15 Therefore, pay careful attention to how you conduct your life — live wisely, not unwisely.
16 Use your time well, for these are evil days.
When you look at men and women of God who walk in great faith, and who understand and use their God-given authority, many wish they could be like them. Guess what, you can. So many Christians fail to recognize the key area to deal with in their life that is needed to attain that walk with God they say they want. What is that key ingredient? Time.
We choose every day things that determine what we do with the time we are given. If you look at any person from the natural standpoint that has gotten good at something, they did so because they devoted much time to that area of their life. What many don’t know is that devoting time to spiritual development makes a powerful impact on every part of your life. Many today will not take the time to get to church services, or spend time in prayer, reading the Word, etc. What the devil and your own flesh will do is to get you to be foolish with your time.
Often the reason many have to work so much is because of all the things they want in the natural, so they work countless hours to pay their bills because of all these things. Others are to busy with their hobbies and other things that will never help them develop their walk with God. Put the kingdom first on your time list and all the things you need will be added unto you. Ask God to help you to balance the use of your time. The difference with those who have a close walk with God, strong faith, and are spiritually mature, is how they use their time.
‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
There is nothing too hard for God, and as a believer in Christ we need to be reminded of three powerful truths about our God. (Romans 8:31) – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Here in Romans is the first of these three things. “GOD IS FOR YOU”. That’s right, as a born again child of God He is not against you as some may think. The death of His Son proves He is for you. He wants you to live a victorious life.
(Hebrews 13:5-6) – 5 For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Here is the second key truth, “GOD IS WITH YOU”. Did you know you are never alone. God will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. Some say they feel God is far from them. They are going by feelings, not by His Word. He is always with you.
(1 John 4:4) – You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. The third truth you should never forget is that “GOD IS IN YOU”. Greater is He who is in you then He who is in the world. There is nothing to hard for your God, and wherever you go He is right there in you. Never forget He is FOR YOU, WITH YOU, and IN YOU, and therefore there is nothing to hard for you to overcome because wherever you are, your God is there.
When you understand your complete redemption, you understand the new position you are now in after being born again. You are no longer a slave, for Jesus through His redeeming work has set you free.
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
A believer who is “carnally minded” is being controlled by their soul, which is their mind, will, and emotions. When you are being dominated by your soul, you are separating yourself from the new way of life God has for you to live. When someone is born again they receive a new spirit within that is now alive to God. The moment that happens God wants us to learn how to be spiritually minded, yielding our soul to our new spirit man. This is becoming spiritually minded.
Those who learn how to become spiritually minded, now dominated by the new spirit within them, they live in the life and peace God has provided. That word “life” is the word Zoe, and it means the God-kind of life. Your mind is your human reasoning. When you allow your soul to rule you instead of your spirit man, you continue to live by the old Adamic fallen nature instead of this new Zoe life of God.
To yield to this new spirit man within you must renew your mind to the Word of God, learning of this new spirit inside. You must develop your prayer life, allowing the spirit to dominate. You also need to be in church connected to a pastor who knows these things and can help you develop in this new life God has for you. The things of God must become a priority in your life or you will miss out on this new Zoe life and peace God has already provided for you.
Obey your spiritual leaders and submit to them [continually recognizing their authority over you], for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render an account [of their trust]. [Do your part to] let them do this with gladness and not with sighing and groaning, for that would not be profitable to you [either].
Ever since I began my walk with God, I have seen the impact of this verse over and over and over again. There are three types of people in the body of Christ. There are those who have never really acknowledged who their spiritual leaders are because they have no connection with a spiritual leader. There are those who have found such leadership and biblically submitted to them, and there are those who have not submitted to the leadership God has provided for them.
All who have never established who these leaders are, and all who may have done so but do not submit to the Word of God they are taught, do not experience the profitable life God has for them. They don’t get stronger spiritually, and they tend to stay in spiritual limbo. Why? Because God’s Word teaches that you cannot fully mature without the spiritual leadership He has provided for you, and by submitting to the Word of God He brings to you through that leadership.
But I have seen many examples of believers in my own life, and in other churches where people have obeyed this verse and the results are obvious. To submit biblically to godly leadership means you receive the Word they give you, and you honor that Word. That is what walking by faith is all about, doing what God’s Word teaches no matter what. Our spiritual welfare in life has much to do with having spiritual leadership, and submitting to the truths God brings to us through those who watch out for our souls.
This sin functioning in the believers life just like in the days of Jesus can hinder God’s power to work in our life. Find out more about this important truth so you can avoid the sin of familiarity.
1 Timothy 1:14
…and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.
When we are born again there are two very important elements that we find in our relationship with Jesus Christ. They are faith and love. Once born again we are given a measure of faith, and the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. God gives us these two new elements so that we can begin to live a whole new way of life. We are to learn how to walk by faith, and walk in the love of God.
We are to take the measure of faith God gives us and continue to develop and use our new found faith. Simply put, faith believes in and acts as if the Word of God is true, because it is. Walking by faith is walking by what God’s Word says and not what your circumstances say. Feeding on the Word is vital to your faith walk, for this is how faith continues to come. But you must act upon the Word to walk by the faith you have been given.
We are to also walk in love, treating others the way we want to be treated no matter how they treat us. This also requires action on our part based on the love of God that is now in our hearts, and not acting upon our fleshly outer nature. Faith is dependent on this love, for faith works through love. If you get out of love, your faith will not work. God gave us new life so we could live a “new life”, walking by faith in the love of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
…in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
God’s desire for us is to see His will manifested. A key to seeing God’s will manifested is in thanking Him for what He has already done for us through Christ Jesus. Thanksgiving is a key to faith. To walk in God’s promises you must see what He has promised in His Word as already done, for in the eyes of God everything you have in Christ is already an established fact.
In Philippians 4:6 the apostle Paul reveals to us that we are to be anxious for nothing, which means we are not to worry about anything. He goes on to tell us that we are to make our requests known to God with thanksgiving. You give thanks for what someone has already done for you. God has already made a way for us through Christ Jesus to provide all that we need. You are the redeemed of the Lord, you are not going to be.
What God promised us in Christ was established 2000 years ago through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. So to live a life of thanksgiving don’t focus on what you see in the natural, focus on what God’s Word has said, and start thanking Him for what He has already done for you through Christ. Those who are grateful (full of gratitude), will be faithful (full of faith).
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
There is no doubt that Jesus will return to catch away those who are ready. Jesus said to watch and pray, to be ready. He taught a parable of 10 virgins that relates to His return to catch away those who are ready. Five were wise virgins and five were foolish. To become a virgin (pure), you must be born again. The wise virgins not only had their lamps lit (which represents one who is saved) but they also had an extra jar full of oil.
The foolish had their lamps lit, but their jars were not full. This jar being full means they remained active in pursuing God, and pursuing the things of God. The foolish were instead consuming their time with worldly things and not actively pursuing God. Jesus called such believers lukewarm, for the things of God were no longer a priority to them. These foolish virgins tried to get the wise virgins to give them some of their oil, but you can only get it by pursuing God for yourself.
The wise were ready for Christ’s return and were caught up with Him when He came back, but the foolish were left behind. Don’t be a foolish virgin who has accepted Christ but is not walking with God, and is instead chasing after this world. Be a wise believer who is actively pursuing their relationship with the Lord for Jesus is coming soon!
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.
Far to often people think that because of certain circumstances in their life, or because of what other people have done, this will affect their outcome in life. But the truth is your outcome in life is only determined by the choices you make. The devil is the one who wants you to get caught up with what others do, and focused on things in the natural. In doing so he has taken your focus off of what God has planned for your life.
The above verse in Isaiah is an absolute. The only conditions to getting the best God has awaiting you in this life is your willingness and obedience to Him. When you understand this it should change what you are focused on. Your daily focus should be on walking in obedience to what God has for you to do. It does not matter what other people do, nor what circumstances in life may come, if you focus on doing what God has called you to do those things cannot keep you from your god-given destiny.
Stay focused on being obedient to God and doing whatever He desires of you with a willing heart. To be willing simply means you obey without argument, and you put your whole heart into it. If you focus on this you will succeed. Stop allowing the devil to get you to focus on or to even think that people or problems can stop you. Just stay focused on what God has called you to do, and you are assured that what God has planned for your life which is good will come to pass, if you are willing and obedient.