• Bishop Keith Butler

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. (Romans 12:1)

The Apostle Paul, writing to the believers in Rome, understood that they were living in a city saturated with an anti-Biblical mindset. Therefore, he addressed them using the word beseech. The word beseech means to implore strongly. Paul was telling them that choosing to live godly lives in an immoral culture was a very important topic to him personally.

Paul implored them to present their bodies a living sacrifice. Holy means separated from all other things, distinct and different. Christians should protect their bodies in an entirely different way than the world around us does. The world says that sex outside of the confines of marriage is okay as long as you are a consenting adult, and you use protection. The Bible, however, says we are called to keep our bodies protected and pure.

The world says that the main goal in life is pleasure; so, do what feels good, eat what tastes good, and experience what feels good. The problem is, the result of living that way is death and destruction. Most people my age have seen it many times.

Paul calls protecting and keeping of the body our reasonable service. In Greek, this phrase means our logical worship. In other words, the way we protect our bodies from immorality should make sense to everyone who knows God. It is a way that we worship God with our actions and decisions.

Practical Application – Have you ever gone on a fast? I want to encourage you to consider fasting just one day. Fasting proves to us that we can tell our flesh that it is not in control; our spirit is. Fasting also allows us to spend more time in prayer. It quiets our flesh and will enable us to hear more clearly from the Holy Spirit within us.

Romans 6:12; Romans 7:22

  • Bishop Keith Butler

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:17)

From the beginning, God’s plan was for man to prosper in every way. He created rivers that held precious stones and trees that had every type of delicious fruit for man to enjoy. Adam was given access to the entire planet and given the authority to rule. However, man was also given a choice.

God planted numerous trees in the Garden of Eden for Adam to enjoy. Only one was off-limits. God put this forbidden tree in the middle of the Garden, not to tempt man, but to give him the right to choose to follow God.

God does not grab you, drag you down the aisle, slam you in front of the altar and say, “Now, I’m going to make you get saved!” God is a gentleman. He gives us the right to choose to follow Him and have the benefits of a life lived within His design, or to refuse Him and deal with the consequences of a life away from God’s influence.

When I married Deborah, she had the choice to marry 3 billion other men. I did not force her into marriage. There would be no love there. The only way that I knew she loved me and that I loved her in return is that we both decided to choose each other.

God’s will is for you to prosper as your soul prospers. However, He is not going to force His will on you. He has given you a choice to follow His will or to do your own. The option is yours. 

Practical Application – You will have choices this week to go the easy route or to follow God’s way. How you react to co-workers, how you connect with family, and how you conduct yourself around friends will determine whether you choose God’s way or your own.

Isaiah 1:19; Joshua 24:15

  • Bishop Keith Butler

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Paul taught his young protege Timothy through this letter about how to communicate with God. He began this portion of his letter describing different types of prayer. However, it is the end of this verse that I want us to focus on today.

Paul explained to Timothy why we should pray - because it is good and acceptable to God. Prayer brings the results that God wants for each person. Paul explained more about the character of the God who would have men to pray: God wants all men to be saved. Who is left after all? No one. The word saved in Greek is sozo; it means to be delivered from everything. God’s will is for everyone to be protected, delivered, healed, preserved, and to do well.

  The life of sozo is the life of real prosperity. Some have become upset at me and other ministers claiming that we preach a “prosperity gospel.”  What other kind of Gospel is there? A lack gospel? A failure gospel? No. God’s will is for all men to prosper – spirit, soul, and body.

Paul revealed more about God’s character, stating that He also desires all men to come unto the knowledge of the truth. The word knowledge is epignosis. It means full understanding. The truth refers to God’s Word. God wants everyone to enjoy the fullness of salvation and the power of His Word.

Practical Application – God’s plan for your life is to live the sozo life – a life of real prosperity. Open your Word and pray for a full understanding of the blessing of salvation.





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