The Changed Dealing with the Unchanged!
Q: Why is this important?
A: Young believers - and others who listen to we Christians talk/to teachings - we surely want to make sure they are understanding what we are saying
They may think our theology is implying something totally different than what we are saying
EXAMPLE: once we are saved we will have no more challenges - our lives are totally changed and no more challenges
They could hear - the devil is defeated so he won’t bother me again
No more persecution because I am a faith person
Our lives are 100% free of any challenges because I have Jesus
Q: Is that what we are saying? Is that what other’s are hearing?
It’s all by grace and not works - so I’ll sit back and let it happen
I declare/decree this over - (they here - you whether you want it or not I am declaring this over you)
“A number of American religious leaders have endangered their flocks…by claiming the virus can be defeated by faith” - (The Guardian)
What Doesn’t Change?
As Christians we should know what hasn’t and will not change - (at least will not change like we desire it to change)
One: The World - (the world problem)
Two things won’t change:
a: The unfolding prophesies and plans of God
Prophesies and promises create boundaries - we can pray until we are blue in the face - but if Jesus prophesied it - we can’t change it
Luke 17:26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.
Luke 17:27 They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. (ESV)
Jesus said the world will become more evil and rebellious
1 Pet. 3:20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. (ESV)
While the Ark was being prepared is a type of the season of grace - people had an opportunity to change - God was patient with them - He always desire people to repent
1 Th. 5:2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.
1 Th. 5:3 When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.
I believe in occupying until He returns - but not blindly - not occupation that leaves Him out
It’s much better to prepare ourselves for our eternal futures and occupy with that awareness -That includes preparing our children in that way also
1 Th. 5:4 But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and YOU WON’T BE surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. (NLT)
2: The world’s pursuit of us:
2 Tim. 4:10 Demas loves the things of this world (Aion - age) so much that he left me and went to Thessalonica. (CEV)
This man was serving the apostle Paul - highly used of God
He had miracles and healings - was a trail blazer
YET, Demas loved the things of this world SO MUCH - the world pursues Christians with the intention of pulling them away from the things of God
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. (ESV)
As long as we are on the earth - all that is in the world will pursue us
Do we recognise it? For ourselves ? For our children?
Two: The Flesh - (the flesh problem)
Sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarrelling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these…(Galt 5:19-21)
What does the flesh want to do?
Everything listed above is the works our flesh want to do
When we are saved the flesh and it’s desires do not go away - they battle against our soul
We should not be taken by surprise by them but instead know how two keep our flesh under
1 Pet. 2:10 You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Pet. 2:11 Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, (NET)