God gives us richly all things to enjoy, the life of a believer need not be dull or boring. Some heathens refuse to convert to Christianity because they think they would never have fun again. When I was in the world I had “fun”! I would drink so much beer I would get dizzy and then sick. The next day I dreaded getting off the floor or wherever I was, because I knew I would have a terrible hangover. And this was fun? The only people who thought it was “cool” were the other drunks, my friends.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Every sin we make must be paid for, in this life and in the one to come. Our jails and prisons are full of sinners who are being paid for their sin. Hell is getting full of sinners who are paying for their transgressions. Now, this is the ironic part, the world does not want the pleasures of this life taken from them, they are willing to pay the consequence! The wages of our sin is death, we earn and deserve what we get. But, God is offering us a life where He pays for our sins and He makes it a gift, something we don’t earn.
1 Timothy 6:17 Put your trust in the living God who gives richly (abundant wealth) all things to enjoy.
God has blessed me in so many ways and in so many things I have lost count of and not one time was there any repercussions or hangovers. The pleasures I had in the world all came with a corresponding consequence, but I was willing to take the risk. When I lied, I lost all credibility, when I drank I lost all control and when I stole something I was caught and punished. I am so grateful for my time in the Catholic school, when I got out of line the nuns slapped me and beat me, they were teaching me about the consequence of bad behavior in the world. My time in the Catholic school prepared me for boot camp, I never once was reprimanded for acting out.
Galatians 5:13 You have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion for the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Redemption is the gift of God, we have been made free from the control of our flesh. Sometimes our flesh has a desire for things that are sinful and sometimes we yield to them. Because of the gift of God we do not lose our place in heaven and if we repent, our transgression is wiped out. A born-again Christian can enjoy the pleasure of an alcohol beverage and remain saved. But He will flow only out of a clean vessel. A born-again saint can enjoy the sinful pleasures of the flesh, but his righteousness cannot protect him from the wages of his transgression.
Jesus Redeemed me from the curse, no poverty, no lack in my house.
Wealth and riches in my home, the devil is rebuked for my sake.
Father daily loads me with benefits, He takes pleasure in my increase.
I love being redeemed,
and I give my Lord all the glory.
We are about to embark on the greatest adventure and outpouring of God’s Spirit! This month the Holy Spirit is asking us to examine ourselves/take inventory so as God’s Vessels we can take our part and place in the Body of Christ!
Scriptures to meditate on:
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily besets us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Psalm 26:4 Lord you can scrutinize me. Refine my heart and probe my every thought. Put me to the test and you will find it is true.
2 Cor 10:6 It is written, and having a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
1 Peter 4:17 For judgement begins at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Psalm 139: 23, 24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me of unbelief and lead me in the way everlasting.
2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of (civilian) life: his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him (God)! DO ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!