Archive for the ‘Prayer’ Category

“Fox Hole Prayers”

Posted: September 1, 2015 in Christian Life, Gospel, Prayer

Many a soldier, engaged in mortal combat with the enemy, has offered up a “Fox Hole Prayer.”  He promises God that he will do anything if God will spare his life. But most often when the battle is over and no harm was sustained, the soldier forgets about his vow to God and goes on with his life. Did God, who is omniscient, forget his vow? Will He hold him accountable for it? Are some people suffering physically, spiritually, or emotionally because of unfulfilled vows (James 5:15)? What does God’s Word say about making vows (Ecclesiastes 5:4, 5; See James 4:13-17; Romans 8:14; Judges 11:29-40)?

Clear Instructions. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do no despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-22; See Philippians 4:4-8). These are not things that an unsaved person must do to be saved. He/she isn’t interested in or capable of doing these things. Without God’s help a Christian can’t do these things either (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13). Doing them enables Christians to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), serve others as Christ Himself would (John 13:14; 34, 35), and to be good witnesses for the Lord (Acts 1:8).

Eight. There are eight ways for Christians to communicate with God: Worship, Praise, Thanksgiving, Supplication, Intercession, Asking in Jesus’ name, Confession, and making Vows. To improve your communication with God, in good times or hard times, we’d like to encourage you to take time to answer the following questions and share your answers with others who will engage in this activity with you. It could dramatically change you life for the better.

Twelve. Here are 12 questions that need Biblical answers:

Are there some people whose prayers God won’t hear and answer? Why? Psalm 66:18

For whom should we pray and not pray? 1 Timothy 2:1-4; 1 John 5:16; 1 Samuel 16:1

With whom should we pray and not pray? Amos 3:3; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Chronicles 19:2

What should be our purpose in praying? 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 34:3; Luke 11:2

For what should we not pray? Why? Proverbs 30:8, 9; 1 Timothy 6:8; Hebrews 13:5

Where can a believer pray. Matthew 6:6; John 4:24; Acts 2:42; 12:1-17

From where does the believer’s help come? Psalm 121:1, 2; 75:6; 1 Kings 8:30

When should we pray and give thanks to God? 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

What righteous believers’ prayers would have been of no avail? Why? Ezekiel 14:14, 20

When will prayers no longer be necessary? 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 John 3:2

When will our real motives be unveiled? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5

What happens if we ask according to His will? 1 John 3:22; 5:14

Action. It’s one thing to know how to communicate with God. But it’s another thing to actually engage in it on a continual basis in private and/or with other believers in public (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Remember. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit” (James 5:16-18; See Revelation 11:3-12). “The world has yet to see what God can do in and through and by and for a man/woman who is fully devoted to Him.” – Attributed to D. L. Moody.

Dedication. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this [age] but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may [approve] what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2). This is a verse for Christians, not for the unsaved person as a requirement for his/her salvation.

Gospel.  To be saved unsaved people need to believe 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). God wants salvation to be simple enough for little children to be saved.  Don’t add any good works to faith in Christ for your salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  God’s Formula for salvation: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works.

Help. We’re here to assist those who need additional information from the Scriptures and who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’ve been blessed by reading this, we’d like to hear from you. Would you help us reach others by forwarding this to someone else who might appreciate it? Click on “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as they come out.

Questions. If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve probably asked yourself these questions: Why am I here? What is the purpose of my existence? Why did I wake up this morning to face another day? Why did God save me? When He saved me, why didn’t He take me immediately to Heaven to be with Himself? Why did God leave me here upon the earth for a time? For what purpose did God create me and for what purpose did God save me? God’s Word gives us the answer to these questions. “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For you created all things, And by You will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)  We glorify God when we make Him know to others as the Lord Jesus Christ glorified God the Father while He was here on earth (John 17:1ff). 

Purpose. Some folks within Christendom believe that God’s primary purpose is to save people from having to spend eternity in hell with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46). Consider what Pastor Pastor Carlton Helgerson wrote in his paper The Challenge of a New Religion. “Neo-evangelicalism professes to be most anxious to propagate the gospel. It claims that the chief purpose of God is the salvation of man. This is an error….This assumption is not only a mistake, it is a clever deception, for it places soteriology [the salvation of man] above everything else. It makes man, not God, the center of one’s theology. Every Bible student ought to know that the chief purpose in all that God does…is His glory! The humanistic element that places man’s salvation above the glory of God runs counter to what God has revealed. The salvation of souls is but one of the ways by which God is glorified. We must put His glory first. Any lesser motive, including reaching the lost, dishonors the Author of the written Word.

Concerns. If our primary concern is the salvation of the lost, then our whole approach is man-centered. If our primary concern is for the glory of God, then our whole outlook and emphasis will be God-centered. The failure to see the glory of God as God’s chief purpose has led to at least two serious errors of our day.*  (Click on the link below to learn more.)

Practice. Here are a few ways that we, as Christians, can glorify God.  As we live our lives from day to day we can/should glorify God as we –

Call upon Him in our times of trouble (Psalm 50:15; Philippians 4:6, 7; 1 Peter 5:7).

Praise and give thanks to Him always (Psalm 50:23; Hebrews 13:15, 16).

Exhibit God’s light and life before others (Matthew 5:16; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:8).

Communicate with God eight ways (John 14:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Abide (feel at ease) in Christ and bear much fruit (John 15:8).

Walk in (by means of) the Spirit (John 16:13-14; Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16-25).

Display one mind with other believers (Romans 15:5-6; Ephesians 4:3-5).

Keep our bodies (the Holy Spirit’s temple) holy and pure (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:15, 16).

Eat, drink, or whatever we do (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Head home to be with the Lord forever (John 21:19; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10).

If this article has helped you, please let us know how it has and then share it with someone else.  Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.  Go to http://www.kelseypeach.com for more help and information either about how to be saved or how to mature in your faith and serve God effectively as you live here on earth.

(Portions adapted from “The Glory Of God and Evangelism” by George Zeller*)

* http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/glryevan.htm

Have you ever seen a child in the store put on a temper tantrum when he didn’t get the toy or something else he wanted? How did it make you feel? What did you want to do? How did the parent handle the situation? Did you agree or disagree with the method the parent used to quiet the child down or appease him?

Have you ever seen grown people acting like little children and putting on temper tantrums when they didn’t get their way? Have you seen people fighting “for their rights”? Why do wars and fights occur? To discover the answer, read James 4:1-3.

Imperfect. Being human like the rest of us, law enforcement officers are subject to their emotions and shortcomings just like we are. Most of them enter the profession to serve and protect the communities in which they live. Their intentions are good. Yes, sometimes there are rogues who get out of line and need to be removed from their positions of authority. But to generalize and say that all of them are corrupt is simply not true. I, for one, try to express my gratitude to those who serve to protect us by endangering their own lives almost daily as they apprehend dangerous criminals. When was the last time you thanked a police officer or a soldier for his service?

Watchers. If you believe that “Big Brother” (NSA) is listening to your phone calls and watching your actions with spy cameras now, try to imagine what it will be like during Christ’s millennial reign on/over earth (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). Some theologians believe that the good angels (Hebrews 1:14; 13:1) will act as the police force during that time (Daniel 4:17; Matthew 13:41). Nothing will escape their watchful eyes. The enforcement of the enhanced rules (Matthew 5:21-48) will be swift and with justice by some of the resurrected (Daniel 12:12), Old Testament believers (Isaiah 1:26) who will serve under King David on earth (Jeremiah 30:9). He will be under Christ and His Bride, the true Church (Revelation 19:16; 21:9; 22:3).

Pragmatism. Have you ever heard the term “the end justifies the means”? To get the desired end, whether it’s good or bad, many people think that it’s alright to use and take illegal means (methods) to get what they want. This seems to happen in almost any profession, including the one in which I find myself. Those who claim to be “men of the cloth” (clergymen) and who engage in, or encourage others to violate the law to get their own way, will face greater judgment from God (James 3:1; Jude 1:14). The Apostle Paul denounced those who say, “Let us do evil that good may come” (Romans 3:8). “…if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5). Our motives are also very important and will be revealed in due time (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Rules. We’re all born with a sinful nature (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8) that is opposed to rules and regulations that are imposed on us. We don’t like anyone telling us what we can or can’t do. But try to imagine what your life would be like if there were no laws. Others could steal from you without any consequences, people could drive recklessly and endanger your life, your wife and children could be molested and killed and would be at the mercy of evil doers, and many other things.  Any form of government is better than anarchy.

Government. The government has the God given right and responsibility to enforce the laws that the legislators make, even by using capital punishment, if necessary, to restrain evil (Romans 13:1-7; Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:12-17; 22:19). Would you really want to live in a society where anyone could do whatever he wanted to do to you and others? Do you know when a Christian is allowed to disobey the laws of men (Acts 5:29)? What happened to the disciples as a result of it (Acts 5:40-42)? Consider carefully the Apostle Peter’s words in 1 Peter 4:12-19.

Lawlessness. We’re seeing lawlessness (1 John 3:4) intensify as time progresses just as it was in the days of Noah prior to the universal flood (Genesis 6:5; Matthew 24:37; 1 Peter 3:20). This was predicted by Jesus in the Scriptures. In anticipation of the coming days called “The Tribulation,” He said, “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). Will you be left behind when Christ comes back for His bride, the true church (John 14:1-3)? This event is imminent. As a Christian, do you really love His appearing? If you do, you will earn the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8).  What do you know about the other four crowns?

Gospel. To ensure your place in heaven, you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (of the Scriptures) Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). We’re not saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Pray. When was the last time you prayed for those in authority over you (1 Timothy 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22; 6:1, 5)? Remember, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16)? How many of the eight ways to communicate with God do you use on a regular basis?

Help. If you need spiritual help, contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, share it with some else. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Clear Gospel. http://www.cleargospel.org

 

 

 

 

          “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Lord Henry Wotton.  “We value our homes, automobiles, boats, and television sets, and at the same time, place little or no value on the things in life that are free – our bodies, minds, families, friends, good health, love, and the natural laws of the universe.” – Glen Bland

          Relationships.  How important it is to you to have a good relationship with other people?  We all need a few very close friends who are interested in our highest well being and who will do whatever is necessary to stop us from going down a destructive path.  Who is your best friend?

          Challenge.  If you’re a Christian, what are the five greatest challenges you face in life?  Perhaps one of them included maintaining a balanced life and walk with God.  How much time should we spend reading the Bible, praying, and engaging in service to God by serving others?  Do you think that doing these things are necessary for you to enter heaven?

          Examples.  The Jews went into captivity in Babylon for 70 years for violating God’s laws.  When they returned to the land that God promised to give to them as an everlasting inheritance, they laid the foundation but didn’t carry through and rebuild the temple for a long time.  The foundation was covered with weeds not with walls.  They were more concerned about building their own homes and careers than they were in having a temple where they could/should have worshipped God.

          Prioritize.  Into this scene came the Prophet Haggai.  He exhorted them to keep their priorities in order.  They had replaced doing that which was best for those things that were merely good. 

          Analyze.  Evaluate your own life.  Has spending time with God in His Word and prayer, and assembling with other believers (Hebrews 10:24, 25) been replaced with other things that are of far less value?  Has the present world system distracted you so that you love it more than God and His people?  Stop it!  It’s passing away (1 John 2:15-17). 

          Use It.  We’re allowed to use it but we’re not to abuse it by making it the most important thing in our life (1 Corinthians 7:31).  Don’t let this spiritual enemy break your fellowship with God and His people.

          Help?  If you need spiritual help, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site: www.kelseypeach.com.  Click on Follow” to get new articles as they come out.  Tell your friends too.  Just think – If you tell two people who tell two more who tell two more, before long we can have a great impact on others.

Warning!!!  If you are an unbeliever or a carnal Christian, reading this may be very dangerous to you. Read it at your own risk.  This article may not be put in our local newspaper next week as it is under new management.

Recently two people who are very close to us lost their jobs. One lives on the east coast and the other one lives by us. Both are very hard working and proficient in their work but were working under extremely difficult circumstances.

My Son. My friend, and my “son in the faith” has been hit extremely hard by the devil since he has become a Christian. His own father refers to him as being “weak” because he became a Christian. His mother is dying from cancer and his sister in law is facing some major health issues.

Not Surprising.  This is not surprising at all. When a true Christian tries to do what is right in God’s sight and holds an influential position in the community, the devil will do all he can to destroy him if he can.  He stripped the patriarch Job of all that he had including his 10 children but he still couldn’t get Job to curse God and die as his wife wanted him to do (Job 2:9).  He refused to listen to her. 

Permission. The devil must get permission from God to attack His children (Ephesians 6:13; 1 Corinthians 10:13). Each trial or test gives the believer an opportunity to trust God and to show his/her greater love for Him.  It also could enable a Christian to earn the crown of righteousness and the crown of life (2 Timothy 4:8; James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).  Do you know what you have to do to earn them?  Salvation is free; rewards, crowns, and praise aren’t.

Reminder. As Christians we need to remind ourselves that “He (God) who is in us is greater than he (the devil) who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). In due time the Lord Jesus Christ will let everyone know that He is the all powerful God who was manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2: 9-11; Revelation 1:8). Some day every knee will bow to Him and acknowledge that He is God. This isn’t teaching universal salvation as the false teachers say.

Fighting God. When you touch my son, you touch me, and you touch my Savior, and you touch my Father in heaven (Acts 9:4; Matthew 25:40-46). If you’re not saved, you need to know that you’re in big trouble unless you get saved today (John 3:16, 18, 36)!   Don’t put it off.  Read Mark 8:36 now.

Judgment.  One day Jesus will crush all His enemies (Psalm 2:9).  He will take vengeance on all of them (Romans 12:19; Revelation 20:11-15).  Read Zechariah 14:12ff to learn about the horrible plague that God will use to destroy some of His enemies.  Don’ mess with Him.  Get right with Him before it’s too late (Luke 16:23; Matthew 7:21-23).

Example. Prior to his being saved, the Apostle Paul persecuted and had Christians put to death (Acts 8:1-3). But God graciously saved him and used him to reach many people for Christ. He can do the same for any of us.

Intercession. Not only can Christians pray for the salvation of others, but we also can/should intercede against evil doers (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Romans 11:2). Christians are to act as salt and light in this world (Colossians 4:6; Ephesians 5:8).

Prayer.  “Prayer doesn’t change anything. But God changes things in response to proper prayers.”  We, as Christians who are rightly related to God, have the opportunity and privilege to come boldly to our heavenly Father and make our requests known to Him (Hebrews 4:16).  But if you’re a carnal Christian, don’t ask Him for favors.  If you say “no” to Him, He will say “no” to you (2 Timothy 2:12).  You better get right with God quickly by repenting (changing your mind about your sins) and then confessing them to Him (1 John 1:9: Proverbs 28:13). Otherwise you are about encounter some severe disciplinary action (1 Corinthians 11:30; Hebrews 12:5 6) and you could die prematurely before your potential years are completed (1 John 5:16).

No Right. If you’re an unbeliever, you have no right to ask God for favors. He isn’t your Father. Instead ask your father the devil (1 John 3:10; John 8:44). You need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3) or you will spend eternity with your father the devil and his angels (demons) in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). It won’t be a picnic down there. Read what Jesus said about a man in Hades (Luke 16:19-31) before it’s too late.

What? When faced with death, the jailer at Philippi asked the Apostle Paul what he had to do to be saved. He said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). He didn’t add any other requirements for him to be saved.  Don’t let others mislead you or you could end up in hell.  Do you know what it means to “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2).  If not, ask us.

Gospel. Bad News: You’re a sinner like all the rest of us and deserve to die and spend eternity it hell (Romans 3:10, 23: 6:23). Good News: Christ died for sinners like you and me. But He didn’t stay dead. He rose again bodily (Luke 24:39) from the dead and can/will save any and all who believe on Him alone for their salvation. We aren’t saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Help!  If God the Holy Spirit has brought conviction to you as a result of your reading this article, we’d be happy to help you come to the Lord for salvation and have assurance of a home in heaven (1 John 5:13).

Contact Us. You may call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com for more information to help you spiritually. We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages for your foreign speaking friends. We’re reaching around the world through the Internet.  We also have some of our talks on the Internet that correspond to some of these articles.

To receive other articles as they come out, click “Follow.”  Help us get the Gospel out to others who need the Lord desperately.

“Prayer doesn’t change things. God does in response to proper prayers.”

     Crises.  When people find themselves in trouble they often cry out to God for help. They make all kinds of promises to Him if only He will rescue them in their crisis. Have you ever done this?  How many vows have you failed to keep?

     Captives.  Because of their disobedience to God, the Jews had been taken from their homeland into Babylon as captives.  Seventy years later the Medo-Persians defeated the Babylonians and allowed the Jews to return to rebuild the Temple and the city of Jerusalem.  Things were going to change dramatically.  So Daniel went to God in prayer.  Let’s consider it.

     Worship/Adoration. The first thing that Daniel did was to earnestly focus his attention on the Lord (Daniel 9:3). When one worships God and sees Him as He really is (John 4:24), it will have a very humbling affect on him.  This was true with Isaiah the prophet (Isaiah 6:5) and with the Apostle John (Revelation 1:9-18). Remember, God cannot and will not be deposed from His throne. God laughs at those who try (Psalm 2).

     Sackcloth And Ashes. To express the true condition of his heart, Daniel fasted, and covered himself with sackcloth and ashes. He was made aware of how awesome God truly is. The prophecy concerning the 70 years of Jewish captivity in Babylon had been fulfilled (Jeremiah 25:11-14). But he wanted to know more about the Jew’s future. How and when would the Messiah come? How would the other world empires treat the Jews in the days to come?  When would the “times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24) come to an end?

     Daniel’s Prayer. It was urgent. He wanted and expected some clear answers to his questions (Psalm 91:15; 143:1). He had full confidence in God’s ability to keep His covenants (promises) concerning the land that the Jews will inherit in the future (Genesis 15:18) and to give him additional information.  By the way, do you know the boundaries that God set for them to inherit?    

     Honest Confession. As one who was in a covenant relationship with God, Daniel acknowledged that he and the Jews had broken God’s conditional covenant (The Ten Commandments) and they were suffering for it (Daniel 9:5, 15; Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 28:15ff). But the Lord God was eager to forgive and restore them if they would repent and confess their sins (Isaiah 55:7; Proverbs 28:13).  But pride dies hard.

     God’s Glory. God wants all His creatures to know that He is who He says He is (Daniel 9:17; Ezekiel 6:7, 10; 7:4; John 17:4). God’s own reputation was involved (Numbers 14:15, 16; Jeremiah 14:7, 21). Although He is immutable (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8), He is also mobile (i.e. He doesn’t have to keep doing what He chose to do just once – Examples: creation, Christ’s once and for all death for our sins). Man’s sinful purpose is to glorify himself (humanism) and to serve the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25). The devil wants us to believe the lie that man can become a god (Genesis 3:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:11). Man can’t overthrow God no matter how hard he tires (Isaiah 9:7; Philippians 2:10; Revelation 19:16). He’d be wise to submit to Christ’s authority before it’s too late (Psalm 2:10-12).

     United States. While we don’t have the same promises to claim that the Jews do concerning the land of Israel (Genesis 15:8; Matthew 5:5), Christians can/should be good citizens and pray for and submit to those who are in authority over us (1 Timothy 2:1-4; Romans 13:1-7). Keep in mind that God sets up and brings down leaders in His time. He uses them to accomplish His purposes (Daniel 4:17, 25; Romans 9:17). He also wants to use ordinary people like you and me. Stop fretting (John 14:1-3). God is sovereign and He is in complete control of everything (Revelation 1:8). Christians can/should intercede for or against people (1 Timothy 2:1; Romans 11:2). Jesus, in heaven, does this for His own people (Hebrews 7:25).

     Christian Responsibilities. But most importantly, we should be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and carry out the Great Commission and the New Commandment (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8; John 13:34, 35). Do you know what this involves?

     Help?  Would you like to learn more truth from God’s Word? Visit our web site: www.kelseypeach.com. You are invited to listen to our corresponding messages on the Internet.

 

If you had a recurring dream like he did, you wouldn’t be able to sleep either. It didn’t matter that he was the most powerful king at that time with unquestioned dictatorial power. He was troubled night after night by a strange looking image of a man with a head of gold, a breast of silver, thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet and ten toes of iron mixed with ceramic clay. Insomnia and superstition were taking a toll on him and he demanded answers from his wise men and counselors.

Nightmares.  Have you ever had a horrific dream that frightened you for days? Did you ever wonder if it had any meaning or significance? Does God use dreams to convey messages to us today? How can we know if it’s from God or if a demon spirit is trying to mislead us into vile behavior? King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had a clear picture in his mind of this strange looking image, but he didn’t know what it represented. He needed someone to interpret the dream for him. To ensure that their interpretation was correct, he demanded that they also tell him what he had dreamed.

Clueless.  Such a request had never before been asked of anyone. All the magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, and Chaldeans were baffled by the king’s demand. They responded by saying, “It is a difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh” (Daniel 2:11).

Helpless.  Since Daniel and his three Jewish friends were considered to be among the king’s counselors, their lives were also in danger. But rather than panic when the king’s executioner came, they maintained their poise and requested that the king give them an opportunity to discover what the dream was and then provide him with its meaning and significance.

Guiltless.  Because of their willingness to turn to God in time of need (Proverbs 3:5, 6) and to trust Him to reveal the dream to them, God graciously conveyed the same dream to Daniel in a night vision (Daniel 2:18). In response to God’s favor, Daniel blessed and thanked Him for revealing the dream and its interpretation to him so he could relate it to the king. The dream had to do with the future world empires and “The times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24). Do you know when it began and when it will end? Could we be drawing very close to the end of this era? What things that are happening today might be indicators of what God predicted would happen in the future?

Dreams.  Although God is not currently giving mankind any new revelation or information (1 Corinthians 13:8-10), He will do so in the future “time of Jacob’s trouble” which will be more intense than any previous persecutions or the holocaust in Germany (Jeremiah 30:7; Joel 2:28). Currently we have all we need for life and godliness within the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments (2 Peter 1:3; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). We don’t need the other so called “lost books of the Bible” or the worldly philosophies of ungodly men to direct our lives (Colossians 2:8; Psalm 1:1). Beware of false teachers who would deceive you and who claim to have received a “new revelation from God” (2 Peter 2:1; Jude 1:4). “If anyone adds to these things [I.e. the Old and New Testaments], God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18, 19).

Good News.  In order for us to be delivered from hell and enter heaven we must admit that we are sinners (Romans 3:10, 23) and that we can’t save ourselves by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9). We must believe that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day. These facts were witnessed by over 500 people on ten different occasions.

Decision.  If you haven’t placed your faith in Christ alone to save you, why not do so right now? He is willing and able to save any and all who come to Him by faith (Hebrews 7:25).

Exclusive.  Jesus said, “I am the [only] way, the [absolute] truth, and the [only one who gives eternal] life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6). The Apostle Peter said, “Nor is there salvation in any other [than the Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man], for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Help.  If you’re not sure of your eternal destiny or if you need spiritual help, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site: www.kelseypeach.com.  These articles usually correspond to our talks on Sundays.