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God Will Change Your Spirit

Financial pressure is your deal.  You’re going, “Whoa, financially, I don’t know what to do.”  A lot of people these days are running around thinking that they’re me-made instead of God-made.  If you think you’re me-made instead of God-made, if you think you have your stuff and it’s not God’s stuff, then I challenge you to do this, this, and this.  Then you’ll see that there’s a big difference between your needs and your greeds.  Then you’ll see that you shouldn’t get into impulse buying, or purchasing things just to impress others.  You’ll see you’re to budget your money, to spend some, to save some, and to give some.  You’ll have a proper perspective on your finances.  You’ll discover you’re a manager, not an owner.  The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will infiltrate your financial realm and stress will subside.

Maybe occupational stress is your deal.  Maybe you’re saying, “Ed, I work for someone, and their jerk quotient is up to here.”  You know what?  Life is full of jerks, that’s just part of it.  And you can pray about this jerk, and once you pray, you won’t call him a jerk, or her a jerk, any more.  God Will Change Your Spirit about the person.  You’ll see that this person matters to God.  You’ll see ultimately that you’re not working for this person, you’re working for the Lord.  You’ll discover that the market place, your work, can become an act of worship before God.  You can see that the way you handle this stress from this person influences others around you.  God will massage it out through prayer, through thought, through living.  He’ll be glorified, the stress will subside, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will envelop your career.  That’s what I’m talking about.
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Nature will Reap Destruction

Oftentimes, we need to ask God to throw us a lifeline. Here’s what the Bible tells us.  Galatians 6:7-8.  “Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his own sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction and the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life”.

Here’s what God is saying, in a nutshell, about our sexuality. He’s saying, “Wait. Obey My Word because I want to spare you from the pain, the suffering, the separation, the alienation that premarital sex causes”. God wants to save you from the spiritual consequences of sexual sin. There are spiritual consequences. That’s why God’s Word says in Isaiah 59:2, “Your sin has separated you from God”. In other words, when I sin, when I sin sexually, a wedge is driven between myself and God. We’re separated from Him. In fact, the psalmist writes in Psalm 66:18, “If I have cherished sin in my heart, the Lord will not listen to my prayers”.

Talk to a believer, talk to a Christian who’s involved in sexual sin and they all say the same thing – “There were thrills, chills, passion, but then my prayers didn’t have any power. I felt dirty. I felt embarrassed. I felt exposed. Something was wrong”. You see, if you don’t deal with sexual sin, sexual sin can cause what I call the domino effect to take place in your life spiritually. Remember Johnny Carson ? He used to have guys on there who would break the Guinness Book of World Records with the domino deal.

hey would line up millions of dominos and start it and people would go and finally the last domino would fall and everyone would stand to their feet, “Yes! The world record in dominos!”

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