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Denying Ourselves.

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Servant Morris, May 13, 2019.

  1. Servant Morris

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    The first main issue with Christians is that we don't deny themselves for God, this would explain why most of us are so confused. We must cease following our own hearts and understanding of how things work by partaking solely in the word of God. We tend to get sucked into communities of the World which teaches us ways contrary to the scriptures. We have heard that we cannot serve two masters, so what makes us not heed this message? Remember, others can pull us away from God inadvertently, so we must continuously be circumspect on who we choose to dwell around.
    God Bless!
     
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    I believe denying self is synonymous with the directive to crucify/mortify the flesh.
    What then does this mean?

    Acknowledge/confess our sins as the Spirit leads.
    Walk after the Spirit - Fill our lives with scripture, prayer and fellowship.
    Avoid evil. Periodic self examination, again as the Spirit leads.
    Don't quench or grieve the Spirit.
     
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    The Lord commands that we make disciples and teach them all He commanded. In order to pick up our cross each day and follow Him, we need to know His commands. Otherwise going our own way would not conflict with the unknown. Lying is ok, divorce is ok, grumbling and fault finding is ok, and so forth and so on.
    If we were given 2 hours to list the commands of the Law of Christ, would we score an A, listing more than 70, or an F listing less than 40?
     
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    How about 2?

    Love God, Love one another.
     
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    Van Well-Known Member
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    Two would get an F. I would have thought the "Lord's Prayer" would make your list.

    Seriously, this demonstrates a complete failure of all of us to follow the "all I have commanded" teaching. But if you were not taught the "all" and therefore did not know to teach those you helped disciple, the misfire continues.
     
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    Actually my list is only ONE

    1 Corinthians 13
    1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
    2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
    3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
    4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
    5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
    6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
    7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
    8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
    9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
    10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
    11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
    12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

    13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

    God is love.
     
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    Did Jesus did teach we were to live by one passage of God's word and ignore the rest. :)

    But I see your point, you see no need to learn them all, just the big ones.

    Denying our failure to learn all Christ commanded is "accommodating ourselves."
    What did Jesus teach on that subject?
     
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    Pray like this:

    Pray to the Father


    and recognize His authority.

    Ask for an understanding of His will,

    and the willingness to follow.

    Ask only for what you need,

    and the wisdom to avoid needless desires.

    Forgive anyone you think has sinned against you,

    and ask for forgiveness for your sins.

    Ask for guidance to overcome temptation, and

    for insight to keep falsehoods and lies far from you.

    (Matt. 6:9-15)
     
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    Yes you caught my meaning and I understand yours. Where do we meet?
    If you love (agape-love) someone you can't hurt them on purpose and whatever they ask its easy to give.

    Matthew 11
    28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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    Christ's yoke contains many teachings and commands. He gave them all to us. They are light because we love Christ. They would be burdensome if we really loved ourselves ahead of Christ. But we can't follow them without study to learn them.
     
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    Hello, Hank. Thank you for liking and commenting. You are exactly correct! I also touched on those points in the video.
    God bless you!
     
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    True we have the Spirit and the word by which we learn.
     
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    Good afternoon, Van. You are also right with this assessment. We are living in times that seems to not encourage people to keep the teachings of the scriptures. People tend to pick and choose, even the things that are in their power to abide by. What this thinking does is subconsciously decreases our faith, whether we want to acknowledge this or not. In conclusion, it would be wise to do the will of the father that is listed in his word. Nothing good or productive ever comes out of inactivity.
     
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