the new self:

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Romans 13:14 NASB

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.   Romans 6:4 NASB

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB

and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him-Colossians 3:10 NASB

🌹Have you “indeed” “heard Him” and “been taught in Him”?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Dark to Light

for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Ephesians 5:8‭-‬10 NASB

Praise God for His glorious Light!! Because of Jesus we do not have to walk in darkness. If we are walking in darkness it is by choice. When you believed on the Son of God you entered into His eternal light.

Has God changed your life? Walking as children of the Light, Jesus Christ, we produce fruit which is goodness, righteousness and truth. No excuses. Are you walking in the Light?

Find what is pleasing to God through His word, the Bible. The result? Walking in the Light and producing fruit.

🌹but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.    1 John 1:7 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon