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Putting on Christ!

Scripture reading for August 29th:  Ephesians 4

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Ephesians 4:22-27  “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires to be made new in the attitudes of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.  Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.  “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

Disciples are teachable and must be instructed by mature believers how to walk in step with the Holy Spirit.  Those who are born again of the Spirit no longer live like they did before.  Changes must be made by decisive and willing actions.  We repent of lying and deceit and choose to speak the truth in love.   Even in situations where we may be angry, we deal honestly with our feelings in accordance with the truth of Scriptures.  In doing so, we over-come our enemy who is a liar and murderer and preserve the unity of Christ’s body, the Church.

Observations for over-comers:  True over-comers learn the discipline of choosing to put off our old self and put on the new self.  Truthfulness and honest dealing with others are character traits that overcome our enemy, the devil. “Surely You desire truth in the inner parts; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.”  (Psalm 51:6)

 

 

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Precious knowledge of the Kingdom!

Scripture reading for January 19th:  Matthew 13

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 13:10-13  “The disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” “He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.  Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  This is why I speak to them in parables:  “Though seeing, they do not see, though hearing, they do not hear or understand.””

Jesus used parables, stories about common aspects of the time and culture in which he lived.  Through these stories, He revealed the secrets of the kingdom of heaven to those with ears to hear and hearts that sought to learn truth. But to those who had harden hearts and a closed spirit, the stories brought nothing of interest or value.

Those that had teachable and humble hearts gained an abundance of knowledge and had an abundance overflowing into their lives and the lives of others.  Those that failed to gain the knowledge of the kingdom of heaven would eventually loose everything!  In this way, Christ’s teaching brought accountability and judgment to all.  This is why Jesus came!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers must guard our hearts to keep them open to the knowledge of the kingdom of heaven and seek truth with eagerness and sincerity.  “Surely You desire truth in the inward parts; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.”  Psalm 51:6

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