Colossians 1:10- “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
It is our privilege and our responsibility to walk worthy of the Lord and live a life of all pleasing to Him. The way we live needs to honor and please the Lord. Is this the way you are living today?
If we are not living to completely please the Lord then we are living opposite of what the Bible commands us to live. If we are not living completely to please the Lord then we are living to please ourselves above Him.
Here are some things that are to be FIRST in your life:
Matthew 6:33- “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Not second, not third, but first.
Revelation 2:4- “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”
Mark 12:29-30- “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
2 Corinthians 8:12- “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”
1 Timothy 2:1- “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men.”
1 Timothy 5:12- “Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.”
Revelation 2:5- “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE TO BE THE PRIORITY FOR OUR LIVES.
There is a first, number one commandment from God- to love Him with all we have.
There is something we are to seek first above everything else- the Kingdom of God
We are to have a first love- Jesus
There is a mindset required first as we give.
Prayer is the first thing in a church, not worship.
Then we have our first faith, and our first works.
Are you walking worthy of the Lord? Are you pleasing the Lord in all things?
How much carnality in our lives is too much?
Every Christian really likes Romans 8:1-
Romans 8:1- “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
We like the “no condemnation” part, because we believe it means that no matter what I do as a Christian, it is okay. I won’t suffer any judicial repercussions in heaven because of it. But we often ignore the rest of the verse:
“Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Are you walking after the Spirit?
Proverbs 14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
You can tell someone is backslid because they do what they want to do- not walking unto all pleasing. This is the person who walks after the flesh and not after the Spirit.
Here is how we can tell the difference from those who walk after the Spirit and those who walk after the flesh…
Romans 8:5- “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
The word “Mind” here means they entertain the flesh more than the spirit, or they have more affection for the things concerning their fleshly bodies, their creaturely comforts, what they want, more than what God wants.
Carnality doesn’t necessarily mean the Christian is on drugs or alcohol, or stealing from others. It means they aren’t walking worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing. This mindset, this minding the things of the flesh, is called a carnal mind.
Romans 8:6-8- “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
See how the flesh and carnal mind are linked together in these verses? We are not walking in the Spirit if we make the wants of our flesh a greater priority than what the Spirit wants. To make this body our priority means we are carnally minded. It means we cannot please God.
The carnal mind is “enmity against God.” It is opposite, or at odds with God. It is contrary to God.
Galatians 5:17- “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
You cannot be the Christian you should be, pleasing to the Lord, if you give in to the flesh.
Galatians 5:16- “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
Galatians 5:18- “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”
Galatians 5:25- “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
You cannot be spiritually minded and at the same time be carnally minded. None of us can spend long hours with Hollywood and expect to be spiritually minded people. Some of us have vast collections of electronic games and spend a great deal of time with them, but spend little to no time with God.
Will this behavior bring about a spiritually minded person? The flesh and the Spirit are at war, and there will never be a truce! The one that wins is the one you and I feed the most.
How carnally minded do you intend to be?
How spiritually minded do you intend to be?
The Parable of The Dog and The Dove, from Bill Burkett-
“Once upon a time there was a man who lived in a house all alone. He brought a stray puppy home with him one day to keep for company. The puppy grew and became big and mean.
Then one day a dove perched on the sill of his upstairs window and he fed it.
The dove became friendly and the man brought it inside to keep as a pet also. But the dog resented the presence of the dove and barked and leaped with jealous fury.
The man tried to keep the dove away from the dog but the dog kept barking at the dove every time he sensed its presence.
Finally, the man decided to get rid of the dog and keep the dove. But he couldn’t get the dog to leave the house.
He tried everything . . . even bribing it out the door with morsels of Meat . . . but nothing worked.
He even tried force, but the dog growled and snapped at him.
Finally, he decided to go to the professionals. He told the veterinarian his story and then asked him what to do. The professional said, “It’s simple . . . get rid of the dove!”
The man returned to his house disappointed. As he placed the key in the lock of the front door, he heard a terrible commotion . . . the dog was yipping and barking. He quickly unlocked the door and ran into the house.
In the middle of the living room the dog was standing over the body of the dove! Feathers were everywhere! The wings of the dove were spread pitifully and there was blood.
The man leaped across the room kicking the dog in the side with all his might. The dog went rolling and howling, scrambling for shelter under the table.
Tenderly the man picked the dove up from the floor. Its body was limp but he saw it was still breathing.
Carefully folding its wings he took it to the kitchen and began to care for it.
He then took the dove to another room and set food and water by it, closed the door and returned to the living room.
He looked into the eyes of the dog glaring from under the table and said, “I’ll get rid of you if it’s the last thing I do!” He began to shout at the dog . . . “I’ve kept you and fed you . . . “ There was a sudden and long silence as the man stood staring at the dog. He froze with thought. Turning and staring out of the window, he snapped his finger loudly and said, “of course, why didn’t I think of that before?”
He turned to the dog and said to the dog in a low tone filled with glee, “Your days are numbered”.
In a burst of action that scared the dog causing him to jump backward, the man literally ran to the kitchen and opened wide the doors of the cupboards. He gathered all the dog food he could find in the cupboards and then went to the corner of the kitchen floor where the dog’s dishes were, scooped them up, and threw it all in the trash.
He then went back to care for the dove.
After checking the dove he returned to the living room and stretched out in his easy chair to relax. He glared right at the dog, and said, “Now I am the master! You depend on me to feed you . . . and I have stopped!”
The dog became hungry late that night and went to the kitchen and sniffed where his dishes had been.
There was no food for him.
That night the man slept very well and the next morning he awoke with new peace in his heart. It seemed the sun was shining brighter than ever before.
He heard the dog whining for food in the kitchen but paid no attention to him. and went about doing some cleaning and fixing his breakfast.
The dog whimpered and paced the floor licking his chops as the man ate his breakfast. It took some self control but the man refused to give the dog a crumb. When he finished eating, he went in and fed the dove.
Day by day he noticed the dove was getting stronger . . . but the dog was getting weaker.
While he lost all concern for the dog, his care for the dove was meticulous!
Have you started seeing yourself yet?
Each day he fed the dove and starved the dog.
Each day the dove became stronger and the dog became weaker.
Finally . . . the day came.
He walked over where the dog was lying on the floor, grabbed him by the collar and drug him across the room, over the threshold and out into the yard.
He returned to the house and fed the dove.
Today, the dove is well and flying around the house again.
The dog? Oh, he’s adjusted to his life outside quite well.
The dog you see, is the flesh nature in me.
The dove, as you may know, is the Spirit that has come to dwell in me.
For you see . . . In every “me” there are two natures, the Spirit nature and the flesh nature.”
Genesis 25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
God is fighting FOR you, not against you.