“Lusts – Good & Bad”

Posted: August 3, 2021 in Uncategorized

Whenever we hear the word “lust,” most people think it’s always a bad thing. It may surprise you to know that “A lust (Greek = epithumia) is simply a strong desire that can be self induced or externally implanted into a Christian’s mind. A sense of guilt results when a believer does not realize a lust is a thought, not sin.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer. [1]

Scripture

“Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires [lusts] and enticed. Then, when desire [lust] has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:13-15).

Good Lusts

Numerous passages in the New Testament contain the term lust with a good or commendable meaning. Consider these passages:

Righteous prophets didn’t sin when they desired (lusted) to see those things which the people of Christ’s day saw. (See Matthew 13:17).

Christ Himself lusted without sinning. He said, “With desire (lust) I have desired (lusted) to eat this Passover with you” (Luke 22:15).

The Holy Spirit lusts (has a strong desire) against the flesh/sin nature (Galatians 5:17).

The Apostle Paul lusted (desired) to depart to be with Christ (Philippians 1:23).

A bishop (Pastor) can lust (have a strong desire) to be an overseer of God’s people (1 Timothy 3:1).

Angels lust (have a strong desire) to look into the sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 1:11, 12).

Bad Lusts

“Bad lusts are cravings or strong, uninvited desires that become part of a person’s thinking. These lusts are desires that are contrary to righteousness. They can enter into the Christian’s thoughts from any of the three [spiritual] enemies.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer.

It’s vital that we identify the source from which the sinful lusts are coming so that we can use the Scriptural means to overcome them. The Christian must counter each spiritual enemy God’s way or suffer defeat. Not all temptations come from the devil.

Hopefully, the following information will assist believers (not unsaved people) to live victoriously over the strong desires that come from the devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system.

To become a Christian one needs to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Unbelievers are children of the devil. He lulls most of them to sleep (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10; 5:19). But he also has some mature sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2).

Lusts From Our Spiritual Enemies

Here are 14 lusts (strong desires) that come from the devil: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/spiritual-warfare/

Here are the lusts (strong desires) that come from our sin nature as listed in Galatians 5:19-21. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/book-burning/ https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/our-perverted-sin-nature/

Here is some information about the present world system that was devised by the devil to control certain works of the flesh (sin nature) and a summary of how to overcome all three enemies: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/tested-and-tried-daily/

We Don’t Have To Sin

God has made it possible for Christians not to sin. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:2-4).

When We Sin – What?

God doesn’t want His children to sin (act lawlessly). But when we sin, as we will from time to time, what should we do to make things right with God and others? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/when-we-sin-what/

Helpful Books

To help Christians live victoriously over their three spiritual enemies, and to prevent needless chastening and scourging from our Heavenly Father (Hebrews 12:5-11), we recommend that you secure the following books and study them for yourself:

[1] Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ” https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, “He That Is Spiritual” https://www.amazon.com/s?k=he+that+is+spiritual+chafer&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Help

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others who desire to live a life that pleases God. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

“Who Has The Keys?”

Posted: July 16, 2021 in Uncategorized

I’m thankful for health care professionals who sometimes risk their lives to save our lives. I’m also thankful for inventors of modern medical equipment.

Pacemakers & Ventilators

“A pacemaker is a small device that’s placed under the skin in your chest to help control your heartbeat. It’s used to help your heart beat more regularly if you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), particularly a slow one.” [1]

“… if a patient can’t breathe, whether it’s from the coronavirus, a pneumonia or even a traumatic injury, a mechanical ventilator is basically a machine that breathes for you… It pushes air in and out of the lungs.” [2]

Your Amazing Heart.

“Every day, your heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body. Although it’s no bigger than your fist, your heart has the mighty job of keeping blood flowing through the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that feed your organs and tissues. Any damage to the heart or its valves can reduce that pumping power, forcing the heart to work harder just to keep up with the body’s demand for blood. [3]

The Bible Is Right.

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). “Health experts now have proof that laughter is good medicine. A good belly laugh can send 20% more blood flowing through your entire body. One study found that when people watched a funny movie, their blood flow increased. That’s why laughter might just be the perfect antidote to stress. When you laugh, the lining of your blood vessel walls relaxes and expands… So have a good giggle. Your heart will thank you.” [3]

It’s Free.

“Laughter is a fun, free and easy way to reduce the effects of stress, pain and conflict. In fact, the health benefits can last up to 45 minutes following a good hearty laugh.” [4] So LOL often.

Our Original Heart

In another realm, the Scriptures tell us that “[Our] hearts are  deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). This is talking about the spiritual heart which includes the mind (Proverbs 23:7), the will (Daniel 1:8; Acts 11:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7), and the emotions (Romans 9:2), along with our sinful nature which we all inherited from our parents (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8). It is opposed to God and His Word and causes us to be defiant toward Him. (See Romans 3:9-23). Yes, whether we want to admit it or not, you and I have such a heart.

A New Birth & A New Heart

This is why God, in His Word, tells us that we need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-7) so we can receive a new heart and a new nature from Him (See 2 Peter 1:4). We are born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23). “The new heart of the believer consists of: (1) a new desirous will, (2) the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:16), (3) and new desires that come from the new nature.” [5]

The Christian doesn’t lose his/her sin nature until death or the rapture (1 John 1:8; 3:2; Romans 7:15-25). We must decide daily, hourly, and moment by moment whether we will live under the Holy Spirit’s control or the sin nature/flesh (Galatians 5:16, 25; Romans 8:5, 12, 13). The unbeliever will carry his/her sin nature into eternity in the lake of fire (Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Revelation 21:8; 22:11).

Evidence

Have you been “born again from above”? If so, what evidence can others see in your life that would convince them that you are a true Christian (James 2:18)? If you haven’t been “born again from above,” why not now? You may not be physically alive tomorrow to make a decision that would change your eternal destiny from hell to heaven (John 3:16, 18, 36).

Eternal Life

God gives eternal life (His quality of life) to all those who place their faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). But He also wants all of His children to enjoy an “abundant life”while we live here on earth (John 10:10).

Spiritual Blessings

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” (Ephesians 1:3). He went on to list some of the spiritual things that are ours to enjoy. They are of far greater value than any physical things in life. We invite you to take time to read about some of the things that believers can enjoy now.

Who Holds The Keys Today?

In Old Testament times the devil held the “keys of death” (Hebrews 2:14). He could take people’s lives at any time unless God prohibited him from doing this. (See Job 1:13-19; 2:6). Jesus said to some religious leaders of His day, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).

But when Jesus rose again bodily from the dead and ascended back to heaven, He took the keys of Hades and death away from the devil. Thank God, He holds them now (Revelation 1:18). No one can take a Christian’s life from him/her without Christ’s permission. He is the One who determines when He will put Christians to sleep in death (1 Thessalonians 4:14). It is the body that sleeps, not the soul or the spirit as some cults teach. Consider the intermediate bodies of those who die. [6]

The Sin Unto Death

It’s important to know that unruly and disobedient Christians can have their physical lives terminated prematurely by Jesus. There is a sin unto death which many Christians commit (1 John 5:16; See James 5:19, 20; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30). The Lord usually chastens and scourges His children whom He loves before He takes their physical lives from them (Hebrews 12:5-11). We don’t lose our salvation, but we could miss out on many rewards, crowns, and praise from God.

Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then it’s gone (James 4:14). Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). Live each day as though it might be your last day on earth, or the last day of someone you love or know as it was for us with our late son, Bill. [7]

A True Or Just A Nominal Christian?

Are you a true Christian or just a nominal one who professes to be a Christian? Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? If you’re not, would you like to be sure? Why should God let you into His heaven?

Help

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and then ask you to SHARE this with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Pacemakers – https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/pacemaker/about/pac-20384689

[2] Ventilators – https://www.capecodhealth.org/medical-services/infectious-disease/so-what-does-a-ventilator-do/

[3] The Heart – https://www.webmd.com/heart/features/amazing-facts-about-heart-health-and-heart-disease_#1

[4] Laughter – https://blog.providence.org/archive/amazing-ways-laughter-improves-your-heart-health

[5] Dr. H. L. Schaffer, Maturing In Christ, p, 139 http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

[6] The Intermediate Body – http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/dbv1n4.html#A4

[7] Our Son’s Death – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

“Life’s Pursuits”

Posted: July 10, 2021 in Uncategorized

Fame, fortune, power, or pleasure. Which one of these things is your highest priority and pursuit in life? Of the 168 hours you have each week, how much of your time is devoted to your dream? Do you have one or more dreams? Are you a “wandering generality” or a “meaningful specific” as motivational speaker Zig Ziglar used to ask?

He would tell people who came to his talks on this subject – 1) You need to have a clearly defined, written down dream/goal in life, 2) then a realistic time frame in which you want to achieve it. 3) Consider the obstacles you’ll probably face, 4) and the people, groups, and organizations you may need to help you achieve your dream. This may require you to learn some 5) new skills that you currently don’t have. 6) Specific steps need to be followed. And finally, you need to ask yourself exactly 7) Why do I want to achieve this dream? At what cost to my family, my health, and my sanity? Balance is the key.

To help me remember these things, I drew some pictures in seven frames with a word under each one: Dream, Time, Obstacles, Helpers, Skills, Steps, Why? Most of us can accomplish far more than we think we can, but we cannot achieve whatever our minds can conceive. We can’t add a foot to our height (Matthew 6:27), or do everything we might want to do. We can’t/won’t become gods.

But Christians can can/should do those things that God planned for us to do in life. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things [that God planned for me to do] through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, 19; Ephesians 2:10). And “… for it is God who works in you [energizes you] both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Are you resisting, quenching, or grieving Him (Acts 7:51; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 2 Timothy 2:12; Ephesians 4:30)? Do you know what things He has in mind for you to do? Would you like to know? Are you a maturing believer who is being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14)? If you’re not sure, keep reading.

The Christian’s priority in life should be to glorify God [make Him known to others] and enjoy Him now and forever (1 Corinthians10:31; Psalm 16:11; 73:25-26). We become a Christian when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). Have you placed your faith and trust in Him alone to save you, or are you depending on your good works to be saved and/or to keep yourself saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? Your final answer will determine your eternal destiny in hell or heaven.

In His High Priestly prayer to God the Father, Jesus said, And this is eternal life, that they may [experientially] know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:3, 4).

He also said this to His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another” (John 15:16, 17; 13:34, 35).

Every true Christian will bear some fruit in his/her life while on earth (John 15:1-8). Some believers will bear more fruit than others, but every Christian will have some praise worthy works (fruit) which Christ will reward at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Spiritual fruit might involve our having and displaying a Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), being a faithful witness (Romans 1:13; 1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and generous giving (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17). (See Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, p. 50)

We believe that our good works are related to the “spiritual gift” [1] that each Christian receives at the time of his/her initial salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 2:10; 4:7-16). These gifts (enablements) need to be developed and exercised with love primarily toward other believers in the spiritual “Body of Christ,” the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12,13; 13:1 ff; Galatians 5:13; 6:10).

The Apostle John wrote this to maturing Christians,  Do not love [stop loving] the world [system] or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of [for] the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17). We may use it (the world system), but we are not to abuse it by making it the number one priority in our lives (1 Corinthians 7:31). “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen” (1 John 5:21). An idol is anything that comes between us and God.

Questions: Do you know where you came from, why you’re here, and where you will go when you die? Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? If not, would you like to be sure? Why do you think God should let you into His heaven? If you believe that you’re going to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be? Do you know the difference between eternal security and assurance of salvation?

Some Closing Thoughts

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [fame, fortune, power, pleasure], and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). The lake of fire [hell] was prepared for the devil and his angels/demons, but all unbelievers will spend eternity with him in that awful place (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46).

The devil made a legitimate offer to Jesus when he told Him that He could have all the kingdoms of this world if Jesus would fall down and worship him (Matthew 4:9). Jesus turned down his offer. Why?

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). Satan offers counterfeits.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10). Sadly, God can’t trust too many Christians with a lot of money. If He should entrust it to you, use it wisely for His glory and the good of others – fellow believers first (1 John 3:16, 17; Galatians 6:10).

Help

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Please let us know if this article has helped you and SHARE this with others.

[1] Spiritual Gifts: To learn more about them, go to https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

“The Blame Game”

Posted: July 8, 2021 in Uncategorized

The late comedian Flip Wilson (1933-1998), who often played the fictional, feisty, female role of Geraldine Jones, used to say, “The Devil made me to it,” and made his audiences laugh at his jokes.

But contrary to what many people think about the devil, he is a real person (a spirit being) who tempted Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, and then getting her husband, Adam to eat of it too. This is when all of man’s problems began. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the devil instead of taking personal responsibility for their own behavior. But the sin nature we inherited from them, through our parents, is responsible for most of our lawless (sinful) behavior today. But what is sin?

“Sin is lawlessness.” 1 John 3:4

God determines what sin is and what isn’t. He makes the requirement(s) for salvation and for daily living. [1]

Sin is against God, and acting as though He hasn’t placed any restrictions on us.

“Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin / Each victory will help you or some others to win.
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue / Look ever to Jesus and He’ll carry you through…”

Al Green

To Be Delivered From Eternal Condemnation, An Unsaved Person Must –

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for his/her sins, Who was buried,

and Who rose again bodily on the third day, and he/she will be saved.”

Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Ephesians 2:8, 9

Memorize & Meditate On This Often

Sin will take you farther than you want to go.

Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay.

Sin will cost you more than you want to pay.

Our Response To Trials And Temptations

“My brethren [fellow Christians], count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires [lusts] and enticed. Then, when desire [lust] has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” – James 1:2-8, 12-15

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

God doesn’t want His children to sin. But He knows that we will sin periodically.

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation [satisfaction] for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” – 1 John 2:1, 2

When we [Christians] sin, we need to “… confess our sins [to God the Father]. When we do this, “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 [2]

As Christians, Our Temptations To Sin Come From Three Sources: [3]

The Devil [4]

To overcome the temptations that the devil hurls at believers, we must be sober and vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). Then we must submit to God and resist the devil after the whole armor of God has been put on mentally (James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17). It is our understanding that there are 14 specific temptations that the devil and/or demons hurl at our minds. Each piece of the armor is designed to counteract specific temptations.

Our Own Sin Nature [5]

To overcome the temptations that come from our sin nature, a believer must understand that the works of the flesh are all perversions of good things (Galatians 5:19-21). But as long as a believer walks (orders his/her life) by means of God the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to succumb to the temptations that come from the sin nature. We must “reckon [ourselves] to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:11; Galatians 5:16, 25). We are told to flee youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22). God doesn’t want our sin nature to have dominion over us (Romans 6:14; See 1 John 2:1 ff). Those Christians who deny that they have a sin nature are deceiving themselves, not others (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25).

The World System

To overcome the temptations from the present world system, we must first identify it as to what it is. It is a system, devised by the devil to appeal to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride (vain glory) of life (1 John 2:15-17). It involves urbanization, human government, commerce, entertainment, education, industry, and senseless warfare (Genesis 4:16-24; See Luke 11:50, 51). While living here on earth, a believer may use the world system, but he/she is not to abuse it or love it by making it more important than God and His children (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17). We are citizens of heaven and we’re just passing through it on our way to heaven (Philippians 3:20).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions/comments, we invite you to contact us through our website at www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others.

[1] Requirement(s) for salvation and for living. Go to www.kelseypeach.com and click on “The Good News & The Bad News” Also see – Understanding The Times Bible Study Book Marker – Dispensations

[2] Confession – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/when-we-sin-what/

[3] Three Spiritual Enemies –

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-enemies/

[4] Satanic Attacks: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/spiritual-warfare/

[5] Our Sin Nature – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/our-perverted-sin-nature/

Instructions for Christians to overcome the sin nature –

Romans 6, 7 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%206-7&version=NKJV

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Recommended Reading:

Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ” http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, “He That Is Spiritual” https://www.amazon.com/s?k=he+that+is+spiritual+chafer&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Masters and slaves. Most people are repelled by this relationship. But not all those who were slaves had bad masters. In fact, some slaves appreciated and loved their kind, benevolent masters so much, that even when they were given the opportunity to be set free, they chose to remain as slaves and demonstrated their wishes by having their ears pierced (Exodus 21:1-6). [1]

Of course, there have been, and there will continue to be cruel taskmasters/employers who abuse their slaves/employees. If you’re a Christian, what thoughts do you have or should you have toward your employer or employees (See Ephesians 6:5-9)?

In the spiritual realm, do you feel powerless toward the devil’s temptations, or those that come from your own sinful nature, or from the present world system? [2] Would you like to be set free and enjoy God’s quality of life (John 10:10)? If so, let truth from God’s Word set you free.

(Please take/make time to look up the Bible verses to validate the truth in your own mind

and to be ready to give an answer to those who might ask you about the hope you have in Christ.)

While this is true –

“Sin will take you/me farther than we want to go.

Sin will keep you/me longer than we want to stay.

Sin will cost you/me more than we want to pay.”

This is also true –

Jesus came to take away our sins.

Jesus can keep us from falling into sin.

Jesus paid the debt we owed to God.

God the Father took our sins and placed them on His sinless Son,

and then placed Christ’s righteousness on believers.

Isaiah 53:6; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 John 2:2

John 16:10; Romans 4:4, 23-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21

God has made it possible so that believers don’t have to keep on sinning.

Romans 6:1-14; Galatians 5:16; James 4:7; 1 John 2:1, 15-17; 4:4; Jude 1:24

God the Father was fully satisfied with the payment Christ made for our sins.

Romans 3:25; 4:25; 6:23; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; Matthew 3:17; 2 Peter 1:17; Isaiah 53:10

Merely knowing and believing the “facts of the Gospel,” that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day, won’t save you or anyone else. We must transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to Christ alone if we are to be saved (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Furthermore, we are not saved from eternal condemnation with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46) by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.

The Right Formula: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works

The Wrong Formula: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation

Please be honest with your answers. Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, or do you think that have to go to Purgatory (which isn’t found in the Bible) first because Christ’s payment for your sins wasn’t sufficient? If you’re not sure that you’re headed for heaven, would you like to be sure? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We want you to have assurance of your salvation, and then grow spiritually, so you can serve God and others effectively, and reproduce yourself while you are here on earth.

If you have questions and/or comments we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com Please let us know if this has helped you, and SHARE this information with others. Together we can reach more people for Christ.

[1] “Get Your Ears Pierced?” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUzDHIRlMI8

[2] Three Spiritual Enemies: How To Overcome Them. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/tested-and-tried-daily/

Note: Having your sins forgiven doesn’t automatically mean that you won’t have to suffer the natural consequences of your sinful behavior in this life. Also, Christians can die prematurely by committing “the sin unto death” (1 John 5:16). We have “potential years” and “actual years.”

“The Pleasures Of Sin”

Posted: July 2, 2021 in Uncategorized

If sin didn’t bring us so much pleasure, we probably wouldn’t engage in it. But it does. We’re told that Moses chose to suffer with the people of God [the Jews] rather than enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin that could have been his as a rising star in Egypt. “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:24, 25). Notice, they are called “passing” pleasures. Are you engaged in some “secret sins” that are dragging you down to death? Are you looking for a way to get out of this vicious web? If so, read on. If not, stop reading any further.

The foolish, immoral woman says to a simpleton, “’Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’ But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell” (Proverbs 9:17, 18). Please take time to read or listen to a tragic story of a moral failure in Proverbs 5. [1]

How Addictive Is Sin?

“Sin will take you/me farther than we want to go.

Sin will keep you/me longer than we want to stay.

Sin will cost you/me more than we want to pay.”

Original source unknown. [2]

What is Sin?

“Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). It is acting as though God has no standards for us and thinking that we are free to do as we please without any negative consequences. But wait! God, who made us, has the right to impose rules and regulations on us even if we don’t understand their value, or even if we don’t want to do what He tells us to do. [3] The wicked say, “Let us break [God’s] bonds in pieces and cast away [His] cords from us” (Psalm 2:3). “He [also] has said in his heart, ‘God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see’” (Psalm 10:11). Don’t believe this; God is omniscient (John 2:24, 25; Isaiah 46:10; Mark 4:22). He even knows all about our motives for doing what we do (1 Corinthians 4:5).

Our Sin Nature & The New Nature

All of us are born with a sinful nature (disposition). It prompts us to do just the opposite of what God wants us to do. It takes good things and perverts them into something evil (“The Works of the Flesh” – Galatians 5:19-21). [4] This sinful nature was passed down to us from our first parents, Adam and Eve (Psalm 51:5). Even babies have them. [5] It is something that all of us, believers and unbelievers, will have until we die or the Rapture takes place (Romans 8:23).

Those Christians who have received a new nature from above (2 Peter 1:4), but who deny that they still have a sin nature, are simply deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:15-25). We still have the potential to do everything we did before we were saved. But we, as Christians, don’t have to keep on sinning (1 John 2:1 ff; 3:9, 10; 4:4). Those who fail to learn from the mistakes and sins of others, and who think they can resist evil temptations without God’s help, are the ones most likely to fall into sin and judgment (1 Corinthians 10:1-13; 11:30; See John 15:5). Self transformation and reformation lead to pride which God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19; 8:13; 2 Peter 2:18-22).

Precautions For Believers To Take

“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

“…Walk in [by means of] the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust [strong desires] of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16, 25).

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

The Consequences Of Sin (Lawlessness)

Physical Death. It is the separation of the body from the soul and spirit (James 2:26; 5:19, 20; Genesis 2:17; 5:5, 8, 11, 14; See Hebrews 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). At the time of physical death, both the wicked dead (unbelievers) in Hades, and the righteous dead (believers) in Paradise receive temporary bodies to house their souls and spirits until they receive their resurrected bodies (Luke 16:19-31; 2 Corinthians 5:1-8). [6] Christ will defeat death by raising everyone who has died from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:26).There are different orders and times of resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 51, 52). In which one will you participate? Not sure? Ask us about them.

Spiritual Death. “…it is the state of the natural or unregenerate man as still in his sins [Ephesians 2:1], alienated from the life of God [Ephesians 4:18, 19], and destitute of the [Holy] Spirit [Romans 8:9].” – Dr. C. I. Scofield. We’re all born into this life spiritually dead and separated from God. We need to be “born again from above” if we are to be delivered from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (John 3:3-7; Matthew 25:41, 46). Learn how this kind of death can be reversed? [7]

The Second Death. This is the irreversible separation from God in the lake of fire forever for all unbelievers (Revelation 21:8). There are no second chances to be saved after a person dies physically, and there is no annihilation of the wicked dead, or reincarnation, or Purgatory taught in the Scriptures. The lusts (strong desires) that come from the sinful nature of unbelievers, who end up in the lake of fire, will never be satisfied (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11).

The Remedy For Sin

Judicial Forgiveness. This is granted to an unbeliever today who places his/her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, Who died for our sins, Who was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It takes place when we accept Christ’s death as our death for sins, and His resurrection as our resurrection from the dead (Galatians 2:20; See Romans 8:1). This is when we pass from spiritual death into spiritual (eternal) life (John 5:24) and have Christ’s righteousness imputed to our account (Romans 4:5-11, 23, 24; John 16:10).

Family Forgiveness. This is granted to a believer who confesses his/her known sins to God the Father, by naming them specifically to Him, and agreeing with Him about what we did (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16). Discernment (self judgment) and repentance (a change of mind about what we did) need to precede confession (1 Corinthians 11:31; 2 Corinthians 7:9).

Help

Are you, or is someone you know, struggling spiritually? We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We want to help you have assurance of salvation first. Then we want to help you grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), so you can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13), and reproduce yourself in this world (Matthew 28:19, 10). If you have questions and/or comments, you can contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

If this has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to SHARE this with others who may be thinking about engaging in sinful activities that could lead to sicknesses, mental disturbances, and even a very painful death (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

[1[ Proverbs 5 –https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/pro/5/1/s_633001 (Read or listen to this.)

[2] Quote heard at – https://insight.org/broadcasts/player/?bid=3945

[3] See our “Dispensations Chart” and the rules God gave to different people at different times.

Click on “Understanding The Times Book Marker” at www.kelseypeach.com

[4] “The Works Of The Flesh” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/book-burning/

[5] Minnesota Crime Commission – Babies https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/heres-a-switch-use-it/

[6] Richard Schafer, “Intermediate Bodies” http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/dbv1n4.html#A4

[7] The Bad News & The Good News – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Three Spiritual Enemies: How To Overcome Them. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/tested-and-tried-daily/

Recommended reading – Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ” Victory in the Christian Life https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

You don’t hear the word “Hell” being used very often in churches anymore. Why? Many false teachers and preachers don’t believe in it. They believe in “universalism” that teaches that eventually everyone will be saved and go to heaven. If you attend church, do you know what your preacher really believes? Ask him. If he believes in hell, ask him what a person has to do to avoid it. Does he proclaim the Gospel clearly and make the only condition for entrance into heaven very clear? [1]

Many of those who defy God and His Word are known to use the word “hell” quite often. They can be heard saying, “Go to h—,” or “God d— you!” This is blasphemy, because God is in no way obligated to do what anyone tells Him to do. Neither is God obligated to bless the people to whom you might say, “God bless you.”

God said to Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). King Balak of Moab tried to bribe the prophet Balaam to “… come at once, curse this people [the Jews] for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed” (Numbers 22:6). But God wouldn’t let the hireling prophet Balaam do that. (See also 2 Peter 2:15; Jude 1:11; Revelation 2:14.)

Sheol/Hades

Sheol is the Hebrew word and Hades is the Greek word that refers to the place of the departed dead which is in the heart of the earth where everyone (believers and unbelievers) went before Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead and His ascension back to heaven from where He had come (See Luke 16:19-31; John 3:13; 14:1-3; 16:10). At the time of His ascension back to heaven, He took the Old Testament believers from the Paradise section of Sheol/Hades up to the edge of the third heaven (Ephesians 4:8 ff; See 2 Corinthians 12:1-4). Today no believer goes into the heart of the earth at the time of his/her death, or to Purgatory that doesn’t exist. The gates of Hades that held the Old Testament believers in the heart of the earth have been opened so that no true believer will be held there any longer (Matthew 16:18).

There was an upper Sheol/Hades for the believers and the lower Sheol/Hades, where there was fire to torment unbelievers in their intermediate bodies (Luke 16:19-31; Deuteronomy 32:22). The upper compartment of Sheol/Hades was also called “Abraham’s bosom” (Luke 16:22), and “Paradise” (Luke 23:43). In between these two sections there was a great gulf (like the Grand Canyon) known as the abyss (“bottomless pit” in the AV translation) which prevented anyone from crossing from one section to the other.

Those in Sheol/Hades were/are given temporary, intermediate bodies to house their souls (emotions) and spirits (the rational part of the mind – See Ephesians 4:23; Hebrews 4:12) until they are raised from the dead (See 1 Corinthians 15:26, 55, 56). [2]

It is our understanding that some of the fallen angels/demons tried to prevent the promised Messiah from fulfilling God’s promise to mankind (Genesis 3:15) by genetically modifying the human race. Some of them took on humanoid form and cohabited with human women and produced a hybrid race of giants and men of renown (Genesis 6:1-8). All these perished in the universal flood of Noah’s day (Genesis 6-8).

Apparently Noah and his family were the only ones of that time who weren’t affected in some way by this Satanic plot. While other fallen angels/demons are not bound, they are permitted, with God’s permission, to afflict and tempt believers today (Ephesians 6:12). But these other fallen angels/demons are currently confined in Tartarus (Hell) which appears to be located in the abyss/pit (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6). They are the ones to whom Christ proclaimed, “You failed!” (1 Peter 3:19). Jesus was not giving them or any other unbelievers in Sheol/Hades a second chance to be saved, as some of the cults teach.

Hell

This place is not to be confused with Sheol/Hades which is likened to the jail house. Hell is also called “Gehenna” (Mark 9:43, 45, 47), the “lake of fire” (Revelation 19:20; 20:10, 14, 15; See Matthew 25:30, 41, 46) and can be likened to the prison house. At the end of time, God will raise up from the dead all the unbelievers who are still in Hades and cast them into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:13-15; See 1 Corinthians 15:26). Their degree of suffering there will be determined at the Great White Throne judgment by Judge Jesus who is omniscient (John 2:24, 25; 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8; See Matthew 10:15; 11:22, 24) and omnipotent (Luke 12:5). He will judge their works and their motives.

God the Father loved the world (the sinful, rebellious people caught up in the devil’s world system). But before He could offer deliverance/salvation from hell and entrance into heaven, someone had to pay the penalty for sin – death (Romans 6:23; See Hebrews 9:6-8). God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who was/is the sinless God-man (Hebrews 4:15), voluntarily offered to become our Substitute and die in our place for all our sins once for all (Isaiah 53:6; 1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 10:7-10). We know that God the Father was satisfied by the payment that He made for all mankind because He raised Him from the dead after three days and nights (Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; 1 John 2:2). Those who place their faith and trust in Christ alone as their personal Savior, through the Gospel, will be saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire which was designed for the devil and his angles/demons (John 3:16, 18, 36; 10:28, 29; Matthew 25:41, 46).

The believer’s assurance of salvation comes from the promises of God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2; John 14:6; 17:17). Do you have, or would you like to have assurance of your salvation? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

Imagining that there is no heaven and no hell, as John Lennon’s song “Imagine” suggests, doesn’t change the facts that Jesus told us about the reality of these two places. “Friend, you have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” – Dr. Manfred Kober [3]

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if you have questions and/or comments and SHARE this with others who may find this information helpful. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] Dr. Ron Shea, – “The Clear Gospel,” http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf (See page two.)

[2] Richard Schafer, “Intermediate Bodies” http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/dbv1n4.html#A4

[3] Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Recently I listened to a message by a Pastor in which he talked about “The Bondage of Busyness.” He had a lot of good things to say. I’d encourage you to listen to it. [1] Many people today are “frantic, frazzled, and frustrated.” Maybe you feel beat, bleary, bone weary, bushed, and you’re ready to burst. Perhaps you are among those who say, “I’m too busy; I don’t have time for that. I need a vacation.” If you got one, what would you do while you were on it – worry some more? Are you a “workaholic”?

Paradigm Shift. I’d like to suggest that you take another course of action that will enable you to know how you can have not only “peace with God” (Romans 5:1), but also how to have and enjoy the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7). This will enable you to have unruffled “moment by moment vacations” throughout your days as you learn how to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). It involves learning how to meditate Biblically on God and His Word (1 Thessalonians 5:17; See Psalm 1; Joshua 1:8)? Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17)? If so, try to follow regularly what we suggest for you and then let us know how you are doing and what we can do to encourage you along life’s path (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

God’s Gift. Even though our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14), each day is a gift from God and is made up of 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds. Some people can pack a lot of good and godly things into the time they have been given. Others “kill time” or engage in worthless activities to fill the void in their lives. Many people pursue fame, fortune, power, or pleasure. None of us knows the length of time we’ll have on this earth. We’re here today; gone tomorrow just like the grass of the field (Matthew 6:30). That is why we need to make every day count for eternity and treat is as though it’s our last day on earth. Are glorifying God (making Him known to others), and seeking the highest wellbeing of other people, the priorities of your life (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10)? If not, why?

Slave Labor. The Jews who lived as slaves in Egypt under a wicked Pharaoh had no days off to rest. This rigorous life went on for several hundred years until Moses finally came and delivered them from bondage (Exodus 1:13, 14; 13:3; 17:3). Slave labor is still going on today in some parts of the world. All of us have probably purchased things that were made by slaves in other countries. Check the labels on things you buy.

Sabbath. After they left Egypt, God gave the Jews a new set of “Rules for Living” known as the “Mosaic Law” during the “Dispensation of Law” (2 Kings 21:8; John 7:19) [2] “The Ten Commandments” included a day of rest, known as “The Sabbath” on every seventh day – Saturday. It was for the Jewish people, their servants (employees), strangers in their midst, and even for their animals (Exodus 20:8-11). Violating it called for a severe penalty – death (Exodus 31:14, 15). God is a good God, Who delights in the well being and happiness of others (Matthew 19:17). He wants people to work diligently for six days and then rest on the seventh day from their labors. He wanted them to know that they could trust Him to provide for their everyday needs (Genesis 22:8, 14; Psalm 23:1-6; Philippians 4:19). There is a difference between needs and wants. (See 1 Timothy 6:8.)

Worship & Wisdom. Perhaps, as they observed the Sabbath, some of them thought (or should have thought) about God’s attributes of goodness, righteousness, omniscience, omnipotence, truth, holiness, and love. This is how we are to worship God today (John 4:24). They may have asked God for wisdom to do their work more efficiently and effectively. God delights in giving wisdom to those who humbly ask Him for it as King Solomon did (1 Kings 3:9 ff; 4:29 ff ; James 1:5; See 3:13-18).

Sabbatical Year. But not only did God want them to take one day off from work every week to rest, He also wanted them to let the land rest every seventh year (Leviticus 25:4). This would take a lot more faith on the Jews’ part. Apparently they weren’t willing to obey this command. This was one of the reasons why the Jews ended up enslaved in pagan Babylon for 70 years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Jeremiah 25:11 ff). (BTW – The Jews also took time off from their regular work during their annual Feasts.) [3]

Freedom. After the Medo-Persians defeated the Babylonians, King Cyrus of Persia (modern day Iran) allowed the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild their Temple (Ezra 5:13 ff). King Artaxerxes (of Persia – Iran) allowed Nehemiah and other Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall around the city (Nehemiah 1 ff). Later, another Persian (Iranian) King, by the name of Ahasuerus, had a part in the preservation of the Jewish nation, when wicked Haman tried to exterminate them. (Read the Book of Esther.) In contrast, modern day Iran is set on Israel’s destruction and annihilation.

Faith-Rest Life. God promised to give Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the Jews the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21). Note: They will get all this land during Christ’s 1,000 year reign on/over the earth. After delivering the Jews from Egypt, Moses sent 12 spies into the land of Canaan. (The iniquity of the Amorites was full and judgment was coming – Genesis 15:16). Ten of them came back and discouraged the people from going into the land because there were giants in it (Numbers 13:23 88). The congregation refused to walk by faith and enter the land. So God caused them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years until all those 20 years old and older died in the wilderness. Then the new generation entered the Promised Land under Joshua’s leadership (Numbers 32:13; 26:65).

Ditto. During Joshua’s day, the Jews were also given many opportunities to trust God while taking possession of the land that He promised to them. But once again, they failed to trust God and walk by faith. As a result, they went through seven cycles of discipline from God (Read the Book of Judges).

Applications

Salvation. Today God wants Jews and non-Jews to place their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, so they can be saved (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16, 17). Have you done this? If not, why not now? Then God wants all Christians to walk by faith (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 4:2 ff). Are you doing this? How often? Without it you can’t please God (Hebrews 11:6.)

Promises. When we take the “Promises of God” [3] that are addressed to Christians, and mix them with faith, we can enjoy the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding. It will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, 7; See Hebrews 4:2 ff). We must be careful not to try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to the Old Testament believers. Otherwise, we will be very discouraged when we don’t get what we thought we should be getting. The Jews and the Church are distinct from each other and God has different plans for these two groups. (See 1 Corinthians 10:32.) The Church has NOT replaced Israel. [5] Beware of the “Name it and claim it” false teachers who mislead many people (2 Peter 2:1 ff).

Principle. While the law of the Sabbath isn’t repeated in the New Testament for Christians, we believe that God wants us to set aside some time each week to rest, if possible. Pray for persecuted Christian slaves in other countries around the world who aren’t free to do this.

Sundays. The early church met on the first day of the week – Sunday, the day Christ rose again bodily from the dead. Since many Christians were slaves, they probably met on Sunday nights. Their purpose: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day [Rapture] approaching” (Hebrews 10:24, 25). Are you practicing this?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this has helped you, please LIKE and SHARE it with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

[1] Mark Hitchcock – “Rest Stop” Time: minute 28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7ovrN9XyAI

[2] Mosaic Law – Dispensation (See our “Understanding The Times Dispensation Chart” on our website)

[3] Feasts – https://www.gotquestions.org/Jewish-festivals.html

[4] Promises – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

[5] Replacement Theology – https://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-evil-of-replacement-theology/

[6] Why Read? – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/%e2%80%9cwhy-read%e2%80%9d/

Recommended Books:

WarrenW. Wiersbe – On Being A Servant Of God https://www.amazon.com/Being-Servant-God-Warren-Wiersbe/dp/0801068193/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=wiersbe+on+being+a+servant&qid=1621932312&sr=8-1

H. L. Schafer – Maturing In Christ https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

Charles Ryrie – Balancing The Christian Life https://www.amazon.com/Balancing-Christian-Life-Charles-Ryrie/dp/0802408877/ref=sr_1_2?

Robert J. Morgan – Red Sea Rules https://www.amazon.com/Red-Sea-Rules-God-Given-Strategies/dp/0529104407/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=morgan+red+sea+rules&qid=1621926566&sr=8-1

“Tennis Anyone?”

Posted: May 22, 2021 in Uncategorized

I loved sports. No matter what kind it was, I tried and excelled in most of them. It was my life in grade school and high school. My grades in school suffered because of my devotion to sports. My Dad used to quote this verse to me quite often, “…Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).

Hurting. That verse didn’t mean much to me until I twisted my back while playing tennis one summer when I was about 16 years old. My whole world seemed to crumble under me. I was in terrible pain with a pinched nerve in my back and I hobbled around for a long time like an old man. The Japanese Doctor put me in a half cast but it didn’t help. Finally, I came across a chiropractor who was able to help me some. But I was still in a lot of pain. I felt like Jacob in the Bible, who had his hip dislocated when he wrestled with the pre-incarnate Christ and then limped for the rest of his life (Genesis 32:32).

Humbling. That humbling event was used by God to redirect my life. I began to see the need to start doing things that were important to God. But I didn’t really know how to be godly or what the consequences of godliness would be (2 Timothy 3:12). Even after being graduated from Bible College, I still felt that I knew very little about how to live the Christian life. So I went on to seminary, not to become a Pastor or missionary, but to try to discover how to have and live the abundant life that Jesus mentioned in John 10:10. It’s NOT what the “health, wealthy, and happiness preachers” tell people it is. God is more concerned with our spiritual wellbeing than our physical wellbeing.

Forming. The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Galatia and reminded them that he labored hard to bring them to a place where Christ would be formed in them (Galatians 4:19). He wanted the Christ who indwelt them to have free course to live out His life through their lives and expressed it this way, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). This is how he wanted them to live too. If you’re a Christian, are you living a life that pleases God? Would you like to live this way? Confused? Are you teachable and willing to change? If so, contact us.

Filling. The “Fruit of the Spirit” consists of nine Christlike qualities that God wants us to have and display before others as the opportunities arise (Galatians 5:22, 23). They are produced by God the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians who are being “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). The implications are: Not all Christians are filled; all Christians can be filled; all Christians should be filled; and all Christians can/should continually be filled with/by the Spirit. Are you?

Grieving. To be filled with/by the [Holy] Spirit the Christian must not be grieving Him (Ephesians 4:30). We grieve Him when we sin – act lawlessly (1 John 3:4), and when we fail to confess our known sins to God the Father first, and then to those whom we’ve offended (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13.)

Quenching. In addition to this, we must not quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19) by saying “no” to Him and His leading in our lives (Romans 8:14; See Jonah 1:1-3). Those who deny Him (i.e., say “no” to Him) will have God say “no” to them (2 Timothy 2:12). Perhaps some of our requests to God go unanswered because of this. This verse is NOT talking about a Christian’s losing his/her salvation.

Relocating. When God saves a sinner from eternal condemnation (Romans 8:1; John 3:16, 18), the Holy Spirit places the new believer into the spiritual “Body of Christ” – the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13). He wants each Christian to be well coordinated spiritually and have “good form” just as a good athlete. When one member is “out of place,” and hurting as I was with a “pinched nerve” in my back, the whole Body is affected. Do you need an adjustment in your attitude and actions (Galatians 6:1)?

Believing. If you’re not a true Christian yet, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Assurance of salvation comes from God’s Word and the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

Assisting. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please LIKE and SHARE this with others. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

When you were a child, you probably were told the story of the three little pigs. The mother pig decided that it was time for them go out and make a living on their own. Each needed to build his own house. The first one made his house out of straw. The second made his out of sticks. But the third one made his house out of bricks. Enter the big, bad wolf.

You know the rest of the story. The wolf ate the first two little pigs after blowing their houses down, but he wasn’t able to blow down the house made of bricks. His problem? He had COPD, the drug companies tell us.

Houses. Each of us is building a life for himself/herself. In the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus talked about two men who built their houses: one on the sand; the other on the rock. One fell, and the other stood firm when the storms of life came on them (Matthew 7:24-27). Friend, are you on the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ) or on the sand of self reliance, humanism, or the government? The storms of life will come sooner or later, and they will reveal the source of your trust.

Identity. On another occasion, Jesus asked His disciples, “’Who do men say that I am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. ‘He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ [Messiah], the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’”

A Play On Words. “’And I [Jesus] also say to you that you are Peter [Greek – petros – a small stone], and on this rock [Greek – petra – a large massive rock, referring to Himself] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it’” (Matthew 16:13-18). The Apostle Paul referred to Christ as the foundation and the chief cornerstone upon which the true Church was/is being built (Ephesians 2:20). Are you on the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ)? Have you placed your faith and trust in Him alone, as the one Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If you have done this, you’re secure. You may shake on the rock, but the Rock (Christ) never shakes.

Quality. If you have been truly saved, you have a choice to make. You can spend your life doing worthless things that have the character wood, hay, or straw like the foolish pigs did, or you can do good works that have the character of gold, silver, or precious stones that can endure fire, as the wise pig did. (See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; See 2 Corinthians 5:10) What crowns, rewards, and praise do you want to receive from the Lord on Judgment day? Salvation and eternal life are offered freely to us (because Christ purchased them for us), but these other things must be earned by our works (See Ephesians 2:8-10).

“The Gates of Hell.” Sheol/Hades is a real place where all the dead, both the righteous and unrighteous, went at the time of their physical death, before Christ’s death for our sins…His burial…His bodily resurrection, and ascension back to heaven, from where He had come (John 3:13; 6:41, 51). He took back to the third heaven all the Old Testament believers, who had been held in the Paradise section of Sheol/Hades, that was in the heart of the earth (Ephesians 4:8-10). Today only unbelievers go the lowest Hades where they suffer in their temporary bodies, souls, and spirits (Luke 16:24; Deuteronomy 32:22).

Jail/Prison. These dead unbelievers will be kept in Hades (the jail house) until the time of their resurrection from the dead at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). They will be judged according to the works they did on earth, to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire (the inescapable prison) forever. Some will suffer more than others (Matthew 11:22, 24; 25:30, 41, 46). We hope that you won’t end up in this awful place. There is no purgatory, no reincarnation of the dead, and no annihilation of the wicked dead mentioned in the Scriptures in spite of what the cults and false religions teach.

Consciousness. Those who have died physically are very conscious of their surroundings. (See Luke 16:19-31; 2 Corinthians 12:1-6). At the time of their death, all the dead, both believers and unbelievers, receive temporary bodies to house both their souls (emotions – John 12:27; Hebrews 4:12) and their spirits (that relate to their minds – Ephesians 4:23). (See also 2 Corinthians 5:1-10). Only the body that dies goes to the grave until everyone is raised from the dead, each one in his/her own order. The last enemy that Jesus will destroy is death. He will do this by raising everyone who has died from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:26). In which resurrection will you participate? Not sure?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change for the better (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please pass it on to others who may benefit from it. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

Lessons From Pigs:

The three pigs picture all of us in our unsaved condition. We wallow in sin because we have a sin nature that we inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve. (See 2 Peter 2:22; Galatians 5:19-21).

Unless our lives get transferred from the sand of self righteousness over to the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ), by believing on Him alone, through the message of the Gospel, we will be doomed forever (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:16, 18). When we are saved initially from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1), God gives us a new nature like His (2 Peter 1:4). With it we are able to do things that please God (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 8:8). NOTE: Even though we receive a new nature, we still retain the Old Sin Nature during this life and can do anything we did prior to our being saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).

As Christians, we have a choice as to what kind of materials we will use to build on “The Rock,” the Lord Jesus Christ. Only if our works have the right character (gold, silver, precious stones) will they be rewarded. Our worthless works (like wood, hay, straw) will be burned up, and we could lose out on crowns, rewards, and praise from God (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Like the big, bad wolf, the devil is headed for disaster in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:10). This is also the ultimate destiny of are all unbelievers (Matthew 25:41, 46).

Final Call. “Friend, you have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” – Dr. Manfred Kober

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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