A message summary of September 9, 2018 from Pastor Gus Brown:
How many of us want to live a life that is pleasing to God? That is our challenge. Often, that is the life that we wrestle with if not outright fight against it.
God promises to renew us each day with new information—new knowledge that helps you to be successful in overcoming the flesh and living a life that pleases God. This new knowledge helps us to live better than that from our old mentality.
The key in Christianity is to take off and put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge. We must do this in order to live an abundant life in Jesus Christ.
So if you have been raised with Christmas seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Therefore, put to death what belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, God’s wrath is coming upon the disobedient, and you once walked in these things when you were living in them. But now, put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator.
You have knowledge, but where did it come from? You can obtain knowledge, but you need to know where it is coming from, as well. Satan will certainly teach those who are in “his camp.”
You are of your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
1 Corinthians 1:20-21
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the debater of this age? Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish?
Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:4
In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Satan will provide knowledge, but it is not true to the things of Jesus Christ.
What desires do you wish to carry out? Those that are seeking the Father or those that are of this world? You have to decide.
(It is our responsibility to witness about the truths of Christ, but it is the Holy Spirit that convicts a person to believe the truth.)
When we remove something from our life, it must be replaced with something else. Two things will always full a vacuum (such as air and water).
“When an unclean spirit comes out of a person, it roams through waterless places looking for rest, and not finding rest, it then says, ‘I’ll go back to my house that I came from.’ Returning, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and settle down there. As a result, that person’s condition is worse than the first.”
Be aware that just by stopping your poor behavior doesn’t mean that everything is better. It needs to be replaced with a mindfulness of doing what is good, and it must come from the power of Jesus Christ in order for you to truly grow.
Taking something off means you need to also put something on. You are to cloth yourself. This is part of your maturity. In addition, you are to clothe yourself in a proper manner.
Therefore, as God’s chosen one, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive.
Clothe yourself with compassion and mercy. Learn to be merciful in your actions. We are learning to act in the same way that God does. It is what He would have us to do.
God has compassion and mercy on you in that He was not dealing with you in your sin. He provides grace.
Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!
Being kind to others (expressing kindness) is to be a reflection of your character.
Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
Your kindness shows others God’s goodness.
Be humble. Humility allows you to be yourself in such a way where others see you as a lover of Jesus.
What then? If some were unfaithful, will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?
“Why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the beam of word in your eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a beam of wood in your own eye? Hypocrite! First take the beam of wood out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye.
God wants you to be gentle with others…live with a gentleness and meekness, and not with severity, harshness or bitterness.
Remind them to submit to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people.
2 Corinthians 10:1
Now I Paul, myself, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble among you in person but bold toward you when absent.
Finally, you are to be patient. (Patience is difficult at times, but not impossible.)
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
He (Jesus) was God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
All of these attributes: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, are attributes of God. See to it that people see you put on these attributes and live in the image of Jesus Christ.