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In Hebrews 9:27 we read, …it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” The first part of this verse is a general rule. The second phrase is an absolute. Not everyone will die physically. There have been a couple examples of this in the past (Enoch and Elijah) and there will be a whole generation of Christians who won’t die physically either (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

But all believers will face the Lord Jesus Christ someday to have our works evaluated to determine if we will or won’t receive crowns, rewards, and praise from God (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). At the end of Christ’s 1,000 reign on/over the earth, the deceased unbelievers will be raised from the dead and will stand before Him at the Great White Throne to have Him evaluate their works to determine their degree of suffering forever in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).

But you might ask, What must I do to be saved/delivered from the lake of fire? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

How can I know what God expects me to do as a believer? Where do I find this information? It’s found in the Bible. You might ask, Aren’t there different rules for different people in different times? Yes, there are. They are known as Dispensations – the house rules. Old Testament believers had different rules for living than Christians do today. Those living during Christ’s 1,000 reign on/over the earth will also have intensified legal rules to keep. (See our Dispensations Chart on our website.)

But imagine, for a moment, that you are back in school and you have to take a final exam to pass the course and to graduate. But suppose the teacher gave you, ahead of time, the questions that you would be asked. Would that help you? It should.

It may sound strange to some people that God would give His children the test questions before the final exam that we all will have to take when we stand before Him to have our works (not us) evaluated (2 Corinthians 5:10). But He does. This is true for the Jews, who were given the “Mosaic Law” and for the Church (the spiritual Body of Christ) that becomes His Bride (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 19:7; 21:9; Galatians 6:2). Don’t confuse the two groups (1 Corinthians 10:32). God has separate plans for the nation of Israel and for the Church. We don’t believe that the Church has replaced Israel.

The judgments for believers will be to determine if we will be rewarded or not (Matthew 25:21-23; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The judgment of unbelievers will be to determine their degree of suffering forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 11:24; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15). One’s eternal destiny with God or apart from God is determined by his/her faith or lack of faith in God/Christ (John 3:16, 18, 36; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It is NOT based on one’s good works (Isaiah 64:6; Titus 3:5). At the “Bema seat judgment” Jesus, the omniscient One (John 2:24, 25; Isaiah 46:10), will determine the answers to these questions: (Some of these Bible references relate to the Jews, not to Christians. Similarity doesn’t mean identity.)

How did you treat others (Matthew 10:41-42; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:32; Hebrews 6:10)?

How did you use your talents and your spiritual gift (Matthew 25:14-29; 1 Peter 4:10)?

How did you use the resources (time and money) I gave to you (Matthew 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)?

How did you endure personal injustice when mistreated (Matthew 5:11, 12; 1 Peter 4:12, 13)?

How did you endure suffering and trials (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)?

How did you spend your time on earth (Psalm 90:9-12; Ephesians 5:16)?

How did you run the race I gave you to run (1 Corinthians 9:24; Hebrews 12:1)?

How did you keep your body under control (1 Corinthians 9:25-27; Ephesians 5:18)?

How often and why did you try to lead unbelievers to Me (Daniel 12:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)?

How intensely did you love My imminent return (2 Timothy 4:8)?

How faithful were you to My Word and to other people (Acts 20:26-28; 2 Timothy 4:1, 2)?

How hospitable were you toward strangers (Matthew 25:35, 36; Hebrews 13:2)?

How faithful were you in your vocations/jobs (Colossians 3:22-24)?

How did you support the work of the Lord (Matthew 10:40-42; Galatians 6:6)?

How did you use your tongue (Matthew 12:36; James 3:1-12)?

Conclusion: Although there are different rules (dispensations) for people living in different times, and there will be different times for the judgment of various groups of people, we all need to remember this – “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). We all may not die physically, but all of us will face the Lord Jesus Christ some day. He will judge all our works and unveil our motives (John 5:22; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Are you certain that you will spend eternity with God in heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

Sadly, in spite of all this information that God has given to us in His Word, most people won’t put their faith and trust in Christ alone and be saved (John 3:16-20). As it is true with the believers in other dispensations, most believers will NOT receive all that God would like to give to them because they will not claim God’s promises to them and walk by faith (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 4:1-12). Don’t try to claim promises that weren’t given to you. Not all the promises in the Bible are there for Christians to claim. Some are only for the Jews.

Each of the seven dispensations will end in failure. This demonstrates to us that without God’s help, no one can do anything to please God (John 15:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Hebrews 11:6).

If you have questions and/or need spiritual help, please contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you have found this helpful, please SHARE this information with others (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

(For additional Christian responsibilities, go to our “Understanding The Times” Dispensations Chart on our website: www.kelseypeach.com.)

*Some of this material was adapted from Dr. Mark Hitcock’s book, “The End” by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Carol Stream, Illinois, c. 2012, pp. 218, 219

https://www.amazon.com/End-Complete-Overview-Bible-Prophecy/dp/1414353731/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=mark+hitchcock+the+end&qid=1572641050&sr=8-3

“Gone In Fifteen Seconds”

Posted: October 29, 2019 in Death, Gospel

Based On A True Story

It happened on a beautiful fall day as a young married couple went out on a drive to look at the colorful leaves. They were stopped behind a semi truck that was going to turn left when a dump truck slammed into them from behind and killed both of them almost instantly.

The young lady was the daughter of my wife’s good friend who had been in our wedding many years ago. The couple who died had two sons who were suddenly left without parents. Needless to say, the whole family and their friends were shocked by this incident.

The funeral home had long lines of people who wanted to express their love for the family. Had this couple been able to look down on the scene from heaven, they probably would have been amazed to learn how many lives they had influenced for good while they were here on earth.

The family wanted to make sure that their deaths would not be in vain, and that the Gospel would be presented clearly at the memorial service.

Let’s change gears. Suppose you were the one who was involved in this horrific traffic accident, and you were the victim who was about to die. Do you know for sure where you will go when you die? Would you like to know? You can.

Dr. Manfred Kober put the Gospel that delivers us from eternal condemnation concisely: Friend: You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again [bodily]. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!”* In these 25 words you have man’s problem, God’s provision, and the means of procuring eternal life in heaven with God.

We all need to make sure of our own salvation. Once we are certain, we/can should be prepared to share the Good News concerning Christ with others so they can be saved.

If you are not absolutely sure of your salvation, and would like additional help, please contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

*https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Video of incident: https://kstp.com/news/couple-killed-in-highway-55-crash-described-as-helpful-and-caring-october-20-2019-/5529592/

“How Sure Are You?”

Posted: December 13, 2018 in Billy Pietsch, Death, Gospel, Salvation

Recently, while I was sitting in the sauna at the gym, a fellow came in and started talking to me. We carried on some small talk for awhile and he told me where he worked and about his family. He informed me that his daughter had died several years ago from a seizure. I empathized with him and told him that I too had a 38 year of son who had died in Japan from a heart attack. [1]

Questions. I then asked him if I could ask him a question. He said, “Sure.” I said, “If you were to die today, where would you go?” He said, “I hope I’d go to heaven.” Then I asked, “On what basis should God let you into His heaven?” He responded, “I try to do good things and generally I’m a good person.” I said, “I’m glad that you’re interested in doing good, but the Bible says we can’t gain entrance that way. There is another way, God’s way.” Then I quoted for him, “For by grace (unmerited favor) [we are] saved through faith [believing], and that not of yourselves; it [salvation] is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). And, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…” Titus 3:5). “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our [good works] are like filthy [smelly] rags…” (Isaiah 64:6).

Not By Works. Then I told him that I used to believe that way too until I discovered that my getting into heaven was not based on my good works at all but what the Lord Jesus Christ did for me on the cross when He died for my sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. I also shared this verse with him, “These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name [person and work] of the Son of God [the Lord Jesus Christ], that you may know [right now] that you have eternal life [God’s quality of life]…” (1 John 5:13). When we have genuine faith, God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with our spirit that we are children of God (Romans 8:16).

Beliefs. Since he told me that we went to church, I proceeded to ask him if he believed that Jesus was God, born of the virgin, Mary, who lived a sinless life, and then who went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again bodily from the dead. He told me that he believed these facts. I then told him that I believed those facts too but I was also depending on my good works to get me to heaven. By the way, there are many people in America who know and say that they believe the facts of the Gospel, but who aren’t truly saved because they haven’t placed their faith in Him exclusively for their salvation. Some people are believing in the wrong Christ (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; Matthew 24:5). What about you? Are you “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2; See Matthew 7:21-23)? [2] Are you relying on your baptism, church membership, good works etc in addition to your faith? If so, stop! Instead,Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [alone], and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The word “believe” is used about 100 times in the Gospel of John to let us know that it is the only thing we can do to be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46).

Good Works. Once we have been saved, there are many things that God wants His children to do while He keeps us here on earth. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). “As each one [i. e. every Christian] has received a gift [supernatural ability], minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10).

Help. If you’re not 100% sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21-23), and you would like additional help, you can reach us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please read “The Bad News & The Good News on our site too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.

[1] Our Son’s Death https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

[2] Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

Recently I watched a video of some religious leaders talking about “carnal Christians.”  They said that there is no such thing.  I beg to differ with them (See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).

Basis Of Salvation.  People today are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.  The content of the Gospel is “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  The condition:  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Lordship Salvation.  This is the false teaching that in order for a person to be saved today, he must make Jesus Christ the Lord and Master of his life before he can be saved.  The conditions for spiritual maturity (discipleship) are made the conditions for salvation.  They “front load” the Gospel and thereby teach another way of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:3, 13-15).

Carnal Christians.  Within the pages of the Scriptures we find a number of people who were genuinely saved but carnal. Examples: Lot (2 Peter 2:7), some Ephesian Christians (Acts 19:19), some Corinthian Christians (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; 6:1 ff; 11:30), the Apostle Paul while he was a new believer (Romans 7:14-25).

Danger.  If a person places his faith in Christ alone (apart from his good works – Ephesians 2:9) through the Gospel, he is saved.  However, if he decides to live by the dictates of his old sin nature, he is about to die physically (Romans 8:6).  

Self Confidence.  Sometimes Christians get the idea that they never could engage in certain types of sin.  They are deluding themselves and may be very near a fall (1 Corinthians 10:12; Proverbs 16:18).  Yielding to a temptation from any one of his spiritual enemies, whether it be the devil, his own sin nature, or the present world system, doesn’t cause a Christian to lose his salvation.  But it certainly could cause him to lose the joy of his salvation (Psalm 51:12) and die prematurely.  We all have “potential years” and “actual years.”  There is such a thing as “the sin unto [physical] death” (1 John 5:16; See James 5:19, 20).  Are you committing it and about to die  physically (Acts 5:1 ff; 1 Corinthians 11:30).

Discipline.  A true Christian cannot ever be condemned and sent to hell (Romans 8:1, 35-39).  But his heavenly Father will discipline/chasten him if he is a true Christian.  If a person confesses to be a Christian, and deliberately engages in sin (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4; Romans 14:23; James 4:17), without ever being disciplined/chastened, it may indicate that he is merely a “professing” Christian rather than a “possessing” Christian who has eternal life from God.

Evidence.  God knows the exact moment we believe on Christ through the message of the Gospel (See Romans 4:3, 16).  But human beings can only see the “fruit” that a person produces in his life.  Some may say, “Show me that you are a true Christian by the way you walk and talk (James 2:18-20).  The “works of the flesh” are obvious to others (Galatians 5:19-21).  All of them are perversions of good things.

Failure.  Sadly, most Christians fail to keep “the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).  The Christian’s “Rules for Living” are not the same as the “Mosaic Law” or “Kingdom Rules.”  Each dispensation ends up in failure because man has the idea that he can live a life that pleases God without His help.  But Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  The Scriptures also tell us that “[Christians] can do all things [that God wants us to do] through Him who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13; See 2 Peter 1:3).

Confession.  If you’re truly saved, but out of fellowship with God, you need to confess your known sins to God and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; See Proverbs 28:13).  Then learn how to avoid repeating the same sins over and over again.  Spiritual maturity takes time and the regular study of God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17).

Help.  We’re here to assist you and others who are teachable and willing to change.  If you’re tired of the miserable life you’re living, because God is making you miserable for your being carnal (Hebrews 12:5-11; See 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Timothy 2:26), and you want to enjoy the eternal life that God has given to you (John 10:10), we invite you to join us on a journey toward spiritual maturity (2 Peter 3:18; Philippians 3:10), and to a life that pleases God (2 Corinthians 5:9) instead of grieving Him (Ephesians 4:30; See 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Contact.  We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.  It was designed with you and others in mind.  Please read the “Bad News & Good News” first to make sure you’re truly saved.  Then refer to the “Understanding the Times – Dispensations Chart” and use it to examine your personal life to determine what needs to change.  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”  Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies.

Lordship Salvation

Lordship in exchange for Salvation? – http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Dr. Manfred Kober – Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or a False Doctrine?, Parts 1 & 2

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or.html

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or_14.html

Dr. Andy Woods, What’s Wrong With Lordship Salvation?  http://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word in the Bible,

https://voice.dts.edu/review/g-michael-cocoris-repentance/

Recently, while our oldest son was flying home from a business trip, one of the passengers on board apparently had a heart attack. The flight attendant asked if there was a Doctor on board. So our son volunteered to help. He went and talked to the man to try to determine what was wrong with him. They were about an hour and a half into the flight over the ocean when the plane had to turn around and go back to the airport. Meanwhile, for the next 40 minutes, he administered CPR on the man hoping to revive him. But sadly, he didn’t survive.

Destinies. As I considered what happened that day, I thought about that man’s eternal destiny. I thought about all those on the plane who were planning to do other things that day but who were delayed from making it to their destinations on time as they had hoped. No doubt, there were some folks who were upset by this incident that interrupted their schedules. Others were surprised by the length of time that our son spent trying to revive this man. Some thanked him for trying to help him as they left the plane. Needless to say, it was a traumatic moment for all those on the airplane.

Vapor. I also was reminded of the passage in the Scriptures, where Jesus’ half brother wrote, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17).

Deo Volente. These two Latin words mean “God willing.” Far too many people, including those who claim to be Christians, live like practical atheists and do not take God into their plans. God wants to be a part of our lives, and for us to rely on Him for wisdom to make good choices in life. “If any of you [Christians] lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). “Trust in the Lord will 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). “For as many [Christians] as are [habitually being] led by the Spirit of God, theses are the [maturing] sons of God” (Romans 8:14). Does this describe you or not?

Death. Having had one of our other sons taken from us unexpectedly two years ago on Easter Sunday, we are very mindful of the reality of death and the subsequent effects it has had on our lives and the lives of others who knew our 38 year old son, Bill. See link below.

Questions. Are you living independently of God? Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). We all are just one heart beat away from death. What are you doing with the life that God graciously has given to you? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not do this before it’s too late? “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)? If you are a Christian, are you regularly telling others about Jesus and the salvation that He offers to all mankind (John 3:16; Acts 1:8; 1 John 2:2)? Are you living for fame, fortune, power, or pleasure? Or are you living to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Are you living independently of God and acting like a practical atheist? If so, stop! If you’re a Christian, confess that sin to God (1 John 1:9). Remember, God saves us by one act of faith, but He wants us to live habitually in an attitude of faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 1:16, 17). How many of His promises, that are addressed to Christians, do you know and claim? (See below.)

Help. We’re here to help you if you are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you’re a Christian, we also want you to have the joy of leading other people to the Lord Jesus Christ so they can be saved too (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). To make sure that you are a true Christian, please read “The Bad News & the Good News that we have on our website: www.kelseypeach.com. See our “Understanding The Times” chart too. To receive future articles as they come out, please click on “Follow.” Also join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible Studies.

Our Son Bill’s Death https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/william-billy-austin-pietsch/P

Promises For Christians: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation:

In English. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/61244c_bdbf26f0ab65413c97b45aaf14c86c6f.pdf

In Japanese: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/61244c_cad9877375cc43d1b75036825e1fe903.pdf

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

“You’re Going To Die”

Posted: July 4, 2017 in Death, Salvation

   Recently I came across an article in a Christian magazine entitled, “You’re Going To Die, But How?” by my late father-in-law, Dr. Austin L. Sorenson.  I would like to share with you some of the content of it.

   He quoted King Solomon who wrote, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2).  This is a general rule (Hebrews 9:27).  Do you know what the exceptions were and will be (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; See Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11)?
   “The infidels and agnostics have a perverted view of life and a horror of death.  Socrates once remarked that ‘life is a disease,’ and Edgar Allan Poe spoke of the ‘fever of living.’  The philosopher Jean-Paul Satre sarcastically commented that ‘life made him puke…[and was] ridiculous.’
   “Sigmund Freud, to whom modern psychologists owe so much nefarious knowledge, died a horrible death.  He continued to smoke cigars until his palate was gone and his jaws almost completely rotted away.  A mosquito net was placed around his body to remove the flies.  The stench of his decaying body was suffocating.”
  Nietzsche, whose teaching of the superman of Nazi fame and who promoted the “God is dead” doctrine died as a raving maniac in an insane asylum.
   All those who claim to be atheists must someday meet face to face the God whom they say never existed.  Do you claim to be an atheist or an agnostic?  Where will you stand on judgment day?
   On the other hand, the future of true believers is as bright as the promises of God.  God, who cannot lie (Titus 1:2), through the Apostle Paul, tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8).  There is no purging place that a believer has to go to before he/she can enter heaven.
   My friend, do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die?  God’s Word tells us that we can be sure (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).  The Gospel is that Christ died for our sins…was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day.  Any and all who believe on Him alone for their salvation, will be saved.  
   Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, spiritual growth can/should take place (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18).  Knowing which part of the Bible is for Christians and which part is addressed to us makes the Bible come alive.  We have a free “Dispensations Chart” on our website: kelseypeach.com.  This information helped me greatly, and I trust it will help you too.
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John 14:1-24

“There’s no place like home.”  This is what Dorothy said in the movie, The Wizard of Oz, after going through illusory dreams, frightening experiences, and disappointing realities.*  In like manner, before long the Christian realizes that this sin filled world is not his home; heaven is.  And yet we, as believers, have moments of anxiety and fear as long as we are in these bodies.

Thoughts.  Do your thoughts about death trouble you?  They should if you are not a true Christian (See Matthew 7:21-23).  Do you know what happens to unbelievers at the time of death (Luke 16:19-31; See Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  What happens to Christians when they die (Philippians 1:21; 2 Corinthians 5:1-9)?  Into which section of heaven do they go today (2 Corinthians 12:4).  When do they get to go to the place that Jesus went to prepare for them (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)?  How is it described for us (Revelation 21:9-27)?  What about the trials and troubles of life?  Will they be too great for us to endure (1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9)?  What should a Christian do when he sins (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Luke 22:32)?  What if he denies His Lord as Peter did (John 13:38; Luke 22:31, 32, 47-62; See 2 Timothy 2:12)?  Will he be condemned and lose his salvation (Romans 8:1; 35-39; John 10:28, 29)?

Truth.  To quiet our noisy hearts, we need to know the truth that can set us free (John 8:32).  The believer’s strength comes from God (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; Psalm 121:2).  Christians are being purified for their wedding to Christ (Ephesians 5:26; Isaiah 1:25).  He is preparing a special place for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:3; Revelation 21:9-27).  Currently, in heaven, He is interceding for those who belong to Him (Romans 8:26, 34; Hebrews 7:25).  He answers our prayers according to His will (John 14:13).  He has promised never to leave or forsake true believers (Hebrews 13:5).  We also have a Comforter (John 14:16-20).

Techniques.  There are some things that can strengthen the believer’s heart.  Knowledge of the truth from God’s Word can remove fear (John 8:3; 14:20; 1 John 4:18).  But the believer also needs to apply the truth and keep the Lord’s commands to Christians if anxiety is to be removed from his/her heart (John 14:21; Philippians 4:6, 7).  Love for the Lord can release guilt (John 14:23, 24; 2 Corinthians 5:9).

Question.  Is your life filled with fear and anxiety?  It should be if you are not a true Christian. You are under the condemnation of God (John 3:18, 36) and in danger of spending eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  But you can become a Christian by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins… and rose again bodily on the third day.  He said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  Once you’ve been saved, you can/should cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).  The “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, [can] guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus” as you encounter the hardships of life (Philippians 4:6, 7).  You have a choice to make.  Will you “trust and obey” or “stew and fret” about your problems?

Salvation.  We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.  We are not saved by our good works, or by faith plus our good works lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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*Portions adapted from Chuck Swindoll, Following Christ, pp. 93ff

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