August 16, 2015 by pastorjdo3
The Northpoint Discipleship Group honed in on two scriptures provided by David Platt. The first, Proverbs 14:12, and the second 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8.
First, we looked at the thoughts of man. Though we are reborn, we have to renew our minds from our old thinking. Many of us experience the new birth of salvation, but don’t experience life and life to the full because we don’t make an effort to renew our minds and strive for a lifestyle of righteousness. Yes mistakes happen, but mistakes are mistakes, not plans or efforts. It was said at the group meeting by Pastor Johnny, ‘If you text him, call him on the way over, pick up dinner, then give it up you didn’t make a mistake, you made plans!” Too often, we excuse our behavior by claiming to fall to temptation, when we actually decided to sin.
Pleasing the flesh! Our old and current nemesis! The Flesh! Always present! Always asking! Always in need! The Flesh never goes away! In many ways, our mind is directed by the desires of our flesh! The Proverb states, there is a way that seems right to a man, but it ends in death (Prov. 14:12). From the beginning of time, this has been true. The serpent was able to get man to falter on this same knowledge. Pastor Johnny told the class that his college revelation was “if you give your mind long enough, you can rationalize anything. And with a little more time, you can find scripture to support your ignorance.” Man has yet to master the flesh and continues to be mastered that which they have been given victory over.
Paul continues in the 4th Chapter of Thessalonians, suring up the duty and call of ever believer. As discussed, marriage gives honor to God by mirroring God’s love for mankind. The church the bride and Christ the groom, united in matrimony by the Father; and sacrificing self that the other might have, and the other showing appreciation and respect and following. Paul reminds mankind in the chapter, that salvation was the chapter heading, but life on earth were the bullet points. Jesus came to give life to the full; full in that we learn to be discipline, controlling our flesh, and seeking out the lifestyle of righteousness God pointed us towards.
Paul says, “God’s will is for you to be holy…” (v.3)…”Never harm or cheat a Christian brother…” (v.6) “Live a quite life, minding your own business…” (v.11) “People who are not Christians will respect the way you live…” (v.12) The entire passage addresses the importance of mastering our flesh. Paul helps us to see how our life of sin affects our ability to witness to others and how effective our efforts to edify the Lord in our living open up the door for life change for us and the communities in which we live.
Maybe it is our lives that have hindered the gospel and not the need for the gospel to change or be updated. We have lived a life of compromised so long, that people have begun to believe that the Gospel has lost is power or effectiveness! People have lost respect not just for the individuals that have made up the church but for the body the church has become. There was a time where none had need, and now we have are financially selfish and self contained. We have begun to give as we have desire and not as there is need, choosing to meet our own needs, funding our own wants, and ignoring the lack in the lives of others.