Daily Bread 12-31-16
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think of himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
ref. - 1 Co 2:15 - But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1 Thess 3:15 - Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
Ro 15:1 - We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
John 13:14 - If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
Ro 12:3 - For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
2 Cor 3:5 - Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.
2 Cor 13:5 - Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
As self explanatory that this scripture and it's references are, we still need to have an explanation given for they who do not yet have ears to hear. This scripture is to urge us all to humility in Jesus Christ. It is basically that when you are strong, help those who are weak so that when you are weak they, in turn, will help you. But we run into a problem may times with men who begin to think more highly of themselves than they ought to. When they are in a fault God sends Spiritual men to come and help them. Once they have received their help, rather than reaching back to help others through the same, they bring down judgment try to destroy them, not showing them the way to redemption. You see, it is more than correction and isolation, it is also a loving heart trying to lead them with a fault to redemption in Jesus Christ. We have forgotten where we came from. We have also looked away from the one who dwells within us. Christ had no grudges nor did he think of himself as above anyone. Truth be told, not one of us is capable of anything Spiritual unless we have the Spirit moving in us. We will always have they who do not know the Spirit abusing us and persecuting us, but if we are Spiritual we will also have the understanding that those opinions are temporary and in the end those with the opinions are either silenced or they come to the truth and are redeemed. God did not give us the gift of the Spirit to destroy, but to seek and to save the lost. Only the lost doesn't see it that way. The Spirit within a disobedient man does not want to be replaced by the Spirit of God so they do whatever is possible to try to fight what God has put in order. They are taken by reprobate minds that make them think that they are holy and righteous all the while being disobedient to the word of God and the ways of God. Starting with their despite for government and order. They are carnal men trying to fight a Spiritual battle. Kind of like bringing a knife to a gunfight. The first reference says a lot in who is qualified to correct us and to judge whether we are in the faith or not, but it also says for those who possess that gift not to use it for destruction but for reconstruction. The final reference says it all in that we need to examine ourselves, and prove our own selves, not looking on the actions or faith of others, but on your own. We need to determine if what we are doing and how we are doing it is within the will of God. We need to know that the Spirit of God is in us before we even try to be of help to others who are taken with a fault. We also need to go about it the same way in which we would receive help if we were in the same fault. Sometimes a hug and sometimes whipping, but always coming from the Holy Ghost is where we receive our help. This is where the Holy Ghost comes in. We, ourselves do not know whether we will rescue souls from their faults and their sins by the touch of a lamb, or by reaching into the fire and grabbing them out. Without the Spirit we cannot go in the way that God wishes. We will determine that meekness is timid and quiet, polite, and shy. This is what the world sees as meek. And it is right, but this is the way that we go into it ourselves, in our own skin. Allowing God's Holy Spirit to work in us in any way that is necessary to help those in need. We can do nothing of ourselves and in a Spiritual world, the ways of the world are not going to help us. This is why these gifts to help and teach are only given to Spiritual men who lean on the Spirit for their guidance, their words, and their judgment. These are the ones who can help us today, and if we accept what they bring us, we will be able to help one day as well. Have a great day!!!!