Will by Pastor Don Moore

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
 

Will by Pastor Don

2 Corinthians 10:1  Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Many of us have a focus that God’s got to do something for me.  God has to stand up and fix the setback. But that is self-centered and we need to get things into perspective. 

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

There are things that God expects us to do for ourselves.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

It is not written in the Bible that God helps those who help themselves.  We have to put ourselves into position.  If we are not seeking God first, it is like working without a head.  We do not put self first in our scenario. 

God comes first because He knows us better than ourselves.  He knows what is best for us.  He knows the order that is best.  When we get in trouble it is often that we have a wrong assessment of ourselves.  We justify and make excuses for ourselves.

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.

Paul is pleading.  He is saying, I know who I am and how I behave.  It takes maturity where we can accept the responses of people to us.  We justify that they treat me that way because (fill in the blank) but we are all sending out a message and receiving a message.  We try to put the blame on others.  We are usually the last ones we check out.  What are we putting out?  We need to get a handle on what we are putting out.  People don’t listen to themselves.  We want others to hear us.

2 Corinthians 10:2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

Paul spent time thinking about the way he responds.  He knew that he could be emotional and blurting out things.  He knows what has to be dealt with and how he has to be bold against some (not all).  He planned a measure of boldness and divided it up as to who gets what. 

It is Scriptural.  He saw that there were those who think of him according to the flesh and segregated them out. 

Self introspection is who we are when we look in the mirror, not the confusion and sickness in our brain.  Some of us are still fighting old battles. 

Someone brought up memories that cause pain and Pastor Don stated that when we are healed the memories are facts that are not laden with emotions. 

So often we are not aware of what we are projecting.  How many layers of denial have we put on these things? 

If pastors do not have some transparency toward the people, people will get the wrong idea that their pastors are perfect, and that makes it hard for them to approach their pastors when they are hurting.  Pastors have their frailties and successes, have been knocked out, beat up, scarred and hurt.

James 5:13-18  Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

Is anyone among you suffering, cheerful, etc.  We are making the diagnosis.  God can’t do things until we look in the mirror and realize we need help.  Great men and women of God, if you read their biographies, go through events in paragraph 2 and then get the victory in paragraph 3.  We may be in paragraph 2 of our life work, and later when we reach paragraph 3 it will look different.  But a lot of time and challenges can come between paragraph 2 and 3.  When we get past a particular experience, God gives us the victory.  But when we are in paragraph 2 it doesn’t look like a victory.

Elijah went up.  We are going up too, for we are the righteousness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

We walk, breathe, eat, get up, go to war, not go to war and often we do it in the flesh, but really there is a spiritual component to this, and we do not war according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

How do we do that?

Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

The works of the flesh involve circumstances, will, physical reactivity to things, state of fallen humanity.We have an internal conversation going all the time.  “I’ve got to call Sue. I have to go to the post office.  I want to go shopping.”  That may be the order of importance but our flesh tells us that first we want to go shopping, then if we have time go to the post office and maybe call Sue. The flesh can tell me that I want to do things, the flesh is the connection.  We can never dominate the flesh until we see the flesh as a person.  We also need to see that our “want tos” are not necessarily our “need tos.”  We need to be aware of our have tos and our ought tos. 

Pastor Don told us that he calls the most fleshly part of himself, “Eugene” and Eugene can’t be trusted.  “Donnie”  will go to the post office.  “Donald” will always get it right.

How can you war against what is spiritual unless you can identify the players?  We all have to figure out that when we say “I” who are we talking about? 

Our inner Spirit man, baptized, speaking in the Holy Ghost.  Our I that the family and friends see.  The selfish I who is always doing what the flesh wants.  Are we dealing in the mental dimension?

To walk in the Spirit, we have to know what part of ourselves we are trying to appease. 

The FLESH is that part of you that will ALWAYS DEFEAT YOURSELF, never wanting to do what Jesus would do (WWJD). 

Then Pastor Don told us that we have to think about our inner child.  We have to stop our inner child of the past from working against us.  That inner child of the past wants someone to pay for the hurts that you receive.  If you do not have your inner child of the past under control your inner child will always want to be right, never be wrong, and comes up with another plan that is self -destructive, come up with a plan where God is not at the center.  We need God who is God of restoration and renovation.  Sometimes we need to cage our inner child.

When God sets up a new plan, we can’t go to the new plan without getting rid of the old plan and moving on.

Galatians 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

We are not under the law anymore, if we are led by the Spirit.

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

The works of the flesh are EVIDENT.  So we can discern when we are in the flesh and when we are not.

There was a great song called “Jesus take the wheel.”  A few of the verses are:

Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own

I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I’m on
Jesus, take the wheel

Pastor Don said that he wants to hear a sequel to this record – six months later when there is another decision to be made who has the wheel?

It takes courage to say I give you permission, to tell me when I am out to lunch.

SABATAGE – SABA is a wooden stave and they would stick that into the machinery to stop the gears.  We sabotage our flesh.  When broken we have needs and wants that we seek from the flesh.  This can jam the Spirit up.  Our spirits become loaded with feelings of unworthiness, discrimination, and going through spiritual motions.

People come to Living Word Chapel hoping for a 30 day fix it Church, but often our healing is a process that you will get fixed, get some word and get fixed, and then get some more word and get something else fixed. It can take a lot longer than 30 days to get fixed.

We need a clear vision of what we are supposed to do.  The passage tells us that the works of the flesh are EVIDENT, but that is not true for everyone.  No one may have helped us get to the place where the works of the flesh are evident to us.

We looked at what the works of the flesh are.

Galatians 5:19-21 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.

BUT

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Notice, it does not use the word “EVIDENT” for the fruit of the Spirit.  The spirit of flesh is evident.  The fruit of the Spirit is more FELT than TELT. 

Galatians 5:24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

We crucify the flesh – like Jesus on the cross.  It is a powerful process of strongly killing what the flesh wants us to do.

If we are in the flesh we are under the law (verse 18-21)  But when we are in the Spirit there is no law, for we are being guided the way God wants us to be, and our love for God will keep us from doing what are the works of the flesh.

We are to WORK out our salvation with fear and trembling.  We do not work for our salvation, but once we are saved we begin the process of growing in Christ.  We fear (love, awe) the Lord and that is the beginning of wisdom.  When we seek to do what God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit wants, we begin to change and then there is no need for the law. When we know the Lord, we will know the Spirit of the law.

When we have looked in the mirror and identified the flesh, then excuse making is over.  The blame game is over.  We take credit for what we have done.  Pastor Don told us that we all have baggage to carry, but we can keep the handle and drop the baggage.  Only God can forget, we can remember, but we don’t have to carry the load.

Jesus came to give us access to the Father, before He ascended He descended to preach the Gospel to those who are captive.  Jesus went to the cross to make us free from sin and death.  The law is written on our hearts, we do not need to be under the law because it is written in our hearts.

Galatians 5:25-26 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

If we apply these truths we will get to peace, and realize that we don’t have to defend, when God corrects us or feel judged.  We don’t have to judge others, envy others. 

We want to examine our words before they come out of our mouths.  Don’t say them if we will ultimately have to defend or explain them.  Our flesh, if we are not careful, will try and present things in a contentious way.

Our walk of life is the way we live.

A lot of good stuff to take in this Bible study for me!!!! Hoping your day is blessed.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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