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Do the fast that God has called

Courtesy of darwinstable.com

Courtesy of darwinstable.com

Isaiah 58:5-8
Fasting is one way to move your will out of the way and to turn over to God’s will. There are several types of fasts: absolute, natural, fasting from activities, etc.

When you are fasting, we feel that our bodies are being afflicted, but your soul is being afflicted as well. The flesh is always contrary to what God wants and needs to be subdued. But what happens when you afflict your soul? When your soul is afflicted, there should be a greater desire to be closer to God and to do His will. If only your flesh is afflicted, your soul doesn’t get closer to God.

Your flesh doesn’t have a connection with God, your soul does. God wants your soul to be afflicted to the point where you want nothing more than God. When fasting, do we only say we’re hungry and that our flesh hurts? Or are we saying that our souls are hungry for God? (more…)

Enemies of the soul Pt 5: Word vs. the world

Scripture: 1 John 2:15
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 

Notes: Paul knew that the word would be so watered down through generation to generation and warned that false teachers would be cursed. What the word says is the only thing that counts. One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism. We want to see what the word says and won’t accept anything less. So when it comes to the world we want to be separate.  God warned us in His word what we would come up against. We should be ready to stand and give a reason for the hope that lies within us. (more…)

Enemies of the soul Pt 3: Walk by the spirit

Bishop is beginning a series on the Enemy of the Soul, starting with the flesh. The flesh will keep you out of heaven and is your enemy!

Notes: Scripture shows a conflict between the flesh and spirit to reveal the nature of our everyday struggles.

Two births, two natures
We are born naturally. John 3:6 – That that is born of the flesh is flesh.  That which is born of the spirit is spirit. Jesus explained this to Nicodemus. Receiving the Holy Ghost is the birth of the spirit. Galatians 4:23-29. Ishmael was born after the flesh and Isaac was born after the spirit. Therefore we have two natures. 1 Corinthians 11:14, Ephesians 2:3. Because we are born again we are partakers of the divine nature, since we’ve been born again. 2 Peter 1:4. Within us both natures want to rule. One is fighting against the other.

Two walks
Every child of God have two roads, two walks that rise to meet us. Jesus says one is narrow and one is broad. You can’t take both. Each one leads to a destiny. You’ll end up somewhere, but the decision is yours. God gave us direction and then left it up to us to decide which way we go. We can walk in the flesh.

Galatians 5:16-17, Romans 8:4. Paul urges us to walk in the spirit. When you walk in the spirit then you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. If you want to overcome your flesh, fleshly desires then you must choose to walk in the spirit. That’s why it’s important for every child of God to understand how important the spirit is.  (more…)