Archive for the ‘Decision Making’ Category

After people “get saved,” when they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel, they are often encouraged to read the Bible (let God talk to you), pray (you talk to God), and witness to others about Christ. This all sounds like a good idea. But we believe that new believers need some help in these areas so they don’t get disappointed, discouraged, and begin to have doubts.

Like newborn babies, we all should start out with the “milk of the Word” and then go on to “solid food” (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14). Older, more mature believers can be a great asset to newer Christians (Galatians 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11).

If you’ve been saved for some time, what are you doing to help rather than hinder new believers? How much spiritual growth has taken place in your life? Maybe you need this information too.

Do you know that Christians have Eight Ways To Communicate With God” and that the Bible has Seven Distinct Rules For Living” for different people living in different times?

If you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, [1] you’ll want to help your family, friends, and fellow workers get saved from everlasting condemnation (John 3:18; Romans 8:1) so they can join you in heaven some day? Did you know that Christians can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for having a part in the salvation of others (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? [2]

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out [not for] your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12, 13). Imagine that – He energizes us to do the things that will please Him. It should be our goal in life to please and glorify God by making Him known to others (2 Corinthians 5:9; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Sadly, many Christians quench Him (i.e. render Him inoperative in their lives) and grieve Him by sinning – acting lawlessly (1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 3:4). Are you doing this? If so, confess it to Him, claim His forgiveness, and move on toward spiritual maturity (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).

Our FREE “Bible Study Book Marker” [3] was designed to help you and others gain assurance of your salvation, to help you get the most out of God’s Word by using our “Bible Study Aids,” and to communicate with God more effectively (How To Pray), and to know what portions of the Bible are for you and which are addressed to you (See our “Dispensations Chart”).

All of the Bible is truth (John 17:17). It even records the lies of the devil and other people. It is what God wants us to know for now. In His Word, God “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 1:3, 4).

All of the Bible needs to be believed, but not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9). Example: Dietary rules and types of sacrifices offered to God by the Jews differ from Christian rules (Leviticus 11; 1 Timothy 4:4; Hebrews 9:13; 10:4; 13:15, 16).

May we suggest that you download a copy of our FREE Bible Study Book Marker for yourself on light colored paper and make some additional copies for those who are teachable, willing to change, and who want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18)? Keep one in your Bible as a handy reference guide.

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[1] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[2] Crowns – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

[3] FREE Bible Study Book Marker: https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

[4] Final Test Questions: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/the-test-questions/

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

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

We don’t hear it very often anymore. But when he uses it, we’re supposed to pay attention to what he has to say and do it (unless it’s an unlawful command – Acts 5:29). Sadly, many people today show disrespect for those in authority and act lawlessly. Lawlessness is sin. (1 John 3:4).

Sin has consequences. It will take us further then we want to go; it will keep us longer than we want to stay; and it will cost us more than we want to pay. (Memorize this and remind yourself of this when you’re tempted to sin. Remember, as the song says – the temptation itself isn’t a sin; it’s yielding to a sinful lust that becomes sin.)

Citizens. “Let every soul [individual citizen] be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1).

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1). Students – be teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16).

Christians. “Obey those [spiritual leaders] who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17).

Teachers. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). We all shall give an account to God someday (Romans 14:12).

Anarchy. Imagine what life would be like if everyone did what was right in his own eyes without regard for anyone else. [1] Days like this took place before the flood of Noah’s day and God had to wipe them all off the face of the earth (Genesis 6:5). They also occurred when there was no king in Israel and gross immorality was rampant (Judges 20:6; 21:25). Life was almost unbearable. God’s Word predicted such days would also exist during the end times in which we now live (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff).

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

Rules. Every society needs rules to govern the citizens. God established human government for the benefit of people (Genesis 9:6). It has the right and responsibility to carry out capital punishment for certain crimes (Romans 13:4). Obviously, there are tyrants that rule over people. God often allows the basest of men to rule over others on a temporary basis (Daniel 4:17, 25).

Tourists. Different countries have different rules and you better know what they are if you plan to travel there. Being detained in some foreign countries is anything but pleasant.

BTW – God has different “Rules for Living” within the pages of the Scriptures that He has imposed on some or all of humanity. They are known as “Dispensations.” They are NOT different ways to be saved. We believe that we can identify seven of them. (See our FREE Bible Study Book Marker.) If you’re a Christian, are you living by the wrong set of Biblical rules? Contact us if you have questions.

The “Kingdom of the Heavens” (i.e. the rule of the heavens over the earth) is coming right after Satan’s man (“The man of sin” or “Antichrist”) has caused havoc on this earth for seven years. Christ’s Kingdom will last for 1,000 years. [2] These days seem to be just around the corner.

Decision. Your response to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bad News / Good News (Gospel) will determine your eternal destiny in heaven or hell. Please take time to read and/or listen to the presentations. [3]

Help. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on the notification Bell or Follow.

[1] Right-Wrong. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/when-doing-right-is-wrong/

[2] The Order of Coming Events – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[3] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Policemen, by Paul Harvey – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ1YsyZMaaU&t=7s

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, is too hard for God. He is omnipotent (Revelation 1:8) and omniscient (Isaiah 46:10). With every problem that we face here on earth, there is a solution to it. Christians are free to ask God for the wisdom they need to resolve a seemingly impossible matter. However, notice some specific conditions (James 1:5-8). Contrast God’s wisdom with worldly wisdom (James 3:13-18)

Our God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20). Do you honestly believe this? If not, why?

Helpers. God also may use spiritually maturing fellow believers, who have gone through similar situations, to help us find the answers we need to solve our problems (See 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Through “agape” love we (Christians) can/should serve one another (Galatians 5:13; See 1 Corinthians 13).

Promise. “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).

Examples. Consider Abraham’s painful test regarding offering his son Isaac as a sacrifice (Genesis 22), the Jews at the Red Sea (Exodus 14), Jethro’s advice to Moses who was overextending himself (Genesis 18:13-27), Daniel and his friend’s dietary dilemma (Daniel 1), Esther and Haman’s threat to annihilate the Jews (Esther 4 ff ), and the believers in the “Hall of Faith.” Many were delivered; others weren’t. But they still brought glory to God (Hebrews 11).

Christ’s Work. God was glorified through the death of Christ for our sins and His bodily resurrection from the dead (John 17:4, 5). It demonstrated God’s love for sinful humanity (John 3:16). How are you glorifying God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31).

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me.”

Don Moen

Doubting God? Remember – God loves to show Himself strong on the behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him (2 Chronicles 16:9). Is your heart right with God or are there things that need to be confessed to Him (1 John 1:9)? Are you doubting God and His promises to you (2 Peter 1:4). How many of them do you know and claim? [1] Do you know that doing something while doubting is sin (Romans 14:23).

On Being Thankful. [2] Have you thanked God for allowing you to be put in a situation that seems to have no solution (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for everything apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1)?

God’s Eyes. Keep this in mind – “… the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

The Red Sea Rules [3]

#1: Realize that God means for you to be where you are.

#2: Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.

#3: Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.

#4: Pray!

#5: Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.

#6: When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.

#7: Envision God’s enveloping presence.

#8: Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.

#9: View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.

#10: Don’t forget to praise Him.

Song

“Got any rivers you think are impossible?
Got any mountains you can not tunnel thorough?
God specializes in things thought impossible
And He can do what no other God can do.”

Oscar C. Eliason

Gospel. [3] Maybe you have a bigger problem than you realize – perhaps you’re not a Christian yet. If so, you need to know that Christ died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). To be delivered from eternal condemnation in hell, you must place your faith and trust in Him alone to save you (Acts 16:31). We are NOT saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Action Steps. In light of what you have read, what specific things do you need to do today? The Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Think you have problems? Consider his suffering (2 Corinthians 11:22-33). Why did he say he was willing to endure what he did (2 Timothy 2:10)? What hardships are you willing to endure for the benefit of others, especially fellow Christians (Galatians 6:10)? “Hereby know we love, because He [Christ] laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).

Help. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence. To receive future articles as they come out, click on the notification Bell or Follow.

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

[2] On Being Thankful. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/an-attitude-of-gratitude/

[3] Red Sea Rules, Book by Robert J. Morgan

[4] Gospel. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

“Anticipation is the emotion we experience when we are expecting something to happen (good or bad), where we are left in a state of anxious suspense. Some people may feel excited, and others may just feel nervous. Anticipatory concerns are the thoughts we have while feeling anticipation. Anticipatory emotions could include fear, anxiety, hope and trust.” – Source unknown

Does what is happening in the world right now concern or frighten you? Are you afraid some madman might push a button and annihilate all life from the earth? (Consider our frightening experience.) [1] Does “climate change” dominate your thinking? Are you struggling financially to make ends meet? What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Armageddon”? In your opinion, what does the future look like – gloomy or bright? Are you following the news? If so, which news? Is it reliable or fake? Whom can / should you trust? Upon what do you base your beliefs and how do you make your decisions? [2]

World Leaders. Most of them have advisors and counselors to help them make decisions to achieve their desired objectives and goals. For many of them “The end justifies the means.” I think that you probably will agree with me that things aren’t looking good right now and that we may need a “New World Order.” The big question is, Who will run it – God’s man or the devil’s man?

Quote. “We do not want another committee, we have too many already.  What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.” – Paul Henri-Spaak, former Belgian Prime Minister.

Your Thoughts & Dreams. What do you believe and anticipate will happen in the future? Who or what influences your thinking? If you have a clearly defined, noble dream and have set goals for yourself, ask yourself these questions: By when (time frame) do I want to accomplish this? What obstacles might I face along the way? What people, groups, and organizations do I need to help me achieve my dream? What new skills do I need to develop? What specific steps do I need to take? And most importantly, WHY do I want to achieve this particular dream? [3] One more important question – Have you included God’s Word and His will for your life into your planning? If you’re a Christian, please read James 4:13-17 to avoid wasting your time and acting lawlessly with dire consequences. “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

The Future. Can anyone know the future with any degree of certainty? If so, how? What are you anticipating / expecting to happen? Upon what are you beliefs based? Is it the Bible? What if you are being misled by a false teacher and end up in the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46)? Maybe you’ve taken the attitude, “Que sera, sera – Whatever will be, will be”? Have you lost hope? Are you superstitious? If you are, you’re not alone, even though it’s the wrong way to make decisions. (See James 4:15).

Superstitious World Leaders. Napoleon’s actions were often directed by two things: his fear of cats and the number 13. Mary Queen of Scots reigned from 1542 to 1567 and many accounts indicate that she made important decisions based on her tarot readings. Winston Churchill surrounded himself with cats that allegedly brought him good luck while he battled the apparent dark influences of the number 13, Friday and travel in general. Similarly across the Atlantic, President Roosevelt hated travelling [on] Fridays and the number 13. Hitler was terrified of cats and had them banned from all Nazi installations. His quest for the occult, including the search for the spear of destiny said to have pierced the side of Jesus Christ, became legendary but did not do much to help him in the end. With varying degrees, from President Truman’s lucky horseshoe in the Oval Office to President’s Reagan’s executive seer, Joan Quigley, superstition has been taking the punch out of democracy for centuries now. [4] Is it any wonder that the world is in such a mess?

The Right Way. The Christian’s decisions in life can/should be made by taking God’s Word and His will for our lives into consideration (James 4:13-17). His Word, the Bible is totally accurate and reliable. Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17). He also said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). If God and His Word aren’t true, Christians are deluded and most pitiable for believing the Gospel which tells us that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 12-19).

Bible Prophecy. Since the prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming were fulfilled literally, we believe that the prophecies concerning His second coming will be fulfilled literally too. (Sadly, many “Bible teachers” within Christendom don’t interpret Bible prophecy literally or normally as they should be interpreted and so they mislead many people.) While we don’t know all the details concerning the future, we have been given enough information to give us hope (a confident expectation based on a promise from God Who cannot lie) that “God wins” in the end.

The Order. “It’s darkest just before the dawn.” We believe that currently the stage is being set and very soon God is going to allow the devil, the man of sin (antichrist), and the false prophet to rule the world for seven years (Daniel 9:27). During this time over ½ of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). Then Christ will return to this earth (Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:29-31), destroy His and the Jewish believers’ enemies (Psalm 2:9; Zechariah 14:1-15; Revelation 19:11-16). He will set up His “Thousand Year Reich” over the whole world and the devil will be bound in the abyss (in the heart of the earth) during this time (Revelation 20:1-10). But the Beast (Antichrist) and the False Prophet will be cast live into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Revelation 19:20). My friend, you don’t have to go this awful place.[5]

Your Future. To get out of the devil’s “kingdom of darkness”and enter the “kingdom of God’s dear Son” you must place your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). [6] Note: We are NOT saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Understanding and Illumination. [7] Once you become a true Christian, God the Holy Spirit acts as the Divine Teacher who is ready to illuminate your mind to the truth that is found in the Scriptures (John 14:26; 16:13). He also uses Christians to share the Gospel with lost people so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Ephesians 4:11 ff). Once saved, He wants all Christians to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18). [8]

FREE. To help you understand the Bible better, we have a FREE Bible Study Book Marker, with a special chart that will give you the “Big Picture” of time from the beginning to the end. [9]

Fear Not. While the devil and demons are much more powerful than humans are, we don’t need to fear them “because He [God] who is in [every Christian] is greater than he [the devil] who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18; See John 14:1-3).

Abide In Him. If you’re a Christian, do you abide (feel at ease) in God’s presence; does He abide (feel at ease) with you (John 15:1 ff)? Are you grieving (Ephesians 4:30) or quenching Him (1 Thessalonians 5:19)? Is there any unconfessed sin in your life that is keeping you from enjoying family fellowship with Him and other believers (1 John 1:5-9)?

Crown Of Righteousness. Christians can earn this crown by loving and anticipating His imminent return for the true Church, His Bride-to-Be (2 Timothy 4:8)? Are you allowing Him to live out His life through your life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. Help us reach others by SHARING this with those in your circle of influence.

[1] “Incoming Missile Threat” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsy17RGC7o4

[2] Decision Making – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/?s=decision+making

[3] Adapted from Zig Ziglar’s motivational speech.

[4] Superstitious World Leaders – https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/130033

[5] The Order Of Coming Events – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

[6] Gospel Presentations – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

[7] Illumination – https://www.gotquestions.org/biblical-illumination.html

[8] Spiritual Gifts – https://www.kelseypeach.com/bible-basics

[9] FREE Bible Study Book Marker – Dispensations Chart https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

“[Our] expectations can be high or low, reasonable or unreasonable, good or bad. The Bible speaks of expectations of redemption (Romans 8:19), expectations of judgment (Hebrews 10:27), delayed expectations (Proverbs 13:12a), realized expectations (Proverbs 13:12b), and unrealized expectations (Proverbs 11:7). Jesus told us to expect His return—although the timing of His return is beyond our knowing: “Be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” (Luke 12:40). [1]

Dreams. Most, if not all of us, have or have had dreams and expectations in life. We want to be “successful.” But how is “success” measured and by whose standard? [2] We also have expectations of our spouses. We want them to conduct themselves in certain ways; we also set rules that we expect our children to keep. When these expectations are not met, we get disappointed in them and take measures to correct their behavior. Nagging [3] and yelling are often used to manipulate others.

Legalists. Do you have high expectations of other people? Are you tying to get them to live by your legalistic, unbiblical rules that are often unrealistic? This is what the Pharisees of Christ’s day did (Matthew 23:4). Consider Christ’s invitation to the oppressed (Matthew 11:28-30). When others don’t meet our expectations we sometimes turn on them and/or seek to harm them. Where in Scripture does the Christian find his/her rules for living today? (See our Dispensations Chart on our website.) Upon whose strength do we need to depend to carry them out – our own or God’s (Philippians 4:13)?

Messiah. The Old Testament Jews had high expectations of their promised Messiah. They were looking for a conquering King, not a suffering servant (Isaiah 9:6, 7; 53:1 ff). They wanted Him to deliver them from Roman oppression. They didn’t think that they needed Someone to deliver them from their sins and the consequences of them (Romans 6:23; 10:3). When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a little donkey, many cried out “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9). But when He didn’t overthrow Rome, who was their enemy, and allowed Himself to be arrested by His enemies (John 18:12 ff), they turned on Him and cried out for Him to be crucified (John 19:6).

Goals. While most of us can do far more than we think we can, sometimes we set unrealistic goals and/or expectations in life and depend on ourselves rather than on God to fulfill those desires (Proverbs 3:5, 6; James 4:13-17). Self reliance and acting independently of God leads to failure in His sight. It led to Lucifer’s (Satan’s) fall (Isaiah 14:12-15). He tempts us to act this way today (Luke 22:31-34).

Trust. Now that I have been saved by grace through faith in Christ, I (my new nature) want to trust in the Lord with all my heart (mind, will, and emotions), and not lean on my own understanding. I want to acknowledge Him and depend on Him to make wise decisions that will affect not only me but others (Proverbs 3:5, 6). [4] As a child of God I can expect Him to give me wisdom when I humbly ask Him for it and when I’m not double minded (James 1:5-8; See 1 John 2:15-17).

Formula. I want to pursue a simple formula that I have often shared with my children. It is expressed in these words from the Scriptures. “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require [expect] of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8). These are things that don’t come naturally to us.

Goodness (happiness) will be the result of my doing what is just (right). It is not doing what is right in my own eyes, but what is right in God’s eyes (Judges 21:25). [5] He makes the rules; I need to obey them if I want to show my love and appreciation for Him (John 14:15), and if I want to be well pleasing to Him (2 Corinthians 5:9). I don’t want to grieve God (Ephesians 4:30).

Mercy. God has been very merciful to me when I’ve suffered as a result of my own sins or the sins of others. So I want to be merciful and compassionate to those who are suffering (Ephesians 4:32; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Where would you and I be without God’s mercies that are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22, 23). Great is His faithfulness to us. Let us be faithful to Him and to others (1 Corinthians 4:2; 15:58).

Humility. I also want to walk humbly before God (James 4:10). He hates it when we walk in pride (Proverbs 6:16, 17; 16:18). Everything you and I have has come from His gracious hand (1 Corinthians 4:7). I want to be like Christ by displaying the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23; Philippians 2:5-11). I want others to see Christ living His life through my life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19).

Forgiveness. When we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, God judicially forgives us (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 8:1). We become children of God when we believe on Christ as our personal Savior through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16 17). We all start out life as children of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). If we don’t ever get out of his family and enter into God’s family by simple faith, and not by our works (Ephesians 2:8 9; Titus 3:5), we will spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Colossians 1:13, 14). Contrary to what some cults and religions teach, the wicked dead are not annihilated or reincarnated.

Poem/Song. It’s “Not what I wish to be nor where I wish to go / For who am I that I should choose my way / The Lord shall choose for me tis better far I know / So let Him bid me go or stay.” – C. Austin Miles. Is the Lord Jesus Christ your Shepherd and Savior? If not, why not place your faith and trust in Him alone today?

Help. If you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny, or if you need spiritual help, you may contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. 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 SHARE it with others.

[1] Expectations, https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-expectations.html

[2] Charles Stanley, Success God’s Way, https://www.amazon.com/Success-Gods-Way-Achieving-Contentment/dp/0785265902/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=success+charles+stanley&qid=1583909509&sr=8-1

[3] How To Stop Nagging And Start Teaching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hrPJrG2aHM

Nagging, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17L7eS6pt_A

[4] For the struggle between the Christian’s new nature and the old nature read Romans 7:15-25.

[5] Other Helpful Articles:

When Doing Right Is Wrong. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/when-doing-right-is-wrong/

Wrong? It Feels So Right, https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/wrong-it-feels-so-right/

Expectations In Life https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/06/27/expectations-in-life/

Why? Why do you do what you do? You may think you know why you do what you do, but all of us can deceive ourselves.The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Even the Apostle Paul admitted this when he said, “For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord”(1 Corinthians 4:4).

Judging. Contrary to what many people have been misled to believe about judging (Matthew 7:1-6 is addressed to hypocrites), we are allowed to judge actions (John 7:24; 1 Corinthians 5:3; 6:2, 3), but we must be cautious about judging motives because only God knows for sure why we and others do what we do. Christians are also to evaluate what they are being taught by comparing it with the Word of God which is truth (1 John 4:1; John 17:17).

Motives. It is possible for a believer to use his/her spiritual gift with wrong motives. We might be looking for the praise of/from men (John 12:43). This is why the Apostle Paul wrote about our using agape love while serving others with our gift (1 Corinthians 13). This kind of love is produced by God the Holy Spirit in the lives of Spirit filled” believers who aren’t grieving or quenching Him (Ephesians 4:30; 5:18; Galatians 5:22, 23; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). Paul said the love of Christ compelled him in his service to God and others (2 Corinthians 5:14; 2 Timothy 2:10). Jesus demonstrated this kind of love by washing His disciples’ feet (John 13; See 1 John 3:16, 17) and laying down His life so we could be saved (John 3:16; 6:37-39; Hebrews 10:7, 9). His New Commandment” was that we love one another as He loved us (John 13:34, 35; Contrast Leviticus 19:18). What or who compels/motivates you into doing what you do and say? Is it God (Philippians 2:13) or Satan (Ephesians 2:2)?  What keeps you from engaging in certain sinful pleasures and practices?  Is it peer pressure or some other reason?

Omniscient. Although Christians can engage periodically in sinful activities to gain momentary gratification without everyone’s knowing about them, God and spirit beings are aware of them. God alone is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25). He knows everything about us (Read Psalm 139). Spirit beings (cherubs, seraphs, and angels) aren’t omniscient but those who are assigned to us can see what we do and hear what we say (Genesis 3:1 ff; Job 1:6 ff; 2:1 ff; Daniel 4:17; Hebrews 1:14; 1 Peter 1:12; 5:8).

Permission. God allows believers to be tempted by the devil and our other spiritual enemies (1 Corinthians 10:13; Genesis 3:1 ff; Luke 22:31 ff; James 1:13 ff). By doing this, He gives us opportunities to demonstrate our love for Him or our love for ourselves.When we resist and overcome the temptations that come from the devil, our own sin nature, or the present world system, we show God that we love Him more than temporary, sinful pleasures (Hebrews 11:25; See Proverbs 2:16; 5:3, 20; 6:24). The Crown of Life”awaits believers who resist sinful temptations (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

Confession. When we, as Christians, sin/act lawlessly (1 John 3:4), we must confess (name) our sins to God before our family fellowship can be restored (1 John 1:7-9). He promises to forgive our sins but He doesn’t forget what we’ve done since He’s omniscient. But He won’t hold the sins we confess to Him against us (See Ezekiel 33:16 NKJV).

Re-exam. Sometime in the future He may allow us to be tempted again to give us another opportunity to display the true condition of our heart. Therefore, Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life”(Proverbs 4:23). We never know when thesepop quizzes” will be given. Failing the tests can/will bring much sorrow (Proverbs 5:11; 6:32-35; Matthew 26:75) and could lead to our premature, physical death (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). We have potential years” and actual years.” (See Ecclesiastes 7:17; Jeremiah 27:13; Ezekiel 18:31).

Examination. Before we participate in theLord’s Supper”or during times when we’re flat on our backs, we can/should look up to God and engage in some self evaluation (1 Corinthians 11:28). The Psalmist wrote: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”(Psalm 139:23, 24).

Questions. Are you undergoing trials and tests right now? Are you sure you’ll go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Do you have assurance of your salvation? Have you placed your faith in Christ alone who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third dayIf you’re saved, do you have unconfessed sins in your life? Are you grieving and/or quenching God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? Are you growing spiritually? If not, why? Are you doing what God wants you to do or what you want to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Are you glorifying God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Are you well pleasing to Him (2 Corinthians 5:9; See Matthew 25:23)?  What needs to changeIf you know what you should do, and don’t do it, it is sin (James 4:17).  We, as Christians, can do all things through Him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, you can reach 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. Follow us on Facebook and Youtube. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Recently, while we were on vacation, we went into an ice cream shop for a treat. There were all kinds of flavors from which to choose. Since I lost most of my taste and smell several years ago, I chose chocolate which I can still taste a little.

Life. But life is much more complicated than making a choice about which flavor to choose for a moment’s pleasure. As someone has said, “Once on the lips, forever on the hips.” Ouch!

Freedom. The price of it is eternal vigilance. We, who live in the United States, often take it for granted and think that we will always have choices to make. But there are many people in the world who don’t have this kind of freedom. Think about the folks in Venezuela, South America, who took on socialism, and how much they have lost in recent days.

Socialism. Why do so many young people and others think socialism/communism is a better than our constitutional republic for which many of our forefathers fought and died to secure for us? Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Pres. Ronald Reagan
Suffering. Having suffered mercilessly at the hands of his German captors in World War II, and stripped of virtually everything he had, Dr. Victor E. Frankl wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Have you had an attitude check recently? Ask your friends to tell you the truth (Ephesians 4:15). As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 2:17).

Enemies. Our spiritual enemies are a far greater threat to us than our physical enemies are. The devil wants to enslave as many people as he can, and take them to hell with him. He isn’t happy when a person is “born again from above” (John 3:3-5). Have you been delivered out of the power of darkness into the kingdom of the Son of [God’s] love” (Colossians 1:13, 14)? If not, why not now?

Choices. Even after we’ve entered God’s family by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, we have many choices to make. We can yield to sinful temptations, or we can/should resist and overcome them. Those who overcome them will receive the “crown of life” on Judgment Day (James 1:12; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Enslaved? You may be a true Christian, but perhaps no one has showed you how to live a victorious Christian life. I’m very grateful to the men who taught me the truth from God’s Word and what I need to do to overcome the temptations that come from the devil, my own sin nature, and the present world system. [1] We don’t have to sin, even though we will sin periodically (1 John 2:1; 3:9, 10). God has provided in the Scriptures everything that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

Help. We’re here to assist you and others who want to make sure of your own salvation (1 John 5:13), and then grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), and serve God and others effectively (Galatians 5:13) in whatever legitimate occupation He has provided for you (1 Corinthians 4:7; James 1:17). Jesus said to His disciples, “You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). What are others learning about God through your words and life?

Quote. “Only one life will soon be passed; only what’s done for Christ will last.” Better yet, only what’s done for God according to the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:5) and the leading of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) will be blessed and rewarded (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Too many Christians do things independently of God (James 4:13-17; See Isaiah 14:14). These works will be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:15).

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[1] Maturing In Christ, by Dr. H. L. Schafer, http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

It happened when the Apostle Paul and Silas had been preaching the Good News concerning Christ in the city of Philippi. They were unjustly beaten and then locked up in jail for allegedly causing trouble in the city after casting out a demon spirit from a young girl who was making a lot of money for her masters. She had been following Paul and Silas around and saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us [Greek – “a way”] of salvation” (Acts 16:17).

Problem. Jesus made it very clear to His disciples that He was “the [only] way [to God], the [absolute] truth, and the [giver of eternal] life” (John 14:6). He was not one of many ways to God as some of the false teachers of the world are suggesting. The Apostle Peter said, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). These are not “politically correct” statements to those who believe that all religions lead to heaven.

Earthquake. After an earthquake took place and loosened the prisoners’ chains, the jailor was about to commit suicide. Paul called out and said, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Upon hearing this, the jailor said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” The Apostle Paul responded by saying, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:28-31).

Question. What did Paul mean by the word “Lord”? Did He mean that the jailor had to acknowledge and believe that Jesus Christ was the “Lord” meaning “God/Deity” or as some have suggested, the “Lord and Master of one’s life” so he could be saved? We believe that Paul went on to explain to him the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and things about the One in whom the jailor should believe – the God/man who died for our sins…and rose again on the third day (Acts 16:32).

Works. The Scriptures are clear. We’re saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (Ephesians 2:8, 9; See Titus 3:5). The requirements for “Discipleship” in Christ’s day involved many things that were “good works.” There were a lot of people who were disciples (followers) who weren’t true believers. The Apostle Judas is a prime example (Matthew 26:25; John 6:71). There were many others who followed Jesus around, hoping that He would be their political deliverer and their “Welfare King” (John 6:15, 66).

Postponed. Because of the refusal of most of the Jews to accept Him as their promised Messiah (Luke 19:14; John 1:11, 12; 19:15), Jesus postponed the setting up of His literal, millennial kingdom on earth until a future date (Matthew 16:20; Revelation 20:1 ff). Is Jesus the true Messiah? (See link below). In light of what we see happening around us today, the setting up of the rule of the heavens over the earth (“kingdom of the heavens” – Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 4:17) doesn’t seem to be that far off. (See our “Understanding The Times” chart on our website.)

Faith. Belief and faith are synonymous. The word “believe” is used about 100 times in the Gospel of John to tell us what is required for a person to be saved ( Examples: John 1:12, 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24 etc). Unbelief is the only unforgivable sin today (John 16:9). Are you adding other conditions/requirements for people to be saved? To do so is to cause people to “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2).

Lordship For Salvation. Here are some of the requirements that are wrongfully imposed by the “Lordship For Salvation” teachers on the unsaved people in order for them to be saved: Follow Christ / Surrender to Christ / Be Willing to Obey / Commit yourself / Turn From Sin / Be Willing to Sacrifice Everything / Give Up All For the Kingdom / Deny Self / Love Christ supremely / Give Up All Your Earthly Possessions if the Lord Should Ask This / Give Yourself Totally to Him / Fulfill the Demands of Discipleship / Etc. Etc. Etc.” [1] Aren’t all these things considered “works”?  Yes they are!  But our salvation is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5).

Assurance. How could a person ever be sure that he/she had fulfilled all the requirements such as these? It would be impossible for someone to have “assurance of salvation” if all these works were required of someone in order to be saved (See 1 John 5:13). Thankfully, God’s Word doesn’t make them conditions for salvation.

Lordship Because Of Salvation. Once a person has been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, it’s only “reasonable for a Christian to present his/her body as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1, 2; See 1 Peter 3:15). This is not a requirement for salvation as some would have us believe. Most new believers don’t do this at the moment of their salvation. But it is God’s desirous will for us to do this. “Carnal Christians” don’t do this (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). There are many things that are required of Christians if they want to mature in Christ, but they aren’t to be made conditions for someone’s salvation. Let’s not make our rules for living the conditions for salvation. Do you know where to find them in the Scriptures? (See our “Understanding The Times” chart.)

Gospel. God wants every saved person to share the Good News concerning Christ with others (Acts 1:8). By learning and sharing these 25 words, you could be instrumental in the salvation of another person from hell to heaven. “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!” [2] (See 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  It’s the same for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16, 17).

Crown. The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits those believers who are involved in the salvation of others as they share the Gospel with them (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). God wants us to have the joy of leading others to Christ (Revelation 3:11). The greatest joy in life comes when we help new believers, whom we have led to Christ, come to spiritual maturity as they walk in truth (3 John 1:4).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are “teachable” and “willing to change” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If this has helped you, please share it with others who might be misled by false teachings.  We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

[1] George Zeller, Lordship Requirements: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

[2] Dr. Manfred Kober, Do We Really Know The Gospel? https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

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

Dr. Ron Shea, The Clear Gospel, http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/search/charles-ryrie-so-great-salvation

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

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

Is Jesus The Messiah? https://www.gotquestions.org/is-Jesus-the-Messiah.html

Do you have a “bucket list” of things you’d like to do in life? Perhaps, in the pursuit of your dreams or goals, you’ve come across some obstacles that you didn’t anticipate. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should abandon your dreams and give up on them, especially if they are ones that God has given to you that are in keeping with His Word and His will for your life (See Romans 8:14; Philippians 2:13; 4:13, 19). One song writer put it this way: “Got any rivers you think are uncrossable? / Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?” Then you should realize this – “God specializes in things thought impossible / He does the things others cannot do.” Oscar C Eliason

Examples. God brought the plagues on the Egyptians who had enslaved the Jews for several hundred years in Egypt. He opened up the Red Sea for them to cross over on dry ground and then closed it on the Egyptians who pursued them so they drowned. He fed over 2 million Jews in the wilderness for 40 years. He caused the Jordan River to back up so they could cross over into the Promised Land. He brought down the fortified walls of Jericho. The list could go on and on. (See Acts 7, Hebrews 11) This same God can help us, as Christians, in our time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16; 13:8).

No Secret. Stewart Hamblin wrote, “It is no secret what God can do / What He’s done for others He’ll do for you / With arms wide open, he’ll pardon you / It is no secret what God can do.” This pardon and judicial forgiveness is granted to all those who “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Family forgiveness is granted to Christians who confess (specifically name) their sins to God (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16).

Clarification. Just because a person receives forgiveness and a pardon from God doesn’t mean that this Christian won’t have to suffer the consequences of his/her violation of man’s laws or nature’s laws. Christians are told to submit to the laws of the land in which they live. The only exception occurs when man’s laws violate God’s laws. Christians may have to suffer the consequences of their choices. Example: When the disciples were told not to preach in Jesus’ name, they said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:28, 29). For violating man’s laws that were contrary to God’s laws (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19, 20), they were beaten, but they were “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer for His name’s sake” (Acts 5:33, 40, 41). What would you do if you were threatened like they were?

Our God. The Apostle Paul committed his readers to “… [God] who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20).

Wisdom. As Christians, we have access to the wisdom that comes from God (James 1:5; 3:17). The wisdom of this world, that was designed by the devil, may seem like the right thing to do at the moment, but the end of it could be death (Proverbs 14:12). “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36), The devil and demons have their own kind of wisdom that is very appealing to the natural, unsaved man (James 3:14-16). He wants us humans to walk independently of God and make decisions without taking Him into our plans (James 4:13-17). Have you been doing this? Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Attention. Sometimes God uses adverse circumstances to get our attention off of the passing things of this world and onto Him and into His Word.  It is “alive and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of the soul [emotions] and spirit [that belongs to the mind], and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (1 John 2:15-17; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Hebrews 4:12). An idol is anything that comes between us and God. Yes, even Christians can succumb to the temptation to be idolatrous (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 John 5:19). Are you guilty of this? How much of your time each day is devoted to worshiping and adoring God for who and what He is? How many of God’s attributes can you name? We’re told to “pray (i.e. worship God) without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17; See John 4:24; Revelation 4:10, 11; 5:12). No, you don’t have to shut your eyes or raise your hands to do this. Most of us can think on several levels while we’re driving or engaged in other activities.

Priorities. There isn’t anything wrong with our having a “bucket list” of things we’d like to do in this life unless it’s contrary to the revealed will and Word of God or if we want to leave God out of our plans. But our will, as Christians, should always be in submission to God’s will for our lives. As another song writer put it, “Not what I wish to be, nor where I wish to go, / For who am I that I should choose my way. / My Lord shall choose for me, ‘Tis better far I know, / So let Him bid me go or stay.” Now if you think of yourself as the “Captain of your ship” and the “Master of your own fate,” you’re not going to find these words palatable to your taste. You are thinking more highly of yourself than you should (Romans 12:3). Consider this – “…what do you have that you didn’t receive” (1 Corinthians 4:7)? “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6; See Proverbs 6:17; 8:13). The attitude of pride led to Lucifer’s fall, and if it’s retained, it will lead to your fall too (Isaiah 14:9-17; Ezekiel 28:12-19).

Fools. “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). But by merely looking around at nature we intuitively can come to the realization that there must be a God who is all powerful (Romans 1:18; See Revelation 1:8). But those who deny this truth are often allowed to go on in their ignorance and rebellion against God and end up in a degenerate condition (Romans 1:18-32). “They love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19). “…the natural [unsaved] man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Choices. Every day we make choices about many things. The Psalmist prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:14).  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Our primary objective in life should be to make God known to those whom we encounter I life. Are you doing this?

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. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. Also, please share the information with others who might benefit from it. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We are also on www.youtube.com. Enter: Kelsey Pietsch

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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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