What Does It Take?”

Questions. Are you a true Christian or someone who merely professes to be a Christian? Do you possess eternal life (God’s quality of life) right now (1 John 5:11-13)? If you’re saved, how did you become a Christian? Who initially shared the Good News concerning Christ with you so you could be saved? Was it a family member like Andrew who told his brother Peter about Jesus (John 1:41)? Was it a neighbor, a fellow worker, a stranger, a radio or TV preacher, or a missionary? We’d like to hear your story if you’d take the time to tell us about it. (Discover how Mitsuo Fuchida, the man who led the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II, became a professing Christian by reading a pamphlet that my dad gave to him concerning Jake DeShezar in the link below.)

Testimony. By writing out your personal testimony and then sharing it with others, God might use you to bring others to Christ so they can be saved too. You could earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) so that you have something to present to Jesus when you see Him in all His glory at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 4:10). Jesus said, “…let no one take your crown” (Revelation 3:11).  Will someone else get a crown with your name on it because you failed to share the Gospel with a person whom He was going to save (John 6:37; See Acts 18:9, 10; Hebrews 1:14).

Effort. Even as it took someone’s effort and maybe some suffering on their part (2 Timothy 2:10) to introduce you to Christ so you could be saved, so, if you want to see others saved, it will involve your time and effort to let others know about the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Are you willing to do what our Lord commanded us to do?

Command. Having been given all authority in heaven and on earth, Jesus commanded His eleven disciples to duplicate themselves by making “disciples [true believers] of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:17 -20). He also said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Jesus. Who is this Person who gave this command? He is God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who had added to His deity a true human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 10:5).  He chose to be born of the virgin, Mary (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). His purpose in life was to glorify God the Father (John 17:4) by doing the things that the Father wanted Him to do and say (John 1:1-18; 5:18, 19). This also involved His going to the cross voluntarily (John 10:15-18) so He could die for our sins, be buried for 3 days and nights, and then rise again bodily on the third day as the prophets had predicted these things that are recorded for us in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43).

Propitiation. This big word simply means that Jesus fully satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2, 4:10). The debt for our past, present, and futures sins was paid in full once and for all (Hebrews 10:10). The only condition for man to receive judicial forgiveness from God (Ephesians 1:7) and to gain entrance into heaven was/is one simple act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31) through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It does not involve “Lordship in exchange for salvation” as some are teaching (See link below). Do you know what this involves? Have you been misled? Find out for yourself.

Immersion. Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone, apart from his good works (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5), he should be baptized/immersed to demonstrate to others that he acted right in God’s sight by dying for his sins…and rising from the dead in the Person of their Substitute, Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19, 20; Galatians 2:20). Water baptism doesn’t save anyone but it enables a believer to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21) and serves as a testimony to others (Acts 8:36-38).  It may open up a door to bear witness for Christ (1 Peter 3:15).

Faith. One genuine act of faith is all it takes for a person to be saved (Acts 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36). This doesn’t mean merely knowing and giving mental assent to the facts of the Gospelbut a transfer of faith from yourself and your good works over to the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Once saved, a true believer should live a life of faith in God and His precious promises (2 Peter 1:4), addressed to Christians, that are contained in His Word (Romans 1:17). Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6; See Romans 14:23). If you’re saved, how many of God’s promises do you know and claim on a regular basis (Hebrews 4:2)? Are you enjoying the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding ”(Philippians 2:6, 7) now that you are at peace with God” (Romans 5:1)?

Crown. Would you like to earn the Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? Every true Christian should desire to lead unbelievers to the Lord so they can be saved (Philippians 2:13). How much suffering are you willing to undergo for others to be saved (2 Timothy 2:10)? Notice what Andrew did for his brother Peter (John 1:40, 41). Some people may sow the seed of the Gospel, others may water it, but God gives the increase and saves people (1 Corinthians 3:5-8).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and then ask you to share it with others too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us for Bible Studies on www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch and on www.youtube.com Enter: Kelsey Pietsch.  We can be reached through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com 

Mitsuo Fuchida: http://www.biblebelievers.com/fuchida1.html

Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

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No Intelligent Conversation

A woman went to a lawyer and said she wanted a divorce. The lawyer got out his note pad, and proceeded to ask her some questions. Do you have any grounds?” he inquired. Oh, yes,” she replied. “About three-quarters of an acre.” The lawyer paused for a moment, then queried, “Do you have a grudge?” No,” the woman answered quickly. “But we do have a lovely carport.” Again the lawyer paused and then asked, “Does he beat you up?” No. I get up before he does every morning,” the woman reported. Finally the lawyer blurted, “Lady, why do you want to divorce your husband?” It’s because,” she explained, “that man can’t carry on an intelligent conversation.” (1)

Questions: We may laugh at this story. But, if you’re married, what kind of conversations do you have with your spouse? What about your communication with God? How often do you have them? Is God your real Father or is the devil your father (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)? How does one become a true child/son of God (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Galatians 3:26)? How many of the eight forms of communication with God can you name? How often do you engage in them (1 Thessalonians 5:17)? Why and when do you reach out to God for His help (See James 1:17; 4:1-6)? If prayer doesn’t change things, what/who does?

Pleased/Grieved? If you’re a true Christians, do you believe that God is pleased or grieved with your communication with Him (2 Corinthians 5:9; Ephesians 4:30)? Do you have unconfessed sins in your life (Proverbs 28:13)? What does God want you to do about them (1 John 1:9; James 5:16)? What needs to change in your life? When will you begin to do this (James 4:17)?

Born Again? Have you been “born again from above” (John 3:3-6)? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that 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? If you’re saved, have you been baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20)? Have you dedicated your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you growing in the sphere of grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18)?

Eight Ways. To learn more about the eight ways to effectively communicate with God, go to https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/praying-to-an-unknown-god/ Then see if you could use some of these same forms of communication in your marriage with your spouse or with your children and other people. Let us know if your life improves because you employ them in your life.

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  1. Brent Barlow in Salt Lake City Desert News  https://bible.org/illustration/no-intelligent-conversation  https://bible.org/illustration/communication-marriage

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Perhaps as a child you sang the song, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine…” Do you remember the rest of the words to this song?

“Question: What do a light bulb covered with mud, a window covered with soot, and a life spotted with sin have in common?

“Answer: They are all incapable of allowing light to shine through them for the benefit of others. Regardless of how bright and pure the light, the net result will be darkness until the dirt is dealt with. The problem is not the source of light, but rather with the vessel through which the light is shining.

Quote. “Jesus told His disciples, ‘You are the light of the world,’ and urged them, ‘Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven’ (Matthew 5:14, 16). He also warned them of the danger of darkness: ‘If therefore the light that is in thee be [turned to] darkness, how great is that darkness!’ (Matthew 6:23). A life clouded with unconfessed sin is as frustrating as a mud-caked light bulb.

“Spot Check. Do you have the Light within you (John 1:1-12)? If so, are there some ‘dirty spots’ that are obscuring that fact in the eyes of others? You’ll find God’s divine ‘glass cleaner’ of forgiveness as near as 1 John 1:9.” – Taken from Your Daily Walk, Walk Thru The Bible Ministries, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, p. 317

Today. When a Christians desires to live godly in Christ Jesus today, he/she can expect to suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus said, “These things have I spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service” (John 16:1, 2). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (2 Timothy 2:10). Some of his sufferings are recorded for us in his second letter to the church in Corinth who were questioning his apostleship (2 Corinthians 11:23-33; 12:12). But he also said, “…I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Do you believe this?

Suffering. While every Christian will suffer to some degree with Christ (2 Timothy 2:12), not all Christians suffer as much as others do for Christ (Acts 9:16; Philippians 1:29; 1 Peter 2:20; 3:14, 17). We suffer with Christ when we enter into grief over the pains and sufferings of others (See Matthew 23:37; 25:40; Acts 9:4; Galatians 6:2). Many Christians have and will continue to suffer for being Christians. (Read John Fox’s Book Of Martyrs.) Take heart.  The Lord will take vengeance on unbelievers who trouble us (Romans 12:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Revelation 6:10, 11). Jesus is the omniscient and righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8; John 2:24, 25; 5:22; See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15).

Action. Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5). He is currently clothed with a garment of light (1 Timothy 6:16; Acts 9:3; 22:6; 26:13). John the Baptist bore witness concerning the Light – Jesus (John 1:7, 8). Are you still in the devil’s kingdom of darkness or have you by faith in Christ been transferred into the kingdom of God’s dear Son (Colossians 1:13, 14)? If you’re a true believer, are you walking in the light as He is in the light? This is when a believer can have true fellowship with God the Father (1 John 1:3-7). Are you bearing other believer’s burdens (Galatians 6:2, 10) and loving them as Christ loved us (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17)? Do unsaved people know that you are a true Christian? Are you a silent Christian or ashamed of Jesus (John 7:13; 19:38; Romans 1:16, 17)?

Gospel. When was the last time you shared the Good News with someone so he/she could be saved from eternal condemnation (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? Do you have unconfessed sins in your life (1 John 1:9; 3:4; Romans 14:23; James 4:17)? They could lead to your premature physical death (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Why not let God have His way in your life and enjoy spiritual abundance (John 10:10; Ephesians 1:3ff)?

Help. We’re here to help those who have or want to have assurance of their salvation (2 Peter 1:10) so they can go on to spiritual maturity (2 Peter 3:18), and serve God effectively (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10), for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please check us out on www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch and on www.youtube.com.

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“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest in the land?” Perhaps you recall these words from the story about Snow White and the evil queen. As humans, we like to think of ourselves more highly than perhaps we should (Romans 12:3; See Philippians 2:5-11). It would be more appropriate for us to look into the mirror of God’s Word and ask Him to search our hearts to see if there are wicked ways in us so we can be cleansed (Psalm 139:23).

Confession. When Christians become aware of them, we should promptly confess our sins to God to gain “family forgiveness” (1 John 1:9; See also James 5:16). Don’t confuse this with“judicial forgiveness” (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 8:1). Confession of all the sins you’ve ever committed is not a condition for your salvation. If it were, how could anyone be sure that he/she had confessed every one of them?

Heart. The heart, as it is used in the Scriptures, often refers to our mind (Proverbs 23:7), our will (Daniel 1:8; Acts 11:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7), and our emotions (Romans 9:2). The Scriptures tell us that our natural hearts are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). “There is none righteous, no, not one. There is none who seeks after God.” “… all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10,11, 23). When a person gets saved, he/she receives a new heart. It consists of a new desirous will, and the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:16).

Sin. It is defined as lawlessness (1 John 3:4). It involves our refusal to recognize any restrictions or restraints from God and to act as though we had none. God determines what constitutes sin since He is the One who made Adam and then Eve from whom all of us have come (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:15-17). The only unforgivable sin today that will keep someone out of heaven is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior (John 16:8-11; 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24).

Atheists. As fools, they claim to deny the existence of God (Psalm 14:1) and shake their fists at anyone who would try to restrict them in their actions (Psalm 2). God often allows such people to pursue their own desires which lead them into greater and greater depravity (Romans 1:18-32). Sadly, many people who claim to believe in God, often act as though He doesn’t exist. They leave Him out of their plans or ask Him to “rubber stamp” what they have decided to do (James 4:13-17; John 15:5).

Sin Nature. This is a rebellious nature (disposition) that all of us have. We inherited it from our parents and Christians will have it until we die physically (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).  Unbelievers will carry their depraved natures and desires on into eternity (Mark 9:44, 46, 48).  No one needs to tell us to act badly. We do it naturally. Even true Christians can act carnally (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Galatians 5:19-21). If you’re a Christian, do you know how to overcome the temptations that come from your sin nature (See Romans 6:11-23; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:18)? What about overcoming the temptations that come from the devil and the present world system? There are three different strategies that must be used to overcome these three enemies.

Little Savages. Consider what the Minnesota Crime Commission had to say about babies.Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother’s attention, his playmate’s toys, his uncle’s watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He’s dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children but all children, are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free rein to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist.” (https://www.markbarnes.net/2008/05/little-savages/)

New Birth. Jesus told Nicodemus, who was “the chief teacher” in Israel at that time, that he needed to be “be born again from above” (John 3:3-6). This new birth takes place today when a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Our salvation (deliverance from the lake of fire – Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8) is not based on our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We become partakers of the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:3) the moment we believe in/on Him. From then on, every Christian has the potential to behave in a manner that pleases God (2 Corinthians 5:9; See Ephesians 4:30). We don’t become gods now or in the future as some false religions and cults teach.

Like Christ. “…we know that when He [the Lord Jesus Christ] is reveled [at the Rapture, true Christians] shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). This doesn’t mean that we will become gods but we will become like His glorified humanity with a body of flesh and bones, but one that lacks blood (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:50). Do you know what happens after this event takes place? (Ask about our “Dispensations Chart” for more information.)

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When are they going to stop? They seem to keep on coming one after another. Hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and other disasters are in the news almost daily. On top of that, there are wars and rumors of war that are causing many people, especially the Japanese, to be fearful for their lives. Some people in our country are wondering about being attacked by the North Koreans one of these days. Are we one the brink of World War III? Are you hiding your head in the sand, hoping that nothing bad is going to happen? The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

Future. Do you know what God says is going to happen in the future? If you read the Book of Revelation, and interpret in normally, as we should, the future is going to get far worse before things get better. God is going to allow a man (the Antichrist) to have control over this world for 7 years (Daniel 9:27). If God were to allow him to rule any longer, no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). This man will be empowered by the devil and assisted by the false prophet (Revelation 13). The ten rulers from the revived Roman Empire will elevate this man and give him their power. The apostate church will also be behind him (Revelation 17, 18).

Peace. Only after the Prince of Peace,” the Lord Jesus Christ, returns to this earth to rule and reign for 1,000 years will there be true and lasting peace (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; Revelation 19, 20). During Christ’s reign over the earth, the devil will be be bound in the Abyss in the heart of the earth (Revelation 20:1-3). The sin nature of man will be curbed by virtue of all his needs being amply supplied (Isaiah 35:1ff). The devil’s world system will not be around to tempt people either (John 18:36; See 1 John 2:15-17). After the 1,000 years, the eternal state will be ushered in with the creation of a new heavens and earth in which righteousness will finally settle down and feel at home (2 Peter 3:10-13).

Weapons. We’re told that mankind has enough nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons at their disposal to wipe off every living thing on earth. But thankfully there is Someone who all knowing and all powerful (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25; Revelation 1:8). He is the One who sets the limitations as to how much He will allow men to do. Knowing what God has said about future events can calm the soul and give us hope (John 14:1-3; Philippians 4:4-8; Romans 15:4). Our hope is not wishful thinking but a confident expectation based on a promise from God. God cannot and will not lie to us (Titus 1:2).

Refuge. The Jewish Psalmist wrote, God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be moved, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah…Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah” (Psalm 46:1-3, 10, 11 NKJV). The God of the Christians is the same God. We can trust Him as the believing Jews did.

Personalize. Does it seem like your world is falling apart too? Are you suffering from a debilitating illness, emotional anxiety, or from an uncertain future? Whatever mountains are crumbling around you, take the high ground and stop striving. Initially, be quiet. Listen to the whisper of God behind the roar of your circumstances. You can hear Him, even in the whirlwind, but you have to be still to listen. Then, ultimately, be convinced. God may change your circumstances…Most of all, He wants to change you. Be assured that God is for you [if you’re a Christian], not against you; that He is working behind the scenes for your highest good (Romans 8:28-30).” – Chuck Swindoll, Esther, p. 7.

Caution. God won’t give you any new revelation (information) today. The Scriptures, found in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, are complete (1 Corinthians 13:10). But He will illuminate your mind to the truth of His written, revealed Word if you are a maturing Christian who is rightly related to God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:15, 25). Carnal Christians need to confess their sins to God before they can expect or hope to be illuminated to the truth in God’s Word (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). Beware of false forms of meditation (See Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; 1 Timothy 4:15).  Know the difference between the Scriptures that are for us and which are addressed to us (Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 2:15).  

Christians. Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a genuine Christian. There are many people who are Professing Christians” as long as it’s the popular thing to do and they aren’t persecuted. On the other hand, there are Possessing Christians” who have eternal life as a present possession (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13). We partake of the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) from the moment we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). This doesn’t mean that we will become gods. We will be like Christ’s glorified humanity (1 John 3:2).

Assurance. Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Or do you think that you have to go to Purgatory first? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are 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? Do you believe that a person can get into heaven by his/her good works, or by faith plus his/her good works? My friend, you can’t afford to have the wrong answers to these questions.

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Do you have a “bucket list” of things you’d like to do in life? Perhaps, in the pursuit of your dreams or goals, you’ve come across some obstacles that you didn’t anticipate. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should abandon your dreams and give up on them, especially if they are ones that God has given to you that are in keeping with His Word and His will for your life (See Romans 8:14; Philippians 2:13; 4:13, 19). One song writer put it this way: “Got any rivers you think are uncrossable? / Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?” Then you should realize this – “God specializes in things thought impossible / He does the things others cannot do.” Oscar C Eliason

Examples. God brought the plagues on the Egyptians who had enslaved the Jews for several hundred years in Egypt. He opened up the Red Sea for them to cross over on dry ground and then closed it on the Egyptians who pursued them so they drowned. He fed over 2 million Jews in the wilderness for 40 years. He caused the Jordan River to back up so they could cross over into the Promised Land. He brought down the fortified walls of Jericho. The list could go on and on. (See Acts 7, Hebrews 11) This same God can help us, as Christians, in our time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16; 13:8).

No Secret. Stewart Hamblin wrote, “It is no secret what God can do / What He’s done for others He’ll do for you / With arms wide open, he’ll pardon you / It is no secret what God can do.” This pardon and judicial forgiveness is granted to all those who “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Family forgiveness is granted to Christians who confess (specifically name) their sins to God (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16).

Clarification. Just because a person receives forgiveness and a pardon from God doesn’t mean that this Christian won’t have to suffer the consequences of his/her violation of man’s laws or nature’s laws. Christians are told to submit to the laws of the land in which they live. The only exception occurs when man’s laws violate God’s laws. Christians may have to suffer the consequences of their choices. Example: When the disciples were told not to preach in Jesus’ name, they said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:28, 29). For violating man’s laws that were contrary to God’s laws (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20), they were beaten, but they were “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer for His name’s sake” (Acts 5:33, 40, 41). What would you do if you were threatened like they were?

Our God. The Apostle Paul committed his readers to “… [God] who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20).

Wisdom. As Christians, we have access to the wisdom that comes from God (James 1:5; 3:17). The wisdom of this world, that was designed by the devil, may seem like the right thing to do at the moment, but the end of it could be death (Proverbs 14:12). “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36), The devil and demons have their own kind of wisdom that is very appealing to the natural, unsaved man (James 3:14-16). He wants us humans to walk independently of God and make decisions without taking Him into our plans (James 4:13-17). Have you been doing this? Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Attention. Sometimes God uses adverse circumstances to get our attention off of the passing things of this world and onto Him and into His Word.  It is “alive and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of the soul [emotions] and spirit [that belongs to the mind], and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (1 John 2:15-17; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Hebrews 4:12). An idol is anything that comes between us and God. Yes, even Christians can succumb to the temptation to be idolatrous (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 John 5:19). Are you guilty of this? How much of your time each day is devoted to worshiping and adoring God for who and what He is? How many of God’s attributes can you name? We’re told to “pray (i.e. worship God) without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17; See John 4:24; Revelation 4:10, 11; 5:12). No, you don’t have to shut your eyes or raise your hands to do this. Most of us can think on several levels while we’re driving or engaged in other activities.

Priorities. There isn’t anything wrong with our having a “bucket list” of things we’d like to do in this life unless it’s contrary to the revealed will and Word of God or if we want to leave God out of our plans. But our will, as Christians, should always be in submission to God’s will for our lives. As another song writer put it, “Not what I wish to be, nor where I wish to go, / For who am I that I should choose my way. / My Lord shall choose for me, ‘Tis better far I know, / So let Him bid me go or stay.” Now if you think of yourself as the “Captain of your ship” and the “Master of your own fate,” you’re not going to find these words palatable to your taste. You are thinking more highly of yourself than you should (Romans 12:3). Consider this – “…what do you have that you didn’t receive” (1 Corinthians 4:7)? “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6; See Proverbs 6:17; 8:13). The attitude of pride led to Lucifer’s fall, and if it’s retained, it will lead to your fall too (Isaiah 14:9-17; Ezekiel 28:12-19).

Fools. “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). But by merely looking around at nature we intuitively can come to the realization that there must be a God who is all powerful (Romans 1:18; See Revelation 1:8). But those who deny this truth are often allowed to go on in their ignorance and rebellion against God and end up in a degenerate condition (Romans 1:18-32). “They love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19). “…the natural [unsaved] man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Choices. Every day we make choices about many things. The Psalmist prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:14).  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Our primary objective in life should be to make God known to those whom we encounter I life. Are you doing this?

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“Pain & Suffering”

Posted: September 14, 2017 in Christian Life, Salvation, Suffering

Suffering and death are the result of sin (lawless behavior – 1 John 3:4) that came into our world when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden (Romans 5:12; Genesis 2:17; 3:1-19). We all inherited a sinful nature (disposition) from them that was passed on to us from our parents (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8). As a general rule, all of us will die eventually and be judged by the Lord Himself (Hebrews 9:27; John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). Do you know the purpose for these judgments? They are not to determine one’s getting into heaven or not (See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15). There are different orders of resurrections too (1 Corinthians 15:20-24). The Scriptures teach us that there is also a group of people who won’t die physically (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Will you be in that group?

Plan. Being a righteous and holy God who is also loving and gracious, the three Persons in the Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) saw us in our miserable condition – helpless (Romans 5:6), hopeless (Ephesians 2:1-13), hell bound (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8), heathen (1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 18:17). God couldn’t be righteous/just and overlook our sin (Romans 6:23). So They decided to do something about our plight (Ephesians 1:11). It was agreed among Themselves that One of Them would need to come down to our earth and add to His deity a real human nature and body (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 10:5). He would live a sinless life and then voluntarily offer Himself as a sacrifice to pay the debt (physical and spiritual death) that we all owed to God (Hebrews 4:15; John 10:17, 18; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 6:23). His death would be both spiritual and physical. Death involves separation, not the annihilation of the wicked as some cults teach.

Why? While He hung there on the cross, God the Father placed the sins of all mankind on God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, just as the prophet had predicted (Isaiah 53:6; 46:10). While operating under His human consciousness, Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me” (Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46). We know it was because He was undergoing spiritual death (separation from fellowship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit). During the three hours from noon until 3 P.M. He suffered an equivalency of our having to spend an eternity of separation from God. Only the God/man could do this.

Value. The value of Christ’s death comes from His being God. The reality of His death comes from His being a real man. God cannot die. Only the God/man could satisfy God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our personal sins (1 John 2:2; 4:10). He was raised from the dead bodily to prove to us that God the Father was satisfied with His death on our behalf (Romans 4:25; See John 16:10).

Finished. After suffering on the cross for three hours, Jesus cried out, “It is finished” (John 19:30). What was finished? We know that His life was about to come to an end and that the entire debt had been paid. But it was also His spiritual separation from His Father that was over. He was able to die physically knowing that His fellowship with His Father had been restored. At the time of His physical death, Jesus and the converted thief on the cross went to the Paradise section of Sheol in the heart of the earth for three days and nights (Luke 23:43; Matthew 12:40).

Resurrection. But on the third day, (not on the first or fourth day as Lazarus was resuscitated – John 11:43, 44), Jesus rose again bodily from the dead with a glorified body that consisted of flesh and bones but one without blood (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 50). He made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses over a 40 day period of time before He ascended back to heaven to sit at God the Father’s right hand (Acts 1:1-11). The Christian’s resurrected body will be like His (1 John 3:2).

Session. Currently Jesus, is the only Head of the true Church (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15), and the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). His mother, Mary is not one to whom we pray. She is only the mother of Christ’s humanity, not the “Mother of God.” The Lord Jesus Christ is directing His Body (the Church) through God the Holy Spirit (John 14:16). Jesus and the Holy Spirit are interceding on our behalf to God the Father. They are requesting that He bring or cause to be brought into our lives what we need to help bring us to spiritual maturity (Romans 8:14, 26, 34; Hebrews 7:25). If you’re a Christian, are you giving thanks in all things (situations) (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), and for the people whom God brings into your life (1 Timothy 2:1)?

Inevitable. Suffering in this life is inevitable. It happens to believers and non-believers. But the believers suffering came to pass. Why? After we die “…God will wipe every tear from [the believer’s] eyes; there shall be no more death, no sorrow, no crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). But not so for the unbelievers. At the time of their death, they will not be “resting in peace” (R.I.P.). Jesus said this to some folks who were thinking that their good works would get them into heaven: “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21; See Ephesians 2:8, 9). He also said this to some religious people: “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41, 46).

Deliverance. You and I don’t have to go to that awful place. We can/will be saved if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not believe on Him right now where you are? “These things I [the Apostle John] I have written to you who believe on the name [person and work] of the Son of God, that you may know [not wish, hope, or think] that you have eternal life…” (1 John 5:13).

Assurance. If you will believe in/on Him alone to save you, God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with your spirit, that belongs to your mind (Ephesians 4:23), that you have been transferred out of the devil’s family into God’s family and that you are a child of God (Colossians 1:13; Romans 8:16; 1 John 3:9, 10).

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. In addition to these blogs, we also teach God’s Word on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch. We’re also on www.youtube.com Enter: Kelsey Pietsch. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Let us know if this article has been helpful. If so, please share it with others. Thanks.  Remember, God comforted us so that we’d comfort others who are in trouble (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).  

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