Luke 17:3

“Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.”

Some thing’s taught in Scripture make us so uncomfortable, we tend to ignore them. The notion of being personally accountable to someone else for our actions is certainly one of them.

Today we live in a time where having true accountable relationships are non-existent, members within the same churches are now at odds with one another over political and philosophical differences, there now exist zero accountability.

Paul admonished Christian’s in Galatians 6:1-3 that Believers caught in sin should be admonished, and supported by strong spiritual leadership to help correct the errors of their way.

Accountability must be assumed, we need to be willing to receive righteous wisdom and instruction, be approachable…. Confronting one another and holding each other accountable, whether we agree or not, whether we like it or not, we are accountable to one another.

Deception, Don’t be Fooled

Colossians 2:18-23New Living Translation (NLT)

18 Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels,[a] saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, 19 and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.

20 You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, 21 “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? 22 Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. 23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.

My dear brothers and sisters, deception has and will always be the go to play for the adversary. Believers are admonished by Paul, to study the Word of God. This builds wisdom within you from above. This is the only way to stop from being deceived spiritually. False teaching will leave you feeling lost, inadequate and alone. His wisdom will give you everlasting peace and joy.

Fostering True Friendships

1 Samuel 18:3-4

Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.

We live in a world driven by technology, which has caused a great deal of people into isolation. Fake undeveloped relationships and online connections abound, however loneliness is now your best friend. You were not created to live this way…

In 1 Samuel 18:3-4, We find a relationship built on biblical principles, the relationship between Jonathan and David. Notice, Jonathan was often the initiator and the one who gave more, he was a prince and David was a lonely Shepherd. Social status shouldn’t interfere with cultivating a true friendship. 

True companionship are cultivated on mutual respect, genuine love and commitment which requires time selflessness and transparency. You must build trust to have genuine relationships, in the end they are worth more than hiding behind a computer.

God’s Resources for Spiritual Growth

1 Corinthians 10:1-12

For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness.

Now these things happened as examples for us so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to play.” Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. 10 Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands, take heed that he does not fall.

Our God has provided us with His resources to help us avoid the mistakes of Israel. To become a truly devoted disciple, we must make full use of both OT and NT, and spiritual gifts. It is wise to submit ourselves to the wisdom of the OT, reading it, studying it, and applying it to our lives. Prayer is another spiritual discipline that will strengthen and build us up. Celebrating the Lord Supper or Communion is one of the greatest resources we have been given. Through faith, we receive Jesus life (1 Cor. 11:20-29).  By partaking in faith, we receive His full forgiveness, full acceptance, and full power to restore, strengthen and heal.

Hide God’s Word In your Heart!

Psalm 119:9-11 NASB

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
10 With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
11 Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.

This psalm asks the question, “how can a young man remain morally conscience and spiritually sound?” In other words, in a day of sexual promiscuity, self-centered values, materialism, and a barrage of sinful social media and hate that promotes philosophies that are anti-God. The answer to this lies in heeding the word of God and seeking God with your whole heart (vv. 9, 10). Treasuring God’s word in your heart is a preventative measure against sin (v. 11). You must meditate on and memorize Bible verses that will be the help needed when sin and adversity appear.

The Deception of Pride

Obadiah 1:2-4 NASB

“Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
You are greatly despised.
“The arrogance of your heart has deceived you,
You who live in the clefts of the rock,
In the loftiness of your dwelling place,
Who say in your heart,
‘Who will bring me down to earth?’
“Though you build high like the eagle,
Though you set your nest among the stars,
From there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord.

It is pride that makes you believe that we are invulnerable and to place our trust in anything or anyone (including ourselves) other than our almighty God. Your pride causes you to become spiritually blind. To prevent pride from entering in and causing you to worship and exalt “self,” be careful to lift up God and to glorify Him for the security and success you experience. Ask Him to reveal to you any areas in which your heart may be deceived because of pride.

It is impossible to live a kingdom filled spiritual life in our own strength, and yet the pride of our heart so often deceives us into trying to do just that. God, however, will find a way to humble us anytime we try to exalt ourselves in this way.

Father Over All of Humanity

Psalm 68:5-6 TLB

He is a father to the fatherless; he gives justice to the widows, for he is holy. He gives families to the lonely, and releases prisoners from jail, singing with joy! But for rebels there is famine and distress.

In God’s divine order for things, He desires that everyone live in a family. Our loving Father (‘abba, which has become common in modern Hebrew as the word Israeli children use for “daddy”) wants no one to live without the comfort of others with whom to share life’s experiences.  This is the ultimate earthly fulfillment. The protection and care that one receives in a family is so essential to human life that God says He will personally intervene on behalf of widows and orphans who lose the normal protection of a husband and father.

Our heavenly Father’s model of family is positive and powerful, and it takes God’s supernatural power to make it work. Just like you need food and water to sustain you the family needs the blessisngs of God in order to prosper. If you have the Lord in your life, then you have something positive to contribute to your family, no matter what the situation.  Glorify Him and He will give you the desires of your heart.