Who in the church do we look at in a less than loving way? We need to work at changing our outlook on them to a Spirit-empowered outlook.
How does how we look at others in the church reveal whether or not we are controlled by the Spirit when we look at them?
My answer to discussion question #2 Part 9
If, when we look at others and think about them, our attitude is not lovingly wanting the best for them, we are motivated by the flesh and by pride. We, then, need to call it sin and repent. Next, we need to seek to be filled by God’s Spirit while we look at them and think about them. We will, then, always want the best for them.
What do you think about the title: “The Silent War Inside each Christian?
My answer to discussion question #1 Part 9
Both our personal experience and the Bible teaches that there is a battle between the flesh and the Holy Spirit going on inside of each Christian. We are in the flesh whenever we do not choose to be filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit. This battle is why there is a silent war in the church.
There needs to be a united vision that recognizes that apart from us humbling ourselves and depending fully on the Holy Spirit, we will be just another selfish group of human beings all competing to rule the church. But if we have a united vision to humble ourselves and fully depend on the holy Spirit, God will empower us to be His church for His glorious purposes. We need to be united together in being used by Him so that He can use us to accomplish His glorious purposes.
How can a church be God’s kingdom and not man’s kingdom?
We need to see the ugliness that occurs when we seek to use God’s kingdom the church for our selfish purposes. We need to, then, humbly confess from the heart that this impure motivation is sin and is wrong. Then, we need to seek to humbly serve God for His reasons, not our reasons. Finally, we need to depend daily on the Holy Spirit so that God will use us to build His kingdom.
What if we are secretly using the church to build our own kingdom and to bring us glory rather than to bring glory to God, what can we do to change that?
Genuine love for God and for others is the purest motive for our ministry and for our relationships in the church. This love comes from God’s love for us and His love in us.
What is the purest motive for ministry and for relationships in the church?
It has happened within the last few weeks (both I and another person both admitted to it.) Both the other person and I were too strong in our response to a controversial subject.