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Ministering with Gentleness

Bearing fruit in season

Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.  Galatians 6:1 NASB

Apostle Paul is giving important instruction here about ministering. He just finished the previous chapter on the fruit of the spirit. Walking in the spirit, exhibiting such fruit brings maturity and fortitude. Appraising each situation with discernment is crucial to be effective when dealing with carnal desires. Just as a soft answer turns wrath, gentleness turns chaos into control.

Blessings,

Michael-Paul J

Our World Is Evil

“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”                                                        ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

As long as there is evil in the world, the world itself cannot get better. It is virtually impossible on a secular level to remove evil from ever existing on the planet. There’s no magic pill, no special forces soldiers, or any government entity that can stand against the wiles of the demonic.

It will take the Second Coming to bring peace, and even then—evil will still exist—it will be controlled by the presence of the King. Scripture tells of that during the Millennial Reign, there will be peace on earth for one thousand years. All the forces that affect nature and man will be at the mercy of the One True Christ—Jesus. There will be no earthquakes, no wars, no death, and no disease. Wild animals and evil will be under the authority of a Sovereign King of Glory here on earth. When heaven invades earth during this time, to achieve such peace where evil is held at bay, an angel takes Satan and binds him with a chain and locks him in a pit for the one thousand year duration so he cannot influence the nations with his evil schemes ( see Revelation 20:1-6).

     God loves this world we live in, and rightly so—He created it. But we are called to abhor it. Why? It’s rather simple—He created it and He’s not influenced by it. We have a connection with the world on a secular or fleshly level—carnal. He has a connection because He first loved it and those that inhabit it. He is separated by time and space in a dimension that we cannot begin to imagine. We on the other hand, are influenced by good and bad at every turn. It takes divinity to separate. We don’t have that. We do not have the capacity to Love the world so much that we would give our only child as a ransomed act of atoning everyone in it—including sex-traffickers and pedophiles. But He did (see John 3:16).

     We can’t love the world like Him because we cannot separate the world from us. The world is in us whether we like to admit it or not. We consist of dust and clay, mud and sand, water and rock. We have His spirit, but our flesh is stronger (see Mathew 26:41). If it were the opposite, would there be a need for a sacrificial Lamb? It was originally set up that way with Adam and Eve—but we all know how that turned out!

  I’m going to ruffle some religious feathers. You and I are of this world—physically. To think that you are from heaven is not biblical. Jesus Himself had this to say:

“You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.”                                                       ~John 8:23 NASB

We occupy earth, but heaven will be our eternal dwelling place with Him in the end. Until that day comes—we are here on this evil rotating ball called earth, and we must try to make the best of it, living our best life for the kingdom of God influencing all we come in contact with so they too can experience eternal life through Christ.

     The separation that takes place that divides the “of the world” vs. “not of this world” is in our minds. Consider what Apostle Paul instructed the church of Rome to do:

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."                                                                                                                                               ~Romans 12:2 NASB

There’s a separation that must take place inside the mind of every person when deciding to take a step of faith to live for Jesus. You can no longer live and act like you used to—that of the flesh and worldly lusts. There are thee factors that completely contradict the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and pride. They are found at the end of Romans 12:2:

            “…that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” This is God.

Blessings and Be a Blessing!

Michael-Paul J

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