RESPECT YOUR BOSS

Exhort bond-servants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” – Titus 2:9-10

In today’s society, it is important to understand that this passage is giving us instructions as employers and employees. And simply stated, as an employee, we are to be obedient to our bosses.

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Not Guilty

The new covenant provides cleansing for a guilty conscience.  In talking about the old covenant, read Hebrews 9:9, “It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience.” 

It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience.

Then verse 14 about the new covenant, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

At the point of conversion, not only is sin taken away, but the burden of guilt is lifted.  The conscience is cleansed.

Even if you sin as a believer, thank God for 1 John 1:9,  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If you are still grappling with a guilty conscience after you have from your heart repented of sin and confessed it to God, then one of three things is happening:

1. The devil is accusing you.  He is called the accuser of the brethren.  He will run by your kitchen window with flash cards which say, “Remember when you did this?  Remember when you did that!”  Do not listen to the devil.
2. You have not forgiven yourself.  You are forgiven by God, but you have not forgiven yourself.  If God Almighty has forgiven you, you need to forgive yourself.
3. It may just be that you need to make restitution.  That is something you will have to work out between you and God.  Sometimes when you have injured a party through your sinful act, your conscience is going to bother you until you make things right with that person.

Under the new covenant there is cleansing from a guilty conscience, and it makes an awfully soft pillow at night.

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HOW TO BE STILL AND WAIT ON THE LORD

Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:14
God tells us in James that we should be slow to speak and quick to hear. I know the consequences of being slow to hear and quick to speak. I’ve hurt relationships with a mouth on the run and it slows the spiritual transformative work that God is doing in me.
God wants me to pour out my heart to him, but then He wants to pour His into mine. But my mile-a-minute conversations don’t allow Him the freedom to show me His heart.
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The Cost of Disobedience

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. – 1 Peter 5:8           
I believe God wants you to get a snapshot of that lion in 1 Kings 13 imprinted in your mind.  He wants you to understand that if you willfully disobey God, your adversary, the devil, is not going to just be roaring at you.  Like that lion, he is going to be putting a paw on you.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want his paw on my finances, on my family, on my health, or on anything else.  I don’t want him sinking his teeth into my marriage.  But disobedience opens the door to that.

James 4:7 says, Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
You see, you have been given authority in your life over the devil.  This verse makes it clear–you can resist him.  But your authority in Christ as a believer only operates as you have submitted yourself to God’s authority through obedience. If you are disobedient in areas of your life, knowingly disobedient, your authority in Christ will not work.
So here is the question:  Today are you being willfully disobedient to God in any area of your life?  If so, confess and repent.  Otherwise you can be sure the devil will get a paw on your life.

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THE COST OF OBEDIENCE

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. – 1 Peter 5:8           
I believe God wants you to get a snapshot of that lion in 1 Kings 13 imprinted in your mind.  He wants you to understand that if you willfully disobey God, your adversary, the devil, is not going to just be roaring at you.  Like that lion, he is going to be putting a paw on you.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want his paw on my finances, on my family, on my health, or on anything else.  I don’t want him sinking his teeth into my marriage.  But disobedience opens the door to that.

James 4:7 says, Therefore submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
You see, you have been given authority in your life over the devil.  This verse makes it clear–you can resist him.  But your authority in Christ as a believer only operates as you have submitted yourself to God’s authority through obedience. If you are disobedient in areas of your life, knowingly disobedient, your authority in Christ will not work.
So here is the question:  Today are you being willfully disobedient to God in any area of your life?  If so, confess and repent.  Otherwise you can be sure the devil will get a paw on your life.

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HOW TO RECEIVE GOD’S SALVATION AND BECOME A CHRISTIAN – CONT’D

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  – 2 Cor. 5:17
God has chosen to draw us to Himself by getting rid of our sinful nature and replacing it with His own righteousness. He does that through Jesus Christ who as we read in 1 John 2:2 “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

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