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“GODISNOWHERE”

He wanted everyone who visited his home to know that is was an avowed atheist. In his living room he had sign that read: “God is nowhere.” One day his grandson, who was just learning how to read, said to his grandfather, “I can read that sign.” Since he was having trouble with the big word “nowhere,” he broke it down and said, “It says, ‘God is now here.’” [1]

The grandfather was shocked. He had never read the sentence that way. His whole perception began to change, thanks to his little grandson. No longer could he read “God is nowhere.” He could only read it as his grandson did, “God is now here.” (Please take/make time to read and meditate on Psalm 139. It could dramatically change your way of thinking and living and your eternal destiny.)

The Bible calls one who claims to be an atheist “a fool” (Psalm 14:1). An honest person might say, “I am an agnostic. I’m not sure if God exists or not.” What you believe or claim not to believe about God is critical.

In his book entitled “The Knowledge of the Holy,” A. W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us…Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to [that] question,… we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of that man. Were we able to know exactly what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we might be able with precision to foretell where the Church will stand tomorrow.”

Another author wrote, “Knowing God. There is no pursuit more important. Paul declared it to be his aim in life (Philippians 3:10). Jesus prayed for it to become a reality (John 17:3). Jeremiah stated it was the single thing over which man may boast (Jeremiah 9:23). Knowing God has a beginning point-salvation-and is a never-ending process. Today, make it your aim. Consciously think, ‘Lord, use these quiet moments to enhance my knowledge of You. Take first place in my heart. Reveal Yourself to me.’” – Chuck Swindoll, “Quest For Character,” p. 60

(Note: God has revealed Himself to us in His Word. He is not giving out new revelation/information at this time. We have all we need for life and godliness, within the pages of the Scriptures. (Read 2 Peter 1:3.)

With these thoughts in our minds, let’s try to discover what the Scriptures tell us about God. After all, it says in words what He wanted us to know. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God [i.e. It is “God breathed”], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God [i.e. the believer] may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17 *).

God Is The Creator And Sustainer Of All things.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “For by Him [i.e. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist [i.e. are held together] (Colossians 1:16, 17*). Apparently the spirit beings (cherubs, seraphs, and angels – also called “the sons of God” – Genesis 6:2, 4; Job 1:6; 2:1), whom God the Son had created earlier, shouted for joy when they saw what God had done for them (Job 38:7).

From the mineral garden of Eden on earth, it seems that Lucifer, the highest of the created spirit beings, ruled under God over all the rest of the spirit beings, who resided in the starry heavens, until he rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12 ff; Ezekiel 28:11 ff). He persuaded one third of the lower two categories of angels to follow him in his rebellion by trying to exalt Himself and take the glory that belonged to God.

When they did this they became the devil and demons (Revelation 12:4; See Ephesians 6:12). The “lake of fire” was prepared for them (Matthew 25:41, 46), but all unbelievers, who are not fit for heaven (John 16:10), will also end up in that awful place forever to suffer with different degrees of torment (Matthew 10:15; 11:22; Revelation 20:11-15).

We hope that you won’t be in that group. By simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, through the message of the Gospel, you can be transferred out of the devil’s family and enter God’s family (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:9, 10).

God The Destroyer And Re-Creator.

At the end of time as we know it, (at least 1,0007 years from now) God will destroy the present heavens and earth and create a completely new heavens and earth in which righteousness will finally settle down and be at home (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1; See Matthew 5:5; Romans 4:13). Apart from “special revelation from God” (the 66 Books in the Bible) we couldn’t know these things. Natural revelation tells us that there is a God who exists and who is all powerful (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1; See Psalm 14:1). But this information isn’t enough to believe for someone to be saved (James 2:19).

The Good News, that is the power of God unto salvation, is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you placed for faith and trust in Him alone to save you? If not, why not now? If you are a true believer, have you shared the Gospel with anyone recently? If not, why?

God The Son – The Communicator.

In the beginning was the Word (i.e. the Communicator for the Godhead), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made [i.e. came into being] through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made [i.e. came into being]…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth…No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1:1-3, 14, 18*).

On the night when He was betrayed, Jesus said to His disciples, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.  Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves” (John 14:7-11*).

The three Persons in the Godhead (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) share the same essence and attributes (John 10:30). But they have distinctive roles to carry out from the beginning of time to the end of time which were determined in eternity past at the council meeting. This is known as “the decree” (Ephesians 1:11).

The “determinative will” came after the various options were considered by them (Matthew 10:15; 11:22). The “desirous will” that God planned for us to do, while we are here on earth, may or may not be carried out by us (Examples: Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 5:18). Rewards, crowns, and praise await Christians at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) who do God’s work (Ephesians 2:10), God’s way (2 Timothy 2:5), for God’s glory (1 Corinthian 10:31). 

What are your honest thoughts about God? Do you foolishly deny His existence (See Psalm 14:1), or are you a Christian who acts like God doesn’t exist – “a practical atheist”? Are you an agnostic who isn’t sure if God exists or not? From nature we can know that there is a God who is all powerful (Romans1:20). Those who deny this and who aren’t thankful to Him develop reprobate (depraved, unprincipled, or wicked) minds (Romans 1:28).

On the other hand, without having ever seen Him, we can accept and believe the Scriptural fact that we are sinners like everyone else (Romans 3:10, 23; See 1 John 3:4), and that we deserve to be punished (Romans 6:23). While none of us has been as bad as we could be, we are all as bad off as we can be if we aren’t saved and if we end up in the lake of fire forever (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

But God the Father loved the people of this world (John 3:16). God the Son volunteered to come down to this sin cursed earth (Hebrews 10:7, 9) to glorify God the Father (John 17:4), and to die in our place for our sins. But He rose again from the dead so He could save any and all who would believe on Him as their personal Savior. Christ’s bodily resurrection and His acceptance by the Father back into heaven proves to us that His work on the cross satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sin (Romans 4:25; 1 John 2:2).

The God who created the heavens and the earth is concerned about you. “[He] desires all men (which includes you and me) to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Have you placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to save you? If not, why not now?  Do you have assurance of your salvation? If you are a true Christian, are you growing spiritually, serving effectively, and sharing the Gospel regularly with others as you are being led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14)?

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 has helped you, please let us know, and then SHARE this with others so they can be helped too.

[1] “Now here.” What does this mean? To be discussed later.

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

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

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“[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/

Philippians 1:19-26

What do you want to do or accomplish while you’re here on planet earth? What do you dream about? What are you doing to achieve this dream that you have? Are you interested in fame, fortune, power, or pleasure? Would you like to be free from all pain, sorrow, and suffering and have a lot of friends and be able to influence people? What or who motivates you in your pursuit of your dreams – a parent, a teacher, a friend, or perhaps the fear of loss (Acts 4:36; 5:3; Philippians 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 2:11; Hebrews 10:25)? Are you willing to bend the rules (cheat) to accomplish your goals? Do you believe that “the end justify the means” (Romans 3:8; 6:1; 2 Timothy 2:5)? If so, when and why? How have the “religions of man” done this?

If we’re honest, most of us are putting our own desires and pleasures above everyone else’s including God’s desires for us (See what Lucifer did in Isaiah 14:13, 14). We usually want things to go “our way” and not “God’s way” or His will for our lives (See James 4:13-17). But the Lord Jesus Christ, who laid down His life to pay the debt that we owed to God (1 Peter 3:18), has a unique plan for our lives (Ephesians 2:10; See Jeremiah 29:11). He desires that all mankind (men and women, boys and girls) be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). Sadly, most people won’t accept His gift of eternal life because they love darkness rather than light (John 1:12; 3:16-19, 36). He even gave to each true Christian a spiritual enablement (gift) at the time of our salvation so that we could glorify God by making Him known to others whom God brought into existence (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11 ff; 1 Peter 4:10) and to help build up (edify) the spiritual “Body of Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). See our “Bible Basic Docs” on our website.

Let’s see what the Apostle Paul wanted to accomplish in his own life and his willingness to accept what God allowed to come into it and give thanks (Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 1 Timothy 2:1). He “turned the lemons he received in life into lemonade.” Are you doing this too?

Assurance. Even though he was under house arrest in Rome (Acts 28:30) because of his faith in the resurrected Christ who had died for our sins and who had been raised from the dead on the third day (2 Timothy 2:8-10), he was quite confident that he would be delivered from his imprisonment and that he would be able to revisit the churches he had started, and start other local churches. He believed that the prayers of the believers in Philippi would be answered by the Lord. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). He also believed that God the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ Himself were interceding for him to God the Father (Romans 8:26, 35; See Hebrews 7:25).

Magnification. It was Paul’s desire to glorify God and to magnify His name (person and work) to those whom he encountered in life (1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 34:3). He did this with boldness even though he was bound (chained) to a Roman soldier night and day (Philippians 1:14, 16). Think about what that must have been like if it had happened to you. (How would your behavior change if you knew that Jesus was chained to you? Actually, God the Holy Spirit indwells each believer, and is grieved when we sin – Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)? Paul was not ashamed of Christ or the Gospel which is the power of God unto anyone’s salvation who believes in/on Him alone for salvation (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). He wasn’t going to let fear or shame deter His witness for Christ (2 Timothy 2:7; Romans 1:16, 17). With cheerfulness and clarity he spread the Gospel to those whom he encountered along life’s path (Philippians 4:4).

Life/Death. It mattered not to Paul whether he lived or died. To die meant to be present with the Lord immediately (2 Corinthians 5:1-8). The Bible doesn’t teach “Purgatory.” Physical death was a door into eternity. If God wanted him to live a little longer on earth (1 Thessalonians 4:14; Revelation 1:18) he would use that time to reach more people for Christ and edify them in the faith. Christ was the source of his life (Galatians 2:20), and pleasing Him was paramount (2 Corinthians 5:9).

Dilemma. Living and remaining on earth would mean continued bodily limitations, suffering and joy, being absent from Christ, and being in Satan’s realm. Dying would mean that he would receive a better, temporary body (2 Corinthians 5:1-9) to house his soul and spirit in heaven until the time of the rapture when he would receive a resurrected, glorified body like Christ’s (1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). It would mean joy and no more suffering, to be present with Christ forever, to be separated forever from sin, but no more opportunities to overcome sinful temptations and earn rewards, crowns, or praise from God (James 1:12), and no weak Christians to help (Galatians 6:1 ff).

Confidence. Paul had a quiet confidence that God was going to allow him to remain on earth a little longer so he could assist believers in the faith. The Jews who were intent on killing him had a weak case against him and couldn’t prove the accusations that they made against him.

Time. We all have 24 hours each day and 168 hours in a week. What are you doing with the time God has given to you? Don’t “kill time.” Are others learning about God from the words you speak and from the life you live? Does dying frighten you? If so, why? Have you been “born again from above” (John 3:3-7; 1 Peter 1:23) by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Perhaps you know these facts and believe these facts. But have you transferred your faith and trust over to Christ alone to save you? Are you trying to earn your way to heaven (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5)? Are you “believing in vain” by adding to or subtracting from the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:2)? What are your thoughts about heaven and the lake of fire (hell)? Do they line up with the Scriptures (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Luke 16:19-31; John 14:1-3; Acts 7:55; Hebrews 11:10, 16; Revelation 7:9-17; 21:1-17; 22:1-5)? Do they disappear by imagining them away as John Lennon suggested?

Questions. What does God want you to do daily while you are here on earth? What is your reason and purpose for existence? If you’re a true Christian, have you dedicated your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? By when do you hope to achieve the goals that God has put into your heart (See Philippians 2:13; 3:10)? What obstacles are you facing and who does God want you link up with to carry out the good works that God planned for you to do (Ephesians 2:10; 4:11 ff; 2 Corinthians 6:14)? What skills (spiritual gift) do you need to develop? What specific steps are you taking to accomplish His goals for your life (Galatians 5:16, 25)? And why do you want to do these things – to glorify God or yourself (1 Corinthians 10:31; Jeremiah 9:23, 24)? Are you a “wandering generality” or a “meaningful specific”? Do you feel helpless (Romans 5:6), hopeless (Ephesians 2:12), and like you are hell bound (Romans 6:23)? If you are –

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Share. We’d like you to memorize this short Gospel presentation and share it with unbelievers as God the Holy Spirit leads you: “Friend, you have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” – Dr. Manfred Kober [1]

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

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).

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Many people live their lives as “wondering generalities” rather than as “meaningful specifics.” This includes a lot of Christians. Some believers lack assurance of their salvation, and are confused as to what they are supposed to do now that they have become a Christian. Studying is not appealing to many of them and they seem to lack the ability to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). They aren’t fully convinced that all 66 books of the Scriptures are God breathed and profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness so that they can be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). They don’t realize that while all of the Bible is to be believed, not all of it is to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9). Some try to live by the “Mosaic Law” and the “Ten Commandments” (Exodus 20). Others try to live according to the “Sermon on the Mount” as the “Red Letter Christians” do (Matthew 5-7). Both of these “Rules for Living” were given to the Jews, not to Christians and the Church. Many of those who follow them allegorize and twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16) rather than use the normal (literal, historical, grammatical) interpretation of the Bible. Both of these two are legal systems which many “preachers” prefer to teach (1 Timothy 1:7). Living by “Grace Principles” is foreign to most Christians (See Romans 6:14; Galatians 3:1-3; 5:1 ff; 2 Peter 3:18). Some of them erroneously think that it leads to a license to sin (Romans 6:1 ff). If you think this way, please note what happens to God’s disobedient children (Hebrews 12:5-11; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13).

What Does God Want Christians To Do?

Baptism. Once a person has been saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 6:23; 8:1), he/she should be baptized/immersed. This is not a requirement for salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9) but it is a picture of our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Galatians 2:20). He commanded this of His disciples (Matthew 28:19, 20). It enables a believer to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21) and it serves as a witness to others that we are identifying ourselves with Christ (Acts 8:36-38; 10:47; 16:33) and the “Body of Christ – The Church” (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:15).  Sadly, there are many Christians who haven’t been baptized/immersed yet. Perhaps they’re ashamed of Jesus and deny that they know Him as Peter did (Matthew 26:75). Maybe they fear opposition or even loss of life (1 Corinthians 15:29; Philippians 1:21). What about you?

Dedication. Having been purchased out of the slave market of sin” with Christ’s own blood (1 Peter 1:18, 19; See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11), every true Christian should present his/her body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2). We should gladly make ourselves available to the Lord so He can live out His life through our lives (Galatians 4:19; 5:22, 23; Romans 6:13). Note: This is not a condition for salvation as the Lordship In Exchange For Salvation” people teach. We should submit to Christ’s Lordship over our lives because we have been saved, not in order to be saved. If you’re saved, have you submitted to His Lordship yet? Is He your Master? If not, why not? Are you afraid that He might ask you to do something you don’t want to do? Are you interested in pleasing God or yourself (See 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10)? When God saved us, He gave us His quality of life – eternal life (John 3:16; 5:24) and we began to participate in the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). He began to put new desires in our hearts (Philippians 2:13). When He does this, He gives us the power and resources to do them (Philippians 3:10; 4:19; See Ephesians 2:10; 3:20). We bring joy and blessings to His heart when we do His desirous will” for our lives. He in turn makes us happy too. But, in spite of all this, many Christians frequently quench the Holy Spirit’s leading in their lives (Romans 8:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:19) and render Him inoperative. The Apostle Paul wrote, “If we deny Him (i.e. say “no” to Him), He also will deny us (say “no”) to us” (2 Timothy 2:12). Don’t ask God for favors if you’re disobedient to Him. This verse is not teaching that we will lose our salvation but we could lose rewards, crowns, and/or praise from God (Revelation 3:11).

Growth. Even though some parents may say that they want their babies to stay small, they really want them to grow up to be normal, well adjusted human beings who can reproduce themselves. New Christians need the milk of the Word” (1 Peter 2:2) and then the meat/solid food” of God’s Word (2 Peter 3:18). God has provided everything we need for life and godliness in His Word (2 Peter 1:3). But it must grieve the heart of God to see so many Christians remaining in a state of spiritual infancy and/or carnality (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Hebrews 5:12-14). How much spiritual growth has taken place in your life? Would this make God happy? If not, what needs to change?

Walk. Rather than crawling around everywhere, God wants His children to learn how to walk (order their lives) by means of the Holy Spirit so we don’t fulfill the lusts (strong desires) of the flesh/sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25; See 1John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25). It brings delight to the heart of God and to spiritual leaders when they see believers walking in love and truth (Ephesians 5:2; 2 John 1:4), and in the light as God Himself is in the light (1 John 1:7). Not only are we saved by one act of faith (Ephesians 2:8), we are to continue to live in an attitude of faith and claim the promises that were addressed to New Testament grace believers (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 4:2; 10:38). Regrettably, most Christians live by sight rather than by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7) and only a few of them are aware of God’s promises and mix them with faith and live restful, joyful lives (Hebrews 4:2-16; Philippians 4:6, 7).

Be Filled. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). This verse tells us that not all Christians are filled with the Spirit; all can be filled; all should be filled; and all can/should be filled again and again. This filling of the Holy Spirit” involves His making up in our lives where we are lacking. But instead of our being spiritual Christians (1 Corinthians 2:15) who allow the Holy Spirit to produce the Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22,23) in their lives, and who then direct this fruit toward the right objects, at the right time, for the right reasons (1 John 2:15-17; Ephesians 5:16; 1 Corinthians 10:31), many (perhaps most) Christians act carnally and are governed by their old sin nature (See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4). Habitual carnality and sinful (lawless – 1 John 3:4) behavior can lead to a Christian’s premature, painful, physical death (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Is this your condition right now? If so, immediate repentance (a change of mind – 2 Corinthians 7:9) and honest confession of your known sins could prevent your premature death (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). The believer’s chastening by God the Father is limited to this life so that he/she will not be condemned later with the world (1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Hebrews 12:5-11). The idea of Purgatory, where one pays for his venial sins before entering heaven, is not found in the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul wrote, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present [immediately] with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Unity. In His High Priestly prayer to God the Father, Jesus said, I do not pray for these [disciples] alone, but also for those who will believe in Me [in the future] through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:19, 20). Most people don’t believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. They may know and believe the facts of the Gospel but they haven’t transferred their faith from themselves and their good works over to Christ alone. True unity can only exist among those who are a part of God’s family, not among God’s children and the devil’s children (John 8:44; 1 John 3:8-10). To which family do you belong? Are you sure?

Yokes. True Christians are not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers…” (2 Corinthians 6:14). The Apostle Paul went further when he instructed the believers in the church in Corinth to put out of their fellowship the carnal Christian who was living in an incestuous relationship with his mother (1 Corinthians 5). So they did. But even after this man repented – changed his mind about his sin (2 Corinthians 7:9) and confessed it (1 John 1:9; James 5:16), they still didn’t want to forgive and restore him back into the fellowship of the church (See Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 18:34). So Paul gave them instructions to take him back into the church lest Satan take advantage of them (2 Corinthians 2:1-11). Sadly, too many carnal Christians bring disunity to the church over the wrong issues (Examples: the color of the choir robes, carpet, their favorite teachers, Et al) and render the church ineffective in its witness to the world (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 3:1-4). Note: God is opposed to man’s New World Order consisting of a One World Government, Religion, and Economic System (See Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 17:26; Revelation 17; 18; 19:11-16). He doesn’t want Christians promoting it. But God will allow rebellious man the opportunity to set one up, but it will only last for seven (7) years (Daniel 2:44, 45; 9:27; See Psalm 2). If Christ didn’t limit them, no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). Man is not capable of ruling himself without God’s help (John 15:5). As is, over ½ of the world’s population will die during the 7 years of the Tribulation (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). The globalists, we’re told, want to reduce the population down to 500 million people. If this is the case, where will that leave you?     

Gifts. Our salvation is a gift from God that was purchased with Christ’s own blood (Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Peter 1:18, 19). When He ascended back to heaven after dying for our sins…and rising again, He gave spiritual gifts” (special abilities) to Christians who make up the “Body of Christ – the True Church” (Ephesians 4:8-16; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10). Some of these gifts were of a temporary nature until the Scriptures were completed (1 Corinthians 13:10; Hebrews 2:4). Others are extant and are still being given out to believers at the moment of their salvation. They need to be developed and used with Divine love for the glory of God and the good of others, primarily the Church (1 Corinthians 10:31; 13:1-13; Galatians 5:13).  Sadly, most of these spiritual gifts get left undiscovered and/or unused by most Christians. Some teachers of the Bible misinform people by telling them that all 20 spiritual gifts are still being given to the Church. Many carnal Christians seek the flashy gifts that aren’t being given out today. [1]

Love. The best that an Old Testament believer could do was to love his neighbor as himself  (Leviticus 19:18). Christ’s New Commandment is …that you love one another [fellow believers] as I have loved you (John 13:34, 35). This “agape” love needs to be directed back to God the Father and to His children first (1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17; See Galatians 6:10). We can’t love God and the world system at the same time. It’s passing away (See 2 Peter 3:10-13). It was devised by the devil, in the days of Cain, to control man’s sin nature (Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-24). Sadly, there are some maturing Christians who misdirect God’s love toward the world system. The Apostle John says this must stop! Christians may use it but we’re not to abuse it by making it more important than God and His children (1 Corinthians 7:31; See Hebrews 10:24, 25).   

Witness. God usually leaves believers on this earth for awhile after He saves us. He wants all Christians to bear witness to His saving power (Romans 1:16, 17; Ephesians 3:20; Hebrews 7:25) and for us to share the Good News concerning Christ with lost people (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) so we can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; See Revelation 4:10, 11). Our lives need to correspond with our lips. We need to be ready to give an answer to those who ask us about our hope (1 Peter 3:15). But most Christians fail to tell others about the Savior and seem to be timid or ashamed of Him (2 Timothy 1:7, 8). Some distort the Gospel message (2 Corinthians 11:3, 13-15) and/or the method/way of salvation (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). This produces many “professing Christians” who aren’t truly saved (1 Corinthians 15:2; See Matthew 7:21-23).   

Glory. God wants all His creatures to know that He is who He claims to be. He has revealed Himself through nature (Psalm 19:1), His Word – the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17), and through God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-18). The chief end/purpose of man should be to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Sadly, many Christians are more interested in promoting themselves rather than God (Romans 12:3). Do you worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25)? In the end God will be glorified and everyone (spirit beings and human beings) will admit that Jesus Christ is the God-man (Philippians 2:11; See Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14).  These verses are NOT teaching “Universal Salvation.”

Check Up. God wants His children to examine themselves on a regular basis (1 Corinthians 11:28). “An unexamined life is not worth living.” One day, at the “Bema Seat Judgment,” every Christian will have his/her works examined to determine which ones are rewardable and which ones get burned up because they are worthless (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). This judgment will NOT be to determine if one gets into heaven or not.

Judgment. Even though God accepts all true Christians in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6), and graciously teaches (1 John 2:20, 27), disciplines (Hebrews 12:5-11), empowers (Matthew 28:19, 20), rewards (1 Corinthians 3:11-15), guides (John 16:13) and enables (Philippians 4:13) us to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), many (perhaps most) Christians fail to carry out the responsibilities that God has placed on them. With God’s help you don’t have to be one who grieves God (Ephesians 4:30).

Grace. In spite of this, at the time of the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52), God will raise all the dead New Testament Christians, and translate/transform the living Christians, and then judge their works and reward what He can (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 15:51, 52). Then He makes the true Church His Bride (Ephesians 5:22) and takes her to His home in heaven (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9-27). Will you miss out on some crowns, rewards, and praise because you were carnal? If you are, repent and then confess your known sins to God, and start abiding (feeling at ease) in His presence so that He feels at ease in your presence (John 15:1-8).

Motivation. Doesn’t God’s marvelous grace deserve a response of love and obedience from true Christians (John 14:15; 15:10)? Living each day with Christ’s imminent return in mind will (1) encourage us to be pure (1 John 3:3), (2) bring us true happiness (Titus 2:13), and (3) comfort us in times of sorrow (1 Thessalonians 4:18)? Ask yourself, “Am I pleasing God or self?” (2 Corinthians 5:9). With God’s help, what changes will I start making today (James 4:14, 17)?

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This article is an expansion of some of the material I have on my website under “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart.”  If you’re not sure you’re truly saved, please read “The Bad News & The Good News.”

[1] Spiritual Gifts. See “Basic Bible Docs” on our website.

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Do you love mystery novels or movies – the Who done it” kind? Some people cheat and take the fun out by reading the last chapter first. Maybe you record ball games on TV so you don’t have to watch all the commercials. But if you cheat and look at the end of the game first, the thrill is gone. God is never surprised because He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).  We don’t believe in “open theism” that says God doesn’t know all things (Psalm 139:4, 16). You can’t hide from Him and keep Him from judging you someday (Psalm 10; Hebrews 9:27).

When it comes to mysteries in the Bible, there are a lot of people who are in the dark. Much of it doesn’t make any sense to them at all. Part of this is due to the natural, unsaved man’s inability to welcome or receive the things of God. It seems to be foolishness (1Corinthians 2:14). It’s like having only an AM radio and not an AM / FM radio to receive certain signals.

There are a number of things that are called “mysteries” within the pages of Scripture. A mystery is truth hidden in the Old Testament but revealed in the New Testament for the further maturing of Grace believers. According to His will, a mystery was revealed only to Christians that were maturing, or of full age (Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 2:6; Ephesians 3:5, 9; Colossians. 1:26, 27).” – Dr. H. L. Schafer. To mature spiritually as he/she should, a Christian needs to –

Know About The Riches Of The Indwelling Christ (Colossians 1:27). When we were saved we received eternal life – God’s quality of life that never ends or which we can lose (John 3:16, 36; 10:28, 29; 1 John 5:12). When God’s life is lived out through our lives, as we display the Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23), He is glorified as others learn more about Him (John 15:8). God’s glory deals with His opinion that He has concerning Himself (John 1:14; 2:11). It is totally accurate in every way (John 14:6). He sees Himself as He really is and tells us some things about Himself and then demonstrates that truth to us by doing something to prove it. His I AM…” statements in the Gospel of John (6:35, 48; 8:12; 9:5; 10:7, 9; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1) demonstrate the fact that He is God in human flesh and came to manifest the Godhead to humanity (John 1:14; 17:4, 5). He shares total equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:19; 2:9; Matthew 28:19). When Christ comes back for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:1-3), we will become the epitome of our potential and then be permanentized and made like Christ’s glorified humanity, not His deity (1 John 3:2). We won’t become gods to populate other planets as some cults teach (Matthew 22:30). At that same time our souls (emotions) will be saved (1 Peter 1:9) and so will our mortal bodies (Romans 8:17, 23; 1 Corinthians 15:53). Our glorified bodies will be made like Christ’s and will consist of flesh and bones, but will lack blood (Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:5). Yes, we will be able to eat too but we won’t have to eat or drink to stay alive.

Ask For Yourself According To God’s Will (1 John 5:14, 15). Basically, we have three ways of asking things from God. Supplication is simply a cry for God’s help (Ephesians 6:18). We don’t tell God how to answer our requests or demand anything from Him which would be blasphemy (1 Timothy 1:20). Supplication is something we do most often for ourselves since we rarely know what is best for ourselves (Psalm 23:3). Intercession is primarily a request for or against another person (1 Timothy 2:1; Romans 11:2). Yes, we may ask God to thwart the activities of evil doers (Psalm 10). Asking in Jesus’ name involves our asking as Jesus Himself would ask were He in our place (John 14:13, 14; 15:16, 23, 24). We are to ask as a subordinate to a superior Person (Ephesians 3:20; Colossians 1:9), not as an equal to Him as Jesus sometimes did when He communicated with His Father (John 14:16; 16:26).

Suffer If Necessary For Living A Consistent Testimony. (1 Peter 3:17; 4:19). Most Christians who live in the United States have had to suffer very little for the cause of Christ as other believers from around the world have had to suffer. All Christians will suffer to some degree with Christ (Romans 8:17; 2 Timothy 2:12). But few of us have ever suffered like the Apostle Paul did so he could reach others for Christ and see them saved (2 Corinthians 11:23-33; 2 Timothy 2:10). The Crown of Life” will be given to the martyrs who died for their faith rather than deny Christ or worship Caesar (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

Live The Rest Of Your Life In The Will Of God (1 Peter 4:2). We can’t change our past life of sin and shame (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). But having been washed, sanctified, and justified, we can/should live our lives to please God in all that we do and say (2 Corinthians 5:9). We have potential years that may average out to about 70 or 80 years (Psalm 90:10; See Genesis 5; Isaiah 65:20). But our actual years may be much shorter if we engage in sinful behavior (Ephesians 6:3; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:20; 1 John 5:16). The years we spend on earth may be productive or wasted years (Ecclesiastes 1:2; 12:1; 1 Corinthians 3:12-17).  Let’s buy up the opportunities that we have because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).

Twelve. There are twelve aspects of God’s desirous will for us as Christians that have been recorded for us in the Scriptures. To learn about them, we must make sure that our known sins have been confessed to God and others (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16). We need to be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18) so He can illuminate our minds to the truth of His Word (1 John 2:20, 27). Bible believing Pastor/teachers can assist Christians who are teachable, willing to change, and who will study God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; Ephesians 4:11-16).

Power. God energizes us to do the things that will please Him (Philippians 2:13). But some Christians quench Him (1 Thessalonians 5:19). He wants us to work out (not for) the salvation that He gave to us when we put our faith in Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Philippians 4:12, 13).

Help. For personal direction and decision making in other areas of life, a Christian who is rightly related to God the Holy Spirit may ask for and expect Him to give him God’s wisdom if he/she is not double minded (James 1:5-8).

Questions. Are you stagnating or growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Does all the above information seem foolish to you (1 Corinthians 1:18, 21; 2:14)? What’s your present relationship with God? Are you a true Christian or just a nominal one? Have you believed in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13)? Why should God let you into His heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? If you believe that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation (Romans 8:35-39)?  If you think there is something, what would it be?

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“Travel Tips”

Posted: January 21, 2017 in Christian Life, God's Will
If you MUST speed while driving, sing these hymns loudly:
at 45 mph…. “God Will Take Care of Me”
at 55 mph…. “Guide me, O Great Jehovah”
at 65 mph…. “Nearer My God to Thee”
at 75 mph…. “Nearer Still Nearer”
at 85 mph…. “This World is Not My Home”
at 95 mph…. “Lord, I’m Coming Home”
at 100 mph…. “Precious Memories”
 
   My dad set a good example for us by praying for travel mercies before we started out on a trip or even short distances. I have picked up the habit. Yes, we do have guardian angels (Hebrews 1:14; 1 Peter 1:12) but let’s drive responsibly and glorify our God by our driving habits. We are supposed to obey the speed limits and signs that were designed to protect all the travelers on the road (Romans 13).
   I’ve found that travel time is a good time to listen to the reading of the Scriptures or listening to good Christian music to calm the nerves. I try to think about the needs of the other drivers who may not have a living hope like Christians do. If you have children in the car, it’s a good time to teach them about God and His Word (Deuteronomy 6:7; Ephesians 6:4).
   My office is on a busy street and many accidents have happened right outside of it. When they do, I try to find out if anyone was injured and then share a Gospel tract with them and invite them to church.
   Have you ever thought about thanking God for getting you safely to your destination (Ephesians 5:20)? Even if we should be in an “accident” (incident) that wasn’t our fault, we can/should give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18) because we know that God is still in control.
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Throughout our lives we have choices to make as to whether we will or won’t do certain things. In His Word, God has revealed to us that He wants all mankind to be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (John 3:16, 18, 36; Matthew 25:41, 46; 1 Timothy 2:4). Sadly, most people choose not to accept His offer of deliverance from that awful place (John 3:18-21, 36; 5:40).

God also has a desirous will for every Christian. He wants all of us to be –

Pure. We all have a sin nature (disposition) that perverts what is decent and good (1 John 1:8; Galatians 5:19-21; See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). But it is God’s desirous will for us, as Christians, that we live morally pure lives now that they have become God’s children by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Peter 1:15, 16). Living in the light of Christ’s imminent return should help us live pure lives (John 14:1-3; 1 John 3:3). To overcome the temptations that come from our sin nature, a Christian must learn how to walk (order his life) by means of God the Holy Spirit. When a Christian does this, he/she won’t give in to the perverted desires (lusts) that come from his/her sin nature – the flesh (Galatians 5:16, 25; See Romans 7:15-25).

Thankful. Ungratefulness is a characteristic of many people, especially in our day and age (2 Timothy 3:2). But every Christian can/should continually offer up thanksgiving to God for past, present, and future benefits that come from God (James 1:17). Christians are admonished to give thanks in the midst of every situation in which they find themselves (1 Thessalonians 5:18-20). We should do this because we know that God is in control over everything and that He is working all things out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). We’re also supposed to give thanks for everything (Ephesians 5:18-20). There are no accidents with Christians, only incidents. One more thing. We’re to give thanks for the people whom God brings into or allows to come into our lives (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Some of them act as chisels, hammers, or saws to make us more like Jesus (Galatians 3:19).

Good. God Himself is a good God who desires the happiness of others (Matthew 19:17). He wants His children to have and display this part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23) toward others, especially to those of the household of faith (1 Peter 2:15; Galatians 6:10). By our doing good we can muzzle the ignorance of foolish men who mock us and blaspheme God. Christians should not use their liberty in Christ as a cloak of vice (Romans 3:8; 6:1). The price of freedom is eternal vigilance (1 Peter 5:8).

Action. Right decisions need to be followed up with right actions (James 4:17; Ephesians 2:8-10). God knows when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again on the third day. This faith in Christ alone results in our being saved (Acts 16:31). But other people don’t know about our faith without seeing our good works (James 1:22; 2:18-20). “When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice.” – William James. If you are a Christian, are you sharing the Gospel with lost people so they can be saved? Are you well pleasing to God or grieving and quenching Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)?

Trial. If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Are you being “led by God the Holy Spirit” (Romans 8:14), “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18), and “walking by means of the Holy Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 25)? Do you have un-confessed sins in your life? Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Would you like to know for sure that your sins are forgiven and that you’re headed for heaven (Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:9; 5:13)?

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Some people foolishly think that they are the captain of their ship and the master of their own fate. They are interested in doing things their way. The Scriptures tell us that “There is a way that seems right unto a man, but it’s end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). None of us is as smart or as wise as our Designer God. He knows everything there is to know about us and He loved us in spite of our sins and short comings (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24). By the way, if you think that you are a product of evolution, consider the information found on the link below: “Accident or Design?” [1]

God’s Will. He has a “desirous will” that all mankind be saved from the lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels (1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:41, 46). He doesn’t want us to go to that awful place. You have a choice. Sadly, even after hearing the Gospel clearly, most people won’t take God up on His offer and 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). Most people love darkness and their sins rather than the Light of the world (John 3:19; 8:12).

Believers. God also has a “desirous will” for all true Christians and a specific plan for those who are F.A.T.F.R.E.E. (Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, Enthusiastic). Those who habitually are being led by God the Holy Spirit are the maturing sons/daughters of God (Romans 8:14). Would you like to be one of them? If so, here are some things for you to consider –

Discover. Once you’ve been taught correctly by a Bible believing Pastor/teacher about spiritual/grace gifts, it’s important for you, as a Christian, to develop and use your gift with love for God’s glory and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; 13:1-13; 1 Peter 4:10). He can help you become what God wants you to be and do while you’re here on earth (Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 13:7, 17).

Types. Some of these spiritual/grace gifts were only temporary. God ceased giving out some of them when the Book of Revelation was completed around A.D. 95. “But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away” (1 Corinthians 13:8-10)? However, some spiritual/grace gifts are still being distributed to believers the moment they trust in Christ as their personal Savior. Theses  gifts can be found in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4:11. Do you know which ones were temporary and which ones are extant? If you are a Christian, do you know what your gift is? Are you using it properly? For more information about these gifts , go to [2] below.

Devoted. In the Scriptures that deal with the grace giving of Christians, as opposed to the way the Old Testament believers gave 23% of their income to the Lord [3], we’re told that we, like the early Christians, should first give ourselves to God and to fellow Christians (2 Corinthians 8:5; John 13:34, 35). Our priorities should be toward God and His children before we try to help non-Christians (Galatians 6:10; 1 John 3:16, 17; 4:20, 21). Not everyone is a child of God and headed for heaven (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). But everyone is a person for whom Christ died and who can and needs to be saved from the lake of fire to heaven (John 3:16, 18; 6:37; 1 John 2:2). How concerned are you for lost people? What will you and should you do for them (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19 20)?

Employment. If you work for someone else, you are in a sense, a servant of another person. To receive a legitimate paycheck, you need to have customers who will buy your products and/or services. Not all the people in the world have the freedoms that we have to live and work where we do (1 Corinthians 7:20-24). You may have an employer who is harsh. “[Employees], be submissive to your [employers] with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh” (1 Peter 2:18). Yes, some people take advantage of those who work under them as was the case of Joseph who was seduced by his master’s wife. He did the wise thing and fled from her (Genesis 39; See 2 Timothy 2:22; Galatians 5:16, 25). He suffered for many years because of her lie (See 2 Timothy 3:12). Later God elevated Joseph to the second in command in Egypt (Genesis 41:43). I’ve often wondered how that wicked woman felt after that time. God has the ability to set up and remove those in authority over us (Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:18; Proverbs 21:1; Daniel 4:17, 25). No matter what happens, pray for those in authority over you (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Romans 13:1-7). Remember, if you are a Christian, your ultimate Boss is the Lord (Ephesians 6:5; Colossians 3:22-24). God’s compensation plan is “out of this world” (Romans 8:18; 1 Corinthians 3:14; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Evaluation. Are you involved in doing God’s will for your life or are you pursuing your own plans? You should say “Deo Volente” – God willing I will… (James 4:15; See Proverbs 3:5, 6).

Need A Fix? Is your life, or the life of a friend broken? Does it need fixing? Consider this story. In the early days of the automobile, a man’s Model-T Ford stalled in the middle of the road. He couldn’t get it started no matter how hard he cranked nor how much he tried to advance the spark or adjust things under the hood. Just then a chauffeured limousine pulled up behind him, and a wiry, energetic man stepped out from the back seat and offered his assistance. After tinkering for a few moments the stranger said, “Now try it!” Immediately the engine leaped to life. The well-dressed individual then identified himself as Henry Ford. “I designed and built these cars,” he said, “so I know what to do when something goes wrong.”

Creator/Designer. God, as the Creator and Designer (Genesis 1:26; 2:7), knows how to “fix” our lives when they get broken by sin. Will you let Him have His way with you?

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[1] Accident or Design? http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/sciences/design.pdf

[2] Bible Basics – Spiritual Gifts http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm

[3] Christian givinghttp://kelseypeach.com/giving.htm

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1 Peter 2:11-17

“This world is not my home, I’m just passing through / My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue / The angels beckon me from heavens open door / And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” – Albert E. Brumley

Citizens. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:20, 21; See Romans 8:23).

Quit? The people to whom the Apostle Peter was writing were suffering greatly for their faith. Those who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus can/should expect to suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). But the glory to follow is out of this world (Romans 8:18). It seems that these believers were being tempted to quit the race and conform themselves to this evil age (Romans 12:1, 2; See Acts 20:24). So he wrote to encourage them to stay the course until God called them home. Consider what God the Holy Spirit led the Apostle Peter to write to them in such times. Maybe you’re in a similar situation.

Abstain. Contrary to what some believers are being taught, the Christian doesn’t lose his sin nature when he gets saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). At the time of our salvation we participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and are enabled to do things that please God (2 Corinthians 5:9; Hebrews 11:6). This is why Peter told these believers to abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul/emotions (1 Peter 2:11). Our emotions are yet to be saved at the time of the “Rapture” (1 Peter 1:9).

Flesh. The “works of the flesh” are enumerated for us in Galatians 5:19-21. All of them are perversions of good things. The Apostle Paul told Timothy, his son in the faith, to “flee youthful lusts” (2 Timothy 2:22). Those who think that they can overcome these temptations on their own are prime victims for a fall (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Victory. A Christian can gain victory over these lusts (strong desires) that come from the sin nature by walking [ordering his life] by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 6:11ff). To overcome the strong, sinful desires that come from the devil or the present world system involves using other methods prescribed by God (Ephesians 6:10-17; 1 John 2:15-17).

Soul. The soul and the spirit of man are two separate parts (Hebrews 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). The soul seems to be associated with the emotions we have, whereas the spirit belongs to the mind (Ephesians 4:23).  It is the only part of us that is currently saved (1 Corinthians 6:17; Romans 8:16). It is with the spirit and in the realm of truth that we are called upon to worship God (John 4:24). The salvation of the soul and body are yet future (1 Peter 1:9; Romans 8:23). We must be careful not to allow our unstable emotions to rule over our spirit. We need to be led moment by moment by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14).

Conduct. Dishonorable conduct shouldn’t characterize a Christian. We are called upon to live morally pure lives (1 Peter 1:15, 16). With God’s help, we can do this (Philippians 4:13; Romans 6:14). Our former, unsaved friends may try to pull us back into the lifestyle we used to live (1 Peter 4:4; 1 Corinthians 15:33). We need to find new friends while trying to win our old friends to the Lord so they can be saved too. A transformed life is a powerful testimony as illustrated by the man out of whom Jesus cast out a multitude of demons (Mark 5:19).  If you’re a believer, do others notice that you are different (1 Peter 2:9)?

The Law. God established human government for the protection of the citizens (Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1ff). It holds the power to carry out capital punishment on those who unjustly take the lives of others. Even though we may not like the way the government spends our tax dollars, we’re supposed to pay them. When the government makes rules that violate God’s rules, we must obey God (Acts 5:29) and suffer the consequences if necessary (1 Peter 2:19, 20). Consider Daniel and his three friends (Daniel 3:16-18; 6:10).

God’s Will. God has a determinative will that can’t be altered (Ephesians 1:11). But He also has a desirous will that men may or may not carry out. He offers deliverance from hell to heaven to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; 4:10). Most people refuse to accept this gift of eternal life that God has provided for them because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19). What about you? Have you placed your faith in 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)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13)?  Keep this in mind – We aren’t saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works lest we should  boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Rapture. Those believers who live in the light of Christ’s any moment return for them, will live life differently. Moral purity will characterize their lives (1 John 3:3). Those who love His imminent return also will earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8). Are you preparing yourself to meet Him? Perhaps Today!

Confession. If you are a believer who isn’t walking in the light as He [God] is in the light, perhaps you need to do some self examination and then confess your known sins to God. Then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:3-9).  You may also need to make things right with other people (James 5:16).  If you don’t, you can expect Divine discipline from God the Father who loves you (Hebrews 12:5ff; 1 John 5:16). “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). It’s so much more enjoyable to abide (feel at ease) in Him and have Him feel at ease with you (John 15:1-14).

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