“ROBERT’S OPEN DECLARATION!”
My position in presenting these articles is done not as a Pastor, Minister, or Teacher of God’s words. They are brought forward as messages to be discerned by those receiving them and choosing personally how to react. Scriptural foundation on their delivery Ezekiel 33:9
Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
It is with great love for all given to me by Yeshua that you are receiving them. And all of God’s children say Amen and Amen.
Galatians 5:23 KJV
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
So, we find ourselves on the same page with this information. Here is the definition I want to present as that common ground taken from Merriam Webster Dictionary Since 1828.
- 1: moderation in action, thought, or feeling : RESTRAINT
- 2a: habitual moderation in the indulgence of the appetites or passionsb: moderation in or abstinence from the use of alcoholic beverages
What are we as believers to be temperant from. Most think it is alcohol in any form. But is that all we as followers of Christ must overcome within our lives. We learned our battles are with many temptations of the flesh. We have been shown that one of our deepest weaknesses is curiosity. The works of the flesh are many and manifest and subject to our curiosity. And we know these sins will shut men out of heaven. Yet what numbers, calling themselves Christians, curiously fall into their alluring plight and say they hope for heaven! Would these be some who would find a form of benefit due to their act of temperance?
The fruits of the Spirit, or of the renewed nature, which we find supporting a temperant nature are named. And as the apostle had chiefly revealed works of the flesh, not only hurtful to men themselves, but tending to make them hurtful to one another, so here he chiefly notices the fruits of the Spirit, which tend to make Christians agreeable one to another, as well as to make them happy.
The fruits of the Spirit plainly show, that such are led by the Spirit. By describing the works of the flesh and fruits of the Spirit, we are told what to avoid and oppose, and what we are to cherish and cultivate; and this is the sincere care and endeavour of all real Christians who include temperance towards sin as part of their walk.
Sin cannot reign in their mortal bodies, so they obey it, Romans 6:12, for they now seek to destroy it. Christ never will own those who yield themselves up to be the servants of sin.
And it is not enough that we cease to do evil, but we must learn the value of temperance in our lives in order to do well. Our conversation will always be answerable to the principle that guides and governs us, Romans 8:5-6
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.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
We must set ourselves in earnest to mortify the deeds of the body, and to walk in newness of life. Not being desirous of vain-glory, or unduly wishing for the esteem and applause of men, not provoking or envying one another, but seeking to bring forth more abundantly those good fruits, which are, through Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of God.
Sin may struggle in a real believer and create him a great deal of trouble, but it shall not have dominion; it may vex him, but it shall not rule over him. Shall any take occasion from this encouraging doctrine to allow themselves in the practice of any sin?
Far be such abominable thoughts, so contrary to the perfections of God, and the design of his gospel, so opposed to being under grace. What can be a stronger motive against sin than the love of Christ? Shall we sin against so much goodness and such love?
Robert a humble obedient servant to Yeshua and his Father in heaven Yahewa. And all of God’s children say Amen and Amen.
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