HHey, everyone I realize that our podcast has been off air for quite a while and you guys have been asking for when’s the next show. But I declare that we havent forgot about you all. Joseph and myself are definitely coming back to the air but when remains to be seen at the moment.
Its been just about 8 months since I moved away from home in St.Pete and I can honestly growing up has been somehwat of rough process. Mostly influencing my life are my mindsets and relationships. My mindsets have been somewhat shattrered, and finding a wife seems to be a more a search than I anticipated. Nonetheless, the conflict within my own sin and dealing with people has come to the forefront and this is where I realized that I had a child’s mentality about life, not in a developmental stage but a situational like being able to handle business like a man.
Knowing when to speak up and keeping my mouth closed, dealing with anger, which I thought I had a decent handle on up until a couple months ago. Standing up for my friends as much as myself. All of these things has been challenged in some shape or form. To this day, I’m still navigated thru at least 1 of those issues everyday. Although it begins to be well… Frustrating to deal with.
I was listening to message by Pastor Stephen Darby and he had mentioned that even though we repent of sin that we will suffer consequences for the crime against God. And it had me thinking a lot about my relationships and those I have confused and hurt. Those people I have spoken about behind their backs because I was to much of a coward to say my peace face to face. The punishment for running my mouth unjustly was hurting someone I loved and I can’t apologize enough to that person for what I did. Now, the growth portion of this will be moving on from this issue and making sure I become more responsible about how I conduct myself in the future.
To those friends and family alike reading this and may have different thoughts about whether sharing this is right or wrong. Well, as the Bible says and I’m not directly quoting but contextually saying that “with our tongues we should expose the devil as a liar” think about it.
Money itself is never the measure of a person’s character. It is the use of money that reflects character. The Bible talks about money, business and possessions more than any other topics. How we deal with our finances tells a lot about our character. There is great virtue and success in following the directives of the scriptures concerning our finances and how we distribute them. Here are some of the things that my father taught me and that I have learned through the years from the Bible that will help you.
1. WORK HARD AT YOUR JOB AND GOD WILL BLESS YOU
“Through good times and tough times, entrepreneur-type people will seek new frontiers to explore and to enhance. They will gladly accept any challenge, because through risk and challenge, we grow both in worldly wisdom and spiritual strength.” —Sir John Templeton
2. USE YOUR MONEY CAREFULLY; DON’T WASTE IT
“Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” —Benjamin Franklin
“The prosperity of the Nation really must depend on the thrift of the people … the sunshine of prosperity can always be depended upon when the people are thrifty.” —S.W. Strauss
3. DON’T GO INTO DEBT
In 1900, the average American saved 22% of his income and had no debt. By only just five years ago, the average American’s savings rate had eroded to a negative 3%! Each American household on average is $14,500 in debt, not including their mortgage.
4. SAVE PART OF YOUR INCOME REGULARLY
“He who gathers money little by little makes it grow.” —Proverbs 13:11
“Teach economy. That is one of the first and highest virtues. It begins with saving money.” —Abraham Lincoln
5. BE HONEST IN ALL YOUR BUSINESS DEALINGS
“The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous.” —Frederick Douglass
“In the end, no person and no nation can prosper who tries to ‘get something for nothing.’” —Anonymous
6. GIVE GENEROUSLY OF YOUR FINANCES
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!
Joseph’s integrity was remarkable, not only because he refused to betray his master Potiphar’s trust and sin against God, but also because he maintained his integrity even though he had been betrayed by his own brothers and sold into slavery. Joseph realized that God saw what he did even if his family or master did not. Contrast this to his oldest brother Reuben, who slept with his father Jacob’s concubine.
Joseph’s integrity was also costly, since Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph to her husband. Prison was the short-term result of Joseph’s integrity — some reward! Nevertheless, God was with Joseph and promoted him to position of deputy to Pharaoh, putting him in a position to save lives during the years of famine which were to come.
God wants us to develop this kind of integrity in our own lives. Integrity starts with being committed to the truth, even when this means being honest about our failings and confessing our sins so that we can be held accountable. As we make this this kind of honesty a habit, we give our hearts the opportunity to develop self-government and conviction, rather than hiding behind the lies and false images of ourselves we would otherwise be projecting to the world. As a result, commitment to truth creates in us a desire to live according to what we believe, and with God’s help we are able to pass the testing of our faith when it comes.
What is integrity worth to you?
Jesus had been invited to dinner by Simon, a Pharisee, but an uninvited guest showed up as well. a woman with a sinful reputation. Weeping, the woman used her tears to wash Jesus’ feet, wiped them with her hair, kissed them and anointed them with perfume. These acts of devotion were humbling in their own right, but even more so since they were done in the presence of Simon, who knew the woman’s reputation and was surprised that a reputed prophet such as Jesus would allow such a wicked woman to touch him.
However, Jesus turned this into a teachable moment for Simon, pointing out that the woman had shown great love while Simon had not even shown Jesus customary courtesies of the day. anointing oil for his head, a kiss of greeting and water for his feet. The woman’s love and devotion, on the other hand, was born out of genuine repentance, faith and gratitude for the forgiveness she had received for her many sins.
Do we love much or do we love little? The sinful woman serves as an example of how we respond to the reality of past sins, even sexual sins, in our lives. Regardless of how we might compare ourselves to others, the overriding reality is that we have been forgiven much. If we fail to believe that we are forgiven, or if we somehow think that our sins were not that big a deal, our lack of love will become manifest. If we truly embrace the forgiveness we have receive from Jesus, our love and devotion will be unstoppable.
Much or little? The choice is ours.
We have given several military examples from scripture illustrating how we can become “wall builders” who create effective defenses against sexual sin and temptation, thus strengthening our self-control as individuals. We have talked about building and repairing walls, stationing guards and being vigilant to protect that which is both precious and vulnerable.
However, defensive measures do not constitute an end in themselves. The ultimately reality in life is not simply that sin and temptation are enemies against which me must defend, although we must. The ultimate reality in life is that God’s kingdom is taking over and is progressively and continuously extending its influence, and that is to be our mentality as well. What is in question is not whether God’s kingdom will come; it is coming and it will come. What is in question is whether and how we will cooperate with the coming of God’s kingdom.
The kingdom mentality is not primarily individualistic or defensive; it is a mentality of rulership and growth. Yes, it is important that we grow in our ability to overcome sin and that we personally embrace both kingdom lifestyle and kingdom values. But we must also have the mentality that we are taking new ground, because the kingdom was never just about us. It is about them as well, and it is all about Him.
The gospel has always been a kingdom message. Let us never make it just about ourselves.
From almost the beginning of human history, the allure of forbidden pleasures has tempted mankind. Whether it is forbidden fruit, shoplifted goods, pornography, getting drunk or high, unmarried teenagers “going all the way” or an adulterous affair, there seems to be a special thrill and adrenaline rush associated with defying authority or convention in pursuit of pleasure. Yet there are multiple reasons we should not be listening to the voice of the woman of folly.
1. She is naive and knows nothing. The woman of folly has either not learned from her mistakes or she is so desperate that she feels she has to appeal to our lower nature to get what she wants or needs.
2. She is targeting both those who are trying to walk the “straight and narrow” and those who lack understanding. The woman of folly takes special pleasure, perhaps even a sense of empowerment, in being able to influence men, even if she is taking them in an ill-advised direction.
3. We still reap what we sow, whether or not the sowing was thrilling or pleasurable. We will remember what we reaped from the fruits of wickedness – addiction, prison, pregnancy, injury, broken relationships – much longer than we will remember the fleeting pleasure.
4. The wages of sin is still death. That the woman of folly cares nothing for the havoc she has wreaked is all the more reason to avoid her.
The principle that we reap what we sow is one of the most important lessons we can learn in life. The less we have to learn it the hard way, the better off we’ll be.
Here we have what might be called the death progression; lust leads to sin, and sin leads to death. In the context of this verse, lust is not referring exclusively to sexual lust. In fact, according to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word epithumia(ἐπιθυμία) used here speaks of passionate desire which can either be positive or negative, depending on its source. It is interesting, however, that reproductive imagery is used here, in that lust conceives and gives birth to sin, and sin matures to bring forth death. Another way to think about it. what you lust for will be the death of you.
If lust, or passionate desire in its evil form, can be the death of us, how can we overcome it? Here are some pointers.
1. Understand that you have no excuse. God cannot be blamed for your sin or temptation, because neither of those things originate from him; they originate from within your own heart.
2. Recognize those desires which cause you to become “carried away”. All of us have things that we find especially appealing or trigger our enthusiasm. However, when we are carried away by something, we have ceded control of ourselves to our desires rather than ruling our desires, which is dangerous territory to be in.
3. Understand that God has called you to rule in life, starting with your own desires. God delights in fulfilling the desires of the righteous, and He transforms us so that we become people who want for ourselves what He wants for us. However, God expects you to rule over your desires so that He can fulfill them in His timing and in His way, not by you being enticed and carried away.
One of the gifts of God’s Holy Spirit is self-control. Let godly self-control become a way of life, even something you are known for, so that you channel your desires rather than letting your desires control you, and you can be an example for others.