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When it comes to “How To Live The Christian Life,” many new Christians (and some older ones) are confused. They are told to Read their Bibles – let God talk to you, Pray – you talk to God, and Witness for God. Many of them don’t know that while all the Bible is for us, not all of it is addressed to us (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). They aren’t aware that there are eight ways to communicate with God, not just “asking and receiving.” [1] When trying to witness to others, many Christians confuse “The Message & The Method” of salvation. [2]

Equippers. Upon His ascension back to heaven, Christ gave to the Church Evangelists and Pastor-teachers (Ephesians 4:8-16). They are responsible to equip the believers in their care so all of them are equipped to do their work of ministry primarily through the use of their spiritual gifts (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14). They need to be taught “How To Live The Christian Life.” We must not confuse the condition for salvation with the multiple conditions for spiritual growth as one commentator does in James 4:7-10. He writes: “In a series of 10 commands (10 imperative verbs in the [Greek] text), James reveals how to receive saving grace. These verses delineate man’s response to God’s gracious offer of salvation, and disclose what it means to be humble.” The MacArthur Study Bible, NKJV, p. 1932.  No, these verses are not telling a sinner how to be saved. They were written to Christians to tell us how to live once we have been saved. The word “Brethren” refers to Christians, not the unsaved (See James 1:2, 16, 19; 2:1, 5; 3:1, 10, 12; 4:11; 5:7, 9, 10, 12, 19).  Beware of the false teaching of Lordship In Exchange For Salvation” [3]

Salvation. Mankind has always been saved by God’s grace through faith in God and not by good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). Today, the Gospel truth we must believe in order to be saved is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It is the same message for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16; 10:9). Have you placed your faith in Him alone to save you? Are you relying on any of your good works to save you? Why should God let you into heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Dispensations. Throughout man’s existence on earth, God has given different rules for living to different people. They are the “House Rules.” It’s not too hard to see that the rules given to the Old Testament Jews are different from the rules given to Christians. Examples: Dietary rules, Sabbath keeping, animal sacrifices, etc. All these different rules were designed by God to test people’s obedience to God and to demonstrate to us that no matter what kind of rules God imposes on mankind, we always fail when we depend on ourselves to keep God’s rules for living.  Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). On the other hand, “[Every true Christian] can do all things [that God intended for us to do] through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13; See Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). Question – If you’re saved, are you doing your good works for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 5:13; 6:10)? God, being omniscient, knows what we do and why we do it and will judge our works someday (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Note: Dispensations are not different ways to be saved but different rules for living. They are the result of a normal, literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of the Bible, not the allegorical interpretation that twists Scripture (2 Peter 3:16; See Genesis 3:1).

Rules. The Christian’s “Rules For Living” in the “Dispensation of Grace” can generally be found between John 13 – Revelation 3 after which the true Church is found in heaven. In John 13:34, 35 Jesus gave His disciples a New Commandment “…that you love one another as I [Jesus] have loved you.” This is a positive command and this kind of “agape” love is produced by God the Holy Spirit in the life of a “Spirit filled” Christian who is “walking by means of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-25). This “agape” love also stands in contrast to the Old Commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18). Under the “Dispensation of Law” this was the best an Old Testament believer could do. The “Ten Commandments” were basically negative prohibitions (Exodus 20:1-17). Even before God had given them to the Jews they boastfully said, “All that the LORD has spoken, we will do” (Exodus 19:8). But they didn’t. Their obedience to the Mosaic Law would have brought to them health, wealth, and happiness. But their disobedience brought on them the curses from God that the Jews are experiencing to this very day (See Deuteronomy 28; Malachi 3:8-12).

Replaced? The Church has not replaced Israel. God is not finished with the Jews as a nation. He will keep all His unconditional covenants (promises) that He gave to them (See Romans 11). They will get all the land that God promised to give to them when Christ returns at His Second Coming, not the Rapture (Genesis 15:18-21). The future of the remnant of believing Jews is as bright at the promises of God that were given to them. (See Isaiah 2:4; 9:6, 7; 11:1 ff; 35:1 ff; Jeremiah 30:9; Zechariah 14.)  God’s time clock with the Jews will start up again after the fullness of the Gentile believers have come in and been saved (Romans 11:25; John 6:37) and the man of sin (Antichrist) signs a seven year covenant with the Jews (Daniel 9:27). The last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation are known as the “time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) and the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:15 ff). These days may be just around the corner. Where will you be when they occur?

Check Up. To see how well you are doing as a New Testament Grace believer, we invite you to refer to our “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” on our website. We’ve listed some of our Responsibilities, the Failure of most Christians, and the Judgment of our works at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Use it as a guide for doctrine, reproof, correction, or instructing you in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). Don’t lose out on the crowns, rewards, and praise that might have been yours if you had done what God wanted you to do in this life (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 3:11). “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which hall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18; See 2 Timothy 2:8-10; 4:8; 2 Corinthians 11:23-33).

Help. We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through out website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to share it with others who might benefit from it.

[1] Prayer https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2008/05/10/%E2%80%9Clord-teach-us-to-pray%E2%80%9D/)

[2] Salvation https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/salvation-the-message-the-method/)

[3] Lordship For Salvation http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

“My Mother’s Prayers”

Posted: November 29, 2018 in Christian Life, Prayer

Etched in recesses of my mind are the prayers of my mother as I headed off for school each morning. It took my siblings and me about 1 ½ hours and three separate trains to get to the missionary school we attended in Japan. She always seemed to include the words of Psalm 19:14 to her prayers. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable to Thee, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”

Our Words. Every day we make choices as to what we will do and say and how we will say what we say. Some words build others up, heal broken relationships, unite people in a common cause, or revive saddened hearts. But all too often our careless words do just the opposite and have a negative effect on others who hear us.

Sticks & Stones. We’ve been told that sticks and stones can break our bones, but names and faces can’t hurt us. But that isn’t quite true. We all have emotions that can be hurt. What are you communicating to others by the expressions on your face and the tone of your voice? What is the purpose for your speaking? Are your words glorifying God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31) or are they designed to make yourself look good at the expense of others (James 4:16; Romans 12:3)? Are you seeking the approval of others or of God (Galatians 1:10; 2 Corinthians 5:9)? Are you quick or slow to speak (James 1:19)?

Wisdom. True Christians are free to ask God for wisdom to know how to apply Biblical truths to our every day lives (James 1:5). Those believers who are continually being led by God the Holy Spirit are the maturing sons/daughters of God (Romans 8:14). But beware of the wisdom of this world that comes from God’s adversary, the devil (James 3:15-17). It may seem right, but it could lead to a premature death (Proverbs 14:12).

Meditations. While we can’t always control the thoughts that come into our minds, we do have a choice as to whether or not we will entertain them or not. Temptations to sin (act lawlessly – 1 John 3:4) can come from the devil, our own sin nature, or the present world system. If there weren’t any perceived pleasures that might come from engaging in them, we wouldn’t pursue them. But there is pleasure in some sins even though they may be for a very short time (Hebrews 11:25). Many of them are followed by great sorrow (Proverbs 5:4). Do you know the source from which your temptations come? Do you know how to counterattack them and live a victorious Christian life? Are you tired of being defeated so often? Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15)? If so, we may be able to help you by pointing you in the right direction. God’s Word has everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

Motivations. Do you know that God is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24)? He knows everything about you and me? He knows the numbers of hairs on our head and the motivations of our hearts. While we may be able to deceive others, we can’t hide anything from God (Psalm 139:7). One day He will unveil the hidden motives of our hearts and will reward us (Christians) for the good works we did on earth that He planned for us to do (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; Ephesians 2:10; See James 4:13-17).

Prayer. “Prayer doesn’t change things. God does in response to proper prayers.” Maybe you didn’t have a mother or father who prayed for you as I did. But if you’re a true Christian, you can be assured of the fact that God the Holy Spirit and God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ intercede continually to God the Father on your behalf (Romans 8:26, 27, 34; Hebrews 7:25). Nothing can separate a Christian from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39) and nothing can happen to us without God’s permission (1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:2). Learn to give thanks in the midst of all your trials (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things (Ephesians 5:20), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1). As believers, we can and should supplicate and intercede for or against evil doers (See Romans 11:2).

Christian. A true Christian is someone who has placed his/her faith in Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We’re not saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Have you been saved? Do you have assurance or doubts? Why should God let you into His heaven? 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 are saved, is there any evidence of it for other people to see (James 2:18-20)? Are you merely a “professing Christian” or do you “possess eternal life” (See 1 Corinthians 15:2; Matthew 7:21-23; 1 John 5:11-13)? Make sure today (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13).

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“Worthless Prayers”

Posted: August 5, 2018 in Prayer

Most people have the mistaken idea that Prayer changes things.” No, it doesn’t! God changes things in response to proper prayers. One of our Lord’s half brothers wrote “You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you to 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 4:2, 3). While there are eight ways to communicate with God, let’s consider three of them.

Supplication. This involves our making a request to God when the need or object is unknown. It is a cry for help. (See Ephesians 6:18) More often than not, we don’t know what would be best for us. When a drowning man cries for help to be rescued, he doesn’t have the right to dictate to the lifeguard the method by which he wants him to save him. As a former water safety instructor, I used to teach life guards about rowing, throwing, or going. Sometimes a life boat was necessary. On other occasions throwing a life preserver might be all that was necessary. Or a lifeguard might choose to swim out to the drowning person to rescue him. This is often the most dangerous way. Once the Christian has called upon God for His help, the believer must rely on God to answer his request in a way that God chooses to answer his prayer. He knows what we need and when we need it. He might answer with a yes, no, or wait.  Whatever the answer, we should be thankful to God (Ephesians 5:20; 1 Timothy 2:1).

Intercession. As surprising as it may be to some people, this form of communication with God involves making requests to God for or against known objects or needs (1 Timothy 2:1; Romans 11:2). Vengeance belongs to God (Romans 12:19). Don’t take it into your own hands. Evil doers will be judged by God someday (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15). God also uses human governments to protect its citizens from evil doers (Romans 13:1-7). Sadly, some rulers oppress their own people. Those who rule over others will be held accountable to God for the roles they played in life (Daniel 4:17, 25). They should humble themselves before God and ask Him for wisdom as King Solomon did (1 Kings 3:9; Psalm 2; Proverbs 3:5, 6).

Asking. “Asking in Jesus’ name” doesn’t mean tacking these magic words to the end of our requests. God is not pleased when we leave Him out of our plans and then ask Him to “rubber stamp” what we want instead of what He wants us to have or do. When we ask as if Christ were asking for us, we get exactly what we requested (John 14:13).

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]

Useless. Sometimes an individual or a nation goes too far into sin. God is the one who determines the means of punishment or chastening. God told Jeremiah the prophet that even though Moses and Samuel prayed for the rebellious, idol worshiping Jews that He would not hear their prayers (Jeremiah 15:1). They were destined for exile in Babylon for 70 years (Jeremiah 25:11, 12; 29:10). There are some Christians who commit the “sin leading to [a premature, physical] death” and it would be useless to pray for them too (1 John 5:16, 17; See Acts 5:1 ff). God chastens some believers like this so they won’t be condemned with the unbelievers of this world (1 Corinthians 11:30-32). A true Christian cannot lose his salvation (John 19:28, 29; Ephesians 4:30) but a carnal Christian won’t enjoy his life on earth that God gave to him (See John 10:10; 15:11).  He needs to confess his known sins to God and then claim God’s forgiveness  (1 John 1:9).  When we are filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and walk by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25) we won’t fulfill the lusts [strong desires] of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-25).

Questions. Are you a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:2)? Are you absolutely sure you’ll have a place in heaven (1 John 5:13)? Are you enjoying the eternal life God has given to you (John 10:10)? Are you growing spiritually (2 Peter 3:18) and serving God and others faithfully (Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:58)?

Help. We’re here to assist you and other believers 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. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies.

The Gospel In A Nutshell”

My friend, we’re all sinners.

But Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone and you will be saved.

Have you done this? If not, do it now!

[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/Word-Faith.html

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.

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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