THE WORLD AND (ALL THE LIFESTYLES) WE SEE

As we consider this segment and try to distinguish a spiritual place that would be satisfactory to God the Father for each ambassador of his as we walk through this world; where would be a good place to start? As in almost every case, I believe we can go back to Adam and Eve, the beginning and learn a lot about what we actually need to see as it relates to lifestyles that are respected by God the Father.

When we go back to the first two sons that this couple had; we see a picture. Their first born was Cain. Cain, as seen in Genesis is a perfect picture of every person that is ever born on the face of this earth. Every one of us are first born in the flesh. As we look at their second son, Abel, he’s a picture of every person that is born-again. As we see these boys, Cain chose to remain (just as he was) that is ruled by the desires of his flesh while Abel Chose to forget himself and seek to be pleasing to God the Father.

Let’s look at some verses:

(Genesis 4:7)

IF THOU DOEST WELL, SHALT THOU NOT BE EXCEPTED? AND IF THOU DOEST NOT WELL, SIN LIETH AT THE DOOR. AND UNTO THEE SHALL BE HIS DESIRE. AND THOU SHALL RULE OVER HIM.

As we look at these two sons, we must realize this one fact. God has his way and, we have ours. We can also relate that to the word we used (lifestyle). So, let’s consider this. Cain gave of (the fruit of the ground). Can’t we consider that a sacrifice as well? Yes, we can however, it has nothing to do with God the Father. Can we also look at this as (giving a tithe)? We work with our hands, and we bring of the fruit of our labor as an offering. It’s not that (the tithe) is not important and, it can be even seen as a sacrifice to do so.

Let’s look at another verse:

(1 Samuel 15:22)

HATH THE LORD AS GREAT DELIGHT IN BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES, AS IN OBEYING THE VOICE OF THE LORD? BEHOLD, TO OBEY IS BETTER RHAN SACRIFICE, AND TO HARKEN THAN THE FAT OF RAMS.

Now, before we go any farther, let’s look at the (offering of Abel);

(Genesis 4:4)

AND ABEL, HE ALSO BROUGHT OF THE FIRSTLINGS OF HIS FLOCK AND OF THE FAT THEREOF. AND THE LORD HAD RESPECT UNTO ABEL AND TO HIS OFFERING:

Notice this word (firstlings). If you will notice that word is plural. That means that Abel kept every first born of his flock and offered them to God for a sacrifice, saving none. When we see (the fat thereof) we know he killed them. Personally, I don’t necessarily believe that this fact is the fact that is important. The fact that he recognized the blood sacrifice that God offered for the sins of Adam and Eve being (God’s way) was the important part. Cain didn’t recognize the blood sacrifice as being the important part or, it being God’s way.

Let’s go back to this verse: (IF THOU DOEST WELL, SHALT THOU NOT BE EXCEPTED? AND IF THOU DOEST NOT WELL, SIN LIETH AT THE DOOR, AND UNTO THEE SHALL BE HIS DESIRE, AND THOU SHALT RULE OVER HIM.)

As we look at this verse, we see the tale of two men. One, while he was willing to sacrifice of his goods, he was not willing to give up his lifestyle to be pleasing to God the Father. The other, seen perfectly, God’s way, recognized it and sought to walk in the statutes that pleased God the Father. In other words, it was more than just an offering of substance, it was an offering of self. The willingness to give up the things you do in your life and, seek to be pleasing to God the Father. (Offering your very lifestyle)!

When we attend Church faithfully, do all the things that are required by that Church to do such as driving a bus, tithe, teach Sunday School, be a part of all the activities that reach out to the community but, are never willing to change who we are, seeking to hear God’s voice as he speaks then we are following to (way of Cain).

(SIN LIETH AT YOUR DOOR)! Sin is our lifestyle. What we often forget is that we are sinners. Simply (what we might call) sacrificing is not what is pleasing to God. It becomes awfully convenient for us to look at someone else, see (what we call) sin in their life, to see the lifestyle they have but never really see that we are under the same condemnation of sin as well.

I often make this assessment when teaching through the book of Genesis. In the time from Adam and Eve, even with their very own children we see a progression away from what they taught them about God the Father. By the time we get to Noah, there were only eight people that believed, changed their lifestyle from what they were doing before to now building an Ark by God’s design. They changed their lifestyle!

We never see in scripture where God actually spoke to anyone but Noah after he walked with Adam in the cool of the day. Do you realize, even as I say that; he did speak to Cain didn’t he. He sought to correct Cain in the way he walked. With that, we never see where he directed either Abel of Seth. Can we glean anything spiritual from that fact? I believe so! For instance, what happened between Cain and Abel right after God sought to (reason together) (Isaiah 1:18) with Cain? Didn’t Cain kill Abel?

I often say that these two men are a type of every person that is ever born. (Cain) being our flesh and, (Abel) being God’s spirit within us as born-again believers. That’s the second birth! When any sinner rejects the voice of God, we ourselves kill the Spirit within us, choosing rather to stay as we are, maintaining our own lifestyle. The Bibles puts it this way.

(Ephesians 2:1-2)

AND YOU HATH HE QUICKENED, WHO WERE DEAD IN YOUR TRESPASSES AND SINS; (2) WHEREIN IN TIME PASSED YE WALKED ACCORDING TO THE COURSE OF THIS WORLD, ACCORDING TO THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR, THE SPIRIT THAT NOW WORKETH IN THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE”

When we choose God’s lifestyle, denying our own then we are no longer dead but alive in Christ! Now, what about God only speaking to Noah? (I believe) that God actually spoke to every person through scripture; we’ll say beginning with Seth. I’ll try to use this as an example. As a farm boy that use to plow with a mule; this is something I seen. We had a mule named Matt; I would plow tobacco with him. I had reigns tied to the bit in his mouth to direct him in the way I wanted him to go. However, Matt was so obedient, when we would come out of the end of the row, without me touching the reigns; he would turn and go right back up into the next row. The only time I had to touch the reigns was when I wanted him to do something different.

God deals with each of us the same way! As long as we are sensitive to his will, his way being obedient to his voice we are pleasing to him and, only when his desire is to redirect us does he pull our riegns.

I believe it’s important for us to look at something here. Seth, being the Spirit man; so, to speak raised his family in the way of the Lord. He and his family went about to share the (gospel) to every person that would listen. You see, all the way back from the beginning, by faith mankind knew that God would offer himself a sacrifice. That’s what Adam and Eve taught their Children and Seth taught his children.

Where we now look back to the Cross of Calvary by faith, the people in the Old Testament looked forward to that very same Cross by faith. (I believe) that every person from Cain to Naoh heard the voice of God seeking to instruct them in (his way). However, as time moved forward most of them followed the (way of Cain). That lead up to a man named Noah. God pulled his reigns and directed him to build an Ark for the saving of them that believed. The next time we see God speak to a man to change his direction, it was Abraham. (Genesis 12)

Lifestyle! Are you willing to put yours aside for the glory of God? Am I? I’d like to share something here that I’ve shared before. I went to a revival one night in a Church out of the town I live in. The man that was preaching was a man I had known for a while, and I enjoyed his preaching. Before he preached that night, he sits down at the piano to play and sing a song. As he begins to play the melody, suddenly he stops and says this: you know people, I don’t know you! However, I do know this, if I knew you like you know you, I probably get up and leave this building right now. We all laughed as he begins to play again. All of a sudden, he stops again. This time he says this; you know what, if you knew me like I know me, you’d get up and leave too!

The Apostle Paul says this:

(Galatians 2:20)

I AM CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST: NEVERTHELESS I LIVE; YET NOT I, BUT CHRIST LIVETH IN ME: AND THE LIFE WHICH I NOW LIVE IN THE FLESH I LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD, WHO LOVED ME, AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME.

I’ll have to admit to very same truth! If you people that might choose to read the things, I write actually knew who and what I use to be and, even how short I now sometimes fall of being all I need to be in Christ, you might just forget what you are reading even, leave me alone!

However, the life I now live is a (lifestyle) for Jesus Christ! I’ve sought to put the old man behind me and to press forward for the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ! It is the sanctification of a lifestyle lived, sacrificing my own self, seeking the will of God in my life!

The world has what we can call its own lifestyles that many are pleased with and, readily except as being excepted as a normal part of this world. The fact is it doesn’t matter what the world calls alright. The only thing that matters is how God sees you and the fact that we transform ourselves by his power, by faith in his finished work into all he desires for each of us to be.

Now, I’m going to say something here that many might not agree with. However, if we can at least look at what I’m saying, consider all that God’s Spirit would have us see, is it possible we can begin a true transformation in our lives? We don’t actually have a choice with how we are born or, what we might be taught to become? Isn’t it now a known fact that family genetics has something to do with who we are? If we then add that to what we are taught often from the beginning of our life, can’t that be seen as less than God’s will altogether?

Let’s start with this. Let’s say that you are born in a family that is completely sold out to worshipping God in a certain denomination or religion. Therefore, no matter what your mom or dad is genetically, you are taught from the first day of your life how a certain denomination or religion expects you to be. At the very same time, your mom’s parents were genetically prone to steal, they were accused of it very often. Your Dad’s parents were drug addicts and, that was their lifestyle. Well, just because you are now in a certain denomination or religion, being taught from youth up the genetics within you have not changed.

Therefore, at some point the genes within you begin to be seen above the denomination or religion that you have been taught. It’s even very possible that both your mom and dad are born again believers but, what you are genetically is who you are. The fact is those genetics can also be defined by another word (sin). The truth is that just because someone looks good in Church doesn’t mean that a spiritual transformation has taken place in their lives.

It doesn’t matter who we are, what sin we are prone to commit, we are all sinners, prone to sin. I truly believe that one of the worst things that can happen to any person is to be deceived into thinking they are within a relationship with Jesus Christ, and they are not.

Therefore, well start this with (living a religious lifestyle). There are thousands of people that live a certain way just because they have been taught to live that way. I bring this lifestyle up first because in (my opinion) this is the most damning lifestyle it is!

If I were to create a scale of from one to ten on basically any sin level it is, most people would fall somewhere between four and six on that scale. That means that most people are average. We are not murders, thieves, we very seldom lie, we are somewhat normal in our sexual way of thinking and so on. Maybe I should mention addiction as well. We take medicine but we seek not to be addicted to drugs or alcohol. We’re just average families, seeking to do our jobs, serve God and go about our business.

In many cases we are even taught to live lifestyles to would be considered to be pleasing to God the Father. The problem is that, although we are not seen as one to three or, seven to ten in a sinful way; a transformation must also take place in our lives as well as what we might call (hardnosed sinners). In more cases than not we even see ourselves as being above those people. That’s not something that we say but, it is implied by the very lifestyle we live.

We often draw a line between a denomination and a religion. Actually, it’s not a line between to two mindsets. If I were to draw a comparison between to two, I’d say this. A religion might be seen as people that don’t recognize Jesus Christ while a denomination does. I realize there are variations to that point, but you see what I mean.

The kind of people that bother me or, burden my heart are those that come up in a nice home, go to Church on a regular basis, live good clean lives and, keep their sinful self under a religious cover for the most part. Although we join the religion we are in or, say we believe in Jesus Christ, get baptized and join Church, we never come to the place that we feel the great conviction for what we really are, these people never actually get born again. Their lives are never transformed into an actual walk with Jesus Christ.

The world often readily accepts this (lifestyle) as being very good people. But guess what! There’s not but one (HELL)! If you die in your sins being a member of a religion or, sitting on a pew in your local Church you end up in the very same (HELL) as the most ungodly of all people.

I often go back to Genesis and relate it to a picture of the Church. If we, in that book look at Adam and Eve as being right where God desired for them to be (in the Garden of Eden) that is, until sin came. At that point they were placed outside of (that place) into a sin-cursed world. At that point they begin to have children. As we move forward to the Ark, we can see a very important fact. Most of the people (of this world) rejected God and his will.

With that being said, in all the sinfulness of this world there could still be security found in the very grace of God. Noah and his family found that place of God’s grace. Most people will agree with me that those eight people on that Ark (believed). They trusted God for their security. So, with that being said, let’s move on to some more lifestyles of this world.

When we speak of (lifestyles of this world) we must understand this:

(James 4:4)

YE ADULTERERS AND ADULTERESSES, KNOW YE NOT THAT THE FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD? WHOSOEVER THEREFORE WILL BE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD IS THE ENEMY OF GOD.

As we get into these things and, you see the words here (adulterers and adulteresses); what do you think he is talking about? Let’s go back to (James 1:1-2) and notice what he says:

(1) JAMES, A SERVANT OF GOD AND OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, TO THE TWELVE TRIBES WHICH ARE SCATTERED ABROAD, GREETINGS, (2) MY BRETHREN, COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YE FALL INTO DIVERS TEMPTATIONS;

Notice that James says he is a servant of God and of Jesus Christ. He is writing this to (his brethren) (the twelve tribes). These are people that know God and Jesus Christ. He isn’t writing this to those in the world, (the lost). He’s writing it to people that say they are born again! If you will notice in the verses (1-4) he’s making the point that they lust, they desire to have but, have not. Why, because they ask amiss!

(In my Opinion) spiritual adultery is far more damning than any adultery we might commit in our flesh will ever be. The word (enmity) means: THE STATE OF BEING ACTIVELY OPPOSED OR HOSTILE TO SOMEONE OR SOMETHING. When we choose anything of this world over our desire to seek unity with God, if we are born again, it’s like spitting in God’s face and saying: I don’t care what you think!

I’m going to get back to Noah’s Ark and show you some things in a little while, but I’d like first to look at some other things. I will say this. do you realize that the eight people that walked onto Noah’s Ark simply showed the world a type of simple salvation? I continue to say this, when you go down to an altar, typically speaking. There at that alter you asked Jesus Christ to be your savior, you just stepped on the Ark! When you went down on your knees, you just stepped on the Ark. When you get up from the alter, the Ark just settled back to earth, and you are now stepping of the Ark onto dry land. Now, what are you going to do with the faith you say you have.

When those eight people stepped out of that Ark, they stepped onto a brand-new earth. The old one and all its corruption, God had destroyed. Aren’t you and salvation the very same way? Every sin you had ever committed was washed away there at that alter, no matter what that alter was. You are now a brand-new creature in Christ Jesus! Now, let’s add something here. If Noah or any of his family members committed sin once they left the alter, did it change the fact that they were on the Ark?

Spiritual adultery is how God the Father sees our love for this world after we have been saved. That’s what James is speaking of! In our homes, families, Churches, counties, States and countries; we have not because we asked not and, when we ask, we ask amiss, desiring our own lusts.

As we consider (this world and its standards) do you realize this world has no set standard? Most of the standards we see in this world are mostly set for the benefit of someone else or for selfish reasons. It has absolutely nothing to do with God the Father.

Let’s look at a man and his hair to begin with. What’s the difference in a man’s hair and a woman’s hair? Is there any difference? If both are left to themselves, won’t they both grow in most cases to any length? Can I ask, is there a right length for a man’s hair to be? As we look at this world, what might we say is the set standard? You see, we can debate that can’t we? However, actually the length is neither now nor has it ever been the issue. The real question is (did you seek God’s direction on the matter) instead of just looking at the world as a standard to govern your choice?

If we leave it up to the world to set our standards, wouldn’t that then change from culture to culture? In that case, can’t it change from household to household as well? Do you realize that although there are many languages, many cultures and households there isn’t but one true and living God? He only has one word, and one will! Do you think that if a man speaks Spanish and I speak English that God’s will changes according to that language, or a culture?

I simply used (hair) as an example however, I believe we can take God’s word and prove what I’m about to say. God’s will is for any person to be able to look at you in the way you wear your hair, dress and even act and know for sure, without a doubt whether you are male or female. That’s the same in any language or culture.

I promised you that I would come back to Noah’s Ark. I want you to see this. We have seen and know beyond any doubt that every person on the Ark (believed). The each believed by faith that God would do what he said he would do. Now, I want you to notice something. What were the first two sins recorded once the Ark settled back to the new earth? Have you ever thought about that?

Look at these verses:

(Genesis 9:20-27)

AND NOAH BEGAN TO BE AN HUSBANDMAN, AND HE PLANTED A VINEYARD: (21) AND HE DRANK OF THE WINE, AND WAS DRUNKEN; AND WAS UNCOVERED WITHIN HIS TENT. (22) AND HAM, THE FATHER OF CANAAN, SAW THE NAKEDNESS OF HIS FATHER, AND TOLD HIS TWO BRETHREN WITHOUT. (23) AND SHEM AND JAPHETH TOOK A GARMENT, AND LAID IT UPON BOTH THEIR SHOLDERS, AND WENT IN BACKWARD, AND COVERED THE NAKEDNESS OF THEIR FATHER; AND THEIR FACES WERE BACKWARD, AND THEY SAW NOT THEIR FATHER’S NAKEDNESS. (24) AND WHEN NOAH AWOKE FROM HIS WINE, AND KNEW WHAT HIS YOUNGER SON HAD DONE UNTO HIM. (25) AND HE SAID CURSED BE CANAAN; A SERVANT SHALL HE BE UNTO HIS BRETHREN. (26) AND BLESSED BE THE LORD GOD OF SHEM; AND CANAAN SHALL BE HIS SERVANT. (27) GOD SHALL ENLARGE JAPHEPH, AND HE SHALL DWELL IN THE TENTS OF SHEM; AND CANAAN SHALL BE HIS SERVANT.

First of all, let’s look at Noah. He planted a vineyard. There’s nothing sinful about a vineyard or the fact that he drank wine. The sin comes when he, or we allow another spirit to control us rather than the Spirit of God.

(Ephesians 5:18)

AND BE NOT DRUNK WITH WINE, WHEREIN IS EXCESS; BUT BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT;

We’ve proven that Noah believed however, that didn’t bring about perfection in his life, did it? When we allow ourselves to be led by another spirit other than God’s Spirit, just what all can happen because of our disobedience?

I feel that, as we consider the (lifestyles of this world) we might need to stop here for a while and notice some things as it relates to those that are believers and those of this world. The verse we just wrote is a verse that, as believers we all can read it and understand what he is saying to us. However, Noah didn’t have that luxury, did he? How did Noah or any of his children know right from wrong? As a matter of fact, we don’t see where God the Father says anything about the fact that Noah got drunk and, as it relates to what Ham did, it’s Noah that placed the curse on him, not God. As I make that statement, we still must understand that it was God that honored the curse on Ham because Noah could not have carried it out on his own.

I shared with you how that (believing) as it relates to the Ark is a picture of going down to an alter and trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior. When that Ark came back down to the earth and the eight people came off ot it, that’s a picture of how you live your life after you are born-again. It’s something we can prove from the word of God. When Noah got drunk, and Ham (seen his nakedness) was a few years alter the Ark had landed. Look at this verse:

(Genesis 9:18)

AND THE SONS OF NOAH, THAT WENT FORTH OF THE ARK, WERE SHEM, AND HAM, AND JAPHETH: AND HAM IS THE FATHER OF CANNAN.

We see here that a child has now been born. Can we agree that it takes time for that to happen? My desire is to teach spiritual things and to reveal the (lifestyles of this world). as this unfolds, we can see how God separates the will and choices of men from the things he desires as we grow spiritually. What often happens to believers is that we begin to stray back into the ways of this world. Once we do that; not only does it affect us but also the people around us.

So, Noah got drunk. What’s the big deal? Can we agree that if Noah hadn’t committed the act, he committed it wouldn’t have opened the door for Ham to do what he done? Because of the act that Ham committed his son was cursed and also Japheth. Look at these verses:

(Genesis 9:24-27)

AND NOAH AWOKE FROM HIS WINE, AND KNEW WHAT HIS YOUNGER SON HAD DONE UNTO HIM. (25) AND HE SAID, CURSED BE CANAAN; A SERVANT OF SERVANTS SHALL HE BE UNTO HIS BRETHREN. (26) AND HE SAID, BLESSED BE THE LORD GOD OF SHEM; AND CANAAN SHALL BE HIS SERVANT. (27) GOD SHALL ENLARGE JAPHETH, AND HE SHALL DWELL IN THE TENTS OF SHEM; AND CANAAN SHALL BE HIS SERVANT.

I don’t know that you can actually call the fact that (Japheth has to dwell in the tents of Shem) a curse however, it was part of the curse that Noah pronounced at that time. Personally, I believe it’s all very spiritual as it relates to separating believers from the lifestyles of this world.

We see two sins here committed by first Noah and then, Ham. For a spiritual argument, instead of saying Noah was drunk, let say he was being influenced by another spirit other that God’s Spirit. When he was under the influence of something besides God’s Spirit, Ham, the Bible says (seen his nakedness). It also says that when Noah (knew what his younger son had done unto him) he brought about the curse.

It’s assumed here that Ham committed a homosexual act on his father here. However, just what does that mean as far as God is concerned? The Bible tells us this:

(Matthew 5:28)

BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT WHOSOEVER LOOKETH ON A WOMAN TO LUST AFTER HER HATH COMMITTED ADULTERY WITH HER ALREADY IN HIS OWN HEART.

Can you see here in this verse how that Ham simply looking at his father’s nakedness and desiring him is considered sin in the eyes of God? What he actually did other than simply seeing his nakedness, we don’t know but, we do see that his other two sons would not even look upon his nakedness.

These two people were believers. We will have to admit that all sin has its root in the hearts of men. That’s where it begins. I believe we take (sin) far too lightly, even as believers. Because of this, people that are not believers considers most things as not sin at all. As these things fester and grow it becomes almost common place and (a lifestyle of this world).

So, what is spiritually actually happening when we see the curse that Noah placed upon his two sons? As we see; Shem is not cursed. In the spiritual picture, Shem is the son that is seeking God’s will and that alone. What is actually being taught here is that no man or, train if thought can be left outside of the influence of God’s Spirit or direction, no matter what it is. When we allow any lifestyle to be governed by this world, it will bring about a curse of destruction.

Just to keep it simple, we see this in (Genesis 9). In (Genesis 10) we see that these sons were divided, building their own nations. So, what happened? Both Ham and Japheth said (NO) to the rule of Seth, in the sense of (His Lord God). We will not be your servants! Therefore, they departed. Let’s not forget that all these sons were believers. They all came off of the Ark of Noah. However, they also rejected the voice of God and would not have him rule over them!

If you remember, I said that the worst of all (worldly lifestyles) is the religious one. I’d like to make a point there. Let’s say you are like either Ham or Japheth. Here, (you believe). However, you have made a choice that you don’t like the (Godly standards) that are expected of you. Therefore, you either leave the Church you attend or, you replace the pastor of that Church with a pastor that will be willing to comply with your way of thinking. Now, you are happy! Well, what about your children and grandchildren? This is exactly what we see in our world today! Many believers refuse to submit to the will of God for their lives. They have the power to either transform their Church or move on to one of their choosing, never considering the curse they are placing on their children. The very love they declare for their children is a (love defined by this world) and not a Godly love.

When these things happen, sin multiplies, it becomes more and more corrupt bringing about the very judgement of God the Father. How much time passed from Adam and Eve to Noah? How much time has now passed from Noah to this present day?

In the Picture we see of Ham and Japheth we must notice something. As far as we can see there is actually no difference in Japheth and Shem. We can’t detect sin in either of their lives. However, the truth is that whether we think we are sinners or not, we must recognize our need to put God first in our lives. We can see that Ham was easily seen as a sinner. It appears that he was homosexual or, at least had a mindset toward that way of life.

Within the lives of these three son we see a picture of this world today. Shem represents a man that willingly submits to the (Godly standards) while living in a (sin cursed world).

Japheth represents (the religious world). He doesn’t see himself as needing to change anything about his life!

Ham represents (content sinners). People that live their lives just as they please, never considering the consequences thereof.

So, let’s consider this (worldly lifestyle). We know that this man (Ham) was a believer. Now, can he as a believer submit himself to the will of God? You might ask, how can he do that? He can willingly become a servant of his brother Shem and, follow the (Godly lifestyle) that he has willingly chosen.

Now, I’m going to say something here that many might not agree with. However, I only ask that you consider what I’m saying and allow God’s Spirit to speak to your heart. We see that (Ham) committed the sin of homosexuality. This sin represents far more than just that simple lifestyle. It relates to the complete reproductive lifestyle whether it’s spiritual or physical. For instance, it is completely impossible for two people of the same sex to bring about new life. In a spiritual sense, when we seek to build a Church void to the true leadership of God’s Spirit, it’s impossible to bring about any new spiritual life.

When any pastor refuses to allow God’s Spirit to speak through him, meaning he has become just like to people he is speaking to, there can be no Godly convicting to any person’s heart! The word of God is completely contrary to any person’s flesh. When it is injected to the sinful minds or hearts of man it brings about great conviction against sin! If any Church is seen this way, can’t we define that Church as a (homosexual Church) meaning that no spiritual birth can ever take place?

So, let’s look at something here about both Ham and Japheth. The very same curse was placed on Japheth as it was Ham. We read this in (Genesis 9:25-27). We can see a little variation in how the curse is read but, they are both to be servants and dwell under the influence of (The Lord God of Shem). Therefore, as both of these men set out, leaving the principles of the lifestyle of (The Lord God of Seth) didn’t both also become a (worldly religious mindset)? Do you realize that every sinner is trusting some type of religious mindset to keep them safe from the wrath of God? No exceptions!

There are many (worldly religious people) that will tell you that if a person is homosexual they’re going to hell. O.K. Does that mean if you are a spiritual homosexual you’re going to hell as well? What the difference?

Let’s just say that when Ham chose not to submit to God, he departed and started a (lifestyle) that was pleasing to him. Well, didn’t Japheth do the very same thing? I often try to relay this message. Sin has never been the vessel that takes any person to hell! If sin was the vessel that carried people to hell, then, we all would spend eternity there because we are all sinners. The only vessel, no matter the sin that sends people to hell is (unbelief) period!

Can’t we assume that the mindset of every person on the Ark was there as they entered the Ark? Can’t we say that the same mindset also came off the Ark? All of these people were believers. All of them were also sinners! The Bible teaches us that (Believing on Christ) is salvation! There are all kinds of people that struggle with the lifestyle they have. Even I, struggle with mine! The fact I know who I am, my lifestyle! I simply choose not to allow that lifestyle to rule my life. Does that mean that I never submit to the weakness of my flesh? No! I’m just like any other person; I fall short of God’s glory! As I say that, I also refuse to look at any other person’s sin and judge them as lost because of what I see.

The Bible says this, speaking to those that are born-again:

1 John 1:8-9

IF WE SAY THAT WE HAVE NO SIN, WE DECEIVE OURSELVES, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN US. (9) IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS, AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

Ever person’s flesh is part of (the lifestyles of this world), no exceptions! It’s when we renounce the lifestyles of darkness and step into the light of God’s spirit that causes us to be born-again. As we live in this world, we slowly die to what we are and seek to become all God desires for us to be.

Just by way of giving an example of what I’m saying, let’s do this. There are two families that live on the same street, they attend the same Church, they both have a son. The son in one family is a football star in the college he attends. Although he attends Church, he been baptized and says he believes in Jesus Christ, he is also a party animal. He has basically slept with every cheerleader, often drinks too much. However, these things are seen as just being a teen and he’ll one day get through sowing his wild oats, so to speak.

In the other family, their son sings in the glee club. He is seen to have homosexual tendencies; he acts very feminine. as a younger boy, he also joins Church, got baptized, confessed his faith in Jesus Christ. While very little is every said about the football star, this son is highly chastised and condemned for who he is. Even if it’s not it’s not said out loud, his mom and dad know and also hear the whispers. To the average Church member, this is far beyond just sowing wild oats, this is sin!

What? Does God except one lifestyle and condemn the other? Or is that just something we do? I’d like to make one more point about this as it concerns Ham. If Ham was a homosexual or, had thoughts about being so of which would be sin; he also had a wife with children. We see that in (Genesis 10:9). So, what might be the spiritual problem here? The problem is that we can make our sexual desires simply a way of self-satisfaction then it becomes sin in our lives. It’s possible that Ham wasn’t concerned about how or who it was that he got that satisfaction from, as long as he got it. That is what became the sin in his life.

As we continue to look at lifestyles, this will be an important point to remember! Just as God made languages, color, male and female, he also devised a way to replenish the world with people. But, that way of replenishing was only supposed to be between a man and his wife, and for a specific purpose. Personally, I believe that sex in a marriage has multiple purposes other than simply having children. However, it’s still supposed to be just between a man and his wife. Marriage is always between a man and a woman. The lifestyles of this world might allow us to have things in other ways than what is designed by God, but God will never be pleased with the lifestyles of this world.

LET’S LOOK AT COLOR

As we look into this, let’s see where it all started. If we look at the first son born to Canaan, his name is Cush. Simply put, the word means black. It’s believed that when he was born, he was born black. If that’s the case, as he grew doesn’t it make sense that he was the only one black at that time? As we read in (Genesis 10:7) we see he had sons. That means he had to marry a woman of another color or, of the color that everyone else was.

I can see how this brought about the difference in people and their color today. However, what actual difference does it make as far as God is concerned? I’m a Caucasian male. Does that make me special or better than anyone else in this world? The answer is no! God doesn’t see my color as being any different than any other person.

We know that there are people that make promoting their color a lifestyle they live by! There are people that believe that just because they are a certain color, they are special or better than someone of another color. Can you explain to me what is gained spiritually when we focus more on color than we do Jesus Christ?

I believe it’s something that can be taught here that most people never even consider. And also, as we look at this, depending on how you look at Israel as a nation might make you even consider how you decide whether you desire to be more concerned about your color or your walk with Jesus Christ.

If you were going to place the color of the people that are Jews, true members of the Nation of Israel on a scale from one to ten. One being looked at as white and, ten being black, where would you place them? In my judgement, I’d place them between four and six. They are not white and Thay are not black. As we consider color, do you think this might be a relative point?

I want to take my time in doing this! My desire is to take the Nation of Israel and their spiritual walk with God to prove just how little color has to do with your relationship with God the Father. Yet many people that say they are born-again focus far too much on the color of their sin! They seek to place themselves above someone or even equal to someone simply because of their color. With this mindset they lose the very principle of the salvation they say they have. By doing that they place themselves in a very low place in eternity!

I said I would take my time in doing this. So, let’s make a point. Some time ago a friend of mine, a man of a different color than I made this statement to me. He said he couldn’t understand why any person that proclaimed that God had called them to preach would desire to be the President of the United States thereby taking a lower seat. Why would any person, being a born-again child of God desire any part or title in this world? I totally agree with him! However, I might have the answer. The reason is twofold. First of all, they’re in love with this world! Secondly, they are ignorant of what they possess or, can possess in Christ!

Let’s say you father is a multibillionaire. You are an only child. He tells you as you begin to become a man that he will allow you to inherit it all, no strings attached as far as other people are concerned. However, all he asked of you is that as long as he lives you obey his will, do what he asked you to do. Would you, do it?

That is exactly the deal that God the Father offered the Nation of Israel, the people he chose to be his people. God the Father, speaking to us by His Spirit is a great teacher. He seeks to teach every one of his children no matter what color you might be or what culture you might have. If you remember, in the Garden of Eden he placed Adam and Eve. They had it all, no troubles at all. God even came down and walked with them in the cool of the day. The one thing they were commanded to do was not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They failed at that!

God told Israel; you will inherit the earth. All I asked you to do is to do what I command you. They failed at that! We could say that, at that time in both case what they were offered was a treasure. However, we now know it was a teaching experience for the rest of mankind in both cases. In both cases God knew what the outcome would be, he just needed for us to know for our instruction in righteousness. We know for example that there were men in Israel that believed God but not the whole nation. Now, we need to ask, where do you stand with God and his leadership?

God will never break any promise that he makes! He promised Israel that they would inherit the earth and they will. However, in the concept of righteousness and being obedient to God thew Father, what is the value of inheriting the earth? Is it any place that in a spiritual sense you would be better off to be? Is it anything the members of the Nation of Israel would be better off to be a part of rather than (a Jew), claiming that heritage?

In comparison, look at you and your lifestyle. It doesn’t matter what that lifestyle might be, you are so focused on proving you are the best or you are going to be what you are that it becomes counterproductive in the true mindset of what God desires to offer you. Just like Israel being so proud of being (God’s chosen people) that they could not see the higher calling of God the Father.

So, you’re homosexual, ok. So, you’re an adulterer, ok. So, you’re a certain color and very proud of it, ok. Every person on the face of this earth is something similar to what you are. We can go on naming sins or situations forever. I heard once two brothers got into a fight over a plow they wanted in the funeral home, standing at their father’s coffin. We wrap our minds around, allow some of the stupidest things that could ever be spoken of in this world. completely ignoring the very points that God is fervently seeking to get us to see!

Now, if you’re willing to give up your lifestyle and seek the place in eternity God desires for you to be, let’s look at some scripture. Let me ask you a question to begin with. Do you, as an individual believe that (the Bible) is God’s Holy Word to us? Do you believe that it is inspired by God the Father? If not, then everything I might teach here means nothing to you. However, my prayer would be that God’s Spirit might draw conviction on your heart and change your direction.

Let’s first look at Israel as God’s chosen people.

Genesis 12:1-3)

NOW THE LORD HAD SAID UNTO ABRAM, GET THEE OUT OF THY COUNTRY, AND FROM THY KINDRED, AND FROM THY FATHER’S HOUSE, UNTO A LAND THAT I WILL SHEW THEE: (2) AND I WILL MAKE THE A GREAT NATION, AND WILL BLESS THEE, AND MAKE THY NAME GREAT; AND THOU SHALT BE A BLESSING. (3) AND I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE, AND CURSE THEM THAT CURSE HIM THAT CURSETH THEE: AND IN THEE SHALL ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED.

I always seek to prove, with scripture all I teach. However, I still content that it takes the Holy Spirit of God to convince you of truth, not me! So, let’s ask a (what if). As we move forward from Abram to Abraham, from there to Isaac, the con of the promise all the way to the actual creation of the Nation of Israel. We see they were disobedient, filled with unbelief. What if they would have simply trusted God, obeyed him and conquered the world at that time? Where would that leave the Gentiles?

Now, let’s look at this:

Daniel 9:20-27

AND WHILES I WAS SPEAKING, AND PRAYING, AND CONFESSING MY SIN AND THE SIN OF MY PEOPLE iSRAEL, AND PRESENTING MY SUOOLICATION BEFORE THE LORD MY GOD FOR THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF MY GOD, (21) YEA, WHILES I WAS SPEAING IN PRAYER, EVEN THE MAN GABRIEL, WHOM I HAD SEEN IN THE VISION AT THE BEGINNING, BEING CAUSED TO FLY SWIFTLY, TOUCHED ME ABOUT THE TIM OF THE EVENING OBLATION. (22) AND INFORMED ME AND TALKED WITH ME, AND SAID, O DANIEL, I AM NOW COME FORTH TO GIVE THEE SKILL AND UNDERSTANDING. (23) AT THE BEGINNINGOF THY SUPPLICATIONS THE COMMANDMENT CAME FORTH, AND I AM COME TO SHEW THEE; FOR THOU ART GREATLY BELOVED: THEREFORE UNDERSTAND THE MATTER, AND CONSIDER THE VISION. (24) SEVENTY WEEKS ARE DETERMINED UPON THY PEOPLE AND UPON THY HOLY CITY, TO FINISH THE TRANSGRESSIONS, AND TO MAKE AN END OF SINS, AND TO MAKE RECONCILIATION FOR INIQUITY, AND TO BRING IN EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND TO SEAL UP THE VISION AND PROPHECY, AND TO ANOINT THE MOST HOLY. (25) KNOW THERFORE AND UNDERSTAND, THAT FORM THE GOING FORTH OF THE COMMANDMENT TO RESTORE AND TO BUILD JERUSALEM UNTO THE MESSIAH THE PRINCE SHALL BE SEVEN WEEKS, AND THREESCORE AND TWO WEEKS: THE STREET SHALL BE BUILT AGAIN, AND THE WALL, EVEM IN TROUBLOUS TIMES. (26) AND AFTER THREESCORE AND TWO WEEKS SHALL MESSIAH BE CUT OFF, BUT NOT FOR HIMSELF: AND THE PEOPLE OF THE PRINCE THAT SHALL COME SHALL DESTROY THE CITY AND THE SANCTUARY; AND THE END THEREOF SHALL BE WITH A FLOOD, AND UNTO THE END OF THE WAR DESOLATIONS ARE DETERMINED. (27) AND HE SHALL CONFIRM THE COVENANT WITH MANY FOR ONE WEEK: AND IN THE MIST OF THE WEEK HE SHALL CAUSE THE SACRIFICE AND THE OBLATION TO CEASE, AND FOR THE OVERSPREADING OF ABOMINATIONS HE SHALL MAKE DESOLATE, EVEN UNTIL THE CONSUMMATION, AND THAT DETERMINED SHALL BE POURED UPON THE DESOLATE.

I don’t want you to forget, we’re speaking about lifestyles of this world! Do you think just because you are a member of a certain Church, nationality, race, color or culture that there’s something special about you! If you consider, who are God’s chosen people, what would actually be the truth?

God’s whole plan, even from the very beginning was to have a (called out people). People that loved him, people that were willing to forget themselves and totally seek to do his will. Everything else in scripture from Adam and Eve to Noah’s Ark, the Nation of Israel. the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. even the birth of the Church in Acts was all about that very concept.

Let’s say that all has unfolded. Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Israel has now inherited the earth, it’s there’s! Look where they are living!

Acts 7:49

HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, AND THE EARTH IS MY FOOTSTOOL: WHAT HOUSE WILL YOU BUILD ME? SAITH THE LORD: OR WHAT IS THE PLACE OF MY REST:

Luke 20:41-43

AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, HOW SAY THEY THAT CHRIST IS DAVID’S SON? (42) AND DAVID HIMSELF SAITH IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS, THE LORD IS MY LORD, SIT THOU ON MY RIGHT HAND, (43) TILL I MAKE THINE ENEMIES THEY FOOTSTOOL.

Look at this verse:

Roman 11:25

FOR I WOULD NOT, BRETHREN, THAT YE SHOULD BE IGNORANT OF THIS MYSTERY, LEST YE SHOULD BE WISE IN YOUR OWN CONCIETS; THAT BLINDNESS IN PART IS HAPPENED TO ISRAEL, UNTIL THE FULNESS OF THE Gentiles BE COME IN. (26) AND SO ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: AS IT IS WRITTEN. THERE SHALL COME OUT OF SION THE DELIVERER, AND SHALL TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB: (27) FOR THIS IS MY COVENANT UNTO THEM, WHEN I SHALL TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.

Notice the phrase (blindness in part). God blinded the Nation of Israel, that as a nation, not individuals. He did that because his desire was for Jesus Christ to be the savior of the world. He wants the people of Israel to be more concerned about Jesus Christ being their savior than seeing him as their King. Even now, Israel desire is for their Messiah, their King to come, set them up as shall we say the powerhouse of this world. That’s a lifestyle mindset!

Every person, even if that person is born-again and seeks to cling to their lifestyle is doing the very same thing! We’re seeking to be who we desire to be and not allow the Spirit of God to transform us into what he desires us to be!

In (Acts 7:49) these questions are asked. (WHAT HOUSE WILL YOU BUILD FOR ME)? (WHERE IS THE PLACE OF MY REST)? When you are saved; we could even say if you are not saved but you continue to live the lifestyle you love you are not going to like the place that house is. Where is the place of his rest? Wise believers seek that place. They willingly give up all they might be, their very own lifestyle to find that place!

Now, consider this: Israel chose its own lifestyle. As a nation for all eternity, we see where they will possess, live on God’s footstool! That’s what the inherited by the choice they make. As I say that, that is as a Nation. If you remember, the Apostle Paul said this:

Galatians 3:10-11

LIE NOT ONE TO ANOTHER, SEEING THAT YE HAVE PUT OFF THE OLD MAN WITH HIS DEEDS, AND HAVE PUT ON THE NEW MAN, WHICH IS RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE AFTER THE IMAGE OF HIM THAT CREATED HIM: (11) WHERE THERE IS NEITHER GREEK OR JEW, CIRCUMCISION OR UNCIRCUMCISION, BARBARIAN, SCYTHIAN, BOND NOR FREE: BUT CHRIST IS ALL, AND IN ALL.

What he’s teaching here is to individual people. As a nation, the Jews will inherit the earth. The Jewish people: just like any other people live and die. Within each life they can either ask Jesus Christ to be their savior of die lost. There is only one place lower than earth, we call it hell!

With that being said, what is above this earth? If often tell people that there is a difference in the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ will establish the Kingdom of Heaven, a place for the nation of Israel right here on this earth. Do you realize that the Jewish people will never cease to exist, in the flesh right here on this earth? They will always be or, at least as far as can be seen in God’s word. That is a completely different study however, it can be proven in scripture. According to their lifestyle, that is what they inherited!

May I show you one other verse of scripture?

Matthew 27:25

THEN ANSWERED ALL THE PEOPLE, AND SAID, HIS BLOOD BE ON US, AND ON OUR CHILDREN.

You read that whole account! That’s the Jews telling Pilate their desire! Be careful what you ask for! Those people that will be living upon this earth in the Kingdom of Heaven will be the children of those that made that statement. Jesus Christ will be their king. However, his heart felt desire is to be their savior. If any Jewish person will ask Jesus Christ to be their savior, then they have the very same opportunities as any other born-again believer.

We’ll get to the believer in a moment. I’d like to say here. Let’s look at the lifestyle of a (so called) atheist. First of all, I’ve said this before and stand on it here. There’s no such thing as an atheist. That word is a man-made word to describe a person that speaks with his mouth but will not reveal his heart! I know for a fact that God put a part of himself into the being of every person that is born. Therefore, God speaks and reveals himself to every person, with that part of him just like he does me or any person that has ever lived.

Now, let’s consider something. The Jews on the day that the statement was made about their children were very bold in their speech; just like any atheist that speaks. To me, although my heart will not allow me to rejoice at the fact that an Atheist dies and goes to hell, actually that is a very minor point. What about his children?

Again, let’s consider! Although the Jews hated Jesus Christ so much that they made a statement such as this, Jesus Christ Loved them so much that he would still save them and their children. It’s the very same with and atheist. The love of Christ goes far beyond the simple ignorance of any person, reaching to every generation.

I’ll go as far as to say this, if there’s an atheist that died not believing in Christ and went to a Devil’s hell, right now he screaming to the top of his voice for his children to take heed, to forget all that he taught and learn Christ!

We see the lifestyle of them that believe not and, we see the earth as God’s footstool. What about those that have a lifestyle of believing? Those that are born-again? What happens to them? This is a subject that I never hear anyone teach about. I wonder why? Are we left to believe that since we believe and, that alone will bring us all that God offers, every person will be just the same? I often hear people make a statement such as this: well as long as I get to heaven, that’s all I want. Do you see that as a wise statement? Is this a good lifestyle to build upon?

What is what we call heaven? We, being born-again, where do we go when we die? The Bible gives an answer to that question. Before we go any farther, I’d like to show you something.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

ACCORDING TO THE GRACE OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN UNTO ME, AS A WISE MASTERBUILDER, I HAVE LAID A FOUNDATION, AND ANOTHER BUILTETH THEREON. BUT LET EVERY MAN TAKE HEED HOW HE BUILDETH THERE UPON, (11) FOR OTHER FOUNDATION CAN NO MAN LAY THAN THAT IS LAID, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST . (12) NOW IF ANY MAN BUILD UPON THIS FOUNDATION GOLD, SIVER, PRECIOUS STONES, WOOK, HAY, STUBBLE; (13) EVERY MAN’S WORK SHALL BE MADE MANIFEST: FOR THE DAY SHALL DECLARE IT, BECAUSE IT SHALL BE REVEALED BY DIRE, AND THE FIRE SHALL TRY EVERY MAN’S WORK OF WHAT SORT IT IS. (14) IF ANY MAN’S WORK ABIDE WHICH HE HATH BUILT THEREUPON, HE SHALL RECEIVE A REWARD. (15) IF ANY MAN’S WORKMSHALL BE BURNED, HE SHALL SUFFER LOSS: BUT HE HIMSELF SHALL BE SAVED; YET AS BY FIRE.

Luke 12:46-48

AND THE LORD OF THAT SERVANT WILL COME IN A DAY WHEN HE LOOKETH NOT FOR HIM, AND AT AN HOUR WHEN HE IS NOT AWARE, AND WILL CUT HIM IN SUNDER, AND WILL APPOINT HIM HIS PORTION WITH THE UNBELIEVERS. (47) AND THAT SERVANT THAT KNEW HIS LORD’S WILL, AND PREPARED NOT HIMSELF, NEITHER DID ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, SHALL BE BEATEN WITH MANY STRIPES. (48) But HE THAT KNEW NOT, AND DID COMMIT THINGS WORTHY OF STRIPES, SHALL BE BEATEN WITH FEW STRIPES. FOR UNTO WHOMSOEVER MUCH IS GIVEN, OF HIM SHALL BE MUCH REQUIRED: AND TO WHOM MEN HAVE COMMITTED MUCH , OF THEY WILL HE ASK MORE.

Does either set of verses should like a joy ride to you? We can see for a fact that (1 Corinthians) is talking directly to dose that say they are born-again. We might be able to argue about (Luke) because it’s just a parable. Personally, I can see how he’s speaking to either group.

I once wrote an article i called (Just how close can a person get to hell without actually going)? The Bible teaches us that the place we, as born-again believers will be living for eternity is a place that is a cubic 1500 miles each way. It actually says (12,000 furlongs in) (Revelation 21:16). That’s the place the bride of Christ will be living!

I’m making a point about the lifestyles, even as believers we choose to live. Therefore, I’ll make some remarks here trying to help you see the importance of allowing your lifestyle to be all that God wants you to be rather than simply choosing your own.

This is some things I have studied out over the years; I won’t even attempt to prove them now but, I’d like for you to at least consider what I’m saying. If you remember I mentioned that (Israel as nation) will inherit the earth. The people that inherit the earth will be (in the flesh), they will not have spiritual bodies. We, as the bride of Christ will have spiritual bodies. While I believe that we will be able to come down to this earth; even having responsibilities here, the members of the Nation of Israel cannot come into our home. If any person, as a Jew if born-again while the Church is here on earth, they are a member of the bride of Christ just like any other person.

We can get into a lot of scripture here to prove all this out but, my point is where do you desire to stand as it relates to how close you are to Jesus Christ? Our lifestyles will determine that fact! So let me draw you a picture. In (Luke 12) I can see how there are different levels of hell depending on what you know and, what you do with what you know. All that is below the earth that Israel inherited. Just above earth there is also different levels of places we might say to live; all the way to the top of that city where Jesus Christ abides.

If you will notice in (Luke 12) is also uses the word (servants) in the text he writes. Again, we can debate to whom he’s speaking but I have a question I’d like to ask concerning what he’s saying there. (To whom are you servant to)? Also, (how informed are you? How much do you know)? These two questions, I believe can run the spectrum all the way from the bottom of a place called hell to the uttermost close relationship to Jesus Christ!

The Bible shows us this:

Acts 1:25

THAT HE MAY TAKE PART OF THIS MINISTRY AND APOSTLESHIP, FROM WHICH JUDAS BY TRANSGRESSION FELL, THAT HE MIGHT GO TO HIS OWN PLACE.

Luke wrote the book of Acts. When he penned the phrase (that he might go to his own place); it was written under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost of God. Realizing that fact, just where was his own place? Where might you be on day? Where is your own place? Here’s a man. Judas: he seemed so close to Jesus Christ that he kissed him! Basically, I believe we all earn our own place? The Bible says this:

Romans 6:23

FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

We see here that, if we don’t make a choice to take the gift offered to us then we earn wages. you will receive those wages! It also says here that eternal life is a gift. Therefore, what are you doung with the gift of eternal life that you received at salvation?

We looked the (1 Corinthians 3). We see there the word (rewards). Those rewards must be earned. Having eternal life is one thing. How you live with your eternal life is a totally different thing. If you will notice in (1 Corinthians 3) there are six things mentioned. Gold, silver, precious stone, wood hay and stubble. It also says that we will be tried as of by fire.

When you place gold, silver or precious stone in fire, it will either remain the same or just become more refined, getting better and better depending on just how hot the fire gets. However, what happens to wood, hay and stubble when it’s placed in fire? It either burns completely up or, if anything remains, it’s more than likely worthless.

Now, let’s look at another verse:

Matthew 18:30

BUT MANY THAT ARE FIRST SHALL BE LAST; AND THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST.

Lifestyles of this world! We go about our days as we live. Doesn’t matter whether we are lost or saved. WE put very little thought about what we do, how we live or, what the end of it all will be. We just go about our merry way; seemingly very content with who and what we are.

That’s about what the Nation of Israel was doing. However, let’s take note of something here. It’s just so much to teach! Look at this:

Mark 3:28-29

VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, ALL SINS SHALL BE FORGIVEN TO SONS OF MEN, AND BLASPHEMIES WHEREWITH SOEVER THEY SHALL BLASPHEME: (29) BUT HE THAT SHALL BLASPHEME AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST HATH NEVER FORGIVENESS, BUT IS IN DANGER OF ETERNAL DAMNATION:

We could say a lot here. However, I’m simply making a point. In the Old Testament, God the father spoke directly to man, he is being first. In the Gospels, God the Son, Jesus Christ spoke directly to men being the second. Starting in the book of Acts, God came to us in the form of His Holy Spirit. Now, God’s Spirit speaks to us, Guess what! There is nothing else going to take place. If we blaspheme, reject the call of God’s Holy Spirit, that’s it!

In these verses Jesus Christ is actually speaking to the Jews. Weren’t they first chosen? Remember, the first shall be last? In the Book of Acts, God, through his Spirit even offered the gospel of Jesus Christ (to the Jew first)! Now, I contend that now there is no difference in any individual member of the Nation of Israel that any other person. If, they, as an individual will except Jesus Christ as their savior then they can climb all the way to the very first if they are willing to earn all they can in the life God has offered them. The ground is level at the foot of the Cross. We all have the same opportunity to do great things for Jesus Christ!

So far, we see the Nation of Israel being first, the Gentiles second. We also see the same thing with the Apostles. Jesus Christ himself picked twelve men to be his Apostles. We just read where one of them fell by transgression. Do you think that caught God by surprise? Of course not. That was by design! In the book of Acts, we see where Jesus Christ picked the Apostle Paul to be the (last) Apostle. Even he said (he was the least of all Apostles)!

When we look at the lifestyles of this world; the way that born-again believers live is still a lifestyle of this world. I know that I might not be able to completely prove what I’m about to say however, a 1500 mile cubic, a place we will one day call home is a very big area! It will extend from just above earth to all the way to the place of the living quarters of Jesus Christ. What you choose, what you do with the free gift of eternal life that Jesus gave you will determine, not only where you live in eternity but, what responsibilities you have for eternity.

I ask you in closing to understand that all I might say still needs study. That study needs to be from you. For example, I believe that the four and twenty elders mentioned in (Revelation 4). That phares is mentioned a number of times in that book but, we see it first in chapter four. I believe that these men will be the Twele patriarchs in the Old Testament and the twelve Apostles in the New Testament. They will be seated right around the throne of our savior, Jesus Christ. Who will be on the next level we might say? Will it be Moses, Jeremiah, Abraham or, you? Now, you don’t have to believe that just because I said it. But you prove me wrong!

Even if you believe concerning yourself that you will be right in the very bottom of Hell, if you’re reading this you can still change your lifestyle and become a great warrior for Jesus Christ.

I didn’t come anywhere close to mentioning all the lifestyles that could be mentioned, you know that however, lifestyle matters or, it will in eternity. I see people that truly desire to be looked at and admired. They do things with clothing, with their hair, with jewelry. on their bodies, houses, automobiles, on and on we go! Do you realize that our very lifestyles can cause us to become reprobate?

As a society, haven’t we reached reprobate status? Look at your own personal lifestyle. How do you think God looks at that lifestyle? Did the fact that I just ask those two questions, seeking an answer from you, offend you? Look at the definition of reprobate: (an unprincipled person (often used humorously or affectionately). We’ve reached a place in history that we can’t offend anyone, they can’t take any criticism. The Bible teaches us that the word of God is an offense, it’s meant to be offensive to those that live a life apart from God’s will. Therefore, if I can’t offend you, then, I cannot share truth with you!

We often present ourselves, using our lifestyles in a very humorous way. Well, look at these verses:

Proverbs 1:24-27

BECAUSE I HAVE CALLED, AND YE REFUSED; I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HAND, AND NO MAN REGARDED; (25) BUT YE SET AT NOUGHT ALL MY COUNCEL, AND WOULD NONE OF MY REPROOF: (26) I WILL ALSO LAUGH AT YOUR CALAMITY; I WILL MOCK WHEN YOUR FEAR COMETH; (27) WHEN YOU FEARETH COMETH AS DESOLATION, AND YOUR DESTRUCTION COMETH AS A WHIRLWIND; WHEN DISTRESS AND ANGUISH COMETH UPON YOU.

I’ve used those verses before but, they are very needful as we speak of reprobates! We choose a lifestyle, never even consider what God thinks, we never even ask him how he feels. However, he will get the last laugh!

I’ll be closing this segment of this here. However, I feel impressed to call the next segment (REPROBATES AND THE LIFESTYLES OF THIS WORLD).

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