Continuation from “Must it feel wrong?”

Today’s devotion from Oswald Chambers links in with the last post so I thought I’d include it for those who are interested.

It’s entitled “Moral Decision About Sin” and is about willfully choosing to live in accordance with the truth – that we have been crucified with Christ and are no longer held in slavery to sin.

 http://utmost.org/classic/moral-decision-about-sin-classic/ 

 

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Must it feel wrong?

–          Conviction of Mind

The Spirit is not limited to communicating via our emotions. How often has a thought popped into your mind, “I shouldn’t be doing this,” yet you do not feel you are doing wrong, and so you push the thought aside? Surely, if it was against God’s Law, then your heart would know it?

Not always. The Spirit does squeeze our hearts with conviction. But He also infiltrates our minds. The Word of God tells us of His ways. If you dwell in the Word of God you will know His commandments.

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
(2Timothy 3:14-17)

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12).

To ignore the teachings of Scripture, just because God isn’t emotionally convicting you in an area, is foolish. Actions can be sinful without you experiencing heart-wrenching conviction. Heed the Word of God.

But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. (2Corinthians 3:14-16).

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13).

Therefore:

Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarrelling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (Romans 13:13-14).

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5).

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21).
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-25).

This is a hard word, I know, and yet one we must respond to if we want to grow in Christ. Do not allow your mind to become hardened to the correcting discipline of His Word. And remember:

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die– but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8).

Therefore, let us live as those who have been saved for in Christ we have life, life to the fullest.

Dying to the Self

This week, being the introductory week, consisted of many small teachings as well as laying a foundation for the students of what is YWAM and what is the DTS. One of the teachings, lead by Francois, was on ‘Dying to Self’. This teaching seemed to be one that all the students found challenging and significant so I thought I would share the main points with you.

D.T.S – Die to Self

The world tells us: “we have rights”. We even hear disobedient children declaring to their parents in supermarkets “I have rights you know!” as a means to get what they want.

But what does Scripture tell us to do as Christians? Die To Self
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

We are called to be servants of Christ.
• James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ
• 2 Peter 1:1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
• Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
• Jude 1:1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James,
• Some translations read “A BOND SERVANT”. A bond servant was a VOLUNTARY slave.
o In the Old Testament an Israelite who became a slave to a fellow Israelite due to debt was only legally allowed to remain a slave for 6 years. In the 7th year his master had to set him free.
o However, sometimes these slaves found themselves better off as slaves than they were as freemen. Their family was provided for, they were treated well and there was security.
 SO, at the end of the 6 years, a slave could chose to remain with their master as a bond servant.
 Once a bond servant, he remained a SLAVE FOR LIFE.
o But to remain a slave there were some things that he had to give up. What does he have to give up as a slave? Their vision, pride, freedom, money, … his RIGHTS.
• Romans 6:18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

The lie of freedom?
• “To be free you can’t have boundaries; you have to be completely free.”
• But when the indebted slave was “free”, he was still a slave to debt.
• We are never really free; we were slaves to sin, money, the world…
• Illustration: In a jungle gym/cubby house without railings, the children stay in the middle because they do not feel safe near the edges. Put up two planks for railings, or “boundaries”, and suddenly the children will use the entire space. The boundaries brought the freedom to play in the available space.
• Road rules enforce a set way of driving but it keeps people safe. Freedom in the laws.

What fruit is there in slavery to sin vs slavery to righteousness?
• Romans 6:17-23
• Romans 8:9-10, 13

Question: “But doesn’t this make me a push-over?”
• No!
• We are called to lay down our rights to the call of Christ and to the life that Christ calls us to.
• We are to live according to God’s ways but it does not mean that we allow people to bully us. It also doesn’t mean we have to allow people to manipulate us, saying, “But you have to give up your rights, so give me your money, lay down that right,”
• We have to walk in sensitivity to the voice of the Spirit and listen to what He asks of us. We also must seek to live the way we are called to in Scripture, and to do this we must know what Scripture calls us to.

What rights may we be called to give up?
• Future plans
• Money
• Beliefs
• Marriage/ singleness/ family
• Home/ country/ culture/ language
• The right to be right
• World view
• Right to speak/ remain silent
• Right to pray – Jeremiah 14:11 The LORD said to me: “Do not pray for the welfare of this people…”
• Rest
• Give up reputation in the eyes of others
• Clothing (e.g. in Uganda wearing long skirts rather than pants)
• Lives

Philippians 2:5-16 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
2:14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labour in vain.

Live as slaves to righteousness. Stop fighting for your rights.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.