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Try to imagine a sports event without any rules or refs. That’s ridiculous. Not only do the players need to know the rules, the referees also need to know them very well and enforce them or they will be out of a job. Do you think people would pay big bucks to go to an event without rules and referees? Every sports event needs them.

Anarchy. Believe it or not, there are people who think that a society can exist without rules and referees. That is ridiculous. Anarchy would prevail. The rules need to apply to all people or there will be resentment among those who are treated by different standards. This seems to be a major problem in our society today. Do you agree?

Enslavement. When everyone makes up his own set of rules and does what is right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6; 21:25), enslavement follows (Judges 2:10-15). This happened multiple times in Israel’s history during the days of the Judges. They went from rebellion to retribution to repentance to restoration. The Jews disregarded the laws that God had given to them at Mt. Sinai and so God allowed enemy nations to overtake the Jews and enslave them until they cried out to God for deliverance. This went on many times for several hundred years until the people demanded a king (1 Samuel 8:5). As long as the king was a righteous king, who enforced God’s laws, things were fine. But when the king disregarded God’s laws himself, and was capricious and fickle, there were problems. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when the wicked man rules, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2).

Nations. God scattered the rebellious people at Babel whom He had told to spread out over the whole earth to populate it (Genesis 9:1; 11:8). But while they were in the process of building a tower toward heaven, God came down and changed their languages so they couldn’t communicate with each other. As they spread out, they intermarried among themselves and certain genes became dominant, causing different skin colors and some other features. Folks, there is only one race, the human race (Acts 17:26). See www.evolutionvsgod.com

Continents. During this time, the continental shift began to take in the days of a man named Peleg (Genesis 10:25). It’s not hard to see how the continents almost fit together if you moved them closer to each other.

N.W.O. God is opposed to the New Word Order that men want to establish without Him. But He will allow them (perhaps very soon) to try their experiment for seven years. If it went on any longer than this, no flesh would survive (Mark 13:20). The unholy trinity, consisting of the devil, the man of sin (Antichrist), and the false prophet will dominate the people of this world (Revelation 13). During this awful period of human history, over ½ of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). Those who don’t take the mark of the beast (666) will not be able to buy or sell and most of them will perish (Revelation 13:17). The apostate, one world church will also be in operation at this time (Revelation 17, 18). Believers who are living during this time will be told, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and you receive her plagues” (Revelation 18:4). The same truth applies to Christians today. “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 6:14). Beware of the ecumenical movement that is encouraging all religions to band together to bring peace to earth.

Government. God is the One who instituted human government right after the universal flood of Noah’s day (Genesis 9:6). This includes the responsibility of capital punishment for certain crimes against humanity (Romans 13:4). Any form of government is better than no government. The government’s job is to enforce the laws for the good of the people (Romans 13). Sometimes the laws of men conflict with God’s laws. When this happens, believers must obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29) and be willing to suffer unjustly (1 Peter 2:19).

O.S.N. All of us are born with an old sinful nature (a rebellious disposition) that was passed down to us from our parents (Psalm 51:5). Those who say that they don’t have one are deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8). Christians don’t lose their O.S.N. when they get saved (Romans 7:15-25). But we do participate in the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) when 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).

Captain. Most people don’t like to be told what to do. Like the devil, we want to live independently of God (Isaiah 14:14; James 4:13). We want to be the captain of our own ship and the master of our own fate. Sorry, you aren’t and can’t be. Jesus said, “Without Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). “…in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Some day you will give an account of yourself to Him (Romans 14:12; Hebrews 4:13; 9:27).

Questions. Could you be living a miserable, vain life because you are trying to live without God in your life as King Solomon did (Ecclesiastes 1:2)? Are you sure you know where you will go when you die? Upon what is your belief based? Would you like some answers from God’s Word which is true and trustworthy (John 17:17)?

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It really shouldn’t surprise us that our country and the world are in the mess that they are. When more and more people are doing what is right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25) and lawlessness abounds (Matthew 24:12) God’s righteous judgment isn’t far off. Sometimes He intervenes directly as He did when He brought on the universal flood of Noah’s day (Genesis 6-8).  But most often He uses other nations.  He used the Babylonians to punish the idolatrous Jews (Daniel 1:1, 2). Jesus is the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8) and He will take vengeance against those who have defied Him and wronged others (Romans 12:19).

Warning. The Apostle Peter warned us about false teachers and those who twist the Scriptures to their own advantage (2 Peter 3:16). They allegorize (change) the clear teachings of the Word of God to try to avoid having to do what God tells us to do. Do you know what the unforgivable sin is (John 16:9)? If you’re a Christian, do you know where to find your rules for living? While all the Bible is for us, not all of it is addressed to us. If you believe that the rules for the Jews, found in the Old Testament, differ from Christians’ rules found in the New Testament, you believe in “Dispensations.” (If you’re confused about this, ask for our FREE “Dispensations Chart.”)

Favorite. One of the favorite verses today among the lawless ones is, “Judge not that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). Without considering the context which also tells people to have righteous judgment (Matthew 7:5, 6, 15, 16; See John 7:24), many of them brandish anyone who might not celebrate their sinful lifestyle.

Imagine. Try to imagine what a sporting event would be like without rules for the game and without judges (umpires). Suppose a country dismissed all the legislators, judges, and the executive branch of government which is supposed to uphold the laws through the police force. Would you really want to live in such a society? What if someone bigger than you bullied you? Would you want the police to protect you? If there were no judges, how could you take someone to court if they violated your rights?

Bribes. What if the judges are bribed and justice is not served (Proverbs 17:23)? Do you think that this doesn’t happen? Do you think the omniscient God (Jesus) doesn’t know or isn’t aware of what is going on (John 2:24, 25)? Nothing is hidden from His eyes (Hebrews 4:13). He even knows about our motives for doing what we do and will judge everyone accordingly (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

All Knowing. The omniscience of God can be a comforting thought to those who have been wronged unjustly (1 Peter 2:19), and who know that God will make it right someday (Romans 12:19). But it should also frighten the lawless unbelievers because their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever will be determined by the wicked works they did on earth (Jude 1:13; Revelation 20:11-15). Of course such people will try to dismiss from their thinking any future judgment by simply denying God’s existence and/or by believing in the annihilation of the wicked rather than judgment which is inevitable (Hebrews 9:27).

Admonition. “Be wise, O kings [rulers, presidents, leaders]; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son [Jesus], lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him [Jesus]” (Psalm 2:10-12).

Confess. Great or small, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, wise or foolish, strong or weak – We will all face Jesus some day (John 5:22; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15). Everyone will bow the knee and every tongue will confess (admit) that Jesus Christ is Lord (i.e. the God-man), to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11). This is not teaching universal salvation (See Matthew 25:41, 46).

Faith. Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead? If not, why not now? We can’t be saved by our good works lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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Have you ever seen a child in the store put on a temper tantrum when he didn’t get the toy or something else he wanted? How did it make you feel? What did you want to do? How did the parent handle the situation? Did you agree or disagree with the method the parent used to quiet the child down or appease him?

Have you ever seen grown people acting like little children and putting on temper tantrums when they didn’t get their way? Have you seen people fighting “for their rights”? Why do wars and fights occur? To discover the answer, read James 4:1-3.

Imperfect. Being human like the rest of us, law enforcement officers are subject to their emotions and shortcomings just like we are. Most of them enter the profession to serve and protect the communities in which they live. Their intentions are good. Yes, sometimes there are rogues who get out of line and need to be removed from their positions of authority. But to generalize and say that all of them are corrupt is simply not true. I, for one, try to express my gratitude to those who serve to protect us by endangering their own lives almost daily as they apprehend dangerous criminals. When was the last time you thanked a police officer or a soldier for his service?

Watchers. If you believe that “Big Brother” (NSA) is listening to your phone calls and watching your actions with spy cameras now, try to imagine what it will be like during Christ’s millennial reign on/over earth (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). Some theologians believe that the good angels (Hebrews 1:14; 13:1) will act as the police force during that time (Daniel 4:17; Matthew 13:41). Nothing will escape their watchful eyes. The enforcement of the enhanced rules (Matthew 5:21-48) will be swift and with justice by some of the resurrected (Daniel 12:12), Old Testament believers (Isaiah 1:26) who will serve under King David on earth (Jeremiah 30:9). He will be under Christ and His Bride, the true Church (Revelation 19:16; 21:9; 22:3).

Pragmatism. Have you ever heard the term “the end justifies the means”? To get the desired end, whether it’s good or bad, many people think that it’s alright to use and take illegal means (methods) to get what they want. This seems to happen in almost any profession, including the one in which I find myself. Those who claim to be “men of the cloth” (clergymen) and who engage in, or encourage others to violate the law to get their own way, will face greater judgment from God (James 3:1; Jude 1:14). The Apostle Paul denounced those who say, “Let us do evil that good may come” (Romans 3:8). “…if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5). Our motives are also very important and will be revealed in due time (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Rules. We’re all born with a sinful nature (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8) that is opposed to rules and regulations that are imposed on us. We don’t like anyone telling us what we can or can’t do. But try to imagine what your life would be like if there were no laws. Others could steal from you without any consequences, people could drive recklessly and endanger your life, your wife and children could be molested and killed and would be at the mercy of evil doers, and many other things.  Any form of government is better than anarchy.

Government. The government has the God given right and responsibility to enforce the laws that the legislators make, even by using capital punishment, if necessary, to restrain evil (Romans 13:1-7; Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:12-17; 22:19). Would you really want to live in a society where anyone could do whatever he wanted to do to you and others? Do you know when a Christian is allowed to disobey the laws of men (Acts 5:29)? What happened to the disciples as a result of it (Acts 5:40-42)? Consider carefully the Apostle Peter’s words in 1 Peter 4:12-19.

Lawlessness. We’re seeing lawlessness (1 John 3:4) intensify as time progresses just as it was in the days of Noah prior to the universal flood (Genesis 6:5; Matthew 24:37; 1 Peter 3:20). This was predicted by Jesus in the Scriptures. In anticipation of the coming days called “The Tribulation,” He said, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). Will you be left behind when Christ comes back for His bride, the true church (John 14:1-3)? This event is imminent. As a Christian, do you really love His appearing? If you do, you will earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8).  What do you know about the other four crowns?

Gospel. To ensure your place in heaven, you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (of the Scriptures) Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). We’re not saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Pray. When was the last time you prayed for those in authority over you (1 Timothy 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22; 6:1, 5)? Remember, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16)? How many of the eight ways to communicate with God do you use on a regular basis?

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Try to imagine what our world would look like without just judges. Men with moral integrity should be elected as legislators since they are the ones who are given the power to make the rules for a civilized society. The executive branch of the government is supposed to enforce the laws and punish the evil doers. In our country we still have the opportunity to vote for those whom we believe will serve us well. Have you ever thought of praying for such people (1 Timothy 2:1-4)?

Citizen. To be a good one, we should do our best to abide by the laws of the land in which we live (Romans 13:1-7). If man’s laws happen to violate God’s laws, Christians must obey God’s laws and, if necessary, suffer the consequences (Acts 5:29; 1 Peter 4:16; Daniel 3:18-25; 6:10-13).

John 3:16. It used to be one of the most quoted Bible verses. Can you recite it from memory? But in more recent days, Matthew 7:1 seems to be quoted more often. Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, said, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Do you know the ones to whom Jesus said these words (Matthew 7:5, 6)? Unfortunately, many people have the idea that no one should ever judge anyone else. Suppose that were the case. You wouldn’t be able to accuse another person of taking your property or violating your “rights.”  We wouldn’t need the government and people would be acting lawlessly in anarchy. It seems like we’re not that far from this condition in our country today.

Question. What can/should a Christian do with regards to judging others? Should he form no opinions about anything and let others do whatever they want to do? Do you think that you have the right to do whatever you want to do even if other people are harmed by your actions? Do you think the government should be able to take what you’ve earned by hard work and give it to someone who refuses to work?   Have you considered what God says about those who won’t work (2 Thessalonians 3:10; Proverbs 6:6)?  Would you really want to live in such a society?

First. Before tying to help another person with his problem, one should do his best to make sure that he doesn’t have a greater problem than the one he is trying to help. If your eye Doctor had a big nail in his own eye, you wouldn’t want him to try to take out the small speck in your eye until the nail had been taken out of his own eye and he sees clearly again.

Qualifications. Before trying to help someone in the spiritual realm, it’s important that the person be spiritually alive or born again from above (John 3:3, 6; Ephesians 2:1). Not everyone who professes to be a Christian is one. There are those who believe in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2; Matthew 7:21-23). Furthermore, some Christians haven’t confessed their known sins to God and to others whom they have offended (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). They aren’t growing spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), and they aren’t abiding (feeling at ease) in Christ (John 15:4-10). Not everyone is motivated by Christ’s love (1 Corinthians 13; 2 Corinthians 5:14). Some people slander or gossip about others to make themselves look better (Philippians 1:15-18). Are you driven by a bitter, jealous spirit or by God’s love?

Cooperation. “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed” (Amos 3:3)? The spiritual Christian’s primary purpose is to glorify God by making Him know to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). The natural, unsaved man is concerned about temporal things that will all be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10-13).  He doesn’t receive (welcome) the things of the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:14). The Spirit filled believer (Ephesians 5:18) realizes that he is just passing through this world on his way to heaven (Hebrews 11:13; 1 Peter 2:11). He may use the present world system but he is not to abuse it or love it (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17). He should be concerned for the people for whom Christ died (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2) and should tell them about God’s amazing plan of salvation.

Gospel. The Gospel (Good News) we must believe in order to be saved is, “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). The only condition for salvation is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Have you done this yet? If not, why not right now?

Motives. God alone is omniscient. He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). Jesus is omniscient and shares all the attributes of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 2:24, 25; Colossians 2:9). God alone knows fully and completely why we do what we do. On judgment day Judge Jesus (John 5:22) will unveil all our motives and reward the good works of believers that stood the test (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Attitudes, Words, Actions. Before a Christian sins, he trespasses (Ephesians 2:1; James 1:13, 14). Bad attitudes usually lead to sinful actions. When a Spirit filled fellow Christian detects a bad attitude in another believer, he can/should come along side that person and try to help him adjust his attitude (Galatians 6:1-5). Christians can/should judge (evaluate) their own words and actions (1 Corinthians 11:28, 31) and may do the same with others (1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 6:1-8).

Law Of LoveWhile love is only one of God’s attributes (1 John 4:8) and must be balanced with all His other attributes, the “Royal Law” (James 2:8) involves our loving our neighbor as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18). That was the best that an Old Testament believer could do. As they loved themselves, they were also to love their neighbor. But the new commandment Christ gave to His disciples involved a greater intensity of love when He said, “You are to love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34, 35). When a Christian is filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and walks by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25) he will have the “Fruit of the Spirit” produced in his life. These nine parts of the fruit must be directed properly toward the right objects at the right time. It’s possible for this fruit to be misdirected toward the things of this world (1 John 2:15-17).

Ask. When someone wants to slander another person or gossip about him or her, you might ask “Why are you telling me this? Where did you get your information? Have you spoken to the person about this? Have you checked all the facts? May I quote you on this?” Doing this might impede slander and gossip about other people. When we’re tempted to gossip, tattle, or lie about another person, we need to put on the belt of truth (Ephesians 6:14).

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).

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             Segregation based on one’s race, place, and face has been around since the dawn of human history. It raises up its ugly head when we compare ourselves with others.  It’s not wise (2 Corinthians 10:11); It’s a sin (James 2:9).  Christians are admonished not to think of themselves more highly than we should (Romans 12:3).  After all, what do we have that we didn’t receive (1 Corinthians 4:7; James 1:17)?  Pride led to Lucifer’s fall and it can lead to our fall as well (Isaiah 14:13-15; Proverbs 16:18).  

           Armor.   When tempted to act in pride, the Christian needs to mentally put on the whole armor of God and focus on the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14).  He should realize that the only acceptable righteousness he has was put to his account when he trusted in Christ as his personal Savior (Romans 4:22-24).  All his self righteous good works were like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10).

            Cause.  Because our first parents disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit, they were immediately separated from fellowship with God and eventually died physically (Genesis 2:17).  Likewise, we are destined to die someday as a general rule (Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:51).  But then what happens?  With whom do you want to spend eternity – the tyrannical devil or with the benevolent God? The Scriptures don’t teach the universal salvation of all mankind as some false teachers are claiming.

            Justice.  Because God is a righteous God, He can’t just overlook our sins (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4) and wink at them.  He made it clear, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  Since death means separation, not annihilation, physical death involves the separation of the soul and spirit from the body (2 Corinthians 5:8) and spiritual death involves the separation of an individual from fellowship with God (Ephesians 2:1). 

            Reversed.  Physical death will be reversed when the Lord Jesus Christ raises everyone from the dead, each in his/her own order (1 Corinthians 15:22-26).  Yes, whether you like it or not, we will all stand before Judge Jesus (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) and give an account of ourselves to Him.  Do you know in which judgment you will participate?  Spiritual death is reversed when one believes on Christ as his Savior.  When an unbeliever dies without Christ, he enters the state of eternal death or separation from God.  It is not reversible.  Don’t die as an unbeliever or you will suffer forever (John 3:16, 18, 36).

            Propitiated.  This big word simply means that God the Father was satisfied with the payment that God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, made for our sins (1 John 2:2).  He demonstrated His approval by raising Jesus from the dead (Romans 4:25).  Since God has been merciful, we don’t need to beg Him for it.

            Free.  Although salvation (deliverance from hell to heaven) is offered to all men and women freely, it wasn’t cheap. That price was the precious blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:19).  Many people have difficulty understanding how God could do this for us.  It seems foolish to them (1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:14). 

            Grace.  “Common grace” (unmerited favor) has been extended to all men (Titus 2:11). “Prevenient grace”  is a phrase used to describe the grace given by God that precedes the act of a sinner’s exercising saving faith in Jesus Christ (John 6:44, 45; 12:32; 16:8; Hebrews 1:14).  “Saving grace” occurs when an individual actually places his/her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone so as to be saved (Ephesians 2:7-10).  The Gospel we must believe to be saved is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:39).  We are not saved by our good works (Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). 

            Good Works.  But once a person has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, that individual needs to let others know that he is a true Christians by his good works (Ephesians 2:10; James 2:18).  This includes baptism by immersion (Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Peter 3:21).  Make sure that you don’t get the cart before the horse or you will be lost forever (1 Corinthians 15:2).

            Rich/Poor.  In the spiritual Body of Christ, the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12), there are no distinctions between Jewish believers and Gentile believers, rich or poor, male or female, masters or slaves, employers or employees.  We are all one in Christ who is the only Head of the Church (Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 1:22; 4:4-6).  Jesus (not His mother or other saints) is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).  However, in the local church and in the Christian home, there are some distinctions based on the responsibilities of the believers (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 4:11; 5:22-6:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; Hebrews 13:7, 17). 

            Segregation/Partiality.  Christians are admonished not to show favoritism toward others on the basis of outward appearances such as race, place, or face.  Not many wise, mighty, or noble people will humble themselves and admit that they are sinners (Romans 3:10) and accept the gift of eternal life that God has provided for all mankind.  But God does and will use those whom the world considers to be foolish, weak, base, and despised to confound those who think too highly of themselves (1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Romans 12:3). 

            Example. Jesus Himself didn’t show partiality toward people merely because they had an outward appearance of being rich, powerful, or noble (Matthew 22:16; Mark 12:14).  He said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24).  We are to judge actions but not motives (1 Corinthians 4:5; 5:3; 6:1-7).  As Christians, we should treat other people the way the Lord would (Matthew 9:36-38; 23:13-39).  He spoke the truth in love (John 8:45; 14:6; 16:7; Mark 10:21) as we should (Ephesians 4:15, 32).  Do you?  Check your “mindset” by Christ’s (Philippians 2:5-11).

            Mother’s Prayer.  Before I went to school each day, my mother would pray this prayer: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).  Jesus said, “…every idle word men may speak, they will give an account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).  The Psalmist prayed, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).  If you’re a Christian, have you dedicated your tongue to God (Romans 6:13; 12:1, 2)?  If not, why not do it right now so you can use it for God’s glory and the good of others?

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 Who in his right mind would choose rather to be thrown into a lions’ den than skip prayer meeting for a month?  Daniel did.  But you might ask, Why?  It was a matter of priorities and confidence in His God.  Since his early years he had trusted in the God of the Jews and knew many things about Him.  He was/is all powerful, omniscient, righteous, good, truthful, holy, and loving.  His attributes don’t change (Hebrews 13:8) but His activities do.  Who wouldn’t want a God like this?  Most people wouldn’t.  They don’t want a God like this because they wouldn’t be able to manipulate Him like a Genie or their puppy.  What about you?  How would you describe your God?

  New Regime.  After the Medo-Persians brought down the Babylonian Empire it was discovered that Daniel (who was then in his 80s) had been a faithful administrator for many years.  King Darius needed such men with integrity to help him govern the new, enlarged kingdom.  So he appointed Daniel (a Jewish captive –Daniel 6:1-13) and two other men (probably Persians-Iranians) as governors to rule over 120 other lesser officials to see that no graft was taking place.  Because Daniel distinguished himself above the other two governors, King Darius wanted to set him over the whole realm.  Imagine what might happen if such a thing were to happen in Iran today.

  Conspiracy.  Rather than going on a “fact finding” mission, the two other governors went on a “fault finding” mission to see what they could dig up on Daniel.  But they found him to be faithful and loyal to the king,  honest in his work ethic, and one who maintained high moral standards.  (If you have been persecuted for doing your job like this, read 1 Peter 4:12-19.)  So these wicked men decided that if they were to find fault with him it would have to be related to his personal faith in Jehovah God. 

  Dirty Tricks.  Using flattery and lies, these officials manipulated King Darius into signing a royal statute and firm decree that would get Daniel thrown into the lions’ den.  Not realizing that his trusted friend Daniel wasn’t in on this plan, the king succumbed to their flattery and signed the document that couldn’t be changed by anyone including the king himself.  (We get the term “the law of the Medes and Persians” from Daniel 6:8).  Being placed in a position of a god was quite an honor for the king.  After all, forbidding others to make requests to their favorite gods for 30 days might help to unify the newly enlarged empire.

  Trapped.  But in signing the decree, the king put the death sentence on Daniel.  But he chose to face the lions rather than avoid his daily prayer time with God.  What would you have done?  He could have made excuses for not praying three times a day.  After all, a month wasn’t that long.  He could have closed his window as he prayed or prayed silently without bending his knees.  But that would have been cowardly of him.

  Habits.  We all have habits – good ones and bad ones.  When we get saved we don’t get rid of all of them or our sin nature (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 1:8).  Since early in life Daniel spent much time with God in prayer (Daniel 2:17, 18).  He had confidence in God’s ability to deliver him from the lions just as God had delivered his three friends from the fiery furnace earlier in life (Daniel 3:27; Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:8).  How much confidence do you have in your God?  (By the way, not all believers received such deliverance. – Hebrews 11:35-38)

  Ignorant.  These vicious men who tricked the king and trapped Daniel didn’t know how powerful Daniel’s God was.  But they were about to find out very soon.  Likewise, someday everyone will face the One whom God the Father has appointed as the Judge – the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8).  “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).  You can’t escape judgment day.  Every person who dies will be raised from the dead in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:22-24).  Your degree of pleasure in heaven or your degree of suffering in the lake of fire will be determined by Him (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).  In which group will you be found?  Are you sure?

  Deliverance.  God the Father loved the world (i.e. the people like you and me who were/are caught up in the devil’s system) that He gave His only begotten Son [the God-man], that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life…He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already…” (John 3:16, 18). 

  Gospel.  The Good News is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day.  He can/will save any and all who trust in Him exclusively for salvation.  We aren’t saved by good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

  Curtain.  Someday the curtain will come down and we’ll all die unless the Lord comes back for us first (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  Are you ready to meet God?  Don’t assume that you’ll be alive tomorrow (James 4:14).  Make the most important decision of your life while you can.

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  She was caught in the very act of adultery. She was guilty of a heinous sin and worthy of being stoned to death according to the requirements of the Mosaic law. The religious hypocrites who appended her wanted to use this vile woman to put the righteous man, whom they hated, in an awkward position so they could accuse Him of something no matter what His response was.
  Trap. Unfazed by their sinister plot to trap Him and use her for their own purposes, He took them by surprise when He knelt down on the ground and began writing in the dust.
  First Blood. Then He rose up for a moment and said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” Stooping down again, He began to write something else that caused her accusers to begin to leave the scene one by one from the oldest to the youngest. That’s very interesting.
  Guilty? Being omniscient (John 2:24, 25), He may have been writing down the names of those who had brought her to Him to condemn her and demand that she be stoned to death. Maybe they themselves were guilty of the same sin.
  Missing. Does this strike you as it does me? Something is missing here. Where was the man who was involved in this adulterous relationship? Why didn’t they drag him there too and demand that he be stoned?
  Penalty. Under the Mosaic Law there was a severe penalty for adultery not just for the woman but also for the man (Leviticus 20:10). But perhaps in anticipation of the new era of grace in which we now live, Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:1-11).
  Hell. Think about it. If God gave you and me what we deserved to get, we’d all be burning in hell right now (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). Some will end up suffering more than others (Revelation 20:11-15).
  You? Be honest. Are you guilty of any of these crimes against God: fornication, idolatry, adultery, homosexuality, sodomy, theft, covetousness, drunkenness, reviling others, or extorting money from others (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10)? What about all the other commandments (Exodus 20)? If you say you haven’t sinned, you make God out to be a liar (1 John 1:10). Admit it! We’ve all sinned (acted lawlessly) and have come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23).
  Justice. If these sins, along with many others, aren’t dealt with justly, you and I will end up forever in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46). Do you know what God did for you? Have you really been forgiven? How can you be sure? What if you sin again? Got questions? Let us help you find Biblical answers. 
  Forgiveness. Yes, we can be forgiven of the crimes we’ve committed against a holy and righteous God. Believe it or not, there is a way whereby we can know for sure that we’ll go to heaven the moment we die. Interested? Communicate with us.
  Decisions. Making wise decisions isn’t always easy. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). 
  Trust. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6). 
  Happiness. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3).
  Wisdom. Whose wisdom will you seek, God’s or man’s? If you’re a Christian, beware of those who would cheat you through philosophy and empty conceit (Colossians 2:8). God promises to give Divine wisdom to His children who qualify for it (James 1:5-8). Consider His conditions.
  Women. Have you ever read the story of the woman who saved her race with her beauty and intrigue (Esther), or the woman who used a tent peg to save her people (Judges 4:21), or the wise woman who caused a head to roll so her whole city wouldn’t perish (2 Samuel 20:21)?
  Decision. The most important decision you have to make in life, that will affect your eternal destiny, has to do with your response to God’s command to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). 
  Rebels. Some of you will refuse to do this and will end up in hell forever. You will reject the only One who can deliver you from an eternal hell (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). I’m speaking the truth to you “in love” because I don’t want you do go there (Ephesians 4:15). 
  Believers. Others of you will believe on Him who died for your sins…and who rose again bodily from the grave. This will result in your being saved forever from hell and spending eternity with God in heaven. We aren’t saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
  Help! If you are unsure of your eternal destiny, we’d be happy to show you from the Bible how you can be sure today. Call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com. We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages and other helpful information for Christians to grow.