What about you?
What about you?
Woe to you, when all people speak well of you—Luke 6:26
Sooner or later our faith conflicts with friendship. Sooner or later our faith is testedagainst friendship. You see, the time will come, for each of us, when a friend needs us. He or she will take a dark path (as we all do, sometimes), a path leading away from God. It might be dramatic; it might not. When it happens, though, we’ll face a choice—to speak up and speak truth into his or her life . . . or . . . to ignore what’s going on, avoid conflict, and avoid the risk of forever altering the friendship or even losing it altogether.
The good news is that we’re designed for these kinds of things. We’re the “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). For God gave us “a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). But, salt can, over time, lose its taste—lose its saltiness. We men lose our saltiness when we choose popularity over truth, passivity over love. The problem is, salt that has lost its taste “is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet” (Matthew 5:13).
When the time comes, before you do anything, make sure you’re being driven not by judgment or resentment or jealousy. If you might be, go no further and simply entrust your friend to God. God’s able to reach your friend by other means. If, however, you’re sure that it’s love that’s driving you, more than anything else, then go ahead and speak. Put your friendship upon the altar and see what God does with it. Do it privately and gently. But be warned, it might not go well. These conversations are tough. That’s okay. Trust God to work it out in the end.
Stay Faithful my friends!!
Brotherly Greetings to you all…
Please, endeavour to read till the end..
Masturbation is the process of bringing about a voluntary excitement of the sexual centers, following generally by the discharge of semen/sperm, through some method other than normal sexual intercourse… this habit is known as “self abuse” because its done by one’s self or by his own hand…
Masturbation is a sin. I say a Capital YES to that..
Many Christians have experimented with it, many practice it and many struggle with it as an addiction.
Some has find it difficult to stop and always cry and feel bad whenever they commit this..
This is because there are demons attached to it…
You’re ignorantly fornicating with demons…
They are waiting for you to release sperm so that can take it away… there lies your Glory,
Masturbation is the result of lustful thoughts, immoral desires, sexual stimulation, sexual arousal, sexual habit, lack of resistance to sexual tensions, peer influences and pornographic images /videos/magazines….
Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Masturbation is an unclean thing, a filthiness of the flesh and an appearance of immorality.. that’s why Apostle Paul made mention of this in these passages ( Ephesians 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.)
If fornication is a sin according to the Bible, then certainly, Masturbation is a sin too because fornication is a sin against the body and Masturbation is the abuse of the body (you’re using it against the natural way of God)
let’s see this in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians..
1 Corinthians 6:9 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, :10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. :11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. :12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. :13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. :18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. :19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? :20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Some people misunderstood what Paul meant in verse 12. Here, Paul seems to be adapting and qualifying a saying for his own our purposes. Paul wrote twice “All things are lawful for me “. There is a sense in which this is true. God’s world is to be enjoyed. Everything created by God is is good, including sex, yet sex outside marriage is not profitable and can lead to being mastered. Paul wants the Corinthian Christians to feel free to enjoy God’s world but doesn’t want them to oppress their freedom so far that they do damages to themselves.. Immorality breaks marriages, shatters homes, bring agony of guilt and damages usefulness beyond repair..
We must constantly ask ourselves questions about what is expedient… will the Masturbation I’m planning to commit help my health? My emotional state? My Spiritual sensitivity? My understanding of God and His Word? Will it affect the Church’s testimony?
Brethren, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost, have been redeemed and belong to God..
CAUSES OF MASTURBATION..
The following are some of the causes which incite people to undertake this evil practice…
1) The main cause is bad company, where children hear and discuss sexual topics and in the bad society they themselves engaged in masturbation collectively without any shame. This is the very first and wrong step which leads to many bad practices to play with the immature sexual organs at the very tender age. Since this evil act gives intense pleasure, they keep on doing quite regularly without knowing the adverse effects of the masturbation in the future to come. If this practice is over done, it ruins the matrimonial lives due to impotency.
2) Lack of Spirituality
3) Seeing of sexual and love scenes in television, cinemas.
4) Reading of amorous literature, novels, etc.
5) Talking of sexual problems with young ladies/guys in seclusion
6) lustful thoughts, immoral desires, sexual stimulation, sexual arousal, sexual habit, lack of resistance to sexual tensions..
SOME OF THE AFTER-EFFECTS OF MASTURBATION are :
1)It weakens your spiritual life..
2)The nervous system is affected the most. Besides the heart, the digestive system, the urinary system as well as the other systems are adversely affected and consequently the whole body becomes the museum of diseases with profound weakness.
3) The eyes become sunken, the cheek bones protrude and there is a black rim round the eyes.
4) Continuous headache and backache.
5) Dizziness and loss of memory.
6) Palpitation of heart on lightest exertion.
8) Unable to perform any heavy physical or mental work.
9) The person dislikes any company and activities and rather likes to sit in seclusion and suffers from weakness.
10) All the senses are impaired.
11) Vision becomes dim, the tongue begins to stammer and ears tend to become deaf etc.
Hmm, can you see what this evil practice can do to one’s life… what a tragedy to toy with the sin of Masturbation..
HOW TO OVERCOME MASTURBATION..
Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible”…
This message is not to condemn those who one way or the other, are in this situation.. but to elaborate and enlighten them about it….
you need to go for Deliverance ..
Jesus loves you and waiting to receive you, if and only you Repent..
1) First of all, you need to totally and completely surrender your life to Jesus Christ… there are no two ways about that.. if you were once saved but have been trapped down by this evil practice, then you need to re-dedicate your life back to God… Confess your sins, ask God for mercy and pray your way through.. (John 3:16, Proverbs 28:13, Romans 10:9-13)
2) Always Study the Word of God, this will help you to know more about God and His power to save.. it will also prevent you in sinning(Psalm 119:11, 133,2 Timothy 2:15)
3) Never cease to Pray.. (1 Thess. 5:6 &17).
4) Guard your hearts, never give room for impure thoughts, sexual imaginations.. when it comes, rebuke and cast it out…(Proverbs 4:23, 2Cor.10:3-5). Discipline your body and bring it into subjection (1Cor. 9:27a)
Your thoughts and imagination is the point of attack whenever the issue of lust or masturbation arises.. your mind is a battle field and such place must be occupied with the Word of God, hymns, worship songs, praises and Godly motives.. (Ephesians 5:19)
5) Find another outlet for your time and Energy… the excitement of doing something different can help replace the urge to masturbate, and you’ll have to go-to distraction next time you’re tempted.
6) Flee from all appearance of evil (Guard your eyes, stay away from sexual discussions, pornographic pictures/videos, Ensure you cut-off from every form of immoral sexual relationship such as dating, girl and boy friendship and make sure you occupied yourself with church activities. This will re-occupied your thought and mindset. Also ensure you cut-off worldly friends and stay away from them because they will continue to lure and tempts you with same immoral sin…
1) Every Covenant I’ve entered into, knowingly or unknowingly, with the spirit of masturbation, Break in the name of Jesus..
2) Every power of masturbation attacking me, your time is up, die in the name of Jesus…
3) O God Arise, and Deliver me from masturbation, in Jesus name, Amen..
When you sincerely enact this Solutions into your Christian Life with the aid of prayers, you’ll certainly overcome…
God bless you all..
Building New Gauges
We men love to measure things. And we have, at our disposal, highly accurate gauges for measuring just about anything, including the progress of our lives. I mean, we never have to wonder which careers are most prestigious; which jobs are most coveted; which neighborhoods are most exclusive; which vacations are most glamorous; which cars are most luxurious. Our culture makes sure its gauges remain well calibrated.
“Listen carefully . . . and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world . . .” (Mark 4:24 MSG).
The problem is, such things are not proper for measuring the progress of any life. There’s nothing wrong with careers or communities or cars, in-and-of themselves. They’re just not appropriate gauges in this context. Using them is like using a thermometer to measure the weight of a steel beam. It doesn’t work. Likewise, improper gauges won’t work for us, for measuring our lives as men. We must create and calibrate new gauges, ones that can properly measure our lives, because they measure the right stuff—like how we’re doing as husbands, as fathers, as friends, as neighbors; and how we’re doing toward becoming the men God intends us to become.
Okay, so what do we do?
Build new gauges for yourself, brother, ones that measure things like . . . how many nights you are home for dinner; or how often you sit down and pray with your wife or girlfriend; or how often you have conversations with your sons or daughters about their dreams or their fears; or how often you meet with brothers in community; or how often you drop what you’re doing to spend time with friends in need. Get practical. Build a simple spreadsheet, for example. Or create a calendar. Do what makes sense for you, but start measuring, today.
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God’s at work in us—every one of us—whether we can see it or not (Philippians 2:13). He’s working to transform our character into the character of his son, our King, Jesus Christ. And he’ll continue working until the work is complete (Philippians 1:6). Our job is to join him. Our job is to follow Jesus and work ourselves, in obedience, to increase the amount goodness and light in our lives . . . and to decrease the opposite:
“. . . do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Peter 1:14-16).
Who among us doesn’t need more goodness and more light? That’s rhetorical, of course. And when’s a better time to increase our intentionality about increasing our holiness than at the beginning of a new year? That’s rhetorical too.
So how do we? Well, we get intentional by looking at the choices we’ve been making—whom we’ve been spending time with, the practices we’ve been engaging in, the experiences we’ve been enjoying. We get intentional by taking time to reflect upon those choices . . . and upon their results. And we get intentional by deciding which relationships, which practices, which experiences we’d like more of, going forward, because they increase holiness—and which we’d like less of, because they don’t.
Okay, so what do we do?
Consider the past twelve months. What was good? Who was good for you? What worked? What wasn’t so good? What didn’t work? Now, draw up (and commit to) a simple, practical, achievable plan for bringing more of what’s been good, and what’s worked for you, into the next twelve months . . . and less of what wasn’t and what didn’t.
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Aye, Aye.. Everyone its Anwar again, Don’t go to sleep just yet!! I know it’s late and you’ve probably turned on your favorite sounds of the rain on youtube and cuddled up on the coolest side of the pillow, but bear with me for a moment!
I’ve been in my thoughts for quite sometime thinking a lot about salvation, being truly saved and what that means when serving Christ. When live streaming Pastor Darby’s service this past Sunday morning. Oncoming persecuting is upon us in 2016, whether that be thru our personal lives, social media, or public execution. Here’s a thought, I wonder how ready I will be… I often imagine that I’m on my knees and some guy has a gun to my head asking me, “WHO IS THE GOD OF YOUR LIFE?” Think about that question for a moment and meditate on your first response. Is it fear? Is it doubt? How much do you value your life over the God we serve. While singles are worried about who we’re going to marry, married folks new and old worried about living with each other. What will come of us all.. will we all endure to the end of Revelations and meet Christ in the new Jerusalem, that remains to be seen!!!
In Revelations the bible says that even the elect will scarcely make it to Heaven. SCARCELY? Like… if We are going to make just by a smige then how far out there are those who are serving Christ without the right heart? But it says right here in Matthew 7:21
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
Then he says, “Depart from me you workers of inequity I never knew you”. Which proves that people will only have an affection for God just for the perks NOT because they Love Christ. With everything thats going on with Laws being passed, CERN, The Pope, and the great falling away. We can’t surprised by this as believers because Jesus tell us to “Fear Not” Because when we love him, our faith turns into courage, courage turns into boldness and boldness turns into purpose! So, don’t lose faith Everyone keep fighting the Good fight and Keep scratching and clawing towards righteousness!!
Every one of us has no doubt said something we wish we hadn’t spoken. What came out of our mouth was embarrassing, maybe even hurtful to someone else. Perhaps we said a curse word or repeated gossip someone told us. Whatever the case, we wonder, “Where did that come from?”
For me, this truth was driven home when I said something off-color in front of a couple of ladies in a coffee shop line. There I was, the leader of a Christian organization and an elder in my church, and I said something inappropriate in front of some women I knew. I was embarrassed the moment the words came out, but I didn’t give it a second thought. I rationalized it wasn’t that bad.
A few weeks later, there I was at the same coffee shop and the exact same comment slipped out in front of another woman! This time the words grieved me. I walked away repenting and hearing the Lord tell me there was something wrong with my heart.
As you spend time fasting from words of judgment, criticism, sarcasm, negativity, complaining, and gossip, it is important that you reflect each day on transgressions made with your words. Notice if certain patterns develop. Is there a particular person you feel free to gossip with? Are you being critical of your boss or your spouse daily?
The same way a person’s language reveals what part of the country he’s from or his national origin, as followers of Christ our words quickly reveal what kingdom we’re living in. Does the kingdom of this world or the kingdom of our God rule in your heart? If sarcasm, criticism, and complaining flow forth from our heart to our lips, then our country of origin is exposed as worldly.
Submit your words to the Holy Spirit’s control so that His kingdom will rule in your heart and the words that flow from your lips will be pure and pleasing to Him.
Ask yourself, “Have the words I’ve spoken recently reflected the kingdom of this world or God’s kingdom?” If any words come out of your mouth today that you need to repent of, do so. Ask the Holy Spirit to touch your heart and keep those words out of your mouth tomorrow.
The adulterous woman indulges herself, cleans herself up and then acts as if nothing happened … nothing wrong, anyway.
One characteristic of the adulterous lifestyle is that it requires us to live a double life. One life in which we maintain a proper image in the sight of others, and another life in which we indulge in our secret desires, however illicit they may be. The adulterous woman becomes quite adept at switching between one life and the other, as if she were simply multitasking. Multitasking, however, is not the same thing as lacking integrity. God expects us to be men whose actions line up their ideals. To lack integrity is to be double-minded, just like the man in the book of James who wavered between faith and doubt, and thus could not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
How does the adulterous woman cope with her double life emotionally? Through rationalization. Quite likely the adulterous woman has many complaints about her lot in life. Her husband may be abusive, absent, unattractive, unsupportive, uncommunicative or just plain annoying, so she justifies her affairs as being necessary to compensate for what he is lacking. The man of integrity, however, needs to recognize this for what it really is. Just a bunch of excuses.
None of this should be taken as being directed at women in general. Certainly there are faithful women of wisdom, integrity and virtue, just as there are unprincipled, foolish and adulterous men. Nevertheless, the writer of Proverbs has taken great pains to warn us about the adulterous woman and the spirit of sexual temptation she represents. We need to go back to God’s word whenever we sense ourselves starting to give in to double-mindedness and rationalization, especially where sexual temptation is concerned.
Excuses won’t cut it in heaven. Let’s stop putting up with them on earth.
Each stage of growth in our Christian faith requires different things from us.
As little children in the faith, we learn to embrace the truth of our forgiveness and to understand God as our Father.
As young men in the faith, we learn to embrace the truth of God’s word, as well as the strength and ability to overcome that God gives us.
As fathers in the faith, we come to know God in His eternal nature.
We never outgrow the truths we have learned earlier in the faith. Rather, the early truths prepare us for what lies ahead. When we are young men, we should never forget that God is our Father and He has forgiven us, for those truths help us overcome. When we are fathers, what we have learned as we progressed from childhood to young adulthood will give us an understanding of God that is difficult to gain any other way.
To continue to grow in the faith.
1. Do not forget that God is your Father.
2. Do not forget that you are forgiven.
3. Do not forget that you are strong, that the word of God abides in you, and that you have overcome the evil one.
Our God knows everything from the beginning to the end, and He will finish what He started in your life. Be strong and courageous!