The Eyes Of The Lord

Proverbs 15:3–The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
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The ever present eyes of God–His eyes are in every place. We can’t hide from God. He sees what we do and say no matter wherever we are. He sees the evil and He sees the good.
1. Proverbs 5:21; Psalms 33:14—The ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord. He watches everyone and the way each lives his / her life. He thinks about us and how we live.

Penetrating eyes–1 Samuel 16:7 tells us that, “The Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. The eyes of the Lord penetrate to the very depth of our being. Nothing is hid from Him.

Exploring eyes–1 Chronicles tells us that, “The Lord searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts”. He knows us better than we know our selves.

Eyes watching over the righteous–Psalm 34:15; 1 Peter 3:12–“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers”. His eyes are upon us and His ears are open unto us. This tells us that He cares and is concerned about the things that are going on in our lives.
1. 2 Chronicles 16:9–“The eyes of the Lord run to and from throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him”. He will take action in our lives when we need Him. On our behalf means, our benefit, support, and defense. He watches throughout the whole earth.

Finding grace in the eyes of the Lord–Genesis 6:3–“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”. God saw the wickedness in the world in Noah’s day. He also beheld Noah who was a just man and walked with God. God watched over Noah and directed him in what he needed to do. God will do the same for us as we walk with Him and live a life that is pleasing to Him.

Taking On The Character Of God–The Fruit Of The Spirit

Galatians 5:22– The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
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The fruit of the Spirit is the character of God–Spiritual maturity is related to the degree that the fruit of the Spirit is manifest in our life. The fruit of the Spirit is God’s fruit. It is an outward manifestation of the character of God within the Christian in the form of the Holy Spirit. This fruit does not issue from the natural man. It is God lifting us up above the natural character of mankind. Jesus demonstrated this love as he hung on the cross. After the beating and other things he had experienced he was able in all of his agony to pray for the people who had put him there. He said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” Luke 23:34.
1. The individual fruit–God’s love exceeds the natural love of mankind. The joy is the joy of the Lord “that is unspeakable and full of glory” 1 Peter 2:8. This peace passes all understanding therefore it can not be explained. “The peace of God passes all understanding” Philippians 4:7. Like the other things of God, this peace not only passes all understand and cannot be explained but it must be experienced. This longsuffering is God’s. God is longsuffering with us and desires for us to have this same longsuffering toward others. This gentleness and goodness exceeds any gentleness and goodness that man might exhibit in his natural ability. We can operate on God’s faith level as the Spirit moves us. During this time we are very aware that we don’t naturally have this strong a faith. However we realize that God is at work and we dare not back away from it. God’s meekness as seen in Jesus does not seek to exalt itself. This temperance (self control) is God’s enabling us to be under control in the most difficult circumstances.
2. Our life witness–As the fruit of the Spirit dominates our life others will see Jesus in us. They will see the character of God in our lives and know that there is something different about us.

Letters From God–Book of 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

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My child, show your appreciation for those leaders who work among you and instruct you.  Love them and think very highly of them because of the work they are doing.  Live in peace with each other.  Encourage each other and instruct those who are not living right, cheer up those who are discouraged, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.  Do not return evil for evil, for herein you will have been overcome with evil, but follow that which is good for all people.  Be joyful in all things, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks: for this is My will for you in Christ Jesus.  Don’t quench the Spirit, but allow Him to teach you and lead you.  Don’t despise what God has revealed.  Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good.  Keep away from every kind of evil.  I desire that you abide in My peace and that you be holy in every way.  Allow Me to keep your whole spirit and soul and body to be blameless unto the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I am faithful who called you and I will do it.  1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

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Learning To Walk–Part 2

Romans 6:4–We are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
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Walk worthy of the Lord–To walk worthy of the Lord is to live our life in a way that expresses our esteem for the Lord. It expresses how important the Lord is to us and how much we value our relationship with Him. It also expresses thankfulness for all that he has done for us. To do this we must walk in newness of life.

Walk in newness of life–We have received a new spiritual life and are to live our life according to the new nature that we have received. It is different from the way we lived our life in the past. We are to live our life in a way that we bring honor and glory to our heavenly Father. It is to be yielded to God and the members of our body are to be yielded to Him as instruments of righteousness in His hands (Romans 6:13).
1. On the positive side–To walk in newness of life is to walk in the Spirit, to walk in the light, to walk by faith, to walk circumspectly, to walk in love, in wisdom, in truth, and after the commandments of the Lord in obedience.
2. On the negative side–To walk NOT after the flesh, not after the manner of men, not in craftiness, not by sight, not in the vanity of the mind, and not disorderly.

We must learn how to walk spiritually. We might stumble and we might fall but we must get up and keep learning. Learning to walk spiritually is a necessary part of spiritual growth.

Learning To Walk–Part 1

Colossians 1:10–Walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.
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Learning to walk:
A baby must learn how to walk and experiences difficulties and failures. They often stumble and fall as they learn how to walk physically. New born Christians must learn how to walk spiritually and will experience difficulties and failures as they learn. It is the church’s responsibility to be the parent of this new Christian. The parent teaches the child how to walk by encouraging them with outstretched hands and by their words. The church through its members must take this same approach with the new Christian.

Walk worthy of the Lord–When we are walking worthy of the Lord our walk (our life) will be pleasing to Him, we will be fruitful in every good work, and we will be increasing in the knowledge of God through experiencing Him in our lives. It is one thing to grow in the knowledge of God mentally and yet another thing to grow in the knowledge of God through experience. Let us walk worthy of the Lord and experience the joy of our salvation.
1. What does it mean? To walk worthy of the Lord is to live our life in a way that expresses our esteem for the Lord. It expresses how important the Lord is to us and how much we value our relationship with Him. It also expresses thankfulness for all that he has done for us.

Learning To Feed Ourself

Matthew 4:4–Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
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Learning to feed our self is a part of growing spiritually. I speak of feeding our self the word of God. As we already learned, the word of God is spiritual food and provides spiritual nourishment. Learning to feed our self comes from practice. We must spend time in the word of God; reading it, studying it, and memorizing it. We must seek God’s help by asking him to open the eyes of our understanding to teach us, and guide us into all truth.

Have you ever watched a baby learning to feed itself? It makes a mess and often resists help. The truth is, in order to get enough of the food the baby must accept the help and allow the adult to assist them. The babe in Christ (new Christian), in the beginning, needs the help of the more mature Christians. They need to be taught how to feed themselves. There are books on this subject and people within our churches who can help the new Christian to learn how to receive the spiritual nourishment that comes from God’s word. Read a portion of Scripture. Meditate on it. Seek an understanding of what God is saying. Examine the context of the scriptures to see how it fits into what is said before it and after it. Read the scripture over and over again emphasizing a different word each time. Realize that behind the written word there is the spirit of the word. Realize that behind the word of God there is the Spirit of God who inspired it, oversaw the writing of it, and reveals its meaning. Search the cross-references to compare spiritual with spiritual and to see how this portion of scripture fits in with other scriptures. The scriptures are like pieces of a puzzle; the more pieces of the puzzle you put in the proper place the clearer you see the picture. The more pieces of God’s Word you put in the proper place with other scriptures the clearer your understanding of God’s word will be.

God watches over our struggle like an adult watches over a child putting a puzzle together. Seeing the struggle we are having He offers clues and direction (through His Spirit) so we can put the pieces of His word in the right place. The major thing that we have going for us is, that it is God’s desire for us to understand His word. It is His message to us and He wants to make sure that we understand what He has said. Therefore He places His Spirit, the Spirit of truth, within us to teach us all things, bring to our remembrance what He has said unto us, and to guide us into all truth. Jesus once said, “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” John 7:17. If we seek to do His will, God will help us know His doctrine. Learning to feed ourselves is a natural part of spiritual growth.

Transformation

Romans 12:2–Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
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Growing in the Christian Experience involves a transformation. Growing involves change and change begins in the mind. Most people are busy being conformed to this world. They follow after the latest fads. They seek after the latest fashions. They are involved with keeping up with the Joneses. They are too earthly minded to be of any heavenly good. They are carnal and their mind is centered upon the things of the flesh. “To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” Romans 8:5-7. God’s says “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2. Our life will be transformed to the degree that our mind is renewed. Our mind is renewed as we submit to the teaching of the Holy Spirit, as he teaches us the word of God.

Having the mind of Christ–“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” Philippians 2:5. God lifts us to a higher level in our minds with the goal being for us to have the mind of Christ. This allows us, more and more, to see things from God’s perspective. It brings us to a higher level of understanding, knowledge, and wisdom from which our lives can be directed. And, as our minds are renewed we will prove the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God, by the life that has been transformed. We become a new creature in Christ Jesus and through this transformation old things pass away and behold all things become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17. We are transformed so that we should not live the rest of our time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 1 Peter 4:2. And many will think it strange that we run not with them to the same excess of riot, and will speak evil of us. 2 Peter 4:4. The degree of this transformation determines the degree of our spiritual growth and maturity.

Grow Up–Part 3

James 1:22-25–Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
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Obedience is also a necessary part in spiritual growth. In order for the Holy Spirit to teach us we must obey his instruction. We must not only look into the word of God, we must also be a doer of it. If we don’t, then we have deceived ourselves in thinking that hearing is enough. But, if we look into the word of God and continue in it (obey it) then we shall be blessed.

What are we to obey? Our obedience is to be to the word of God and to the Holy Spirit as he instructs us and leads us. It is through obedience to the word of God that we are often taught the spiritual lessons that God would have us to know and understand. Then we know the things of God not only intellectually but also experientially. We know the word of God because we have experienced it. “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). To continue in his word is to continue hearing and doing his word. As we continue in his word we shall know the truth and find a freedom only the truth can bring. Obedience therefore brings about growth in our knowledge of the truth and our experience of freedom. Obedience is the door through which we experience the word of God in our lives. In this we walk by faith and we walk with the Lord and our joy is increased. Obedience to God’s word is using God’s word, it is an act of faith, and thereby results in our growing from being a babe, to become a mature Christian. Using God’s word we will find direction, purpose and fulfillment in our lives, and yes, we will find ourselves growing in knowledge, wisdom and maturity. We shall grow spiritually and in our experience of God in our lives. Let us all be doers, as obedient children of our heavenly Father.

Grow Up–Part 2

1 Peter 2:2–As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby.
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The word of God is a necessary part in our spiritual growth. In order for us to grow physically and to stay in proper health, we need the proper nourishment. We also need spiritual nourishment to grow spiritually and to stay in proper spiritual health. The word of God is nourishment for our spirit. When we are born of the Spirit of God we are babes in Christ. We must begin receiving our nourishment with the milk of the word. This is the basics, the ABC’s, of the word of God. There comes a time when we must move on to the meat of the word of God. “When for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe” (Hebrews 5:12-13). Some Christians don’t move on to the meat of the word of God because they are not skillful in the word of righteousness. Becoming skillful in the word of God comes from using the word of God. It must be used in making decisions that we can live in accordance with God’s will. It must be applied to situations and circumstance in our lives and the lives of others that we can have God’s guidance. It must be used in renewing our minds that we can begin to see and understand things from God’s perspective rather than man’s. Christians reach a time when they should be teachers, but have need that someone teaches them again the basic principles of the word of God. Paul faced this in Corinth. He said, “I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). Babes in Christ walk as men of the world. Envy, strife, and division are a part of their life.

However, God, as any Father would, wants his children to grow. He wants them to be mature, to be filled with the Spirit, and walking in the Spirit and in faith. He wants them to become more like him and less like those who are without Christ. He wants them to have the mind of Christ and think as He does. The meat of the word is for “them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14). Those who can receive the meat of the word of God are spiritual and not carnal. They are spiritually minded. They are of full age, and through the use of the word of God they can discern good and evil. The word of God is truly necessary for the Christian to grow from being a babe in Christ to a higher level of maturity. Therefore the Christian needs to have a steady intake of the Word of God. The Christian needs to read it, study it, memorize it, hear it, and apply it in their life. The Christian needs a steady intake of the Word of God in order to be strong and healthy spiritually. The Christian has two natures, the flesh, and the spirit. The one that he feeds the most is the one that will be the strongest and determine how he will live his life. Check with your Pastor or one of the spiritual leaders in your church to learn how to grow in your experience of the word of God. The word of God is not like any other book. The word of God is to be experienced and used.

Letters From God–Book of 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

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My child, the coming of Jesus will be like a thief in the night. His coming will be sudden and without warning. Like a thief, He will receive unto himself both those that are dead in Christ and those who are alive in Christ. They will be caught up together in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall they forever be with the Lord. Those who are without Christ, will be amazed at the disappearance of so many people. Those without Christ shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction will come upon them and they shall not escape. But you My child, are not in darkness, that, that day should overtake you as a thief. You are a child of light, and a child of the day. Therefore, watch and be sober, clothed in faith, love and the hope of salvation. I have not appointed you to wrath, but to obtain salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ, ready to be revealed at His coming. He died for you that, whether you wake or sleep, you should live together with Him. Wherefore My children, comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do.1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
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