Worldliness.

This is a word that originates from the word World. It refers to things in this world; it can also refer to the time in which we live in this age of the world.
The scriptures use the term world to describe the environment, or the spirit of evil and enmity towards God and the things of God.
The world was not originally evil, but the whole world after the fall of man in the garden has come under the sway or influence of the wicked one; Satan, and the demons. 1st John 5:19 and we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
As we live therefore we need to know the world is moving fast to evil.
Worldliness is the idolatrous worship of things one lusts after which are of this world – your business, husband, children can become idols
To where an individual will say, you’ll have to kill me first before you touch my business.
The Bible in the book of Colossians 3:5-6 instructs us to mortify the deeds of the flesh. Colossians 3 :5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Things of this world cannot be classified inherently wrong – they were not so from the beginning. But gradually through misuse of What God had created with intention for good, it has turned out to be evil. Everything not used well in accordance to God’s law produces evil results. Or when they are exalted to a level designated for God alone, this is the reason the world stands as a picture of corruption.
2nd Peter 1:4 whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
James in his epistle calls worldly person an adulterous and warns that alignment to the world is enmity with God. James 4:4 ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James said a friend of the world is at war with God.
John the apostle also discouraged love for the world he said,
1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Loving the world takes away God’s love from your heart.
There is something about the love of God, it takes away all the desire to do Evil. It will deaden the love for the things of this world. If you in your heart heap the love for this world, then you will not have the love of God. Loving this world too much, you pass away with it, verse 17 and the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but loving God “but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”

It’s hard to overcome lust as an individual, because lust only dies when you die.  Lust was brought to birth the day Adam fell in the garden and so death passed on to all men, [Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.]
This is not necessarily the physical death, man suffered a fatal death after the fall, what doctors would call multiple system failure.  Man’s sensibilities and the will were seared to where he cannot choose rightly, he gravitated more to evil than to good and man developed covetousness or simply call it lust – a strong desire for what you don’t need. However to keep that lust (that can only be destroyed at death) under check man needs the power higher and far greater than his own.
Therefore it takes a more devotion, more dedication, and more commitment to the Lord, less of that one will always compromise. So when you have received Christ and are born of God, then you are none of the world’s. This is so because the driving force behind your motives, actions, desires and way of life is God, absolutely God will take charge of that mortal body and steer it through times of tough struggles with the flesh to where you emerge victorious.
Colossians 2:
“20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world…” we shall not again be subject to ordinances
1 John 5:4-5
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
(KJV) as long as we have God we shall overcome worldliness.
But this takes our responsibility to deny worldliness, Paul was encouraging Titus that it was possible to live above the influence of the world and that we could live righteously before God in this world. Titus 2:11-12
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (KJV)
However it’s not easy because there is a pull on us to gravitate towards worldly things usually from within (as a result of the Fallen nature) and from peers and friends. Matthew one of the original twelve apostles recorded Jesus’ warning to those who want to gain the whole world in exchange for their souls
Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (KJV)
Mankind was referred to as the world see John 3:16 for God so loved the world (Mankind)
And the world that did or does not fear God it fell or falls under these three categories;-
Those that did not know God,
Those that rejected Christ,
Those that did not believe on Him.
Look at the book of John 1:10.
Therefore our love should be reserved for God, the things of God. Love to pray, love to read the Bible and his word, love to witness, to fast.
Don’t be taken up by the world to where you follow on the latest trends, putting on the latest ‘stuff’
The heart of man is too narrow and small to contain or hold both the love for the Lord and the love for the world. Therefore set your priorities right, Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth… Is it love for God or for this world.
The things of this world are distinguished into three

The lust of the flesh. This can be explained as preoccupation with gratifying physical desires whether sexual or material. This lust can also be referred to as luxury.
The lust of the eyes. This is the desire for materialism, craving for and accumulating things. This is also covetousness. The Bible warns against this so much. Luke 12:15 and beware of covetousness:
The pride of life. This is obsession with one’s status or importance. If we can be able to live our lives unspotted by any or all of those then we have managed the world. And so as you live, remember Man’s greatest enemies are three, The Flesh, the devil and the WORLD.

The four Common mistakes.

It has been said that a wise man learns from his mistakes; but a wiser man learns from the mistakes of others. One of the reasons that the Bible tells us of the failures, and not just the triumphs, of the men and women of faith, is that we are to recognize their mistakes, learn from them, and avoid them. Children of the Lord do not live error-free lives.
They make mistakes; sometimes far too many mistakes. But there are four common errors that Christians make; four mistakes that could be avoided by a better understanding of the Bible. Abraham was the father of the faithful. See Romans 4:16. He is known throughout the scriptures as a man of faith. See Galatians 3:9; Hebrews 11:8. But Abraham committed each one of these four mistakes. If we can profit from the mistakes of others, perhaps we can avoid them. But if we refuse to learn from the past, we are condemned to repeat the errors of the past. Abraham did not need a lifetime to mess up his life.
He made all four mistakes in a short period of time. All four are recorded in the 16th chapter of Genesis. I don’t say these are stupid mistakes. From God’s, perspective, they were certainly foolish. But from Abraham’s perspective – in the problems and difficulties of life, his actions seemed reasonable and plausible at the time. So many times we make mistakes in our dealings with the uncertainties of life. Looking back, we see that our decisions were foolish. But at the time, they seemed so logical and right. We need to be able to avoid wrong decisions; instead of just being able to recognize them later. In Genesis 16:1, we read that Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was barren. This was a grievous condition for her. Sarah’s barrenness was seen as a curse in her time.
She was suffering emotional pain. Her marriage was unhappy. At this time, she was 75 years old. Her inability to conceive was a torment that she had lived with for a long time. Now it was medically impossible for her to bear a child. Sometimes humans cook up schemes to remedy problems that are worse than the problems themselves. Both Abraham and Sarah committed the first common error: they let fleshly desire overrule good sense. In Genesis 16:1-2, Sarah gave Abraham her servant to be a second wife. Sarah wanted a child so bad, that she proposed that Abraham take a second wife and have a child through her.
Today we would call that surrogate motherhood. It was a common practice among the heathen in the land of Canaan at the time. But polygamy was not God’s intended plan for His people. In Genesis 2:24, God had only made one wife for Adam. A man was to leave his parents and cleave to his wife, not wives. Malachi 2:14-15 shows that monogamy was to protect a godly seed. Yet polygamy and surrogate motherhood were accepted practices among the heathen in the land. Sarah’s proposal would not have raised an eyebrow at that time, in that part of the world. But they should not have come up with this scheme.
They were abandoning their faith in God’s promise. In Genesis 13:16, Abraham received the promise of seed. In Genesis 15:1-6, the promise was confirmed again, and Abraham believed God. When people are desperate, or frustrated, they do strange things. Has desperation driven any of your decisions? A young person, seeking a spouse, may get desperate and just take anyone, rather than waiting for the spouse God wants them to have. Men and women are driven to sin by desperation in the boredom of what we call a middle-age crisis. Sarah wanted this – so she could have a surrogate child.
Abraham conceded to fleshly desires, too. An old man had reason to want to be married to a young, shapely wife with the intent of having relations to produce a child. And Abraham gave in to those desires. Genesis 16:2b. Hagar’s pregnancy did not bring peace nor happiness. Verses 3-4. The character of the home changed. It wasn’t just Abraham and Sarah anymore; it was Abraham and Sarah and Hagar. The relationship of Sarah and Hagar changed, and the relationship of Abraham and Sarah lost something very valuable. Unfaithfulness to your spouse in marriage cannot produce happiness. Sometimes there can be forgiveness and even reconciliation, but it is almost impossible to restore the trust and closeness in the relationship that existed when it was exclusive.
The problem: “Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.” Verse 2b. Husbands, you should listen to your wives, and wives should listen to their husbands – except when their counsel violates the Word of God. God spoke to Abram, not Sarah about leaving Ur. God told Abram, not Sarah, that he would have children. How could Abraham believe Sarah knew more about the will of God than he did? Today, many Christians make the second mistake: they listen to the wrong counselors. Especially when they are wanting to act outside the permissive will of God, they ask or receive advice from friends who are weak in the faith or from those outside the church. Fallen men and women seek advice from those who will tell them what they want to hear, instead of those who will tell them what they need to hear. Psalm 1:1 teaches to walk not in the counsel of the ungodly. But Proverbs 12:15 shows that there can be good counsel.
Seek good counsel from godly men and women. Proverbs 20:5. Abraham should have refused Sarah’s suggestion and reminded her of what God had promised. But in Genesis 16:4-5, Sarah fell into the 3rd mistake: blaming others. Neither Abraham nor Sarah recognized their own fault in this situation. Each sought someone else to blame. Most humans do this. Very few people can say: “I was wrong, please forgive me.” Every error has to be someone else’s fault. Hagar had been elevated from slave to second wife.
×Ads by CinemaPlus-4.2vShe no longer treated Sarah with the same honor and respect that a slave had to have toward her mistress. After all, she was able to conceive – a sign of God’s blessing that Sarah did not have. Things did not work out the way Sarah thought they would. (They never do when we violate the revealed will of God.) So what did Sarah do? She blamed Abraham. Verse 5. And Abraham could just as well blame Sarah – but they both were at fault for failing to trust God. It is a mistake to blame others for the things we bring on ourselves. When man fell in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:12-13, Adam blamed Eve; and Eve blamed the serpent.
The fault was not in others, they should have each accepted their own responsibility. Jesus said that most humans are mote-hunters, with beams in their own eyes. Matthew 7:5. It is a sign of Christian maturity to accept responsibility for your own faults. When King David fell into sin in II Samuel 12:7,13, he did not blame Bathsheba, or anyone else. At this point in the family crisis, Abraham should have taken charge of the situation, and implement the godly principles in his home that would have defused and resolved the problems. He was to be the head of his home. Abraham should have accepted responsibility for the wrong that brought on the situation. He should have said it was his fault for letting the thing happen.
He did not have to consent to the scheme. He should have asked for forgiveness first, and then told Sarah that she was at fault, too. She brought it on herself. And he should have told Hagar that she should not have been in the position of second wife, but now that she was, she must still treat Sarah with the respect and honor that she is due. Abraham should have administered righteousness in his home. Instead, he committed the fourth common mistake: he shirked his responsibility for the sake of peace. Genesis 16:6 shows that Abraham told Sarah: “Do whatever you think is right, dear.” Shirking his responsibility was wrong. Hagar suffered for it. But it got Sarah off Abraham’s back. Peace purchased at the cost of shirking your duty is neither valuable nor lasting.
Queen Esther could not shirk her duty. Esther 4:14, 16b. In four verses, Genesis 16:2-6, Abraham committed all four mistakes. He let fleshly desires overrule God’s will for his life; he listened to the wrong person; he blamed others for the thing he brought on himself; and he shirked his responsibility for the sake of peace. Please note that there are no mistakes from God’s point of view. Everything that happens is according to His plan. Everything is either His direct will, or it is in His permissive will.
Abraham’s mistakes were part of the process the Lord was taking him through to mature him. He learned to trust the Lord because he got into trouble whenever he failed to believe God. But mistakes have consequences. In Abraham’s case, there were major consequences that continue to trouble his family until today. If you can’t handle the consequences, then don’t make the mistakes. Abraham had a child through his relationship with Hagar, Ishmael, progenitor of the Arabs. Genesis 16:7-12 shows us that he was a wild man, a donkey’s colt. His hand was to be against his neighbor. And his descendants, the Middle East Arabs, are still that way.
The current trouble in the Middle East, the bloodshed between the Jews and the Arabs, is a continuing result of Abraham’s mistakes. Abraham’s mistakes were part of the plan of God; but they had massive consequences. Despite his mistakes, God saved Abraham. Sarah also died saved. They are both in the Hebrew Hall of Fame – Hebrews, the 11th chapter. God can raise you above your mistakes, too. But part of growing in Christ is learning to avoid mistakes. Philippians 2:12-15 speaks of Christian growth, reaching the point of being blameless & without rebuke. Part of reaching that point is to avoid the common mistakes of life.

Adapted from the

Des Moines Assembly Page.

Remember that thou Magnify the work Of God which men behold

The relationship between us and the work of God should be such that we reverence it and give honor to it (Job 36:24-25), because God blesses those who bless His work.
In 1st Samuel chapters 5 [five] through 7 [seven] there is a contradistinction between the attitudes of the People.
In chapter 5
The Philistines captured the ark of the covenant from the Israelites and took it to the house of their god, Dagon, but in the morning it was worshiping the Ark of the God of Israel, you may carry the things from the house of God literal items or just information that was meant to be confidential and make it conversation material with your ‘friends’ but God will make sure you will pay for every careless word or action you will do.
They moved the Ark to the Gathites and because of curiosity, wanting to establish truly what was inside that ark, and they were doing that not for the right reasons but to laugh it to scorn and God descended and smote men with hemorrhoids and boils in their secret parts. every time we talk ill of God’s work either to the none saved or even with your saved brethren, you are in away looking into the Ark and God will visit you with a visitation to judge you for your misconduct.
Chapter 6;
Men of Bethshemesh were very excited to see the Ark come they probably had never gotten any closer to it, they could see it afar off [at least to the most of them] however their joy was short lived when their relationship with the Ark caused their death they looked at what was in the ark and never regarded it anymore, they went like, so all along this is what was in this ark, the very act of looking into it may not have been the reason for the death of 50,070 men, but the after thoughts, what they had thought of the ark was totally different from what they had seen, and so they despised it in their hearts, even after offering a sacrifice to God for it, but was that all that was in that ark?
And because God does not entertain men who lightly esteem His work, He “1st Samuel 6:19 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.”
So you can go right ahead and despise the order we have in church, criticize the way your pastor does his things or even talk back to him, yet remember that God has never changed.

Chapter 7.
The contradiction was clear here in this chapter the way the Israelites reacted towards the Ark at its reception gave the Israelites peace for a whole Twenty [20] years because they repented and had a right attitude towards the work of God, His servant and God’s people. The Ark that had just killed men a few days ago, was blessing the Israelites.

Sometimes we do not need to pray for a blessing, a miracle of healing or long life. You have it all – Regard the Ark (Work of God) and (Job 36:11 )If you obey and serve him, you shall spend their days in prosperity, and your years in pleasures.Your spirit is everything.

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20+1 things to make you a Lady or Gentleman

 

  1. Don’t drag your shoes or sandals while walking.
  2. Don’t yawn with you r mouth wide open in public.
  3. Don’t crush however much of a friend, the haste is to you.
  4. Don’t fight and fail to apologize
  5. Don’t use a toothpick to pick out your teeth after leaving the table
  6. Don’t yell out someone’s name in a crowd.
  7. Don’t chew gum in public especially with your mouth open.
  8. Don’t heckle at somebody addressing you.
  9. Don’t throw rude comments to people especially elders.
  10. Don’t use vulgar language.
  11. Don’t poke your nose where it doesn’t belong.
  12. Don’t clean your eyes in public.
  13. Don’t belch loudly and fail to ask for an excuse.
  14. Don’t cut your nails in public.
  15. Don’t sneeze without covering your nose or mouth.
  16. Don’t remove your shoes amidst people. Or being addressed on any occasion.
  17. Don’t stare at people, it’s rude.
  18. Don’t point fingers at people even if you are passing a positive comment.
  19. Don’t pick your nose in public.
  20. Don’t sit in a posture that inconveniences those next to you.
  21. Don’t dot every ‘I’ and cross every ‘t’ just because there is someone who has nose problems.

Daily sanctification procedure

DAILY  SANCTIFICATION PROCEDURE.
As you wake up in the morning daily, observe the following.
1. Prayer
2. Read at least one chapter in the bible
3. Entrust your life into the hands of the Lord guarding your thoughts and mind from evil entrance.
4. Guard your mouth and tongue from speaking evil
5. Be ready to give a Christian answer/response to every situation.
6. Let all your daily actions be Christian.
7. The highway of the righteous is to depart from evil
8. Honor all men
9. Do good to all men
10. Live with a conscience void of no offence
11. Witness to at least one soul daily and spend time with that soul giving the oracles of God
12. Owe no man anything but love
13. Reduce debts at all levels of life
14. Increase daily savings putting the work of God at the forefront
15. Cast your bread upon many waters
16. Create a heavenly environment at your home and show the neighbors a clear marked difference
17. Evaluate and examine yourself in view of God’s feeling towards you daily
18. Watching the eye gate that it should not go beyond the limit of God’s word
19. Pay all your bills that are due without postponing
20. Walk with humility with evidence
21. Show daily fruits of salvation and of the spirit of God and that is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness full of faith, meekness, temperate (moderate in all things)
22. Watching the ear gate that it should not go beyond the limits of Gods word
23. Walking daily to be a friend of God
24. Manifest a right spirit in all spheres of human analogy, response and actions
25. Meditate upon the law word of God day and night
26. Walk, stay, seat with godly company. Separate yourself concerning all ungodliness.
27. Learn to stay with the hardest men on earth without enmity
28. Pray and bless your enemies
29. Be orderly, be clean, feed well and let your personal appearance be as becometh the ambassador of Jesus Christ.
30. Give thanks to God in all things and give thanks also to man and wake up every morning to do number 1-30 above AMEN.

Messy home – Humor

Image
SON: Daddy, I fell in love and want to date this
awesome girl!
FATHER : That’s great son. Who is she?
SON : It’s Sandra, the neighbor’s daughter
FATHER : Ohhh! I wish you hadn’t said that. I
have to tell u something son, but you must
promise not to tell your mother. Sandra is
actually your sister.
The boy naturally bummed out, but a couple of
months later
SON: Daddy, I fell in love again and she is even
hotter!
FATHER: That’s great son. Who is she?
SON: It’s Angela, the other neighbor’s daughter.
FATHER: Ohhhh! I wish you hadn’t said that.
Angela is also your sister.
This went on couple of times and the son was
so mad, he went straight to his mother
SON: Mum I am so mad at dad! I fell in love with
six girls but, I can’t date any of them because
daddy is their father!
The mother hugs him affectionately
MOTHER: My love, you can date whoever you
want. Don’t listen to him. He isn’t your father.

 

Just the truth

Inside of every big girl is a small woman made of chocolate.”

“Shut up Meg.”

“How about some appreciation?!”

“We stand tallest when our knees touch the floor.”

“The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”

“Yeah, I shot a werewolf once. By the time I got there it had turned back into my neighbors dog.” –

“If God had wanted man to play soccer, He wouldn’t have given us arms.” –

“After you get married, that first baby can come at anytime. It’s the second one that takes 9 months.” –

A husband’s letter to his wife

Dear Sharon Darling


I can’t send you my salary this
month because
the global market crisis has affected
my
Company’s performance, so I am
sending
100 kisses.
You are my sweetheart, please
understand
and
adjust with this situation.
Your loving husband, His wife
replied
Hey hubby
Thanks for the 100 kisses.
Below is the list of expenses I paid
with
the
Kisses
1. The Milk man agreed on 2 kisses
for
one
month’s milk.
2. The electricity man, agreed not to
disconnect only after 7 kisses.
3. Your landlord comes every day to
take 2
or
3kisses instead of
the monthly rent.
4. Supermarket owner did not
accept
kisses only,so I gave him other
items, I hope
you
understand.
5. Miscellaneous expenses 40 kisses.
Please don’t worry about me, I still
have a balance of 35 kisses and I
hope I can
survive
the month using this balance.
Shall I plan the same for the next
month?”

Appreciate her

If you have a good woman at home keep her, appreciate her, and show her how much you love her daily.
Also grab her by the hand and pray with her & her kids (if she has any) Don’t wait till it’s too late to show her how you feel…
Because there are still good men out there waiting to appreciate what you didn’t…
Don’t let pride or your friends ruin your relationship or marriage.
One thing about a woman she never forgets anything & she notices each and every move you make…
“SO BE CAREFUL” of the things you say and the choices you make, because you could regret it in the end.
And ladies if you got a good man that’s trying and weak in certain areas of his life… Be thankful & keep him lifted in prayer because prayer changes things & it will hold you all together.

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