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We may not be afraid to use the help of anyone but we must rather be careful of compromising biblical standards in the process or of approving such a person in his or her sins. While it is true that God can appoint anyone to help His children, God will not appoint His children to confirm anyone in their sins.

 

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Supposing your father sent you to the market to buy grapes and you came back with tomatoes, how would he react? He will probably reprimand you and might even punish you but he won’t because of that blot your name out of his Will. But if you do the same thing, let’s say continuously and indifferently, he will start to see you as a bad son; one that has chosen to be unrepentantly rebellious and one who will bring shame upon his name. He might then call his lawyer and rewrite his will, honouring His children that are obedient and willing to live according to His percepts; children who will honour His name, who will let their light shine before men, that they may see their good works, and glorify their Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16). Children who will show forth the praises of him who hath called them out of darkness into His marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9). God has many children, and you cannot continue to sin, expecting grace to abound (Romans 6:1, 2).

 

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Truly, the spirit behind competitive sports cannot be God’s. The object of competition is earthly and trivial and people go to all sorts of extremes to obtain a perishable crown. For this reason, Paul says if they do that for a perishable crown, how should we not do more to obtain an imperishable crown (1 Corinthians 9:25). In other words, it is clear that there is profitable competition but this is not what we see all around us in the sporting world (1 Timothy 4:8). And if we understand the Bible, the real competition is against self and Satan would not want us to truly realise this. For this same reason, he has sold us all these false competitions in the sporting worlds and professional arenas. If anything, they are engineered to take our eyes off where the real competition lies; self. The battle against self is the real battle and the more time we spend with the fake, the less time we have to deal with the real; and Satan very well knows this. “No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of [this] life,” the Bible warns us (2 Timothy 2:4)”.

 

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God leads His children the best they could be led to be the best they could be in Jesus when they are true to their calling with all willingness and humility of heart. In Romans 12:3 the Bible states, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith”. “But He gives more grace. Wherefore He said, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5; Proverbs 3:34).

 

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“Thus saith the Lord, stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls,” (Jeremiah 6:16). A closer look at this Bible passage reveals to us a great evil that is being accomplished in Christendom, how Christians bask in the grace of Christ and disregard the Law of God, saying it was abolished at the cross. Yes, a law was indeed abolished at the cross, but was it the Moral Law; the Ten Commandments written by God’s own finger, and twice after Moses had broken the first one (Exodus 32:19; Exodus 34:1)? If we are to ask for the old paths wherein all the faithful people of old kept the commandments of God, can it then be the case that those commandments are done away with now, when the faithful ones of old kept the Law of God by faith, looking forward to the sacrifice of Christ and His perfect life and we are to keep it by faith, looking back at the sacrifice of Christ and His perfect life? At the asking of every question is an echo that warns us not to take for granted what God Himself did not take with levity, for by choosing to write with His finger the Ten Commandments twice, He has by default made a clear distinction between the two laws, giving precedence to the Ten Commandments which reveals His character as a just and loving God, and is the foundation of His heavenly throne (Jeremiah 9:24; Psalm 89:14).

 

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Do we all have a past life like Paul? Yes, we certainly all do. Every man has a past life, a present life, and a future life. Unfortunately, for the majority of people, the difference between their past life and their present life, and potentially, their future life, is just their attachment to the name of Christ; there is no evidence of sacred change in their life. The things they used to do, they still do; they lie, they steal, they fornicate, they feed their minds with all sorts of evil (Psalm 119:133) and their ears with a myriad of profane things. Yet, they name the name of Christ. But Christ is not a minister of sins; on this the Bible is clear (Galatians 2:17). “Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, the Lord knows them that are His. And, let everyone that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Timothy 2:19).

 

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I have been privileged to meet many people and have many friends. I have met the courageous, the beautiful, the doubtful, the cautious, the believing and the unbelieving. But if only we would study the life of Christ and pattern our lives according to His, what a fruitful and precious life we will all live! “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” (2 Peter 1:10, 11). This is the promise of God.

 

***”Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).***

Friend, what were your Bible reflections this month? Kindly leave them in the comment section below.

 

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