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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 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).

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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

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

Where’s The Evidence?

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

Lordship For Salvation?

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

Carnal Christians

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

Victorious Living

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

Help

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In all likelihood, whether you’re a Christian or not, you probably don’t know very much about “The Weeping Prophet.”  He wept bitterly because God revealed to him the devastation that was coming to His own people, the Jews.  

Pit.  Even though God had drawn them out of an iron furnace and a horrible pit in Egypt (Deuteronomy 9:26; 1 Kings 8:51), and entered into a conditional, covenant relationship with them (Exodus 19:5-8; 20:1 ff; Deuteronomy 28:1-68), most of the Jews turned their backs on the true and living God, and worshiped the lifeless idols of the pagans around them.  For this, and their failure to observe the weekly Sabbaths and the Sabbatical years, they were sent into captivity in Babylon for 70 years (Leviticus 26:34-43; 2 Chronicles 36:21; Daniel 1:1, 2).

Value.  Even though our “House Rules” for living are different from those which God gave to the Jews, there is value that comes from reading the Old Testament.  (See “Understanding The Times, Dispensations Chart” on our website.)  We can learn (1) from negative example, what not to do (1 Corinthians 10:6-13), (2) that God will keep His promises to us, New Testament Christians, as He did with the Jews in the Old Testament (Romans 15:4), and (3) we can learn much about the character of God from the Old Testament (Ezekiel 6:7, 10, 14, 7:4 et al).

Oh, Charles, Charles. [1] It’s rather sad that Charles Dawkins has such a low and distorted opinion of God as he has expressed in his writings such as the “God Delusion.”  He calls the God of the Old Testament all kinds of nasty names.  On one occasion he had to admit that he was more of an agnostic rather than an atheist. The Scriptures call atheists “fools” (Psalm 14:1). But I’m very sure that his mentor Charles Darwin, [2] who wrote On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life,” knows better now, in his current state (Luke 16:19-31), who God is and how man came into existence (See Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7).  Please note the words favoured races that Darwin used.  Margaret Sanger (Planned Parenthood) [3] apparently believed that some races were inferior to others.  What about you?  “The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:7).

Similarities.  As I’ve been reading again the writings of the Jewish Prophet Jeremiah, I’ve noticed many similar conditions that exist in our beloved country as they existed in his.  He wasn’t happy about what he saw going on among the Jews.  God told him to warn them of their wicked ways and the consequences that would follow if they didn’t repent.  But they kept on sinning and engaged in the wicked and debased practices of the heathen people around them.  They even sacrificed their children to the pagan gods and threw them into the fire.  Is that any different than our behavior in the United States where over 60 million babies have been aborted (murdered) since 1973 in Roe v. Wade?  May God have mercy upon us and may we turn from our wicked ways before God brings judgment on us.

Sodom And Gomorrah.  The people living in these cities were depraved and very wicked people (Genesis 13:13; See Jeremiah 23:14; Romans 1:18 ff).  But did  you know that Jesus rebuked the Jews living in some cities in Israel (Matthew 11:21, 23), and told them that it would be more tolerable for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment (the Great White Throne – Revelation 20:11-15) then for them? Why? Because if Jesus had lived and performed the miracles that he did in Sodom and Gomorrah, He said that they would have repented and believed on Him. He could say this because He was/is omniscient (John 2:24, 25). But the Jews of Jesus’ day, who heard Him teach and saw His miracles that proved His deity, didn’t believe on Him and accept Him as their promised Messiah (John 1:11, 12; 19:6; Matthew 16:16). But one day in the future, the Jews will acknowledge this fact (Matthew 23:37-39; See Zechariah 12:10; Philippians 2:11).

United States.  Of all the people in the world, we, who live in the United States, have been exposed to the Word of God and many of us own Bibles, even though most of them are not being read on a regular basis.  Many of the “televangelists” on radio or TV talk about the Gospel and different ways of salvation, but most of them don’t get it right. (See below.)  Shame on them; woe to them (Jeremiah 23:1; Matthew 23:13-16; James 3:1; Jude 1:13).  In some countries of the world, having and/or reading the Bible could get you imprisoned or mean death.  How highly do you value your Bible?  Is it less important than your cell phone?

Light.  With light and illumination comes responsibility“To him who knows to do good, and doesn’t do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).  Jesus is the Light of the world (John 9:5).  Have you come to Him for illumination and salvation?

Gospel.  My friend, we’re all sinners who have come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).  We all deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46).  But Christ died for all our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Anyone who believes on Him alone for salvation, will be saved (Acts 16:31).  Have you done this yet?  If not, why not now?

Carnal.  Perhaps you’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, but you’re carnal and acting like an unsaved person (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; 1 John 1:8).  If this is your condition, confess your known sins to God and claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9).  You may also need to confess your sins to others whom you have offended (James 5:16).  Then start walking by means of the Holy Spirit so you don’t keep on yielding to the temptations that come from your sin nature (Galatians 5:16, 25; See Ephesians 5:18).  If you’re yielding to temptations from the devil, avail yourself of the full armor of God and resist him and he will flee from you (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17).  If you’re misdirecting your love away from God and directing it toward the present world system, stop loving it (1 John 2:15-17).  We may use it, but we’re not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31).

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

[1] Charles Dawkins https://www.christianpost.com/news/richard-dawkins-forgets-full-title-of-darwins-book-in-debate-69563/

[2] Charles Darwin – Evolution Is Impossible –

Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmAFp27gYFA&feature=youtu.be

Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNIEB2q1Tmo

[3] Margret Sanger – Planned Parenthood https://creation.com/margaret-sanger-darwinian-eugenicist

Bullies. Have you ever been bullied verbally, physically, or spiritually by someone? I have been. Are you sick and tired of being abused? I was and still am. Would you like to learn how to defend yourself and come out on top instead of on the bottom? Are you teachable and willing to change? Would you like to be a wise person who knows what to do and when to do it?

Story. One day a proud young man approached Socrates and asked him to show him the path to wisdom. Socrates looked at him and paused for a few moments, allowing him to become uncomfortable with the silence. He locked eyes with him and said, Meet me at the river at dawn.” The next morning the young man arrived at the river before dawn. Socrates soon walked down the path and waded out into the water, motioning for the young man to join him. When they both were about chest deep, Socrates looked at him and asked, What do you want?” The young man responded, To find wisdom!”

Socrates grabbed the young man and began drowning him. He held him under water for twenty seconds and then let him up, asking him again, “What do you want?” The young man responded again, To find wisdom!” At that, Socrates promptly submerged the man under water again. Thirty seconds passed, then forty, and the man’s face began to turn blue. Socrates lifted the man up and asked, What do you want?” The man gasped, Air!”

Socrates released the young man, and saidWhen you want wisdom as much as you have just wanted air, then you will begin to find wisdom.”  – Original source of story unknown

Truth. What about the truth? Jesus referred to Himself as being the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). God’s Word is truth (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17). It tells us in words what God wants us to know about God, man, sin, salvation, the future and much more. It also tells us about our spiritual enemies.

Enemies. Before we, as Christians, can live victoriously over the three spiritual bullies that confront us, we must learn the truth about them and how they operate. We must read, study, memorize, and meditate on God’s Word and rely on God the Holy Spirit to illuminate our minds (Ephesians 1:17, 18). Then we need to apply the truth to the situations in which we find ourselves (James 1:22). We don’t use the same tactics for each of our three spiritual enemies. Do you know when to flee, when to stand and fight, and which one to use without abusing it?

Sin. It’s not a four letter word but a three letter word. But it has caused so many problems from the time when Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit and even before then when Lucifer, the anointed cherub, rebelled against God and wanted to be like God” by acting independently of Him (Isaiah 14:12-14).

Creation. It is our understanding of the Scriptures that the spirit beings, whom God the Son had created (Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3), saw Him create the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; Job 38:7). Lucifer, the anointed cherub, once had his residence in a mineral garden on this earth that God had created in a place called Eden (Ezekiel 28:12-19). From here he ruled under God over all other spirit beings – cherubs, seraphs, and angels (Ezekiel 28:14; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7). Note – Later God placed Adam and Eve in a fruit and vegetable garden eastward in Eden (Genesis 2:8).

Rebellion. Not being satisfied with the role and responsibility that God had given to him, he set out to lift his throne above God’s and be like God and unaccountable to Him (Isaiah 14:14). Then he convinced one third of the angels to go along with him in his rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4).

Man. It is our understanding that after Lucifer’s rebellion and demotion, God made an inferior creature out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of lives – physical and spiritual (Genesis 2:7). He called him Adam. Then He took a rib from him and formed Eve, his counterpart. They were given the responsibility to have dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26, 28).

Control. This led Lucifer (the devil) to try to take the control away from them back to himself. We don’t know how long he observed Adam and Eve before he decided to tempt her into disobeying God’s clear command not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). We know that he succeeded and got both her and Adam to disobey God which resulted in immediate spiritual death (i.e. separation from God).  Physical death came much later (Genesis 5:5). It appears that they were stripped of something (Genesis 3:11). Was it a garment of light (See 1 Corinthians 15:49; 1 John 3:2; 1 Timothy 6:16)?

Unrighteousness. The Scriptures use many words to convey different aspects of unrighteousness. The Biblical definition of sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). Sin involves man’s acting as though God has placed no restraints on him. Like the devil, man wants to act independently of God and be the master of his own fate and the captain of his own ship.” He wants to make his own rules and decide what is right in his own eyes (See Judges 21:25). Have you noticed that many people do the same thing today? They want to impose their rules on others but they don’t want anyone else to impose their rules on them. (This sounds a lot like our legislators and politicians, doesn’t it?) Such lawless behavior is rampant today and getting worse (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff).

Sin. It is what God declares it to be. Since He made man, He has the right to make the rules for us. He also conveys to us the consequences of lawlessness (See Genesis 2:17; Deuteronomy 28; John 3:16, 18, 36; Romans 1:18-32; 6:23; Revelation 21:8). Upon careful examination of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17), and using the normal rules of interpretation, one discovers that God has different rules for different people in different periods of time. Example: Dietary rules before the flood of Noah’s day – herbs and fruit (Genesis 1:29; 2:9, 16). After the flood people were allowed to eat every moving thing (Genesis 9:3). The Jews under the Mosaic Law had a limited diet (Leviticus 11:2 ff). Today our diet is unlimited (1 Timothy 4:3-5). To see further distinctions, consider our Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” at www.kelseypeach.com.

Sources. There are three sources from which temptations to sin come: the devil, our sin nature, and the present world system. Some people believe that Christians lose their sin nature when they get saved. This is not true (See 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4). God has provided everything that a Christian needs for life and godliness within the pages of the Scriptures so he/she can live victoriously over these solicitations to sin (1 Corinthians 10:13; Colossians 2:8; 2 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:1). Some people believe that the temptation itself is a sin. No!

Temptations. In his book, Maturing In Christ, p. 33, Dr. H. L. Schafer writes, “Part of the well-known hymn correctly states, ‘Yield not to temptation for yielding is sin.’ Having the temptation is not sin. Temptations are allowed by God in order for a believer to mature by having victory. The believer is not responsible for having temptation, but he is responsible for his reaction to temptation.”  Note the progression that is involved that leads to sin and death (James 1:12-15).

Blame. Do you blame the devil for all your problems and the sins you commit? Did you know that he must get permission from God before he or his demons can hurl their fiery darts against Christians (See Luke 22:31, 32; Ephesians 6:13; Job 1:12; 2:6)? How many of his 14 temptations can you identify and what is the Biblical way to overcome them (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17)? How do you overcome the strong desires (sinful lusts) that come from your own sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11-13)? How does the present world system appeal to maturing believers and how does a Christian overcome it (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Genesis 4:16-24)?

Salvation. For someone to be saved today from eternal condemnation, he/she must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? Are you “believing in vain” by trying to add your good works to faith (1 Corinthians 15:2; Ephesians 2:8, 9; See Matthew 7:21-23)? Please read the “Bad News & Good News” on our website. Once you’re truly saved and have assurance from the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16) and from God’s Word (1 John 5:13), we’d like to have a part in your spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), and show you how you can serve God effectively with your spiritual gift (1 Peter 4:10), and reproduce yourself (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8) while you’re here on earth. We’d like to show you how you can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

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

Spiritual Warfare: Devil https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/spiritual-warfare/

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

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You can/should be thankful if you grew up in a loving home with a father and mother and where Christ was honored and your parents modeled His love and the other parts of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23). But sadly, many people never experienced this. You may have been verbally, physically, or sexually abused. You in turn may have mistreated your children or others as you were mistreated. Are you doomed to hell? Do you have to repeat this vicious cycle or can a change take place in your life and the lives of others? What does God’s Word tell us we need to do?

Forgiveness. We’ve all sinned [to a greater or lesser degree] and have come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As such, we all deserve to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:9). But because God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, took our place and died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, we can be judicially forgiven the moment we trust in Christ alone to save us (Ephesians 1:7; 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ as one’s personal Savior (John 16:8-11). Have you placed your faith in Christ alone to save you? If not, why not trust Him now? Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14).

Sin. What is sin? Among other things, it is lawlessness (1 John 3:4; Romans 14:23; James 4:17; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). What should all unsaved sinners do? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? What penalties are associated with sin? Physical and spiritual death (Romans 6:23; 13:1-7). What kind of people end up forever in the lake of fire? “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8). “…fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, [and] extortioners.” Do you fit into this group? Many of us did. Is there any way for us to get out of the devil’s family and into God’s family and be judicially forgiven (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10; Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 1:7). Yes! We can be when we get washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Has this happened to you?

Action. What should a Christian who has sinned against God and other people do if he/she wants to receive family forgiveness and be well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9; John 15:1-10)?

  1. Honest confession must be made to God first (1 John 1:9; Psalm 32:1-5; 51:1-19). Keep in mind that doing this may not keep a person from the penalty of the civil government (Romans 13:1-7). The government doesn’t always do what is right but they are accountable to God (See James 3:1; Romans 14:12; Matthew 23:13-36; Isaiah 1:26; 5:20; 10:1; 2 Timothy 4:8; Daniel 4:17, 25).
  2. Then, if possible, one needs to go to the offended party and seek forgiveness from that person (James 5:16). The offended party may or may not grant forgiveness to the perpetrator. But a Christian should forgive someone who asks for forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 18:22). If we don’t, we sin by yielding to the temptation from the devil to have an unforgiving and bitter spirit that will damage us (2 Corinthians 2:1-11; Hebrews 12:15; Matthew 18:34, 35).
  3. The perpetrator (i. e. the sinning Christian) should realize that even though God promises to forgive him when he makes honest confession, God doesn’t forget what he’s done because He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25). But God won’t hold the sins he’s confessed against him (See Ezekiel 18:22; 33:16). Sometime in the future He will allow that person to be tempted in the same area to see how he/she will respond to temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). The question is, Does the Christian love God more than the sinful pleasures of sin (James 1:12; Hebrews 11:25; 1 John 2:15-17)? Yes, there are pleasures to sin. Otherwise we wouldn’t engage in them.
  4. A Christian needs to learn how to overcome the sinful temptations that come from the devil (Ephesians 6:10-17), or from his/her own sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25; 1 John 1:8), or from the present world system (1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 John 2:15-17). There are different tactics that must be used with each enemy. (See https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-enemies/).

The abused person. A believer who has suffered unjustly because of the sin of another person can/should commit his/her soul (emotions) to God and trust Him to work out a bad situation and bring something good from it (1 Peter 4:19; Romans 8:18, 28). Consider what God did for the patriarch Job after he was viciously mistreated by the devil and his friends (Job 1:1-2:13; 42:10-16). Notice how Joseph responded to his brothers who sold him into slavery (Genesis 50:20). Think about Christ’s suffering at the hands of cruel men that made our salvation possible (Acts 2:23). God holds you and me responsible for His death too (Acts 4:27). Our sins put Him on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; Isaiah 53:6). Perhaps you didn’t know this. If you’ve been wronged, you should go to the perpetrator (if he/she is a believer) and inform that person of the injustice that you believe has been committed against you. If reconciliation doesn’t take place this way, you should take two or three other believers with you and try to resolve the issue. If this doesn’t work, the matter should be brought before the local church and appropriate action taken (Matthew 18:15-35; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13). By all means you should leave vengeance to God (Romans 12:19). God is just/righteous and will not allow sin to go without consequences that may seem severe to some people (See Hebrews 12:5 ff). We can count on Jesus, who will be the Judge of all men (John 5:22), to do what is right on judgment day (2 Timothy 4:8; Revelation 20:11-15). Furthermore, the civil government may also take action against certain crimes. It has authority from God to take another person’s life in some cases (See Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1-7) Capital punishment is a deterrent to crime.

Unbelievers. These people, who rejected God’s offer of salvation (John 1:11, 12; 3:16, 18, 36), and natural revelation (Psalm 19:1; Romans1:18 ff) will be judged one day according to their works, not to determine their entering into heaven or not, but to determine the degree of suffering they will undergo in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). No human being needs to go there. Christ’s death made provision for all men/women to be saved (1 John 2:2; 1 Timothy 4:10). It is God’s desire for sinners to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). Sadly, most people will reject His offer of deliverance because they love darkness more than light (John 3:19). Have you received by faith the gift of eternal life from God (Romans 6:23; John 3:16, 18, 36)? If not, why not today?

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When we sin (act lawlessly), what should we do?  It depends on whether you are a true Christian or not.  If you’re not a Christian, contrary to what you may have been told, it isn’t necessary for you to confess every single sin you’ve ever committed in your life before you can be saved.  In fact you can’t remember every sin (act of lawlessness) you’ve committed.  Everything you’ve done independently of God and all your self righteous acts are considered by God to be sin (See Proverbs 21:4; Isaiah 14:13, 14; 64:6; Romans 14:23; James 4:17).  You may not have known this fact.

Acknowledge.  Instead, you need to realize that you are a sinner like all the rest of us, and in need of a Savior (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23).  We believe that God the Holy Spirit convicts (thoroughly convinces) those whom the Father has given to the Son concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment after they have heard the unadulterated Gospel (John 16:8-11; 6:37, 44; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  Much of what is being called “The Gospel” isn’t the true Gospel but a “different gospel” and/or another way of salvation (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15 ; See Acts 16:17).  (Please read “The Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea.)

Unforgivable Sin.  The only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scriptures, (not the false christs of the cults – Matthew 24:5).  Without Christ’s quality of righteousness we cannot enter heaven.  But since we all have sinned and are unrighteous, we’re all disqualified from entering heaven to spend eternity with God.  This is why we need Christ’s righteousness put to our account.  God causes this to happen when we believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.  He sees us as having acted right when we believe in/on Christ alone and count His death as our death, and His resurrection as our resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Romans 4:4, 16).  The Holy Spirit also convicts (convinces) these people of being judged and having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons if they don’t believe in/on Christ alone to be saved (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10).  This truth will seem foolish to most unsaved people (1 Corinthians 1:20-31; 2:14).

Time.  These particular unsaved people (2 Peter 3:9) may not immediately place their faith in Christ but they will believe in/on Him before they die physically (Hebrews 1:14).  This sometimes is called “effectual calling” (John 6:37, 44).  If you’re saved, did you get saved the first time you heard the Good News concerning “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation”?  Most of us probably didn’t.

Christians.  If you are a true Christian who has been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone (not of your good works- Ephesians 2:8, 9), and you sin as a Christian, you don’t have to get saved all over again.  In fact, this is impossible (Hebrews 6:4).  Instead you need to honestly confess your known sins to God the Father (without making excuses or blaming others as Adam and Eve did – Genesis 3:8-13) so you can receive family forgiveness (1 John 1:9).  If you say that you have no sin nature that causes you to sin periodically, you are deceiving yourself, not others (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:14-25).

Christians Don’t Have To Sin (1 John 2:1).  God has made every provision for His children so we don’t have to keep on sinning (2 Peter 1:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13).  If you think and say that you can’t sin once you’re saved (and some people say this), you are about to fall into sin (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13).  You don’t lose your sin nature when you get saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).  It’s still very much alive and most of the temptations to which we yield originate from our sin nature (disposition).  But if we walk by means of the Holy Spirit, we won’t fulfill the lusts (strong desires) that come from our sin nature (Galatians 5:16, 26).  Don’t blame the devil for every sin you commit.  His 14 temptations to sin are different from those that come from our sin nature and the present world system.  Do you know how to overcome these three spiritual enemies and live a victorious Christian life?  Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16)? If so, we may be able to help you.

God Knows Everything.  He knows that we, as His children, will sin periodically (1 John 3:9, 10).  This is why we have an Advocate (Jesus Christ) along side the Father (1 John 2:1).  He ensures that we don’t lose our salvation when we sin (See John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30), and also maintains the Father’s integrity when the devil accuses His children of our sinful behavior on earth.  When we, as Christians, confess (name) our sins to God the Father, He grants to us family forgiveness (not judicial forgiveness that took place at the time of our salvation – Ephesians 1:7) and cleanses us from all the unrighteousness that led up to our sinning (1 John 1:9; See James 1:12-15).  Temptations are not sin, but yielding to them constitutes sin.  Believers can earn the “Crown of Life” for overcoming sin (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

Sin’s Effects.  It interrupts the Christians’ close relationship with God and causes us to grieve the heart of God (Ephesians 4:30).  When we sin we don’t abide (feel at ease with God) and He doesn’t feel at ease with us.  We don’t bear the spiritual fruit that we should (John 15:1-14).  Do you know that this fruit involves (See Galatians 5:22, 23; Colossians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 16:15; Hebrews 13:15; Philippians 4:17)?  Sin also keeps us from doing the desirous will of God for our lives (Romans 12:1, 2).  Without God’s power, we can do nothing to please God (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Romans 8:8).

Confession.  Confessing our sins to God the Father (not to men unless we’ve sinned against them too – James 5:16) doesn’t automatically place us in fellowship with God the Father.  We must make the choice to walk in the light as He is in the light if we are to enjoy close fellowship with Him (1 John 1:7).  Are you abiding in Christ and bearing much spiritual fruit (John 15:8)?  Are you walking in the light?  If not, what needs to change?  Are you tired of suffering the painful consequences of sin that could lead to your premature physical death (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17)?  Unconfessed sins in the life of a Christian can lead to severe disciplinary measures so we won’t be condemned later with the unsaved people of this world (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30-32; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8).

Freedom.  In Christ there is freedom to do as we ought to do rather than being in bondage to sin (Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:2).  We become the slaves of the one to whom we yield (Romans 6:14-23).  Whose servant are you?  Those Christians who make Christ the Master of their lives (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15) could have no better Master.  Have you done this yet?  This is not a condition for salvation as the “Lordship for salvation” people are teaching. (See below.)

Safety.  Being figuratively under “His wings” and under His care is the safest place we could possibly be (Psalm 91:4; 1 Peter 5:7).  Is this where you’d like to be?  Are you sure you’re saved?  Make sure (2 Peter 1:10). If you’re not, why not get saved today and gain assurance of it (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16)?  If you’re saved, have you wandered away from God and become carnal like the prodigal son (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1 ff; See Luke 15:11-32)?  Would you like to come back to the loving arms of your heavenly Father?  He’s waiting (Matthew 11:28). Why not do it right now?

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

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation. http://kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

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