Walk Worthily

Ephesians 4:1-3–Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We have been called to a vocation–Our vocation is the Christian life, the new life in Christ Jesus. We are expected to move forward and onward in this life and to develop in character and ministry.

With all lowliness–We are to live our Christian life and conduct our ministry as members of the body of Christ in lowliness and humbleness of mind. This is a characteristic resulting from awareness of our own weaknesses and shortcomings. We are not to be puffed up with pride.

With all meekness–In our life and ministry we are to be patient, mild and not inclined to anger, resentment or returning evil for evil. It is to be meekness toward God as well as mankind.

With all longsuffering–We are to bear injuries, trouble, etc. patiently and over a long period of time.

Forbearing one another in love–Love is the motivating force causing us to bear with, put up with, and tolerate what others might do to us or say about us, and to overcome evil with good.

Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace–This is unity in the body of Christ and is the result of the Holy Spirit. We must yield to the Spirit and not the flesh. Being filled with the Spirit produces greater unity. Walking in the light, as he is in the light, produces this unity; and we have fellowship one with another (1 John 1:7). Walking in the light of God’s word is being obedient. In this process the Spirit brings peace which binds us together in unity.

Equipped For Good Works

2 Corinthians 9:8–And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
God is able–He is omnipotent, all powerful.

God is able to make all grace abound toward us–God is able to make His grace plentiful and above what is necessary. All grace indicates great diversity to provide whatever we need and in all the potential we need. We need to believe it and expect it.

That we, having all sufficiency–That we will have everything, every resource we need. His grace will be sufficient for what we need.

That we may abound to every good work–God wants us to abound to every good work. According to Ephesians 2:8, “We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”. We have been created and ordained by God to do good works. In our spiritual life He has made us in such a way that we are capable of and expected to do good works. These good works include our thoughts, words, and deeds. Jesus said that we are the light of the world. Our light shines through our good works; men see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.

Letters From God–Book of Romans 9:6-24

My child, not all people are My children. My children are not those who are children of the flesh, but only those who are children of the promise. My children are those who have received the promise of salvation through My Son, Jesus Christ. They are not My children by the works of the flesh but of My calling.  It by My grace through faith that they become My children.  Therefore, a person must be born again (of My Spirit). That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of My Spirit is spirit. And those that are born of My Spirit receive the Spirit of adoption, whereby they cry unto Me, Abba, Father. It is not My will that any should perish but that all would be children of the promise. I am patient with those who chose to reject the promise and live in the lusts of the flesh, but My Spirit will not always strive with them. They will be rejected even as they have rejected My promise. On those who are children of the promise I will make known the riches of My glory. Romans 9:6-24

If Our Gospel Be Hid

2 Corinthians 4:3-4–If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
If our gospel is hid–The gospel is the same; it is the power of God and the wisdom of God. God sends His gospel because He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). However, this gospel is hid to those that believe not and are lost. Their minds have been blinded by the god of this world. The light of the glorious gospel of Christ shines forth in all of its brightness. They cannot wrap their thoughts around the gospel and come to an understanding of it. They abide in the darkness and blindness of unbelief.

They cannot grasp the meaning and the reality of the truth of God’s love for them. Nor can they see the reality of who Jesus really is and what He has done for them. They are blind to the glory of Christ in the gospel and of His divinity.

This is why we must intercede for them in prayer and continue to share the gospel with them. We must fight a spiritual battle for them for they are weak in unbelief and defenseless. Pray that God will “open the eyes of their understanding” (Ephesians 1:18) and “shine in their hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). Jesus came to seek and to save them that are lost and as we follow Him, He will make us to be fishers of men. God give us a burden for the lost. Amen.

Restoring A Brother

Galatians 6:1-2–Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
We have a responsibility to each other as Christians. This is the commandment of love Jesus spoke of in John 13:34. He said that we are to love one another as He has loved us. We are to love each other in the same way and to the same degree that he has loved us.

If a man be overtaken in a fault–When a sin overtakes a brother or sister unexpectedly or suddenly because he is off his guard we need to be there for them.

Ye which are spiritual–This refers to Christians who live their life in a way that is pleasing to God. These are those who walk in and are led by the Spirit of God. Carnal Christians should not attempt this restoration for the flesh will get in the way and possibly make the situation even worse.

Restore such an one in the spirit of meekness–Spiritual Christians are to bring the brother or sister back to a former state. This means to bring them back into spiritual fellowship with the body of Christ and with God through repentance of, and confession of their sin. This restoration is to be done in a spirit of meekness; the opposite of arrogance and harshness. It is to be done in love with patience, compassion and gentleness.

Considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted–In restoration of a brother or sister, we must keep in mind that we also are tempted at times, are off our guard, and fall into temptation. Considering our self will make us humble in the process of restoring another. This humbleness results from our realizing that we have defects or shortcomings also.

Bear ye one another’s burdens–We are to be supportive of another in every way. We are to help carry the load our fellow Christians are burdened with. These burdens could be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual in nature.

So fulfill the law of Christ–The law of Christ is the law of love. Love demands that we reach out to one another.

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth”–1 John 3:18.

Facing Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:13–There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Temptation is to be attracted by something that we feel would bring reward or pleasure. We are not to think that our temptation is more than others face in their own lives. Every temptation we face in our life is common to man. Everyone faces the same temptations.

God is faithful. We can depend on Him as He oversees us and our lives to make sure we don’t face a temptation that is more than we are able to endure. We don’t walk alone. He has promised to always be with us and not to forsake us. He will be there to see us through it. He will make a way to escape from the temptation and to have victory over it.

Our responsibility is to call upon Him and to draw near to Him. It is also our responsibility to walk in obedience to His word and the leadership of His Holy Spirit. He will lead us in the way of escape. He said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

Our Citizenship

Philippians 3:20-21–For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Our citizenship is in heaven–Heaven is our home. We are strangers and pilgrims here on the earth. We are in the world but no longer of the world. We are a part of the spiritual kingdom of God, born into it as we were born of the Spirit of God.

We look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ–He is in heaven but is coming back for us. He said, “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3).

He will change our vile body–He will give us a body like His glorious body. He will change our natural, physical body into a spiritual body. This body is in corruption and dishonor but will be changed into a body of in-corruption and glory. This body is weak but will be changed into a body of power. This mortal body will be changed into an immortal body. As we have born the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. See 1 Corinthians 15:42-53.

According to His unlimited power–The same power whereby He is able to subdue all things unto Himself.

We are looking for a city whose builder and maker is God.

Thorns In The Flesh

2 Corinthians 12:7-9–And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Twice in these verses Paul says “lest I should be exalted above measure”. Paul had just been talking of some great and glorious spiritual experiences that he had in the past. God does not want us to be exalted above measure. He does not want us to be puffed up with pride and to exalt our self above others and look down on them. The Bible tells us that pride goes before a fall. We are not to think more highly of our self than we ought to. If this condition becomes true it hinders our ability to be used by God. To keep this from happening there was given to him a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet him. We don’t know exactly what this was, however it is believed that it was something physical, painful, and humiliating. The tense used in the Greek wording indicates that this was something that was repeatedly occurring.

Sometimes God might allow something to come into our lives to keep us from being exalted above measure, become filled with pride, and to think more highly of our self than we should. He will allow things to happen that keep us humble. Even when we pray for God to remove it, He doesn’t because it is for our best interest.

He wants us to know that if He does not remove it, His grace is sufficient for us to deal with it. His grace will strengthen us and be everything we need to handle whatever it is.

Seek and Set Your Affections

Colossians 3:1-2–If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
If you then be risen with Christ–We were once dead in trespasses and sin, but God has quickened us, given us spiritual life (Ephesians 2:1). We therefore are raised from spiritual death by an act of God’s grace.

Seek those things which are above–Seek those things where Christ sits on the right hand of God. These things are above all of the earthly, physical things. These are heavenly, spiritual things. These are the important, superior things. These are the things that make for holiness and peace. We are to seek after, look for, search for these things. We are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and He will supply all our needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Mathew 6:33; Philippians 4:19).

Set your affections on things above–We are not just to seek those things which are above, but we are to set our desires and the yearnings of our heart on things above.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

Letters From God–Book of Romans 8:31-39

My child, I am for you, so who can be against you? I spared not My Own Son, but delivered Him up for you, so how shall I not with Him also freely give you all things? Who will accuse those whom I have chosen and approved? Who will condemn them? Christ died and most importantly he was brought back to life and I exalted Him to sit at My right hand and He intercedes on your behalf. There is nothing that can separate you from our love: not tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, nor peril, or sword.We love you and enable you to be victorious in all these things. Nothing can separate you from My love which is in the Lord Jesus Christ: not death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Not height, nor depth, nor any other creature, can separate you from My love which is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 8:31-39