The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
"Trading Spaces" / "While You Were Out"
"Trading Spaces" and "While You Were Out" are two
popular programs on The Learning Channel. In Trading Spaces, two couples who
live near each other trade home for two days and during that time, they remodel
a room in each home without the owners seeing the results until they are
finished. Most of the time, each of them likes the results. However, sometimes,
it is a disaster.
In "While You Were Out", the wife or husband will get their spouse out of town for 2 days to visit relatives, go on a mini vacation or some other effect so that a crew can come in and redo some room in their home "while they are out" Most of the time, they like the results.
However what about US? WE can trade spaces too. We too can have some remodeling done "while we are out" I can assure you, in these cases....we will NOT like the results.
Trading Spaces: Spiritually we can trade spaces with the enemy. How? By willfully listening to someone we know or at least suspect has twisted the Word of God. They may be telling us what we WANT to hear. Could this be the reason some go to one church after another trying to find the "right" church? Could it be why some go to one counselor after another until they find one that will tell them what they want to hear, someone that will allow them to give excuses for why they can not forgive? Why they can not do the things God wants them to do?
My friends, there is grave danger in going to the wrong advisors:
Who Are Your Advisors?
God's Word tells us to avoid trading spaces with those that would want to change what HE has ordered for us.
Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
Philippians 4:8 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.
Thinking of trading spaces? Be careful who you decorator is.
We can also have our minds redecorated while we were out. In this case, I assure you once again, we will not like the results. Oh, at this time, you may be asking "what do you mean, while I am out?" "I can not be out can I"
Oh yes you can my friend. We can be out by the use of drugs and alcohol or by allowing anything that will lower our guard to the influence of anything that would "redecorate" our mind. This would include the occult, including things like mind control and hypnosis
The Garbage Collector
God's Word warns us to renew our mind to conform to HIM.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
You see, when we trade spaces, or go out and allow this redecorating to be done, we are never asked and do not have to give permission for it to be done. Just the fact that we are out of our own "homes" is grounds enough for the redecorating to be done. God tells us to be on guard to prevent this.
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Oh yes, God does want to do our redecorating. There is one major difference between the redecorating HE does, and that satan does. HE ASKS permission before HE Does it. You see, JESUS does not come where HE Is not invited. HE stands in the shadows waiting to be called. HE is there instantly the moment any one whispers His name but still after we accept Him for salvation , HE will not do anything HE is not given permission to do. Oh, HE will point out the things that need to go, He will reveal the scars that need to be opened to get the puss and the infection out, but still HE waits, waits to be allowed to clean us up.
7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
9 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
My friend, Have you traded spaces or been out? It is not too late to restore what was taken.
Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ for salvation, all your decorating as been done by one that only wants to destroy you. If it were a home, all the paint would be lead based, The electrical system would be faulty, the floor would be made out of cardboard and the basement filled with shark filled water waiting for you to fall thought the floor.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
THIS is the time you do NEED to trade spaces...come to JESUS now and HE will rebuild you. HE will make all things new and you WILL be up to code.
How to have eternal life
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