Being Spiritually Minded – Part 4 – Evil

Proverbs 3:7-10
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear (revere) the Lord and turn from evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones

Honor the Lord with your wealth (possession, goods, worth – your life) with the first fruits of your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing (there will be no lack).

Evil: Anything that keeps you from believing God.

Remember what sin is – sin is simply, unbelief in God. The act of unbelief is what we often see, as this is merely an expression of our own nature (the sin nature we were born into). When we are conflicted about what we believe, it is impossible to make Godly decisions or submit to God making evil or temptation greater than God’s ability to make us victorious. Evil is the expression of all things wicked, bad, wrong, immoral, foul, vile, dishonorable, corrupt, iniquitous, depraved, reprobate, villainous, vicious and malicious.

Accepting an evil position in life, only leads us to the fulfillment of Satan’s plan for our lives.

We must understand Satan’s goal:

Understanding that Satan’s plan is to distract you from the ability to allow the truth to enter into your soul – which changes your living.  Remember, as the truth enters into your soul through belief, you always have a choice to act upon that truth. This is what eventually causes the truth to produce consistent fruit. The more we act on the truth, the less we are tempted (distracted) or drawn away by our own lust.

One of the ways we know we are choosing evil (unbelief) over God’s plan for our lives, is Guilt.

Guilt

Unless we allow the truth from God to establish our thinking, Guilt will always be part of the ramifications of our actions (or the lack there of) in life.  This distorts our view of God’s love. If we are not operating out of truth, then evil (unbelief in God) will always be part of our thinking.  Reverence, submission and humility, positions us for receiving the truth, which demolishes evil and keeps us from living under a Spirit of religion, which is where we find ourselves without truth.

Proverbs 16:6
Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil.

Proving God’s Will

Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Ephesians 5:17 (NKJV)
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

A lawyer scours through documents and evidence to defend their client. They diligently search it out with all their heart, soul, and mind. Time proceeds as they commit to research, spending plenty of resources along the way, leading to the final moment: the verdict. The audience waits in anticipation as the judge breathes, then declares, “Not Guilty”. The lawyer’s effort proved worthwhile and lives are forever changed.

The word instructs us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, that we would prove that good and perfect will of God. As the lawyer utilized everything available for the defense of their client, so we ought to in like manner expend every resource available to prove the will of God, that we may be conformed to the image of God in Christ Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJV)
13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

When we embark on this proving of God’s will, we must be aware of the cost. We will only find Him when we search for Him with all of our heart. Let us return to the first commandment.

Matthew 22:37–38 (NKJV)
37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.

To embark on this journey one must first know what God’s will is. In this day and age, the speaking of God’s will over our lives gets so convoluted that it ends up leading many astray in confusion. There is talk of God calling few here, God calling few there, and the one without the call remains in this continual pleading about what they should do for their life. Before I continue onto the next point, it is pivotal that we come to understand that God is with us until the very end of the age (Mt. 28:20). Knowing this, we know then that God is with us in the midst of any confusion regarding our life calling, which is falsely attributed to God’s will in church culture today. We Christians have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16) and are also being led by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8), if we truly are obedient children. With that known, we are to have faith in God and trust Him, that whatever we decide in life He is completely fine with. If He were not fine with it, don’t you think that God would intervene and lead you back to the straight path? Let us look to Joshua as an example.

In the first chapter of Joshua, the Lord speaks to Him comforting words coupled with instruction, that He (God) would be with him (Joshua) wherever he goes. Joshua then proceeds to make decisions to cross the Jordan, all without the detailed instruction of the Lord. Upon Chapter 3, the Lord speaks again, saying, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.” Joshua knew that whatever he did, God was with him. He could not fear nor be dismayed, but walk with courage, knowing that God would be with him. In like manner, God too is with us, and so long as we abide in Christ and obey Him do we also share in the relationship that Joshua had. This relationship is actually more significant than it was with Joshua, since we as Christians have what the prophets of old have longed for: the Holy Spirit, dwelling in man! God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). Let us cease with the continual pleading and simply walk like Christ walked. God is faithful to give us direction in His timing.

Paul speaks in Ephesians that we ought to be wise and know what the will of God is. He isn’t referring to one’s life calling, as I expressed in the previous paragraph, but to Christ (1 Thess. 5:18); we need not look elsewhere than to Christ Jesus. Christ means anointed one, and as Christians, we too are anointed to preach the gospel in our living and to usher in His Kingdom here on Earth, as it is in Heaven. To do this, we must carefully analyze the person of Jesus.

Jesus:

  • Healed the sick supernaturally. (Mark 1:30-31)
  • Came to give life, and life abundantly. (John 10:10)
  • Discerned the hearts of men. (Matthew 9:4)
  • Raised life from the dead. (John 11, Matthew 9:24)
  • Cast out devils. (Mark 1:25)
  • Dined with the sinners. (Mark 2:15)
  • Sought God long before daylight. (Mark 1:35)
  • Baptized by the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16)
  • Taught, preached the gospel, and healed all kinds of sickness and disease. (Matthew 4:23)
  • Was moved by compassion. (Matthew 14:14)
  • Gave His life for us. (John 3:16)
  • Came to save the lost, not condemn them. (Matthew 18:11, Luke 9:56)

These are but some of what Jesus was and did. I encourage you to read through the gospels and focus on that which Christ did and spoke as you pursue the proving of God’s will. Let us now look at the Lord’s Prayer:

John 17:20–23 (NKJV)
Christ Prays for All Believers

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

Can you imagine being loved in the same manner that the Father loved His Son? There’s no need to imagine the point, for He does so and to this age continues to love His children in the same manner! We as children of God have been predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ and as such, what is Christ’s is also ours!

I hope you’re fired up. I myself am hungry for more. Before we commence with seeking God in specific areas to prove His will, let us look to scripture, in particular, the great commission as told in Mark:

Mark 16:17–18 (NKJV)
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Are you a believer? Are you a believer that truly believes the word of God? Are these signs following you? Ask yourself that question and seriously think about it. I myself have never cast out a devil from someone, and so my prayer and communication with the Lord heavily involves that area in my pursuit of being like Christ, because Christ brought freedom to those oppressed by these devils. If Jesus says that we’ll do the same works, then I have some serious praying to do, because my life does not completely model the life of Jesus as it should.

Now, we do not have a spirit of condemnation, so this message isn’t to condemn. Instead, it ought to cause the fire in your heart to be stirred for a greater move of God. If we’re true believers, these signs shall follow!! This is a show and tell gospel, or a tell and show gospel; however you present the gospel, show the signs and wonders!

1 Corinthians 4:20 (NKJV)
20 For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

Examine yourself, and prayerfully consider the areas where you need to work on. Jesus was a compassionate man; are you lacking compassion? Ask God to stretch you in that area, to make you like Jesus. The Christian life demands transformation. Grace empowers us to walk out the truth, to be conformed into the image of Christ. Let us seek out the Lord, and prove God’s will in Christ Jesus, having a renewed mind, to bring the love of Christ in your sphere of influence not just with word and deed, but with signs and wonders.

Being Spiritually Minded – Part 3 – Godly Fear

Proverbs 3:7-10
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear (revere) the Lord and turn from evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones

Honor the Lord with your wealth (possession, goods, worth – your life) with the first fruits of your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing (there will be no lack).

Godly Fear: Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Reverence is the beginning of Submission. You will never go wrong with Humility. This leads to healthy service and consistent trust in Father to take care of your life.

Often what happens when we do not submit or surrender to God in life, we find ourselves in a place of worry, fear, anxiety and stress – this is because we are unwilling to submit control of our lives. As we submit to God in life through obedience, we see God, which establishes reverence and proper fear for God.

Do Not Worry

Luke 12:22-32
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.