Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Making Conscious Decisions
Making Conscious Decisions
This post is from notes I took during our Bible Study at Open Door Church.
4:1-2Since therefore Christ suffered in
the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has
suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the
time in the flesh, no longer forhuman
passions but for the will of God.
Many times we are protected
from suffering because God places an umbrella of protection over us.Other times the storm soaks us.
We do not always live in comfort.There are times we suffer from wrong done to
us by others, or from circumstances over which we have no control.Other times it is because of our own poor
choices.These trials can become a
learning experience which drive us to our knees and we learn to trust God
through trying times.
Jesus cried out to the Father
for release from what he knew was ahead.Finally in obedience Jesus was able to say, “Not my will but thine be
done.”He knew it was necessary for the
sake of all mankind that he submit to the death on the cross.
Why do we suffer on
occasion?Often it is because we as
Christians do not participate in the unbelief of unbelievers.We are to BE the Gospel that others see, and
that brings conviction of sin.We must
be so careful of our walk, for others are watching us.Some Christians are actually bullied and attacked for
their faith as unbelievers are upset by their presence.
Judgment begins at the house
of God.We can and should set
boundaries, but also be careful not to judge.Gain knowledge and seek God’s will.
1:9-10We have not ceased to pray for
you asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all
spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the
Lord, fully pleasing to him.
What does God require of
1:8And what does the Lord require of
you?To act justly and to love mercy - -
and to walk humbly with your God.
A woman in another country
was badly mistreated by her husband and she prayed that he might be saved.He was radically saved and began to preach
and witness, causing much persecution and suffering to the entire family, all
because of his new extreme faith.
It is not so much what happens
to you; but how will you respond?
Jesus came to do the will of
the Father and He said, "The Father is in
Me and I am in the Father."Jesus was acting
out God’s will in everything that he did.
We are called to walk not as
fools but to be wise redeeming the time.We are to live not only for ourselves, but to consider others showing
15-20 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the
best use of the time, because the days are evil.Therefore do not be foolish, but understand
what the will of the Lord is.And do not
get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
addressing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and
making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for
everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Be concerned about the lost,
that they will come to the knowledge of Christ.
The issues of life often pull
people down, but Jesus came to lift us up and set us in heavenly places in Him.