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“Be Like Jesus?”

Posted: January 7, 2022 in Christian Life, Uncategorized

Be like Jesus, this my song, / In the home and in the throng; / Be like Jesus, all day long! / I would be like Jesus.” – James Rowe. [1] Is this your desire and prayer too? It’s mine. Of these two places, it’s probably more difficult to be like Jesus at home with your family than it would be in the throng.

We, as Christians, can’t do everything that Jesus did while He was here on earth because He was/is the God-man (See John 20:30, 31). But we can and should have a Christlike character that stands out, especially in spiritually dark places. Are you surrounded by darkness? Will you let your little light shine so others can find their way to Jesus, the “Light of the world” (John 8:12)?

WARNING: Choosing to live a godly life and be like Jesus will result in persecution, and possibly your death (2 Timothy 3:12). But it also could mean the salvation (deliverance from hell) of your family members, friends, and fellow workers (2 Timothy 2:10). Consider carefully what you really want.

The Fruit of the Spirit – Christ Likeness

(Galatians 5:22, 23)

God the Holy Spirit can/will produce this kind of fruit in the lives of Christians who are rightly related to Him and who are “abiding” (feeling at ease) in Christ (John 15:1-8). We must make sure that we have all our known sins confessed to God the Father (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16). We must not be grieving God by engaging in sin (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4), or quenching Him (rendering Him ineffective) by saying “No” to Him as He desires to lead us in the way we should go (Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 2 Timothy 2:12; Romans 8:14; Philippians 2:13).

We are exhorted to be “filled with the Spirit” and let Him make up in our lives where we are lacking in Christ likeness (Ephesians 5:18). What are the implications from this phrase? Not all Christians are filled with the Spirit. All should be filled with the Spirit. All can be filled with the Spirit. All can/should be filled again and again with the Spirit. Are you? If not, why?

Once the Holy Spirit has produced this “Fruit” in our lives, we are responsible to direct it toward the right objects at the right time and for the right reasons (1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17; Ephesians 5:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31). It is one “Fruit” with nine parts to it (Galatians 5:22, 23). Let’s examine them:

Love – Seeking the highest wellbeing of someone (1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 1 John 3:16, 17; John 3:16). As Christ loved us, we ought to love others (John 13:34, 35; Romans 5:5, 8; Contrast Leviticus 19:18).

Joy – The mental willingness to accept and appreciate any circumstance without resentment or frustration (James 1:2). We need to find our ultimate source of joy and delight in God (Philippians 4:4). Joyful Christians are attractive to others and they may ask you about it (1 Peter 3:15).

Peace – “Peace ‘with’ God” comes at the time of our salvation (Romans 5:1). But the “peace ‘of’ God” comes and goes. When we have it, it enables us to have an untroubled, or unruffled mind that is able to confront any eventuality without fear (John 14:27; Philippians 4:4-7; 1 John 4:8; 5:14, 15).

Longsuffering – A long holding out of temper toward those who would be unreasonable or objectionable just as God is and has been toward us and others (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Corinthians 13:4).

Kindness (Gentleness) – A sweetness of temperament that keeps a spiritually maturing believer from giving pain or offense to another, and can cause another person to be at ease (1 Corinthians 2:15; 13:4).

Goodness – This involves that which is beneficial, and it describes an inner pleasure, satisfaction and well-being. God’s goodness makes Him a happy God (1 Timothy 1:11). Happiness is contagious and productive. Sullenness and gloom in a Christian can negatively influence others.

Faith – When a Christian does anything while doubting, he sins (Romans 14:23). This kind of faith enables the Christian to continue to walk (order his life stye) by faith, not by sight ( 2 Corinthians 5:7).

Meekness – It’s not weakness, but strength under control (Example: a well trained horse). Spiritually maturing believers can/should attempt to restore other believers who are overtaken in a trespass (e.g. A bad attitude can lead to a sin – Galatians 6:1; 1 Peter 3:15, 16).

Self-Control – The ability to overrule physical needs and desires without hindering one’s spiritual service, or be disapproved (2 Peter 1:6; 1 Corinthians 7:9; 9:24-27).

Would you like for your life to be characterized by these things? I certainly would. But keep in mind that having these qualities and displaying them before others could cause others to persecute you just as they did Jesus.

He said, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also” (John 15:18-20).

“[This] inner fruit [of the Spirit] affects outward actions; our words and our activities will glorify the Lord, and God’s will is accomplished. God’s desire is to transform us into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29) and make us as fruitful as He was. In our allegiance to Him, we want to be characterized by good works (Ephesians 2:10; Titus 2:7; Colossians 1:10), humility (Ephesians 4:2; Titus 3:2), and forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13). We want to always be ready to “give an account for the hope that is within [us]” (1 Peter 3:15). [2]

While some people would try, through self effort, to produce these Christlike qualities, they end up with counterfeit fruit. God, the Holy Spirit, must do His part first in the life of a believer who is rightly related to Him. Then our responsibility is to direct this “fruit” toward the right objects.

Unbelievers can’t have this Holy Spirit produced fruit until they first place their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day. When they do this, they will be transferred out of the Devil’s family into God’s family (Colossians 1:13; John 3:3 ff; 1 John 3:8-10) and will no longer be under condemnation (Romans 8:1).

“Be like Jesus…” Is this your true desire and prayer? It’s mine. Glorifying God (i.e. making Him known to others) ought to be our highest priority in life (1 Corinthians 10:31). Need more 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.

[1] https://hymnary.org/text/earthly_pleasures_vainly_call_me

[2] https://www.gotquestions.org/fruitful-Christian.html

Portions of this article were taken from “Maturing In Christ” by Dr. H. L. Schafer, pp. 123-130.

We, who have placed our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins… and rose again bodily on the third day have been saved from eternal condemnation by God’s grace through faith in Him (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 8:1). [1]

Some people erroneously think that “once saved, always saved” means that they can go out and keep on sinning (acting lawlessly). But they either don’t know or have forgotten some vital truths taught in the Scriptures. Instead of living out their full “potential years” they end up suffering greatly or dying prematurely with their “actual years.” (Read Scripture passages below.)

Yes, many Christians don’t live as long as they could/should have lived on earth, and they don’t do the good works that God planned for them to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). If they had been obedient to the Lord and relied on Him and His Word to live victoriously over their three spiritual enemies (the devil, their own sin nature, and the present world system), chastening from God wouldn’t have been necessary.

Even though God has made provisions for His children so we don’t have to keep on sinning (acting lawlessly – 1 John 3:4), He knows that we will sin periodically (1 John 2:1 ff; 3:9, 10). When we sin we need to promptly confess our sins to God by agreeing with Him about what we did and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). NOTE: Confession of every sin a person has ever committed in life is NOT a requirement for initial salvation. None of us can remember all the sins (expressions of lawlessness) that we’ve committed.

When God forgives us, He doesn’t forget what we’ve done. He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10). He doesn’t hold our confessed sins against us (See Ezekiel 33:16). Sometime in the future He will allow us to be tempted in the same area again so we have another opportunity to demonstrate our love for Him rather than for the temporary pleasures we get from sin (Hebrews 11:26; James 1:12-15).

Are you certain you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do to lose your salvation? If so, what? Are you a carnal Christian who is about to suffer greatly or die prematurely so you are not condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 11:32)? “It is a fearful thing [for a carnal Christian] to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).

We’re here to assist those who are uncertain about their eternal destiny, and to help Christians who have fallen into sin get back up and live victoriously so they can grow spiritually, and learn how to serve God and others with love. We can be reached here or though our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

If you claim to be a Christian, and you think that you are free to live a sinful (lawless) lifestyle,

Please Read These Passages Carefully

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:5-7).

“If anyone sees his brother [another Christian] sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He [God] will give him [extended physical] life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death” (1 John 5:16, 17).

“Brethren, if anyone among you [another Christian] wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner [another Christian] from the error of his way will save a soul [another believer] from [physical] death and cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19).

“But let a man [a Christian] examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup [at the Lord’s Supper]. For he who eats and drinks [the bread and the cup] in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many [Christians] are weak and sick among you [have mental, emotional, and physical problems], and many sleep [have died physically and prematurely]. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world” (1 Corinthians 11:29-32).

If you’re unsure of your salvation, please read these –

[1] Clear Gospel presentations –

“Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Dr. Manfred Kober: https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Dr. Ron Shea: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Whenever we hear the word “lust,” most people think it’s always a bad thing. It may surprise you to know that “A lust (Greek = epithumia) is simply a strong desire that can be self induced or externally implanted into a Christian’s mind. A sense of guilt results when a believer does not realize a lust is a thought, not sin.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer. [1]

Scripture

“Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires [lusts] and enticed. Then, when desire [lust] has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:13-15).

Good Lusts

Numerous passages in the New Testament contain the term lust with a good or commendable meaning. Consider these passages:

Righteous prophets didn’t sin when they desired (lusted) to see those things which the people of Christ’s day saw. (See Matthew 13:17).

Christ Himself lusted without sinning. He said, “With desire (lust) I have desired (lusted) to eat this Passover with you” (Luke 22:15).

The Holy Spirit lusts (has a strong desire) against the flesh/sin nature (Galatians 5:17).

The Apostle Paul lusted (desired) to depart to be with Christ (Philippians 1:23).

A bishop (Pastor) can lust (have a strong desire) to be an overseer of God’s people (1 Timothy 3:1).

Angels lust (have a strong desire) to look into the sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 1:11, 12).

Bad Lusts

“Bad lusts are cravings or strong, uninvited desires that become part of a person’s thinking. These lusts are desires that are contrary to righteousness. They can enter into the Christian’s thoughts from any of the three [spiritual] enemies.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer.

It’s vital that we identify the source from which the sinful lusts are coming so that we can use the Scriptural means to overcome them. The Christian must counter each spiritual enemy God’s way or suffer defeat. Not all temptations come from the devil.

Hopefully, the following information will assist believers (not unsaved people) to live victoriously over the strong desires that come from the devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system.

To become a Christian one needs to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Unbelievers are children of the devil. He lulls most of them to sleep (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10; 5:19). But he also has some mature sons of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2).

Lusts From Our Spiritual Enemies

Here are 14 lusts (strong desires) that come from the devil: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/spiritual-warfare/

Here are the lusts (strong desires) that come from our sin nature as listed in Galatians 5:19-21. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/book-burning/ https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/our-perverted-sin-nature/

Here is some information about the present world system that was devised by the devil to control certain works of the flesh (sin nature) and a summary of how to overcome all three enemies: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/tested-and-tried-daily/

We Don’t Have To Sin

God has made it possible for Christians not to sin. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:2-4).

When We Sin – What?

God doesn’t want His children to sin (act lawlessly). But when we sin, as we will from time to time, what should we do to make things right with God and others? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/when-we-sin-what/

Helpful Books

To help Christians live victoriously over their three spiritual enemies, and to prevent needless chastening and scourging from our Heavenly Father (Hebrews 12:5-11), we recommend that you secure the following books and study them for yourself:

[1] Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ” https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, “He That Is Spiritual” https://www.amazon.com/s?k=he+that+is+spiritual+chafer&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Help

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others who desire to live a life that pleases God. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

If sin didn’t bring us so much pleasure, we probably wouldn’t engage in it. But it does. We’re told that Moses chose to suffer with the people of God [the Jews] rather than enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin that could have been his as a rising star in Egypt. “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:24, 25). Notice, they are called “passing” pleasures. Are you engaged in some “secret sins” that are dragging you down to death? Are you looking for a way to get out of this vicious web? If so, read on. If not, stop reading any further.

The foolish, immoral woman says to a simpleton, “’Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’ But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell” (Proverbs 9:17, 18). Please take time to read or listen to a tragic story of a moral failure in Proverbs 5. [1]

How Addictive Is Sin?

“Sin will take you/me farther than we want to go.

Sin will keep you/me longer than we want to stay.

Sin will cost you/me more than we want to pay.”

Original source unknown. [2]

What is Sin?

“Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). It is acting as though God has no standards for us and thinking that we are free to do as we please without any negative consequences. But wait! God, who made us, has the right to impose rules and regulations on us even if we don’t understand their value, or even if we don’t want to do what He tells us to do. [3] The wicked say, “Let us break [God’s] bonds in pieces and cast away [His] cords from us” (Psalm 2:3). “He [also] has said in his heart, ‘God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see’” (Psalm 10:11). Don’t believe this; God is omniscient (John 2:24, 25; Isaiah 46:10; Mark 4:22). He even knows all about our motives for doing what we do (1 Corinthians 4:5).

Our Sin Nature & The New Nature

All of us are born with a sinful nature (disposition). It prompts us to do just the opposite of what God wants us to do. It takes good things and perverts them into something evil (“The Works of the Flesh” – Galatians 5:19-21). [4] This sinful nature was passed down to us from our first parents, Adam and Eve (Psalm 51:5). Even babies have them. [5] It is something that all of us, believers and unbelievers, will have until we die or the Rapture takes place (Romans 8:23).

Those Christians who have received a new nature from above (2 Peter 1:4), but who deny that they still have a sin nature, are simply deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:15-25). We still have the potential to do everything we did before we were saved. But we, as Christians, don’t have to keep on sinning (1 John 2:1 ff; 3:9, 10; 4:4). Those who fail to learn from the mistakes and sins of others, and who think they can resist evil temptations without God’s help, are the ones most likely to fall into sin and judgment (1 Corinthians 10:1-13; 11:30; See John 15:5). Self transformation and reformation lead to pride which God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19; 8:13; 2 Peter 2:18-22).

Precautions For Believers To Take

“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

“…Walk in [by means of] the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust [strong desires] of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16, 25).

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

The Consequences Of Sin (Lawlessness)

Physical Death. It is the separation of the body from the soul and spirit (James 2:26; 5:19, 20; Genesis 2:17; 5:5, 8, 11, 14; See Hebrews 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). At the time of physical death, both the wicked dead (unbelievers) in Hades, and the righteous dead (believers) in Paradise receive temporary bodies to house their souls and spirits until they receive their resurrected bodies (Luke 16:19-31; 2 Corinthians 5:1-8). [6] Christ will defeat death by raising everyone who has died from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:26).There are different orders and times of resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 51, 52). In which one will you participate? Not sure? Ask us about them.

Spiritual Death. “…it is the state of the natural or unregenerate man as still in his sins [Ephesians 2:1], alienated from the life of God [Ephesians 4:18, 19], and destitute of the [Holy] Spirit [Romans 8:9].” – Dr. C. I. Scofield. We’re all born into this life spiritually dead and separated from God. We need to be “born again from above” if we are to be delivered from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (John 3:3-7; Matthew 25:41, 46). Learn how this kind of death can be reversed? [7]

The Second Death. This is the irreversible separation from God in the lake of fire forever for all unbelievers (Revelation 21:8). There are no second chances to be saved after a person dies physically, and there is no annihilation of the wicked dead, or reincarnation, or Purgatory taught in the Scriptures. The lusts (strong desires) that come from the sinful nature of unbelievers, who end up in the lake of fire, will never be satisfied (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11).

The Remedy For Sin

Judicial Forgiveness. This is granted to an unbeliever today who places his/her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, Who died for our sins, Who was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It takes place when we accept Christ’s death as our death for sins, and His resurrection as our resurrection from the dead (Galatians 2:20; See Romans 8:1). This is when we pass from spiritual death into spiritual (eternal) life (John 5:24) and have Christ’s righteousness imputed to our account (Romans 4:5-11, 23, 24; John 16:10).

Family Forgiveness. This is granted to a believer who confesses his/her known sins to God the Father, by naming them specifically to Him, and agreeing with Him about what we did (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16). Discernment (self judgment) and repentance (a change of mind about what we did) need to precede confession (1 Corinthians 11:31; 2 Corinthians 7:9).

Help

Are you, or is someone you know, struggling spiritually? We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We want to help you have assurance of salvation first. Then we want to help you grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), so you can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13), and reproduce yourself in this world (Matthew 28:19, 10). If you have questions and/or comments, you can contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

If this has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to SHARE this with others who may be thinking about engaging in sinful activities that could lead to sicknesses, mental disturbances, and even a very painful death (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

[1[ Proverbs 5 –https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/pro/5/1/s_633001 (Read or listen to this.)

[2] Quote heard at – https://insight.org/broadcasts/player/?bid=3945

[3] See our “Dispensations Chart” and the rules God gave to different people at different times.

Click on “Understanding The Times Book Marker” at www.kelseypeach.com

[4] “The Works Of The Flesh” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/book-burning/

[5] Minnesota Crime Commission – Babies https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/heres-a-switch-use-it/

[6] Richard Schafer, “Intermediate Bodies” http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/dbv1n4.html#A4

[7] The Bad News & The Good News – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Three Spiritual Enemies: How To Overcome Them. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/tested-and-tried-daily/

Recommended reading – Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ” Victory in the Christian Life https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

Recently I listened to a message by a Pastor in which he talked about “The Bondage of Busyness.” He had a lot of good things to say. I’d encourage you to listen to it. [1] Many people today are “frantic, frazzled, and frustrated.” Maybe you feel beat, bleary, bone weary, bushed, and you’re ready to burst. Perhaps you are among those who say, “I’m too busy; I don’t have time for that. I need a vacation.” If you got one, what would you do while you were on it – worry some more? Are you a “workaholic”?

Paradigm Shift. I’d like to suggest that you take another course of action that will enable you to know how you can have not only “peace with God” (Romans 5:1), but also how to have and enjoy the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7). This will enable you to have unruffled “moment by moment vacations” throughout your days as you learn how to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). It involves learning how to meditate Biblically on God and His Word (1 Thessalonians 5:17; See Psalm 1; Joshua 1:8)? Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17)? If so, try to follow regularly what we suggest for you and then let us know how you are doing and what we can do to encourage you along life’s path (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

God’s Gift. Even though our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14), each day is a gift from God and is made up of 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds. Some people can pack a lot of good and godly things into the time they have been given. Others “kill time” or engage in worthless activities to fill the void in their lives. Many people pursue fame, fortune, power, or pleasure. None of us knows the length of time we’ll have on this earth. We’re here today; gone tomorrow just like the grass of the field (Matthew 6:30). That is why we need to make every day count for eternity and treat is as though it’s our last day on earth. Are glorifying God (making Him known to others), and seeking the highest wellbeing of other people, the priorities of your life (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10)? If not, why?

Slave Labor. The Jews who lived as slaves in Egypt under a wicked Pharaoh had no days off to rest. This rigorous life went on for several hundred years until Moses finally came and delivered them from bondage (Exodus 1:13, 14; 13:3; 17:3). Slave labor is still going on today in some parts of the world. All of us have probably purchased things that were made by slaves in other countries. Check the labels on things you buy.

Sabbath. After they left Egypt, God gave the Jews a new set of “Rules for Living” known as the “Mosaic Law” during the “Dispensation of Law” (2 Kings 21:8; John 7:19) [2] “The Ten Commandments” included a day of rest, known as “The Sabbath” on every seventh day – Saturday. It was for the Jewish people, their servants (employees), strangers in their midst, and even for their animals (Exodus 20:8-11). Violating it called for a severe penalty – death (Exodus 31:14, 15). God is a good God, Who delights in the well being and happiness of others (Matthew 19:17). He wants people to work diligently for six days and then rest on the seventh day from their labors. He wanted them to know that they could trust Him to provide for their everyday needs (Genesis 22:8, 14; Psalm 23:1-6; Philippians 4:19). There is a difference between needs and wants. (See 1 Timothy 6:8.)

Worship & Wisdom. Perhaps, as they observed the Sabbath, some of them thought (or should have thought) about God’s attributes of goodness, righteousness, omniscience, omnipotence, truth, holiness, and love. This is how we are to worship God today (John 4:24). They may have asked God for wisdom to do their work more efficiently and effectively. God delights in giving wisdom to those who humbly ask Him for it as King Solomon did (1 Kings 3:9 ff; 4:29 ff ; James 1:5; See 3:13-18).

Sabbatical Year. But not only did God want them to take one day off from work every week to rest, He also wanted them to let the land rest every seventh year (Leviticus 25:4). This would take a lot more faith on the Jews’ part. Apparently they weren’t willing to obey this command. This was one of the reasons why the Jews ended up enslaved in pagan Babylon for 70 years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Jeremiah 25:11 ff). (BTW – The Jews also took time off from their regular work during their annual Feasts.) [3]

Freedom. After the Medo-Persians defeated the Babylonians, King Cyrus of Persia (modern day Iran) allowed the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild their Temple (Ezra 5:13 ff). King Artaxerxes (of Persia – Iran) allowed Nehemiah and other Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall around the city (Nehemiah 1 ff). Later, another Persian (Iranian) King, by the name of Ahasuerus, had a part in the preservation of the Jewish nation, when wicked Haman tried to exterminate them. (Read the Book of Esther.) In contrast, modern day Iran is set on Israel’s destruction and annihilation.

Faith-Rest Life. God promised to give Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the Jews the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21). Note: They will get all this land during Christ’s 1,000 year reign on/over the earth. After delivering the Jews from Egypt, Moses sent 12 spies into the land of Canaan. (The iniquity of the Amorites was full and judgment was coming – Genesis 15:16). Ten of them came back and discouraged the people from going into the land because there were giants in it (Numbers 13:23 88). The congregation refused to walk by faith and enter the land. So God caused them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years until all those 20 years old and older died in the wilderness. Then the new generation entered the Promised Land under Joshua’s leadership (Numbers 32:13; 26:65).

Ditto. During Joshua’s day, the Jews were also given many opportunities to trust God while taking possession of the land that He promised to them. But once again, they failed to trust God and walk by faith. As a result, they went through seven cycles of discipline from God (Read the Book of Judges).

Applications

Salvation. Today God wants Jews and non-Jews to place their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, so they can be saved (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16, 17). Have you done this? If not, why not now? Then God wants all Christians to walk by faith (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 4:2 ff). Are you doing this? How often? Without it you can’t please God (Hebrews 11:6.)

Promises. When we take the “Promises of God” [3] that are addressed to Christians, and mix them with faith, we can enjoy the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding. It will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, 7; See Hebrews 4:2 ff). We must be careful not to try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to the Old Testament believers. Otherwise, we will be very discouraged when we don’t get what we thought we should be getting. The Jews and the Church are distinct from each other and God has different plans for these two groups. (See 1 Corinthians 10:32.) The Church has NOT replaced Israel. [5] Beware of the “Name it and claim it” false teachers who mislead many people (2 Peter 2:1 ff).

Principle. While the law of the Sabbath isn’t repeated in the New Testament for Christians, we believe that God wants us to set aside some time each week to rest, if possible. Pray for persecuted Christian slaves in other countries around the world who aren’t free to do this.

Sundays. The early church met on the first day of the week – Sunday, the day Christ rose again bodily from the dead. Since many Christians were slaves, they probably met on Sunday nights. Their purpose: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day [Rapture] approaching” (Hebrews 10:24, 25). Are you practicing this?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this has helped you, please LIKE and SHARE it with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

[1] Mark Hitchcock – “Rest Stop” Time: minute 28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7ovrN9XyAI

[2] Mosaic Law – Dispensation (See our “Understanding The Times Dispensation Chart” on our website)

[3] Feasts – https://www.gotquestions.org/Jewish-festivals.html

[4] Promises – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

[5] Replacement Theology – https://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-evil-of-replacement-theology/

[6] Why Read? – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/%e2%80%9cwhy-read%e2%80%9d/

Recommended Books:

WarrenW. Wiersbe – On Being A Servant Of God https://www.amazon.com/Being-Servant-God-Warren-Wiersbe/dp/0801068193/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=wiersbe+on+being+a+servant&qid=1621932312&sr=8-1

H. L. Schafer – Maturing In Christ https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

Charles Ryrie – Balancing The Christian Life https://www.amazon.com/Balancing-Christian-Life-Charles-Ryrie/dp/0802408877/ref=sr_1_2?

Robert J. Morgan – Red Sea Rules https://www.amazon.com/Red-Sea-Rules-God-Given-Strategies/dp/0529104407/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=morgan+red+sea+rules&qid=1621926566&sr=8-1

I loved sports. No matter what kind it was, I tried and excelled in most of them. It was my life in grade school and high school. My grades in school suffered because of my devotion to sports. My Dad used to quote this verse to me quite often, “…Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).

Hurting. That verse didn’t mean much to me until I twisted my back while playing tennis one summer when I was about 16 years old. My whole world seemed to crumble under me. I was in terrible pain with a pinched nerve in my back and I hobbled around for a long time like an old man. The Japanese Doctor put me in a half cast but it didn’t help. Finally, I came across a chiropractor who was able to help me some. But I was still in a lot of pain. I felt like Jacob in the Bible, who had his hip dislocated when he wrestled with the pre-incarnate Christ and then limped for the rest of his life (Genesis 32:32).

Humbling. That humbling event was used by God to redirect my life. I began to see the need to start doing things that were important to God. But I didn’t really know how to be godly or what the consequences of godliness would be (2 Timothy 3:12). Even after being graduated from Bible College, I still felt that I knew very little about how to live the Christian life. So I went on to seminary, not to become a Pastor or missionary, but to try to discover how to have and live the abundant life that Jesus mentioned in John 10:10. It’s NOT what the “health, wealthy, and happiness preachers” tell people it is. God is more concerned with our spiritual wellbeing than our physical wellbeing.

Forming. The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Galatia and reminded them that he labored hard to bring them to a place where Christ would be formed in them (Galatians 4:19). He wanted the Christ who indwelt them to have free course to live out His life through their lives and expressed it this way, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). This is how he wanted them to live too. If you’re a Christian, are you living a life that pleases God? Would you like to live this way? Confused? Are you teachable and willing to change? If so, contact us.

Filling. The “Fruit of the Spirit” consists of nine Christlike qualities that God wants us to have and display before others as the opportunities arise (Galatians 5:22, 23). They are produced by God the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians who are being “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). The implications are: Not all Christians are filled; all Christians can be filled; all Christians should be filled; and all Christians can/should continually be filled with/by the Spirit. Are you?

Grieving. To be filled with/by the [Holy] Spirit the Christian must not be grieving Him (Ephesians 4:30). We grieve Him when we sin – act lawlessly (1 John 3:4), and when we fail to confess our known sins to God the Father first, and then to those whom we’ve offended (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13.)

Quenching. In addition to this, we must not quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19) by saying “no” to Him and His leading in our lives (Romans 8:14; See Jonah 1:1-3). Those who deny Him (i.e., say “no” to Him) will have God say “no” to them (2 Timothy 2:12). Perhaps some of our requests to God go unanswered because of this. This verse is NOT talking about a Christian’s losing his/her salvation.

Relocating. When God saves a sinner from eternal condemnation (Romans 8:1; John 3:16, 18), the Holy Spirit places the new believer into the spiritual “Body of Christ” – the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13). He wants each Christian to be well coordinated spiritually and have “good form” just as a good athlete. When one member is “out of place,” and hurting as I was with a “pinched nerve” in my back, the whole Body is affected. Do you need an adjustment in your attitude and actions (Galatians 6:1)?

Believing. If you’re not a true Christian yet, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Assurance of salvation comes from God’s Word and the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

Assisting. 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. If this has helped you, please LIKE and SHARE this with others. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

How ironic. With it I can bless God and then turn around and curse men (James 3:9). And even though I’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, I could succumb to a temptation from the devil to lie, or to tell half truths with the intent to deceive, to gossip, to slander, to malign others, or use it for inappropriate language. I could even speak the truth to hurt someone rather than help and edify him/her. As a Christian, I should always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), at the right time, for the right reason (1 Corinthians 10:31).

From King Solomon. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). “Keep your heart [mind, will, and emotions] with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

What/How? The Apostle Paul admonished Timothy to – “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort [notice] with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:2-4 NKJV).

Church? Do you attend a church where the Pastor tells people what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear? Did you know that church leaders are judged by a stricter standard (James 3:1), and that faithful Pastors/Shepherds can earn the “Crown of Glory” (1 Peter 5:4, See 1 Corinthians 4:2)?

Reproof. God uses His Word to reprove us when necessary (2 Timothy 3:16,17). Why? The Apostle Peter lied when he denied his Lord (Matthew 26:75); Ananias and Sapphira lied about the money they gave (Acts 5:1-4). Some believers were using their tongues to bite and devour others (Galatians 5:15). Corrupt communication (Ephesians 4:27-29), gossiping, and tale bearing (1 Timothy 5:13) took place among the believers. It has been suggested that the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah may have had a problem with the use of his tongue (Isaiah 6:5-7). But an encounter with God changed that.

Untamable. Does the fact that the tongue is untamable excuse you and me and make us not liable for the words that come out of our mouths? No! Jesus said, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36 NKJV; See Hebrews 9:27).

Solution. What is the solution for this problem that plagues all of us to a lesser or greater degree? We, as Christians, must recognize that lying or using inappropriate speech are temptations that come from the devil or demons (Acts 5:1-4; Ephesians 4:27-29). When tempted to engage in these things, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), and be sober and vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). Then we must submit ourselves to God and rely on Him for divine strength to overcome these strong desires/lusts that come from the devil or demons (James 4:7). Then we must put on the whole armor of God and use the “belt of truth” and the “sword of the Spirit which is the word [individual utterances] of God” as counter measures and thoughts (Ephesians 6:14).

God’s Word. “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22). “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. [Please notice the following carefully.] And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Our relationship with God changed when we placed our faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Sin No More. Once a person has been saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1), he/she no longer needs to sin (act lawlessly) even though we will periodically (1 John 2:1, 2; 3:1-10). God has provided everything we need for life and godliness within the pages of His Word (2 Peter 1:3). But we must “Be diligent to present [ourselves] approved to God, [workers who don’t] need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Help. If you’re teachable and willing to change (if necessary), we’re here to assist you (2 Timothy 2:2). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com Please SHARE this with others if it has helped you.

“It’s been said, knowledge is power. Unfortunately, many people like to spread damaging information or intimate details about others, whether true or not. This is what is called gossip. It used to be that people called gossip, dishing the dirt. Whatever it’s called, people use gossip to hurt people, in order to feel good about themselves and to feel like they have power over others.” Dawson McAllistar [1] “Gossip magazines” are money makers for many stores. Don’t waste money that you receive from God on them. (See Deuteronomy 8:18)

Quotes

Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It’s gossip.” ~ Erma Bombeck.

“Words have no wings but they can fly a thousand miles.”  ~ Korean Proverb

If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.”  ~ Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events.

Small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“There are many places [in] the Bible dedicated to warn us against ‘malicious gossips, busybodies, slanderers, talebearers, whisperers, false witnesses, quarrelers, meddlers, deceivers, backbiters.’”  [Here are a few verses that deal with these subjects that would be good to review periodically and/or memorize:]

“Where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.” (Proverbs 26:20)

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless” (James 1:26).

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell” (James 3:6).

“Remind them…to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1, 2). [3]

God’s Desire. He always wants His people to do what is right in His sight, to be compassionate to those who are hurting, and to walk humbly before God. (A paraphrase of Micah 6:8) Are we doing this or not? If not, why?

Unusual Penance

“The story is often told of the most unusual penance St. Philip Neri assigned to a woman for her sin of spreading gossip. The sixteenth-century saint instructed her to take a feather pillow to the top of the church bell tower, rip it open, and let the wind blow all the feathers away. This probably was not the kind of penance this woman, or any of us, would have been used to!

“But the penance didn’t end there. Philip Neri gave her a second and more difficult task. He told her to come down from the bell tower and collect all the feathers that had been scattered throughout the town. The poor lady, of course, could not do it — and that was the point Philip Neri was trying to make in order to underscore the destructive nature of gossip.

“When we detract from others in our speech, our malicious words are scattered abroad and cannot be gathered back. They continue to dishonor and divide many days, months, and years after we speak them as they linger in people’s minds and pass from one tale-bearer to the next.” [4]

Problem. Some Christians, even from the earliest days of the church, had some serious problems. They were busybodies and tale-bearers (1 Timothy 5:13-15). These particular temptations come from the devil/demons and must be overcome by putting on the whole armor of God and specifically using the belt of truth to overcome them (Ephesians 6:10-17).

Questions. Allen Redpath suggested that before speaking of any person or subject that might be controversial, ask these questions. If what we are about to say doesn’t pass these tests, it’s best to keep our mouths shut. (We should memorize and use this acrostic (THINK) to remind ourselves to guard our words.)

T–Is it true?
H–Is it helpful?
I–Is it inspiring?
N–Is it necessary?
K–Is it kind? [5]

Day Of Reckoning. Believe it or not, Judgement Day is coming (Hebrews 9:27) and all of us will give an account to Judge Jesus (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) for every word that we say, and everything that we do (Matthew 12:36; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15). These separate judgments will be to determine our degree of enjoyment in heaven, or our degree of suffering in the lake of fire (Daniel 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:12, 13).

Don’t Be Confused. Faith or lack of faith in Christ alone and the Gospel will determine the place of our eternal destiny (John 3:16, 18, 46; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Where will you spend it?

Sure? My Friend, Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what? We’re here to assist those who aren’t sure of their eternal destiny, and to help Christians grow spiritually. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com If this has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

Some of the material for this article was gathered from these websites:

[1] https://www.thehopeline.com/danger-of-gossip/

[2] https://www.thepositivemom.com/35-powerful-quotes-that-will-make-you-rethink-gossip

[3] https://pastorunlikely.com/23-forceful-bible-verses-on-gossip-and-slander/

[4] https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/religion-and-philosophy/philosophy/the-feathers-of-gossip-how-our-words-can-build-up-or-tear-down.html

[5] http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/g/gossip.htm

What kind of home life did you have when you were growing up as a child? Was it a happy home or a stress filled home? Were your parents strict or lenient? Who was the dominant parent in your family – your father or your mother? Or did you or your siblings rule the house and do whatever you wanted to do? Did you grow up in a single parent home? Were you an only child or did you have brothers and sisters? What “house rules” did you have? Did you rebel against them? What happened when you disobeyed them and did whatever you wanted to do? Was there any discipline at all and was it consistent?

Imagine, if you can, a small, one story, three bedroom house with 23 people living in it. I knew a Hispanic man who lived in such a house. When we were starting a church out in California, he came to church one day and told me that he enjoyed the service. Then he said, “I want to help you build this church up with people.” I wasn’t exactly sure how he planned to do that.

So the next Sunday he came to church with 22 other members of his family which included his kids and grandchildren. We had quite a crowd that day. My wife took the small children and taught them, and I had the adults as we met in a motel conference room that we had rented.

With so many people living in his house, there had to be some “House Rules” or there would have been total chaos. In like manner, there needs to be “House Rules” in societies and in nations. Any form of government, including communism, is better than total anarchy, when everyone does what he/she wants to do without any regard for others. We seem to be living in times like this as the Scriptures predicted (Read 1 Timothy 4; 2 Timothy 3.)

Since the beginning of time, God has had rules to regulate mankind. Through a careful study of the Bible, using the normal rules of interpretation, we discover that there have been six periods of time called “Dispensations” and one yet to come in the future. Each period of time has different rules for different people. But they all end up in failure because man has a corrupted, sinful nature (disposition) that we all inherited from our first parents (1 John 1:8; Psalm 51:5). We’ll have one as long as we live. Christians are given a new nature from above (2 Peter 1:4) when we place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)

Right after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and were expelled from the Garden of Eden, they and their descendants lived according to their consciences. This lasted for about 1,600 years and ended up in total disaster and the need for God to bring in a universal flood to wipe out all mankind, who apparently had been genetically modified (GMO), with the exception of Noah and his family (See Genesis 6-8; Jude 1:6).

Later, after a couple more “Dispensations” had failed, God gave to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob the Mosaic Law that lasted for about 1,500 years. They had strict dietary laws, ceremonial, and civil laws to regulate their lives. They had a special priesthood that acted as a bridge between God and the Jews. They were given many promises, including a Messiah to deliver them from their bondage to other nations and from their sins. When the Jews rejected their Messiah (Jesus Christ), God temporarily set the Jews aside, and is currently dealing primarily with another group of people (non-Jews) under “Grace Principles for Living.”

For additional information about how Christians are supposed to live today, go to our website: www.kelseypeach.com and download our FREE “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” and notice the Christians’ Responsibilities, Failures, and coming Judgment. Then consider these two articles:

We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Send us your questions and/or comments. Please SHARE this with others who might benefit from this information.

If you have placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9), Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), you will not spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:41, 46). Instead you will spend eternity with God where there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).

Baptism. Once you have been saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, and not the Christ of the cults (Ephesians 2:8, 9), you should be baptized (immersed) to identify yourself with Christ in His death, burial, and bodily resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:38). It is NOT a requirement for you to be saved but it gives evidence to others of your faith. It enables you to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21).

Spiritual Growth. God wants every true Christin to “grow [spiritually] in the [sphere of] grace and [experiential] knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Timothy 1:17). Do you have a strong desire to grow spiritually? If so, we’re here to help you if you’re teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15).

Your First Sacrifice. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world [age], but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2).

Making Distinctions. Christians are exhorted to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). What does this mean? We are to interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually. God said what He meant, and meant what He said. The devil was the first one to use the allegorical (non-literal, not normal) method of interpretation. He said to Eve, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1 ff).

Profitable. “All Scripture is [God breathed] and is profitable for doctrine [teaching], for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man [and woman] of God [i.e. believers] may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16. 17 NKJV). Cp kober

Truth. While all the Bible is to be believed as truth from God (John 17:17), (which also accurately records the lies that the devil and humans tell), not all of it is to be “believed and practiced.” Examples: Today, Christians don’t offer bloody sacrifices to God but spiritual sacrifices (Hebrews 10:4; 13:15, 16). Our diets are different (Leviticus 11:2 ff; 1 Timothy 4:4). Israel had a priesthood consisting of Levites; every Christian is a priest today (1 Peter 2:5, 9). There are other differences too.

Our Practice. A Christian man, with the spiritual gift of Pastor-teacher (Ephesians 4:11), who desires to be a bishop (an overseer) of God’s people, must hold “fast the faithful word [which is to be believed and practiced] as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine [which is to be believed but not practiced], both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:9).

The Rules. Throughout human history God has imposed different “Rules for Living” (known as “Dispensations”) upon all or some of mankind. Three dispensations are prominent in the Scriptures: “The Mosaic Law” (Exodus 20), “The Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:2), and the future dispensation of “The Kingdom of the Heavens” (Ephesians 1:10). Dispensations are NOT different ways to be saved. (See our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

Failure. Sadly, all seven Dispensations, that God uses to test mankind, end up in failure. This demonstrates that man, by his own efforts, while living independently of God, cannot please God (Hebrews 10:38; 11:6). Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5; Acts 17:28). Man’s heart (mind, will, and emotions with which we all were born) is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; See Romans 3:10-23). We can’t save ourselves by our own brand of good works, and once saved, we are to do the good works that God planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5).

New Birth. We all need to “be born again from above” (John 3:3-7). With the new divine nature from God (2 Peter 1:4) we are able to do the things that God wants us to do while we live here on earth (Philippians 4:13; 1 Peter 4:10) as we are being led and filled by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5:18).

Value. The Old Testament tells us much about the unchanging character and attributes of the only true and living God (Exodus 3:14). It also serves as a negative example of how not to behave lest we suffer the same kind of consequences that the Jews in the wilderness did (1 Corinthians 10:1-13). God disciplines His own unruly children who act lawlessly. “But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (See Hebrews 12:5-11). The Old Testament also gives us hope (a confident expectation) as we are reminded that God will keep His promises to us as Christians just as He did for the Jews (Romans 15:4). Many of them were fulfilled with Christ’s first coming to earth and many more will be fulfilled when He returns to rule and reign for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-10).

Location. The Christians’ “Rules for Living” can be found generally between John 13 and Revelation 3. Before the seven years of the Tribulation begin (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19), all true Christians will be removed from earth to heaven at the Rapture (Revelation 3:10; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9).

Old v. New. In John 13:34, 35 Jesus gave His disciples a New Commandment to “love one another (i.e., fellow believers) as I (Jesus) have loved you.” By our doing this the world will know that we are His disciples. The Old Testament requirement was to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). That was the best they could do. But Christians can/should have and use the divine love (agape) that God the Holy Spirit produces in the lives of believers who are rightly related to God (Galatians 5:22, 23). It is greater than brotherly love (Romans 12:10) or love for one’s own family (2 Timothy 3:3).

Action. Since Christ laid down His life for us, “… we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (i.e., fellow believers). But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother [or sister] in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:16, 17). “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

Spiritual Gift. Not only are we concerned about your salvation, but also about your spiritual growth as a Christian. God wants us to use our spiritual gift with love for the advantage of other believers (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). He wants to use us as His witnesses as we share the Gospel clearly with lost people so they can be saved (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).

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The Gospel

The Bad News & Good News” (on our website)

Do We Really Know The Gospel?” by Dr. Manfred Kober

The Clear Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea (Illustrated)

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” by Ford Porter (Over 650,000,000 tracts printed in 123 languages)

https://www.godssimpleplan.org/languages-in-print

Handy Bible Study Book Marker (On our website) Click on –

Understanding the Times” for our Dispensations Chart, Bible Study Aids, How to Pray, How to Witness

Doctrinal Statements

What We Believe (See our website)

Grace Life Baptist Church – http://www.gracelifebaptistchurch.us/pdf/GLBC_StatementOfFaith.pdf

Bartimaeus Alliance of the Blind, Incorporated – http://bartimaeus.us/faith.html

New King James Scofield Study Bible http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed

Audio Bible Readings

King James read by Alexander Scourby – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjhwhNvG0SQ&list=PLL4itf8rGtj5lwP2jQ_yuQFhDlY6q_bg8

New King James – Old and New Testaments

New Living Translation with Mike Kellogg – New Testament

Helpful Bible Study Methods by the late Dr. Howard Hendricks

Living By The Book (Paperback) https://www.amazon.com/Living-Book-Science-Reading-Bible/dp/0802408230/ref=sr_1_2?crid=34R7AHL13RP5S&dchild=1&keywords=living+by+the+book+howard+hendricks&qid=1617819626&sprefix=living+by+the+book+%2Caps%2C200&sr=8-2

Living By The Book  (Audio-video)

Personal Bible Study – Why Study the Bible? (Audio-video)

Bible Survey https://www.biblebelievers.com/Bible_Survey.html

Memorize Scripture, The Easy Wayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYOX47E-j24