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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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“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?

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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).

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   One night a soldier was caught creeping back to his headquarters from the nearby woods. Taken before his commanding officer, the soldier was charged with communicating with the enemy. The man pleaded that he had gone into the woods to pray alone. “Then you better start praying right now!” roared the officer. “You never needed it so much!” Expecting certain death, the soldier knelt and poured out his soul in eloquent prayer. “You may go,” said the officer when the soldier had finished. “I believe your story. If you hadn’t drilled so often, you wouldn’t be doing so well under fire.”
  Prayer. How well do you pray “on the spot”? To whom do you pray? Are your prayers limited to “asking and receiving”? Does your posture in prayer matter? How often have you prayed in the last twenty-four hours? Did you know that Christians have eight ways to communicate with God?
  Worship. This involves our adoration of God for who and what He is (Revelation 4:9, 10). To do this we must know something about the true and living God as He is revealed to us in His Word and through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ who was God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; 4:24). His Divine attributes don’t change (Hebrews 13:8). But He doesn’t always have to keep on doing what He has done in the past. Consider the creation of the universe.
  Praise. Tracing the benefit we received from God back to the attribute of God that was responsible for it is what is involved in this form of communication (Hebrews 13:15). God’s attributes include: goodness, righteousness, omnipotence, omniscience, truth, holiness, or love. He gives us good gifts because He is a good God who delights in the happiness of others (James 1:17).
  Thanksgiving. This involves our expressions of gratitude to God for our past, present, and future benefits. Christians are told to give thanks for all things (Ephesians 5:20), in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1). This isn’t possible unless a Christian is “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). Do you know what this entails? If not, ask us.
  Supplication. This is simply a cry for help. It involves a request to God when the need or object isn’t fully known (Ephesians 6:18). 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.
  Intercession. Surprising as it may be to some people, this form of communication with God involves making requests to God for or against known object 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 other people will be held accountable to God for the roles they played (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. Praying “in Jesus’ name” doesn’t mean tacking these words to the end of your prayer and then expecting God to give you what you ask from Him. Rather it involves our asking God the Father for something in the “name of Jesus” or in the same way Jesus would ask were He asking something for us (John 14:13).
  Confession. This involves the acknowledgment of our personal sins by naming them to God (1 John 1:9). We must be specific about our sins or lawlessness (1 John 3:4). It must be preceded by repentance (i.e. a change of mind). Confession of all our sins is not a condition for our salvation. We probably can’t remember them all. Personal faith in Christ, the God-man, through the Gospel is the only condition for our salvation. We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8). Once saved, as the Holy Spirit brings our former sins to our mind, a Christian must confess them to God and to others against whom he has sinned (James 5:17).
  Vowing. Although not often used, this form of communication with God involves our promise to accomplish a specific thing that the Holy Spirit has moved our hearts to do (James 5:15, 16). Those Christians who fail to keep their vows might experience ill health or other problems (1 Corinthians 11:30; Matthew 18:34).
  Favors. Those who aren’t true Christians have no right to ask God for favors (1 John 3:10). Christians who deny Him (i.e. say “no” to the Lord) shouldn’t expect God to grant them favors either (2 Timothy 2:12). No one has a right to demand anything from God. That is blasphemy (1 Timothy 1:20). Beware of the “faith healers” who command God to do just as they tell Him to do.
  Help. If you need to remind yourself to pray, tape the words “Pray Now” on the face of your wristwatch. As a believer communicates with God, his/her love for Him will increase and the burdens will get lighter. Discover how you can have and enjoy the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7). 
  Thought. “Prayer doesn’t change things. God changes things in response to proper prayer.”
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  Building a huge barge (an ark) far from any body of water seemed foolish to Noah’s neighbors.  But it delivered him and his family alone from a watery grave (Genesis 6-9).

  Marching soldiers silently around a city once a day for six days while some priests blew ram’s horns may have seemed silly to men ready to fight.  But on the seventh day after marching around the city ofJerichoseven times and then shouting, the walls came tumbling down (Joshua 6). 

  Temples.  Whether it’s building up individual Christians or local churches, Pastors/teachers need to make sure that the people they’re trying to build up in the faith are saved and secure (1 John 5:13) on the right foundation, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11; Ephesians 2:20) and are engaged in the good works that God preordained for them to be doing (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10).

  Plans.  Well prepared blue prints (Biblical instructions for New Testament Christians) enable the skilled craftsmen to pursue his job with efficiency.  Those who fail to distinguish between the portions of the Bible that are “to them” as opposed to those that are “for them” will try to do things that God didn’t plan for them to do. (See our “Dispensational Chart.”)   Those works will be burned up (1 Corinthians 3:15) without the Christian’s losing his salvation. Man’s methods and God’s methods of operation differ as to how the work will be done.

  Pragmatism.  Some people lack good ethical behavior when doing business.  They cut corners and use faulty materials.  In order to improve the bottom line, some business men lie to their customers, use slick and deceptive advertising, promotions, big name celebrities, and brutal dog-eat-dog tactics without any regard for the well being of the competition. Saying “That’s business and it’s legal” doesn’t mean that it is right.  The end doesn’t always justify the means (Romans 3:8).

  Feelings.  “It can’t be wrong if it feels so right.”  That is what a popular song of “yesteryear” suggests.  Try telling that to someone who is dying from a sexually transmitted disease because it felt good at the moment when he/she engaged in a “one night stand” of immorality.  Sin has terrible consequences in this life or in the one to come where there will be weeping and the gnashing of teeth for unbelievers (Romans 6:23; Matthew 26:30).

  Churches.  Even though many of the emerging and seeker sensitive churches are using the tactics and methods of the world and the present evil age, God’s ways of building the church are quite different.  Fervent prayer (James 4:16), reliance on God the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6) instead of slick tricks, humility (James 4:10) rather than pride, and serving others with love (Galatians 5:13) rather than dominating over and abusing people.  These are some of the ways God wants His children to do His business 

  Upside Down.  Without any church buildings in which to meet, government help, bank loans, accredited Bible colleges and seminaries for ministerial students to attend, the early church, with fervor and conviction went everywhere proclaiming the Good News concerning Christ’s death for our sins and His bodily resurrection (Acts 8:1ff).  Those who placed their faith in Him exclusively became God’s children (John 1:12) and members in the “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:13).  They were accused of turning the world upside down (Acts 17:6).  More correctly, they were turning the world right side up.  It wasn’t making the devil or his agents happy.

  Martyrs.  The testimony of the early Christians was authenticated by their willingness to die for what they believed.  Many of them were tortured and martyred for the cause of Christ.  They will earn the “Crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).  Do you have a faith for which you are willing to die?  If not, it isn’t worth having.

  Purpose.  God’s primary purpose is to glorify Himself (i.e. make Himself known to others).  He does this by conveying to men and spirit beings (cherubs, seraphs, and angels) that He is everything He says He is.  His attributes include goodness, righteousness, omniscience, omnipotence, truth, holiness, and love.  He delights in the happiness of others, always does what is right, knows everything, and is capable of doing anything He wants to do that is in keeping with His character.  He tells us the truth about Himself, ourselves, our origin, the world in which we live, the reason for the problems we have, the solution to our problems, and man’s final destiny.  It’s all in “The Book” He gave to us (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).  How well do you know it?  Need help? Ask.   

  God’s Gifts.  Evangelists and Pastor/teachers are gifts from Christ to the church (Ephesians 4:7-16).  God uses them to build Christ’s church numerically and spiritually (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:41).  Although Christians are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20), we live in a hostile world that is currently under the devil’s control (Matthew 4:9).  Christians may use the world system but we are not to abuse it or love it (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17).  You can’t stop loving something if you don’t know anything about it.

  Life.  Physical life is a gift from God.  It is likened to a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14).  Our time on earth must be used wisely (Ephesians 5:16).  Not only does Jesus give eternal life as a present possession to those who believe in/on Him (1 John 5:13), He also wants us to enjoy it right now (John 10:10).  God has blessed with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3).

  Death.  It terminates the sorrows of Christians (Revelation 21:4) but begins the agonies of hell for unbelievers (Luke 16:19-31).  “R.I.P.” (“Rest In Peace”) should not be inscribed on the tombstone of an unbeliever.  Death means separation, not annihilation or reincarnation.  Physical death is the separation of the soul and spirit from the body (2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).  Spiritual death is separation from God and the condition into which all of us are born (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1).  Both of these conditions can be reversed but not the “second death” (Revelation 21:8).  “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). 

  Temporal vs Eternal.  The things that we see now are temporal (with the exception of people), but the things we can’t see now are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).  The current heavens and earth will be destroyed and replaced by new heavens and earth (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1).  Extensive information about heaven is quite limited within the pages of the Scriptures.  But the place that Jesus is preparing for believers is quite magnificent (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9-22:5).  Will you be an inhabitant of that city?  Hard times for Christians didn’t come to stay but to pass.  They are not worth talking about in light of the glory that God will reveal in us (Romans 8:18).

  Usefulness.  God loves to use clean Christians (2 Timothy 2:19-22; 1 John 1:9) who will humble themselves (James 4:10), do what He tells them to do (1 John 5:2, 3) with love for God and others (John 13:34, 35; Galatians 5:13; 6:10).

  Fools.  The people of this present world may think that we (Christians) and our methods of operation are foolish but that shouldn’t matter if we are carrying out God’s will for our lives.  His approval is really all that matters (2 Corinthians 5:9, 10).  Are you living to please yourself, other people, or God?  He is the One to whom we are accountable (Romans 14:12-14). 

  Help?  If you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny or about your personal relationship to God, we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site www.kelseypeach.com.  We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages and other helpful information for Christians who want to grow spiritually and serve God effectively.  We invite you to “Read Our Blogs” (web logs) that deal with a variety of topics.

 

  Wisdom. We all would like to maneuver our way through life comfortably and successfully.  There are many voices vying for our attention.  Confucius, Buddha, the Greek and Roman philosophers, Marx, Lennon, and Stalin all had their ideas about how to have a “better life.”  Some of them still rule over others from the grave.  Some politicians offer us “utopia” if we elect them into office.

  Maxim.  “Self government without self discipline won’t work.” – The late Paul Harvery.  Are we bringing on ourselves a less desirable form of government than we currently have because of our lack of self control?  Believe it or not, any form of government is better than anarchy. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”  Cherish it while you still have it.

  What?  Did you know that Christians can intercede to God for or against others (1 Timothy 2:1; Romans 11:2).  “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).  How often do you engage in this type of communication with God?  “Prayer doesn’t change things.  God does in response to proper prayer.”  “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).  What is lacking in your prayer life?  Did you know that there are eight ways for God’s children to communicate with Him?  Ask us about them.

  Philosophers.  They are known as “lovers of wisdom.”  They have been around for a long time.  God’s children are told to avoid ungodly counselors who exclude Him from their thinking and rebel against Him (Psalm 1; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Colossians 2:8).  Some of them have a distorted world view.  False teachers twist the Scriptures to deceive people (2 Peter 3:16).  Millions of people have been enslaved and/or murdered by such people.  We should pursue the truth that is found in the Word of God (Psalm 1).  Jesus referred to Himself as the only way to God, the absolute truth, and the only One who gives eternal life to believers (John 14:6).  Such a statement isn’t very “politically correct” today.  But He has no equal.  He is unique.  He transcends all men and spirit beings.

  Sincere?  “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).  Furthermore, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9)?  God knows all about us.  He is omniscient and will judge all men with justice some day (John 2:24; 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8).  No one can escape judgment day (Hebrews 9:27).  Do you know in which one you will participate?  There is more than one.

  Hidden.  God’s wisdom is hidden from those who refuse to place their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (1 Corinthians 2:8, 14). Adding good works to faith disqualifies a person from receiving eternal life and God’s deliverance from hell to heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Don’t be deceived by the devil’s wisdom (James 3:14, 15).  He often appears as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).

  Ignorance.  No excuse!  By observing the natural world around us anyone can/should believe that there is a God and that He is powerful (Romans 1:20).  “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1).  An honest skeptic ought to say, “I’m an agnostic. I don’t know.  I’m not sure.  I haven’t been everywhere in the universe and I don’t have the capacity to fully understand the things I can perceive with my senses.”  There is hope for someone like this. 

  Confess.  Admitting the possibility of a Creator God scares some people because they know that it would make them accountable to Him.  This keeps many people from admitting that He exists.  But someday everyone who has died will be raised from the dead and will admit that Jesus Christ is the God-man whom He claimed to be (Philippians 2:11; John 10:30).  But this acknowledgement, made on judgment day, won’t enable him to enter heaven.  It will be too late then.  All unbelievers will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Revelation 20:11-15).  Don’t be one of them.

  Universal Salvation.  It’s a lie.  It would be cruel and unusual punishment to force someone who hates God to have to live with Him forever in heaven.  There won’t be any rebels in heaven.

  Friends.  Sometimes I hear people say, “I’d rather be in hell with my friends than in heaven with God and Christians.”  Would that be true if all of you were suffering forever in outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30)?  That doesn’t sound too appealing to me.  Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels, but all unbelievers will go there too (Matthew 25:41, 46).  These are the words of Jesus.

  Christians.  There are all kinds of them.  Some are mere “professors” who pretend to be Christians for personal reasons while others actually “possess” eternal life (Matthew 7:21-23; John 3:16).  Some are new Christians who haven’t learned how God wants them to live (Hebrews 5:12-14).  Other Christians are “carnal.”  They are saved but act like unbelievers (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).  Thankfully there are Christians who are growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).  Are you one of them?

  Identify Yourself.  If you claim to be a Christian, which kind are you?  Are you struggling as a Christian?  Are you defeated by your spiritual enemies?  Do you know how many spiritual enemies you have?  Would you like to be liberated from the devil’s clutch and enjoy an abundant life here on earth (John 10:10)?

  Help?  We can’t help those who don’t want to be helped.  But if you do, contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.   We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages.  Simply put, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins and rose again bodily from the dead and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  We add new articles regularly to our web logs (Blogs) to help folks like you who want to be sure of their eternal destiny and who want to know and grow in Christ so they can serve God and others better.

  When your life seems to be out of control and the circumstances are as bewildering as a three-alarm fire, you have several ways to respond.  You could lean on your own understanding and strength (Proverbs 3:5, 6).  You could get advice from ungodly men and end up dead (Psalm 1:1; Proverbs 14:12). You could turn to drugs or alcohol and become enslaved to these things (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22, 23). You might engage in illicit sexual relations and end up with a sexually transmitted disease (Proverbs 5:11).  Or you might choose to ignore the problem hoping that it will go away by itself.
  “If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1.” That’s what we tell our children to do. This seems to be the magic number that will connect us, we hope, to competent people who can come to our rescue or help us with our dilemma?  But sometimes the call doesn’t get through to the emergency personnel.  Has this ever happened to you?  If not, it might happen someday.  Then what would you do?  Where will you turn?
  Did you know that God has a special “Hot Line” number for His children to call when they have a crisis?  He has various ways to answer our calls for help.  He might say “Yes,” “No,” or “Wait.”  He might send someone to help us or show us how to correct the problem without our having to rely on any other human source.  If we lack wisdom, Christians can ask God for it (James 1:5).
  It might surprise you to know that if you deny (say “No” to) God, He will deny (say “No” to) you (2 Timothy 2:12).  God is grieved or quenched when we do this.  Too often God’s children ask for the wrong things and/or for the wrong reasons (James 4:3).  His usual answer to such requests is “No!” because He knows that it isn’t in our best interest.  On one occasion God gave the Hebrews their request but also sent them leanness of spirit  (Psalm 106:15).
  How often do you communicate with God?  Does it usually involve asking favors from Him?  How often do you thank Him, praise Him, or worship Him for who He is? Do you confess your known sins to Him or try to cover them and make excuses for your behavior?  Covering your sins will keep God’s mercy from flowing to you (Proverbs 28:13).
  Do you ever ask Him to open and close doors of opportunity for you?  Do you know the three ways you have available to you to ask God for the things your desire?  Which way guarantees that you get exactly what you ask for from God?  “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).  What exactly does this mean?
  God loves all His children and wants us to have what is really beneficial for us.  He doesn’t want us to focus on the things He gives to us but on Himself.  He is the giver of all good things (James 1:17).  Sometimes things get between us and God and so He has to remove them from us.  They have become idols to us.  What are some of the idols in your life? By looking at your check book and your day planner others probably could discover your priorities and the “American Idols” in your life.
  If you haven’t been “born again from above” into God’s family (John 3:3), you have no right to ask God for favors.  Unbelievers should ask their father, the devil, to provide for them (John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2).  He is happy to give them what they want if he can enslave them totally to himself.  Some people will sell their body and soul to the devil in exchange for fame, fortune, power, or pleasure.  Are you pursuing these things at any cost?  Beware!
  Jesus said, “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul [and ends up forever in hell] (Mark 8:36)?  Think about who and what you are serving. 
  To become a true child of God, you must “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [as your personal Savior]” (Acts 16:31).  “He died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  Your good works can’t save you (Ephesians 2:8, 9). 
  If you aren’t sure of your eternal destiny and would like additional help, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site www.kelseypeach.com.

  “His mother had just returned from the hospital.  She had been away for such a long time, at least it seemed long to her little boy.  But now she was at home again, and he was beside himself with excitement.  As soon as he could put his thoughts into words, he exclaimed, ‘Mother, you’re just like glue!’  At first she did not understand what he meant by such an odd expression.  But he continued, ‘I mean you hold us together.  When you are gone, we just fall apart. Sister lives in one place, Buddy somewhere else, and Daddy and I get along by ourselves.  You’re just the stuff that keeps us together.’” – Author unknown.

Angels Unaware

  “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels” (Hebrews 13:2).  Without your being aware of it, you may have one living in your home at this very moment.

  She cooked the breakfast first of all, / Washed the cups and plates, / Dressed the children and made sure / Stockings all were mates.

  Combed their hair and made their beds, / Sent them out to play. / Gathered up their motley toys, / Put some books away.

  Dusted chairs and mopped the stairs, / Ironed an hour or two, / Baked a jar of cookies and a pie, / Then made a stew.

  The telephone rang constantly, / The doorbell did the same, / A youngster fell and stubbed his toe, / And then the laundry came.

  She picked up blocks and mended socks, / And then she cleaned the stove. / And when her husband came at six He said: “I envy you! / It must be nice to sit at home without a thing to do!” (Husband since has disappeared)  -Author unknown.

What’s A Grandmother?

  “In the eyes of a child a grandmother is a lady who has no children of her own. She likes other people’s little girls and boys. A grandfather is a man grandmother. He goes for walks with the boys, and they talk about fishing and stuff like that.

  “Grandmothers don’t have to do anything except to be there. They’re so old that they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is enough if they drive us to the market where the pretend horse is, and have lots of dimes ready. Or if they take us for walks, they should slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars. They should never say ‘hurry up.’

  “Usually, grandmothers are fat, but not too fat to tie your shoes. They wear glasses and funny underwear. They can take their teeth and gums off. Grandmothers don’t have to be smart, only answer questions like, “Why isn’t God married?” and “How come dogs chase cats?”

  “Grandmothers don’t talk baby talk like visitors do, because it is hard to understand. When they read to us they don’t skip or mind if it is the same story over again. Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if they don’t have a television, because they are the only grown-ups who have time.” – Author Unknown

A Word To Mothers

  Whether you realize it or not, you hold in your hands a life that some day will affect others too for good or for evil.  Please don’t minimize the role you have in the development of your child.  Your prayers can’t change things but God can change things when you pray properly.  If you are Christian mother you have eight ways to communicate with God: worship, praise, thanksgiving, supplication, intercession, asking in Jesus’ name, confession, and making vows.  By staying in touch with God through His Word and prayer and relying on Him you’ll gain the strength you need to do your work well.

  The Apostle John wrote: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 4).  Absolute truth is found in the Scriptures.  Knowing which part of it is “for” you and which part is “to” you will keep much confusion away. “Be diligent [study] to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).   Our “Dispensational Chart” can help you see the different economies God uses to test man’s obedience. Go to www.kelseypeach.com.

  Let’s honor the woman who brought us into this world so we may live longer on the earth and glorify God.  No human mother (or father) is perfect as God is.  He is the standard and we, as Christians,  should desire to be like Him by exhibiting the Fruit of the Spirit (Christ likeness) in our daily lives (Galatians 5:22, 23).

  “No man is poor who has had a godly mother!” – Abraham Lincoln

Asking and receiving. That is about the extent of some people’s communication with God. Few people take the time to thank God for the blessings He bestows upon them.  Do you suppose this grieves the heart of God? How would you feel if people never thanked you for favors you did for them?

Maybe we should spend less time asking God for favors and start communicating with Him in other ways. Did you know that there are 8 ways a Christian can communicate with God? Some of them don’t expect any response from God. Improve your communication with God through-

 

 

 

 

Worship-Knowing who God is, give back to Him His full worth. Revelation 4:9,10

Praise-Appreciating some aspect of God’s character that was responsible for the benefits you received. Hebrews 13:15

Thanksgiving-Expressing gratitude to God for past, present, and future benefits. “For all things” Ephesians 5:20, “In all situations” 1 Thessalonians 5:18, and “For all men” 1 Timothy 2:1.

Supplication-Making a request when the need or object is unknown. A cry for help. Ephesians 6:18

Intercession– Pleading for or against known objects or needs. 1 Timothy 2:1; Romans 11:2

Asking in Jesus’ name– Asking for a known object as if Christ were asking for you. John 14:13

Confession-Acknowledging your personal sins by naming them to God. 1 John 1:9 

Vow-Promising to accomplish a specific thing that the Holy Spirit has moved the heart to do. James 5:15

Not only is it important to know how to pray, we need to be engaged in meaningful prayer throughout the day (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Why is this so important? Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

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