Monday, July 3, 2017

Hello, My Fellow Christians,

Here we are in the seventh month of the year already. Yesterday I preached a message on “Angelic Battles”. No, it was not on spiritual warfare yet I did talk some about our battle with the devil and his angels. But, my message was about the elect angels and the evil angel fighting it out in the heavens. Why do they struggle? How do they struggle…knowingly it is not with guns and bullets or bombs and rockets? What do the evil angels hope to gain from the confrontations? A lot of good questions were brought out during the message and during the Q & A time after the message. Some questions will never be answered in this life from biblical perspective like: Why does God not go out and fight His own battles against the evil angels which would be an easy victory for HIM? The question that comes my way at time regarding mankind: Why did not God just destroy the evil angels when they sinned? Then they would not have been involved in tempting Eve and cause the domino to have Adam sin. We kicked off the sermon with the original sin and the consequences of that sin in Revelation 12:3-4 and then jump to the battle at the end of the Great Tribulation in Revelation 12:7-12. Michael and the devil had a argument over the corpse of Moses in Jude 1:9. Then there was the fight between the angel that came to see Daniel in chapter 10 of his book and how Michael needed to come and deliver the angel so he could finish his journey and his mission with Daniel…then went back to fight the prince of Persia and already was preparing for a fight against the prince of Greece (Dan. 10:2-20). I trust that God allowed you to worship Him intimately on Sunday and you grew spiritually during the message. You have a blessed week!!!

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. (ESV)

Subject: Be Careful in Associations

Last Friday I talked about separation and not isolation. Finding that balance in our Christian lives can become a challenge for us, yet Paul makes it very clear to us in this passage (at least I think so). Paul separates Christians into two general categories for the sake of simplicity: The carnal Christians and the spiritual Christians. In Galatians 6:1 he writes: “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.”

Rarely will a carnal Christian be able to help another carnal Christian through a difficulty or sin in one’s life. Why? It is because it is like the blind leading the blind in a dark alley and trying to find a godly answer or solution to the problem. He or she is not connected with God’s Word which gives us the answers to our challenges and concerns of this life. It is a practical book!!!

In verse 11 Paul is speaking to the Christians and telling them to not associate (be in the company of joint activity) with a professing Christian who is guilty of sexual immorality (sexual adultery, premarital sex, or any other form a sexual perversion), greed (guilty of coveting), being idolater (guilty of have other things before God), a reviler (one who slanders and gossips about others with judgmental words), a drunkard (heavy drinker) or a swindler (cheat, crook, embezzler). These are people who say they are believers in Jesus Christ and are still involved in these sinful ways.

How can this be? Why would someone tell others he is a Christian and still living in sin? Usually it is because the heart has been deceived, the person is ignoring what God is saying to them, or they have a mind that rebelling against God. When a worldly believer is connected with another believer who desires to follow the Lord, sad to have to say this, the godly person will usually go in the direction of following the worldly person.

So, who are your top ten friends? Who are the people you spend time with outside of work hours? What kind of an impact are these people making in your life? Are you finding them to influence you, your family, and your children? Remember you do not have much time to influence your kids. By the time they are 10 years old, they have made most of their habits that will stick with them the rest of their lives. They will add to those habits as they get older by making their own decisions…they will not be taught, but they will catch a whole lot of good or bad information from those around them and make important decisions on how they conduct their lives. So, be a good example and choose your friends, acquaintances, and even the relatives you spend time with wisely!!!

In His grace,

Pastor Les

Scripture is from the ESV® Bible  (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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