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No Intelligent Conversation

A woman went to a lawyer and said she wanted a divorce. The lawyer got out his note pad, and proceeded to ask her some questions. Do you have any grounds?” he inquired. Oh, yes,” she replied. “About three-quarters of an acre.” The lawyer paused for a moment, then queried, “Do you have a grudge?” No,” the woman answered quickly. “But we do have a lovely carport.” Again the lawyer paused and then asked, “Does he beat you up?” No. I get up before he does every morning,” the woman reported. Finally the lawyer blurted, “Lady, why do you want to divorce your husband?” It’s because,” she explained, “that man can’t carry on an intelligent conversation.” (1)

Questions: We may laugh at this story. But, if you’re married, what kind of conversations do you have with your spouse? What about your communication with God? How often do you have them? Is God your real Father or is the devil your father (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10)? How does one become a true child/son of God (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Galatians 3:26)? How many of the eight forms of communication with God can you name? How often do you engage in them (1 Thessalonians 5:17)? Why and when do you reach out to God for His help (See James 1:17; 4:1-6)? If prayer doesn’t change things, what/who does?

Pleased/Grieved? If you’re a true Christians, do you believe that God is pleased or grieved with your communication with Him (2 Corinthians 5:9; Ephesians 4:30)? Do you have unconfessed sins in your life (Proverbs 28:13)? What does God want you to do about them (1 John 1:9; James 5:16)? What needs to change in your life? When will you begin to do this (James 4:17)?

Born Again? Have you been “born again from above” (John 3:3-6)? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? If you’re saved, have you been baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20)? Have you dedicated your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you growing in the sphere of grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18)?

Eight Ways. To learn more about the eight ways to effectively communicate with God, go to https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/praying-to-an-unknown-god/ Then see if you could use some of these same forms of communication in your marriage with your spouse or with your children and other people. Let us know if your life improves because you employ them in your life.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We invite you to join us on Facebook live for Bible Studies.  www.facebook.com/kelseyandjanet.pietsch and on www.youtube.com.

  1. Brent Barlow in Salt Lake City Desert News  https://bible.org/illustration/no-intelligent-conversation  https://bible.org/illustration/communication-marriage

If you’re not sure about your salvation, please read “The Clear Gospel” at: http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf  

To help you understand the Bible better, we recommend the Scofield Study Bible: http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed

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“Asking And Receiving”

Posted: September 13, 2017 in Christian Life, Money, Prayer

With her it’s always gimme, gimme, gimme more. And as for him, all he’s concerned about is fame, fortune, power, and pleasure. When one millionaire was asked how much it would take to satisfy him, he responded by saying, “A little more.”

Money. It’s not the root of all evil. Rather it’s “the love of money that is a root of all kinds of evil, from which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” In the same context the Apostle Paul said, “…godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire [resolve] to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition…But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:6-12).

Asking. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the Jews to “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Why then does this seem to work for some and not for others? James, the Lord’s half-brother wrote this to some Jewish Christians who were acting in a carnal manner, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:1-3). What an indictment on these carnal Christians.  Yes, Christians still have their old sin nature, and can act carnally (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1-13; Romans 7:14-25; 1 John 1:8).

Death. If these carnal Christians failed to confess their sins to God first and then to others whom they had offended, they were in danger of dying prematurely (James 1:15; 5:16, 19, 20; See 1 John 1:9; 5:16). We have “potential years” and “actual years.”  If you’re saved, are you acting carnally like an unsaved person and thinking that God doesn’t care what you do (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 11:30; See Psalm 10:11)? God will chasten and scourge His children who act defiantly toward Him and the rules He has laid down for us to follow (Hebrews 12:5-11; John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17).

Thanks. When it comes to our prayer life, all some folks do is ask God for favors. When He grants them their requests, many Christians forget to express their gratitude to Him. When was the last time you thanked Him for the things He did for you or for the things He didn’t give to you that weren’t good for you? Christians are supposed to give thanks in all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things (Ephesians 5:20), and for all kinds of men who help conform us into the image of God (1 Timothy 2:1).

Types. While there are eight ways for Christians to communicate with God, three of them concern our requests to God: supplication – crying out to God for help and leaving it up to Him as to how He will answer our request (Ephesians 6:18), intercession – making a request to God for or against someone (1 Timothy 2:1; Romans 11:2), or asking in Jesus’ name – a specific request that insures our receiving exactly that for which we ask (John 14:13, 14). This last form involves the believer’s abiding (feeling at ease) in Christ and His abiding (feeling at ease) with the believer (John 15:7). This won’t happen if a believer has unconfessed sins in his/her life or isn’t filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) or walking by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25).

Name It And Claim It. Many false teachers are giving people the idea that they can demand things from God. At the heart of the Word of Faith movement is the belief in the ‘force of faith.’ It is believed words can be used to manipulate the faith-force, and thus actually create what they believe Scripture promises (health and wealth). Laws supposedly governing the faith-force are said to operate independently of God’s sovereign will and that God Himself is subject to these laws. This is nothing short of idolatry, turning our faith—and by extension ourselves—into god.” (1)

Questions. What kind of communications do you have with God? Are your requests greedy ones (James 4:1-3)? How often do you worship God (John 4:24), praise Him (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and give thanks (Ephesians 5:20) to Him? Have all your known sins been confessed to Him (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; See James 5:16)? Have you made foolish vows that you haven’t kept (James 5:15)?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share it with others. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

(1) Carnal Christians. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm07.htm

(James 4:7-10 also was written to Christians, not to unsaved people. It is NOT  “the most comprehensive invitation to salvation in the epistles” as John MacArthur says in The Gospel According to Jesus, p. 218 or in his study Bible.  James uses the term “brethren” 15 times in his letter.  There is one condition for salvation: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” – Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) See also “Clear Gospel” below. (3)

(2) Word Of Faith. https://www.gotquestions.org/Word-Faith.html

(3) Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

“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).

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(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?

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          “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).

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