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We so need to understand that we did not start our lives. If you think you are living than you are truly fooling yourself. It all starts and ends with God. There really is no other way to explain it. Some people will most likely disagree with that but it is the truth.
In whose hand [is] the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind? – Job 12:10 (KJV)
Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
God is our creator our Abba Father. He is the only one who can show us what our purpose on this earth can be. Others believe we control our own life and what we do and what we have. I will agree with them with that because our Lord God has given us freewill to our own lives. But that is where a lot of people make the mistakes by choosing our own things. We have a bad habit of doing what we think is right and what we want to be happy. But the only one who can guarantee our happiness and security is God.
Rom 8:6-9 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. 7 - Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 - So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 - But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
We need to understand one very important fact and that is WE WERE MADE FOR GOD and not any other way. If we don’t understand that and go our own ways it tends to lead us down a dark dead end street. You will also be surprised at how many people know this and choose not to follow it. I do have good news about this. It goes the other way too. Look further into Romans 8:10-12
Rom 8:10 And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Rom 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
How great is that? I know I would rather let God control me than my flesh. I have been trying to control myself for many years. What I thought was the best for me. Who am I to know what I really and truly need and want? Who am I to know what is best for me?
We need to know and understand God is not the starting point but He is the source of our purpose of life. We think that accepting Christ is the first and foremost thing and then it is easy peasy from there. Well I got news for you it is just the beginning. I have said this before and I will continue to say it. Accepting Christ is an awesome step. But there are a lot more steps you need to take. I pray daily for His wisdom and power to make it through and I thank Him at the end of the day for Him being there for me. We need to keep this in mind yea you are saved by Christ. But the devil is still around and still wants you to mess up and keep your eyes off of God. And he will work harder than he ever worked before to keep you away. Duh…the daily battle.
Read Eph 6:10-20 and that will explain the work needed. But remember there is great rewards after. For one having the knowledge that you are a Child of God. Also to know He has a place for you. But before we go there let’s look at
Eph 1:11 – 12 11- In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: [NET Notes, TSK] 12 that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Keep in mind the last part. V 18 really we must Pray and pray some more. When we are tired of praying we must get up and pray more.
Reverend Dr. Shawn M. Malloy D.D.
God's Living Word Ministries