What is up, y'all?!
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
To answer the question that you are all wondering... Did God teach me something completely new from this series that my church is doing?
Yes, in the sense that He taught me that there is something that I missed to think about when teaching on the Armor of God. Now, there are many parts to Ephesians 6 and my focus for my series was just on verses 10 to 17. There are three major parts to that itself. First, the breakdown of what dominions, principalities and such are. I already planned on writing a post on that. Second, the ruses of the devil. Third, the parts of the armor.
I just taught on the third part. But what did I learn about the second part this week? The Word says "ruses." Plural. The devil has many tricks up his sleeves. I learned about one of the ruses. One of the ruses of the devil is to make one believe that what he is presenting to them, what is going against the will of God, will work to their benefit. I love it when preachers and teachers reference the Word when they make a point instead of speaking out of their own knowledge. The Word that was referenced was Genesis 3 verses 1 to 6. Other Biblical references included Rebecca plotting with Jacob and Delilah seducing Samson. Rebecca wanted her favorite son to be the most blessed but she turned him into an outlaw who had to keep running from his brother until he had an encounter with God. Delilah presented to Samson that she was so in love with him that it was only good for their relationship for him to trust her with anything when the truth was she was only exploiting him.
Yet, that was one point. There was another point made. This point is the importance on the unity in Christ. I will be very, very honest, I did not receive that part of the message. Why? I did not receive it because while the preacher was preaching on unity between brothers and sisters in Christ, he was singling out individuals, creating a divide. While he was preaching for unity in his words, he was preaching against unity in his actions. Now, you may be asking, "How did he single out individuals?" He said something along the lines of even if one has much knowledge, much riches, preach or sing, one is susceptible to the devil's attacks. He continued along the same line to say it even if a person is very holy, empowered by the Holy Spirit or one can jump high, one is susceptible to the devil's attacks unless they are armored up.
Why single out those with knowledge? Why single out those with riches? And so forth. In Christ, there is neither Jew or Greek. There is neither free or slave. There is neither male or female. There is neither White or Colored. There is neither intellectual or nonintellectual. There is neither rich or poor. There is neither gifted in this or gifted in that. There is neither spiritually mature or baby in Christ. There is neither very spiritual or amounting.
Now, one may be like, of course there are such distinctions, especially when one will speak of male or female. The Holy Spirit breathed this scripture to say that while there are clear differences amongst us, these differences should not fill us with false pride, and we should not allow them to divide us. These differences should not cause us to single each other out, shame each other privately or publicly, distance our selves from each other, etc.
So it should have been: "No matter if you have much knowledge or little, much riches or little, no matter what gift you have, no matter you are very holy or still have on the old garments, no matter you are spiritual or fleshly, no matter you can jump or cannot jump, no matter what may be true of you, if you are not planted in Christ and armored up in God, you will be susceptible to the ruses of the devil."
I am very, very serious about this. One cannot single out groups to shame them, making them feel hated and outcasted by the one calling them out and others of the church, and tell them to unite to those of the church. One negative plus one positive equals zero.
Moving on, Jesus really wanted me to say this since Thursday night: While there are some teachings from the Bible that have two sides to have balance, there are some teachings that are simply straightforward. For example, lying is a sin. Period. There is not other side to the argument. The same goes for stealing, killing, lust, fornication, adultery, impudicity, homosexuality, slander, envy, jealously, strife, dissension, rancor, rivalry, hypocrisy, disobedience, rebellion (not in the spiritual sense), animosity, rivalry and all other sins that are listed in the Bible. Again, there is no other side. They are sins. Period.
It has also been on my heart to share how much the Holy Spirit has been moving in the church and blessing the church. The first extraordinary blessing is that a soul came to Christ in the middle on worship service even before we got to the sermon during our December 31st service. It was such a blessed service. The second extraordinary blessing came through a sister who testified on how she had to pray for a person whom she did not feel at peace with for the year of 2019. This was because our church has been blessed with this act of members randomly picking individuals to pray for during the entire year. She shared that by the end of it all, the Lord gave her the grace to forgive and be at peace with the other sister in Christ. She also shared a heartbreak that she experienced from what another sister said to her. It is so rare to see someone be so honest about such things. That is because it is hard to do and only the Holy Spirit can give such grace to a willing heart. The Word itself supports such blessed act.
Matthew 18:15-17“Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
On the considering a brother or sister who refuses to repent of their evil ways against you though you have taken steps to deal with the issue with him or her a heathen... While we are to unite with our brothers and sisters in Christ, the Word says that we are not even eat with those who call themselves Christian but have PROVEN themselves to not be.
1 Corinthians 5:9-13
I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”
Yet, remember to judge yourself before judging others.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
P.S. I have been waiting to share this song. Not only is the song blessed, it blesses my heart to see a diversity of races, ethnicities and backgrounds in one room worshiping Jesus Christ.
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Jésus répondit: Il est écrit: L'homme ne vivra pas de pain seulement, mais de toute parole qui sort de la bouche de Dieu