Deacon Rick Bettez
Friday, July 5, 2013
Separation when done with doctrinal integrity can be a positive experience.
Someone that has a spiritual deficit and is need of guidance is useless in the realm of assisting others.
Self evaluation & self love are two key elements for the Bel to maintain in appropriate proportion within their soul structure.
Condition is always changing your position has been cemented in eternity past.
Self love is not arrogant or bloated it is centered and developed by a relationship with the Lord.
Greek neuter noun Skandalon is a derivative from Kampto, is a primary verb that points to an action of worship or bowing down in respect.
Keep close watch on those who stir up trouble & cause division, who are setting traps & worshipping the things contrary to truth. (They might not even realize the problems they are causing).
Greek verb Ekklino is used twice at end of ROM 16:17. And turn away should be, shun or go out of your way to deviate from the course they are on.
Spiritual growth can occur in the midst of cosmic environment if the Bel is mentally strong.
Environment plays no role in Christian momentum, it is outside influence from cosmic viewpoint that is the culprit.
Cosmic viewpoint can be flattering, smooth but very deceitful to the untrained mind.
Who you choose to respect, honor and put yourself close too is an important, life changing choice during your spiritual walk.
ROM 16:19 For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.
PHI 2:15 So that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.
MAT 10:16 Go; Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
1PE 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears attend to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
EPH 5:15-16 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
EXO 23:13 Now concerning everything which I have said to you, be on your guard; and do not mention the name of other gods, nor let them be heard from your mouth.
REV 2:4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.