Rise & Shine

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Rise & Shine

[1Thessalonians 4]

As our lives are changed by our spiritual awakening, we enlighten our environment.

 

Receiving good news is changing our daily lives

[1 – 3a] Finally then, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you must walk and please God—as you are doing —do so even more. For you know what commands we gave you through the Lord Jesus.  For this is God’s will,  your sanctification….

[Romans 12: 1 – 2] Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you  to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,  holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed  to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will  of God.

 

Embracing sinful desires is rejecting our holy God

[3b – 8] …that you abstain from sexual immorality, so that each of you knows how to control his own body in sanctification and honor, not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don’t know God. This means one must not transgress against and defraud  his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger of all these offenses,  as we also previously told and warned you. For God has not called us to impurity  but to sanctification. Therefore, the person who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who also gives you His Holy Spirit. 

[Galatians 5: 19 – 23] Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality,  moral impurity,  promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery,  hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit  is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

 

Avoiding healthy work is diluting our family impact

[9 – 12] About brotherly love: You don’t need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers in the entire region of Macedonia.  But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more, to seek to lead a quiet life,  to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, so that you may walk properly in the presence of outsiders and not be dependent on anyone.

 [Jeremiah 31: 33 – 34] “Instead, this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days”—the Lord’s declaration. “I will put My teaching within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people. No longer will one teach his neighbor or his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least to the greatest of them” —this is the Lord’s declaration. “For I will forgive their wrongdoing  and never again remember their sin.”

 

Applications and Next Steps

  • Are you ready today to begin pursing God’s will for you?
  • Because you are set apart for God, what needs to change in the way you view your sexuality?
  • Because you are set apart for God, what needs to change in how you structure your life?

 

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