KEEP CONTROL OF YOUR TONGUE - Part Five

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WALK IN THE LIGHT

Right near the very end of the New Testament in the Bible, the Apostle John gives us these vital and precious promises from the Lord:

  • GOD IS LIGHT AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL.
  • IF WE WALK IN THE LIGHT AS HE IS IN THE LIGHT, WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HIS SON CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN. HALLELUJAH!

The Apostle John said, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and ‘do not practice the truth’. (*Also translated ‘do not the truth’ or ‘the absolute negative’ of the truth). But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1: 5-7). (*See Strong’s Concordance).

To walk in the light means, that we walk in the light of God’s PROMISES and we walk in the light of His TRUTH. we walk in the light of HIS UNDERSTANDING and we walk in the light of His LOVE. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:16&17).

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KEEP CONTROL OF YOUR TONGUE - Part Four

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THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN HAS BEEN CAST DOWN

During his exile on the Island of Patmos, the Apostle John saw a vision of Satan, the accuser of the brethren (the word ‘brethren’ used here is referring to those who are believers in Christ), being cast down out of heaven, into the earth below. “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time’” (Revelation 12:7-21).

  • THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN HAS BEEN CAST DOWN, HALLELUJAH!
  • FOR THOSE WHO HAVE RECEIVED CHRIST JESUS AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOUR AND WHO HAVE BELIEVED IN HIS NAME, THERE IS NO MORE NEED TO FEAR!
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KEEP CONTROL OF YOUR TONGUE - Part Three

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WILL YOU ENTER INTO THE TRUTH?

Jesus wants all men to enter into this truth - that Jesus died to sin once, for all mankind. “For the death that He (Christ) died, He died to sin once for all (Romans 6:10). For this reason, Christ condemned sin in sinful man, so that the righteous requirement of the law would be fully met in us. All this was accomplished through Christ’s shed blood on the cross; His finished work which He undertook willingly, on our behalf. The Apostle Paul said, “He (speaking of Jesus) condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:3 & 4).

Concerning Christ’s resurrection power and the righteous requirements of the law that had already been met on his behalf, the Apostle Paul also said, “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8).

Again, when speaking about Paul’s thorn in the flesh, which so troubled him, Jesus said, “’My grace is sufficient for you, for My ‘strength’ (translated ‘dunamis’, meaning ‘force’ (literally or figuratively); specially, ‘miraculous power’ (usually by implication, a miracle itself):—‘ability’, ‘abundance’, ‘meaning’, ‘might’(-ily, -y, deed), (worker of) ‘miracle’(-s), ‘power’, ‘strength’, ‘violence’, ‘mighty’ (wonderful) ‘work’) is made perfect in weakness.’ ‘Therefore (this was now the Apostle Paul speaking) most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the ‘power (again, translated ‘dunamis’) of Christ may rest upon (‘tent upon’, i.e. (figuratively) ‘abide with’ :—'rest upon’) me’” (2 Corinthians 12:9). (See Strong’s Concordance).

  • CHRIST’S POWER WAS SUFFICIENT TO DO THAT WHICH PAUL COULD NOT DO FOR HIMSELF!
  • THIS IS THE RESURRECTION POWER AND PROMISE OF CHRIST ON OUR BEHALF!
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KEEP CONTROL OF YOUR TONGUE - Part Two

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‘SOME THINGS HARD TO UNDERSTAND’

In what is commonly referred to as Jesus’ sermon on the mount, referring to His resurrection promises, Jesus said to His disciples, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:3-14).

In the same way that God has called us as believers in Christ to be salt and light to the earth despite what opposition may come, both the Apostle Peter and the writer of Hebrews spoke of the long-suffering nature of Christ being our Salvation.

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KEEP CONTROL OF YOUR TONGUE - Part One

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GUARD YOUR LIPS FROM TELLING LIES

When I was a young child, my parents bought a number of Scripture in Song music tapes distributed by Scripture in Song recordings Ltd. in New Zealand. These songs were taken straight from Scripture and recorded by David and Dale Garratt of New Zealand. We used to play and sing their music often in our home. They helped to instruct us as children in the right ways of living according to the word of the Lord and brought God’s presence both into our hearts and into our home. One of the songs I clearly remember learning was taken straight out of 1 Peter 3:10 (TLB). “If you want a happy, good life, keep control of your tongue, and guard your lips from telling lies, and guard your lips from telling lies, and guard your lips from telling lies, if you want a happy good life.” That particular song had made such an impact on my young life, because as a young child and for a period of time, I had been having great difficulty in the area of lying. It was a sin that had become progressively worse over a period of time.

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THE POWER OF REPENTANCE - Part Two

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OUR GREATEST NEED

Our greatest need, is for each one of us to know and believe that we are loved and that we are fully accepted IN Christ Jesus. That means, we can ‘walk out’ our own spiritual walk, with humility, minding our own business, doing only what Christ has called us to do, whilst keeping a right standing with God through faith in Jesus Christ. It is our own obedience for which we are answerable to God, not someone else’s. Doing things this way, will bring much increase, not only into our own lives, but into the lives of others as well (and it makes us much nicer people to be around). In his letter to the church of the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul writes,

“But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you” (1 Thessalonians 4:9-11).

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THE POWER OF REPENTANCE - Part One

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A MESSENGER FROM THE KING

All four Gospels of the New Testament, in their first few chapters, testify of one whom the prophets had spoken of, saying, “Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me” (Malachi 3:1, KJV). This messenger was known as John the Baptist, He was “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God’” (Isaiah 40:3, NKJV).

John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:2). Clothed in camel hair, with a belt of leather about his waist, John preached a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, preparing the hearts of the people to understand that they were in desperate need of a Saviour. All this took place before the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross, when their redemption would be made complete! John then baptized in the Jordan River, all those who came to him.

“John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey” (Mark 1:4-6).

  • JOHN’S BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE CAME BEFORE THE ATONING SACRIFICE OF CHRIST.
  • BUT THOUGH MANY WERE BAPTIZED, NOT ALL WERE PRODUCING LIVING FRUIT!
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THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NEAR - Part Two

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CIRCUMCISION TAKES PLACE IN THE HEART

In the book of Genesis in the Bible, at the time that God made His covenant with Abraham that He would give the Israelites the promised land, the promise was for Abraham and his seed. As a sign of that covenant, the Lord had instructed Abraham, for each male to be circumcised on the eighth day of his life. “This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you” (Genesis 17:10 &11 KJV).

But Paul later explains, that this same covenant is available also to the Gentiles, who, being accepted as ingrafted branches by faith, are also part of Abraham’s seed; the sign of their circumcision being that which takes place in the heart.

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THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NEAR - Part One

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JESUS CHRIST IS AN EXACT REPRESENTATION OF THE FATHER

God the creator is three persons in ONE, indivisible (unable to be separated). Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the very first book of the Bible we read: “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image” (Genesis 1:26). The word ‘God’ in this Scripture is translated 'elohiym’ in the Hebrew, denoting or referring to ‘the supreme God.’ The rest of the Scripture reads, “let them (speaking of mankind) have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

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WE ARE A BODY

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LEAVE NO ROOM FOR THE FLESH

When speaking of JESUS, the writer of Hebrews said: “Therefore, when HE (Jesus) came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a BODY You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have COME—In the volume of the book it is written of ME’” (Hebrews 10:5-7). (These words were quoted from Psalm 40:6 & 7).

These were not just mere WORDS that Jesus spoke - Jesus was PREPARED to lay down His LIFE for these words - AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE DID!

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