Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tricks And Traps

Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

        I have been asked a few times why I had never fallen for any of the money scams and so-called wealth opportunities that sometimes make their way through Christian circles and institutions. My reply is simple, "I did not understand the investment offered so I did not invest in it." Another good reason is that I have a lot of friends in business of whom I can bounce these wayward ideas off of so that I can bring clarity to my mind and heart. 
      Remember, the only one who gets rich quick in a get-rich-quick scheme is the one with the scheme. So, it works out that my friends and acquaintances in the business community are a type of guard-rail in my business life and they help me make sound decisions. Is it not the same in our church life? Shouldn't we have a community that helps protect us from harm? Shouldn't we have controls to help protect our lives as we fulfill our Christian destiny? 
      One of the problems that arise when a believer in Christ is not connected to a church body is a susceptibility to tricks and traps set up by the enemy of all souls. Prov. 11:14  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
      I am not saying Christians who do go to church cannot fall. On the contrary, they can utterly self-destruct, but if they do fail they have a connection and a structure that can help them back on their spiritual feet per se. When we are not connected or we are out of fellowship our resistance to deception can start to falter and our spiritual taste buds can lose the flavor of sound doctrine. 
      Oftentimes our resolve begins to wane and we end up existing from a vulnerable place in the heart rather than living in victory. Christa Black Gifford says it this way, "If you are not anchored in the goodness of God you will lower your theology to match your pain." I am not saying "If you do not get to church, all is lost in your Christian walk." However, if we are not connecting with a Bible-believing body led by a submitted leader or an ecclesiastical pastoral team, then we can find it difficult to discern what the Lord is doing in our lives. Tricks and traps are laid out like minefields on the path we are walking on. The walk that was once joy is now a nervous tightrope balancing act with feelings of insecurity thrown in. 
      There is a reason God said in Matt. 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. We are exhorted to continue meeting together regardless of personal insult. Heb. 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. How do we provoke each other to love if we cannot stand each other and run away from church every time something disagreeable happens to us?
      Predators on the hunt use a method of separating a lone caribou, and often a hurt one from the herd, so that the wolf-pack can bring down their prey much easier than dealing with the larger herd. That is exactly what Satan does to Christians and especially wounded ones. He tries to separate them from spiritual leadership and fellowship with one another. The evil one will put a bug in any one's ear that will listen to him as he says things like, "Look at the way she prays. She thinks she is so righteous! This guy has been spreading rumors about you. Why are you putting up with that? The pastor thinks he is so much better than you are!" 
      The devil knows that when two pray it has a compounding affect of destruction to his kingdom. He cannot afford to have us walking in the power of the word with others who are also strong in the body of Christ. These methods the enemy uses are just tricks and traps to keep us unstable and self-absorbed in our walk with Christ.
      After thirty plus years of being involved in different types of ministry, I have noticed those who walk alone because of events or offences that took place in a church or assembly become bitter in heart. They bounce from church to church, judging them like some kind of Nielson-Rating and not hearing the Holy Spirit's leading. They can tell you what is wrong with each church they have attended, but find such difficulty expressing what is good in the particular church body. 
      When I bump into these hurt souls on the street, market, or airport they are all nice and smiles but never talk about what God is doing in their hearts. There seems to be a calculated avoidance of the subject. If they do talk about what God is doing, it is more often than not just a form of conceit and an excuse for leaving the church entirely. Eph. 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.
      My heart is that these saints that have fallen away from the body of Christ would all come home to fellowship in Him who first loved us. If you have found yourself walking your Christian walk alone because of some trick or trap you have fallen into then reach out to the church body you were once a part of and give Christ the opportunity to heal your heart, mind and soul. 
      If it is impossible to return to that church location, then please find a new one and submit your heart to allow the Holy Spirit room to heal you. Will it take some courage to humble yourself? Most likely, yes. However, the grace and healing that awaits you is yours if you want it and more important the body of Christ needs you to be a part of the whole destiny Christ has for us all. Matt. 12:20a A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

I Confess I Did It

Proverbs 15:18 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

      As they are leaving the garden, Eve says to Adam, "Now that was a mistake."
      Fessing up is so hard to do. It sounds like a song. ♪♫ Fessing up ♫ ♪♫ is so hard ♪ to doooo.♫♪ I was watching a news channel and there it was again, another superstar apologizing for a mistake he had made by getting caught in the act of adultery. Adultery is not a mistake, it is sin.
      A mistake is when you should have taken the next exit off the highway and you have to go farther to turn around and fix the mistake. A mistake is showing up a day early for a doctor's appointment. A mistake is pulling up to the gas pump and realizing you left your wallet in your other jacket. Getting caught in bed in flagrante delicto with another person, other than your spouse, is adultery, not a mistake.
 Prov. 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy. 
      I remember thinking if the superstar would just fess-up and call the sin what it is then the mercy of God would start bringing real healing to his dysfunctional marriage, but as long as he kept calling the sin a mistake, the super falling star and his lawyer would be in media spin mode while getting a big divorce-settlements written up. The only one who wins here is the lawyer.
      In the 2008-2009 market crash era, the popular perp walk gave us all kinds of looks and colorful excuses for all the mistakes and small indiscretions these soon to be felons got caught up in. No one had actually stolen anything, it was just a mistake they had done. These money managers just wanted some time and they would be able to show everyone that it was a simple accounting error and not embezzlement as the charges stated. 
      It was all just a mistake and not the sin of theft. Of course the courts proved that it was not a small accounting error, but widespread theft. Isa. 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 
      In the book of Second Samuel, there is the familiar story of Uriah's wife Bathsheba who is having an adulterous relationship with King David. Then King David organizes the murder of Uriah to cover up the pregnancy of Bathsheba who had conceived in the adultery with King David. It sounds like a soap-opera of "As The Kingdom Turns."  
      God sends the prophet Nathan to confront David concerning his sin of murder and adultery. 2 Sam. 12:1-A And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. Nathan, through the Holy Spirit, tells a parable of justice to King David and David ends up sentencing himself. 2 Sam 12:7-A And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. The interesting thing is David confesses and admits his sin and immediately restoration begins to happen. 2 Sam 12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 
      Were there consequences for the sins David and Bathsheba committed? Yes, but there was also mercy and grace. The principle in proverbs started working right away. Prov. 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy. 
      The moment we stop minimising our sins as irrelevant in the presence of God and confess them for the iniquity they are, the sooner the healing balm of the Holy Spirit will get to work on our souls and bodies healing all parts of our lives. His grace and eternal sacrifice have washed away every sin and iniquity if we accept that sacrifice in our hearts. 
      The real mistake in all of these cover-up scenarios is the unwillingness or inability to confess the transgression as sin. Fessing up is hard to do, but it is the only way to get rid of the shame and guilt that eats away at our souls through our conscience. The moment we confess is the moment our prayers become God's delight. 
      The self-deprecating antics of these superstars confessing to "just a mistake" leads them on a path to self-hatred and denial. The sin never becomes something they can overcome, because in a short time they are doing it again and the only one prospering is the lawyer.
     A book I recommend everyone read is Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller. In this book, Timothy says, "Fear based repentance makes us hate ourselves but joy base repentance makes us hate the sin." It is the joy of the Lord that is our strength, not the elaboration of a spun story that gets us through life. Neh. 8:10b  For the joy of the LORD is your strength.  Let us be slow to rationalize our sins and quick to confess them that we may be blessed in the grace of our Savior Jesus Christ. Heb. 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Tinker-Toys To Algorithms

Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

     I could have called this blog The Breakfast Club, but it is way more than that. It is a lifeline.
     We need people in our lives that will help us be and stay accountable to our Lord's word and doctrines. People whom we have given permission to say, "no" to ourselves in life. Some of us have submitted our spiritual lives in Christ to the leadership of our pastors, counselors and ministers, but what about the other people God brought into our lives. Good friends that know us and keep us honest because most of the time they have a better track record when it comes to reading our hearts. 

      These friends are the ones who know us well. I am privileged to have such a safety net in my life. Prov. 27:17 Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. I do have very good and loving pastors, elders and ministers who are speaking into my life by the Holy Spirit however, I am also extremely blessed to have friends keeping an eye on my soul. Except for statutory holidays, myself and a small group of men have met for breakfast every Friday morning for the last six years. Scott, Bernie, Garry, Justin, Rob and I are the nucleus of this breakfast club, and often times others show up and, I would venture to say, "By divine appointment."
     Later in the day our wives sometimes ask us, "Who was at breakfast, and what did you talk about?" Well, we talked about everything from tinker-toys to algorithms and we solved all the world's problems as we normally do, no big deal." Just us guys getting together for breakfast, trying to figure out what God has for our lives in the coming decade. 
1 Thes. 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.  Heb. 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 
      Our ages average out to about sixty-five and we come from very different backgrounds. We have a diverse range of knowledge and can cover most subjects intelligently. A common denominator that we do have is that we love truth. What a blessed time that breakfast appointment is for our well-being.
     You might say, "I wish I had a safety net like that." If you do not do anything engaging with the saints, brothers in the Lord or sisters who are in your life right now and who can help you stay accountable, then what do you expect? Prov. 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. In these times of multimedia and numerous ways of communication, there seems to be a lack of understanding and reason for being. Everyone is connected through some sort of device, but not many are connected in heart with God and man. 
      People are lonely and disillusioned with God and neighbour. They want a button to push that will attract friends and relationships and when they are tired of the same people they want another button to get rid of them. First of all, if God has brought someone into your life and the result is blessing, then take the time to thank God for them and develop a friendship of grace with that person. 
      A friendship of grace, you ask? Why? Well, how much grace did it take for the one God brought to you in friendship to accept you as you are? John 15:15a Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends. Friendships are hard to come by, so put some heart and spirit into one another's lives. Not busybodies or intrusive gossips, but friends led by the Holy Spirit.
       So many hurt Christians have headed out into the precarious land of spiritual-walks without shield or comrades in the Lord. These loners have become casualties of their inability to connect with anyone in the body of Christ, only to languish bruised and alone. Heb. 10:25a Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is. 

      I am often asked how to go forward when there have been so many disappointments in the Christian walk and in Christian relationships in particular. As my wife often says, "The Christian life is not for wimps, it takes courage." I try to remember that I was once lost and now am found by the grace of God. It is the Holy Spirit in us that brings us into fellowship with others. We do the best we can with who we are and whom God brings our way. Rom. 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men. 
      We all need a safe and friendly place of fellowship where we can be free to talk about anything from tinker-toys to algorithms. These friends and places are worth looking for and investing our hearts into. Give it an honest try, because you never know what you will find when God is invited to breakfast.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Identity Theft

Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

      Artists work with different paints and mediums to reveal the mysteries of light. They try to obscure darkness with light and contrast, hoping they create a masterpiece, or works of art that seduce our hearts and minds to express hidden emotion and unknown feelings. This is one of the things God is trying to do with man on earth; obscure darkness with His light so that we can walk in the light. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 
      Adam and Eve were put in the garden to work it and to be artists expressing their hearts and living a good life with a loving God. Gen. 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. God was the creator of this garden but man was given free artistic license to display, expand and enjoy the garden. Then the devil came along and started telling these creative beings who they are and what they want, and we have been looking for an identity ever since. Gen. 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
       Satan has been stealing people's identity through boldface lying from time and memorial. Remember, the lying devil is also a thief. John 10:10a The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. The enemy of our soul is trying to keep us in the dark as to who we are in Christ and what we have in His name. John 10:10b I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 

      Why does the devil work full-time trying to destroy our identity? We are unique and supreme beings made in the image of the most high, powerful and mighty God that ever was and will be. The devil is frightened of each one of us to a point of absolute eternal despair.
      The embarrassments, shame, self-hatred and disgust we often feel is the devil's attempt to get us to digest this sickening liqueur, but all this detritus will be pointed at him come judgment day. Rev. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. What a day that will be to see the Lord bring true justice and punishment upon the one who actually deserves it. Then God will wash away every tear we have ever shed in shame and the joy of the Lord will be our portion.
      Identity in ministry can become a form of idolatry. A few years ago I was wrestling with all the labels that had been put on me throughout my time as a Christian and minister. The Christian community said I was a teacher, pastor, minister, helper, father in the house of God, board member, elder, counselor, leader and on and on it went. I like to think I am just a renaissance man. However, I had become disillusioned with a lot of what was going on in the church. 

      Rather than curse the darkness and lose my identity to some alternative lie the devil was offering me, I did something drastic. No, I did not leave the church. God has planted me in the church to be a blessing to His body. What I did was begin to pray in earnest. I know, what a concept for a Christian to believe in. Phil. 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
      I was in my office looking at the walls with plaques given to me in gratitude for teaching Bible college and being in Christian service. There were dusty framed parchments that said I was an ordained minister in Australia and Canada. I got up and took every plaque and set of praying hands down and threw them into the rubbish. I took every diploma, pastor's papers, college marks and records and shredded them all. 

      I gathered every essay and paper I had ever written from Bible college to Bible college teacher and threw them into the recycling bin. I chucked out every sermon on cassette I had ever preached and the notes that went with these sermons were destroyed. I took all my Christian library textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries and commentaries that I had not gleaned anything from in the previous year and gave them to a pastor down the street. 
      I went through my filing cabinets looking for anything remotely ministry-related that I had been a part of and filled the recycling bin to the brim with my so-called identity. Once done I could not find any proof in my office or home that said I had ever been to bible college or had been a pastor, Bible college teacher or minister. It was identity-silent and peaceful.
      After my last trip to the rubbish-bin I came back to my office and like a gymnast after a routine I stood with my feet together, my posture straight and my hands in the air. I looked to heaven and I said. "Now heavenly Father, who do you say I am?" I smiled at the answer and rested in preparation for the next teaching from heaven and for the next test in life. Phil 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 
Satan has been lying about our Godly identity. We need to let God give it back to us with a full measure of His love.
      PS. I am not advocating that you all run out and destroy all your diplomas. This was something I had to do to get my identification in Christ realigned and find peace in a time of an identity-crisis. It worked for me. Blessings.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Doggy Breath

Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

        The dog's behavior is an instinct for its survivability, but fools choose their own foolishness. That is what makes the dog seem so intelligent in this proverb as the dog is being a dog. And yes, we still joyfully love them even when they are messy. 
      The fool, on the other hand, can get on our nerves because so many of the calamities in their lives are self-induced. We have all seen it, and in many cases, we saw the approaching destruction before they did. No matter how clearly we tried to explain what their folly was headed for we were often mocked as meddlers. 
      These fools are the first to cry foul when the same old cursed result comes back to break something in their lives over and over again. Sometimes these imbeciles even ask us why we did not warn them when we clearly did. Frustrating? Yes, and disheartening when it is family members. 
      Why do these repeat offenders of God's word keep falling in the same old sinful trap? Or, returning to their vomit per se. Prov. 23:35 They struck me," you will say, "but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I will seek another drink.
       The first reason for falling for the same old thing is that they like the sin and titillation of it. God remarks that sin is pleasurable for a season, but He makes it clear that the wages of sin is still death. Heb. 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. 

      They enjoy the temporary pleasures of the sin for a season even though there is a consequence and a resulting unrighteous folly. The other reason is why would the devil change his tactics toward them if the same old thing keeps working over and over again. 
      Bondage is bondage and becomes set in the hearts of the foolish, then like the dog, returns to the sin their iniquity chooses. Eccl. 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
      The fools think they can control the sin without affecting the laws that God set in place. They think they are smarter than gravity, so, they jump and are astonished when everything crashes. We do not control God's laws, we live by them in order to control our selfishness. 
      We read the story of King Nebuchadnezzar who was warned through a dramatic dream that if he did not repent of his sin and pride he would be removed from power. Daniel interpreted the vision and sets out the wisdom needed to reverse the judgment about to happen. Dan. 4:27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
      The king was given twelve months to line up his heart with the instruction of God. However, pride is a ruthless master. Dan. 4:30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? 31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. 
      God will not come down to our level of spiritual measurement as we humans have a tendency to corrupt that which is holy. Our choice to keep rejecting the word of God will have dire and ominous consequences. Dan. 4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws. 
      After seven years of acting worse than a dog, the king is given his mind back to make a decision, and he makes the right one. Dan. 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
      Isn't that what foolishness is? Obedience to our stubborn pride. Thank God we live in the dispensation of grace and mercy that is flowing over us continually. Do we actually have to go through what the king went through to find out we are not going to win salvation in our own way? 

      God has the total answer to everything in life and He invites us to His heart through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. The dog has a reason for its behavior. We need to stop acting puppy-dumb and grow up to be mature citizens in the kingdom of God.

Friday, 4 July 2014

The Misery Of Revenge

Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

        A couple of blogs ago I wrote Forgiving The Unforgivable. I got a lot of feedback and conversations within my circle of friends, parishioners and family. One of the common statements amounted to the fact that there was a fear that the person who did the harm to the victim would get away with what they did if the victim forgave the bully. In so many words this was the injustice of it all. 
       In one case I said, "If you do not forgive them you will remain the miserable person you have become because of your stubbornness to hang on to the hurt. It is eating you alive." In this particular case, the person who had done the hurting did not know they had done so. Who is in bondage here? Matt. 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 
      This whole notion of getting even does not work in a living and breathing environment. We change every day because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Also, we are no longer the same people we were when we got hurt and the person who did the hurting is no longer the same person, for good or bad. 
      If the terrible event happened more than seven years ago the abuser and the victim no longer exist in body because every cell in their bodies has changed and regenerated. We are a whole new person according to our cells and yet the recollections of our hurt continue and live on fresh in our hearts.
      Why are they fresh? The enemy of our soul will not let us forget them until we forgive and hand judgement over to God.1 Pet. 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour. I'm not saying not to defend yourself in life. I'm saying getting even is God's job, not ours.
       There is a saying, "He who goes to law for a sheep loses his cow." That is how they use to say, "Lawyers are really expensive, or you are going to pay way more for the satisfaction and justice you think you are owed." As the proverb says, "Say not thou, I will recompense evil." I will get even one day and then they will see how much they hurt me. 

      Not true. They will not see anything if they are the self-absorbed people they were when they hurt you the first time. The thing is, will you see what you have become when there is no joy in your heart because the revenge has no power? 
      God will not take part in our unforgiveness, or our revengefullness because God sent His son to forgive the world not just ourselves. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
      Someone wrote, "Unforgiveness is the single most popular poison that the enemy uses against God's people, and it is one of the deadliest poisons a person can take spiritually." I whole-heartily agree. The built-up desire for revenge and personal justice can lead to some serious sicknesses within people's lives. 
      We were created in the image of God to extend grace, not fester and retain evil thoughts of revenge. Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Heb. 10:30 For we know Him that hath said, Vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God
      The older I get the more I realise it is a daily walk because each day has enough battles without dragging the old offences of the past into this day's battle zone. The devil's strategy of getting us to remember the hurts of the past and fret about the fears of the future leaves no place to live for Christ today. 
      Matt. 6:34 So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Today is the day of salvation and today is the day to stop wanting a vengeful justice that will not satisfy, or in most cases, will never happen. Personal revenge becomes a complete waste of time. Again, who is in bondage here?
      I heard a story of a woman who had been raped and beat-up in Central Park New York while jogging in a secluded area. When she was released from the hospital, she was asked by reporters about her horrible assault. She stated that she had decided to forgive her attacker and leave the matter to the police. She said, "The man who did this to me owned my life for one day and he will never own another moment of my life. Therefore, I forgive and will go on to be healed." 
      My thoughts were, what a graceful and powerful woman of incredible strength. I wondered if I could be so gracious and forgiving. Then I thought, God can get to work on the heart of this predator who had brutally assaulted this woman. I ask you, "What do you think happened to him?" 
      Heb. 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Only God can administer true justice and apply vengeance for everyone. God wants us to hand vengeance over to Him.  1 Cor. 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.