01 December 2011

“I” am in the middle of SIN. It is an inherently selfish nature that seeks to please itself rather than take care of others. It can lead to greed, gluttony, self-righteousness, envy, jealousy and at worst, pride. The example that Jesus set is one of complete surrender to God and to His Will. “Not my will, but Yours”, He said.

Phillipians 2: 5-11: Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Self says: “I worked hard for my money, why should I give it to someone else?” or “I don’t have time, I work hard all day and need some ‘me’ time”. “I deserve that promotion more than he does, because I am ….” When you are not thinking of yourself all the time but honouring and blessing others, then you are not only blessing God, but growing in Godliness.

The story of the good Samaritan is preceded by the following verse: Luke 10: 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” If you love God completely, then you will love your neighbour as yourself. God’s love in you will motivate you and give you strength to love even the unlovable. No act of loving kindness can be selfish. Selfishness is an outward form of pride. Even false humility is pride disguised. Biblical principles for healthy Christian ethics are clearly laid out in the Bible, and it is easy to work out what we should or should not do, but then we are only living by. The law as set out in the Old Testament was given to Moses to give the Israelites boundaries. When they lived within these boundaries or “Rules for Holy Living”, they had the honour of God’s presence among them. As history shows us, in their own strength it was impossible for Israel to remain holy. Our sinful nature will take us out of God’s grace when we yield to it.

When Jesus gave His life on the Cross, He fulfilled the promises of God made to Abraham, Moses, David and the prophets. He satisfied every condition for Holiness so that when we appropriate the blood of His sacrifice, we become Holy. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and He convicts us of sin and righteousness rather than man attempting to be holy by obeying a set of rules. The Holy Spirit will develop the very nature of God in us so that we can overcome the flesh or sinful nature. The best test for a righteous man is to put him in a vice and squeeze. What comes out of him is what will determine his righteousness. “Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks”. Out of the good stored up in the man’s heart, good will come out, and visa versa. If the man has had a real encounter with God and has been forgiven and has experienced the faithfulness and love of God, then God’s love will pour out of him in every situation. You can only produce after your own kind. The Holy Spirit in us will produce fruit after His own nature, and since we are crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. Jesus died so that we might have life, in ALL its fullness, not just a mere existence as some are experiencing.

Living for God


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