Deceitful Lusts

Ephesians 4:22-24 King James Version (KJV)

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

 

We all, as Christians, struggle against the flesh, the world, and the devil.  Lusts are of the flesh, and are sin.  Deceitful means they seem great at the moment, but if we’d stop and let the Holy Spirit lead us, and teach us about that lust, we’d do a LOT less sinning, and asking God for His forgiveness and mercies on us.

Galatians 5:19-21 King James Version (KJV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

How many of these are you guilty of, and have you repented and asked God to cleanse you from all unrighteousness?

Do you see yourself here, too?  [21] Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
[22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
[23] And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
[24] Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
[25] Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
[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:
[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.
[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;
[29] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
[30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
[31] Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
[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.

REPENT!  repent2draw

 

 

Romans 10:9-13; John 3:16-21

A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I received an advance reader copy of A Silken Thread from Waterbrook, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC, in exchange for an honest review.

A Silken Thread was about Laurel Millard and her plans to capture a wealthy suitor who can afford care for her mother and give Laurel the life she dreams about.  She gets hired as a silk weaver at the Atlanta Cotton Exposition of 1895, and works at a loom most of the day, making lengths of silk for display and educational purposes aimed at the visitors to the Silk Room at the Exposition.

Laurel meets Willie Sharp, a security guard at the exposition,  Langdon Rochester, the son of the owner of Rochester Steam Engines company, and a few young women who work with her in the Silk Room, giving guided tours of that area.  She also meets Quincy, a friend of Willie’s, who is hired as a groundskeeper at the exposition.

The book is well written, and the characters all connect nicely with each other.  Mrs. Sawyer is skilled in blending the stories of each person into a good, solid historical fiction tale, which keeps the reader interested and engaged.   I thoroughly appreciated her use of the King James bible when she wrote Scriptures into the stories, and she placed them appropriately.  They added so much value to the whole book.    I also liked the information about the Cotton Exposition, how the grounds were described in detail, which gave me a good picture of what they must have looked like.

Mrs. Sawyer dealt with racism in the book, too.  In my opinion, she portrayed one character in particular well, and gave him insightful thought processing, which helped him overcome some things.  Each character, really, matured and became more experienced in their views of life, and how people act.  I liked the book, and do recommend it to anyone wanting a clean historical fiction story, with very little romance in it, and a LOT of substance!

The Law of Christ

Bible study this morning was in Galatians Chapter 6.

The Law of Christ

What is the law of Christ? According to Galatians, Chapter 6, verse2, there is a law of Christ, which
means it must be obeyed, or there will be punishment for not obeying it.
The first 2 verses of Gal. 6 say:
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so
fulfill the law of Christ.

Bear ye one another’s burdens: see Romans 15:1- We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities
of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Now, Ro. 15:1 has a reference verse, which is Romans 14:1, which says: Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

So, as far as I can understand, and correct me if you think I’m wrong, fulfilling the law of Christ means to take care of fellow Christians who are weak in the faith, and do it with meekness. Treat them as a brother, and not as an enemy. Be so meek and humble that you are ok with washing another’s feet, which is what Jesus did, and we are to be like He was. He was a servant, and didn’t elevate Himself above others.

 

He was gentle, and supremely wise, and spoke wisdom and truth. To everyone.
This world tells us just the opposite. The lost, or carnal, tell us to :Be aggressive, rude, put yourself first, serve your own fleshly passions, don’t be “a doormat”, hit back, or fight. Totally opposite of what Jesus tells us to do. To fulfill HIS law, the law of Christ, we must learn to be meek, and humble, even, EVENNNNN in the face of
hatred and opposition. If you’re to fulfill the law of Christ, you’re NOT going to act like most everyone else does, and you’re going to be made fun of, scoffed at, and taunted for being meek instead of hateful,
for turning the other cheek instead of hitting back, treated EVEN WORSE when you
“wash another’s feet”. Some people, no matter how kind you are to them, they are abusive to you even more,
and they enjoy being that way. Expect it. Gird up the loins of your mind, and also, wear the FULL armor of God, so you WILL be able to stand when the enemy attacks you. And believe me, the enemy comes in many shapes and sizes, many forms. Be sure to instruct other Christians to be like Jesus, and not like the
world, not like the people who reject Christ,and are on their way to eternal fiery torment. Don’t be like them.
Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify YOUR FATHER which is
in HEAVEN. 

Book Review: Stephen Mitchell’s Journey

Book Review: Stephen Mitchell’s Journey
Author: Isabella Alden
Characters: The Mitchell family: Pa, named Josiah, ma, named Phoebe, Sarah Jane, and Stephen
The Lucas family: mother, a dad who was a drunkard, Flora Ann, Meme,
Dele, Miranda, and Jake.
The Ransoms, Maxwell, the preacher of the area, and Helen, his sister, who lives with him
Gertrude Temple, ex girlfriend of Maxwell, and Hilary Colchester, a friend of Helen.

The Mitchells live on a farm which hasn’t been taken care of very well, so it’s run down and the farmhouse is dilapidated.  The soil is stony and depleted.
The Lucas’s live on an even worse piece of land, in a desolate looking shack of a home, which had become that way due to the father’s alcoholism and the son’s drunkenness and abuse of the family.
The story is a good picture of Godly Christian charity, of how to help others with what you have, even though it may not be much by the world’s standards. How Christians should do what they can to uplift and improve another’s circumstances, and how they should first and foremost, tell their neighbors about salvation through
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.  
It is also an illustration of how Christians can even help those who may be out to harm them, through patience, prayer, and kindness. How we should be alert for opportunities to do the Master’s work, and follow where He leads us.

The story, Stephen Mitchell’s Journey, is extremely well-written, organized, and flows smoothly from one family’s story to another, interconnecting with grace and thought-provoking ideas.

This story was in the book titled Grace Livingston Hill Collection No. 7, four complete novels, 3 by Grace Hill, and one by Isabella Alden. Published by Barbour Books. ISBN: 1-57748-825-3

Some background on Isabella Alden:Four complete novels

I found this pretty website about the author:https://isabellaalden.com/
A list of her books:
https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/isabella-macdonald-alden/248890/

Godly Sorrow

I read in 2 Corinthians, chapter 7 today, this:  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:  but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
My bible has little cross reference verses and the “sorrow of the world worketh death” has this verse:  Matthew 27:4,5,( I included verse 3)  which says: [3] Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
[4] Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
[5] And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
And, the verse about GODLY sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of was this:  Jeremiah 31:18-20:[18] I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.
[19] Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
[20] Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.
Isn’t that so neat? Very well explained!  I wish I had the entire bible memorized, so I could do that kind of cross-referencing!
Romans 10:8-13
John 3:16-21

Book Launching and Book Reviewing

Pretty soon, I’ll be reading these 2 new books, for Bethany House, and the other from Waterbrook and Multnomah!  One is THE TINDERBOX, by Beverly Lewis, and the other is

A SILKEN THREAD, by Kim Vogel Sawyer!  I’m really looking forward to reading both of these!  I love the storyline of Silken Thread, and I’ve almost always enjoyed Beverly Lewis’s  books.

Keep checking back for my reviews. THANKS!

Romans 10:  8-13;  John 3:16-21