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In Hebrews 9:27 we read, …it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” The first part of this verse is a general rule. The second phrase is an absolute. Not everyone will die physically. There have been a couple examples of this in the past (Enoch and Elijah) and there will be a whole generation of Christians who won’t die physically either (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

But all believers will face the Lord Jesus Christ someday to have our works evaluated to determine if we will or won’t receive crowns, rewards, and praise from God (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). At the end of Christ’s 1,000 reign on/over the earth, the deceased unbelievers will be raised from the dead and will stand before Him at the Great White Throne to have Him evaluate their works to determine their degree of suffering forever in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).

But you might ask, What must I do to be saved/delivered from the lake of fire? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

How can I know what God expects me to do as a believer? Where do I find this information? It’s found in the Bible. You might ask, Aren’t there different rules for different people in different times? Yes, there are. They are known as Dispensations – the house rules. Old Testament believers had different rules for living than Christians do today. Those living during Christ’s 1,000 reign on/over the earth will also have intensified legal rules to keep. (See our Dispensations Chart on our website.)

But imagine, for a moment, that you are back in school and you have to take a final exam to pass the course and to graduate. But suppose the teacher gave you, ahead of time, the questions that you would be asked. Would that help you? It should.

It may sound strange to some people that God would give His children the test questions before the final exam that we all will have to take when we stand before Him to have our works (not us) evaluated (2 Corinthians 5:10). But He does. This is true for the Jews, who were given the “Mosaic Law” and for the Church (the spiritual Body of Christ) that becomes His Bride (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 19:7; 21:9; Galatians 6:2). Don’t confuse the two groups (1 Corinthians 10:32). God has separate plans for the nation of Israel and for the Church. We don’t believe that the Church has replaced Israel.

The judgments for believers will be to determine if we will be rewarded or not (Matthew 25:21-23; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The judgment of unbelievers will be to determine their degree of suffering forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 11:24; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15). One’s eternal destiny with God or apart from God is determined by his/her faith or lack of faith in God/Christ (John 3:16, 18, 36; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It is NOT based on one’s good works (Isaiah 64:6; Titus 3:5). At the “Bema seat judgment” Jesus, the omniscient One (John 2:24, 25; Isaiah 46:10), will determine the answers to these questions: (Some of these Bible references relate to the Jews, not to Christians. Similarity doesn’t mean identity.)

How did you treat others (Matthew 10:41-42; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 4:32; Hebrews 6:10)?

How did you use your talents and your spiritual gift (Matthew 25:14-29; 1 Peter 4:10)?

How did you use the resources (time and money) I gave to you (Matthew 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)?

How did you endure personal injustice when mistreated (Matthew 5:11, 12; 1 Peter 4:12, 13)?

How did you endure suffering and trials (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)?

How did you spend your time on earth (Psalm 90:9-12; Ephesians 5:16)?

How did you run the race I gave you to run (1 Corinthians 9:24; Hebrews 12:1)?

How did you keep your body under control (1 Corinthians 9:25-27; Ephesians 5:18)?

How often and why did you try to lead unbelievers to Me (Daniel 12:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)?

How intensely did you love My imminent return (2 Timothy 4:8)?

How faithful were you to My Word and to other people (Acts 20:26-28; 2 Timothy 4:1, 2)?

How hospitable were you toward strangers (Matthew 25:35, 36; Hebrews 13:2)?

How faithful were you in your vocations/jobs (Colossians 3:22-24)?

How did you support the work of the Lord (Matthew 10:40-42; Galatians 6:6)?

How did you use your tongue (Matthew 12:36; James 3:1-12)?

Conclusion: Although there are different rules (dispensations) for people living in different times, and there will be different times for the judgment of various groups of people, we all need to remember this – “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). We all may not die physically, but all of us will face the Lord Jesus Christ some day. He will judge all our works and unveil our motives (John 5:22; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12).

Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Are you certain that you will spend eternity with God in heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you are 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?

Sadly, in spite of all this information that God has given to us in His Word, most people won’t put their faith and trust in Christ alone and be saved (John 3:16-20). As it is true with the believers in other dispensations, most believers will NOT receive all that God would like to give to them because they will not claim God’s promises to them and walk by faith (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 4:1-12). Don’t try to claim promises that weren’t given to you. Not all the promises in the Bible are there for Christians to claim. Some are only for the Jews.

Each of the seven dispensations will end in failure. This demonstrates to us that without God’s help, no one can do anything to please God (John 15:5; Jeremiah 17:9; Hebrews 11:6).

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(For additional Christian responsibilities, go to our “Understanding The Times” Dispensations Chart on our website: www.kelseypeach.com.)

*Some of this material was adapted from Dr. Mark Hitcock’s book, “The End” by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Carol Stream, Illinois, c. 2012, pp. 218, 219

https://www.amazon.com/End-Complete-Overview-Bible-Prophecy/dp/1414353731/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=mark+hitchcock+the+end&qid=1572641050&sr=8-3

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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When I was a young man, I was a lifeguard at a lake during the summer time. I had to take special training and be physically fit to do the job of rescuing people who were in danger of drowning. Thankfully no one drowned on my watch. Later I became a water safety instructor and taught people how to swim and enjoy the water.

Firefighter. Although I was never a firefighter, I have talked to some men who were/are. I am amazed at the heavy, protective gear they have to wear and the skills they need to have so they can go into burning buildings and rescue people from dying. We should express our gratitude to such people, including police officers, and military people, who endanger their own lives to protect us from harm and danger. When was the last time you told one of them “Thank you”?

Heaven or Hell? There are some people who deny the existence of heaven and hell. One Episcopal Bishop came right out and said that hell was an invention of the church to make itself rich. Let us know if you agree or disagree with him? What are your thoughts about Purgatory, Paradise, Limbo, the Bottomless Pit, the Abyss, Tartarus and other places? What do the Scriptures teach and is all the information found in it reliable? Is there really a heaven to gain and a hell to avoid? Does merely imagining that they don’t exist make it true as John Lennon suggested?

Certain? If so, how can a person make sure he/she is going to avoid hell and enter heaven? Will everyone, including the devil and demons, eventually end up in heaven? Is “universalism” true or false? What about those people who hate God and who don’t want to be there with Him and Christians? What about people who have never heard of Jesus? Why did He come to earth 2,000 years ago? Who was/is He? How can we distinguish between the true Christ and the false Christs of the cults? If you’re a Christian, could you give Biblical answers to someone who might ask you these questions (1 Peter 3:15)? Have you ever led or tried to lead another person to Christ for salvation? Whose job is it? Would you like to learn how you can do this so you can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)? Where would you be today if someone hadn’t shared the “Good News” with you? Have you left your first love (Revelation 2:11)?

Problem. My friend, we’ve all sinned (acted lawlessly) and come short of the glory of God and the standard that He set for us to enter heaven (Romans 3:10-23). As such, we all deserve to be eternally separated from Him in a place of torment (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46). But God the Father loved the people of this world, who were/are enslaved by the devil, and wanted to demonstrate His love for all of us. So He gave His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who came to earth of His own volition (John 10:17; Hebrews 10:9). He came to glorify the Father, to live a sinless life, and then to take our place and pay the penalty of death for our sins so we wouldn’t have to be eternally separated from Him in the lake of fire (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). He chose to die the horrible death of a cross to demonstrate the degree of His love for us (Philippians 2:8; Romans 5:8). Truly this is“Amazing Grace.” Have you ever sung this song? Have you responded to Him in faith? If not, why not now? “Don’t boast about tomorrow…” (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14). It may never come to you.

Condition. The only requirement that God has imposed on mankind is that we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and who rose again bodily on the third day from the dead (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Unbelief is the only unforgivable sin today (John 16:9). Don’t die as an unbeliever. There are no second chances to be saved once you’re physically dead. The Scriptures don’t teach reincarnation. No one can earn his/her salvation (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Sadly, most people want to add their good works to faith just as an added insurance policy. In doing this, they “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). Consider the false teaching of “Lordship Salvation.” (See the link below.)

Easy? While merely believing may sound too easy, it’s not. As Dr. Charles C. Ryrie wrote, “When we Christians ask someone to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are asking something very difficult. We are asking the person to believe in someone he or she has never seen. Someone who lived in the very distant past. Someone who has no living eyewitnesses who can vouch for His character and the truth of His words. Someone whose biography was written very long ago and by those who were His friends.” My friend, you can’t afford to be wrong. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” – Mark 8:36.

Help. We’re very concerned about you and other people who are or have been enslaved by the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). We want you to know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Having struggled with this matter myself, I want to help you and others know for sure that you are headed for heaven the moment you die. Is it really possible for a person to be sure? Yes, if the Scriptures are truthful (John 17:17). We ask you to check this out for yourself (Read Romans 8:16: 1 John 5:11-13; John 3:16, 18, 36). For additional information, we invite you to go to our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Read The Bad News & The Good Newsby Dr. Ron Shea. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow” or “Subscribe.” We also are on Youtube and Facebook.

Share. By your sharing this information with others, you may have a part in their being saved and in their eternal happiness. “The future is as bright as the promises of God.” How many of them do you know and claim? (See link below.)

Lordship Salvation: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, Moody Press, 1997, p. 108

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Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?”

https://www.faith.edu/1993/02/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Promises For Christians: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

Not long ago some college students were murdered by a mad man because they admitted that they were Christians. What would your response be if someone were to come into your church service and ask you to identify yourself. Would you deny Christ hoping to spare your own life? Would you lose your salvation if you denied Him? Would you need to be saved again? Do others know that you are a true Christian by your walk and talk?

As spiritual darkness envelopes our country and the world and as true Bible believing Christians are persecuted more and more (2 Timothy 3:1-12), there are some things that we really need. First of all, we all need –

A Savior. There is only one Person who can qualify to be our Savior. He must be God and man at the same time. God the Son came down to this earth and added to His deity a true human nature and a real body like ours (John 1:1-18, 29; Philippians 2:5-11). In no way was/is He inferior to God the Father or God the Holy Spirit as some cults teach (Colossians 2:9; John 5:18; 8:58; 10:3). He is the “Solid Rock” on which our faith must rest (See Matthew 7:24-27; 16:18; Psalm 18:2, 31). Is He your personal Savior? Do you believe that He died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)?

The Bible. God graciously gave to mankind a book that tells us how we can have peace with God (Romans 5:1). This Book is made up of 66 books, and it is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21). It is alive and powerful and can/will accomplish God’s purposes (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 1:11; John 6:37). Read about some of the benefits that come from it (Psalm 119:11, 28, 105, 111, 130, 165, 176).

Faith. We need saving faith if we want to be delivered from the eternal lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:14, 15; 21:8) and enter into God’s presence in heaven forever (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Philippians 1:29; Romans 4:3, 4, 16; John 14:1-3). Once we’re saved, we need living faith (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38; 11:6).

Hope. The believer’s hope is not wishful thinking but a confident expectation based on God’s promises that are addressed to Christians (Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:21). Consider some examples: Acts 23:6; Galatians 5:5; Colossians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Love. While non-Christians can have brotherly love (“Phileo” – Hebrews 13:1), and family love (“Storge” – 2 Timothy 3:3), God’s kind of love is reserved for Christians who are rightly related to God the Holy Spirit (“Agape” – Romans 5:1; Galatians 5:22; 1 Corinthians 13). A maturing Christian must not misdirect God’s love toward the things of this world (1 John 2:15-17).

Promises. Not every promise in the Bible may be claimed by Christians. Example: Would you really want to have a child when you were 100 years old and your was wife 90 years old (Genesis 15:4; 17:17; 21:5)? Some promises were given exclusively to the Jews. Others were given exclusively to Christians. The Church didn’t replace Israel. God still has promises that He gave to the Jews that must be fulfilled (Romans 11:1). Only a trustworthy, all powerful God can keep all the promises He’s made to others (Romans 4:19; John 14:6; Ephesians 3:20). It’s not enough to know the promises of God, a believer must mix them with faith and rest in the Lord to do what only He can do (Hebrews 4:2).

Others. Some people have the idea that they can live without help from other people. Try to imagine what you life would be like if everyone won a million dollars and decided to quit his/her job. There would be no one to serve you at the grocery store, you wouldn’t have electricity or hot water and many other services. We need each other. We need those who know more than we do and who have expertise in various areas. We need to pass on to our children and grandchildren information that will be helpful to them. Christians are admonished not to forsake their assembly meetings (Hebrews 10:24, 25; See Romans 15:1; 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Younger Christians need older Christians (1 Thessalonians 5:11ff; Romans 14:1; 2 Timothy 2:2 ).

Crisis. Too many people wait for a crisis before they turn to the Lord for His help. Do you have “Fox Hole Faith” or genuine “Saving Faith”? Make sure of your salvation (2 Peter 1:10; See Matthew 7:21-23). There are no second opportunities to be saved once you’re dead (Hebrews 9:27). If you’re a Christian, God wants you to keep growing spiritually each day (2 Peter 3:18). He also wants us to serve Him and others with gladness (Psalm 100:2; 1 Peter 4:10). Can God count on you to share the Good News concerning Christ with others as the Holy Spirit leads you (Romans 8:14)?

Peace. Do you have peace with God (Romans 5:1)? How about the peace of God (Philippians 4:6, 7)? May we suggest that you read and meditate upon Philippians 4:6, 7; Isaiah 26:3?

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“Impossibilities. Everyone can list a few. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. You can’t get blood out of a turnip. You can’t make a crab walk straight.” – C. Swindoll. But did you know that great opportunities are often disguised as unsolvable problems?

Jesus’ disciples had seen Him turn water into wine, heal a nobleman’s son from a distance, and enable a man, who had been lame for 38 years, to walk. But what could/would Jesus do with thousands of hungry people who were following Him almost everywhere He went?

The Occasion. This particular event took place (1) after John the Baptizer was beheaded by King Herod who had been denounced for being an adulterer (John 3:24; Matthew 4:12; 14:1-14; Mark 6:14-31). John probably hadn’t thought much about being imprisoned as he was or to the possibility that he would be beheaded (Matthew 11:3). Jesus knew that His disciples needed a break from this traumatic event. So He told them to “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest for awhile” (Mark 6:31). Yes, we all need time off from work and vacations. But did you know that God has provided a “moment by moment rest” for believers who will mix His promises with faith (Hebrews 4:2-9). This event also happened (2) after Jesus saw thousands of people, on their way to observe the Passover, coming to Him to meet their physical needs through sign miracles (John 3:2; 6:2-5). Sadly, many of they weren’t concerned about their spiritual condition or their need to repent (i.e., change their mind) about Him as the promised Messiah and the Son of God (John 20:31; Matthew 16:16). They needed to see themselves as sinners who were in need of trusting in Him alone as their personal Savior (John 1:29). What concerns you the most – physical, emotional, or spiritual things? Do you know when to flee and when to fight (2 Timothy 2:22; James 4:7).

The Opportunity. In this crisis situation there was an opportunity to meet the real need of over 5,000 hungry people (John 6:10). Many of us in this country know very little about real hunger as people do in other countries. But Even in the affluent society of modern America, fourteen million children live in poverty. Twelve million of them suffer from constant hunger, and in parts of the country more than one-fourth of all children never get enough nourishment…On any given night in the USA, one hundred thousand homeless children live on the streets. People below eighteen are the fastest-growing group among the homeless.” – Kenneth Gangle, John, p. 116. Jesus planned to feed their hungry stomachs before telling them about their greater spiritual need of receiving Him as “The Bread of Life” (John 6:35, 48). Sadly, most of them weren’t interested in their own spiritual well being. Jesus said, “Labor not for the food that perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give to you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him” (John 6:27).

The Responses. The disciples failed to recall the previous sign miracles that Jesus had performed (Mark 8:14). They were like the disciples on their way to Emmaus, who were “slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets [had] spoken” (Luke 24:25). They were stuck with a human viewpoint. When Jesus asked Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” he responded by saying, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little” (John 6:5-7). Andrew found a boy with five barley loaves and two small fish and said, “but what are they among so many” (John 6:8)? They failed to look at the situation from a Divine viewpoint. Do you think you would have done anything differently if you had been there? Consider these people’s response. After they had been fed to the full, they wanted to make Jesus their King. After all, they thought that if Jesus could feed 5,000 people from five small barley loaves and two small fish, he could provide for them the “Ultimate Welfare State” in which they would have all their physical needs provided for them.

The Reaction. “Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone” (John 6:15). Wait a minute.  Hadn’t Jesus come to be the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:2)? Why didn’t He take them up on their offer? It would have been on their terms, not on His or God the Father’s terms or according to His timing (Psalm 2:7ff). After being tempted by the devil in the wilderness for 40 days, Satan legitimately offered to Jesus the kingdoms of this world if Jesus would bow down and worship him (Matthew 4:9).  Of course, Jesus didn’t do that.  Remember that Satan also told Eve that she would be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil, if she just ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:5)? Yes, after eating of it, she did gain that knowledge, and became like God in that one area, but it wasn’t what God wanted for her or Adam and in the process their natures became sinful natures (Romans 5:12; 7:15-25). This is why we all need to be “born from above” so we can participate in the Divine nature (John 3:3-6; 2 Peter 1:4). Are you being tempted to do something independently of God and not according to God’s Word or His timing? “…for whatsoever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).

The Sufficient One. As the God-man, Jesus had/has the ability to meet all of our needs, whether they be physical, emotional, and/or spiritual needs. “…[God] is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). The Apostle Paul wrote, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). The Psalmist admonishes us to “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name…” (Psalm 103:1ff).  Please take time to read about some of God’s benefits in this Psalm.

Questions. What kind of perspective do you have – A human one or Divine one? How much faith do you have in God and His promises? How often do you use words like these? “It can’t be done.” “It won’t work.” “It’s impossible to do.” What crisis situation are you facing right now? How big is your God? The Psalmist wrote, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together” (Psalm 34:3). The Apostle Paul committed his readers to the Lord when he wrote, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20, 21). Absolutely nothing is too hard for the Lord (Jeremiah 32:17, 27; Luke 1:37; 18:27).  Is there a promise from God that you need to claim and mix with faith (Hebrews 4:2)?  Will you do it now?

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus,

but to trust and obey.”

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Beggars. Most people shy away from them but a few have mercy on them. What would you have done? One day, while the Apostles Peter and John were on their way to the temple at the hour of prayer, they encountered a lame man who was begging for alms (Acts 3). Rather than giving the man what he wanted, they gave him something better. In the name of Jesus they healed the man and enabled him to walk. His excitement was contagious and those who were there wondered what had happened to him. This in turn led to a crowd’s gathering around Peter and his being able to explain to them what had happened. About 5,000 people got saved but not without opposition from the religious authorities (Acts 4:1ff).

Opposition. Early in His ministry, Jesus performed a similar miracle and it also resulted in the religious leader’s opposition to Jesus. Not only did they hate Him, they wanted to kill Him (John 5:16). But why would there be such opposition to such an act of mercy? They were filled with envy (Matthew 27:18).

Sabbath. Jesus deliberately healed a man on the Sabbath (John 5:9). This infuriated the religious leaders who had added extra rules (legalism) to the Sabbath and imposed them on the common people. Perhaps they thought, How dare this man Jesus violate our rules?

Creation. Let’s go back to the beginning.  We’re told that after the six days of creation God rested (Genesis 2:2, 3). Why? It wasn’t because He was tired. He’s not a man who gets worn out. He is omnipotent (Revelation 1:8). There simply was no more work for Him to do at that time.

Resumption. But after Adam and Eve rebelled against God, by eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6), there was plenty of work for God to do on man’s behalf.  When that man got down into the ditch of sin, the Lord Jesus and the Father could no longer rest on the Sabbath Day. Although God rested after the creation of the physical universe, after the fall of man He didn’t rest, because man, like an ox, had gotten down into the ditch.” – J. Vernon McGee (See Luke 13:15; 14:5)

Relief. God graciously established the Sabbath as a day of rest for the Jews who had been slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years without any rest (Mark 2:27; Exodus 20:2; Deuteronomy 5:15). It wasn’t imposed on the people (for about 2,500 years) who were living before the giving of the Mosaic Law nor on the non-Jews after the giving of the Law. Not only was the Sabbath (seventh) day designed to give man a day of rest, every seventh year God told the Jews to give the land rest (Leviticus 25:1ff; 26:34-43). It also gave the Jews an opportunity to trust God to supply their need for food while the land rested. But they didn’t trust God for 490 years straight. So God removed them from their land, by the hand of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, for 70 years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Daniel 1:1, 2). King Cyrus of Persian (Iran) allowed the Jews to return to the land of Israel and rebuild the temple and reestablish their worship of God (2 Chronicles 36:22ff; Ezra 1:1ff).  Wouldn’t it be great to see the current leaders in Iran treat the Jews as King Cyrus did?

Today. Although 9 or the 10 commandments are repeated in the New Testament, the 4th commandment regarding the Sabbath day of rest is not imposed on Christians (Colossians 2:16). Yes, the Apostle Paul went into the synagogues on the Sabbath (Acts 13:14; 18:4), but it was to preach the Good News concerning the Jewish Messiah Jesus and His work on their behalf to save them from sin and its consequences (Acts 13:15ff; 17:1ff; 18:4ff; Romans 6:23). But the early church assembled on the first day of the week to hear the Word of God proclaimed and to stimulate each other to love and good works (John 20:19; Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Hebrews 10:24, 25).

Tribulation. During the (perhaps soon) coming seven years of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19), know also as the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), the judgment of the rebellious nations (Psalm 2) and the Jews will take place with the 7 seal judgments, 7 trumpet judgments, and the 7 bowl judgments. Jesus told the Jews who would be living in Jerusalem in the future when the Antichrist will have his image set up in the holy place in the rebuilt temple on the current “Temple Mount” to pray that your flight [from Jerusalem to Petra in Jordan – Isaiah 16:1ff] may not be in winter or on the Sabbath” (Matthew 24:15-20; See Revelation 13:11-18).

Millennium. During Christ’s millennial reign on/over earth, the Sabbath day rest will also be restored (Ezekiel 44:24; 46:1-3). It will be a time of peace and great prosperity (Isaiah 2:4; 11:1ff; 35:1ff) when Christ and His Bride, the Church rule over the earth from the heavenly (satellite) New Jerusalem (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9ff; Isaiah 9:6, 7). King David and other Old Testament believers will be raised from the dead 75 days after the Tribulation is over (Jeremiah 30:9; Daniel 12:12). He will be the regent on earth.  Under him there will be other Gentile kings and lords (Revelation 19:16). Some of the resurrected Old Testament Jews will rule as  judges who can’t/won’t be bribed. (Isaiah 1:26; Luke 19:17). Try to imagine what that will be like.

Sabbath Rest. There is another type of Sabbath rest that was/is available to the people of God who know and claim God’s promises (Hebrews 4:2). God assured Abraham and the Jews that He would deliver them from their 400 years of bondage in Egypt and take them into the “Promised Land” (Genesis 15:13-18). While they have inhabited some of the land that was promised to them, they are yet to get all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River. This will happen during the millennial reign of Christ. After leaving Egypt, God instructed them to go in and take the land away from the wicked Amorites and Canaanites by force (Genesis 15:15; Deuteronomy 7:1).  God often uses one nation to punish another wicked nation.  This is one reason why God is opposed to man’s attempts to establish a one world government and a one world religion.  But it’s coming as predicted (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).  The stage is being set.  Thankfully it will only last for seven years.  Otherwise no one would survive this holocaust when over 1/2 of the population will die (Matthew 24:22; Revelation 6:8; 9:15).  We sincerely hope that you won’t be here on earth during these days.  Will you be left behind when the Lord returns?  (Read John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9).

Discouraged. When the 12 spies came back from the land of Canaan with their report concerning the “Promised Land,” 10 of them gave the people a bad report and caused them to doubt God’s ability to give them the land. So they revolted against God and Moses and refused to claim God’s promises. This is one of the reasons why the Jews had to spend 40 miserable years in the wilderness (Numbers 13:26ff; 14:33ff). Learn what not to do from their bad example (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11).

Promises. Just as God gave the Jews promises and has kept them, so God has given New Testament believers promises that we can claim so we can enjoy the abundant life consisting of, among other things, the peace of God (John 10:10; Philippians 4:4-6; Galatians 5:22). This gives us hope. It is the confident expectation that God will keep His promises to us too (Romans 15:4). Make sure that you don’t try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to the Jews. The Church has not replaced Israel (Romans 11:1ff).  This is called “Replacement Theology.” [1] . Christians have plenty of promises to claim but most of them will go unclaimed. This is why many Christians are miserable and filled with anxiety, fear, and doubt (John 14:1; Philippians 4:6). Are you one of them? Would you like a list of promises for Christians to claim? You can’t claim them if you’re not saved.  What is the command and promise to an unsaved person? (Read John 3:16, 18, 36; Acts 16:31; 1 John 5:13).

Christian. You can become a Christian, and have peace with God (Romans 5:1) by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). There are no good works that you can/must do to be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Isaiah 64:6; Titus 3:5). Salvation is a free gift from God to all who will believe on Christ.  (Beware of the “Lordship Salvation” requirements for salvation. They’re very confusing and can leave a person without assurance of salvation.) [2]

Formula. Here is the right formula: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works. This is the wrong formula: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation. If you get this mixed up, you’ll end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46). We’re here to help you avoid that awful place that lasts forever. Contrary to what some cults teach, there are no second chances to be saved once you’re dead (Hebrews 9:27). The Scriptures don’t teach reincarnation either.

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[1] Replacement Theology: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

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

Sabbath: http://nowtheendbegins.com/pages/israel/are-christians-required-to-keep-the-sabbath.htm

In these perilous days when so many people are unthankful, unholy, unloving, and unforgiving, every Spirit filled Christian can/should continually display a grateful heart to God and others (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Ephesians 5:18-21). In Psalm 103:1-5 the author reminds us that the Lord –

Saves. He can deliver us from eternal condemnation (John 3:16; Matthew 25:41, 46) and forgive those who put their faith and trust in Christ alone to save them. Judicial forgiveness takes place at the moment of salvation and family forgiveness is granted to His children when we confess our sins to Him (Ephesians 1:7; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9). Since He is omniscient, He can’t forget the sins we’ve committed, but once properly dealt with, He has promised not to hold our sins against us (Ezekiel 33:16; Psalm 103:12). But some time later He probably will give us another opportunity to show our love for Him rather than for the gratification we get from engaging in sin (Hebrews 11:25). He will allow us to be tempted periodically (James 1:12-15; 1 Corinthians 10:13). Did you know that God also heals all our physical diseases except the last one? We’re all going to die unless the Rapture takes place (Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). Today God doesn’t need divine healers to cure someone (1 Corinthians 13:8-10; James 5:14, 15). Do you know why He allows sickness? Consider John 9:3; 11:4; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; 2 Corinthians 12:7-9; Hebrews 12:6-14.

Keeps. Did you know that the believer’s salvation comes in three tenses: Past – from the penalty of sin (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:1); Present – from the power of sin (Romans 6:14; 8:2), and Future – from the presence of sin (Romans 8:18-23)? “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). Jesus said, “And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand…or the Father’s hand” (John 10:28, 29). Furthermore, did you know that each believer has at least one guardian angel (Hebrews 1:14; 1 Peter 1:12)? Don’t make it difficult for him to keep you safe. He’s not omnipotent like God. Have you thanked God recently for crowning you with loving kindness and tender mercies that are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22, 23)? You can count on God to keep all His promises (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29). Some are conditional; others are unconditional. Just make sure you’re claiming the promises that are given to you as a New Testament believer. Not all the promises in the Bible were given to you to claim. Don’t confuse Israel with the Church.

Satisfies. Yes, God satisfies our mouth with good things. Most of you can smell and taste things. Some of us can’t. We’re waiting for our new, glorified bodies that will be like Christ’s resurrected, glorified body (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 John 3:2). Every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17; 1 Corinthians 4:7). He is the One who renews our strength like the eagle’s (Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 68:35; 2 Corinthians 12:9). He has promised to supply all our needs, not our greed (Philippians 4:19). “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” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

Memory. In loving memory of those who risked their lives for us “It is appropriate that every year we have [a Memorial Day] to honor our countrymen who made and still make enormous sacrifices for us. It is appropriate that every week we have a day to honor the Savior who died for the sins of the world [and rose again for our justification]” – Warren Wiersbe. Why not express a word of thanks to someone who risked, lost, or gave his/her life for you? Think of your mother, a police officer, a soldier, a firefighter, or someone else who comes to your mind.

Help. If you’ve been blessed by reading this, we’d like to hear from you. Then go out and bless someone today. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give [bless others] than to receive [be blessed]” – Acts 20:35. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website at www.kelseypeach.com.  If you’re not sure about your personal salvation, we have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages.  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”