“How Then Should We Live?”

Posted: April 26, 2013 in Christian Life, Christianity, God's Will, Hell, Jude, Salvation, Security, Uncategorized

     Most people around the world don’t know why they are here on earth, how they got here, and where they will go when they die. They live in spiritual darkness (John 1:5).
     Sadly, many Christians aren’t taught how to live the Christian life once they get saved. False teachers, in and outside the church, have misled them into believing the lies of the devil (John 8:44; 2 Peter 2:1; Jude 1:4). God gave Pastor-teachers to the church to help bring new believers to spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16). Then they need to serve God and others (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13; 6:10) and reproduce themselves (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8). Spirit filled Christians (Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:14) can/should help newer Christians grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 5:12; 2 Peter 3:18).
     To help us contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 1:3, 20, 21), each Christian needs to pay attention to the words from Christ’s half brother, Jude who wrote a brief letter to believers.
     Edification. We must build up ourselves on our most holy faith. We don’t do this by stepping on others. Instead, we need to take heed to ourselves. Once we’ve done this we’re in a position to help others (Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 2:10; 11:28; Galatians 5:13, 14; 6:1; 1 Timothy 4:16; Hebrews 3:12). Jesus told some hypocritical Jews to take the plank out of their own eyes before trying to take the speck out of someone else’s eye (Matthew 7:5). Furthermore, spiritual growth won’t take place if a believer is trying to regulate his life by the wrong “House Rules” that are found in the Scriptures.  There are seven separate ones. Do you know where you can find them? A curse rests on those who teach another way of salvation or another way of sanctification (Galatians 1:6-9; 2:11-14). See our “Dispensational Chart” for more information on this.
     Communication. “Praying in the Holy Spirit.” Contrary to what many Christians are being taught, it doesn’t mean “praying in tongues.” The spiritual gift of tongues ceased when the Scriptures were completed with the book of Revelation (1 Corinthians 13:10). See our “Bible Basics” section on our website. Every Christian has eight ways to communicate with God. Do you know what they are? Remember, “Prayer doesn’t change things. God does in response to proper prayers.” Some prayers are a waste of time (James 4:2, 3; 2 Timothy 2:12). Do you know what kind of requests God answers (James 5:16; John 14:13; 15:16)? Did you know that God doesn’t forgive everything you confess to Him? Contact us if this puzzles you.
     Conservation. “Keep yourselves in the love of God.” This doesn’t mean that we must do good works to maintain our salvation. Salvation from start to finish is of God (Jonah 2:9; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Philippians 1:6, 29; Titus 3:5). Do you know about the three tenses of salvation? Which part of the Christian is saved now – the body (Romans 8:23), the soul (1 Peter 1:9), or the spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17)? When will the other parts be saved (1 John 3:2)? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation once you’re saved (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13, 4:30)? While the Christian can’t save himself, he is given some responsibilities (Philippians 2:12, 13) to demonstrate his faith before others (James 2:18).  We are to be baptized (immersed) and do the good works that God planned for us to do – not our own good works thata we might want to do independently of God (1 Peter 3:21; 4:10; Ephesians 2:10; John 15:5). We have the freedom to choose whether or not we want to love God and other Christians (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 2:15-17; 4:20, 21), be in fellowship with Him (1 John 1:3, 7), and abide (feel at ease) in Him (John 15:1-8). What does God do with His disobedient children (Hebrews 12:5-11)? What forms of discipline have you experienced? Were they painful but beneficial?
     Anticipation. “Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” We can’t live without hope. The believer’s hope is not wishful thinking but a confident expectation based on a promise from the all powerful God (Romans 8:24, 25; 15:4; Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:8). The Rapture of the true church (1 Thessalonians 4:17) before the seven years of tribulation (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 6-19) is a merciful expression of God’s goodness. However, this doesn’t mean that true Christians won’t suffer or be persecuted in this life (2 Timothy 3:12; John 16:2). Those who are left behind at the Rapture have one in two chances of surviving during those 7 years that may be here soon (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). God has limited the amount of time the devil, the antichrist, and the false prophet have to try to establish a world of peace without Jesus Christ as the King of kings, and Lord of Lords (Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:22).
     Questions. Have you been “born again from above” (John 3:3; 1 Peter 1:23)? We all start out life as children of the devil (John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 3:10). We have a nature (disposition) that rebels against God (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8). This nature perverts good things and leads to death (Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 1:18-31; 6:23; 8:6). Are you being afflicted by the devil or demons (1 Samuel 16:14; Matthew 18:34; Ephesians 6:13). Is it due to your disobedience or because you are doing the right things (1 Peter 4:12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:30)? Are you in danger of dying prematurely (1 John 5:16) because of your unwillingness to discern what you have done wrong (1 Corinthians 11:28), repent (change your mind – 2 Corinthians 7:9), and confess it to God (1 John 1:9) and others if necessary (James 5:16)? If you’ve confessed your sins the right way, have you accepted God’s forgiveness? Will you submit yourself to God (Romans 6:11-23; 12:1, 2; James 4:7) and put the armor on (Ephesians 6:10-17) before trying to resist the devil again? Do you know how to defend yourself against the devil, your own sin nature (Galatians 5:16, 26), and the world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31)? Do you know where all unbelievers go when they die (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8)? Are annihilation or reincarnation taught anywhere in the Scriptures (Hebrews 9:27)?
     Deliverance. If you lack assurance of your salvation from hell to heaven, please contact us so we can show you from the Scriptures how you can be sure (1 John 5:13). Jesus is the only way to God, the absolute truth, and One who gives eternal life to all who believe on Him (John 14:6). Let us help you so you don’t end up like those who believed in vain (Matthew 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 15:2). “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36).
     Transformed. By the power of God your life can be transformed from a spiritual worm into a butterfly (Romans 12:1, 2). God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Are you ready to trust Him alone to save you? He can save you from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1), the power of sin (Romans 6:14; 8:2), and the presence of sin (Romans 8:2; 1 John 3:2). Do you know when these things happen?
     Contact. If you want spiritual help, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at http://www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, will you let others know about it?  Click “Follow” if you want to receive these as they come out.

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