2012-11-24- Paul Godfrey – God’s Heros

2012-11-24 – Paul Godfrey – God’s Heros – mp3 – youtube

Proverbs 16:32 (KJV)
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Daniel stood up for God regardless of his own peril.  Can we be like Daniel?  What is it like in our day:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV)
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. [2] For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, [3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, [4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; [5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 

To be incontinent is to lack self control.

The highest evidence of nobility in a Christian is self-control. He who can stand unmoved amid a storm of abuse is one of God’s heroes. To rule the spirit is to keep self under discipline; to resist evil; to regulate every word and deed by God’s great standard of righteousness. He who has learned to rule his spirit will rise above the slights, the rebuffs, the annoyances, to which we are daily exposed, and these will cease to cast a gloom over his spirit. – {AG 256.2}

Annoyances won’t go away, but we will have the capacity to deal with it.  Circumstances are not the problem, our thoughts are.  Think of Paul and Silas:  they were strung up, and were singing.

2 Corinthians 10:3-7 (KJV)
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: [4] (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds😉 [5] Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; [6] And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. [7] Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.

 

Alexander the Great controlled many, but he couldn’t control himself.  Self control is the capacity to control your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:7-9 (KJV)
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord , and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. [8] For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord . [9] For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

When we assume our thinking is above the bible, we place ourselves above God.  This is pure imagination.

If the thoughts are wrong the feelings will be wrong, and the thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character. When you decide that as Christians you are not required to restrain your thoughts and feelings you are brought under the influence of evil angels and invite their presence and their control. If you yield to your impressions and allow your thoughts to run in a channel of suspicion, doubt, and repining you will be among the most unhappy of mortals, and your lives will prove a failure. – {5T 310.1}

 

Our character is wrong because our thoughts are wrong.

Every faculty in man is a workman that is building for time and for eternity. Day by day the structure is going up, although the possessor is not aware of it. It is a building which must stand either as a beacon of warning because of its deformity or as a structure which God and angels will admire for its harmony with the Divine Model. – {2MCP 545.2}

 

The mental powers are no our character. Imagination, will and conscience are not the character but they will build the character.  For example, we can ignore our conscience, with our will, and by doing so damage our character.  Eventually we lose self respect, and cannot follow the law (love your neighbor as yourself).

Thoughts and feelings combine make up our character.

John 8:32 (KJV)
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

We must go to the word and allow it to dictate our conscience.

It is God’s purpose that the kingly power of sanctified reason, controlled by divine grace, shall bear sway in the lives of human beings. He who rules his spirit is in possession of this power. – {AG 256.3}

 

God gave us reason.  Faith is to be reasonable and make sense.

1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

 

Many doctrines that “Christianity” holds are unreasonable.

You should control your thoughts. This will not be an easy task; you cannot accomplish it without close and even severe effort. Yet God requires this of you; it is a duty resting upon every accountable being. You are responsible to God for your thoughts. If you indulge in vain imaginations, permitting your mind to dwell upon impure subjects, you are, in a degree, as guilty before God as if your thoughts were carried into action. All that prevents the action is the lack of opportunity. – {2MCP 661.1}

 

If we don’t control our thoughts, we are not Christian.  A christian is a follower of Christ and Christ controlled his thoughts.

When the mind has been long permitted to dwell only on earthly things, it is a difficult matter to change the habits of thought. That which the eye sees and the ear hears too often attracts the attention and absorbs the interest. But if we would enter the city of God and look upon Jesus and His glory, we must become accustomed to beholding Him with the eye of faith here. The words and the character of Christ should be often the subject of our thoughts and of our conversation, and each day some time should be especially devoted to prayerful meditation upon these sacred themes.—The Review and Herald, May 3, 1881. (The Sanctified Life, 91, 92.) – {2MCP 662.3}

 

This is not an easy task.  But with Christ’s strength it is possible.

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We need to know how God thinks.

One bad way of thinking is all or nothing.  Extreme thinking.  Giving up because you don’t get what you want?

Another is over generalization.  Racism (Peter had that).  Elijah said he was the only one left.  Don’t get your mind go beyond what you actually know.  Are we the only ones preaching this message?  We don’t know.  That’s all we know.

Judges 14:1-3 (KJV)
And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. [2] And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife. [3] Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

Was Samson reasonable?  No.

Another wrong process is trying to read people’s minds.  Abraham assumed abimalek would kill him for his wife.  He did the same to pharaoh.

Reason requires evidence.

Judas thought he could predict Jesus actions, and create them by betraying him.

Don’t jump to conclusions.  I don’t know is better than making something up.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Magnification and minimization are bad thought processes.

Personalization.  When people reject you for Christ, they are not rejecting you, they are rejecting Christ.

If I don’t feel so, therefore it is not so.  This is a bad thought process.  Faith is  to feeling.

These are all lies we tell ourselves.  This is not Christian thinking.

John 8:32-34 (KJV)
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. [33] They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? [34] Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

 

Philippians 4:4-9 (KJV)
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. [5] Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. [6] Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. [7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. [8] 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. [9] Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

 

John 14:27 (KJV)
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

God has made every provision whereby our thoughts may become purified, elevated, refined, and ennobled. He has not only promised to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, but he has made an actual provision for the supply of the grace that will lift our thoughts toward him, and enable us to appreciate his holiness. We may realize that we are Christ’s possession, and that we are to manifest his character to the world. Prepared by heavenly grace, we become clothed with the righteousness of Christ, in the wedding garment, and are fitted to sit down at the marriage supper. We become one with Christ, partakers of the divine nature, purified, refined, elevated, and acknowledged to be the children of God,—heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. – {YI October 28, 1897 Par. 2}

 

Strength of character consists of two things—power of will and power of self-control. Many youth mistake strong, uncontrolled passion for strength of character; but the truth is that he who is mastered by his passions is a weak man. The real greatness and nobility of the man is measured by the power of the feelings that he subdues, not by the power of the feelings that subdue him. The strongest man is he, who, while sensitive to abuse, will yet restrain passion and forgive his enemies. Such men are true heroes. – {CCh 198.5}

 

Amen.