Estelle - Rochedale, Queensland Convention - December 2006

Phillipians 3:1, “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed in not grievous, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision which worship God in the spirit and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” The Lord wants a settled people - to settle us in His presence. It is not grievous for you to hear the word of God. It is safe for every child of God to hear the word of God to us.

Paul was wanting these people to press towards the mark of the high calling. Three times he said to beware.

Throughout the Bible the word “control” is not mentioned, but in between the lines, we read of the control of the Holy Spirit. Wrath and anger causes strife, and talebearers cause the fire of strife, and if we don’t put any wood on the fire, the fire will go out.