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Christians have three spiritual enemies: The devil, the present world system, and their own sinful nature. Believe it or not, we are our own worst enemy. Some teach that the Christian loses his sin nature when he gets saved. Not true. “If we say that we have no sin [nature], we deceive ourselves, and the truth [regarding the sin nature] is not in us” (1 John 1:8).

The Apostle Paul tells us about the struggle he had with his sinful nature (Romans 7:15-25). When it got in a fight with his new nature from God (2 Peter 1:3, 4), his sin nature always won. While his new nature wanted to do what was right, he ended up doing what was sinful.

But when he learned how to “walk by means of the Spirit” and let Him fight his sin nature, he would gain the victory over the “works of the flesh” which are perversions of good things (Romans 8:1; ff; Galatians 5:16-25).

William Barclay points out that  “Immorality, impurity, licentiousness are perversions of the sexual instinct which is in itself a lovely thing and part of love.  Idolatry is a perversion of worship and was an aid to worship.  Sorcery is a perversion of the use of the healing drugs in medicine.  Envy, jealousy, and strife are perversions of the noble ambition and desire to do well which can spur to greatness.  Enmity and anger are the perversion of that righteous indignation without which the passion for good cannot exist.  Dissension and the party spirit are a perversion of the devotion to the principle which can produce the martyr.  Drunkenness and carousing are the perversion of the happy joy of social fellowship and of the things which men can happily and legitimately enjoy.  Beauty is turned to ugliness.  Sin takes the raw material of potential goodness and turns it into the material of evil.” [1]

When we, as Christians, yield ourselves to God the Holy Spirit and He takes charge of our lives (Romans 6:11-14; 12:1, 2), He not only kills our sinful lusts / desires, but He also produces in us the “Fruit of the Spirit” which is Christlikeness: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22, 23). These qualities need to be demonstrated at the right time, toward the right objects, and for the right reasons (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Example: It’s possible for a “Spirit filled” believer (Ephesians 5:18) to misdirect “agape” love toward the world system rather than back toward God and His children (1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17).

We all have a sinful nature that is like “The Trojan Horse.” It can cause havoc in our lives. If you’d like to learn more about it, click on the link below. [1]

We’re here to help unbelievers learn about the true and living God-man, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who can deliver us from the “Lake of Fire” and take us to heaven (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; John 3:16, 18), [2] and to assist Christians mature in the faith (2 Peter 3:18). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] The Trojan Horse: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/the-trojan-horse/

[2] Gospel Presentations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZvwylOL6L4

He was lingering in a Roman prison cell and facing an imminent death. Why? Because he insisted that the Gospel he proclaimed for the salvation of Jews and non-Jews (Romans1:16) had to include, not only Christ’s death for our sins, but also His bodily resurrection from the dead (2 Timothy 2:8-10; Acts 24:21). Without it, we, as believers in Him, couldn’t be sure that our sins had been forgiven (Romans 4:25), and we’d have no hope for a better life in the future (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).

The “best life” for an unbeliever is now; The “best life” for a Christian is in the next life. Think about that. Where will you spend it – in heaven or in hell? Are you sure?

It was from this prison cell that the Apostle Paul wrote a brief letter to his son-in-the-faith, Timothy. The believers in Asia Minor, whom he led to the Lord, had forsaken him (2 Timothy 1:15). He wanted Timothy to pass on to other faithful Christians what he had received from Paul (2 Timothy 2:2), who had been taught by the Lord Himself for three years in the wilderness after his conversion (Galatians 1:15-18).

Sadly, there are many Christians who aren’t faithful to the Lord and His Word. They live carnal lives (See 1 Corinthians 3:1 ff) and walk according to the flesh (their sin nature), rather than by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-21; Romans 8:5-8). Such Christians grieve and quench God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

Confession to God the Father is in order for such believers (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13) or serious consequences could follow: weakness, sickness, or a premature death (1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Keep this in mind – We have “potential years” and “actual years.”

“Sin (lawless behavior) will take us farther than we want to go; It will keep us longer than we want to stay; It will cost us more than we want to pay.” The passing pleasures of sin aren’t worth it when we consider that our flesh and bones may end up being consumed, perhaps by a STD (Hebrews 11:25; Proverbs 5:11). With 700 wives and 300 concubines, King Solomon may have died this way.

He advised others to live wisely. But then he didn’t follow his own advice, and for a period of time lived in vanity while trying to please himself. He concluded, “Vanity of vanities, all [that I’ve done to please myself] is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Later he wrote, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them’” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). Let’s learn from the mistakes of others (1 Corinthians 10:1-13).

Because Christians still have a sinful nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25) and the potential to engage in all the lawless behavior that they engaged in before they were saved, the Apostle Paul warned believers to “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

God chose the Apostle Paul to be the steward (household manager) of the “Dispensation of Grace” in which we now live. He was the major contributor to “Grace Teachings” for New Testament Christians (Galatians 1:15-7; Ephesians 3:1-7). The Apostles Peter and John, along with James and Jude (the Lord’s half-brothers) supplement what Paul wrote to Christians.

Being forsaken by the believers in Asia Minor must have been very painful to Paul. But he knew that the Lord had not forsaken him. Perhaps he thought of the Psalmist’s words, “When my father and my mother [or other believers] forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me” (Psalm 27:10). The writer of Hebrews wrote, “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). Even after claiming that they would never deny or abandon Him, Christ’s disciples forsook Him in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:56).

Until God takes us home to heaven by means of physical death or through the rapture, God has work for Christians to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). We don’t (shouldn’t) retire from serving God; We won’t in heaven (Revelation 22:3). Christ wants to live out His life through the believer’s life (Galatians 2:20; 4:19). He wants us to be willing to be persecuted or even die for our faith, if necessary so others can be saved (2 Timothy 2:10; 3:12). Such believers can earn the “Crown of Life” (Revelation 2:10; James 1:12).

Jesus said, “You [disciples] did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:16). “This fruit can be seen in Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), a faithful witness (1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15), and through generous giving of one’s money (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17).  – Dr. Charles C. Ryrie “So Great Salvation” p. 50.

James, the Lord’s half brother wrote, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Question: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? If not, why? What needs to change?

Older Christians, who have been through the “rough waters” or “storms of life” should assist Christians who are coming behind them (Galatians 6:2). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). And remember – “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). God wants us to be victorious over our three spiritual enemies: the devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system.

I, personally, want to live the rest of my days on earth as though each day that God gives me to live might be my last day on earth, or the last day of someone I love or know. Our lives are like a vapor that soon passes away (James 4:14). Missionary C. T. Studd wrote, “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be, If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”

At the “Bema Seat Judgment” for New Testament Christians, Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8), will evaluate our works and our motives and reveal why we did what we did (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Were they done in keeping with the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives (Romans 8:14), and with His power (Philippians 3:10; 4:13)? Were they done according to the rules that God set forth in His Word (2 Timothy 2:5; See Romans 3:8; 6:1)? Were they done according to the will of God (Acts 21:4-14)?  Did they bring glory to God or to us (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

Those works that don’t measure up to His standard will be burned up, but the believer will not lose his/her salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). That’s amazing graceunmerited favor from God. Have you experienced it yet (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?

If you consider yourself to be a relatively mature Christian, are you passing on what you’ve learned over the years to those who are coming behind you? Are you setting a good example for them? Think of your children and grandchildren if you have some.

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, now is the time to do so. You have no guarantee that you will be alive at the end of today.

We’re here to assist those who are teachable, willing to change, and grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-4:8). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

For additional information:

What’s Free – Earned? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

Test Questionshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/11/02/the-test-questions/

Three Spiritual Enemieshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2021/07/08/the-blame-game/

Crowns & Rewards:https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/about-our-motives-part-1-2/

Be Like Jesus – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/01/07/be-like-jesus/

C. T. Studd https://reasonsforhopejesus.com/only-one-life-twill-soon-be-past-by-c-t-studd-1860-1931/

Dispensations Charthttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/ https://www.kelseypeach.com/_files/ugd/08892a_ce5bb78881fa4f50a6c866dd9ab0adfe.pdf

Gospel Presentationshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2022/02/16/gospel-presentations/

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  

Used by Permission. All rights reserved.

The late comedian Flip Wilson (1933-1998), who often played the fictional, feisty, female role of Geraldine Jones, used to say, “The Devil made me to it,” and made his audiences laugh at his jokes.

But contrary to what many people think about the devil, he is a real person (a spirit being) who tempted Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, and then getting her husband, Adam to eat of it too. This is when all of man’s problems began. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the devil instead of taking personal responsibility for their own behavior. But the sin nature we inherited from them, through our parents, is responsible for most of our lawless (sinful) behavior today. But what is sin?

“Sin is lawlessness.” 1 John 3:4

God determines what sin is and what isn’t. He makes the requirement(s) for salvation and for daily living. [1]

Sin is against God, and acting as though He hasn’t placed any restrictions on us.

“Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin / Each victory will help you or some others to win.
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue / Look ever to Jesus and He’ll carry you through…”

Al Green

To Be Delivered From Eternal Condemnation, An Unsaved Person Must –

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for his/her sins, Who was buried,

and Who rose again bodily on the third day, and he/she will be saved.”

Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Ephesians 2:8, 9

Memorize & Meditate On This Often

Sin will take you farther than you want to go.

Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay.

Sin will cost you more than you want to pay.

Our Response To Trials And Temptations

“My brethren [fellow Christians], count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires [lusts] and enticed. Then, when desire [lust] has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” – James 1:2-8, 12-15

“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

God doesn’t want His children to sin. But He knows that we will sin periodically.

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation [satisfaction] for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” – 1 John 2:1, 2

When we [Christians] sin, we need to “… confess our sins [to God the Father]. When we do this, “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 [2]

As Christians, Our Temptations To Sin Come From Three Sources: [3]

The Devil [4]

To overcome the temptations that the devil hurls at believers, we must be sober and vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). Then we must submit to God and resist the devil after the whole armor of God has been put on mentally (James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17). It is our understanding that there are 14 specific temptations that the devil and/or demons hurl at our minds. Each piece of the armor is designed to counteract specific temptations.

Our Own Sin Nature [5]

To overcome the temptations that come from our sin nature, a believer must understand that the works of the flesh are all perversions of good things (Galatians 5:19-21). But as long as a believer walks (orders his/her life) by means of God the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to succumb to the temptations that come from the sin nature. We must “reckon [ourselves] to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:11; Galatians 5:16, 25). We are told to flee youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22). God doesn’t want our sin nature to have dominion over us (Romans 6:14; See 1 John 2:1 ff). Those Christians who deny that they have a sin nature are deceiving themselves, not others (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25).

The World System

To overcome the temptations from the present world system, we must first identify it as to what it is. It is a system, devised by the devil to appeal to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride (vain glory) of life (1 John 2:15-17). It involves urbanization, human government, commerce, entertainment, education, industry, and senseless warfare (Genesis 4:16-24; See Luke 11:50, 51). While living here on earth, a believer may use the world system, but he/she is not to abuse it or love it by making it more important than God and His children (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17). We are citizens of heaven and we’re just passing through it on our way to heaven (Philippians 3:20).

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions/comments, we invite you to contact us through our website at www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others.

[1] Requirement(s) for salvation and for living. Go to www.kelseypeach.com and click on “The Good News & The Bad News” Also see – Understanding The Times Bible Study Book Marker – Dispensations

[2] Confession – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/when-we-sin-what/

[3] Three Spiritual Enemies –

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-enemies/

[4] Satanic Attacks: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/spiritual-warfare/

[5] Our Sin Nature – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/our-perverted-sin-nature/

Instructions for Christians to overcome the sin nature –

Romans 6, 7 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%206-7&version=NKJV

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Recommended Reading:

Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ” http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, “He That Is Spiritual” https://www.amazon.com/s?k=he+that+is+spiritual+chafer&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Masters and slaves. Most people are repelled by this relationship. But not all those who were slaves had bad masters. In fact, some slaves appreciated and loved their kind, benevolent masters so much, that even when they were given the opportunity to be set free, they chose to remain as slaves and demonstrated their wishes by having their ears pierced (Exodus 21:1-6). [1]

Of course, there have been, and there will continue to be cruel taskmasters/employers who abuse their slaves/employees. If you’re a Christian, what thoughts do you have or should you have toward your employer or employees (See Ephesians 6:5-9)?

In the spiritual realm, do you feel powerless toward the devil’s temptations, or those that come from your own sinful nature, or from the present world system? [2] Would you like to be set free and enjoy God’s quality of life (John 10:10)? If so, let truth from God’s Word set you free.

(Please take/make time to look up the Bible verses to validate the truth in your own mind

and to be ready to give an answer to those who might ask you about the hope you have in Christ.)

While this is true –

“Sin will take you/me farther than we want to go.

Sin will keep you/me longer than we want to stay.

Sin will cost you/me more than we want to pay.”

This is also true –

Jesus came to take away our sins.

Jesus can keep us from falling into sin.

Jesus paid the debt we owed to God.

God the Father took our sins and placed them on His sinless Son,

and then placed Christ’s righteousness on believers.

Isaiah 53:6; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 1 John 2:2

John 16:10; Romans 4:4, 23-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21

God has made it possible so that believers don’t have to keep on sinning.

Romans 6:1-14; Galatians 5:16; James 4:7; 1 John 2:1, 15-17; 4:4; Jude 1:24

God the Father was fully satisfied with the payment Christ made for our sins.

Romans 3:25; 4:25; 6:23; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; Matthew 3:17; 2 Peter 1:17; Isaiah 53:10

Merely knowing and believing the “facts of the Gospel,” that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day, won’t save you or anyone else. We must transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to Christ alone if we are to be saved (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Furthermore, we are not saved from eternal condemnation with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46) by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.

The Right Formula: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works

The Wrong Formula: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation

Please be honest with your answers. Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die, or do you think that have to go to Purgatory (which isn’t found in the Bible) first because Christ’s payment for your sins wasn’t sufficient? If you’re not sure that you’re headed for heaven, would you like to be sure? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We want you to have assurance of your salvation, and then grow spiritually, so you can serve God and others effectively, and reproduce yourself while you are here on earth.

If you have questions and/or comments we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com Please let us know if this has helped you, and SHARE this information with others. Together we can reach more people for Christ.

[1] “Get Your Ears Pierced?” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUzDHIRlMI8

[2] Three Spiritual Enemies: How To Overcome Them. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/tested-and-tried-daily/

Note: Having your sins forgiven doesn’t automatically mean that you won’t have to suffer the natural consequences of your sinful behavior in this life. Also, Christians can die prematurely by committing “the sin unto death” (1 John 5:16). We have “potential years” and “actual years.”

If sin didn’t bring us so much pleasure, we probably wouldn’t engage in it. But it does. We’re told that Moses chose to suffer with the people of God [the Jews] rather than enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin that could have been his as a rising star in Egypt. “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:24, 25). Notice, they are called “passing” pleasures. Are you engaged in some “secret sins” that are dragging you down to death? Are you looking for a way to get out of this vicious web? If so, read on. If not, stop reading any further.

The foolish, immoral woman says to a simpleton, “’Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’ But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell” (Proverbs 9:17, 18). Please take time to read or listen to a tragic story of a moral failure in Proverbs 5. [1]

How Addictive Is Sin?

“Sin will take you/me farther than we want to go.

Sin will keep you/me longer than we want to stay.

Sin will cost you/me more than we want to pay.”

Original source unknown. [2]

What is Sin?

“Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). It is acting as though God has no standards for us and thinking that we are free to do as we please without any negative consequences. But wait! God, who made us, has the right to impose rules and regulations on us even if we don’t understand their value, or even if we don’t want to do what He tells us to do. [3] The wicked say, “Let us break [God’s] bonds in pieces and cast away [His] cords from us” (Psalm 2:3). “He [also] has said in his heart, ‘God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see’” (Psalm 10:11). Don’t believe this; God is omniscient (John 2:24, 25; Isaiah 46:10; Mark 4:22). He even knows all about our motives for doing what we do (1 Corinthians 4:5).

Our Sin Nature & The New Nature

All of us are born with a sinful nature (disposition). It prompts us to do just the opposite of what God wants us to do. It takes good things and perverts them into something evil (“The Works of the Flesh” – Galatians 5:19-21). [4] This sinful nature was passed down to us from our first parents, Adam and Eve (Psalm 51:5). Even babies have them. [5] It is something that all of us, believers and unbelievers, will have until we die or the Rapture takes place (Romans 8:23).

Those Christians who have received a new nature from above (2 Peter 1:4), but who deny that they still have a sin nature, are simply deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:15-25). We still have the potential to do everything we did before we were saved. But we, as Christians, don’t have to keep on sinning (1 John 2:1 ff; 3:9, 10; 4:4). Those who fail to learn from the mistakes and sins of others, and who think they can resist evil temptations without God’s help, are the ones most likely to fall into sin and judgment (1 Corinthians 10:1-13; 11:30; See John 15:5). Self transformation and reformation lead to pride which God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19; 8:13; 2 Peter 2:18-22).

Precautions For Believers To Take

“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

“…Walk in [by means of] the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust [strong desires] of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16, 25).

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the [Holy] Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

The Consequences Of Sin (Lawlessness)

Physical Death. It is the separation of the body from the soul and spirit (James 2:26; 5:19, 20; Genesis 2:17; 5:5, 8, 11, 14; See Hebrews 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). At the time of physical death, both the wicked dead (unbelievers) in Hades, and the righteous dead (believers) in Paradise receive temporary bodies to house their souls and spirits until they receive their resurrected bodies (Luke 16:19-31; 2 Corinthians 5:1-8). [6] Christ will defeat death by raising everyone who has died from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:26).There are different orders and times of resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 51, 52). In which one will you participate? Not sure? Ask us about them.

Spiritual Death. “…it is the state of the natural or unregenerate man as still in his sins [Ephesians 2:1], alienated from the life of God [Ephesians 4:18, 19], and destitute of the [Holy] Spirit [Romans 8:9].” – Dr. C. I. Scofield. We’re all born into this life spiritually dead and separated from God. We need to be “born again from above” if we are to be delivered from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (John 3:3-7; Matthew 25:41, 46). Learn how this kind of death can be reversed? [7]

The Second Death. This is the irreversible separation from God in the lake of fire forever for all unbelievers (Revelation 21:8). There are no second chances to be saved after a person dies physically, and there is no annihilation of the wicked dead, or reincarnation, or Purgatory taught in the Scriptures. The lusts (strong desires) that come from the sinful nature of unbelievers, who end up in the lake of fire, will never be satisfied (Mark 9:44, 46, 48). “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11).

The Remedy For Sin

Judicial Forgiveness. This is granted to an unbeliever today who places his/her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, Who died for our sins, Who was buried, and Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). It takes place when we accept Christ’s death as our death for sins, and His resurrection as our resurrection from the dead (Galatians 2:20; See Romans 8:1). This is when we pass from spiritual death into spiritual (eternal) life (John 5:24) and have Christ’s righteousness imputed to our account (Romans 4:5-11, 23, 24; John 16:10).

Family Forgiveness. This is granted to a believer who confesses his/her known sins to God the Father, by naming them specifically to Him, and agreeing with Him about what we did (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16). Discernment (self judgment) and repentance (a change of mind about what we did) need to precede confession (1 Corinthians 11:31; 2 Corinthians 7:9).

Help

Are you, or is someone you know, struggling spiritually? We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We want to help you have assurance of salvation first. Then we want to help you grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), so you can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13), and reproduce yourself in this world (Matthew 28:19, 10). If you have questions and/or comments, you can contact us through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1[ Proverbs 5 –https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/pro/5/1/s_633001 (Read or listen to this.)

[2] Quote heard at – https://insight.org/broadcasts/player/?bid=3945

[3] See our “Dispensations Chart” and the rules God gave to different people at different times.

Click on “Understanding The Times Book Marker” at www.kelseypeach.com

[4] “The Works Of The Flesh” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/book-burning/

[5] Minnesota Crime Commission – Babies https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/heres-a-switch-use-it/

[6] Richard Schafer, “Intermediate Bodies” http://bartimaeus.us/sermons/dbv1n4.html#A4

[7] The Bad News & The Good News – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Three Spiritual Enemies: How To Overcome Them. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/tested-and-tried-daily/

Recommended reading – Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ” Victory in the Christian Life https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

You might think that she would have lived her life as a bitter woman because a “Doctor” gave here the wrong medication which caused her to go blind at a very young age (six weeks old). But instead, with the help of her godly grandmother, who taught her about God and His Word, she allowed the Lord to use her “handicap” to bless the lives of countless others through the six thousand Gospel songs she wrote. Included in the list were these: Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour,” and “Rescue The Perishing.”

“Rescue The Perishing” was written after she had met a young, blue collar worker at one of her speaking engagements. During her talk, she felt compelled to ask, “If there is a dear boy here tonight who has perchance wandered away from his mother’s home and his mother’s teaching, please come at the end of the service and talk to me.”

When the meeting was over, a young man (18 years old) approached her. “Did you mean me?” he asked. “I promised my mother that I would meet her in heaven, but the way I have been living, I don’t think that will be possible now.” This blind lady then had the joy of leading that young man to Christ. Upon returning to her room that night, all she could think about was the theme “Rescue The Perishing.” (See Jude 1:22, 23). So she wrote the words to the song we often sing in church. [1]

Rescue the perishing.” God the Father loved the people of this world who had sinned (acted lawlessly) against Him (John 3:16; See 1 John 3:4). He wanted to rescue us so that we wouldn’t have to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:41, 46). He saw us in a desperate condition. To make this deliverance possible, One of the members in the Godhead needed to come down to this earth (Philippians 2:5-11), add to His deity at true human nature and a real body (John 1:1-18; Hebrews 10:7, 9). He needed to be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and live a sinless life Himself (Hebrews 4:15). Then He would need to die as our Substitute to satisfy God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins/acts of lawlessness (1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2, 4:10). So God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ volunteered to die for our sins. But without His bodily resurrection from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:17), He wouldn’t be able to save to the uttermost those who would come to Him by faith (Hebrews 7:25; 11:6). That is why He rose again from the dead and now sits at God the Father’s right hand in heaven (Romans 4:25; Colossians 3:1).

Care for the dying.” Not only are we all dying physically a little bit each day, every baby who comes into this world is born spiritually dead and separated from God (Ephesians 2:1). We all need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-7; 1 Peter 1:23). Being born of Christian parents doesn’t guarantee our salvation. God has no grandchildren. It’s an individual decision we must make for ourselves – Believe in/on Him as our personal Savior, or reject Him and His offer of salvation. Why would anyone do this? Could it be because they love darkness rather than light (John 1:12; 3:19). What about you?

Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave.” God looks with grace, mercy, and pity on us sinners and has done everything necessary for us to be saved and to live a godly, Christian life (2 Peter 1:3, 4). No amount of good works can save us (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). All we need to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and we will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not trust in Him right now?

Weep o’er the erring one.” So few Christians ever weep for lost people as Jesus did when He looked over the city of Jerusalem and said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37; See Romans 9:1-3). Jude, the Lord’s half-brother wrote: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 1:20-23). Has your love for God, for other Christians, and for lost people grown cold or indifferent (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17; Revelation 2:4)? If it has, renew it and let God live His life through your life (Romans 5:5; Galatians 2:20).

Lift up the fallen.” We’ve all fallen into sin and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As Jesus cast out a demon from a young man and lifted up him up (Mark 9:17-27), so may we be in a position to lift up the fallen and…

Tell them of Jesus.” Jesus said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only One who can save us eternally (Acts 4:12). The false Christs and a false gospel message leads to everlasting destruction (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). False teachers “are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 1:12, 13).

The mighty to save.” Jesus, along with the other two Members in the Godhead, is the omnipotent God (Revelation 1:8), who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1- 3; Colossians 1:15-17). There is no one whom He can’t save no matter how bad a person has been. “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; See 1 John 3:4-9). When we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be saved, we are judicially forgiven (Ephesians 1:7) and cannot be condemned (Romans 8:1). Family forgiveness is based on a Christian’s honest confession of his/her sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9).

Feeling Useless? Fanny Crosby, [2] the blind author of this song and many of the other hymns we still sing, might have thought at one time that maybe God couldn’t use someone like her for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). But she didn’t allow the devil to defeat her and become bitter or to have an unforgiving spirit toward the “Doctor” who was responsible for her being blind (Hebrews 12:15; See Ephesians 6:17). Once she was saved, she dedicated her life to God (Romans 12:1, 2), and He used her in a mighty way to bless others (See 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Do you feel like God couldn’t possibly use you (See Ephesians 3:20; 1 Peter 4:10)? If so, consider these Bible characters whom God used for His glory:

Noah got drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Samson was a womanizer, Rahab was a prostitute, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David was an adulterer and a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Jonah ran from God, Naomi was a widow, Job went bankrupt, John the Baptist ate bugs, Peter denied Christ, the disciples fell asleep while praying, Martha worried about everything, the Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once), Zacchaeus was too small, Paul was a blasphemer and a murderer, Timothy had an ulcer, and Lazarus was dead! [3]

Application. All of us have challenges, hardships, trials, and testings in this life that could easily cause us to become bitter, angry, rebellious, cynical, and hateful toward others who have hurt us. But we’re not alone (1 Corinthians 10:13). Think for a moment about those who have hurt you deeply or let you down in life. Have they treated you as badly and as often as you’ve treated God? Has God forgiven you? If you’ve been forgiven, then why are you unwilling to forgive others (See Matthew 18:21-35; Ephesians 4:32)?

If you are a true Christian, is your bad attitude (B.A.) keeping you from having and exhibiting the nine parts of the “Fruit of the Spirt” (Galatians 5:22, 23) in your life? Are you looking for an opportunity to take vengeance into your own hands (Romans 12:19-21)? How is your bad attitude affecting the unsaved people around you? Do you grumble, gripe, and complain often in their hearing as the children of Israel did while they were in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:1-12)? Are you suffering physically or mentally and about to die prematurely because of your rebellious, and unforgiving spirit (See 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16; 1 Samuel 15:23)? Do you know that God wants us, as believers, to bless and pray for those who persecute us (Romans 12:14; Matthew 5:44)? Is honest confession to God and others (if necessary) in order (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13)?

When we are tempted by the devil to be bitter or have an unforgiving spirit, we need to put on the whole “armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-17). The “helmet of salvation” is the piece of the armor that helps us overcome these two temptations (Ephesians 6:17).

If you are saved, and rightly related to God the Holy Spirit (1 John 1:9; Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 5:18), you are in a position to help someone who has a bad attitude (B.A.) and take part in adjusting his/her thinking before sin is involved (Galatians 6:1 ff; 1 John 3:4). You could keep a person from dying prematurely (1 John 5:15; James 5:19, 20) so he/she can live a productive life for the glory of God and good of others.

One ship sails east

One ship sails west

Regardless of how the winds blow.

It is the set of the sail

And not the gale

That determines the way we go.”

Charles R. Swindoll [4]

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

[1] “Rescue The Perishing” story. Robert J. Morgan, “Then Sings My Soul” Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, p. 175

[2] Fanny Crosby https://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/bcrosby15.html

[3] https://www.jollynotes.com/biblical-examples-of-imperfect-people-god-used-in-the-bible/

[4] Charles R. Swindoll, Laugh Again, Word Publishing, Dallas, 1992, p. 34

Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Music Video: Rescue The Perishing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMFRt2aLuMI

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.  Used by permission. All rights reserved.

“An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? How often do you evaluate your own life or let someone else examine it? Why are you here on earth? What is your purpose for living? What do you want to accomplish in life? What short term and long term goals do you have? Why do you want to pursue these goals? What brings you the most satisfaction in life? What do you think will happen to you when you die? Do you think anyone can be sure of his/her eternal destiny? By what standard do you determine what is right or wrong? Do you expect others to live by your rules? What if everyone did whatever he/she wanted to do? Where does his/her freedom end?

If God exists, and we believe that He does, what is His primary purpose? Is there anyway for us to find out? What has He revealed to us in His Word, the Scriptures? If/since He formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, what does He want mankind to do while he/she is here on earth and on into eternity? (See our “Understanding The Times – Dispensations Chart on our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com)

Glory. Throughout the pages of the Scriptures, we are told that God’s primary purpose is to glorify Himself by making Himself know to His creatures – spirit beings and human beings. The spirit beings are constantly learning about God as He deals with mankind in bringing them to salvation (1 Corinthians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:12). Through progressive revelation God made Himself known to various people as it relates to His attributes: goodness, righteousness, omniscience, omnipotence, truthfulness, holiness, and love. He demonstrated His goodness to the children of Israel in the wilderness by providing them with food and water for the entire 40 years of wondering. God determined their rules for living, and enforced them with righteousness. (Dispensations deal with our rules for life, not ways of salvation.) He made provisions for the atonement of their sins through bloody sacrifices. He showed His power when He divided the Red Sea and the Jordan River. He brought the plagues on Egypt and Pharaoh and delivered the children out of bondage. He humbled King Nebuchadnezzar for seven years and then graciously saved him.

Our Purpose. The chief end of man is (ought to be) to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (1 Corinthians 1:31; 10:31; Psalm 16:11; 73:25, 26). How can Christians do this? By experientially knowing God, growing in grace…, serving God and others, and sharing the Good News with lost people.

Knowing. God wants those who put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively, as the One who died for their sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, to know that they have eternal life as a present possession (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Eternal life is God’s quality of life that every Christian receives at the moment of salvation (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13). It is not to be confused with “everlasting life” or existence that every human being will have who was ever conceived. (See Romans 1:20; Jude 1:6; Mark 9:44, 46, 48). He wants believers to have assurance of their salvation from the Word of God and from God the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16). Do you? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Growing. God wants every believe to grow in the sphere of grace and experiential knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 2:2; See Philippians 3:10). Merely knowing the facts about the Gospel won’t save you; neither is God interested in our merely knowing the facts in the Bible. He wants us to live out the life that we have been given (Philippians 2:12; Galatians 4:19; 5:22, 23). Are you still in the “milk” stage or enjoying the “solid food” from God’s Word (Hebrews 5:12-14)? Are you living victoriously over your three spiritual enemies: the devil (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:10-17), your sin nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 6:11-14; 7:15-25), and the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31)?

Serving. Just before He went to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again from the dead on the third day, Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment“…that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34, 35; Contrast the Old Commandment – Leviticus 19:18). This “agape” love is a self sacrificial love that is willing to lay down one’s life for another (1 John 3:16, 17). This kind of love is produced in the life of a Holy Spirit filled Christian (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22, 23). It is the kind of love that should compel us to serve others with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). It should be the attitude one has while using his/her spiritual gift for the edification of other believers in the spiritual Body of Christ (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13).

Sharing. God wants those whom He has saved to tell others about the salvation that He offers to all mankind (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). The Gospel is simple: “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). The only condition for salvation is Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; See John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24). No one is saved by his/her good works or by his/her faith plus good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Sadly, many people are trusting in the wrong Christ and have perverted the Gospel and the way of salvation (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

Conclusion. The Apostle Peter wrote, “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure…” (2 Peter 1:10). Don’t be like those whom Jesus will rebuke on judgment day for thinking that they could get into the kingdom of the heavens by their good works (Matthew 7:21-23). Do you have assurance of your salvation? How much spiritual growth has taken place since you’ve been saved? Are you using your spiritual gift for the glory of God and the edification of others? Are you actively looking for lost people with whom you can share the Gospel? Do you ask God to lead you to some soul each day so you can share the Gospel with them?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped your, please SHARE it with others. Together we can accomplish more.

Every day Christians are being tested and tried in various ways. Others, including spirit beings, good and evil, are watching and listening to our words and noticing our responses to others (Job 1:6 ff; 2:1 ff; 1 Peter 1:12). James, the Lord’s half-brother, wrote this to Christians, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4).

He also wrote, “Blessed is the man [or woman] who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12). If we truly love God, we will obey Him and resist the sinful temptations that come our way.

Defeated. Sadly, there are many Christians who are defeated by their spiritual enemies quite often. This may be due to improper teaching on the part of the Bible teacher. Or it could stem from a believer’s unwillingness to study the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17), and put himself/herself under the teaching of a godly Pastor-teacher (Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 13:7, 17) who can help the believer learn how to identify and overcome the temptations that come from the devil, the sin nature, or the present world system. Using a “one size fits all” approach to temptations won’t work. Blaming the devil for everything will not work.  We have three specific spiritual enemies, and there are three different ways of overcoming the temptations that come from them.

Devil. To overcome the temptations that the devil hurls at believers, we must be sober and vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). Then we must submit to God and resist the devil after the whole armor of God has been put on (James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17). It is our understanding that there are 14 specific temptations that the devil and/or demons throw at us. Each piece of the armor is designed to counteract specific temptations.

Sin Nature. To overcome the sin nature, a believer must understand that the works of the flesh are all perversions of good things (Galatians 5:19-21). But as long as a believer walks (orders his/her life) by means of God the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to succumb to the temptations that come from the sin nature. We must “reckon [ourselves] to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:11; Galatians 5:16, 25). We are told to flee youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22). God doesn’t want the sin nature to have dominion over us (Romans 6:14; See 1 John 2:1 ff). Those Christians who deny that they have a sin nature are deceiving themselves, not others (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25).

World. To overcome the present world system, we must first identify it as to what it is. It is a system, devised by the devil to appeal to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride (vain glory) of life (1 John 2:15-17). It involves urbanization, human government, commerce, entertainment, education, industry, and senseless warfare (Genesis 4:16-24; See Luke 11:50, 51). While living here on earth, a believer may use the world system, but he/she is not to abuse it or love it by making it more important than God and His children (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17). We are citizens of heaven and we’re just passing through it on our way to heaven (Philippians 3:20).

God’s Will. God has a “desirous will” for His children that may or may not be carried out. He energizes His children to be willing to be doing of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). He also provides His resurrection power for us to overcome our spiritual enemies (Philippians 3:10; 4:13, 19). “No temptation has overtaken [us] except such as is common to man[kind]; but God is faithful, who will not allow [us] to be tempted beyond what ]we] are able, but with the temptation will make the way of escape, that [we] may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). In spite of what God has done for us, some (perhaps many) choose to enjoy the temporary, sinful pleasures of this life (Hebrews 11:25) to their own detriment and a premature, physical death (1 John 5:16; James 5:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:30).

Confess. When a believer sins (acts lawlessly), he/she needs to repent (change his/her mind – 2 Corinthians 7:9) and then confess it (i. e., admit the sin by naming it) and then claim God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9). “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). Do you have unconfessed sins in your life that are interrupting your fellowship with God?

Scars. Even though a Christian may confess his/her sins and be forgiven, the physical, emotional, or psychological scars may last a life time. Thankfully, true Christians won’t have these scars and memories in eternity future (Revelation 21:4). But unbelievers will weep and gnash their teeth forever in the lake of fire where the worm (sin nature and its cravings) does not die, and where the fire is not quenched (Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Matthew 25:41, 46).

Deliverance.  To avoid this awful place, one must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? It not, why not now?  If you’re a  true Christian who wants to display your love for God and earn the “Crown of Life” (James 1:12), and who wants to avoid God’s chastening and scourging in this life (1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 8:1), then learn how to overcome sinful temptations (Hebrews 12:5-11). God doesn’t want us to sin (1 John 2:1), and has made it possible for us not to sin (1 Corinthians 10:31). Christians have been given everything we need for life and godliness in God’s Word (2 Peter 1:3). But we must study it carefully (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17).  Keep this thought in mind.  “The Lord will judge His people [believers].  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:30, 31).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions/comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you. To receive future ones as they come out, click on “Follow.” Join us on “Facebook” and “Youtube.”

Additional Help

Dr. H. L. Schafer, “Maturing In Christ” http://gracelifebaptistchurch.us/publications.php

Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, “He That Is Spiritual” https://www.amazon.com/s?k=he+that+is+spiritual+chafer&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Spiritual Enemies https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-enemies/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/our-perverted-sin-nature/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/when-we-sin-what/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/our-adversary-the-devil/

The Greatest Rescue Operation”

Fighting fires is a dangerous occupation. Every year fire fighters lose their lives while trying to save others. Most of us have never had to be rescued from a burning building although you may know someone who has had this experience.

Greatest. Today let’s consider “The Greatest Fire Fighter” and what He did for you and me. There are many people in our world who know little or nothing about Him and the personal sacrifice He made to make it possible so that we wouldn’t have to end up in an awful place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth and torment in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Revelation 21:8).

Unique. Jesus Christ was not just another, ordinary man who lived here on earth about 2,000 years ago. He was/is the God-man (John 1:1-18; 5:18; 10:30), who came to earth to glorify His Father (John 17:4). He presented Himself as the rightful King of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-25; 27:21), and the Savior of the world (Luke 19:10; 1 Timothy 4:10). This doesn’t mean that all mankind will ultimately be saved (“universalism”).

Substitute. In order for Him to rescue mankind from having to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons, He had to offer Himself as a Substitute and die for our sins and then rise again bodily from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Why? Because “the wages [payment] for sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Someone has to pay the debt for the sins we have committed and will commit. Either the individual himself does, or a perfect, sinless Substitute could pay the debt. Jesus, the sinless One (Hebrews 4:15), died as “the just One for [us] the unjust ones” (1 Peter 3:18). The payment that He made on our behalf was accepted by God the Father, who demonstrated this fact by raising Jesus from the dead (Romans 4:25). Only a living Savior can help us.

To the surprise of many people, this rescue operation has three phases: Past tense, Present tense, and Future tense. What God begins, He finishes (Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 7:25).

Initial Salvation. He saved believers from the penalty of sin (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 6:23). This is known as justification. God forgave our sins judicially (Ephesians 1:7) because Jesus, the believers’ Substitute, took on Himself our sins and died for them once and for all (Hebrews 10:10). He paid the debt in full (1 Peter 1:18; 3:18). The guilt and condemnation of sin were removed (Romans 8:1). Justification doesn’t make us innocent or “Just as though we had never sinned.” Rather, it means that God counted us to have acted right when we died for our sins and rose again in the Person of our Substitute, Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:4). Christ’s righteousness was put to our account (Romans 4:16, 25; John 16:8-11). When we understand this truth, and realize that the burden of sin has been lifted from us, and that God the Father sees us and accepts us through the merits of Christ (Ephesians 1:6), it should make us very grateful to God and cause us to do things to please Him (2 Corinthians 5:9).

Progressive Salvation. God is saving believers from the power of sin. This is known as sanctification. God set us aside unto Himself and we don’t have to sin anymore, but we will sin periodically (1 John 2:1, 2; 1:9; James 5:16). Satan is no longer our father, God is (Colossians 1:13; John 8:44; 1 John 3:8-10). The temptations that come from all three of our spiritual enemies can be overcome. Satan (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17). Our sin nature (Romans 6:14; 7:14-25; Galatians 5:16, 25; 1 John 1:8). The present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-24). Christians need to be informed, alert, and realize that no temptations are more than we can bear and that other people have the same kind of temptations that we have (1 Corinthians 10:13). God’s resurrection power is available to all Christians (Philippians 3:10; 4:13). A Christian can demonstrate his/her love for God by overcoming temptations (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10). God has provided everything we need for life and godliness within His Word (2 Peter 1:3). Diligent study is required if we want to grow spiritually (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Because of His love for His children, God the Father will chasten/scourge His unruly children so that we will not be condemned with the world (Hebrews 12:5 ff; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; 1 John 5:16).

Ultimate Salvation. He will save true Christians from the very presence of sin at the time of our death or the Rapture. From that time on we will be present with the Lord forever (2 Corinthians 5:8; John 14:1-3). When the Rapture occurs all Christians will receive new bodies (Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:49-51; Luke 24:33-43) and then our souls/emotions will be saved (1 Peter 1:9). This is known as our glorification.

God’s Desire. Even though the Lord Jesus Christ desires that all mankind be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), and has made it possible for them to be saved from the lake of fire (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2), most people reject “natural revelation” (Romans 1:18 ff; Psalm 19:1). They also refuse to believe in/on Him as the One who died for their sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (John 3:18, 36; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). This is the only “unforgivable sin” that a person can commit today (John 16:8-11). Some people know and believe the facts of the Gospel, but they haven’t placed their faith in Him exclusively. If they believe in hell and heaven at all, they rely on some or all of their good works to get them into heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Are you?

Certain? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment your die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything that you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Now! Today is the “day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Make sure you’re truly saved (2 Peter 1:10; 1 Corinthians 15:2; See Mark 8:36; Matthew 7:21-23). If you’re saved, are you sharing the Gospel (1) with others so they can be saved (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8)?

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

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“Moment By Moment”

Posted: February 5, 2019 in Songs, Spiritual Enemies

Do you enjoy the old hymns of the faith? I do. Many of them bring great comfort and encouragement to me when the devil tempts me with discouragement, disappointment, and doubt. I know that when this happens, I need to put on the armor of God to counteract his attempts to disrupt my relationship with God (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17).

When an evil spirit afflicted King Saul, music from David, his son-in-law, had a calming effect on him (1Samuel 16:23). Sadly, in spite of this, King Saul turned on David and tried to kill him (1 Samuel 19:1, 2).

It’s true, we need God’s help “Day By Day,” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.” But there is an even greater need that can be met when we have a “Moment By Moment” relationship with Him and abide (feel at ease) with Him so we can “bear much fruit” (John 15:1-8).

When tempted by our sin nature, it’s important, if we want to have victory over the strong desires that come from within us, that we not only “Walk by means of the Spirit” in an overall sense, but also for us that we “walk each step by means of the Holy Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 25).

Ira D. Sankey, song leader for D. L. Moody, tells us how the song “Moment By Moment” came about. While I was attending the World’s Fair in Chicago, Henry Varley, a lay preacher from London, said to Major Whittle: “I do not like the hymn ‘I need Thee every hour’ very well, because I need Him every moment of the day.” Soon after Major Whittle wrote this sweet hymn.

Lyrics: Daniel W. Whittle
Music: May W. Moody

Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine;
Living with Jesus, a new life divine;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.

Refrain

Moment by moment I’m kept in His love;
Moment by moment I’ve life from above;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.

Never a trial that He is not there,
Never a burden that He doth not bear,
Never a sorrow that He doth not share,
Moment by moment, I’m under His care.

Refrain

Never a heartache, and never a groan,
Never a teardrop and never a moan;
Never a danger but there on the throne,
Moment by moment He thinks of His own.

Refrain

Never a weakness that He doth not feel,
Never a sickness that He cannot heal;
Moment by moment, in woe or in weal,

Jesus my Savior, abides with me still.

Refrain

Here is a rendition of this song that you may enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6EhnCSIku4

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Portions adapted from: https://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/bwhittle4.html