1 Corinthians 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
For those of us that Believe there is a God that controls and created all things, we read here where, God gives to the seed sown its own proper body, formation, and growth. And that all bodies are not the same. They have been created by God differently, even in the same species, bodies are individually crafted for their purpose by God.
Whatever, God has made your body to be, should control your affairs; what you do, how you live and dress. We all should be very careful in these things. Regardless of what our culture teaches, we are all different and because of the difference, we should be identified in that difference.
For example, children should be children, protected, controlled and taught at an early age to respect God and those that have been created in the image of God. Children must understand the difference between a boy and a girl, a child and an adult.
As "BELIEVER" we all need to realized there are differences, "all flesh is not the same flesh." And then we need to live in the flesh that God gave us according to God's plan for our bodies and who we are as "BELIEVERS."
For example, there are things that make male flesh different from female flesh, in its arrangement and what one flesh should do as oppose to the other. By the way, if you do not know it, this is Bible doctrine (only for those that believe in the Bible) (Titus 2:1-6).
MALE AND FEMALE FLESH
The Bible tells us male flesh and female flesh should be dressed differently and it would be an abomination for them to wear the garment of the other (Deuteronomy 22:5). Also, the flesh of the woman was never made by God to be a mechanic, a soldier, or a welder. She is to protect her body and not share here skin with the world (1 Peter 3:7). Her flesh is not made to play sports as a boy, have fun bungee jumping, or parachuting out of airplanes. These things are Biblical and should be common knowledge. Her flesh was made weaker and not designed by God to have the strength of a man. A woman that would do such, is out of the image of which God has created her.
A man's flesh was created to be the opposite, in almost every way, from that of female flesh. When you see male flesh that desires to dress and look no different than a woman's flesh something is wrong. When the male becomes the weaker side of humanity, sissified, and lacking the strength that God has made him to be (not just physical strength, but strength to be the leader, provider and protector), he also has fallen from the image of which God has made him (Genesis 3:16-19).
THE WORLD'S ATTITUDE SHOULD NEVER BY OURS
The world today and especially this nation (USA) is doing its best to undermine God's plan for humanity. God created a difference, and that must remain, or judgment follows (Romans 1:32).
There is also a difference from the world and the "BELIEVER" and from the worldly church and the Bride of Jesus Christ.
And I must also say, what is the direction the church world is going in today? Do we compromise the truth for the sake of unity and to make people feel saved regardless of what they do or how they live. A resounding NO - we must maintain our God given Identity and be REMINDED that it is a terrible sin to not do so. It is sad, many want to do whatever they want to do and not feel as if it is a sin, while calling themselves "BELIEVERS."
This should "encourage" you in your difference, regardless of what the world wants you to be.
Pastor Bill Ivy - Living Word Tabernacle, Campbell Missouri USA - Our services are archived - www.livingwordtabernacle.com
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