“When He Speaks, People Listen”

Posted: March 20, 2013 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Crowns, Decision Making, Promises, Reading, Salvation

     “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Do you remember these commercials from the 1970s and 1980s? It usually involved a young professional remarking at a dinner party that his broker was E. F. Hutton, which caused the moderately loud party to stop all conversation to listen to him.

Advice. Getting a tip from E. F. Hutton was valuable information to investors. But stock brokers don’t always give the best advice because they can’t predict the future. They are like all the rest of us – they’re human.

But God. He never gives out bad advice or predicts things that don’t happen. You can count on Him to fulfill all His promises to those to whom they are made. Some were unconditional and others were conditional. Don’t try to claim promises that weren’t addressed to you. Otherwise you will be greatly disappointed and you may even become angry at God and those false teachers who told you that you can/should claim them from God.

Blasphemy. False teachers take God’s promises that were given to the Jews and tell people to demand that God do the same for them today. But God is not your personal “Jeanie in the bottle.”  He’s almighty God (Revelation 1:18). Humble yourself before Him so that if He wants to do so He may exalt you in due time (James 4:10). God hates pride (Proverbs 6:17; 8:13).

Decree. God has established His decree (Ephesians 1:11; Psalm 2:7).  He and it are immutable (James 1:17; Malachi 3:6). His desirous will may or may not be carried out because it involves man’s will.  Example: God wants every Christian to present his/her body to God as a living sacrifice so that He use them in His service.  A Christians may or may not do this (Romans 12:1, 2). Obviously, those who fail to do this do so to their own detriment and loss of crowns, rewards, and praise (1 Corinthians 3:15-15).  Do you know how many crowns a Christian can earn, and how he/she can get them?  What will a Christian do when he/she receives them (Revelation 4:10)?

Disobedience. King Saul disobeyed a command from the Lord and took on a role that didn’t belong to him. Read about it in 1 Samuel 13-15. As a result of this, he was rejected as the king of Israel and his son didn’t inherit the throne from him.

Listen. When God speaks, we better listen carefully. When He commands us sinners to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone for us to be saved, we better do exactly what He said or we will be cast into the lake of fire forever (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24).  Sadly, most people won’t do this.  What about you?

Believe! The word “believe” is used about one hundred times in the Gospel to John to tell us what we need to do to be saved. Jesus performed sign miracles to prove that He was the God-man (John 1:1-18) who was/is worthy of our trust (John 20:30, 31). Does your faith rest in Him exclusively or are you relying on your good works to get you to heaven. Read Ephesians 2:8, 9 very carefully.

Gospel. It’s very clear. “Christ died for [all] our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily – Luke 24:33-43] the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve” [and later by over 500 brethren at once] (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). You can know these facts, believe them to be true and still end up in hell. You must transfer your trust from yourself and your good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone or you will be separated from God and suffer forever (Revelation 21:8).  Annhilation and reincarnation are not found in the Scriptures.  Don’t believe these lies that come from the devil and demons (1 Timothy 4:1).

Invitation. This invitation of deliverance from hell is extended to all mankind, but not to the devil or fallen angels (John 16:11; Matthew 25:41, 46). Have you accepted this offer of eternal life from God (1 John 5:13)? It will not be offered to you after you die physically (Hebrews 9:27). It must be accepted while you are alive on earth. It’s a matter that is much more important than your having a huge financial portfolio. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?

Investigate. We invite you to read the Gospel of John carefully to see if the Lord Jesus Christ isn’t worthy of your complete trust. All other people and institutions will fail you.  You dare not trust yourself – you’re a mortal man/woman.

Pay Attention!  When the Lord Jesus Christ speaks (and He has in His Word) listen carefully. He will never lead you astray. Is He your Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)? If so, you need not worry about anything since He goes before His sheep. He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14), the Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20 ), and the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4).

Help. You can find additional spiritual help on our web site that was designed for people just like you. Visit it at www.kelseypeach.com. We all have common struggles and temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13). God’s children have been given the Scriptures to enable us to have victory over all three spiritual enemies: the devil, our sin nature, and this present world system. If you’re a Christian, are you living a victorious life? The Bible has all the information we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). How well do you know it? Are you willing to spend some time studying it (2 Timothy 2:15) or at least to listen to it’s being read (1 Timothy 4:13)?

Credit. My initial thoughts for this article came from “Your Daily Walk” p. 92 put out by “Walk Thru The Bible Ministries.” Why not secure a copy of it and read through the Bible with me. You can begin at any time. Then share your insights with me and others as I am with you now.

Blessed?  When God blesses and comforts us, He wants us to do the same for others (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). If this article has blessed you, will you tell two or three  more people about it so we can bless your family, friends, and fellow workers? Thanks. May God’s blessings rest on you only as you are obedient to Him and His Word. Not all Christians please God (2 Corinthians 5:9). Do you?

Foreigners.  If you have some friends from other countries who speak other languages, we have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages on our web site.  Help us spread the Gospel around the world.

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