The importance of listening to the words of Jesus and applying them in your life is so that you can have a solid foundation built on the Rock of Jesus.
By immersing yourself in God’s word, you are giving a most powerful weapon to the Holy Spirit within you to fight on your behalf as we wage war in the spiritual realms against the hosts of wickedness. And this word cannot be defeated for it is eternal and abides forever.
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Slavery has always been a part of the human condition. Whether it be voluntary slavery or involuntary slavery it has existed throughout human history.
Today the involuntary slavery is not readily apparent. It is not part of mainstream life but is a part of the criminal underworld. It is a form of evil that should not exists and does so only because of the sinful and evil nature of man.
But there are other forms of involuntary slavery that I will look at in a moment. It is these that we need to be aware of for it is these that we need to overcome as individuals and Christ Jesus provides us with a path to freedom. And regardless of who you are, you have a master in heaven
What do you do for a living? Are you a professional? A construction worker, accountant, or labourer? Perhaps you are a factory worker, musician, or a customer service representative? Maybe a salesperson, lawyer, doctor, or something else?
Let me tell you this. You need to change your thinking!
Regardless of what you do for a job or who you THINK you are working for, in truth if you are a Christian…you are working for the Lord.
If we are to honour Christ Jesus and if we are to become the children of God, then we must read and study the words of God.
The words of God are words of life. Reading the Bible transforms lives and changes people in ways that will lead to life. And in these words that are the divinely inspired words of God Himself, we find life.
The truth about the words of the Bible all relate to relationships. If you look at the Ten Commandments, they were all given so that people would have better relationships, with God and with others.
So it is important in God’s eyes that we learn how to improve our relationships in the Lord. It was certainly important under the Old Covenant, and it is even more so in the New Covenant.
The New Covenant was God showing us what His relationships ought to be like with mankind. He sent Jesus to provide us an example of how to improve our relationships in the Lord. He taught us how to relate to one another and to God. And these scriptures today expand these insights and teach us how to improve our relationships in the Lord.
Being a Christian is not something we do just on Sundays, or whenever we happen to meet together with other Christians.
That is half of the message in this one verse I am looking at today.
The second half of the message is that we should give thanks to God the Father through the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. So let’s have a look at what this verse is telling us and what we can learn from it.
Character is about being and becoming a person of worth who is humble and trustworthy. A person of character is one who is worthy of the name of Jesus Christ and who shows their character in the things they do.
Character is essential if we are to enter the Lord’s kingdom. We must strive to learn how to be upbuilt in character.