Friday, October 24, 2008

II Corinthians; Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians

Today is Saturday, a wonderful day and tomorrow is Sunday!!  Praise God, another great day Sunday will be.  I love Sundays!  Here are a few thoughts:
1) BE PERFECT- II Cor. 13:11 says: "Finally, brethren, farewell.  Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you."
Be perfect... that is what God's Word says!  Now "perfect" means "well rounded" or "complete".  Are you??  It is a command.  What areas of you life are you lacking?  Prayer?  Bible Reading? Church Attendance?  Soul-Winning?  The list goes on... but the Holy Spirit knows where we are lacking and He also is the one who can "perfect" us.  We make the effort, and the Holy Spirit does the work!  Let God perfect us.
2) LOVE YOUR PREACHER- Gal. 4:15 says: "ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me."  They sure loved their preacher didn't they.  I don't guess that you could love anyone more than to pluck out ones' eyes and give them to another.  Do you love your preacher?  The Bible says in 1Th 5:13  "And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves."  To esteem them very highly in love... sounds like we are to love our preacher, doesn't it?  I'm sure you do, but we do need to realize that it is a biblical truth that we are to love our preacher. 
3) HOW DO YOU MEASURE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE?  Ephesians 3:18 says: "May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;"  Do you see the Christian Life has breadth, length, depth, and height?  It sounds like it is three dimensional.  Sounds like it have volume, has capacity, has substance!  It does, but seldom do we realize the immensity of the Christian Life.  It is so large, we spend our lives in it and only scratch a two dimensional surface.  Why not explore the Christian Life... why not spend a life like Columbus trying to discover a new world.  We have a spiritual world of discovery that has breath, length, depth, and height!  Go on.... explore!!
Well, I have an early morning breakfast, so this is all for today.  Blessings upon you!! 
Dr. Mike Mutchler


Once again, I could not type until the late afternoon, but I wanted to type a few thoughts:
1) MEMBERS OF A BODY- I Cor. 12:27- "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."  We are part of a body and we are all individual members of that body. Let us not fight other members of that same body, but co-exist and love each other.
2) TWO BODIES- I Cor. 15:44- "There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body."  And, as a believer, we have both natures.  The nature of the natural body and the nature of the spiritual body... therefore, God can use us to represent Him because we are spiritual, and speak to humanity, because we are natural as well.  We are two natures, and we are one body that will become another upon death.
3) SEALED- When we are saved, we are sealed.  II Cor. 1:22 says: "Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts."  Two powerful anallogies are used here to tell us we are saved forever.  First we are sealed upon salvation.  When I was a teenager, we used epoxy to seal bugs in a cube of epoxy.  They were sealed unto the day of redemption, and so are we by God Himself. Second, we are given the earnest of the Spirit.  Now an earnest is what is put down to show that you are serious about following through on the contract.  If you do not follow through with the contract, you lose the earnest money put up.  If upon Salvation, we are given the earnest of the Holy Spirit, if Salvation was not to be later given to us, then God the Father would lose God the Holy Spirit because He has been given to us as the earnest of our Salvation!  So, we are sealed and given an earnest.... saved forever!!  Praise God!!
4) OUT FOR REVENGE!!  Yes, as believers, we should be out for revenge.  (on Satan that is.)  II Cor. 10:6 says, "Have in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."  In other words when we fail our Lord because Satan or our own flesh trips us up, then we should "revenge" that disobedience by our stirred up obedience!! Satan will think twice about tripping you up if you work all the harder to serve Christ when you are tripped up! 
Well, I hope you have a blessed day.  It is a beautiful day here in Oregon, God has blessed, last night I led a young man to Christ who was so eager to know Christ as His Savior.  It was a great night, a great week, a great month!!  Praise God for His faithfulness!!
Dr. Mike Mutchler
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