THE TRAGEDY OF OUR “I’LL KICK YOUR A** CULTURE…

God demands that we walk in the Fruit of His Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Unfortunately, our Western culture considers these qualities to be weakness, and too many Christians conform to that foolish thinking.

When we exemplify the characteristics stated above in our behavior…we are conforming into the image of the Son of the Living God. .

Romans 8:29  (NKJV)

29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The Fruit of His Spirit, just as fruit identifies the type of tree, identifies whose spirit lives in us. There are only two, God’s Holy Spirit or the enemy…and they are mutually exclusive, both can abide in you at the same time.

1 Corinthians 6:19 (ESV)

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

However, in our society today everybody seems to wants to be..

BAD,

TOUGH,

DON’T TAKE NO SH**!”

Too many Christians are too quick to tell you…

“You better be glad you didn’t know me before I was saved!”

“Don’t make me go back to my old self!”

” I’ll pray for forgiveness!”

“I would do it all over again!”

“You don’t want this smoke!”

Taking glory in the flesh, instead of the Fruit of the Spirit.

In movies and television shows we celebrate the “Alpha” male or female who beats up the enemy. We celebrate when the so-called ‘nerd’ finally gets fed up and beats up the bully. But, when a character backs down from a fight we are disappointed.

Even in politics, too many people in the Body of Christ are impressed by strong words, profanity, threats and aggressive language from our leaders instead of holding the leader accountable for that behavior…because the devil has convinced them it’s strength.

To make a long story short…if it’s not The Fruit of the Spirit, it’s from the devil, and Yeshua called it out, not in the sinners, but in the religious leaders.

John 8:44  (NKJV)

44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

Remember this, time after time God punished His people for facilitating a culture that spread violence throughout the land. This wasn’t because of ‘sinners’, heathens, or pagan, but His peoples’ spiritual compromise…

Ezekiel 8:17 (NKJV)

17 And He said to me, “Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence; then they have returned to provoke Me to anger. Indeed they put the branch to their nose.

Clenched fists can’t receive blessings like open hands.

Threats and curses should not come out of the same mouth that was created to bless.

James 3:10 (NKJV)

1Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Don’t let the devil convince you to conform to his image instead of that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

5 CATASTROPHIC IMPLICATIONS OF WHEN CHRISTIANS ‘CUSS’…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T CELEBRATE YOUR ADVERSARY’S ADVERSITY…

“I wouldn’t piss on you if you were of fire!”

Have you ever heard anyone say anything similar to that? Many times when someone has hurt us, we want to see them hurt. We can find ourselves daydreaming comforting ourselves with the thought of getting even with or even hurting them, just as Easu did his brother Jacob for deceiving their father Isaac out of his blessing…

Genesis 27:42  (NLT)

42 But Rebekah heard about Esau’s plans. So she sent for Jacob and told him, “Listen, Esau is consoling himself by plotting to kill you.

Sometimes when we see misfortune come upon someone who had mistreated us, we may take pleasure in that misfortune. And, if given an opportunity we may even gloat to their face…

“That’s what you get!”

“See, you got what you deserved!”

Or even…

“God doesn’t like ugly!”

God warns us agains gloating in our enemies calamity, even if it came from Him, and even if we feel they deserve it. This is what God warned Edom when pronouncing their punishment for their violence against Israel.

Obadiah 12-13  (NLT)

12 “You should not have gloated
    when they exiled your relatives to distant lands.
You should not have rejoiced
    when the people of Judah suffered such misfortune.
You should not have spoken arrogantly

    in that terrible time of trouble.
13 You should not have plundered the land of Israel
    when they were suffering such calamity.
You should not have gloated over their destruction
    when they were suffering such calamity.
You should not have seized their wealth
    when they were suffering such calamity.

Why? Because when we arrogantly celebrate someone’s misfortune, we are in direct contradiction to the word of God…

Matthew 5:44-45 (NLT)

44 But I say, love your enemies![a] Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.

Second, it’s judgement and condemnation, judging in your heart that they deserved what they got…

Matthew 7:1-2 (NLT)

7 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others.[a] The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.[b]

We have all hurt others and sometimes we did it without knowing. Can you think of someone who you have given a good reason to hate you? Have you ever hurt someone without intending to do so? The pain is still real. When you judge someone deserves what happened to them, according to Matthew Chapter 7 verses 1 and 2, you are pronouncing that same judgment on yourself.

Also, be careful when you lie by telling someone you’re sorry to hear about their trial or misfortune when you’re really glad in your heart. Be careful when your consolation is really a celebration.

The next time you see someone getting what you feel they deserve, stop and thank God for His grace and mercy for not giving you what you deserve. And pray that their calamity brings them closer to God.

BEFORE YOU CELEBRATE THEM ‘GETTING WHAT THEY DESERVE’…

WHEN YOU COMFORT YOURSELF DAYDREAMING OF SEEING SOMEONE HURT…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO THEIR WRONG OPINION…

God has given us all free will, which means that we will all have our own opinion. We must be careful not to paint ourselves into a corner with our own personal theology that’s based on our opinion.

Through thousands of years of interpretation, translation and opinion we have people who experience God many different ways. However, there remains only one truth….

2 Peter 1:20-21 (NKJV)

20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private [a]interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but [b]holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

As we worship God through the perspective of our particular church culture, denomination or ‘non-denomination’, chosen doctrine, traditions, etc., we must be careful that we don’t ‘paint ourselves into a spiritual corner’ of thinking that everyone else is wrong, or separating ourselves from God’s real truth.

How can two people who are basing their beliefs on the same bible verse believe two different things? Because one person will always be putting how he or she wants to see it above how God’s intended meaning.

For example, many people say it’s a sin to drink any type of alcoholic beverage, when the bible clearly does not say that…

1 Timothy 5:23  (NKJV)

23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent [a]infirmities.

So, in order to support their own theology they have to reason that the wine in the bible was not fermented, which is just plain silly. They have painted themselves into a corner to support their theology.

But, God isn’t going to force His truth onto any of us. God gives us the right to have our wrong opinion.

When we’re honest with ourselves, we all think we are right when we want to believe something. Even the bible confirms that…

Proverbs 21:2  (NKJV)

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.

Remember God is bigger than your church culture or your own personal theology.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

EVEN IF YOUR FATHER WASN’T WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN…

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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God had Abraham send away Hagar and Ishmael…

Genesis 21:14 (NKJV)

14 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water; and putting it on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar, and sent her away. Then she departed and wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba.

We all know that Isaac favored Esau, which means that Jacob had to notice.

Genesis 25:28 (NKJV)

28 And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Even if your father wasn’t everything (or anything) he should have been…


He is still the man GOD CHOSE to bring YOU into the world!


Thank God for your father.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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