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1 Peter 3:18-22

Does the church you attend recite the “Apostles Creed” on Sundays as part of their rituals? If so, have you paid much attention to the words? “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord, who…was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven…” There is more to this creed than the above. But merely reciting it doesn’t get us into heaven. Do you know what is necessary for us to enter into God’s presence? Did Jesus go to hell and get “born again” while He was there as it is being taught by some false teachers?

Christ’s Death. It occurred once and for all (1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 9:28; 10:2, 10). When we observe the Lord’s Supper we don’t re-crucify Jesus. Nor do we believe that the bread is magically transformed into His real, literal body or that the fruit of the vine is transformed into His literal blood. What do we call those who eat other people? Why did God tell the Jews to drain out the blood before eating meat (Leviticus 17:11, 14)? The bread and the cup are reminders (memorials) of His death for our sins and are a reminder that He promised to return for His own some day in His resurrected, glorified body consisting of flesh and bones (Luke 24:33-43) but with no blood (1 Corinthians 11:26; 15:50; See John 14:1-3). Jesus was the Just One dying for us, the unjust ones (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). We’re all sinners who act lawlessly (Romans 3:10-23; 1 John 3:4).  We all deserve to be separated forever from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23). His death was designed to bring true believers to God (John 3:16, 18; 6:37) and not those who merely profess to be believers (Matthew 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 15:2).  Which one characterizes you?

Christ’s Proclamation. What does it mean when the Apostle Peter wrote, “…He [Jesus] went and preached to the spirits in prison…” (1 Peter 3:19)? Who were/are these spirit beings? Peter sheds more light on them in his second letter. The Scriptures teach us that they were some (not all) of the fallen angels/demons who were involved in trying to corrupt the human race genetically by taking on humanoid form and cohabiting with women. This union produced the giants on the earth who were men of renown (Genesis 6:2-4). They are currently confined in a place called “Tartarus” (Greek) which is in the heart of the earth (2 Peter 2:4). They are distinct from the other fallen angels/demons that are still free to roam the earth and who can even enter heaven from time to time (Job 1:6; 2:1; 1 Kings 22:22). The unconfined demons are the devil’s agents who periodically attack Christians mentally (2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 4:14) and who do Satan’s will (Ephesians 6:12,13). When He died physically, Jesus went to Paradise (Luke 23:43; See Luke 16:19-31) which was in the upper Sheol/Hades. He didn’t offer the wicked spirits in Tartarus or to the unbelievers in the lowest Sheol/Hades (Deuteronomy 32:22; See Matthew 25:30, 41, 46) another opportunity to be saved from that place of torment (Luke 16:23-31). Instead, we believe that Jesus probably proclaimed something like this to them – “Your efforts to contaminate the human race genetically and to keep Me, the God/man,  from being the Savior of mankind have failed.” (See Genesis 3:15; Psalm 2:7; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, 7; Matthew 1:23). The everlasting destiny of the devil and all his angels/demons and all unbelievers is the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Jude 1:6, 13; Revelation 20:10; 21:8). We’re trying our best to tell people how they can avoid this awful place by “believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Have you done this yet?  Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)?

Christ’s Resurrection. The evidence for Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead is undeniable to those who are honest with the information that is available to us (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15). All three Persons in the Godhead were involved in Jesus Christ’s bodily resurrection – God the Father (Romans 6:4), God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11), and God the Son Himself (John 10:17). Without His bodily resurrection from the dead we’d have no way of knowing for sure if God the Father was satisfied with Christ’s payment for our sins or not (Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:20-24; 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

Christ’s Exaltation. After appearing to over 500 witness on more than 10 separate occasions over a 40 day period of time, Jesus ascended back to heaven from where He had come (John 3:13; 6:41, 51). It was public, gradual, and literal (Acts 1:1-11). Currently He is seated at God the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 1:20-23; Hebrews 10:12). We’re told that He intercedes to God the Father on the behalf of believers (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25) and directs the activities of His Body, the Church through God the Holy Spirit (John 14:16; Romans 8:14). Although Jesus has been exalted above all other human and spirit beings (Philippians 2:9-11), He is still subordinate to God the Father (1 Corinthians 11:3) and will be until the end of time when He (Jesus) destroys death by raising everyone who has died from the dead in their various resurrections (1 Corinthians 15:20-28). What do you know about the five resurrections mentioned in the Scriptures?  In which one will you participate?

Christ’s Offer. For a person to be saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire (John 3:18, 36), he/she must personalize the Gospel by saying, I believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for my sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.” It’s not enough to know and agree with the facts of the Gospel. We must transfer our faith over to Christ alone to save us. We aren’t saved by good works or faith plus good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). We implore you, please make sure you’re truly saved (2 Peter 1:10). Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14). You might be dead.

Evidence. To demonstrate our faith in Christ to other human beings (James 2:18-20), we need to be baptized by immersion (Matthew 28:19). This identifies us with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:1-5) and enables us to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21). As we begin to grow spiritually by the intake of the milk and meat (solid food) of the Word of God that is addressed to us as Christians (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9), and present and yield our bodies to God as living sacrifices (Romans 6:11-23; 12:1, 2), others should begin to see changes in our lives that might cause them to ask us about our faith (1 Peter 3:15).

Help. If you aren’t sure you’ll go to heaven when you die, or if you’re a Christian who would like to grow spiritually, but don’t know how to “rightly divide the Word of truth,” we’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share this information with others too. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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John 10:11-21

Suppose, after continually being attacked and rejected by most of the Jews of His day, Jesus decided that He didn’t want to give His life for them and said to His Father in heaven, “I quit! Let them all perish and go to h—.” Did you know that God didn’t provide salvation for Lucifer, the highest creature He ever made, who rebelled against Him and who became God’s adversary, the devil (Ezekiel 28:13-15)? Nor did God provide salvation for the the rebellious angels who followed him against God. Had God chosen to send all of us sinners to the lake of fire forever, He still would have maintained all His divine attributes: goodness, righteousness, omnipotence, omniscience, truth, love, and holiness. But God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, chose to die for all our sins, once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), while we were still sinners and His enemies (Romans 5:8, 10). That’s amazing grace!

The Good Shepherd

His Died. As the “Good Shepherd,” Jesus went all the way to the cross to die physically and spiritually so His sheep (i. e. those who would believe on Him) could live and have His quality of life – eternal life (John 3:16; 6:37, 44; 10:10-18) as a present possession that would go on into eternity. The payment for sin (lawlessness) had to be paid to God the Father before Jesus could offer eternal life to us sinners (Romans 6:23). While He was hanging on the cross, from noon until 3 P.M., God the Father laid on Jesus the sins of the whole world (Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46; 1 John 2:2). Only the God/man could bear all our sins and pay such a debt. The value of His death came from His being God, but the reality of His death came from His being a real man (See Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 1:19). His physical suffering was minor when compared to the spiritual suffering He experienced on the cross.

His Knowledge. Jesus knew/knows those who were/are His sheep (true believers) and those who aren’t His sheep (unbelievers). He knows them all by name and is intimately acquainted with them and all their needs (John 2:24, 25; 10:14; Hebrews 4:14-16; Philippians 4:19). The sheep know Him and recognize His voice when He calls for them (See John 11:43; 1 Thessalonians 4:16). They will follow Him unless they are spiritually sick and wander away from Him. But He will pursue after them and bring them back (Luke 15:3-7). He won’t lose any of His sheep (John 10:27-29; Romans 8:35-39). Do you know what God can/will do with His rebellious sheep without taking their salvation from them (1 Corinthians 11:30; Hebrews 10:30, 31; 12:5-11; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17)?

His Other Sheep. Initially Jesus came to glorify God the Father (John 17:4) by offering the kingdom of the heavens to the Jews (Matthew 4:17; 10:1-15; See Daniel 2:44, 45). He was/is the rightful King of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-25; 2:2; 27:11; Luke 3:23-38). When most of them rejected Him, He extended salvation to the Gentiles (non-Jews) without their having to become proselyte Jews first (John 1:11, 12, 29; 4:22). After His bodily resurrection from the dead and His appearances to over 500 eye witnesses, He gave His disciples the responsibility of evangelizing not only the Jews, but also the Samaritans and the Gentiles (Acts 1:8). From all ethnic groups God would bring into existence a “New Creation” known as The Church which is His Body” (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:15; Colossians 2:24). Jews and Gentiles are saved the same way today (Romans 1:16). We all must believe that “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be saved (Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

His Obedience. Jesus was obedient to God the Father (Hebrews 10:7, 9) and was led by God the Holy Spirit while He was here on earth (Matthew 4:1). Had not God the Father given Him the command to lay down His life in death (John 10:18), Jesus would have been committing suicide. In the garden Jesus prayed, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42; See Hebrews 10:7, 9). By doing this, Jesus was carrying out the Divine plan for the ages (Ephesians 1:11).

His Predictions. Jesus predicted His own death and bodily resurrection (John 2:19; Matthew 16:21; Luke 24:33- 43). He also chose the time and manner of His death (Psalm 22; Philippians 2:8). The Jewish leaders didn’t want to kill Him during the Passover feast but they were overruled because that was the predetermined time for Jesus to die (Matthew 26:5; Acts 4:28). The Passover lamb pictured Christ’s death (John 1:29). Jesus also chose to die at 3 P.M. from a ruptured heart (John 19:30-34). We don’t have that kind of control over our lives, but He did since He was/is the God-man (John 1:1-18).

Application. Even though the complete payment for the sins of all mankind has been paid by Jesus to God the Father, the gift of salvation and eternal life are only granted to those who place their faith in Christ alone to save them. Did you know that Christ even died for the sins of the false teachers (2 Peter 2:1)? But all those who die without Christ as their personal Savior and who refuse to believe on Him (John 1:12, 3:16, 18, 36:16:8-11) will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; 2 Peter 3:7; Jude 1:13; Revelation 21:8). How sad! Please make sure of your salvation (2 Peter 1:10).

Rescue Squad. If you’re a true Christian, why not join God’s “Rescue Squad” and give others the opportunity to hear the Gospel so they can believe on Him and be saved? God won’t forget our works and labors of love (Hebrews 6:10; 1 Corinthians 15:58). When a Christian is involved in pointing others to Christ for salvation, that one can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).  Will you receive one of them?

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If John Lennon (of the Beatles) is right in saying that there is no heaven or hell, then Jesus was a liar and a fraud and you might as well say that Jesus came to earth to die in vain for our sins. If Jesus is not Jehovah of the Old Testament, then He was guilty of blasphemy and should have been stoned to death as the Jews of His day wanted to do to Him. He claimed to be the eternally existent One when He said, “Before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58; See Exodus 3:14). The miracles He performed proved that He was God manifested in the flesh (John 1:1-18; 20:31) and that all the fullness of God dwelt in Him (Colossians 2:8). He was not the first One whom God the Father created and the One who created all “other” things (Colossians 1:16, 17) as one of the cults teaches their people. The false christs of the cults can’t save anyone (See Matthew 24:5).

Resurrection. Just because you who call yourselves “scientists” can’t duplicate and observe a resurrection today doesn’t mean that one didn’t occur in the past when Jesus Himself rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. There were over 500 individuals who witnessed this fact over a 40 period of time (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). His resurrected body had flesh and bones but no blood (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:50). Anyone who denies that Jesus will return to earth with a real body is antichrist (2 John 1:7).

Be Honest. Do what other skeptics (agnostics) have done. Take the historical accounts of His bodily resurrection that are found in the Scriptures and put them to the test and see if you don’t come up with the same conclusions that other honest skeptics have had to acknowledge. By the way, His bodily resurrection guarantees the resurrection of all of us someday. Do you know in which one you will participate (1 Corinthians 15:22-24)? There are five bodily resurrections (not resuscitations) mentioned in the Scriptures.

Choice. Even though some skeptics have had to acknowledge that the evidence is undeniable that Jesus died and rose again bodily from the dead, some of these same people refused to put their faith in Him alone to deliver them from hell and take them to heaven. They want to earn their way to heaven. But if they could, then they would have cause to brag and boast about it. God won’t allow this to happen. Our salvation (entrance into heaven) is not based on our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Grace. It is not the help that God gives to a person when he is sprinkled so he can keep the commandments of the church and earn his way to heaven. Grace is unmerited favor that comes from God. None of us deserves to go to heaven. But those who believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day will be saved and be permitted to enter heaven and the special place that Jesus said that He would go to prepare for true believers (John 14:1-3). To get an idea of what it is like, consider Revelation 21:9ff.

Real. My friend, heaven and hell are real places according to what Jesus said (Matthew 25:41, 46). They exist forever. You will spend eternity in one of these two places. The Scriptures do not teach the annihilation of the wicked dead or reincarnation. These are  heresies that must be avoided. No human being has to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire. Christ died for the sins of the whole world, not just a select few (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). Your eternal destiny is dependent on your faith or lack of it. Today there is only one unforgivable sin – the sin of unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ that keeps people out of heaven (John 3:18, 36; 16:9).

Profit. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36). Believe it or not, there is a “man of lawlessness” (the antichrist) who is going to gain control over all the world one of these days (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 13). This will take place shortly after “The Rapture” of true Christians has taken place (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). This event is imminent. We don’t set a date for it as some people have done in the past. But after his seven year reign of terror over the earth, he is also going to be cast into the lake of fire and will suffer there forever with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10-15).

Help. Don’t buy into the devil’s lie or John Lennon’s sentimental deception. In spite of what many religious people are trying to do, sinful men can’t bring in Christ’s kingdom or lasting peace to earth. Not until the true “Prince of Peace” (The Lord Jesus Christ) comes back to this earth after the seven years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19) will there be real and lasting peace on earth for 1,000 years (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:6).

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John 8:48, 52

If you met a man in the park who was walking around in a long robe telling people that he was God, you would probably think that he had a few screws missing or was on drugs. You might even call the authorities to come and take him away and put him in an insane asylum.

Believe it or not, something like this happened to Jesus when His own unbelieving brothers and His mother, Mary came to take Him away because they thought He had gone out of His mind (Mark 3:21; Isaiah 53:4; John 7:5). The scribes and Pharisees were boiling over with rage and wanted to kill Him (John 5:18). They said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons” (Mark 3:22; See John 8:48, 52). But wait! Are demons real? What do the Scriptures tell us about spirit beings?

Categories & Creation

The Scriptures teach and we believe that there are three kinds of spirit beings: Cherubs – Ezekiel 28:16, Seraphs – Isaiah 6:3, and Angels (Colossians 1:16, 17). They were created before God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Job 38:7).

Activities

The good (elect) angels (1 Timothy 5:21) who didn’t follow Lucifer in his rebellion against God are and have been used by God to keep some people alive until they are saved by God’s grace (Hebrews 1:14). An angel was used by God to direct a Roman centurion to the Apostle Peter so he could tell him how to be saved (Acts 10:3). Angels have been and will be used to bring judgment on sinners as is illustrated for us in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the future judgment on the unbelievers in the seven years of the Tribulation (Genesis 18:2; Revelation 6-19). Today angels are observing the wisdom of God as He works all things together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28, 29; 1 Corinthians 4:9; Ephesians 3:10).

One third of the angels rebelled with Lucifer against God (Revelation 12:4) and fell from their exalted position. They are called demons too. They can possess the bodies of unsaved people (Luke 8:30). The devil and demons can influence believers from the outside but they can’t possess the bodies of true believers (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 6:14). The Apostle Peter yielded to Satan’s temptation to deny Christ (Luke 22:31-34). Ananias and his wife, Sapphira yielded to Satan’s temptation to lie to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:1-11).

Satan or demons can be used to oppress believers who willfully sin against God as is illustrated by the believer in the church in Corinth who was living incestuously with his own mother (1 Corinthians 5:5). They can be used to torment believers who have an unforgiving spirit (Matthew 18:34). Satan/demons can afflict believers who know the truth but who refuse to acknowledge it and live up to it by asking all kinds of foolish questions to try to get out of that which they know they should do (2 Timothy 2:2-26).

Satan/demons sometimes are allowed to afflict believers who are doing the will of God as the Apostle Paul was. He asked the Lord three times to remove his thorn in the flesh but God denied that request but promised him grace to bear it (2 Corinthians 12:7).  Contrary to what some people are being taught, it is not God’s will that every Christian be in perfect health during his/her life on earth. Timothy (1 Timothy 5:23), Trophimus (2 Timothy 4:20), Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-27), and many other believers weren’t healed by the Apostle Paul.

Destines

The elect angels who didn’t rebel against God will continue to enjoy eternity in the presence of God with true believers (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 5:11; 7:11). But the fallen angels/demons will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever with the devil and all unbelievers (Matthew 7:22; 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10).

So What?

If we want to be delivered from having to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons, we need the Christ of the Scriptures to save us. He died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).  Demonstrate your faith to other people by being baptized (immersed) as Christ has commanded us (Matthew 28:19, 20).

Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, or are you relying on your good works also to save you? Our salvation is not of good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

If you’re saved, God wants you to grow spiritually (2 Pet. 3:18), serve Him/others with love (1 Peter 4:10), and be a good witness for Him (Acts 1:8).

If God were to evaluate your life right now, what kind of a grade would you get? What needs to change? With God’s help (Philippians 4:13), will you make the necessary changes in your life?

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John 8:41-44

“A huge billboard glared its message through the windshield of my car twice a day for years. I passed it going to and from my office located just east of downtown Dallas. The billboard rose high above Interstate 30 and contains a question and a phone number: “WHO’S THE FATHER? Call 1-800-DNA-EXAM.”

“What a commentary on our times! Children born out of wedlock, mothers wondering who among their sexual partners might have fathered a particular child. Now DNA will help us discover that, but it will hardly cure the moral rot of the culture. What the darkness of this world needs is the shining light of Jesus and a focus on the truth he brought to the world.” – Kenneth O. Gangel, John, p. 170

Murdered. Promiscuous living has brought a lot of sorrow into so many lives including children who weren’t responsible for their birth or their parent’s behavior. Sin (lawless behavior) has terrible consequences (Romans 6:23). Over 58 million unwanted babies have been murdered in the womb in the United States alone since the Roe v Wade case in 1973. Is this sin of murder forgivable? Yes! Moses, King David, and the Apostle Paul were forgiven of this sin. Learn how by reading the rest of this article.

Questions. Why is God so long suffering (2 Peter 3:9)? When will judgment fall on our nation? Who/what will God use to punish the United States? Why isn’t America found in Bible prophecy? God says, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay” (Romans 12:19).  It’s not a matter of if God will judge us but when unless we repent like Nineveh did (Jonah 1-4).

Slandered. Did you know that Jesus and His parents had to live constantly with slanderous and unkind remarks about His birth (John 8:41) even though the Prophet had predicted that the Christ/Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23)? But many Jewish people didn’t believe that He was the promised Messiah because He didn’t meet their particular expectations even though He literally fulfilled over 300 prophecies that were made about Him at His first coming [1].

Illegitimate. The fellowship of churches to which we belong came into existence because, among other things, some men who called themselves Baptists didn’t believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was born of the virgin, Mary or that He was/is the God-man. Some went so far as to say that Jesus was the illegitimate son of a German soldier [2]. What do you believe about Him and His birth? If you attend a church, what does your pastor really believe about Jesus? Why not ask him? Is Jesus the God-man who shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 5:18; 8:58; 10:30; Colossians 2:9)? How important is His virgin birth, His sinless life, and His Deity as it relates to your being saved and getting into heaven?

New Birth. When the chief, religious teacher in Israel (Nicodemus) came to Jesus by night to ask Him some questions, Jesus told him that he needed to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-5). Without this new birth he couldn’t see the kingdom of God. Neither can we. Why? Because all of us start out in this life as children of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10) and are a part of his kingdom of darkness (Colossians 1:13). Furthermore, we all have inherited a sinful nature from our parents (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12; 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). We’ve all sinned (acted lawlessly) and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:10-23). We deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23).

Babies. In 1926 The Minnesota Crime Commission, which was established by then Governor Theodore Christianson of Minnesota, published its findings concerning the cause of crime in the state of Minnesota. “Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish, and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it – his bottle, his mother’s attention, his playmate’s toys, his uncle’s watch. Deny him these once, and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness, which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He is, in fact, dirty. He has no morals, no knowledge, no skills. This means that all children – not just certain children – are born delinquent.”

Devil. The Scriptures teach us that the father of all unbelievers (Satan) is a murderer, a liar, and a deceiver (John 8:44; Revelation 20:3, 8). He often appears as an angel of light to deceive others (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2) and owns the kingdoms of this world (Matthew 4:8, 9). He sows tares among the wheat (Matthew 13:25, 29, 30) and tries to enslave Christians (2 Timothy 2:26). He hinders the work of God (1 Thessalonians 2:18). But after Christ’s millennial reign on earth he will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever with his fallen angels (demons) and all unbelievers (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:1-10). We don’t want you to end up there with him. If you’re physically alive, there is hope for you. No matter what you’ve done in life, you can be forgiven by God.

God. Today, when a person believers in/on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, he will be saved instantly (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Joh3:16, 18, 36). Believers become children of God and enter into a special relationship with Him (Romans 8:16, 17). (The Scriptures don’t teach “The Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.”) Christians can ask God for special favors (John 16:13, 14; 16:26). He is the eternal “I AM” (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58; 10:30; Revelation 22:13). He cannot lie ( Titus 1:2; Numbers 23:19). He is the Creator/Planner of all things (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:15-17). He is holy and just (Isaiah 6:3; Acts 3:14), gracious and merciful (Psalm 86:15; Joel 2:13; 1 Peter 2:3). He is loving and kind (John 3:16; 1 John 4:8, 16; Psalm 145:17). He is all powerful (Revelation 1:8; Ephesians 3:20; Luke 18:27) and desires that all men be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).

Identity. Who is your real father – the devil or God? The religious leaders of Christ’s day thought that God was their father but Jesus said that they actually were children of the devil (John 8:44; See 1 John 3:9, 10). Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Method. We are saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith (believing) in/on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36) through the Gospel message (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Salvation is a gift from God. It is not of works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). God can/will save those who come to Him in faith (John 6:37). See what kind of people He can forgive (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Do you fit into one or more of these categories?

Help. If you are not positive that you go to heaven the moment you die, we’re here to help you discover how you can be sure of this (1 John 5:13). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.   If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you.  Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

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According to the Scriptures, there is coming a day (perhaps very soon) when a mortal man will rule over the entire world all by himself for 3 ½ years. This is why there will be silence in heaven for 30 minutes during the seventh seal judgment (Revelation 8:1).  For the first 3 ½ years the Antichrist will have to share his power with the ten rulers/leaders of the revived Roman Empire (Revelation 17:11-13).  Because he will have made a 7 year covenant with the Jews (Daniel 9:27), he will come to their aid when Russia and her allies come down on Israel for a prey (Ezekiel 38:12, 13).  He (the Antichrist) will be killed in the middle of the seven year tribulation in a battle with the king/ruler from the north of Israel (Russia).  But when he is resuscitated back to life (Revelation 13:3), the people of this world will be told to worship him as god (Revelation 13:11-18; Matthew 24:15-20; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).  To buy or sell and engage in commerce, one will need to have the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:17).  But the astute Jews will refuse to worship him and will flee to Petra in Jordan where God will protect the Jewish remnant of believers for the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation (Isaiah 16:1).  

Interpretation.  There are basically two ways to interpret the Scriptures: normally or allegorically.  Satan was the first one to use the allegorical method of interpretation when he tempted Eve to doubt God (Genesis 3:1).  Most people who claim to be Christians interpret the predictions that were made concerning His first coming literally.  But when it comes to His second coming, many of the same people use the allegorical method and change the clear meaning of words. The Apostle Peter warned believers about those who twist the Scriptures this way (2 Peter 3:16).

Replacement Theology.  Many folks within Christendom believe that God has abandoned the Jews as a nation because they were responsible for the death of Christ.  They believe that the promises that were given to the Jews now belong to the Church. In their thinking, the Jews who live in Israel today are occupiers of a land that doesn’t belong to them anymore.  Such thinking leads to anti-Semitism and will result to the worst holocaust in human history.  It is called “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). 

Prophecy.  Sadly, there are some pastors in churches who tell their people to ignore Bible prophecy.  Those who follow their advice will not earn the crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8).  About one third of the Bible, at the time it was written, was prophetic in nature.  God must and will keep His unconditional promises to the Jews.  Don’t confuse Israel with the Church.  They are two separate and distinct entities and God will keep His promises to both groups.

Personalize.  As a member of the human race, God the Father sent His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die in your place for your sins…and to rise again bodily from the dead on the third day so He could save you the moment you place your faith in Him exclusively.  We aren’t saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Do you have assurance of your salvation and that you will go to heaven the moment you die?  If not, we’re here to help you discover how you can have eternal life right now and enjoy an abundant life while you are here on earth (John 10:10).  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O.S.N. All of us are born with an old sinful nature (a rebellious disposition) that was passed down to us from our parents (Psalm 51:5). Those who say that they don’t have one are deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8). Christians don’t lose their O.S.N. when they get saved (Romans 7:15-25). But we do participate in the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

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

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

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A roving reporter came up to a man on the street and said, “Do you know what the two biggest problems in America are?” The pedestrian said, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” The reporter said, “You are absolutely right.”  Far too many people are unaware of what is really happening around them and the sad part is, they don’t really care until it’s too late.

The Problem: Ignorance About And Apathy For –

God. There are many false ideas about God in our world. Atheists, who boldly say, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1) are fewer in numbers than they would like for us to believe. Some of them are often very aggressive in their attempts to try to force their beliefs on others. Atheism has been responsible for millions of deaths around the world. But disproving the existence of God is nearly impossible in view of the fact that not one of us has been everywhere in the universe where God might be. Agnostics are more honest when they claim not to know if there is a god or not. Many people do not believe that God is truly knowable. They have been misled by false prophets and teachers who claim to know the truth. In the midst of all this, there is the truth about God, who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17). And yet, because so many people love the temporary pleasures that go along with darkness rather than light (John 3:19; Hebrews 11:25), they make excuses for not coming to the Light of the world (John 8:12). He also claimed to be the [only] way, the [absolute] truth, and the [giver of eternal] life (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12; 16:31). Being the truth Himself, He also had/has the power to set us free (John 8:32, 36) from our enslavement to our sinful passions (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 2 Peter 2:19), and from the overwhelming power of the devil who wants to take humanity with him to his eternal destiny in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10).

Ourselves. The reason Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed to be born again from above (John 3:3-5) was due to the fact that all of us, without exception, are born into this world with the devil as our spiritual father (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). We also have a sinful nature (i. e. a lawless disposition) that was passed down to us from our parents (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). The devil tempts people to be proud of their race, face, or place in life (1 Timothy 3:6; See Ezekiel 28:17; 1 Corinthians 4:7), and to act independently of God (Genesis 3:5; Isaiah 14:14). Any human being can get out of Satan’s family simply by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Salvation is by grace alone (It’s totally undeserved). It’s through faith alone in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, and not in the Christ of the cults. It is not of works on our part lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). A Christian can overcome the sinful passions that come from his sin nature when he learns how to walk by means of the Holy Spirit and when he is filled with the Spirit (Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18). We can overcome the temptations to be proud and to act independently of God by putting on the whole armor of God, while focusing our attention of the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:10-17; See 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7). Our self righteousness is unacceptable to God (Isaiah 64:6). Without Christ’s righteousness put to our account, we cannot enter heaven (John 16:10). It is imputed to us at the moment of salvation (Romans 4:3-6, 22-25). No longer does the Christian have to obey his old boss, the devil. Submitting voluntarily to God is the only reasonable and logical thing for a Christian to do once he/she has been saved. If you’ve been saved, have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you yielding the members of your body to God each day for Him to use you for His glory and your good (Romans 6:11-23)?

The Spirit World. Fiction seems to rule the day as many children and even adults are enamored by sorcery, witchcraft, and the supernatural, unseen world. It must delight the devil’s heart to know that so many people grope around in spiritual darkness and are not able to identify him and his agents, the fallen angels (demons). Did you know that behind the wicked rulers of this world there are spirit beings who manipulate them like puppets (Daniel 10:13; Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 4:4). They also use false prophets and teachers to dispense doctrines of demons to humanity (1Timothy 4:1). Secular humanism and evolution are two examples. Some of their other teachings are so close to the truth that they are almost undetectable to some believers (Matthew 24:24) and the average person who doesn’t know the truth from God’s Word.

The Solution: Bible Doctrine And Compassion

Our Need To Study. This involves hard work that many people don’t want to do. It involves studying the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17), meditating on it (1 Timothy 4:15), memorizing it (Psalm 119:11), interpreting it correctly (Titus 1:9), and applying it properly (James 1:22; 4:17). Spiritual growth can be painful at times as our faith is tried (James 1:2; 2 Peter 3:18). But the rewards of studying God’s Word are immense. The truth can set us free from the tyranny of the devil and our sin nature (John 8:32, 36).

Our Need To Love. “God [the Father] so loved the world [you and me] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life” (John 3:16). God’s love is produced in the lives of Spirit filled Christians who are walking by means of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16, 22, 23). We care about other people because God cared about us and His love has been poured out in our hearts (Roman 5:5). We are told to direct it toward the right objects at the right time (Galatians 5:13; 1 John 2;15-17). So we beg on Christ’s behalf – Put your faith in Him alone before it’s too late. Once you’ve been saved, start growing in the Lord (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18).  Learn to serve the Lord and others with gladness (Psalm 100:2; 1 Peter 4:10).  Reproduce yourself (Matthew 28:19, 20).

Our Need To Warn. Today could be your last day on earth before you enter eternity. Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1). Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then it vanishes away (James 4:14). Live like today might be your last day on earth.  You’ll live a more productive life.

Paradigm Shift

Perhaps for the first time you’ve been made aware of truth concerning “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” for mankind. The Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man, came to reveal the Godhead and His plans to/for us (John 1:1-18). God is knowable through His inspired, written Word (2 Timothy 3:16 17), and through the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-18). No matter how sinful you’ve been, if you’re alive physically, there is hope for you (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). The only unforgivable sin today is the sin of unbelief in Christ (John 16:9; 3:18, 36). If you die in unbelief without Christ as your personal Savior, you will be lost forever and suffer with the devil and his angels (demons) in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). If you die as a true Christian, your future is as bright as the promises of God (John 14:1-3). We’d love to have you join us in heaven some day.

Help. Having read this, you will no longer be able to say, “I don’t know how to be saved and go to heaven.” We have done our best to share with you the truth from God’s Word on how you can be delivered from the clutches of the devil and from your own sin nature. If you need additional information, we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com.  If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you.  Please share this with a friend in need.

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John 8:13-18

“I believe that Jesus was a great moral teacher and a good man but I don’t believe that He is God.” Have you ever heard someone says this? Others might even go so far as to say, “I believe that Jesus is the God-man who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, but I’m not willing to put my faith in Him alone for my salvation. I believe that good works contribute to my salvation.” What about you? Do you believe that you are going to heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you have been saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that could cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?  If in doubt, contact us right away.  “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?  Make sure today.

Bold. Jesus made some bold “I AM….” statements about Himself that infuriated His enemies so much that they wanted to silence Him by killing Him (John 5:18; 8:58). Not willing to accept the miracles that He performed to validate His credentials (John 20:31), they insisted that He prove what He was claiming about Himself with other witnesses (John 8:13).  He did, but they still wouldn’t believe in/on Him (John 8:18).

Liar. Most of the religious leaders of Israel hated Jesus and were envious of His ability to draw people to Himself (Matthew 27:18). They accused Him of being a liar even though He proved that He was the Christ (Messiah) and the Son of God by the three kinds of miracles He performed before them (John 5:36; Acts 2:22). When someone loves darkness rather than light (John 3:19), he will do almost anything to make excuses for his unwillingness to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for his sins…and rose again bodily from the dead.

Lunatic. It surprises some people to learn that Jesus’ own half brothers and sisters, who were born of Joseph and Mary (Matthew 13:55), didn’t believe on Him as their personal Savior until after they saw Him in His resurrected, glorified body (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). In fulfillment of the prophecy that Jesus would be considered insane (Isaiah 53:4), His own family members came to take Him away after He chose 12 men to be His disciples (Mark 3:21).

Lord. It may further surprise you to know that there are some people in cults who believe that Jesus was God manifested in human flesh, that He was born of the virgin, Mary, that He lived a sinless life, that He died for our sins…and rose again bodily.  And yet the Apostle Paul said that some of them had “believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1- 4).  They weren’t saved and headed for heaven. What did he mean by saying that?  Did you know that the devil believes in the Deity of Christ (Isaiah 14:14; Matthew 4:3)? The demons do too (Matthew 8:29; James 2:19).

Lord, Lord. To a group of people who claimed to have done many wonderful things in His name (prophesying in Christ’s name, casting out demons, performing wonder miracles), the Lord said, “I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23). Why did/will He say this to them? Simply because they didn’t do the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21). What is His will? To those who asked Him what they had to do that they might do the works of God, He replied, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent” (John 6:28, 29; See John 5:24). “…God (the Father) so loved the world (i. e. the people on earth) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting (eternal) life” (John 3:16). Have you placed your faith in Him exclusively through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) or are you depending on your faith plus your good works to get you to heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?

Lordship. Sadly, many people are taught that in order for them to be saved, they must first make Jesus the Master of their lives and submit to His Lordship over every aspect of their lives before they can be saved. They make the conditions for spiritual maturity the conditions for salvation. Honestly, do you know of anyone who has stopped sinning by promising to make Jesus the Lord/Master of his/her life? Those who say that Christians don’t have a sin nature after they get saved are deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8). Men who teach this heresy and another gospel will be held accountable before the Lord for teaching it (James 3:1; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). Even the Apostle Paul struggled with his sin nature after he was saved (Romans 7:15-25). He wrote to believers to instruct them how to overcome their sin nature (Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11-23). If a Christian doesn’t have a sin nature, a lot of the Scriptures telling us not to engage in the works of the flesh (sin nature) could/should be deleted from the Bible.

Enemies. The Christian has three spiritual enemies: the devil, his own sin nature, and the present world system. Each enemy uses different tactics to interrupt our family fellowship with God (1 John 1:3-10).  Sin grieves the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:3).  We can quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Do you know how to counter your spiritual enemies and live victoriously? If not, we’d like to invite you to join us on Wednesdays at 6:30-7:30 P.M. (Pacific Time) either in person or by phone hookup as we share Biblical truth with those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Figuratively speaking, we want to put a guard rail at the top of the mountain rather than have a hospital at the bottom of the mountain. Bad attitudes (trespasses – Galatians 6:1) can easily lead to sinful behavior (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4).  What can/should you do and not do if you see a Christian with a bad attitude?

Involvement. Jesus commanded His disciples to make true believers of all nations…(Matthew 28:19, 20). We are to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8; 2:32; 3:15; 5:32). If you’re saved, when was the last time you made an effort to be obedient to these commands? Are you a “convenient” or a “committed” Christian (Romans 12:1, 2)? Of all the things you plan to do today, where do glorifying God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and witnessing come into the picture? Are you doing what you want to do or what God wants you to do (Luke 22:42)? Will you personally get involved in rescuing the perishing, caring for the dying, snatching them in pity from sin and the grave, weeping over the erring ones, lifting up the fallen, and telling them of Jesus the mighty to save? If not, why? What is/should be your primary and secondary purposes in life? How do you carry these out? What dominates your thoughts (Psalm 34:3)? What is God’s purpose (John 17:3; Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14)?

Prayer. Would you make this song your prayer? “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.” Then read Galatians 2:20 please.

Last Day? What changes would you make in your planning if somehow you knew that today would be your last day to spend on earth?  What if Christ were to return as He promised (John 14:1-3)?  Is “Deo Volente” your motto (James 4:14)?

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One of the subtle temptations that comes from the devil is the notion that we can live our lives independently of God even though Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Having to go to God and humbly ask for wisdom (James 1:5) and direction for daily living (Romans 8:14; Proverbs 3:5, 6) seems so humbling and unnecessary for many people. Perhaps this was part of the temptation to Eve when the devil said to her through the serpent, “…God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). In other words, “You won’t have to rely on God to make such seemingly insignificant decisions.”

Pride. Did you know that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6)? Being omniscient, He knows the best course of action that we should take. He has graciously given us His Word (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). He knows that the regular intake of Bible doctrine is necessary for us to mature in Christ (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18). The Holy Spirit is the One who can illuminate the mind of one who is rightly related to Him (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27). He and God the Son make intercession to the Father on our behalf and ask Him to bring into our lives what we need to become spiritually mature (Romans 8:26, 34). Sometime these things come into our lives through trials and tests (James 1:2) or through other people who act like chisels, hammers, and saws to shape us into Christ’s image (Galatians 4:19). Thank God for them (1 Timothy 2:1). The temptation to act in a proud manner also comes from the devil (1 Timothy 3:6).

Dependent. From the moment of birth all of us are dependent on our parents or someone else to care for our needs to be fed, changed, and bathed. This is often repeated when we get very old and incapable of taking care of our own personal needs. But in between these times we can/should do some things to take care of ourselves and others who are dependent on us (1 Timothy 5:8). However, we should never forget that our ability to earn money, with which to secure things or services, also comes from God. “For what do you have that you didn’t receive” (1 Corinthians 4:7). “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). But don’t forget that Satan’s offer to make one healthy, wealthy, and worldly wise comes with a high price tag that is often ignored (Matthew 4:9; James 3:15; Revelation 13:2). “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

Independent. “Many Christians live most of the time without any thought of God, except to give thanks at a meal time, occasionally studying the Bible, praying and attending church services. The little daily activities are performed without regard to God. People attempt to make plans and then ask God to bless them. If God were included in making the plans, there would be no need to ask for God’s blessing.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ,“ p. 166

D.V. The Lord’s half brother James said it well. “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away“ (James 4:14). My friend, don’t leave God out of your decision making. Having to supplicate, intercede, or ask in Jesus’ name may not seem like the best course of action to take, but it can save us a lot of trouble down the road. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23). But have you ever thanked God for stopping you and keeping you from danger?

Thanks. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Unless a believer is filled with/by God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), he’s not likely to do this. But if and when we do this, we will be expressing our confidence in God’s ability to do far more than we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). How big is your God? The Psalmist said, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psalms 34:3). It starts in our minds and expresses itself through our words and actions (Psalm 150:6). Everything we do should be to glorify God – to make Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). Are you doing this in your life?

Victory. To overcome the temptation to act independently of God, the Christian needs to put on the whole armor of God and focus his attention on the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14). Without Christ as our personal Savior, we have no righteousness that can make us acceptable to God (See Isaiah 64:6; Romans 4:3-5; Ephesians 1:6). We have no reason to act independently of God or to be proud. At the moment of our salvation God puts Christ’s righteousness to our account (Romans 4:3-5, 22-25; James 2:23). Without it we can’t enter heaven (John 16:10). Have you done the right thing by believing 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)? If not, why not now?

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