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“Americans revere the Bible – but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates.” – George Gallop

Viewpoint. When a Christian doesn’t read or listen to the reading of the Scriptures (1 Timothy 4:13) or study Bible doctrine on a regular basis, he begins to lose God’s view of things and adopts a secular world view (Isaiah 55:8, 9; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17). If we, as Christians, take a low view of God’s Word, or ignore it, we are bound to live unproductive lives and engage in our own brand of “good works” that will be burned up on Judgment Day (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Thankfully a true Christian can’t lose his/her salvation (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).

Good Works. Did you know that God has some specific things that He wants each Christian to do while he/she remains here on earth after he/she has been saved (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Do you know what kind of works they involve? Clue: Read Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14, and Ephesians 4:11-16. How are these good works to be done (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13)?

One Way? “The LifeWay Research survey discovered that one in five evangelical Christians believe there are multiple ways to get to heaven, even though Scripture clearly teaches the only way is through faith in Christ (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9).” This makes us wonder if these so called “evangelical Christians” are really saved? Are they merely professing Christians” or possessing Christians”? Do they really have eternal life (God’s quality of life) as a present possession (1 John 5:11, 12)? Are they among those who “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)?

Condition. To be saved from eternal condemnation (John 3:16, 18, 36), we need to believe exclusively in/on the Christ of the Scriptures (not in the Christ of the cults), who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). It’s not enough to know and believe these facts (James 2:19). We must transfer our faith/trust from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is not by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Make sure that you’re saved (2 Peter 1:10). Beware of those who teach “Lordship in exchange for salvation.” If you believe this way, you won’t/can’t have assurance of your salvation. Don’t make the conditions for spiritual maturity the conditions for salvation. (Example: Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15; and James 4:7-10 are addressed to Christians, not to unbelievers as conditions for salvation.) Don’t confuse justification with sanctification.

Moral Deterioration. “Another symptom of biblical illiteracy is the moral deterioration in both home and society. Of those surveyed, 81 percent believe America is in a steady moral decline. The Scriptures once anchored us to home and society. But as more and more people know less and less about God’s Word, the biblical worldview fades, supplanted by personal opinion. The result: the death of right and wrong…At home, we need a resurgence of simple Bible reading. We need to introduce our children and grandchildren to the life-changing Scriptures and instill in them a love for and discipline in reading God’s Word. It’s never too late to start. In fact, today is a great day to begin.” – Chris Katulka. It’s also important for us to know the distinctions between the Mosaic Law, Grace, and Kingdom rules. All of the Bible is for us, but not all of it is addressed to us. (See our Dispensations Chart.)

Suggestions: May we suggest that you get a good study Bible and start reading it?  You could listen to the reading of the Scriptures on your phone, or when you are driving from place to place, or while you’re working out at the gym, or around the house.

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We’re also on Facebook Live and on Youtube. Check us out and tell your friends. Thanks.

Portions adapted from “Getting Back To Basics” by Chris Katulka in Israel My Glory magazine September/October, 2017, p. 8.

Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dispensations Chart: http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf

Spiritual Gifts: http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm

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

Reading: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/read-grow-rich/

Scofield Study Bible: http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed

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“Read & Grow Rich”

Posted: November 1, 2015 in Bible Study, Reading, Salvation

In my library I have a book with this title.  In it the author quotes what various “successful people” have said about reading.  Examples: “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain. “Not every reader is a leader, but every leader must be a reader.” – Harry Truman. “Reading, like no other medium, can transform your life in a flash, and you never know which book…at which time in your life…might be the one that rocks your world and inspires you in ways you never thought possible before.” – Burke Hedges (Author of “Read & Grow Rich”).

            Best Seller. We’re told that the Bible is the best seller. But it often goes unread or misunderstood by many people.  Are you one of them?  May we help you?  While not claiming to be an expert in the subject, I have been reading and studying it for many years now and would be happy to share what I know with you if you’re teachable and willing to change when you see the truth in God’s Word for yourself (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; Acts 17:11)? We have a special chart that might unlock the Bible for you. Ask about it. It’s FREE.

Understanding. With the illumination that came from God through the help of one of my former Bible teachers, I began to understand what the Scriptures were all about.  As I continue to read it, or listen to it being read (1 Timothy 4:13), I realize how much more there is to know, and how little of it I really know and understand.  But rather than throwing up my hands and saying, “This is too hard to understand,” I look forward to reading, studying, and meditating on it daily.

Value. As song writer John Burton wrote, “Holy Bible, Book divine, / Precious treasure, thou art mine; / Mine to tell me whence I came; / Mine to teach me what I am. // “Mine to chide me when I rove; / Mine to show a Savior’s love; / Mine thou art to guide and guard; / Mine to punish or reward. // Mine to comfort in distress; / Suffering in this wilderness; / Mine to show, by living faith, / Man can triumph over death. // “Mine to tell of joys to come, / And the rebel sinner’s doom; / O thou holy Book divine, / Precious treasure, thou art mine.”

Help. Would you like to get to know God better through His Word? Let us know how we can help you learn more about Him and so that you may know (not wish, hope, or think) that you have eternal life as a present possession. He wants us to enjoy the eternal life that He gives to those who believe on Christ as their personal Savior through the Gospel: “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 John 5:13; John 10:10).

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An Introduction To The Gospel Of John

”The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” He also wrote, “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.” – Mark Twain

Greatest. The Bible is greatest book that has ever been written. It is made up of 66 books. Don’t add to or subtract from it, as the cults do, or face the terrible consequences (Revelation 22:18, 19). It is God breathed and has a purpose (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). One of the primary reasons for trusting it is fulfilled Bible prophecy. Prophecy is history written in advance. “Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’…Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it’” (Isaiah 46:9-11).*

Signs. The Gospel of John contains 7 sign miracles that prove that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). A miracle has been defined as the circumvention of the normal “laws of nature.” Since God established these “laws,” He can modify them if and when He chooses to do so. Do you know why Jesus and His apostles performed three kinds of miracles (Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12)? Do you know when and why the Anti-Christ will be given the power to imitate these three kinds of miracles (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)? What will Jesus say on judgment day to the false prophets and teachers who claimed to do miracles in His name (Matthew 7:21-23; Revelation 20:11-15)?**

Addition. When God the Son added a true human nature (not a sinful nature) and a real body to Himself (Philippians 2:5-11), He lived among men for about 33 years to reveal to us visible evidence of the only true and living God. Contrary to what some cults are teaching, He did not relinquish any of His deity (Colossians 2:9) but simply veiled some of it while He lived and walked among men.

Glorification. In sending God the Son to earth, God the Father wanted the men of this world to know more about the Godhead that consists of three persons, not three Gods (Deuteronomy 6:4). In His high priestly prayer, Jesus said, “And this is life eternal, that they may know You [Father], the only true God, and Jesus Christ [the God-man] whom You have sent” (John 17:3). In response to Philip’s request, “Lord, show us the Father…” Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:7-12). In other words, “If you want to know the Father, look at the Son.” They both have the same essence but are separate persons with a mind, will, and emotions. Yes, Jesus did claim to be God (John 5:18; 10:30). When His disciple Thomas said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28), He accepted his worship. Had Jesus not been God, Jesus should never have allowed that statement to go uncorrected.

“I AM.” Contrary to what some cults teach, with each of the seven “I AM” statements that He made concerning Himself, Jesus was declaring that He was/is the Jehovah God of the Old Testament (Exodus 3:14; John 6:35; 8:12; 10:7, 11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:5). He was/is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17).*** Jesus, the God-man is worthy of our trust and worship. All who believe in/on Him will receive eternal life from Him (John 3:16; 5:24). This life can/should be enjoyed right now. If you’re a Christian, are you enjoying “abundant life” right now?

Helper. While Jesus was on earth, He was subordinate to God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 10:7, 9; Matthew 4:1; 12:22, 32; John 8:28, 42). But when Jesus ascended back to heaven with a resurrected, glorified body (one with flesh and bones, but no blood – Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:50) after dying for our sins and rising from the dead on the third day (Acts 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:20), He and God the Father sent God the Holy Spirit to earth to indwell the bodies of true Christians (John 14:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 6:19). Since He indwells all true believers, we are not to grieve or quench Him (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). If saved, are you doing this? If so, stop and confess your sins to the Father (1 John 1:9).

Salvation. In addition to revealing the Godhead to us, Jesus (God the Son) came to offer salvation to those who had rebelled and who are still rebelling against God (John 1:29; Romans 5:8, 10). All of us have sinned (acted lawlessly) and come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:10-23). We all deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Love. “…God [the Father] loved so the [people of this] world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life” (John 3:16). “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name [person and work] of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18). Are you a true believer or an unbeliever? Have you placed your faith in Christ exclusively as the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 4:12; 16:31)? Christ had to satisfy God’s outraged holiness and justice against our sin nature and our personal sins before He could offer salvation to us (1 John 2:2; 4:10). Salvation from hell to heaven is not based on any of our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:4). Furthermore, it’s not just offered to some men but to all human beings (1 Timothy 4:10). We don’t believe in “limited atonement.”****

Life. God the Son (Jesus Christ) came to give believers eternal life (i.e. God’s quality of life). All true believers receive this the moment they place their faith in Christ as personal Savior. But not all Christians enjoy the “abundant life” (John 10:10). Contrary to what the “health, wealth, and happiness preachers” are teaching through the misapplication of Scripture,***** this is not referring to material things (1 Timothy 6:8) but to spiritual things that can/should be enjoyed by those who are rightly related to God the Holy Spirit and who are filled with Him (Ephesians 1:3; 5:18). He produces the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23). These Christ like qualities (love, joy, peace, etc) need to be directed properly toward the right objects at the right time. Yes, they can be misdirected toward the wrong things too (1 John 2:15-17). Are you using or abusing the present world system (1 Corinthians 7:31)?

Help. If you have honest questions and are teachable and willing to change when presented with Scriptural evidence (2 Timothy 2:2), we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com for more information. If this article has helped you, let us know how it has. Maybe you might want to share it with someone else. Together we can reach more people for God. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

 The Gospel in 30 languages. www.cleargospel.org

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

*Recommended: Charting The End Times by Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=charting+the+end+times+lahaye

**Miracles: http://www.compellingtruth.org/miracles-literal.html

Demonic/Satanic miracles: http://www.gotquestions.org/demonic-satanic-miracles.html

***Deity of Christ. Is Jesus God?

http://www.gotquestions.org/is-Jesus-God.html

http://www.gotquestions.org/God-in-the-flesh.html

****Limited Atonement. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/danger02.htm

http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/limited.htm

*****Replacement Theology. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

Message for Jew haters: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/destroy.htm

                 We all want to enjoy the life that we’ve been given.  Abundant living is what God wants His children to have while we live on this earth (John 10:10).  Not everyone is a child of God (John 8:44; 1 John 3:10).  How does one become a child of God?  First – We must admit that we are sinners who deserve to be separated from God forever in hell with the devil and his angels (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46).   No, we’re not as bad as we could be, but we’re as bad off as we can be if Christ isn’t our personal Savior.  Then we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Once we’ve done this we are secure in God’s hands (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).  True Christians can’t lose their salvation (Romans 8:35-39).

                Growth.  In order for a new Christian to grow, he needs to desire the pure milk of the Word and then advance to solid food (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14).  True Christians have the indwelling Holy Spirit as the Divine Teacher and Illuminator (John 14:17; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 John 2:20, 27).  Are you dull of hearing or someone who wants your ears tickled (2 Timothy 4:2-4; Hebrews 5:11)?

                Suggestions.  Here are some things we’ve found helpful for Christians who want to keep growing in the sphere of grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).                   

                Prayer.  Acknowledge that you need God the Holy Spirit to illuminate your mind to the Scriptures (1 John 2:27).  A carnal Christian, who is out of fellowship with God, is like the natural, unsaved man and won’t understand the Bible as he should (1 Corinthians 2:14-3:4; 1 John 1:3-7).  Make sure that all your known sins have been confessed to God and other people whom you’ve offended (Psalm 66:18; 1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16).

                Notes.  We suggest that you use a notebook to record your insights, thoughts, prayers, goals, etc.  Some people write things in their Bibles that link one passage to another.  Others use colored markers to highlight different topics or themes.  Ask how you can join us as we  read through the Bible in a year by spending about 15 minutes each day in the Word.  That’s about 1% of your day. (We use the Scofield Study Bible and another book.  Ask us for more details.)

                Battle.  Whether you realize it or not, there is a battle going on for the control of your mind and your emotions (2 Corinthians 2:11; 10:3-6; Ephesians 4:14; 6:11). Most people make decisions that are based on their emotions (souls) rather than by the spirit that belongs to their minds (Ephesians 4:23; 1 Corinthians 6:17).  The Christian’s soul is the last thing to be saved at the Rapture (1 Peter 1:9) when the body also will be saved (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).  We recommend that you read the Bible when you are alert because the devil will do his best to tempt you to be spiritually lazy (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; 1 Timothy 5:13).  Do you know which piece of the armor to use to counteract spiritual laziness (Ephesians 6:15)?              

                Interpretation.  The allegorical (non-literal) method of interpretation began in the Garden of Eden when the devil asked Eve, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree in the garden’?”  He wanted her to question what God had said.  Ever since that time there have been people who want to change the rules of interpretation, especially when it comes to Bible prophecy (2 Peter 3:16).  But since the prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming were fulfilled literally, why should we use a different (allegorical or non-literal) method of interpretation for the prophecies made concerning His second coming?                  

                Salvation.  While one’s belief concerning the second coming of Christ won’t affect a person’s salvation, we believe that it will cause many Christians to invest their time, efforts, and treasures in the wrong things with the possibility of losing out on rewards that could have been theirs (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 3:11).  Even the Apostle Peter had to be rebuked by the Lord for opposing His plan of salvation for the whole world and not just for the Jews (Matthew 10:5-15; 16:21-23; 28:19, 20).  Thankfully he got his eschatology (the study of future things) straightened out before he died (2 Peter 3:10-13).  We believe that the normal (literal, historical, grammatical) interpretation of the Bible will result in seven distinct “Dispensations.”  They are not different ways of salvation, but distinct “Rules for Living.”  Notice a difference in the rules between the Old and New Testaments. (Ask for a FREE “Dispensational Chart.”)

                Questions.  As you read the Scriptures, it’s good to ask these questions:  What is the main subject?  Who is speaking?  What is the key verse? What does this teach me?  Are there any commands, promises, or instructions?  Make a clear distinction between unbelievers, Israel, and the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32).  Those who believe that the Church has replaced Israel and that the unconditional promises made to the Jews are no longer valid, will contribute to the present and future persecution of the Jewish people that will cause the holocaust in Germany to pale in significance.  (Read Dr. David Reagan’s insightful article “The Evil Of Replacement Theology”  http://www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_jewishlife8.php).  It might shock some people back into reality and repentance.  God isn’t finished with the Jews as a nation (Romans 11:1).  He will return to this earth and stand on the Mount of Olives and then set up His millennial reign on this earth (Zechariah 14:4; Matthew 24:29-31; Acts 1:11; Revelation 20:1-7).  The believing Jewish remnant, who survive the Great Tribulation (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:21-31; Revelation 6-19) will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5; 24:13) and their land will extend from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21).

                Memorize.  God gave us a wonderful capacity to remember things that are important.  The most important things in life are the truths that are found in the Scriptures.  “How can a young man cleanse his way?  By taking heed according to Your Word.  With my whole heart I have sought you; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!  Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:9-11).  Consider some other things that the Scriptures can do for you:  Psalm 119:28, 105, 111, 130, 165, 176.  If you’re interested, we can suggest some Scripture memory programs for you.  Ask us about them.  With God’s Word in your memory bank, you can draw upon it during times of trials or when someone would like a reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15).

                Meditation.  We tend to become what we think about most often.  The Psalmist tells us how to be happy (blessed).  “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:1, 2).  Joshua and Timothy were encouraged to do the same (Joshua 1:8; 1 Timothy 4:15).  Rather than worry about all the things that may not happen anyway, why not cast all your cares on the Lord, knowing that He cares for His children (1 Peter 5:7).

                Obey It.  God is pleased when we know His Word and then put it into practice in our lives (James 1:22; 2:14-20).  The Scriptures are God breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).  The Holy Spirit works in us both to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13; 4:13).  Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  Rely on Him always.

                Prayer.  We hope and pray that your “Quiet Time” will turn into “Quite A Time” with God each day as you allow Him to speak to you through His Word.  We encourage you to share your insights with others who are open and receptive to the Truth (John 14:6; 17:17; 2 Timothy 2:2).  Let’s glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and stimulate each other to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24, 25).

                Remember.  “He who can read the Bible but won’t is no better off than the man who can’t read.”  Thank God for your eyes.  Read His Word and hide it in your heart while you can.

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          “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” – Lord Henry Wotton.  “We value our homes, automobiles, boats, and television sets, and at the same time, place little or no value on the things in life that are free – our bodies, minds, families, friends, good health, love, and the natural laws of the universe.” – Glen Bland

          Relationships.  How important it is to you to have a good relationship with other people?  We all need a few very close friends who are interested in our highest well being and who will do whatever is necessary to stop us from going down a destructive path.  Who is your best friend?

          Challenge.  If you’re a Christian, what are the five greatest challenges you face in life?  Perhaps one of them included maintaining a balanced life and walk with God.  How much time should we spend reading the Bible, praying, and engaging in service to God by serving others?  Do you think that doing these things are necessary for you to enter heaven?

          Examples.  The Jews went into captivity in Babylon for 70 years for violating God’s laws.  When they returned to the land that God promised to give to them as an everlasting inheritance, they laid the foundation but didn’t carry through and rebuild the temple for a long time.  The foundation was covered with weeds not with walls.  They were more concerned about building their own homes and careers than they were in having a temple where they could/should have worshipped God.

          Prioritize.  Into this scene came the Prophet Haggai.  He exhorted them to keep their priorities in order.  They had replaced doing that which was best for those things that were merely good. 

          Analyze.  Evaluate your own life.  Has spending time with God in His Word and prayer, and assembling with other believers (Hebrews 10:24, 25) been replaced with other things that are of far less value?  Has the present world system distracted you so that you love it more than God and His people?  Stop it!  It’s passing away (1 John 2:15-17). 

          Use It.  We’re allowed to use it but we’re not to abuse it by making it the most important thing in our life (1 Corinthians 7:31).  Don’t let this spiritual enemy break your fellowship with God and His people.

          Help?  If you need spiritual help, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site: www.kelseypeach.com.  Click on Follow” to get new articles as they come out.  Tell your friends too.  Just think – If you tell two people who tell two more who tell two more, before long we can have a great impact on others.

     “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?

Foreigners.  If you have some friends from other countries who speak other languages, we have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages on our web site.  Help us spread the Gospel around the world.

“Before following a leader, it is wise to see if he is headed in the right direction.”

  Qualities.  What’s your idea of a good leader? Perhaps you think of such things as being a good speaker, having a commanding presence, carrying an aura of authority, or being a tough guy.

  Saul.  He was anointed as Israel’s first king. As a young man he had good qualities about him: He held his peace with dissenters; he refused to make examples of those who had proven themselves wrong; he gave God credit for his success and wasn’t proud; he also was sensitive to the needs of other people. In other words, he was a true servant of the Lord, and of the people whom he was trying to lead. Sadly, as he grew older and more powerful he changed significantly and was rejected by the Lord (1 Samuel 15:26).

  You.  How is your leadership style in your home, the church, your office, or in your social and civic responsibilities? Do you want to be served or serve others?  Do you want to meet the needs of others or your own needs?

  Books.  I’ve read and highly recommend two books by Warren Wiersbe: “On Being A Servant,” and “On Being A Leader.” I’ve read the first one many more times while praying that God would make me a better servant of the Lord. I especially recommend these books to younger pastors. Our Lord came not to be served, but to serve His Father and others (Matthew 20:28). Consider His washing His disciples’ feet (John 13:2-27).

  Quotes.  “Reading, like no other medium, can transform your life in a flash, and you never know which book…at which time in your life…might be the one that rocks your world and inspires you in ways you never thought possible before.” – Burke Hedges

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” – Mark Twain

“Not every reader is a leader, but every leader must be a reader.” – Harry Truman

“By reading we discover our world, our history, and ourselves.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

“You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things, the people you meet and the books you read.” – Charles Jones (These quotes were taken from “Read And Grow Rich” by Burke Hedges).

  Meditate.  In addition to reading the Bible, we should also take some of the precious time that God has graciously given to us (Acts 17:28; James 4:14) to meditate on the truths found in His Word (Psalm 1:2; Colossians 3:2; 1 Timothy 4:15). The Apostle Paul suggested that we meditate on the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Philippians 4:8). Meditate on the promises that God has given to Christians and then claim them if you are a Christian. This will enable you to enjoy the “Faith/Rest” life that God desires for all of His children (Hebrews 3, 4). Don’t try to claim promises that were given to others but not to you. Example: If you’re 90 years old, don’t ask God for a son as Sarah did.

  Caution! Beware of the devil’s counterfeit forms of meditations that open up the way for demons to control the mind (2 Corinthians 2:11; 4:4; 1 Timothy 4:1; 1 Peter 5:8). Sadly, we read reports of “Christians” (?) engaging in “Contemplative Prayer and Meditation” and looking into themselves rather into the Word of God for the answers to the dilemmas of life.  God’s Word has everything that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

  Memorize.  This is not as hard as you may think. Ask us for some suggestions on how to do this.

  Listening. If you have trouble reading the Bible and would rather listen to it’s being read by others, we have some suggestions for you if you’ll write to us. Some readings you can get FREE.

  Credit. Portions of this article were adapted from “Your Daily Walk” p. 91 by Walk Thru The Bible Ministries. Why not secure a copy of this for yourself and join me as I walk (read) through the Bible in one year. You can start at any time so why not right now?  I’ve been doing this for many years.

  Time.  It will only take about 15 minutes of your day. That’s about 1 % or your day. Doing this could revolutionize your life as you begin to think God‘s way and learn about His plan for the ages (Isaiah 55:8, 9)

  Join Me. I’d love to have you join me and share your insights with me. Please let me know if you choose to do so  Why not invite others to join our reading group too?

  Our Web Site.  www.kelseypeach.com. We designed it with you in mind. Visit it and then give us some feed back on what we can do to improve it. “Read Our Blogs” to discover answers to people’s questions in life. Many of them are summaries of my talks on Sundays.

   Unbeliever?  If you’re not a true Christian (1 Corinthians 15:1-8), read “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” on our web site.  Until you become a Christian by believing exclusively on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily, most of the Bible will not make much sense to you.  We have the Gospel in 24 languages for your friends who read and speak other languages.