Break #43

Let's take a 'break' from our 'breaks' and take a moment to
reflect on the importance of having a 'full' understanding about our own flesh.

1.  We wouldn't be so harsh in our 'judgment' of other 'Christians.'
2.  We could better understand the the non-interested, the successful, the losers, the depressed, the frightened lost people today and then our judgment on them won't always be so harsh.
3.  We wouldn't be so harsh on ourselves when we do what we do knowing we shouldn't do it and not doing what we know we should be doing, etc.
4.  We would be able to get up and get going again 'after' we do something we shouldn't have, etc.
5.  We wouldn't be deceived by the modern 'strong' christian 'guilt preaching' preacher pushing for sinninglessness - supposedly backed up by scripture (even though they don't believe in having the scriptures / rightly dividing / KJB, etc..)
6.  We will actually know the details of our foundation... a) being cut away by the operation of God; b) being made "dead to sin" compared to being "dead in sins."
7.  We could have a fairly decent and honest 'expectation' of the rewards of our judgment seat of Christ, knowing that our rewards will be based on Paul's writings, NOT the gospels, NOT the OT, NOT the books Hebrews to Jude.
8.  This understanding would help us 'repent' and turn to God from idols to serve the living and true God... and be transformed by the renewing our our mind to prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
9.  This understanding would give us that hope, joy, peace that so many people lack today.
10. This understanding would even make us more thankful that we don't have to fear God's severity, but instead we can be thankful for God's goodness, forbearance, longsuffering and kindness.
Now that you have heard a few reasons why it is important to have a full understanding about our own flesh, I challenge you to read the scriptures listed below as they apply to each of those statements so you can have a solid 'scriptural' grasp for your own personal solid assurance AND to help you better explain to anyone who would ask you about it!

The following Scriptures are provided for your own study of the above statements.

1.  Romans 14:19 - or just all of Romans chapter 14.
2.  Romans 2:5; Ephesians 2:2-3; Ephesians 2:11-12; Titus 3:3
3.  Romans 14:22
4.  Romans 7:14-25
5.  Romans 6:1-14; Romans 6:15-23
6.  Colossians 2:11-15; Romans 6:2; Ephesians 2:5
7.  II Corinthians 5:10; I Corinthians 3:9-15 (especially vs 13); Romans 2:16
8.  Romans 2:4; Acts 26:18,20; Romans 12:1,2, I Thessalonians 1:9,10
9.  Romans 15:13; II Corinthians 5:21
10. Colossians 3:15; Romans 2:4; Titus 3:4
The above study is in no way 'exhaustive' in its presentation.  Hopefully, this will just give you more of an incentive to study your scriptures. Remember that in the days of the gospels, Jesus told those 'religious' people that they erred not knowing the scriptures.  People today still err because they don't know the scriptures! (and because of their intense love of money... I Timothy 6:9.10

Today, we have our own personal bible, printed in a fashion that makes it easy and comfortable for us to read AND study.  We have no excuse today but I have heard plenty of them - I even have come up with a few of my own recently!

As we near 'their end' and 'our beginning' (Romans 11:22), the devil will be trying to wear out God's people out more and more - don't let him get you!  Daniel 7:25 -And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High...


Mikel Paulson
P.O. Box 327
302 Western Ave.
Hazelton, ND, 58544
509-876-1611  cell phone