We Hate What He Hates, Now What?
We learned two core truths in our last study: (1) learning to hate what God hates, and (2) that just hating sin will not make the desires go away.
God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. -Hebrews 12:10-11
I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. -1 Cor 4:3-4
1. Recognize the envy in your old nature and how it is a "fruit of the flesh" (Gal 5:19).
2. Remember that God hates envying (Gal 5:19-21).
3. Think about the peace that comes with allowing God to convict (Heb 12).
4. Find contentment in thoughts of your eternal, resurrection life to come.
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. -Phil 3:10
3. Bible Study
4. Reckoning ourselves dead
5. Removal of Temptations (when possible)
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. -1 Tim 4:1-3
I must also caution us not to be someone else's Holy Spirit. If we see a brother caught in sin, we are called to handle things privately at first. The Word of God is our tool and is sufficient for teaching, correcting, and training (2 Tim 3:16). We come along side the weak brother. We are not the judge of another man's servant (Rom 14:4), the Word of God is his judge.
We remember our own weaknesses as we seek to help other's bear the burden of theirs. Even in our victories, all glory goes to God who makes such victories possible. We must always be careful to avoid pride. We may find ourselves "condemned" in our pride if we are not careful (1 Tim 3:6).
Next time we take Phil 3:10 to the next level. Let me quote it again and include the next verse:
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection [out from among] the dead. -Phil 3:10-11
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the spirit the things of the spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. -Rom 8:1-8
Let us start to put all these things together: Forsake the things of the world (its lusts and its traditions) and seek a sincere faith that we my walk in the newness of life!
as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. -Romans 6:4
And, of course, it starts with the "whole armor of God" (Ephesians 6)
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints...