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The Kingdom of God, Not Sectarianism!

1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 3:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12 Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” 13 Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

Sectarianism is sinful and has no place in the Kingdom of God. Understanding the need for unity in the church helps us understand the need for church discipline.  As believers, we are called to actively promote unity within the body of Christ, if we understand and believe that God places every member in the body to best serve His purposes, we will be more accepting in loving those among us.

1 Corinthians 3:1-4, And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there are jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?

Being worldly and self-centered is still spiritual infancy, showing arrogance and pride bring division. We must faithfully apply what we have been learning to receive advanced spiritual training.  When we apply the spiritual growth to our day-to-day living the Word will remove disobedience, competitiveness, and strife.

Once we understand that we as believers are to be united in our devotion to the gospel of Christ, we must then acknowledge where we fall short and repent (v.10) recognizing that division in the kingdom is sin (3:1-4).

 

The Power to Create Wealth!

Deuteronomy 8:18

“And you shall remember the Lord your God for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His Covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

There are millions of people who have acquire great wealth without acknowledging God, however the bible is clear that God gives His people the power to get wealth. But this wealth comes with great responsibility and significant temptations the greatest of which is to forget that it is God who gives us the power.

“The Father of the Faith”

Genesis 12:1-9

Abram’s life was a testimony of faith, in James 2:23, Abraham is referred to as “the friend of God”. To receive this title Abraham became the model of faith simply by taking God at His word and obeying it. To walk in the kind of faith that Abraham had, we must believe God’s promises to us, and believe, too, that he knows how and when to bring them to pass.

I’m a victim of self belief and according to Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” if we trust Him with all our heart and Acknowledge Him, He shall direct our path like Abraham. When we try to bring God’s promises to pass by our own efforts, there are always serious consequences. This is why it’s so important to avoid striving to fulfill God’s promises by yourself. Doing so will always backfire and produce results that will make you unhappy.

Have faith and obey like Abraham, and remeber God knew what he was doing in Abraham’s life and God knows what he’s doing and yours.

Accountability

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.