FLESH VS. SPIRIT

FLESH OR SPIRIT

IT’S YOUR CHOICE

Galatians 5:19-26

I OFTEN SPEAK OF CHOICES BECAUSE WE MAKE THOUSANDS OF THEM DAILY. THERE IS NOT A DAY GOES BY, NO MATTER HOW LAZY WE WANT TO BE THAT …WE DON’T MAKE SEVERAL CHOICES.

 THE MOST CRUCIAL CHOICES COME AFTER THE BIGGEST ONE IN OUR LIVES, WHICE IS SALVATION.  THEN WE HAVE THE TOUGH CHOICES… FOLLOW THE FLESH, OR THE SPIRIT.

Gal 5:19   Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,                                                 Gal 5:20   Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,                                                                                                                   Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.                                                  Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,                                                                                                  Gal 5:23      Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.                           Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.                                                                                                                                          Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.                                Gal 5:26  Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.                                                                                                                

 WORKS OF THE FLESH vs FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT

Works of the flesh

Hatred – sins against our neighbor – sin against Jesus’ number two commandment

Jealousy – sin against our neighbor – desires or lusts

Outbursts of wrath – containing our responses/anger

Witchcraft – sin against the first commandment… no other gods before me

Murders – whoever hates his brother is a murderer at heart – I John 3:15

Drunkenness – drinking to excess, allowing alchol control you

Adultery – idolatry of course married person defiling the bed

Lasciviousness – SEXUAL PERVERSION

Uncleanness – Thoughts or words of disgusting behaviors

Fruits of the Spirit

Love – to serve one another

Joy – constant delight in God

Peace – behavior towards others

Longsuffering – patience to defer anger, able to bear injuries

Kindness – readiness to do good to all as we have opportunity

Goodness – clean, holy, acceptable unto God 

Faithfulness – honesty in what we profess and promise to others

Temperance – in meat and drink, and other enjoyments of life, so as not to be excessive and immoderate in the use of them

meekness – self control; not to be easily provoked, and, when we are so, to be soon pacified

 FLESH

I WANT TO DO THINGS MY WAY

I WANT TO LIVE BY MY RULES

I WILL SUCCEED, BUT ONLY THROUGH MY HARD WORK

THIS MAKES US SPIRITUALLY DEAD

FLESH = SELFISH

 SPIRIT

I WILL DEPEND ON GOD

I WILL LIVE BY GOD’S RULES

I WILL SUCCEED, BUT NOT BY ANYTHING I DO, ONLY WITH GOD’S HELP

THIS MAKES US SPIRITUALLY ALIVE

SPIRIT = SELFLESSNESS

 Romans 8:8 – ‘So they that are in the flesh cannot please God’

 It is your choice.

Deaf Baptist Leaders Conference

Deaf Baptist Leaders (DBL) Conference

August 15th - 17th, 2011

ALL messages live streamed! Click the banner for a schedule of times for broadcast.

Deaf Video Communications will provide Live Streaming Video for all the messages.

Click for the brochure

Find us on facebook!

 

 

Northeast Family Deaf Conference

Amazing how God works through people. We have a small staff of people that works very hard to set up a camp, plan the events, schedule the speakers, it is a year long process. Then we arrive, and everything runs so smoothly, it seems so simple.
All of us were able to work together for the greater cause of Christ, to have fun an enjoy ourselves but to also teach and preach in the Spirit and be relevent for the group providing them something to leave with, and to meditate on as they return home to everyday lives.
It is such a blessing to see young lives turn to Christ. We also had the pleasure of seeing a person saved that was a first time camper at Northeast Family Deaf Camp! Through my own church and ministry I affirm to our congregation that their is one goal we need to all have, and that is to see souls saved for the Glory of Christ. To lift Him up through our lives and be humble in our service. ‘Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, and He will exhault you in due time’. The glory is not ours, as long as we utilize the gifts given to us we can see God use our lives in His time.
This camp at America’s Keswick is incredible, its truly a place of beauty and respite. Maticulously manicured lawns and gardens catch your eye as soon as you drive onto the property, making you feel as if you have entered a resort town. The facilities are accomodating and compaired to many camp I have been to I would say 5 stars! The staff is friendly and helpful and attends to your needs quickly. The food you ask? My compliments go to the chef. Yes, I said ‘the chef’. Morning and evening meals buffet style, but for dinner, you are served. Served a meal with a nice presentation that appeals to your taste buds as well as your eyes.
Thanks to all who worked so hard to get it together!
Cindy, Jim, Terri, and Dave and Ruby for their endless work preparing the video live streaming and DVD’s to be ready by the end of camp!

Deaf Baptist Fellowship of America

So glad I was able to make it here this week, even if I was two days late.
DBFA, founded in 1981 by Dr. John Clark, has been a solid foundation for a renewing of the Spirit for 30 years. Strengthening, lifting up, encouraging, and convicting pastors and deaf ministry workers alike through a long list of preachers with a gift to reach the hearts of the Deaf in their first language, ASL.
Tonight was the Wednesday night service at Bethel Baptist Church in Schaumburg, Ill just outside of Chicago. Some of the audience were hearing and not associated with the Deaf work here but were richly blessed as they were exposed to songs, skits and preaching in the most awesome visual language in the world.
Tonight it was Brian Lievens turn to deliver a powerful message from the Book of Isaiah Chapter 42. Focusing on how we need to emulate the character traits of Jesus to show the world His light through us. As Brian’s wife Bethany skillfully voiced the message for the sign language impaired, he challenged our hearts to show humility, compassion, and the anointing power of the Holy Spirit through our work for Christ.
I am blessed to be able to make it here and thank by friend Bruce for helping me drive this morning.
God Bless the DBFA.

Alive or Dead?

Parts from C. H. Spurgeons’ “Alive or Dead? Which?” Great deaf grammar!

ALIVE OR DEAD?

JUNE 26, 2011

1 John 5:12

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

 

WHEN THE LORD BEGINS TO WORK IN A PERSONS LIFE CHRISTIANS ARE NOT USED TO IT, WHEN GOD BEGINS TO DRAW SOMEONE CLOSE CHRISTIANS TAKE A STEP BACK. TRIALS COME UP REDUCING THE FEELING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE MENTAL VISION OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD DIMINISHES. THEY FIND IT DIFFICULT TO KEEP THEIR EYES ON THE LORD AND BECOME DISTRACTED, FREAKED OUT, OR EVEN SCARED. OUR COMFORT COMES FROM THAT VERY SAME HOLY SPIRIT, FROM THE GREAT TRUTH THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HAS EVERLASTING LIFE!

** SO A WEAK CHRISTIAN WILL ALLOW A DISTRACTION TO BEGIN DUAL TRUTHS TO ENTER INTO THE MIND, IS IT THAT SIMPLE? DO I REALLY JUST TRUST IN THE LORD ONLY? IS CHRIST REALLY THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN?

LOOK AT THE LIVING

  • all created living souls
  • life of God in the soul (As the Breath of God was breathed into Adam)

outwardly obvious to spiritual observers by its holy effects and heavenly fruits

spiritual life, trusting in Jesus Christ,  is freedom from the death penalty

having the Son – taking on Jesus Christ

It is not said “he SHALL have life “…

it says ‘you have life!’ ….. YOU ALREADY HAVE IT! God has breathed into YOU a new life!

 

LOOK AT THE DEAD

  • he hath not spiritual life
  • sentence of death is recorded against him in the book of LIFE

in this ‘world, but he is condemned already, dead while he lives. Think of that,

  • The unbeliever has no spiritual life; he lives without prayer,
  • He knows nothing of secret fellowship with God, because he has no inward life he will have no eternal life;
  • he will exist for ever, but his existence will be a ETERNAL death—

NO taste of life …….NO joys of paradise,

NO sight of God’s face; NO song of eternal happiness

NO drink of the river of ever-flowing bliss.

He is a walking corpse, a body in which death REPLACES life.

He has NO Son of God—

He has never trusted in Jesus to save him,

and never submitted himself to the guidance and governing of the King in Zion.

“He that believeth not shall be damned.” MARK 16:16

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

There is no middle place, no specially reserved place in Heaven for honest and good unbelievers. If they have not believed on Christ, they shall be bound up with the rest, for God has appointed to unbelievers their place with liars, and thieves, and whoremongers, and drunkards, and idolaters.

 

LIVING AMONG THE DEAD

  • we live among the dead, as the children of God are mixed up with them
  • be careful that we do not become contaminated by the corruption of the dead
  • coroner gets infected by a dead body he examines
  • we do not need to join in and taste the sin, only to be infected by same sin that makes us curious

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, 

saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” II Corinthians 6;17

“But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”  MATTHEW 8:22

THE DEAD CANNOT CONTROL THE LIVING!

the DEAD have set the fashion, and living Christians have followed, AND ARE FOLLOWING!

The most of these I meet with are dead in sin. Some dead souls live in your own house

pray for them: “Eternal Spirit, make them ALIVE!

They cannot have life unless they have the Son of God. 

 

“Thanks be unto God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“KNOW” A Short Story in ASL

Story of how I met my wife on Friday 13th, 1994, in American Sign Language.

 

Deaf Marry Hearing? Hmmmm….

Just curious what people think about this one!

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