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Self-Control champion !

Did you know that in ancient Greece, every year before and after the Olympic games were held, the Isthmian games took place in the city of Corinth ?…… Those who won would receive a wreath made out of pine….. those who participated in these games trained rigidly as the athletes of today do for the Olympics…… It took strict discipline, sound eating habits, rigid training programs, a burning desire to win, and a persevering commitment to the task to prepare for an athletic event of this caliber…… Those who competed at this level run to win, and in order to win, they discipline their bodies where self-control is the key component for victory.

In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul alludes these athletic competitions when he says:”Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize ? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

Paul says that it makes no sense for a boxer to punch the air. His goal is to train so that he can land his punches, knock down his opponent, and win the match…… Winning will require self-control in all things, from the training and preparation to execution and performance on that day……

Spiritually it makes no sense to view life as haphazard or to approach it carelessly. God has called us all to run a race, and we are in it to win it, or at least we should be. Paul viewed his commission to share the gospel as even more intense and serious than the training of a world-class athlete. He knew that a race has only one winner, and he lived the Christian life as if he wanted to get the most rewards possible for the sake of Christ.
What helps makes an athlete successful is the same thing that contributed to Paul’s spiritual discipline- self-control. Just as an athlete has to discipline his mind, will, emotions, and body in order to perform at the highest level, a Christian must discipline his thoughts, behaviors, attitudes, and actions in order to bear abundant spiritual fruit. …

A Christian who runs to win will thus be committed to studying God’s Word, to meditating upon it, to praying, to serving, and to doing all that Christ has commanded us….Too many Christians, either out of ignorance or a lack of faith, continue to live as if they are slaves to self….. Their lives become mired with self-gratification, self-seeking, self-absorption, and self-righteousness…… They might be able to control some behaviors, but they are themselves controlled by others. …..The beauty of self-control is that it is the absolute opposite of selfishness. It is the ability to, no matter what the circumstances, stand firm in righteousness, remaining strong in faith.

Life will riddle us with encumbrances, and Satan will fire temptations at us more often than we like. Self-indulgence gives into a little sin here and there, and self-righteousness abstains from sin for the purpose of glorifying self…… Self-control, on the other hand, makes self a non-issue and serves Christ as Master over all areas of life….. When this fruit of the Spirit is manifested in the lives of believers, we will be able to resist temptation, persevere under fire, and finish the race strongly. This requires discipline by the power of the Spirit so that we don’t become disqualified in our Christian race due to sin…. Sin saps the power of God working in and through us.

Some of us may never be professional athletes, but we can be world-class Christians if we have self-control in all things.

Let us run to win, exercising the discipline characteristic of a champion.!

 

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Your heart is your epicenter of faith in God’s Word….. Many people mistakenly make confessions when their heart is not grounded on the Word of God…… They are actually only mentally assenting to the words they speak…… They don’t really believe the words they are saying; they are only hoping that what they say will come to pass….. Consequently, they get frustrated when they don’t see the manifestation of what they are speaking.

Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” You must believe in the integrity of the Word before you speak it. Otherwise, your confessions are in vain.

2 Corinthians 4:13 says, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”.

Jesus is our ultimate example of operating the principle of faith. He knew that whatever He spoke would come to pass. Why ? Because He had meditated on the Word to such a point that it regulated His life….. When He cursed the fig tree in Mark 11:12-24, the results came immediately. What He had spoken had no choice but to come to pass because they overflowed with the faith of God………The same results can be yours when you don’t doubt in your heart.

Jesus says in Matthew 21:21-22: “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Walking by faith, or walking by the Word of God, must become a settled issue in your life before you can experience God’s abundance….. For you to experience divine health and healing, financial prosperity, deliverance and the numerous other benefits of God’s covenant, it will depend on whether you choose to accept the world’s opinions and reports over the integrity of God’s Word………….

I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to put my trust in a world system that is unreliable…. If you put the principles of the Word to work while pursuing a life of love and holiness, you can prove God for yourself…. Give His Word a chance and watch Him come through for you every single time.

For me it’s settled……….Amen !

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Eph 4:16  from whom the whole body, fitted together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of each part, producing the growth of the body to the edifying of itself in love.

Henry’s commentary on this.

Eph 4:16
From whom the whole body – The church, compared with the human body. The idea is, that as the head in the human frame conveys vital influence, rigor, motion, etc., to every part of the body; so Christ is the source of life, and rigor, and energy, and increase to the church. The sense is, “The whole human body is admirably arranged for growth and rigor. Every member and joint contribute to its healthful and harmonious action. One part lends vigor and beauty to another, so that the whole is finely proportioned and admirably sustained. All depend on the head with reference to the most important functions of life, and all derive their vigor from that. So it is in the church. It is as well arranged for growth and vigor as the body is. It is as beautifully organized in its various members and officers as the body is. Everything is designed to he in its proper place, and nothing by the divine arrangement is lacking in its organization, to its perfection. Its officers and its members are, in their places, what the various parts of the body are with reference to the human frame. The church depends on Christ, as the head, to sustain, invigorate, and guide it, as the body is dependent on the head” See this figure carried out to greater length in 1Co_12:12-26.
Fitly joined together – The body, whose members are properly united so as to produce the most beauty and vigor. Each member is in the best place, and is properly united to the other members. Let anyone read Paley’s Natural Theology, or any work on anatomy, and he will find innumerable instances of the truth of this remark; not only in the proper adjustment and placing of the members, but in the manner in which it is united to the other parts of the body. The foot, for instance, is in its proper place. It should not be where the head or the hand is. The eye is in its proper place. It should not be in the knee or the heel. The mouth, the tongue, the teeth, the lungs, the heart, are in their proper places. No other places would answer the purpose so well. The brain is in its proper place. Anywhere else in the body, it would be subject to compressions and injuries which would soon destroy life. And these parts are as admirably united to file other parts of the body, as they are admirably located. Let anyone examine, for instance, the tendons, nerves, muscles, and bones, by which the “foot” is secured to the body, and by which easy and graceful motion is obtained, and he will be satisfied of the wisdom by which the body is “joined together.” How far the “knowledge” of the apostle extended on this point, we have not the means of ascertaining; but all the investigations of anatomists only serve to give increased beauty and force to the general terms which he uses here. All that he says here of the human frame is strictly accurate, and is such language as may be used by an anatomist now, The word which is used here (?????????????  sunarmologeo?) means properly to sew together; to fit together; to unite, to make one. It is applied often to musicians, who produce “harmony” of various parts of music. “Passow.” The idea of harmony, or appropriate union, is that in the word.
And compacted – ???????????????  sumbibazomenon. Tyndale renders this, “knit together in every joint.” The word properly means, to make to come together; to join or knit together. It means here that the different parts of the body are “united” and sustained in this manner.
By that which every joint supplieth – Literally, “through every joint of supply;” that is, which affords or ministers mutual aid. The word “joint” hero – ?????  haphe? – (from ??????  hapto? to fit) – means anything which binds, fastens, secures; find does not refer to the joint in the sense in which we commonly use it, as denoting “the articulation” of the limbs, or the joining of two or more bones; but rather that which “unites or fastens” together the different parts of the frame – the blood vessels, cords, tendons, and muscles. The meaning is, that every such “means of connecting one part of the body with another” ministers nourishment, and that thus the body is sustained. One part is dependent on another; one part derives nourishment from another; and thus all become mutually useful as contributing to the support and harmony of the whole. Thus, it furnishes an illustration of the “connection” in the members of the church, and of the aid which one can render to another.
According to the effectual working – Greek, “According to the energy in the measure of each one part.” Tyndale, “According to the operation as every part has its measure.” The meaning is, that each part contributes to the production of the whole result, or “labors” for this. This is in proportion to the “measure” of each part; that is, in proportion to its power. Every part labors to produce the great result. No one is idle; none is useless. But, none are overtaxed or overworked. The support demanded and furnished by every part is in exact proportion to its strength. This is a beautiful account of the anatomy of the human frame.
(1) nothing is useless. Every part contributes to the general result – the health, and beauty, and vigor of the system. Not a muscle is useless; not a nerve, not an artery, not a vein. All are employed, and all have an important place, and all contribute “something” to the health and beauty of the whole. So numerous are the bloodvessels, that you cannot perforate the skin anywhere without piercing one; so numerous are the pores of the skin, that a grain of sand will cover thousands of them; so minute the ramifications of the nerves, that wherever the point of a needle penetrates, we feel it; and so numerous the absorbents, that million of them are employed in taking up the chyme of the food, and conveying it to the veins. And yet all are employed – all are useful – all minister life and strength to the whole.
(2) none are overtaxed. They all work according to the “measure” of their strength. Nothing is required of the minutest nerve or blood-vessel which it is not suited to perform; and it will work on for years without exhaustion or decay. So of the church. There is no member so obscure and feeble that he may not contribute something to the welfare of the whole; and no one is required to labor beyond his strength in order to secure the great object. Each one in “his place,” and laboring as he should there, will contribute to the general strength and welfare; “out of his place” – like nerves and arteries out of their place, and crossing and recrossing others – he will only embarrass the whole, and disarrange the harmony of the system.
Maketh increase of the body – The body grows in this manner.
Unto the edifying of itself – To building itself up that is, it grows up to a complete stature.
In love – In mutual harmony. This refers to the “body.” The meaning is that it seems to be made on the principle of “love.” There is no jar, no collision, no disturbance of one part with another. A great number of parts, composed of different substances, and with different functions – bones, and nerves, and muscles, and blood-vessels – are united in one, and live together without collision; and so it should be in the church. Learn, hence:
(1) That no member of the church need be useless, anymore than a minute nerve or blood-vessel in the body need be useless. No matter how obscure the individual may be, he may contribute to the harmony and vigor of the whole,
(2) Every member of the church should contribute something to the prosperity of the whole. He should no more be idle and unemployed than a nerve or a blood-vessel should be in the human system. What would be the effect if the minutest nerves and arteries of the body should refuse to perform their office?. Langour, disease, and death. So it is in the church. The obscurest member may do “something” to destroy the healthful action of the church, and to make its piety languish and die.
(3) there should be union in the church. It is made up of materials which differ much from each other, as the body is made up of bones, and nerves, and muscles. Yet, in the body these are united; and so it should be in the church. There need be no more jarring in the church than in the body; and a jar in the church produces the same effect as would be produced in the body if the nerves and muscles should resist the action of each other, or as if one should be out of its place, and impede the healthful functions of the other.
(4) every member in the church should keep his place, just as every bone, and nerve, and muscle in the human frame should. Every member of the body should be in its right position; the heart, the lungs, the eye, the tongue, should occupy their right place; and every nerve in the system should be laid down just where it is designed to be. If so, all is well If not so, all is deformity, or disorder; just as it, is often in the church.

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“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” — http://ref.ly/Ep6.12;NKJV

“…a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.” — http://ref.ly/Mt10.34-39;ESV

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Word of God: Mark 16.20 ~ “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. ”We are so used to deceit and lies that when someone shares good news we immediately doubt it, or as the saying goes, “It is too good to be true”…….. If God blesses you and you choose to share it, the other person will probably begin to wonder the veracity of what you said. ……People in general usually doubt there can be something better waiting for them. This happens because we are influenced by the world’s saying, “Nothing is free” or “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”

If we read Mark 16:9-14, we learn that the disciples had the same attitude of doubt. We desperately need to learn what Jesus has been trying to teach us for so long. ……The Word is at our disposal, and it is far more valuable and powerful than our imagination can fathom……. When we choose to believe it, it comes alive and produces miracles in every area…… People in our lives will feel compelled to believe because of the passion we experience when we speak the Word and when we testify of what Jesus has done in our lives.

How has God equipped us ?

Mark 16:.17- 18 ~ “ And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

God has given us the tools to use with authority as we preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. With these tools, we are empowered to preach with the faith God gave us, not with fear—and signs will follow. When we share His Good News, we must do it knowing it was Jesus who sent us into the world; this is all we need to boldly preach His powerful Word !

Mark 16.20 ~ “ they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”.

In other words, when we preach His Word, the signs will become visible because the Word will become manifest the instant we speak it….. Our Lord wants the world to know that His Word has power…… He desires to see everyone repent: 2 Peter 3.9 ~ “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise… but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”.

He will use any of His children to speak His Word with faith in order to manifest His power. It is glorious to know that God chose us to help Him conquer the world !

What signs will follow us and who are the signs for ?….God said, “…these signs will follow those who believe”…..We cannot afford to waste the opportunity God gives us to preach the Gospel with demonstrations of power and authority…… We are convinced that when we pray for the sick, they have to receive their healing; when we rebuke demons, they have to run, and if an evil spirit comes against us, it will not harm us in any way…… Furthermore, we know that each trial that tests our faith leads to further receiving more power from the Holy Spirit.

These things can only take place when God’s powerful Word is spoken and confessed….Our lives are in and of themselves, a demonstration of God’s power. …..Believe His Word; speak it and watch God’s power manifest !

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