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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
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Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
"See, he's a Christian and he's doing it." satan Wednesday January 18th, 2006
How many times have I warned you about your behavior? How many times have I said Christian girls need to cover themselves, Christian boys and men need to refrain from even the appearance of denying Christ?
Today we are going to start by looking at First Corinthians chapter eight.
1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity(love) edifieth. Edifieth means to build up, to construct, to do something positive.
2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 3 But if any man love God, the (*S)same is known of (*H)him. * the way those two words are used in the Greek, it could be either: The same meaning the man who knows God or the Same, meaning God. Likewise the Him could be God, or him the man that knows God.
4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but One. 5 For though there be many things that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6 but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.
7 Howbeit there is not, in every man, that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge (you as mature Christian) sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak(baby in the Lord, immature Christian) be emboldened(think that the god it was offered to is the real and true God) to eat those things which are offered to idols;
11 And through thy knowledge(actions) shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. (1 Corinthians 8:1-13 ACP/KJV)
Alright, God willing it will sink in this time. Guys, when you put watching a ball game ahead of spending time with your family, satan comes along and whispers in the ear of a baby Christian in your church or one you may have been witnessing to: "See, he's a Christian and he's watching the game, having a few beers and hooting at the cheerleaders." When you let your daughter go out on a date at 14,16 or even19, satan sits on the shoulder of a baby Christian and says: "See, he's a Christian and he lets his daughter go out nights, he doesn't bug her about who she's going out with, who her friends are, and what she did while she was out."
When you let you son hang around with unsavory companions, what do you think satan whispers in the ear of that baby Christian down the street, or worse yet, the guy down the street that looks at you and says, I want to be like him?
In First Corinthians God, through the pen of Paul uses the eating of meat offered up to idols as an example. But that example is no different than life today. We, as mature Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians, must always be on guard to avoid even the hint of impropriety.
Instead of acting like the world, putting the things of this world ahead of your solemn Christian responsibilities, hearken ye unto the word of God as He dictated to His hand picked Apostle, Paul.
Ye are all the children of Light, and the children of the Day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the Day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Christ Jesus, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify (strengthen) one another, even as also ye do.
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
Rejoice evermore, and pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the Spirit, despise not prophesyings, prove all things; hold fast that which is good. And Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:5-22 ACP/KJV)
One last verse and I'll leave you be: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (1 Peter 1:5 ACP/KJV) The devil would find far fewer to devour if we, the Body of Christ, be a bit more mindful of our behavior. Christ died for that one that you may, by your example, chase into the arms of satan.
Lord help us to put You first in our prayers, thoughts, deeds, actions, speech and all. Amen.
Special long term daily Prayer Request
They are dong exactly what Jesus instructs all Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians to do, they are complying with:
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Please keep the three of them in your prayers and remember to pray for Don and Theresa too, imagine having three of your babies out in the world.
Thanks and the Lord bless you all ten fold,
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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Lord Jesus, please give women a love for their babies, from the moment of conception on, let them love them I pray Thee. Amen.
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Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
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