“In Times Like These”

Posted: November 5, 2015 in Christian Life, Gospel, Promises, Salvation

Not long ago some college students were murdered by a mad man because they admitted that they were Christians. What would your response be if someone were to come into your church service and ask you to identify yourself. Would you deny Christ hoping to spare your own life? Would you lose your salvation if you denied Him? Would you need to be saved again? Do others know that you are a true Christian by your walk and talk?

As spiritual darkness envelopes our country and the world and as true Bible believing Christians are persecuted more and more (2 Timothy 3:1-12), there are some things that we really need. First of all, we all need –

A Savior. There is only one Person who can qualify to be our Savior. He must be God and man at the same time. God the Son came down to this earth and added to His deity a true human nature and a real body like ours (John 1:1-18, 29; Philippians 2:5-11). In no way was/is He inferior to God the Father or God the Holy Spirit as some cults teach (Colossians 2:9; John 5:18; 8:58; 10:3). He is the “Solid Rock” on which our faith must rest (See Matthew 7:24-27; 16:18; Psalm 18:2, 31). Is He your personal Savior? Do you believe that He died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)?

The Bible. God graciously gave to mankind a book that tells us how we can have peace with God (Romans 5:1). This Book is made up of 66 books, and it is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21). It is alive and powerful and can/will accomplish God’s purposes (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 1:11; John 6:37). Read about some of the benefits that come from it (Psalm 119:11, 28, 105, 111, 130, 165, 176).

Faith. We need saving faith if we want to be delivered from the eternal lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:14, 15; 21:8) and enter into God’s presence in heaven forever (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Philippians 1:29; Romans 4:3, 4, 16; John 14:1-3). Once we’re saved, we need living faith (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38; 11:6).

Hope. The believer’s hope is not wishful thinking but a confident expectation based on God’s promises that are addressed to Christians (Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:21). Consider some examples: Acts 23:6; Galatians 5:5; Colossians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Love. While non-Christians can have brotherly love (“Phileo” – Hebrews 13:1), and family love (“Storge” – 2 Timothy 3:3), God’s kind of love is reserved for Christians who are rightly related to God the Holy Spirit (“Agape” – Romans 5:1; Galatians 5:22; 1 Corinthians 13). A maturing Christian must not misdirect God’s love toward the things of this world (1 John 2:15-17).

Promises. Not every promise in the Bible may be claimed by Christians. Example: Would you really want to have a child when you were 100 years old and your was wife 90 years old (Genesis 15:4; 17:17; 21:5)? Some promises were given exclusively to the Jews. Others were given exclusively to Christians. The Church didn’t replace Israel. God still has promises that He gave to the Jews that must be fulfilled (Romans 11:1). Only a trustworthy, all powerful God can keep all the promises He’s made to others (Romans 4:19; John 14:6; Ephesians 3:20). It’s not enough to know the promises of God, a believer must mix them with faith and rest in the Lord to do what only He can do (Hebrews 4:2).

Others. Some people have the idea that they can live without help from other people. Try to imagine what you life would be like if everyone won a million dollars and decided to quit his/her job. There would be no one to serve you at the grocery store, you wouldn’t have electricity or hot water and many other services. We need each other. We need those who know more than we do and who have expertise in various areas. We need to pass on to our children and grandchildren information that will be helpful to them. Christians are admonished not to forsake their assembly meetings (Hebrews 10:24, 25; See Romans 15:1; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Younger Christians need older Christians (1 Thessalonians 5:11ff; Romans 14:1; 2 Timothy 2:2 ).

Crisis. Too many people wait for a crisis before they turn to the Lord for His help. Do you have “Fox Hole Faith” or genuine “Saving Faith”? Make sure of your salvation (2 Peter 1:10; See Matthew 7:21-23). There are no second opportunities to be saved once you’re dead (Hebrews 9:27). If you’re a Christian, God wants you to keep growing spiritually each day (2 Peter 3:18). He also wants us to serve Him and others with gladness (Psalm 100:2; 1 Peter 4:10). Can God count on you to share the Good News concerning Christ with others as the Holy Spirit leads you (Romans 8:14)?

Peace. Do you have peace with God (Romans 5:1)? How about the peace of God (Philippians 4:6, 7)? May we suggest that you read and meditate upon Philippians 4:6, 7; Isaiah 26:3?

Promises. If you don’t have “Promises For Christians,” ask us for one. It could revolutionize your life. It’s FREE.

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