Put on the Lord: Romans 13.14 VOTD

“Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.”

Romans 13.14

Paul speaks “of the taking on of characteristics, virtues, intentions, etc.,” of the Lord (BDAG). It begins at baptism, Gal 3.27, and continues as the saint grows in his status as a follower of Christ.

Conduct and habits change at conversion. What changes did you make from your old life? What habits are you still working to form?

#spiritual-growth #morals #conduct #VOTD

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3-10-2016 The Rule For Civilization

The Wisdom of God speaks: “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth” (Proverbs 8:13-16 NKJV). Without the Wisdom of God, therefore: (1) There is no moral standard for arrogant attitudes and filthy language; (2) There is no solid advice for good judgments and sound reasoning; (3) There is no Divine authority for government! Jesus told the Roman, Pilate, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11 NKJV). The rule of Law and Order for Civilization is the Wisdom of God!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#good-judgments, #government, #morals, #wisdom

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9-15-2015 Turning Good Into Bad

Through Isaiah, God pronounced a “woe” to “those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20 NKJV). There have always been people who condemn what is good and approve of what is evil. David said, his enemies would: “All day they twist my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil” (Psalm 56:5 NKJV). Jesus Christ said of the Devil, “there is no truth in him,” “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me” (John 8:45 NKJV). Paul preached Jesus in Thessalonica, but envious Jews cried out, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (Acts 17:2-3, 6 NKJV). Preaching Christ turns worldly morals right-side up, not the other way!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#evil, #good, #morals

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7-9-2015 Right Over Wrong

Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished” (Proverbs 16:5 NKJV). A union of sinners, expressed as “join forces” (literally, hand to hand), cannot overpower God’s line of “righteousness.” God’s line between “right and wrong” has never, and will never be, changed because it was outvoted, overpowered, outlasted, or outdone! There is no strength of numbers great enough to change, alter, shrink, or erase God’s dividing line of morals! In Luke 16:15, Jesus taught: “For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.’” Celebrations, street demonstrations, or court rulings only confuse people, but have not changed God’s Word! Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#court-rulings, #join-forces, #morals, #outvoted, #proud

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2-2-2015             50 Shades of Gray

Jesus taught: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24 NKJV); He also taught, “Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” (Matthew 5:36-37 NKJV). “Absolutes” are clearly defined and identifiable opposites. A thing is one or the other, but not both! “Gray” is the result of confusing the difference between the two. Can you imagine how confused people are who believe there are “50 Shades of Gray?” Morals made by movies can only confuse.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#50-shades-of-gray, #morals

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(#181) The Proverbs of Solomon 26:18-19-Impractical Jokes

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 26:18-19: “Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, Is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, ‘I was only joking!’”

A “madman” is a person who is out of control because he/she isn’t bothered by moral restraint, sympathetic feeling, or consideration for others. Anyone who indiscriminately “throws” around “firebrands” (or torches, bombs), “arrows” (or bullets, missiles), “death” (or ieds, drones, or other instruments of death) leaves a path of burned, wounded, or dead people! It does not excuse such behavior by simply saying, “I was only joking!” So-called “reality” TV shows that see “what people would do” set a standard of lies, deceit, and trickery that hardens the consciences of their audience against good judgment and sympathy. When angels of God warned Lot that Sodom would be destroyed for its perversions, “Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, ‘Get up, get out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city!’ But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking” (Genesis 19:14). When something is taken as a “joke,” then the responses to it are not real, and in their case, they died because of it!

Christians are not to participate in such madness: “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 5:3-6). Such behavior doesn’t become a Christian. What is condemned is: “filthiness” which is behavior without morals; “foolish talking” which is empty conversation that shows contempt or ridicule; “coarse jesting” which is the double-entendre, underhanded, turned meaning of words. All of these are what worldly comedy, practical jokes, and other types of madness are made of. Christians can have “fun,” just not like “a madman.”

Do not be deceived by “empty words” that say otherwise, God will hold each individual responsible for his/her behavior on: “the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ” (Romans 2:16). No joke!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #christian-living, #good-judgment, #joking, #life, #madmen, #morals, #practical-jokes, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #wisdom

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(#150) The Proverbs of Solomon 20:27-Why God Makes Common Sense

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 20:27: “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.”

The mythological Doctrine of Evolution, which is disseminated by the Government, cannot account for “the spirit of a man,” since it is God Who “forms the spirit of man within him” (Zechariah 12:1), but “Evolution” is an atheistic belief. No “scientist” can ever disprove the existence of “the spirit of a man,” for true science can only deal with what is physically observable, and, as the bodily resurrected Jesus Christ said: “Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” (Luke 24:39).

Because God has given each human a spirit, what God has provided makes sense! God has:

1) Created “the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) and all scientific knowledge is centered upon learning facts about what it is, how it works, believing the evidence that points to God as Creator (Hebrews 11:3; Romans 1:20-23). God as Creator is what makes sense;

2) Made heterosexual, monogamous marriage the basis of all civilized societies (Genesis 2:18-25), and the plan for conception, birth, and proper instruction of each individual in the world (Colossians 3:18-21). God’s Design of Marriage, always makes moral sense, and always works when followed;

3) Readily inspired and controlled the writing of the Bible through men! It is because of this, we know “that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:20-21). This is how we have the New Testament “which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5). This is why Bible study makes sense;

4) Given moral guidelines that are obvious, and fit with our “common sense!” “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21);

5) Given the Gospel of our salvation that makes sense! “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:24-29).

With the Gospel of Christ, look into your heart, for “As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man” (Proverbs 27:19).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#baptism, #bible-study, #christian-living, #common-sense, #creation, #god, #gospel, #jesus-christ, #marriage, #morals, #proverbs, #salvation, #wisdom