Their god is their Belly

Philippians 3:17-21 ESV

“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

We must be very careful about following and putting our trust in other humans, for not many appear today to be living holy and upright lives, including not many pastors and elders within the gatherings of what is being called “church.” And not many of them, thus, are teaching the full gospel message (the whole counsel of God), but many of them are diluting the gospel to make it more acceptable to human flesh.

Therefore, it is much better to just keep our eyes on Jesus than to keep them on other humans who are bound to fail us, for we all still live in flesh bodies, and thus we are all still subject to sin. Not one of us should be living in sin, though, deliberately and habitually committing sin against God and others, to do them harm. We should all be living holy and godly lives in obedience to our Lord and in submission to Jesus Christ as Lord.

But since sin is running rampant in the church here in America, although not in every congregation, and since so many pastors are wolves in sheep’s clothing and/or are those who are following after the teachings of man and of the flesh, and they are following marketing schemes on how to grow their churches, not many of them are setting the right example for us in how to live godly and holy lives for the praise and glory of God.

So, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, and be serious students of the Scriptures, and study the Bible in context prayerfully and carefully, under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit and not according to some book written by some mere mortal who is not teaching the truth of the Scriptures. For not many are teaching the truth anymore, although it may appear that they are, for they are very clever at turning lies into truth. So beware!

Enemies of the Cross

I am now 72 years old. I began attending gatherings of the church from infancy, as my parents did before me. Nearly all of my life I have been active in the gatherings of the church (or what is falsely being called church). And from the age of 16 on up I began teaching the Scriptures, first to children, then to women. And I was involved in all sorts of ministries within the institutional church, including twice as a church planter along with my husband who was the pastor of these church plants.

So, over the years, I became well acquainted with the inner workings of these institutional churches, including we attended several of their training seminars, which included a lot of marketing schemes. So, I can speak from experience in saying with Paul, “For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.” For so many pastors today are walking by the flesh and not by the Spirit, and they are following marketing schemes in place of the Holy Spirit.

But it isn’t just the pastors, and it isn’t all pastors. Many people within the gatherings of what is called “church,” who are professing faith in Jesus Christ, are also walking according to the flesh and not according to the Spirit. Some of them are doing so because they are being taught that they can keep on in their sin and still be forgiven their sins and still go to heaven when they die, although each one of them is still answerable to God and is still responsible for the decisions they make with their lives.

But this is epidemic in today’s modern “churches.” The gatherings of the church and the gospel have both been altered to appeal to human flesh and to the people of the world, and so many people are teaching a faith in Jesus Christ absent of true (or any) repentance and obedience to Christ and submission to Christ as Lord of their lives. And thus they have not been crucified with Christ in death to sin, nor have they been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life in him, for they are still living in their old lives.

Their End is Destruction

Now, the Scriptures make it quite clear that if we walk (in conduct, in practice) according to the flesh and not according to the Spirit, and if sin is what we practice, and if righteousness is not what we practice, and if we do not obey our Lord’s commands, and if we do not love our brothers and sisters, that we do not have eternal life with God. For Jesus said that not everyone who says to him, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven but only the one DOING the will of God the Father who is in heaven.

So, if you think that you can “believe” (undefined) in Jesus, have your sins forgiven, and be on your way to heaven, but that you can still deliberately and habitually practice sinning against the Lord and against other humans, to harm them, then you need to read what the Scriptures teach on that subject, for that is not what the Scriptures teach. They teach that we must die daily to sin and walk (in conduct) in obedience to our Lord. And they teach that we must honor Jesus Christ as Lord (Owner-Master).

Only those who have been crucified with Christ in death to sin and who are walking in obedience to the Lord, daily dying to sin and to self, and who are not walking in sin and in disobedience to the Lord Jesus, have the promise and the hope of eternal life with God. And this is not saying that these are perfect people or that they never fail, but that they are no longer walking (in practice) according to the flesh and in sin, but they are walking in obedience to the Lord and they are living holy lives pleasing to the Lord.

[Lu 9:23-26; Jn 6:35-58; Jn 15:1-11; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; Tit 2:11-14; Jas 1:21-25; Rom 12:1-2; Eph 2:8-10; Php 2:12-13; Col 1:21-23; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; Heb 10:26-27; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Matt 7:21-23; Ac 26:18; Rev 18:1-6; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

I Will Lift My Eyes

An Original Work / December 12, 2012
Based off Psalms 121-125

I will lift my eyes to my Lord Most High.
My help comes from Him, who saved me from sin.
He will not let your foot slip, and He who watches will not sleep.
Our Lord watches over you, and your life He will keep.
I will lift my eyes to my Lord Most High.
My help comes from Him, who saved me from sin.
I give thanks to Him.

I will lift my eyes to my God in heav’n.
I look to the Lord. My sins, He’s forgiv’n.
Because of His great love for us, He made us alive with Christ.
Through the kindness of our Savior, He gave us new life.
I will lift my eyes to my God in heav’n.
I look to the Lord. My sins, He’s forgiv’n;
My home, now in heav’n.

Praise be to the Lord, who is on our side.
Our help found in Him. He gives peace within.
Those who trust will ne’er be shaken. God will supply all we need.
Our Lord has done great things for us. He’s our friend, indeed!
Praise be to the Lord, who is on our side.
Our help found in Him. He gives peace within.
I can count on Him.

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