Holiness is a condition of the mind and not a physicalappearance of the flesh. Proverbs 4:20-23
V23 “Keep thy heart,” what this means is
Even in the King James Bible the translation of words doesnot reflect the meaning that the author was trying to convey.
V23 “With all diligence,” Guard it as if you would a fort,your house.
Most everything you do comes from the heart, it controlsyour life, and it’s the source of your life.
God does not want us to compromise.
We have a responsibility to listen to what God has to say tous we do this through reading and listening.
Many also of her kindred tried to reason with her; amongwhom there was a noble matron, who loved and favoured dearly the widow inprison. This matron coming, andcommuning with her, said, “My Wendelmuta, why doest thou not keep silence,
Isn’t that what we want today? Don’t tell anyone they might get up set.
What did she do?
She answered, “Ah, you know not what you say.
After she came to the place where she was to be executed,a monk had brought out a cross, desiring her to kiss and worship her God.
Who putWendelmuta to death? The Church.
We have to stand for what the Bible states as the truth andnot what we might believe in.
What we say does not change the truth.
Sin is revealed to us by reading God’s word.
Sin is like spiritual AIDS you have it but you do not knowhow badly.
You have to evaluate your actions to determine the extent ofinfection of spiritual AIDS that you have.
Satan attacts us in four ways: John 10:10.
1. Thief – he enters without force. We let him in
2. Steel - he slowly takes our spiritual righteousness
3. Kills – kills the spirit in us
4. Destroy - he destroysour spirit and self esteem.
We have to be careful what we:
3. Listen to
Spiritual AIDs grows based on what we inject through thescenes.
Do not let the devil lie to you.
We have to be careful whom we listen to.
There are people even in the church that will lead you awayfrom God. Give you bad advice.
Jude calls them clouds without water.
You know what Jesus says about issues:
Jesus never mixes words with the people he encounters.
V27- Sepulchres were whitened a month before the Passover towarn off persons from contacting uncleanness. This is found in Numbers 19:16
They looked good on the outside but were unclean on theinside.
Jesus called spiritual AIDs leaven.
1. It has no odor
2. Cannot see it
3. Cannot detect it with the senses.
It works in secret/silently under cover.
There are different types of leaven that can be in us and itweakens our spirit.
Jesus exposed the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees eachencounter with them He also told them to be aware of Herodians.
Pharisees leaven was
1. Doctrine - Mark 7:7, 8 they were teaching the doctrinesand commandments of men. They rejectedthe commandments of God.
2. Hypocrisy – Luke 12:2 they said you had to do religiousdeeds and yet they did not practice what they preached. They wereSanctimonious, high-minded
3. Works – Matthew 23:5 they were quick to let everyonesee them fast, tithe, pray, and study.
Phylactery – or frontal – was astrip of parchment with four passages of Scripture written upon it in thefollowing order Deut 11:13-22; 6:4—9; Ex. 13:11-16; 13:1-10.
Sadducees leaven was:
1. Doctrine – Acts 23:8 they did not discern thescriptures.
Herodians leaven was:
1. Sexual immorality- 1 John 2:15-17 they had the spiritof the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride oflife. This lust cost Herod hislife. Herod allowed the lust of theworld to rule his life. This obsessioncost John the Baptist his life.
1.Excessiveimmorality and sexual promiscuity, 1Corinthians 5:1 (immorality) Websterdefines it as “a merry profligate man, completely given up to dissipation andlicentiousness.” You come into churchfrom the city and bring it with you. Paul was talking about a Christian that was sleeping with his father’swife. The pastor has to preach pastthis type of behavior to get to some folks inthe church. We are the product of whatwe listen to and see. People can change, 1Corinthians 7:9 Paul rejoicesbecause the man repented for what he was doing.
As Christians weshould have the mind of Christ as stated in 1 Corinthians 2:16.
We have to teachourselves and our children to make life choices. Deuteronomy 30:19.
Galatians leaven was:
Religiouslegalism- Galatians 3:1-3 they justified their relationship with God bythe works of the flesh.
You cannot establishyour relationship with God through works of any kind.
Galatians2:16 The church at Galatia were a mixture of Jews and Gentiles. The Jewscontinued to insist that the Gentiles had to obey the Mosaic Law.
We continue toplace religious denominational rules and regulations on people and ourselvestrying to please God.
You cannot servegrace and the flesh at the same time. Galatians5:1-4.
Grace is the freegift of God and Redemption is the purpose of Grace.
Ephesians 2:8 andGalatians 3:13.
We need to read theTen Commandments and get them in our heads and minds Deuteronomy 5: 6-21.
Do not be conformedto this world Romans 12: 1-2.
Grace requires noworks Ephesians 2:3 and Galatians 3:13.
We need to humbleourselves 1 Peter 5:6.
It does not matterhow much you legalize (justify) a lie it still won’t get you to heaven.
As soon as you get ahandle on how grace works from God in our lives you will be able to let worksgo.