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Philemon
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VERSE 11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me.

The Book of Philemon is Paul’s personal letter to a fellow believer, Philemon, appealing on behalf of Onesimus, who was Philemon’s slave. Onesimus had run away but was converted under the ministry of Paul, and became a changed man.

Likewise, God changes us through the power of the Gospel when we believe. He changes our character, our behaviour towards others and our relationship with Him. However, these changes do not come about automatically. What was Paul like before he met Christ? When the Jews stoned the innocent Stephen, Paul watched the gruesome spectacle in hearty agreement. He threatened and slaughtered disciples of the Lord.

Perhaps before you met Christ, you were an angry person with a reputation for having a short fuse. But as you learn to walk in the Spirit, you see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control replacing outbursts of anger and arguments. You learn to put off the sinful ways of the old man and put on the godly ways of the new man in Christ.

Has He changed your attitude? If you have trusted in Christ, are you allowing His grace to change you? Are you less angry and more patient? Is your attitude towards authority becoming more submissive, even when you are mistreated? Is your life changing from self-centred uselessness to Christ-centred usefulness? What about your relationships? Are you working at being reconciled to those from whom you are alienated, as much as it depends on you? Have you sought forgiveness and made restitution to those you have wronged?

Thought Ask yourself: What shortcoming or sin does God most want to change in me?

Rev I. Ong

Once again, a very thought provoking yet challenging daily manna from Rev Isaac. I recalled I was wry frustrated when I was still wallowing in sins despite accepting Christ. I had various kind of struggles which I have into usually. Admittedly, I’m a person who gives in easily. If I was in the lead, and someone overtakes me, I’d just keep dropping backwards. If I’m tired, I’d stop. I wish I could push myself harder.

As I grew older, I realize many people with different character, and I’m one I the few weaker odd guy, shy, quiet, reserved. But thank God that a fellow brother encouraged me never to give up on Christ. Sins will cause guilt, and separation just as when we’ve offended someone, we tend to avoid. God wants to be with us despite our sinfulness, and If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 Jn 1:9. So don’t give up on God just yet for he has not given up on us!

However, Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 2 Peter 1:10.

The very fact that we are struggling with sin and constantly falling back to God is a good sign, but beware lest we deceive ourselves of our salvation.

Paul exhorts in the 2nd letter to Timothy, about people “5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Tim 3:5,7”

In Hebrews it describes about the resistance against sin. Hebrews 12:4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Sin is terrible. At times we know it’s bad, yet with tangle with it because it’s pleasurable to the flesh isn’t it? Yet after, the sin starts to spread its poison on our conscience.

1 Peter 2:11 (KJV) Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

May we avoid sin as hot plates and pans which had burnt us before. May we guard our thoughts, sights, and speech, what we hear and what we touch. The five senses are our gateway to either sensual living or Spirit filled life.

Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

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~ by ymsim on 2012/11/08.

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