• 14 February 2016 – Enemies of the Cross of Christ

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    Scriptures Referenced
    Philippians 3:17-21Amplified Bible (AMP)
    17 Brothers and sisters, together follow my example
    and observe those who live by the pattern we gave you.
     18 For there are many, of whom I have often told you,
    and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ
    [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation],

    19 whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly
    [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity],
    and whose glory is in their shame—
    who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things.

    20 But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven.
    And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior,
    the Lord Jesus Christ;

    21 who, by exerting that power which enables Him
    even to subject everything to Himself, will [not only] transform
    [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies
    so that
    they will be like His glorious resurrected body.

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    1 Peter 2:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers [in this world]
    to abstain from the sensual urges [those dishonorable desires] that wage war against the soul/
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    Hebrews 11:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    16 But the truth is that they were longing for a better country, that is,
    a heavenly one.

    For that reason God is not ashamed [of them or] to be called their God [even to be surnamed their God—
    the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob];
    for He has prepared a city for them.
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    Galatians 5:19-24Amplified Bible (AMP)
    19 Now the practices of the [a]sinful nature are clearly evident:
    they are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality
    (total irresponsibility, lack of self-control),

     20 [b]idolatry, [c]sorcery, hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger,
    disputes, dissensions, factions [that promote heresies],

     21 envy, drunkenness, riotous behavior, and other things like these.
    I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who practice
    such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

     22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience
    [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting],
    kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

    23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

     24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified
    the
    [d]sinful nature together with its passions and appetites.
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    Luke 20:25 Amplified Bible (AMP)
    25 He said to them, “Then pay to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,
    and to God the things that are God’s.
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    James 1:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
    22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

    James 4:6  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

    6 But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says,
    “God opposes the proud,
    but gives grace to the humble.”

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    2 Corinthians 13:5  Amplified Bible (AMP)

    Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith
    and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves

    Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?

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    Galatians 6:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

    3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

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    1 Corinthians 8:2  Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

    2 Those who think they know something do not yet know anything as they should.

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    Luke 10:26-28  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

    26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 
    27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
    and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
    28 And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.

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