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Recently I had a man, who lives in another state, whom I had led to the Lord for salvation several years ago, call me to tell me about a frightening experience he had. In the middle of the night he felt like he was being attacked mentally by the devil or demons. He wanted to know what the Scriptures have to say about such things. I pointed out to him from the Bible that while Christians can’t be “demon possessed (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; John 14:23; 1 John 4:4 ) they can be “demon oppressed” (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:10-17; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Acts 10:38). Maybe you, or someone you know, has had such an experience yourself. If so, read on. God’s Word offers hope.

Thoughts. This is where the devil or demons usually attack Christians (Ephesians 6:10-17; See 1 Peter 5:8; 2 Corinthians 2:11). Thankfully they need permission from God to tempt us (Luke 22:31; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 6:13). It might be for us to be bitter toward God and blame Him or someone else because of a bad experience we’ve had in life (Hebrews 12:14, 15), or they might tempt us to have an unforgiving spirit toward someone who has hurt us deeply, whether it be physically, emotionally, or mentally (2 Corinthians 2:10, 11).

Language. The devil or demons also can tempt believers to engage in filthy speech (Ephesians 4:27-29). “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45; See James 3:10; Ephesians 4:15).

Personalize. Has someone hurt you very badly? Are you looking for an opportunity to take vengeance on him/her? If so, this bad attitude will eat you up and hurt you far more than the person whom you want to hurt. Maturing, spiritual Christians can/should help such believers so they don’t let the trespass become a sin (Galatians 6:1-4; See Ephesians 2:1). Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 12:19). Do you really believe that God will do this for you in His time and in His way?

Tools. Here is a strange question. Have you ever given thanks for the person who hurt you (1 Timothy 2:1) or considered that God may want to use him/her as a hammer, chisel, saw, or sandpaper to help conform you into Christ’s image (Romans 8:29; 12:1, 2)? If you’re a Christian, do you have and are you displaying the “Fruit of the Spirt” toward that individual? (Read Galatians 5:22, 23.) How might the Lord Himself act and/or react if He were standing in your place (Philippians 2:5 ff)? Are you suffering for doing what is right or for something wrong (1 Peter 2:19 ff; 4:12 ff; Philippians 1:29)? Is confession in order (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13)?

Torture. Christians who have an unforgiving spirit or bitterness in their heart can be afflicted by the torturers (Matthew 18:21-35). This could involve demonic oppression and torment (Examples: King Saul who wanted to kill David – 1 Samuel 16:14, 23; 19:9; Satanically ensnared Christians – 2 Timothy 2:24-26). Keep this in mind. No one has ever wronged us to the same degree that we have wronged and sinned against God. “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). God wants His children to “… be kind to one another, tenderhearted, [graciously] forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32; 1:7; See Luke 23:34; 1 Corinthians 2:8). Are you doing this? If not, why?

Forgiveness. Let’s back up some. At the time of our salvation we are judicially forgiven once for all (Ephesians 1:7; See Romans 8:1). But we need family forgiveness when we sin as God’s children so we can get back in fellowship with Him (1 John 1:5-10). When God forgives us He doesn’t remember our sins against us (Ezekiel 33:16), but He doesn’t forget what we did because He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24; Psalm 139). He will usually allow us to be tempted again in the same area to give us another opportunity to display either our love for Him or for our love of the pleasure we derive from engaging in a particular sin (1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 2:15-17; Hebrews 11:25; James 1:12). We have a choice to make – to sin and grieve God (Ephesians 4:30) or to gain victory and please God (2 Corinthians 5:9). There is a “sin unto [a premature, physical] death” that defiant Christians can commit (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16; Proverbs 29:1).

Carnality. The Christians in the church at Corinth were told to disassociate themselves from the “Christian man” who had been committing incest with his mother and to “deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh” (1 Corinthians 5:1-8; See Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Timothy 1:20). Apparently, after they did this, he repented (changed his mind) and confessed his sins to God and to the church (2 Corinthians 2:1-11; 1 John 1:9; James 5:16). Once he did this, the Apostle Paul admonished them to forgive him and take him back into their fellowship. If they refused to do this, he warned them about the devil’s attempt to take advantage of them and cause them to be “demonically oppressed” (2 Corinthians 2:1-11). Are you Satanically oppressed or ensnared right now (2 Timothy 2:24-26)?

Attacks. When Satan, or more likely a demon, attacks our minds with any of these particular temptations: to have an unforgiving spirit, to be bitter, disappointed, discouraged, or to act cowardly, we must put on the whole armor of God and focus our attention on the “helmet of salvation” to overcome them (Ephesians 6:17). We need to think about all the spiritual blessings we have in our “salvation package” (Ephesians 1:3 ff).

Biblical Meditation. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, … noble, … just, … pure,  lovely, … of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Are you doing this? If not, with God’s help why not start now?

Song. “O soul are you weary and troubled? / No light in the darkness you see? / There’s light for a look at the Savior / And life more abundant and free / Turn you eyes upon Jesus / Look full in His wonderful face / And the things of earth will grow strangely dim / In the light of His glory and grace.” – Helen Lemmel

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How To Become And Continue To Be

“A Christian At Ease In Christ”

Life is filled with hardships. Far too many Christians* are nervous wrecks when they should be enjoying their “new life in Christ”, and the “peace of God which surpasses all understanding.” We’ve been told to “count it all joy when [we] fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of [our] faith produces patience” (James 1:2). This can lead us to spiritual maturity.

It’s possible for us to have perfect peace in the midst of life’s storms if we know His promises that are addressed to us, as Christians, and if we claim them by faith. (Notice: Many of the promises in the Bible were given to the Jews, not to the Church.)

God will keep His promises whether you believe them or not.”

   May we suggest that you memorize these with a friend? Teach them to your children, grandchildren.

Topic: God’s Presence

“‘…I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” Matthew 28:20b

Topic: Heaven

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

Topic: Prayer

“If you abide [feel at ease] in Me, and My words abide [feel at ease] in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7

Topic: God’s Plan

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Topic: God’s Love

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38, 39

Topic: Temptation

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Topic: Work

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

Topic: God’s Grace

“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’” 2 Corinthians 12:9a

Topic: Security

“…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

Topic: God’s Power

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Topic: God’s Peace

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6, 7

Topic: God’s Provision

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Topic: Rewards

“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:10

Topic: Contentment

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5

Topic: Heaven

“And God will wipe every tear from their eyes; there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

   *You can become a Christian by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day. Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Ephesians 2:8, 9

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   Make some copies of this and memorize these promises with your family and friends.

Complied by Wm. Kelsey Pietsch

Grace Life Fellowship

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Do you remember seeing this Wendy’s commercial on TV? If you’re too young to remember it, watch it below [1]. Most people are concerned about the material and temporal things of life and give very little time and attention to the spiritual side of life which is far more important (1 Timothy 4:8). Maturing Christians are told not to love the world system that is passing away (1 John 2:15-17). We may use it, but we are not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31). We’re citizens of heaven and we’re just passing through earth to heaven (Philippians 3:20; John 14:1-3).

Where’s The Evidence?

Perhaps you claim to be a Christian. If so, where’s the evidence for it for other people to see? While God doesn’t require good works from us for us to be saved, other human beings do. James, the Lord’s half-brother, doesn’t contradict what the Apostle Paul taught. He pointed out that we’re saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. But good works will come after one has been saved (Ephesians 2:8-10). James, on the other hand, said that faith that doesn’t result in good works will not convince other human beings that you are truly saved (James 1:22; 2:18-20). Abraham was saved when he agreed with God and believed that God would give him a son in his old age (Genesis 15:6). No one knew that he was saved until many years later (perhaps 20 years) when he offered his son, Isaac to God as a sacrifice (James 2:21-24). Rahab, the harlot, displayed her faith in the God of the Jews, when she took the two Jewish spies in and hid them (Joshua 2:1 ff; James 2:25). Believe it or not, she even became an ancestress of Christ (Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31). Is your life all messed up? Are you saved? If God could save her, he can save you too. Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 to see the kinds of people whom God saved and changed. There is hope for all living human beings, including you and me. Don’t let the devil convince you into believing that you have committed “the unpardonable sin.” Do you know what it is (John 16:9)?

Lordship For Salvation?

Some people are being taught erroneously that in order for a person to be saved, he/she must make Jesus the Lord and Master of his/her life. They take the requirements for spiritual growth (or what they call “discipleship”) and make them conditions for salvation. Many of Christ’s disciples followed Him and wanted Him to be the “Welfare King.” He refused their offer (John 6:15). When He spoke to them about their spiritual condition and what they needed to do to be saved, they turned away from Him (John 6:28, 29, 66). Judas was a disciple, but he wasn’t saved (John 17:12). Are you confused by this false teaching? I was for a long time until God opened my eyes to the truth. If your are wondering about this yourself, I’d like to refer you to the links below. [2] If you are teaching this false way of salvation to others, stop! God holds preachers and teachers more responsible (James 3:1).

Carnal Christians

Some people who have been saved were abandoned by those who led them to Christ. They weren’t taught how to live the Christian life. [3] So they keep on yielding to the temptations that come from the devil, their own sin nature, or the present world system that was devised by the devil to control certain aspects of the sin nature. Those Christians who deny that they still have a sin nature are simply deceiving themselves, not others (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:14-25). The sin nature is the source from which most of our temptations come. When a Christian walks by means of the Spirit, he can’t/won’t yield to these temptations (Galatians 5:16, 25). But he also needs to be mindful of the temptations that come from the devil (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17) and the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31).

Victorious Living

God has provided for Christians everything that we need for life and godliness within the pages of His Word (2 Peter 1:3). He doesn’t want us to sin but He knows that we will sin periodically (1 John 3:8-10) This is why we have an Advocate/Lawyer with the Father to help us (1 John 2:1,2; 4:10). The problem is that many (perhaps most) Christians seek the wisdom and philosophy of this world and know very little about how to live a life that pleases God (See Romans 8:8; 2 Corinthians 5:9). They integrate the worldly, demonic, self-help philosophy and psychology of the world with the Bible (Colossians 2:8; James 1:5; 3:14-17). [4] No wonder there are so many dysfunctional Christians who turn to unsaved men for counsel rather than turn to Godly men and women of God who could provide assistance from the infallible Word of God (Psalm 1:1; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9).

Help

Is your life all messed up? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? [5] Do you believe that you have to go to Purgatory after you die to be cleansed further before you can enter heaven? (The Scriptures don’t teach this false doctrine.) Any purging that needs to take place in the life of a Christian is done in this life alone (Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Timothy 4:5). 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 you need spiritual counsel and are teachable and willing to change when you see what God says in His Word, we invite you to contact us for additional help. We can be reached through our website at www.kelseypeach.com or you can read helpful articles at www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com. Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

[1] Where’s The Beef commercial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riH5EsGcmTw

[2] Lordship for Salvation. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or a False Doctrine? Parts 1, 2

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or.html

http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or_14.html

[3] Maturing In Christ by Dr. H. L. Schafer. http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

[4] Psychohersey. http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/mainpage.html

[5] The Bad News & The Good News. See our website for more information on how to be saved.

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all face challenges and problems in life on a regular basis. Some people suffer more than others. Are you, or is someone you know, going through some hard times right now that seem insurmountable? If you’re a true believer in Christ, “give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and then“count it all joy” (James 1:2) for an opportunity to trust God in an unusual way. As the Scriptures say, “…man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). But a Christian’s troubles didn’t come to stay, but to pass. Our best life is yet future (Romans 8:18; See 2 Timothy 3:12) in spite of what one “preacher” tells others. Believe it or not, the unbeliever who dies without Christ as his Savior is experiencing his best life now while he lives on earth. The future is not bright for unbelievers (John 3:18, 36; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8). So, become a true believer right now if you’re not one yet!

Situations. What do you do if, after visiting the Doctor one day, he tells you that you have an advanced stage of cancer, or if you receive a call in the middle of the night from a police officer asking you to identify the body of someone who was in a head-on collision, or if you’re in business for yourself and you learn that your product has become obsolete, or if your spouse tells you that he/she wants out of the marriage? To whom or what do you turn?  (Read about “The Death Of Our Son, Bill” in a link below.)

Escapism. Have you tried to escape from the reality of the pain by traveling, getting involved in an immoral relationship, turning to alcohol and/or drugs?

Cynicism. Have you become cynical and grown dark inside? Are you resentful and bitter? Have you tried to get even with those who may have caused you the pain you’re experiencing?

Humanism. Perhaps you’ve spent a lot of money on psychologists or psychiatrists hoping to resolve your problems. Have you turned to self-help books, people’s opinions, or self-realization for guidance and comfort?

Supernaturalism. Maybe you’ve gone so far as to turn to astrology, mediums, witches, and wizards and have opened yourself up to demonic powers without your knowing it.

God’s Word. But, if you haven’t already figured it out, none of these things mentioned above can bring lasting satisfaction and true joy and peace into our lives. Perhaps God has brought you to this place in your life so that you will come to know that He alone is the living and true God (Jeremiah 10:10; 1 Thessalonians 1:9), who has provided salvation (deliverance from hell to heaven) for us by Christ’s dying for our sins…and rising again from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3 4). The only requirement for anyone to be saved is, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [alone], and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Have you done this yet? If not, why not put your faith and trust in Him now? Our salvation is not based on our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Nor is it faith plus good works.

Sufficient.  If you’re a true Christian you need to know that, within the pages of the Scriptures, you have everything you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).  If you’re a relatively new Christian, you may need some help so you can learn how to rightly divide the Word of God by using the normal method of interpretation – a consistent literal, historical, grammatical interpretation (2 Timothy 2:15). All of the Bible is for us, but not all of it is addressed to Christians (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). (See our “Dispensations Chart” for more details.)  Much of the Bible will seem foolish to an unbeliever because he is spiritually blind and suffers from natural blindness (1 Corinthians 2:14), Satanic blindness (2 Corinthians 4:4), and the Jews also have a judicial blindness (Romans 11:25). Only God can lift these blinds and give us spiritual eyesight to see and believe in Christ through the Gospel (Luke 24:31; Acts 16:14; Ephesians 1:18).

God’s Attributes. Consider what A. W. Tozer wrote, “The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters which at the most cannot concern him for very long…” The Knowledge Of The Holy, p. 4.  Our problems, as Christians, didn’t come to stay but to pass.  They won’t last forever.  But the unbeliever, who dies without the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, is living his best life now. His future is not bright if he ends up with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). If you’re not a true Christian, now is the time to become one (2 Corinthians 6:2)!  Let’s think about God’s attributes.

Good (Mathew 19:17). The three Persons in the Godhead desire and maintain Their own happiness and desire the happiness of others (Matthew 7:1; James 1:17). However, sin brings sorrow and death (Romans 6:23). God made it possible for Christians, who have been judicially forgiven (Ephesians 1:7), to be  joyful in every situation (Philippians 4:4-6) and to give thanks to God (1 Peter 4:14; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 1 Timothy 2:1). There is no premium on being a sad or morose Christian. In the midst of our problems and difficulties, God wants to make us more like His Son (Rom. 8:28-29) and for us to display the “Fruit of the Spirit” at the right time (Galatians 4:19; 5:22, 23). No matter the difficulty, we can/should praise and thank Him for His goodness (Psalm 107:8,15). His mercy (compassion toward those who are suffering) is an extension of His goodness (Lamentations 3:22-24; Titus 3:5).

Righteous (2 Timothy 4:8). God always does what is right (Psalm 119:142; 145:17). We don’t. He allows His children to be tested and tried to give us an opportunity to show our love for Him and do what is right in His sight when others do what is evil or that which is right in their own eyes (James 1:12-15; Judges 21:25). The “Crown of Righteousness” awaits believers who love Christ’s imminent return for them (2 Timothy 4:8; See John 14:1-3). Our belief in the “Rapture” (i. e. catching away) of the true Church is also a “purifying hope” (1 John 3:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Omnipotent (Revelation 1:8). How strong is your God? Do you really believe that He able to solve all of your problems (Ephesians 3:20; See Revelation 1:8; Proverbs 3:5, 6)? Nothing is too hard for Him to do (Genesis 18:14). Through Him, Christians can do everything that He wants us to do for His glory and the good of others (Philippians 2:13; 4:13). Think about God’s power that was on display as He protected Daniel’s three friends from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:17 ff) and Daniel from becoming the lions’ lunch (Daniel 6:20). The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead was the greatest demonstration of God’s power (Philippians 3:10). It’s available to all Christians.

Omniscient (Isaiah 46:10). God knows everything there is to know (John 2:24, 25). This can be comforting to those who are suffering wrongfully (1 Peter 4:14) but it should be disturbing and frightful to those who are doing evil (See Psalms 10:11; Matthew 10:28). He knows all about our particular problems and He knows how to solve them. He also knows how much we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). Don’t be misled by those who teach that God doesn’t know everything – i. e. the “open theism view of God.” Would you want a God who couldn’t tell you what lies ahead?

Truth (John 14:6). God is truth and He always speaks the truth (John 17:17; See Ephesians 4:15). He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). He sees Himself and others as they really are. He saw and sees us in our sinful state (Romans 3:10-23). He made a way for us to be declared right with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Romans 4:3, 16, 23-25). We can/should claim the promises in God’s Word that are directed to New Testament believers (2 Corinthians 1:20; 7:1). Don’t try to claim those that were given exclusively to the Jews lest you be disappointed. The Church has NOT replaced the Jews (See Romans 11:1). Would you like to be a Christian “at ease in Christ” no matter what happens (Hebrews 4:2; Philippians 4:6-8; See John 15:1-11). You can be.

Holiness (Isaiah 6:3). God is holy; we are not. He abhors anything unlike Himself and demands of His creatures a purity that is identical to His own (Leviticus 11:44; 1 Peter 1:16). Through His death, Christ satisfied God the Father’s outraged holiness against our sin nature (1 John 2:2; 4:10). It tempts us to engage in the “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21) which are perversions of good and wholesome things. He made it possible for Christians so we don’t have to keep on sinning against Him (1 John 2:1 ff; 1 Corinthians 10:13). It’s our responsibility, as Christians, to learn how to overcome the temptations that come from the devil, our sin nature, and the present world system. If you’re teachable and willing to change, we’re here to help you learn how to do this (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

Love (1 John 4:8). Divine love involves God’s desire for and delight in the well-being of the object loved, even to the point of self-sacrifice if necessary (1 John 3:16-18; 4:8-10; 1 Corinthians 13:4-6). A believer can be assured of the fact that nothing can separate him/her from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39). God wants to communicate Himself to us through His Word as we face our problems. He wants what is best for His children. But to those who refuse His offer of salvation, and remain children of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10), there is only eternal condemnation awaiting them in the life to come (John 3:18, 36; 16:8-11; Revelation 21:8). Don’t be one of them!

Questions. Are you absolutely sure you’ll go to heaven if you died today? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you’re quite confident that you will go to 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 a true Christian, have you been baptized/immersed to demonstrate your faith to others (Acts 8:36)? Have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Is there any visible evidence of spiritual growth in your life that others would recognize (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; James 2:19, 20)? Are you sharing the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) with others as the Holy Spirit leads you (Romans 8:14) and opens doors for you (Revelation 3:8)? Are you doing everything to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31)? If not, what needs to change? (See our “Dispensations Chart” to discover if you’re doing the things God wants you to do to be pleasing to Him?)

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Portions of this article were adapted from –

Growing Deep In The Christian Life by Charles R. Swindoll, Multnomah Press, p. 53ff

Problem Solving… by George Zeller http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/christia/probsolv.htm

Maturing In Christ, H. L. Schafer, p. 11 ff https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

The Death Of Our Son, Bill” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/we-sorrow-not/