I want you to take a moment and consider the “Hey You” in the title of this message.
How did you perceive it?
Hey You :-!
Hey You : -?
Hey You : )
(A happy call of a comrade)
Hey You : (
(A distressing call)
(An indifferent remark)
Did you know that there are godly and ungodly perceptions regarding all things in life that are a part of who we all are?
The Fall of Man
The woman said to the serpent, “we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, “You must not eat of the fruit of the tree that is the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die“‘
“You will not certainly die”, the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.“
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
This piece of scripture is the foundation for all understanding of biblical teachings and is also necessary for understanding the necessity of them.
How we both speak and perceive words and actions, to and from every single individual we encounter daily, is a direct reflection of one of two things; good or evil. The Spirit of God or the spirit of the opposer.
Have you ever had your mother/father call you to do some chores? “Hey, come clean these dishes!”
You have no control over the tone or intentions of how another person will call to you, but you do however, have control over how you will perceive and respond. Whether you will respond with contempt, anger, disgust, disregard, mercy, pleasure, or joy.
Doing wrong is a joke to a fool, but wisdom is pleasure to a man of understanding
Your conscience bears witness to how you react and is based on the condition of the heart and mind. You have the knowledge of both good and evil within you. If you are for God, you react according to His Spirit taught in His precepts. But if you are not for God, you will react according to contempt for God’s teachings.
Contempt – The feeling that a person or thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn. Disregard for something that should be taken into account.
So you must ask yourself, do you respect God’s command?
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you
Or do you stand in objection of God’s command and are more concerned with your own time, your own wants, your own desires, or your own pursuits?
Just by making a simple choice, just that easily, with absolutely no effort whatsoever, you can cause your own spiritual death if it is a choice against God. The death that God had warned Adam and Eve about in the Garden of Eden was in fact spiritual death, and every day we face death and sometimes live, but sometimes die because of simply disregarding a direct command given us by God.
To the believer in the Lord Jesus, you are immediately allowed back into His presence if we acknowledge our wrong doing and repent. But also, it is important that we learn to keep from repeating the offense. This is an art that all who believe are given a helper and a life time to perfect. To be, and do good to others regardless of what we receive in return for it, and according to God’s idea of goodness, not our own. Not because there is no reward; on the contrary; there is a reward better than anything this world has to offer. It is the reward of being a child of God which entitles you to enter the Heavens for all eternity and assures your safety in the day of judgement.
It is inevitable that we are going to fall many times in life. But greater is no love than One who would lay down His life for a friend! We have also been given a helper to assist us in walking according to God’s precepts.
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever
I used to think that the good deeds that I did were all of my own doing. Little did I know that all goodness that we do in life comes from the ultimate Spirit of righteousness and pure goodness. The Spirit of God! We are only a reflection thereof when we walk according to the very word God has given for instruction. The reason that I think a lot of people miss out on receiving all that they can is because when they learn some of the differences between good and evil, they begin to believe like the serpent told Eve, that they themselves are now the one in control of the goodness that they do. If you are the one leading your life, making your own decisions about what is good and evil with no regard for the Word of God, then how can the Spirit of God be leading you also?
Because He himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted
This is just one of the many reasons I love God!
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands
God sent the ultimate sacrifice for sin so that we can repent and be forgiven immediately to save us from continually falling again. Think about how many times you may have fallen just this week, and this is only one example and one command of God. If there is no faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your sins, what will you do to gain God’s forgiveness for them?
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved
I don’t know about you, but that gives me a whole new appreciation for Jesus Christ. God who bore all affliction for us whom He loves that we might be saved and reconciled to Him.
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed
But it also makes me realize that if I don’t know all of the things that cause me to sin, how will I keep from walking repeatedly unto spiritual death?
Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet, a light for my path
The Word of God should be our protection and we should hold firm to it in everything we do. Whether waking up, eating, getting dressed, commuting, working, speaking with friends and family, or returning to sleep, we are without armor or protection from the daily adversities that cause sin without the constant protection that God breathed out for us to follow.
Every Word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
The more that you read and study the word of God, I guarantee you that you will come to see the truth that is the above scripture.
To me, truth is something that, if applied to all, serves to the best benefit of all.
When I read God’s Word and consider His truly flawless teachings, I am absolutely assured that Heaven would exist on Earth had we never ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and had abided in His precepts alone all of our days. That’s what makes it flawless and perfect. That’s how I know that He who inspired men to write these words is in fact God.
I pray that you find the free salvation offered to all of mankind in His Word so when that little voice that aims to tempt you to do something that you know is in opposition of God’s teaching’s calls, you instead respond with the knowledge of His Spirit to choose wisely so that you might find victory over your real enemy.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm
This, then, is how you should pray:
Our Father in Heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On Earth as it is in Heaven
Planetshakers – You Are God