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In 1928 a group of the world’s most successful financiers met at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. Collectively, these tycoons controlled more wealth than there was in the U.S. Treasury, and for years newspapers and magazines had been printing their success stories and urging the youth of the nation to follow their examples. But that’s not the end of the story.

Money And Wealth. It is not the root of all evil. Do you know what is (1 Timothy 6:10)? Did you know how covetousness and idolatry are associated (Colossians 3:5)? Some people acquire money lawfully while others obtain it illegally. Don’t you think that the legislators who make the laws should have to abide by the same rules that they impose on the rest of us? We’re supposed to live by the rules established by the government of the land in which we live (Romans 13:1-7). Some ways of doing business today were once forbidden. We understand that franchises and network marketing were not permitted at one time. It’s unfortunate that money can be used or misused by both unbelievers and Christians (1 Corinthians 7:31).

Capitalism. Did you know that God’s Word prohibits stealing and encourages capitalism, not socialism or communism (Ephesians 4:28)? Do you know what the Scriptures say about someone who can work but who won’t work (2 Thessalonians 3:10)? Earthly riches can keep a person from trusting in Christ for salvation and daily living (Matthew 13:22). Spiritual riches are of great value (Ephesians 1:3). However, many Christians know very little about their riches in Christ. We’re saved by an act of faith, and Christians are to live in an attitude of faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 1:17) while knowing and claiming God’s promises to us as New Testament believers (Hebrews 4:2). Are  you trying to claim promises that were never intended for you?  Are you living the “Faith/Rest Life” that is provided for all Christians?

Classifications. People can be classified physically and spiritually. Some folks are poor without and within. They spend their entire lives in poverty and die without Christ as their personal Savior (Ephesians 2:12). Jesus said that there would always be poor people on this earth (John 12:8). Then there are people who are rich without and rich within. The patriarchs Job, Abraham and others were physically and spiritually rich (Job 1:1-12; Genesis 12:16). So were Nicodemus, the teacher in Israel (John 19:39), and Barnabas (Acts 4:36, 37). The persecuted believers in the church at Smyrna were physically poor but spiritually rich (Revelation 2:9). So was the beggar who ate crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table (Luke 16:20). But then there are also people who are physically wealthy in this life but who will end up in hell because of their spiritual poverty expressed by their unbelief in Christ alone for their salvation (Luke 16:19, 23; John 16:9). The folks in the church of Laodicea had great riches but they lacked spiritual life (Revelation 3:17). In which of these four categories do you fit?

Judgment Day. James, the Lord’s half brother (Mark 6:3), warned hoarders that someday they will reap misery (James 5:1-3). The Christians who love this present world system and who misuse it will lose out on their rewards at the “Bema Seat Judgment Of Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). All unbelievers will face Judge Jesus (John 5:22) at the Great White Throne Judgment. They will be judged according to their works to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:15-20; Matthew 25:41, 46). No human being needs to go there. Salvation has been provided for everyone (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2).

Salvation. No one can buy his/her way into heaven. It is a gift from God to all who will place their faith in Christ exclusively rather than trying to earn their way to heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Do you believe that He died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43)? God is omniscient and knows those who are His and those who aren’t (John 10:14). Once we’re truly saved, no one can snatch us out of God’s hands (John 10:28, 29). He will never leave or forsake those who belong to Him (Hebrews 13:5).

Warnings. Because many people in the olden days were very poor and worked as day laborers, it was important that they get paid every day when their work was done. The employer was not to withhold the worker’s pay from him for any reason since he and his family depended on the money for survival. The Old Testament law was clear abut this (Leviticus 19;13; Deuteronomy 24:14, 15; Jeremiah 22:13; Malachi 3:5). The employer was not to defraud his workers and steal from them in an effort to engage in prodigal living and over indulgence (Matthew 24:38; Luke 15:13). As then, so our world is filled with people who are lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:4). Are you one of them?

Murder. Some wealthy land owners were “living high on the hog” while defrauding and abusing their field workers who had worked hard for an honest day’s pay. This may have contributed to the early deaths of some workers who were unable to resist their employers (James 5:6). Are you an employer or an employee? God has given us Christians some rules that relate to both groups (Ephesians 6:5-9). Consider these things and examine your life by God’s standards. What needs to change so that you can be well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9).

Quote. “A quest for wealth and power can consume all our energies. Those who have wealth and power face the additional temptations of pride, greed, and an attitude of self-sufficiency. The wealthy can also take advantage of their condition to practice injustice and dishonesty toward the poor and needy.” – Thomas Lea.

The Rest Of The Story. Twenty-five years later, this is what had happened to the men mentioned above. The president of the largest independent steel company, Charles Schwab, lived on borrowed money the last five years of his life and died broke. The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cutten, died abroad, insolvent. The president of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney, served a term in Sing Sing Prison. The member of the President’s Cabinet, Albert Fall, was pardoned from prison so he could die at home. The greatest bear in Wall Street, Jesse Livermore, committed suicide. The president of the Bank of International Settlements, Leon Fraser, committed suicide. The head of the world’s greatest monopoly, Ivar Drueger, committed suicide. All of these men had learned how to make money, but not one of them had learned how to live. – Source Unknown

Remember. Money is a part of the present world system in which we all live. It is governed by the devil and his agents (Matthew 4:9; John 12:31; Ephesians 2:2). The believer may use it but he must not love or abuse it by making it the most important thing in his life (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36).

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There is no doubt about it. We are living in some very troubled times. People and nations can’t seem to get along with each other and so they go to war with each other. James, the Lord’s half brother, wrote, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your own pleasures” (James 4:1-3 NKJV).

Perilous Times. The Apostle Paul penned these words: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away” (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Does this describe the day in which we live?

King Solomon. He gave us these words: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6). “If any of you [Christians] lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gently, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17). Do you have this kind of wisdom?

Disappointed? Many people, including some Christians, are disappointed because things haven’t gone the way they hoped they would. They’ve made plans independently of God and then asked Him to rubber stamp them (James 4:13-15). Have you done this yourself? Do you think of God as your personal Genie? “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” – A. W. Tozer.  Is the Christ in whom you’re trusting the Christ of the Scriptures or the Christ of the cults (Matthew 24:5)?  Do you know the difference? 

Liars. Sometimes people deliberately try to deceive us or just come out with a bold face lie and want us to believe them. But once someone lies to us, it usually takes a long time to trust that person again. Do you know where habitual liars end up (Revelation 21:8)? Concerning Himself Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). That’s pretty narrow isn’t it. Either He was a liar, a lunatic, or He’s the Lord and worthy of our trust. Have you placed your faith in Him as the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not do it right now before it’s too late. “And as it is appointed for me to die once, but after this the judgment” Hebrews 9:27).

Angry. Some folks are disappointed and/or angry at God because He didn’t come through on something they expected from Him. This may have been due in part to something a “name it and claim it preacher” told them they could expect from God if they gave something to his/her ministry. But if you aren’t a child of God, or if you’re trying to claim promises that were given exclusively to the Jews, you will be disappointed. Are you asking favors from God when He’s not even your Father (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10)? Do you know how to get transferred out of Satan’s family into God’s forever family? If not, contact us and make sure of it before you die (1 John 5:13).

Needed. In times like these we need someone who can solve the complex problems of the world. We need a real Superman, not just an ordinary man with supernatural powers. We need Someone to come back down from heaven to rescue us and keep us from destroying ourselves with weapons of mass destruction. Will such a Person ever come? Yes! But before He does, we’re told that God will give mankind one more opportunity to try on their own to bring peace to earth without Him. He won’t let them have more than 7 years (Daniel 9:27). Otherwise no one would survive on planet earth (Matthew 24:22).

Timing. We believe that this individual (The Antichrist) will come on the world scene shortly after the Rapture has taken place (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 16; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). He’s probably alive today.  He will be empowered by the Devil himself (2 Thessalonians 2:7-10; Revelation 13:1-10), and assisted by the False Prophet (Revelation 13:11-18). The horrors that will take place on earth during “The Tribulation” are described in Revelation chapters 6-19. Don’t be deceived by false teachers who set dates.  Christ’s arrival is imminent (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)?

Savior. Ruth Caye Jones said it well. “In times like these you need a Savior / In times like these you need an anchor; / Be very sure, be very sure / Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock! / This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One; / This Rock is Jesus, the only One! / Be very sure, be very sure / Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!”

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Although the Devil/demons can only tempt Christians after they have secured permission from God (Job 1:12; 2:6; Ephesians 6:13; Luke 22:31), their attacks seem to be harder to resist and may last for a longer period of time (Job 1, 2). But with the power that comes from God (Philippians 3:10; 4:13), Christians can be victorious over any and all temptations that come our way (Romans 8:37; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 4:4). Our spiritual enemies include the Devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system. When resisting the Devil, we must use the armor of God that includes the –

Shield Of Faith. This piece of the armor involves our faith (trust) in God and His Word, particularly as it relates to His promises that have been given to us as Christians who live in the “Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:1-12). Do you know where to find them in the Scriptures? (Ask for our FREE “Dispensational Chart”)  We must not try to claim the promises that were given specifically to the Jews. Doing this has caused a lot of people to become disappointed or angry at God for not fulfilling their expectations. Were you or are you being misled by someone who is teaching you a heresy?  We don’t believe in “Replacement Theology.” (http://www.gotquestions.org/replacement-theology.html)

Application. First, we must know the promises of God. Then we must claim them by faith and make them our own (Hebrews 4:2). Sometimes the fulfillment of these promises may be delayed, but if God said it, we can/should believe it. Wait patiently for Him to keep His Word (Galatians 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:10). He is faithful to His Word, because He is truthful (John 14:6). He has the ability to do what He promises to do because He is omnipotent (Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:8). He cannot deny Himself or go back on His promises (1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Timothy 2:13; James 1:17).

Faith. It is one part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23). God supplies it to Christians who have their known sins confessed to Him (1 John 1:9), and who are filled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Unconfessed sins grieve Him (Ephesians 4:30). We quench Him and render Him inoperative in our lives (1 Thessalonians 5:19) when we deny or say “no” to Him and refuse to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Romans 8:14; James 4:17). His leading will never contradict the Scriptures. Once saved, we can’t get rid of the indwelling Holy Spirit (John 14:17).

Fiery Darts. When a maturing Christian is being attacked by the devil, he must be aware of the fact that the Devil may change the circumstances around him or his opportunities to sin (Job 1, 2). Instead of being attacked in just one area, the Devil may tempt us from multiple angles so as to get us to sin (1 John 3:4) and render us ineffective in our service to God (John 15:5; Philippians 3:10; 2 Timothy 2:24-26). Do you feel “washed up” and “out of commission” due to some sins you’ve committed? Then change your mind (repent) and confess your known sins to God (2 Corinthians 7:9; 1 John 1:9). Claim God’s forgiveness. Make yourself available to Him by yielding yourself and the members of your body to God (Romans 6:11-14, 12:1, 2).

Doubt. Since man’s first days on earth, Satan has tempted human beings to doubt God and His Word (Genesis 3:1). He used and continues to use the “allegorical” method to interpret the Bible. It changes the clear meaning of words into something completely different than that which God intended to convey to us. Although this method was/is used primarily in the area of eschatology (future things), it is sometimes used to interpret other teachings in the Scriptures. The Apostle Peter warned Christians about this deception (2 Peter 3:16). We must rightly see and make Biblical distinctions between the rules in the Old Testament and the New Testament (2 Timothy 2:15). While all the Scriptures are to be believed, not all of it is to be believed and practiced by Christians (Titus 1:9). The shield of faith must be used to overcome the temptation to doubt God and His Word. Are you doing this? He rewards believers who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Helmet Of Salvation. A Christian’s past tense of salvation occurred when he placed his 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; Ephesians 2:8, 9). Our present tense salvation is based on Christ’s current session (ministry) in heaven where He intercedes for those who belong to Him (Hebrews 7:25). He can’t/won’t lose any believer (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 4:30). All true Christians are eternally secure in Christ (Romans 8:35-39).

Discipline. The fact that God disciplines all His children who “get out of line” and will do whatever it takes to transform them into Christ’s image (Romans 8:29; 12:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 3:18), guarantees their eternal security (Hebrews 12:5-11). Every person starts out life as a child of the Devil and needs to be born from above (John 3:3, 16; 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). Once saved, God expects us to start acting like Christians (Galatians 2:20). He puts His desires in us and empowers us to do His desirous will (Philippians 2:13; 4:13). Our future tense salvation will take place at the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). This is when our bodies and souls (emotions) will be saved (Romans 8:23; 1 Peter 1:9).

Application. When we metaphorically put on the helmet of salvation, and think about all that Jesus (the God-man) provided for us when He saved us, we will be able to overcome discouragement (Job 19:7-12), disappointment (Job 3:3-10, 17:1, 13, 16), cowardice (2 Timothy 1:7; Luke 22:31-33; 1 John 4:4), and an unforgiving spirit (2 Corinthians 2:10, 11; Ephesians 4:31, 32).

Trials. The Christian’s trials in life came to pass, not to stay with us forever. In heaven there will be no more tears, death, sorrows, or pain (Revelation 21:4). Not all who die R.I.P. (Rest In Peace) in their graves (Luke 16:19-31). Consider the unbeliever’s everlasting fate (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 21:8). Where will you spend eternity? Why should God let you into His heaven? Read Ephesians 2:8, 9 and Titus 3:5. Ask for help if you are not sure about your eternal destiny (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13).

Riches. Every Christian has been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer has identified in the Scriptures about 33 major things that transpired the moment a person placed his/her faith in Christ alone for salvation. Discover some of the Christian’s spiritual blessings found in Ephesians chapter 1.

Sword Of The Spirit. This piece of the metaphorical armor is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17). In the Greek language (in which the New Testament was written) the word is “rhema,” not “logos.” The “logos” often refers to the entire Word of God (The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments – John 17:17), whereas “rhema” refers, in this passage, to individual words or sayings that can/should be used to respond to the temptations to use filthy speech (Ephesians 4:29) rather than appropriate words in any given situation. What we say or don’t say in our conversations with others conveys messages to them. The avoidance of foul language doesn’t necessarily mean that a person is a Christian (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Our language should be pure (Proverbs 15:26) and edify others (1 Thessalonians 5:11), rather than tear them down (Galatians 5:15). What effect do your words have on others?

Our Words. The Psalmist prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer” (Psalm 190:14). “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6). The Apostle Paul wrote, “In everything (in the midst of it) give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). For this reason, we must guard our hearts with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).

Thoughts. “…whatever things are true…noble…just…pure…lovely…[and of] good report…mediate on these things” (Philippians 4:8). The blessed man doesn’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit down with the scornful. Instead he delights and meditates in God’s law (Psalm 1:3). The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to meditate on Biblical truth (1 Timothy 4:15). Don’t engage in transcendental meditation (T.M.) and many forms of what is called “contemplative prayers.” (http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-meditation.html)

Busybody. When a Christian is focused on being what God wants him to be, and doing and saying what God wants him to do and say, he, at that moment, won’t be engaged as a busybody in other people’s business.

Caution. Let’s be aware of the Devil’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11) and take the Biblical steps to overcome him when he tempts us. “Greater is He (God) who is in us than he (the Devil) who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

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When people portray him as other than what he really is, the Devil is delighted. He doesn’t want us to know the truth about him.  But the truth can set us free (John 8:32; 17:17).  If you were to describe or draw a picture of him, what would it look like? Would he have a red suit with horns and a pitch fork? Would he be ugly or beautiful? How much of what you believe about him is based on the information you’ve drawn from the Bible?

Dark Ages. “During the dark ages, or medieval times, most of the human race was illiterate. Some of the literate few used various visual displays and methods to teach religion. But events were portrayed by means of puppets, stage plays, pictures, stained glass windows and bas-relief carvings over cathedral entrances…The difference between good and evil was often pictorially demonstrated by characterizing the Devil in a way that even the most illiterate surf could recognize as evil. Usually the chosen figure had horns, cloven hooves and a tail. Occasionally he was colored red and other times he was black. His face had a form of a goat or a repulsively ugly man. He was portrayed as the ruler of Hell and the being who tormented the souls of the lost in Hell.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ” p. 141

Knowledge. Satan knows that he can’t take the true believer’s salvation from him (John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:35-39), but he can/does render many Christians ineffective in their service to God. Do you fit into this category? Do you leave it up to “Clerical George” to do the work that God wants you to do (Ephesians 2:10; 4:11-16; 1 Peter 4:10)? The Devil is a deceiver and a liar (John 8:44; Revelation 21:8). He has many titles to describe his sinister nature.

Sleep. He lulls most of his children to sleep so they sense no impending danger (1 John 5:19). They are apathetic and don’t really care about the most important issues of life and eternity. He also has some mature sons of disobedience (John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2). They often appear as angels of light preaching another gospel and a different Christ as the cults do (2 Corinthians 11:3-15; 2 Peter 2:1).

Family. To get out of Satan’s family into God’s family (Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:10), one must place his/her 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). We aren’t saved by any of our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Are you certain you’ll go to heaven if you died today (1 John 5:13)? Why should God let you into heaven (John 3:16; Acts 16:31)? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation if you think you’re saved (Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:37-39)? If so, what? How do assurance and security differ?

Fallacies & Facts

Angel. No, Satan is not an angel but a powerful cherub (Ezekiel 28:14). He was created as the highest of all the spirit beings and they are innumerable (Hebrews 12:22). He was anointed by God to rule over all other spirit beings from his mineral garden in Eden that was on earth (Ezekiel 28:13, 14). He was not satisfied with his exalted position and he didn’t like having to give an account to God (Isaiah 14:13, 14). So he lured 1/3 of the lower two categories of angels, made up of principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:16), to join him in his rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4). Do you know what happened after his rebellion and how God responded (Genesis 1:2)?

Rank. He had and still has a higher rank and greater power than Michael the archangel (Jude 9). Without the information that we have about him in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, we wouldn’t be able to prove that sin (lawlessness) isn’t eternal, that God didn’t originate sin, and that Satan is not merely a principle (influence) but rather a real person with a mind (2 Corinthians 2:11; Ezekiel 28:17), will (Isaiah 14:13), and emotions (Revelation 12:12). As Christians, we are supposed to resist him (James 4:7) when he or a demon attacks us, but only after we’ve put on the whole metaphorical armor of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles (craftiness) of the devil or demons (Ephesians 6:11). He also has devices (2 Corinthians 2:11) and snares (2 Timothy 2:24-26) that he can use against Christians.

Games. Satan doesn’t play silly little games. He’s out to ruin the Christian’s effectiveness and good influence on others. He doesn’t want to lose any of his spiritually blinded subjects (2 Corinthians 4:4) to the Lord. Thankfully, God is greater than Satan and can open spiritually darkened eyes and enable people to see and believe on Christ so they can be saved after they’ve heard the unadulterated Gospel (1 John 4:4; 1 Corinthians 15:1- 4).

Cause. Satan is not the spiritual enemy that is responsible for most of the sins we commit. He can only tempt us after he secures permission from God (Job 1, 2; Luke 22:31; Ephesians 6:13). Our sin nature is our biggest problem and we take it with us wherever we go. We didn’t lose it at the time of our salvation. The Apostle Paul struggled with his for many years after he was saved (Romans 7:15-25). He referred to many of the Christians in Corinth as being carnal, or those who were governed by their sin nature (1 Corinthians 3:1-4). Anyone Christian who says that he doesn’t have a sin nature is simply deceiving himself but not God or others (1 John 1:8).*

Access. Some people erroneously think that the devil is currently confined to hell. No, even though he has been judged (John 16:11), he will not be cast into the lake of fire until the end of the 1,000 year reign of Christ (Revelation 20:7-10). He spends most of his time now in God’s presence, in the third heaven, as the accuser of the brethren who engage in sinful behavior (Revelation 12:7-12; Job 1, 2). However, Jesus Christ, our Lawyer, counters his accusations by reminding God the Father (i.e. humanly speaking) that He (Jesus) paid the debt for all the sins we have committed and will commit in the future (1 John 2:2). Satan and his demons (fallen angels) roam the earth looking for Christians to trip them up and cause our family fellowship with God to be broken (1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 1:3-10).

Torture. Instead of Satan’s tormenting others in hell, he himself will be tormented forever in the lake of fire that was prepared for him and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46). Everyone who dies as an unbeliever will go there too (Revelation 21:8). They will not be annihilated or reincarnated as some cults and religions teach (Hebrews 9:27). Jesus is the only way to God in heaven (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Before Christ’s 1,000 year reign on earth, Satan will be taken by a low level angel and be bound in the sides of the abyss that is in the heart of the earth (Revelation 20:1-3; Luke 16:26; Deuteronomy 32:22). He will be confined there and will be unable to tempt anyone on earth during the millennium (Revelation 20:1-7). No one on earth will be able to say, “The devil made me do it.”

Possession. The devil or demons can inhabit the bodies of unbelievers (John 13:27; Luke 8:30). But a demon must leave a person’s body as soon as he/she is saved (Luke 4:35). They can’t dwell in a Christian’s body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18). They can only attack believers from the outside by placing evil thoughts (fiery darts) in our minds (Ephesians 6:16).  They can’t read our minds and they aren’t omniscient as God is (John 2:24, 25; Isaiah 46:10).  But they notice how we respond to the temptations they put into our minds (Job 1:22, 23, 2:9, 10).

Victory. Without a clear, Biblical understanding of our adversary the Devil, the Christian will not be able to overcome the 14 temptations that come from him or demons who assist him in his work in all nations around the world. At the present time, with God’s permission, he owns all the kingdoms of this world. Most of the earthly rulers do his bidding, often without knowing it (Ephesians 2:2). But God is still sovereign (Daniel 4:17, 25). Satan offered these kingdoms to Jesus if He would bow down and worship him (Matthew 4:8-10). Jesus could have avoided the cross to gain the nations of the world if He had taken Satan up on his offer. But He (Jesus) knew that it was part of the “Decree” (Ephesians 1:11) for Him to go to the cross, die for our sins, and then rise again bodily from the dead and wait for the Father’s timing for Him to be given the kingdoms of this world (Psalm 2:8, 9; Revelation 11:15).

Temptations. His temptations are different from the temptations that come from our own sin nature (Galatians 5:19-21) or the temptations that come from the Devil’s world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31). This is why we, as Christians, must study the Scriptures to show ourselves approved to God, workers who don’t not need to be ashamed, who rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). By the way, the temptation to be spiritually lazy comes from the devil (1 Timothy 5:13-15). Do you know which piece of the metaphorical armor you must use to overcome it (Ephesians 6:15)?

Promise. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to mankind; 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).

Help.  We’re here to help unbelievers come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and assist them in their spiritual growth (2 Peter 3:18), and service to God (1 Peter 4:10), so they can reproduce themselves in the world (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8).  If this article has helped you, please let us know how it has and then share it with others.  Click on “Follow” to receive future articles. You can reach us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at http://www.kelseypeach.com.

Some material adapted from “Maturing In Christ” by Dr. H. L. Schafer

*Sin Nature http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm00.htm

 

Walking. What a great way to exercise. I prefer to walk in places other than the gym unless I want to interact with others. Problem is, others usually are watching TV or listening to their head phones and may not be interested in a conversation with someone else.

Jesus. He and His disciples walked from place to place and didn’t travel very far. As He/they traveled, Jesus did the work that the Father planned for Him to do – no more, no less (John 17:4). Some people are surprised to know that God planned for His children to do some specific kinds of service while they are here on planet earth (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10).

Gifts. Most Christians I meet don’t know/care about the spiritual gifts that God has given to them. These gifts were designed to bring glory of God and help other believers in the Body of Christ (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:11-16). Do you know what your spiritual gift is and are you using it with love (1 Corinthians 13)? (For more information about spiritual gifts, go to “Bible Basics” on our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com.)

Enemy. In order for us as Christians to overcome the sin nature that dwells in us (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25).  The Apostle Paul wrote, “Walk in [by means of] the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts [strong desires] of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). This means that our overall manner of living must be lived this way. But we must also walk each step in [by] the Spirit if we live in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).

Victory. We can live victoriously over this spiritual enemy when we order our lives under the Holy Spirit who indwells us (John 14:17). Paul told Timothy to flee youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22). Solomon echoed the same advice (Proverbs 5-7). Then we must rely on Him to kill the evil desires that could lead to acts of sin and a premature physical death (James 1:13-15; 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). As we refocus our attention on things above (Colossians 3:1-17; Philippians 4:8, 9) and upon our position “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17), along with all our spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3), the enticements that come from our sin nature will fade away for awhile.

Crown. “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promises to those who love Him” (James 1:12). If we really love God, we will take the necessary measures to overcome the temptations to sin. Let’s show our love to God this way.

Promise. “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).

View. We must walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15). As we observe the Lord’s Table, we should take a look backward to think about Christ’s sacrifice for our sins (Isaiah 53; Romans 5:8). Then we should look forward to His imminent return (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). We should examine our own lives by the standard of God’s Word (1 Corinthians 11:28), and confess our sins if necessary and then claim His promise to forgive us (1 John 1:9). We should think about our relationship with other believers who are “in Christ” with us (Matthew 18:15-35). But most importantly, we should look up and remind ourselves that our Savior is sitting at the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 1:20) making intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).

Joy. With all the promises of God for us to claim, there is no good reason for any Christian to be “down in the dumps.” We should rejoice in the Lord at all times (Philippians 4:4). After all, consider what He did for us, is doing for us, and what He will do for us. “The future is as bright as the promises of God.” Know them, claim them, and then live and enjoy the “Faith-Rest” life (Hebrews 3, 4).

Pilgrim. Lift up your head. Your redemption and mine draws near (Luke 21:28; Romans 8:23). We’re just passing through this earth on our way to heaven where our citizenship lies (Philippians 3:20). Let’s act like children of God.

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      Life is filled with hardships. But Christians are told to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your 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 addressed to us and if we claim them by faith.

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

May we suggest that you memorize these with a friend?

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: Suffering

   “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

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:  Our Needs

   “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.  Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

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

Had you or I been beaten and then thrown into a dirty prison (in the hole), we probably would not have responded the way the Apostle Paul and Silas did.  What had they done to deserve such abuse?  They had been telling people how to be saved from hell so they could go to heaven.  But when their message was being twisted by a demon possessed girl, Paul cast it out of her.  This led to her master’s losing money because she was no longer able to engage in fortune telling (Acts 16).

Problem.  This young girl was telling the crowd that Jesus was “a way” to God rather than “the only way” to God (Acts 16:17).  The same thing is happening today as many people are being told that Jesus can’t be the only way to God as He Himself said (John 14:6).  If there are other ways to God, then Jesus is a liar and unworthy of our trust.  Likewise the Apostles Peter (Acts 4:12) and Paul (Acts 16:31) would be guilty of lying too.

Singing.  Instead of moaning and groaning, they were praying and singing hymns to God.  By the way, the Apostle Paul said that he had been imprisoned quite often for doing what God wanted him to do (2 Corinthians 11:23; Acts 16:24). Christians who live godly lives will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12). Since the world hated Jesus, His followers should expect to be hated too (John 15:18). But we can/should also rejoice in that we know what God has in store for those who suffer for His sake and for His glory (Romans 8:18).

Grace.  “For to you [Christians] it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake” (Philippians 1:29). Paul’s desire was to know Christ and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death (Philippians 3:10).  Are you prepared and willing to suffer for the cause of Christ so that other people can be saved (2 Timothy 2:10)?  Or would you like to be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease?  Where would you be if Jesus had chosen to stay in the comforts of heaven rather than come down to this earth to be rejected and crucified by sinful men?

Incentive.  To encourage believers, God promises to give the “Crown of Rejoicing” to those who have a part in leading others to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).  Will you work hard to earn this crown or will you let your crown be given to another Christian (Revelation 3:11)?

Rapture.  This event (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17) can’t take place until all whom the Father has given to the Son have come to Him for their salvation (John 6:37).  If you’re a Christian, are you evangelizing lost people for whom Christ died (Acts 1:8; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 2:2)?  Are you sharing the Gospel with them?  Let them know that He died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4,).  Encourage them to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone so they can be saved (Acts 16:31).

Limited?  No, we don’t believe that Christ only died for the elect (Limited Atonement).  Those who believe this way have to deal with some very serious issues. If you’re interested, consider “The Dangers of Reformed Theology”  by reading these articles:

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/4whom18.htm

Faithful.  When you feel like you’re “in the hole” for the cause of Christ, remind yourself of God’s promises.  “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).  “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).  Read Hebrews 6:10 too.

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“Every man is a moon and has a side which he turns toward nobody; you have to slip around behind it if you want to see it.” – Mark Twain

Memories. We all have them. Some are happy and delightful while others continue to haunt us. Perhaps you recall the words from Shakespeare’s guilt ridden Lady Macbeth who said, “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” Most of us wish we could erase segments of our past that we hope no one will ever discover as we try to win friends and influence people. We say, “If they only knew about the real me and my past, they wouldn’t like me at all.” That may be true but they probably have a dark side too that they don’t want you to see either.

A Friend. He is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. He multiplies joy, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable. He is one who comes in when the whole world has gone out. Christians can sing, “What a friend we have in Jesus, / All our sins and griefs to bear! / What a privilege to carry / Everything to God in prayer! / O what peace we often forfeit, / O what needless pain we bear, / All because we do no carry / Everything to God in prayer!” – Joseph Scriven

Shame. Although none of us has been as bad as we could be, all of us have done things that are shameful and disgraceful in the eyes of God and others. Unless it’s seared (1 Timothy 4:2), our conscience will bother us. Some people identify it as the socially orientated part of our mind that causes us to behave in a manner that is acceptable to our peers. We do many things to win their approval and respect. What do you do?

I.R.S. Agent. On one occasion two men went to [church] to pray. The self righteous man stood and prayed with himself, “God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.” But the tax collector, standing far off, beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!”

Assessment. In response to this, Jesus said that the tax collector went home justified rather than the self righteous man who exalted himself (Luke 18:10-14). Pride is at the top of the list of things that God hates (Proverbs 6:17). If you have this problem, consider what you have that you didn’t receive (1 Corinthians 4:7). What did you have to do with your race, face, or place in life?

Shocking. Perhaps you didn’t know that the Apostle Paul had a real struggle in the early stages of his Christian life. He realized that he had two natures (dispositions). The bad one came from his parents (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8) and the good one came from God when he became a Christian (2 Peter 1:4). These two natures were constantly at war with each other within him. The problem was that the sinful nature was always winning the battles and this disturbed him greatly (Romans 7:15-25).

Perversions. Our sin nature wants to pervert the good things of life that God has given to us to enjoy including sexual relations within marriage between a husband and his wife (Hebrews 13:4). Consider the list for yourself (Galatians 5:19-21). Don’t blame the devil for these particular temptations. His solicitations to evil are quite different and are generally considered to be more acceptable sins than the works of the flesh. Do you know how he tempts you?

Victory. After spending much time with God, Paul finally learned how he could live victoriously over his sinful nature. It came when he relied on the indwelling Holy Spirit and let Him do what He alone can do (Romans 8:1-4; Galatians 5:16, 25; Philippians 4:13). Maybe you’re trying to do it on your own. Stop!

Sing. The Christian can sing, “Calvary covers it all, / My past with its sin and stain; / My guilt and despair Jesus took on Him there, / And Calvary covers it all.” – W. G. Taylor. Christian, if you’ve honestly confessed your known sins to God (1 John 1:9), accept His forgiveness and put the past behind you. Focus on who you are “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and on the future (Philippians 3:13). It is as bright as the promises of God. How many of them do you know? Ask us how you can get a FREE “Promise Book.”

Defeated? If you’re a Christian who is struggling with such issues and need further help, we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website for other helpful information: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’re an unbeliever, we can also show you how you can become a child of God and have assurance of a place in heaven.

 

 

“Two quick ways to disaster are to take nobody’s advice and to take everyone’s advice.”  Advice never seems to be in short supply whether it comes from the meter maid or the mailman. Such counsel is only as good as its source. Yes, there are wise meter maids and mailmen. Many of them know a lot about people.

Blessed. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly” (Psalm 1:1). According to the Word of God, a person who claims to be an atheist is a fool. “The fool has said in his heart, ‘there is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). If he’s honest, he would admit that he’s an agnostic who can’t be sure of God’s existence. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). “[Christians], let not many of you become teachers [advisers], knowing that we shall receive stricter judgment” (James 4:1). But godly teachers can also expect greater rewards and crowns for teaching the truth correctly as God intended for it to be taught (1 Peter 5:4; 3 John 1:4).

Misapplication. It is also possible for a Christian to be misled by “religious teachers” who twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 2:1ff; 3:16; Jude 1:4) to the detriment and premature death of many of their followers (1 Corinthians 10:30; 1 John 5:16). Are you wasting away your life by heeding the bad counsel from false teachers? Are you trying to live by the wrong set of rules (i.e. the “Mosaic Law” or “Kingdom Rules” – Sermon on the Mount)?  Both rules were addressed to the Jews not to the church (1 Corinthians 10:32)?  Are you a “Red Letter Christian“?  They love to allegorize (i.e. change the normal meaning of words) and take only what appeals to them.  Are you a defeated Christian who can’t seem to gain the victory over the devil, the world system, and your own sin nature?  Would you like some help from the Scriptures?

Seven. Yes, there are seven distinct and different “Rules for Living” that are found in the Bible. No, they are not seven ways to be saved. There is only one very narrow way of salvation that offends many people who think that all paths and religions lead to God (Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6; Acts 4:12, 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8). When a believer, who is rightly related to God the Holy Spirit, interprets the Bible normally, historically, and grammatically, he/she will discover the seven distinct sets of “Rules for Living.”

Discovered. After years of living the Christian life in vain and with a lot of frustration, God led me to an older godly man who showed me this precious truth that revolutionized my life (Romans 8:14; 12:1, 2). When God the Holy Spirit illuminated my mind to this truth the Bible came alive to me (1 John 2:20, 27). From that time till now it’s been a wonderful journey as I continue to discover new facets of truth that were designed for “Grace” believers. By the way, when Christians get to heaven they won’t know everything there is to know.  We won’t be omniscient like God (Isaiah 46:10).  We will keep on learning new aspects of truth in eternity future (Ephesians 2:7).  Heaven will never get boring.

Sharing.  Since then I have been trying to share the truth with other faithful men and women who long to be well pleasing to God (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 2 Corinthians 5:9). Do you earnestly desire to know the truth that can set you free from the power of sin (John 8:32; Romans 6:11-23; 7:24, 25; 8:2)? Are you willing to set aside some “Devoted Time” each day to grow in the sphere of grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Do you want to make Him known to those around you (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 10:31)?

For Me? / To Me?  Perhaps you’ve discovered this – All of the Bible is “for” us Christians, but not all of the Bible is addressed “to” us. Not every promise in the Bible is ours to claim.  Most of the Bible was written for believers, not unbelievers.  Most unbelievers rebel against God’s command to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).  Unbelief is the only unforgivable sin (John 16:8-11).  Those who die physically in unbelief will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  Please don’t be one of them. 

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     “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Do you remember these commercials from the 1970s and 1980s? It usually involved a young professional remarking at a dinner party that his broker was E. F. Hutton, which caused the moderately loud party to stop all conversation to listen to him.

Advice. Getting a tip from E. F. Hutton was valuable information to investors. But stock brokers don’t always give the best advice because they can’t predict the future. They are like all the rest of us – they’re human.

But God. He never gives out bad advice or predicts things that don’t happen. You can count on Him to fulfill all His promises to those to whom they are made. Some were unconditional and others were conditional. Don’t try to claim promises that weren’t addressed to you. Otherwise you will be greatly disappointed and you may even become angry at God and those false teachers who told you that you can/should claim them from God.

Blasphemy. False teachers take God’s promises that were given to the Jews and tell people to demand that God do the same for them today. But God is not your personal “Jeanie in the bottle.”  He’s almighty God (Revelation 1:18). Humble yourself before Him so that if He wants to do so He may exalt you in due time (James 4:10). God hates pride (Proverbs 6:17; 8:13).

Decree. God has established His decree (Ephesians 1:11; Psalm 2:7).  He and it are immutable (James 1:17; Malachi 3:6). His desirous will may or may not be carried out because it involves man’s will.  Example: God wants every Christian to present his/her body to God as a living sacrifice so that He use them in His service.  A Christians may or may not do this (Romans 12:1, 2). Obviously, those who fail to do this do so to their own detriment and loss of crowns, rewards, and praise (1 Corinthians 3:15-15).  Do you know how many crowns a Christian can earn, and how he/she can get them?  What will a Christian do when he/she receives them (Revelation 4:10)?

Disobedience. King Saul disobeyed a command from the Lord and took on a role that didn’t belong to him. Read about it in 1 Samuel 13-15. As a result of this, he was rejected as the king of Israel and his son didn’t inherit the throne from him.

Listen. When God speaks, we better listen carefully. When He commands us sinners to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone for us to be saved, we better do exactly what He said or we will be cast into the lake of fire forever (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24).  Sadly, most people won’t do this.  What about you?

Believe! The word “believe” is used about one hundred times in the Gospel to John to tell us what we need to do to be saved. Jesus performed sign miracles to prove that He was the God-man (John 1:1-18) who was/is worthy of our trust (John 20:30, 31). Does your faith rest in Him exclusively or are you relying on your good works to get you to heaven. Read Ephesians 2:8, 9 very carefully.

Gospel. It’s very clear. “Christ died for [all] our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily – Luke 24:33-43] the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve” [and later by over 500 brethren at once] (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). You can know these facts, believe them to be true and still end up in hell. You must transfer your trust from yourself and your good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone or you will be separated from God and suffer forever (Revelation 21:8).  Annhilation and reincarnation are not found in the Scriptures.  Don’t believe these lies that come from the devil and demons (1 Timothy 4:1).

Invitation. This invitation of deliverance from hell is extended to all mankind, but not to the devil or fallen angels (John 16:11; Matthew 25:41, 46). Have you accepted this offer of eternal life from God (1 John 5:13)? It will not be offered to you after you die physically (Hebrews 9:27). It must be accepted while you are alive on earth. It’s a matter that is much more important than your having a huge financial portfolio. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?

Investigate. We invite you to read the Gospel of John carefully to see if the Lord Jesus Christ isn’t worthy of your complete trust. All other people and institutions will fail you.  You dare not trust yourself – you’re a mortal man/woman.

Pay Attention!  When the Lord Jesus Christ speaks (and He has in His Word) listen carefully. He will never lead you astray. Is He your Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)? If so, you need not worry about anything since He goes before His sheep. He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14), the Great Shepherd (Hebrews 13:20 ), and the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4).

Help. You can find additional spiritual help on our web site that was designed for people just like you. Visit it at www.kelseypeach.com. We all have common struggles and temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13). God’s children have been given the Scriptures to enable us to have victory over all three spiritual enemies: the devil, our sin nature, and this present world system. If you’re a Christian, are you living a victorious life? The Bible has all the information we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). How well do you know it? Are you willing to spend some time studying it (2 Timothy 2:15) or at least to listen to it’s being read (1 Timothy 4:13)?

Credit. My initial thoughts for this article came from “Your Daily Walk” p. 92 put out by “Walk Thru The Bible Ministries.” Why not secure a copy of it and read through the Bible with me. You can begin at any time. Then share your insights with me and others as I am with you now.

Blessed?  When God blesses and comforts us, He wants us to do the same for others (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). If this article has blessed you, will you tell two or three  more people about it so we can bless your family, friends, and fellow workers? Thanks. May God’s blessings rest on you only as you are obedient to Him and His Word. Not all Christians please God (2 Corinthians 5:9). Do you?

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