Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Beginning In The Spirit And Ending In The Flesh?

Beginning In The Spirit And Ending In The Flesh?

Text: 1 Corinthians 9:4-13
4 “Have we not power to eat and to drink? 5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working? 7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? 10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?”

I was given three scriptures in my dream, but I could only remember one of them when I woke up this morning, which is our text above.

Brethren, even though we have power to do anything that we may ever think of, however, let's remember that we don't own our lives. This is why the bible says we live/die not of ourselves, which ought to spring up consciousness and self examination in everything we do on a daily basis. Romans 14:7 “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.”

Having said that, I want you to understand that God is much more interested in the salvation of our souls in heaven far more than we can ever think. Therefore do all your possible best and make cogent efforts to please the LORD in all your doing.

Now, you must equally remember that the person who is living in the flesh shall die (make hell fire). Romans 8:13 “FOR IF YE LIVE AFTER THE FLESH, YE SHALL DIE (make hell fire): but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live (make heaven).”

As a Christian therefore, you can never understand the things of God when you are living in the flesh. 1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
This is the primary reason that is causing you to argue and debate on the holy word of God, as it relates to your dressing, speech, actions, likes etc. Your heart is unregenerated hence you are still promoting your flesh against the desire of the Spirit. Friend, this is very dangerous.

My dear friend, when you fail to mortify the deeds of your flesh by the Holy Spirit, I am sorry you have no part in God. Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. NOW IF ANY MAN HAVE NOT THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST, HE IS NONE OF HIS.” You may be claiming of being a Christian but actually, you are just a church goer.

Therefore, for you that is compromising the standard of the word of God today by rebelling against God, and you pastors misleading the children of God into damnation with your vain preaching of ‘it doesn’t matter’, what do you think you are doing? Please repent now for you will surely make hell fire should die in this kind of situation. Remember, God is a respecter of nobody, for you shall surely reap with you have sown.
2 Chronicles 19:7 “Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.”
Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

2 Corinthians 3:6 “Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” See, you can only live by the spirit. I pray your eyes of understanding will be enlightened today in Jesus name. Amen.

Please my dear brethren, don’t end like Brother Demas, who because of the cares of this present world forsook Apostle Paul in the ministry. 2 Timothy 4:10 “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.”

Remember, the word of God is settled forever in heaven. Psalm 119:89 “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven” and therefore, everything written in the word of God stands. Luke 21:33 “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”

Do away with the works of the flesh now because, it will surely send you to hell fire. Galatians 5:19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The friendship of the word will forever remain enmity with God. James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
So, why are you decorating yourself with the things of this world and you want to end up in heaven, when you are already an enemy of God? How possible do you think this will be?

Do bear it in your mind that God is a Spirit and HIS worshippers must do so in Spirit and in truth.
John 4:23 "But 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. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

May the understanding of the word of God purge you from the attachment of this world which is dragging you to hell fire today in Jesus name. Amen.

God bless you.