TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
The blessings of God are all “YES and AMEN” through and in Christ Jesus. When we seek to acquire our blessings on our own or through fleshly desires we slide right by the best God has for us. Be still and let the Lord lead you into His “YES and AMEN” for you.
SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY
When I preach freedom, grace and love, I’m not preaching “carnal” because carnal things will destroy you. They will chew you up and spit you out, then laugh at you as you lay there dying.
As Christians – Christ-followers – we should have a different mindset. We should not partner with the world or carnal things. The Bible calls this being unequally yoked. That’s when you partner with worldly thinking or people who bring you down, slow you up or just drag you off course completely.
Yet, instead of trying to get those things out of our Promised Land, we make the mistake of trying to live with them. That never goes well, just ask the 12 tribes. Many times, instead of weeding these hindrances out and not tolerating their existence, they went into covenant with the enemies of God and not only learned to live with them but slept with them as well.
The result? They reproduced more enemies for the Lord and for themselves.
We do the same thing today in body, heart and mind. You and I partner with the enemy and tell ourselves we’re in control and there won’t be any consequences. But there always are.
The bottom line is this: We shouldn’t have the same conversations as non-believers. We shouldn’t laugh at the same jokes or get excited about the same things. We really shouldn’t have the same passions as the rest of the world.
Instead of trying to control our enemies, let’s just practice self-control, the final of nine “fruit of the spirit.” Self-control is the only control you truly have, so use it. Kick out some enemies today!
For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? – 2 Corinthians 6:14-16a
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO PRACTICE SELF CONTROL BY ENDING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ENEMIES IN YOUR THINKING, EMOTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS. PARTNER WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT TO MOVE FORWARD IN YOUR PROMISED LAND.
From my sermon series: EXODUS