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5 Specific Areas I need Growth in, & You?

In Christianity on January 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Spiritual Training

1/11/09

Eph 4:17-24

Review from last week  

A.     Putt off             B. Be renewed       C. Put on

Put off the old man in light of the cross and what it means for salvation. Be renewed actually the Bible commands us to keep being continually renewed and filled with the Sprit. Put on “the new self” use the story of Elephant training. When they are young handlers put chains and stakes that hold the elephant in place till they learn they can’t escape then when they are older the memory has taught them how to be captive and submissive long after they have the ability to escape the stake as adults so all it takes to hold them is a small stake and rope. Sound familiar maybe this applies to us as Christians.

The actually shows us the 5 basic areas we need to be open for training in, from the Holy Spirit.

Eph 4:24- 32 (ESV)  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,  and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.   Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

5 Specific Areas

1.    Personal Integrity-Honesty

2.    Emotional Control

3.    Financial Stewardship

4.    Speech Patterns

5.    Private Attitudes

 

1.    Personal Integrity-Honesty (vv-24-25)

Eph 4:24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Eph 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

 

3lie Function: verb Inflected Form(s): lied; ly·ing Etymology:

Middle English, from Old English lēogan; akin to Old High German liogan to lie, Old Church Slavic lŭgati

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb 1 : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive 2 : to create a false or misleading impression transitive verb : to bring about by telling lies <lied his way out of trouble>

synonyms lie , prevaricate , equivocate , palter , fib mean to tell an untruth. lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty <lied about where he had been>. prevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue <during the hearings the witness did his best to prevaricate>. equivocate implies using words having more than one sense so as to seem to say one thing but intend another <equivocated endlessly in an attempt to mislead her inquisitors>. palter implies making unreliable statements of fact or intention or insincere promises <a swindler paltering with his investors>. fib applies to a telling of a trivial untruth <fibbed about the price of the new suit>.

How often do we lie to others?

Most people lie to others once or twice a day and deceive about 30 people per week. The average is 7 times per hour if you count all the times people lie to themselves. We lie in 30 to 38% of all our interactions. College students lie in 50% of conversations with their mothers.

– 10,000,000 people lie to the IRS each year.

– 80% of us lie on our resumes.

– 70% of all doctors lie to insurance companies.

– 100% of dating couples surveyed lied to each other in about a third of their conversations.

– 20% – 30% of middle managers surveyed had written fraudulent internal reports.

– 95% of participating college students surveyed were willing to tell at least one lie to a potential employer to win a job, and 41% had already done so.

We are lied to about 200 times each day.

Unfortunately, many Christians have developed patterns of dishonesty that seems harmless but become roots of denial, rationalization, compromise, and self-delusion. Going into training means eliminating little lies, white lies, or partial truths it means little by little you make progress. One of the ways we can train ourselves in building integrity is when we exaggerate, or tell someone a lie we go back immediately and confess it then ask for forgiveness. Once we establish our integrity in this foundation area it becomes a launching pad for tremendous growth in the other areas of our life.

 

2. Emotional Control

 

Eph 4:26-27  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.

 

Not All anger is sin, anger in and of itself not inherently evil. It’s what we do with our anger that makes the difference.

1.    Anger defined  2anger Function:  noun  Etymology: Middle English, affliction, anger, from Old Norse angr grief; akin to Old English enge narrow, Latin angere to strangle, Greek anchein  Date: 14th century

1 : a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism 2 : rage synonyms anger , ire , rage , fury , indignation , wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but in itself conveys nothing about intensity or justification or manifestation of the emotional state <tried to hide his anger>. ire, more frequent in literary contexts, may suggest greater intensity than anger, often with an evident display of feeling <cheeks flushed dark with ire>. rage suggests loss of self-control from violence of emotion <screaming with rage>. fury is overmastering destructive rage that can verge on madness <in her fury she accused us all of betrayal>. indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful <a comment that caused general indignation>. wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to revenge or punish <rose in his wrath and struck his tormentor>.

Three Greek words are often translated “anger”: thumos, parorgismos, and orge.a) Thumos refers to a fury out of control. It sometimes refers to something that went up in smoke.b) Parorgismos is an internal seething, a fuming resentment that most often arises out of jealousy.c) Orge refers to anger based on a settled conviction. People have certain priorities they’re committed to, and when something violates those priorities, they respond. For example, you love your children with all your heart, but if someone hurts them, you will be angry.

You can be angry and sin or be angry and not sin. Your motive is the issue.

a) Unrighteous anger

Thumos is never to characterize a Christian. In the New Testament it refers to unregenerate men or someone engaging in sin. It’s also used of Satan (Rev. 12:12) and God’s ultimate wrath on sinners (Rom. 2:8). Only God can go to the extreme end of anger and still be righteous because He is always under control. But to us thumos is unrighteous because we are unable to control it.

b) Righteous anger

Sometimes parorgismos and orge can rightfully characterize a Christian as long as the anger is for other than selfish reasons. We can be angry over what grieves God and hinders His causes. But we are not to be so angry that it results in sin. Don’t be angry for your own causes. Don’t get angry when people offend you. Don’t let your anger degenerate into personal resentment, bitterness, sullenness, or moodiness. That is forbidden. The only justifiable anger defends the great, glorious, and holy nature of our God.

(1) Exemplified by Jesus

In John 2:13-17 we see the majestic indignation of Christ on display as He cleanses the Temple. God’s holiness was at stake, so Jesus took decisive action against the unrighteousness He found in the Temple.

John 11:33 says Jesus “groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.” It’s quite possible that Jesus was experiencing inner fury over the consequences of the Fall when He saw that His friend Lazarus was dead. Seeing Lazarus may have brought to mind the terrible things He would endure on the cross when He bore the sins of the world in His own body. Jesus was angry about sin–and He had a right to be.

2) Exemplified by Paul

The apostle Paul became angry with the Corinthians because they didn’t get angry over sin in their congregation (1 Cor. 5:1-2). They tolerated incest in their fellowship and didn’t become angry about it when they should have.

In 1 Timothy 1:20 Paul apparently was so angry at Hymenaeus and Alexander that he threw them out of the church and delivered them over to Satan.

B. The Commitment (vv. 26b-27)

1. To deal with sin (v. 26b) “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.”

That refers to the wrong kind of anger. If our anger has become sin, we are to deal with it now and not sleep on it. The New Testament continually exhorts us to face sin and deal with it now by confessing and repenting of it. If we don’t and we harbor an unforgiving spirit, Satan will “get an advantage of us” (2 Cor. 2:11).

 

2. To deal with Satan (v. 27)  “Neither give place to the devil.”

The Greek word translated “devil” (diabolos) means “slanderer.” Anger will inevitably lead to slander–either in speech or thoughts. That gives a place to the slander. As John 8:44 indicates, when a person constantly lies he gives evidence that his father is the devil. Similarly, people who are continually angry reveal that they too belong to him.

3. Financial Stewardship

Eph 4:28  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

 

Most of the tine we all want to “signup for the marathon one day and win it the next” without putting in the time it takes to train and prepare. Over 2/3 of all lottery winners are broke after 5 years and many have lost family, friends and self respect.

Employee Theft Is No. 1 Problem Facing Today’s Busy Retailers

For the past few years, retailers in general often report that they believe the problem of internal theft to be responsible for the greater portion of inventory shrinkage. In more recent surveys, the participating retailers reported that they estimate employee theft to account for between 38% and 43% of total inventory shrinkage. Whatever the amount, employee theft is believed by many to be the No. 1 problem facing retailing.

The FBI calls employee theft “the fastest growing crime in America!”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that 75% of employees steal from the workplace and that most do so repeatedly.

One third of all U.S. corporate bankruptcies are directly caused by employee theft.

Col 3:22- 25 Slaves, obey your masters according to the flesh in all things; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God.  And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men; knowing that from the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance. For you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong shall receive justice for the wrong which he did, and there is no respect of persons.

 

4. Positive Speech

 

Eph 4:29  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Eph 4:30  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

 

The way we talk to others can grieve the Holy Sprit. It breaks God’s heart when something comes out of our mouths that reduces another person.

Bible Time: Proverbs 10:11,15:1-4,16:24,28-28. Luke 6:45

Jas 1:19- 20 Therefore, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. For the wrath of man does not work out the righteousness of God.

5.    Private Attitudes

Eph 4:31- 32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

I’ll forgive but I’ll never forget!

It’s not done till we’re even!

Do unto others before they do unto you!

Don’t get mad get even!

 

How do we overcome a lie and sin in our lives with the truth of the word of God.

 

How can we be kind to one another?

How do we express tenderheartedness?

Forgiving =?

 

In closing:

 

We put off the Old man (woman)

We renew our hearts and minds (the Word)

We put on the new man (mind of Christ)

 

 

 

 

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