Breaking the Cycle

Rev. Dr. Robert L. Harrison, PhD - Break the Cycle

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Some folks, saved sanctified even Holy Ghost filled folks believe that everybody will be saved.

I haven’t found evidence of this from Genesis to Revelation but maybe I overlooked it and need some more time to study closer.

Rom 12:1- tells us some vital and infallible truths as it relates to a person that says they are Christian or a child of God, who just happens to be our lord and savior Jesus Christ . At least that is what I teach and preach according to the bible. I don’t get into debates to try to convince anyone of anything that aren’t open to receive according to the word of God and not what they believe or what any other book says.

The apostle Paul starts out by pleading with us to present our bodies a living sacrifice. In the OT sacrifices were done by the killing of a pure clean animal to God to show appreciation for what he has done.

A living sacrifice simply means that you die out to your old self, sinful, lustful, carnal, worldly fleshly self and commit your life to serving God by living the life he has defined for us by way of the bible, our living instruction manual for living a victorious spirit filled life.

Next is what catches most people as they choose to glance over it or choose to not add any importance to it. He said holy acceptable. A technique I learned from Dr Fred Price was to flip the scriptures to give it more understanding and significance. Using this technique, if it’s not holy then it’s not acceptable unto God and any service that comes with it is in vain.

Research for yourself the word holy and you will find it used almost 600 times throughout the scriptures. You can decide if a word used that many times bears any importance to God or not.

He concluded that thought by saying that this is the least you could do for God considering all that he has done for us.

Now, verse 2 is the key. The main reason our nation, cities communities and neighborhoods and churches are in the conditions they are in.

While it seems hard to believe lets just dive in and see what we come up with.

But before we do, check out these scriptures:

1 Corinthians 5:11-13Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 But actually, I have written to you not to associate with any so-called [Christian] brother if he is sexually immoral or greedy, or is an idolater [devoted to anything that takes the place of God], or is a reviler [who insults or slanders or otherwise verbally abuses others], or is a drunkard or a swindler—you must not so much as [a]eat with such a person. 12 For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders (non-believers)? Do you not judge those who are within the church [to protect the church as the situation requires]? 13 God alone sits in judgment on those who are outside [the faith]. Remove the wicked one from among you [expel him from your church].

2 Corinthians 6:11-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 We are speaking freely to you, Corinthians [we are keeping nothing back], and our heart is opened wide. 12 There is no limit to our affection for you, but you are limited in your own affection [for us]. 13 Now in the same way as a fair exchange [for our love toward you]—I am speaking as [I would] to children—open wide [your hearts] to us also.

14 Do not be unequally bound together with unbelievers [do not make mismatched alliances with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial (Satan)? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said:  “I will dwell among them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  17 “So come out from among unbelievers and be separate,” says the Lord,  “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will graciously receive you and welcome you [with favor],  18 And I will be a Father to you, And you will be My sons and daughters,”  Says the Lord Almighty.

Ephesians 5:3-33Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 But sexual immorality and all [moral] impurity [indecent, offensive behavior] or greed must not even be hinted at among you, as is proper among saints [for as believers our way of life, whether in public or in private, reflects the validity of our faith]. 4 Let there be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse [obscene or vulgar] joking, because such things are not appropriate [for believers]; but instead speak of your thankfulness [to God]. 5 For be sure of this: no immoral, impure, or greedy person—for that one is [in effect] an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God [for such a person places a higher value on something other than God].

6 Let no one deceive you with empty arguments [that encourage you to sin], for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience [those who habitually sin]. 7 So do not participate or even associate with them [in the rebelliousness of sin]. 8 For once you were darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [live as those who are native-born to the Light] 9 (for the fruit [the effect, the result] of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn [by experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [and letting your lifestyles be examples of what is most acceptable to Him—your behavior expressing gratitude to God for your salvation]. 11 Do not participate in the worthless and unproductive deeds of darkness, but instead expose them [by exemplifying personal integrity, moral courage, and godly character]; 12 for it is disgraceful even to mention the things that such people practice in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light [of God’s precepts], for [a]it is light that makes everything visible.

I think that’s enough for now.

Back to Rom 12:2.

Be not conformed to this world but be transformed or changed in your thoughts ideas and suggestions, our walk, talk, dress, attire, everything about you must be the total opposite of who you once were.

How then can one think that partnering with the carnal world is the solution to all the societal problems we are having.  Quite the contrary, it’s the exact reason we are having these problems.

We got a man running to be the most powerful single individual in the world and has been openly racist comments since the republican race began. Now he has chosen to be condescending towards us and tell us us don’t know what’s best for us and us need to vote for him cause he noe cares for us.

We have some like that in this city, more specific, in South St. Pete, but that’s for another time.

The world can’t solve our problems nether does it want to, billions are at stake. Only Jesus has the answer and we must understand that unless we get that and close ranks, just like in those and many more scriptures, we are doomed to perpetuate this mess.

Go back and read these scriptures and even the chapter when time permits to get a much fuller understanding or you can always write me.

All my info is at the bottom of every article and has been going on 3 years now.

Before I go I want to give you a few warm up scriptures that will help to bring this key one to light.

Till next week,

God Bless.

Rev. Dr. Robert L. Harrison, PhD – pastorrobharrison@gmail.com, @drrobharrison (Twitter), Robert Bob Harrison (Facebook)

Pastor – Open Door True Holiness Church – 2800 41st Ave. N, St. Pete  – www.weareholiness.org  | Church of God and True Holiness, Intl.  www.trueholinesschurches.org

Chaplain – Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Pinellas

Parent Support for Education Council Board  Member

Chaplain – Dept. Juvenile Justice for Circuit 6

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