ANONYMOUS = What Greater Love Is there than to share that people must turn from their sin and follow Jesus or they will perish. You listen to conversation from people who have convinced and deceived themselves to believe they are a Christian. You’ll be hard-pressed even hear the word God even mentioned unless they’re around religious folk or at church. Is this you?They ignore the sound doctrine of the Bible and have become ignorant believing a fable. I am learning to be combative with the Word of God. I am not at war with them but trying to get them to look at themselves and not others. Gods law is written on the hearts of all and the individual must acknowledge they have sinned against a Holy God. It’s only then, they see themselves condemned in their sin and their desperate need for a Savior. The saving is Gods business. We are called to be faithful and true. Amen
AMANDA = We use the 2-edged sword of truth to reveal the lasciviousness of the flesh.
Galatians 5 is a good chapter = it distinguishes between living after the flesh or having fruits of the spirit.
Galatians 5:18-26 (KJV)
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
We are told to have the mind of Christ.
We also discover in revelation, that Jesus has seven spirits =
= Revelation 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
The 7 spirits of God/Jesus is revealed in Isaiah =
= Isaiah 11:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; =
(1) SPIRIT OF THE LORD,
(2) SPIRIT OF WISDOM,
(3) SPIRIT OF UNDERSTANDING,
(4) SPIRIT OF COUNSEL,
(5) SPIRIT OF MIGHT,
(6) SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE,
(7) SPIRIT OF THE FEAR OF THE LORD.
And we are also told “a soft answer turneth away wrath.”
Proverbs 15:1 (KJV) A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
We pray & ask for discernment when to use all these attributes of Christ.
Each situation & person is different. God knows this= He uses & instructs His disciples (like Moses) when to be meek & when to use Gods word for wrath unto repentance like when he confronted the Pharaoh in the exodus. In Numbers 12:3 (KJV) Moses was called the meekest man on the face of the earth at that time. (vs 3) (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
It all takes growth, prayer, studying, ABIDING, & meditation. The best love is to show a lost person that they are a sinner & need a Lord & savior (JESUS Christ).
Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;