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“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest in the land?” Perhaps you recall these words from the story about Snow White and the evil queen. As humans, we like to think of ourselves more highly than perhaps we should (Romans 12:3; See Philippians 2:5-11). It would be more appropriate for us to look into the mirror of God’s Word and ask Him to search our hearts to see if there are wicked ways in us so we can be cleansed (Psalm 139:23).

Confession. When Christians become aware of them, we should promptly confess our sins to God to gain “family forgiveness” (1 John 1:9; See also James 5:16). Don’t confuse this with“judicial forgiveness” (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 8:1). Confession of all the sins you’ve ever committed is not a condition for your salvation. If it were, how could anyone be sure that he/she had confessed every one of them?

Heart. The heart, as it is used in the Scriptures, often refers to our mind (Proverbs 23:7), our will (Daniel 1:8; Acts 11:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7), and our emotions (Romans 9:2). The Scriptures tell us that our natural hearts are deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). “There is none righteous, no, not one. There is none who seeks after God.” “… all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10,11, 23). When a person gets saved, he/she receives a new heart. It consists of a new desirous will, and the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:16).

Sin. It is defined as lawlessness (1 John 3:4). It involves our refusal to recognize any restrictions or restraints from God and to act as though we had none. God determines what constitutes sin since He is the One who made Adam and then Eve from whom all of us have come (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:15-17). The only unforgivable sin today that will keep someone out of heaven is unbelief in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior (John 16:8-11; 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24).

Atheists. As fools, they claim to deny the existence of God (Psalm 14:1) and shake their fists at anyone who would try to restrict them in their actions (Psalm 2). God often allows such people to pursue their own desires which lead them into greater and greater depravity (Romans 1:18-32). Sadly, many people who claim to believe in God, often act as though He doesn’t exist. They leave Him out of their plans or ask Him to “rubber stamp” what they have decided to do (James 4:13-17; John 15:5).

Sin Nature. This is a rebellious nature (disposition) that all of us have. We inherited it from our parents and Christians will have it until we die physically (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).  Unbelievers will carry their depraved natures and desires on into eternity (Mark 9:44, 46, 48).  No one needs to tell us to act badly. We do it naturally. Even true Christians can act carnally (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Galatians 5:19-21). If you’re a Christian, do you know how to overcome the temptations that come from your sin nature (See Romans 6:11-23; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:18)? What about overcoming the temptations that come from the devil and the present world system? There are three different strategies that must be used to overcome these three enemies.

Little Savages. Consider what the Minnesota Crime Commission had to say about babies.Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother’s attention, his playmate’s toys, his uncle’s watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He’s dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children but all children, are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free rein to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist.” (https://www.markbarnes.net/2008/05/little-savages/)

New Birth. Jesus told Nicodemus, who was “the chief teacher” in Israel at that time, that he needed to be “be born again from above” (John 3:3-6). This new birth takes place today when a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Our salvation (deliverance from the lake of fire – Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8) is not based on our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We become partakers of the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:3) the moment we believe in/on Him. From then on, every Christian has the potential to behave in a manner that pleases God (2 Corinthians 5:9; See Ephesians 4:30). We don’t become gods now or in the future as some false religions and cults teach.

Like Christ. “…we know that when He [the Lord Jesus Christ] is reveled [at the Rapture, true Christians] shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). This doesn’t mean that we will become gods but we will become like His glorified humanity with a body of flesh and bones, but one that lacks blood (Luke 24:33-43; 1 Corinthians 15:50). Do you know what happens after this event takes place? (Ask about our “Dispensations Chart” for more information.)

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Recently, while trying to put a water hose away, I was stung by some bees. They had been feeding on some flowers nearby. I invaded their territory and must have threatened them. Their stings hurt badly. Bees take a dim view of being stepped on and they have an effective way of letting us know about it.

Pain. “[It] can be a wonderful teacher. It’s just a pity that while we quickly learn to avoid bees, we tend to learn more slowly regarding sin. Yet the truths of the Bible, the testimony of the prophets, the teachings of Christ – all point to the same time-proven principle: Sin hurts. Yet how often we repeat even the sins which cause us – or those we love – damage.

Patience. “God’s patience at last ran out toward [some Jewish people in the Old Testament] who simply wouldn’t learn, people who continually hurt themselves and damaged each other by indulging in the same ways.” – Your Daily Walk, Walk Thru the Bible, p. 269

Consequences. Sin often has long term natural consequences even though we’ve confessed our sins to God.  Consider the life of King David.  Let’s learn from his and the mistakes of others (1 Corinthians 10:6). 

Victorious Living.  Would you like to learn how to be victorious over your sin nature, the devil, and the present world system? You can live victoriously if you learn how to walk by means of the Holy Spirit to overcome the lusts (strong desires) of the flesh/sin nature (Galatians 5:16), put on the whole armor of God when it’s needed to resist and overcome the devil’s temptations (Ephesians 6:10-17), and refuse to love the present world system that is passing away (1 John 2:15-17).

Chastening. Should you, as a child of God, act defiantly toward your heavenly Father, and resist God the Holy Spirit, and refuse to confess your sins to God (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16), you could be chastened and scourged by God the Father in a variety of ways (Hebrews 12:5-11). Because the carnal Corinthian Christians were participating in the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy way, they were chastened with weakness, sickness, and some even died prematurely (1 Corinthians 11:30).

Potential. We have potential years and actual years. At the time of our salvation, we were made to participate in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:3), but we still have a sinful nature (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25). We also have the potential to engage in the works of the flesh that are perversions of good things (Galatians 5:19-21).

Quote. “Without exception, every one of [the works of the flesh  Galatians 5:19-21] is a perversion of something which is in itself good. 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 begun as an aid to worship. Sorcery is a perversion of the use of healing drugs in medicine. Envy, jealousy, and strife are perversions of that noble ambition and desire to do well which can be a spur to greatness. Enmity and anger are a perversion of that righteous indignation without which the passion for goodness cannot exist. Dissension and the party spirit are a perversion of the devotion to 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. Nowhere is there better illustrated the power of evil to take beauty and to twist it into ugliness, to take the finest things and to make them an avenue for sin. The awfulness of the power of sin lies precisely in its ability to take the raw material of potential goodness and turn it into the material of evil” (Flesh and Spirit by William Barclay, page 39).

Value. Among other things, the Old Testament serves as a negative example for us not to engage in the same sins the Jews did lest we be judged as they were (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11). Our discipline, as Christians, is limited to this life because we won’t be condemned later with the unsaved people of this world (1 Corinthians 11:32; See John 3:18, 36).

Stinger. “’O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:56, 57).

Deliverance. If you’re not a Christian, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved [from eternal condemnation]” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Matthew 25:41, 46; John 3:16, 18, 36).

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 1 Peter 5:8, 9

When it comes to the subject of the devil, two mistakes are often made by many people, including Christians. Some folks joke about him while others ignore him. Both of these responses are dangerous positions to take.

Warning. The Apostle Paul warned Timothy that in the latter times some people would depart from the faith and give heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. They would speak lies in hypocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron. They would tell people not to marry and abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth (1 Timothy 4:1-5; See Acts 10:14, 28). He told Timothy to preach the word with authority and to be ready in season and out of season because many people would seek to follow teachers with itching ears who would tell the people what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:1-4).

Ignorance. The Apostle Peter, having given in to a temptation from the devil to play the role of a coward (Luke 22:31, 32; Matthew 26:74), was well aware of Satan’s tactics. They seem to be intensifying in our day and we need to know the truth about him so we who are true Christians can resist and overcome him (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8, 9; 1 John 4:4) after we have put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17). Let’s not be ignorant of his tactics (2 Corinthians 2:11).

Satan’s Activities

Independence. He seeks to provoke believers to rely on themselves rather than on God (See John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 4:7; Philippians 4:13). As a result of King David’s yielding to Satan’s solicitation to number and rely on his troops rather than on God Himself, 70,000 Israelite men died (1 Chronicles 21:1). The leaders of the world have made and will make decisions to engage in unjust wars and in the future billions of people will die. Do you know how many people will die during the seven years of the Tribulation when the devil, the anti-Christ, and the false prophet are in charge? It will be over ½ of the world’s population (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). If God allowed them to have power for more than seven years, no one would survive (Matthew 24:22). By the way, not all wars are unjust and some have been ordered by God Himself (Deuteronomy 20:17-20). God gave the wicked nations in the land of Canaan 400 years to repent but they didn’t (Genesis 15:16; Leviticus 18:24). God is long suffering and wants people to be saved (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4). But there will come a day when He will judge the unrepentant and unbelievers (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). You and I can cause great harm to others too if we act like the heathen and the Israelites who sacrificed their live babies to the pagan god Molech (Leviticus 18:21; Jeremiah 32:35). Can God forgive the sin of murder and other sins (Exodus 20:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)? Yes! He forgave King David, King Manasseh, and the Apostle Paul (2 Samuel 12:9; 2 Chronicles 33:1-20; Acts 8:1-3).

Victims. He roams the world to find victims to overwhelm (1 Peter 5:8). He’d like for believers to become bitter and have an unforgiving spirit (Hebrews 12:15; 2 Corinthians 2:10, 11) and get them to curse God and die for not protecting them from harm and danger (Job 2:9). The patriarch Job was an upright man and became the object of Satan’s abuse. He was allowed by God to strip Job of his children, his wealth, and his health (Job 1, 2). He became a prime example of our need to trust God even when things are going badly (Proverbs 3:5, 6; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Do you do this?

Blindness. The Scriptures talk about three kinds of spiritual blindness: Natural blindness. This keeps all unbelievers from understanding many things in the Scriptures or think of them as simply being foolish (1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:14; 3:19). Satanic blindness. He spiritually blinds the minds of unbelievers to prevent them from understanding the power of the Gospel to save Jews and non-Jews (2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 1:16, 17). Judicial blindness. This was imposed on the Jewish people because of their rejection of their promised Messiah (Romans 11:25; Matthew 27:25). Only God Himself can remove these three blinds from people’s spiritual eyes after the Gospel has been presented to them by a human agent (1 John 4:4; Romans 1:16).

Darts. Satan has in his arsenal 14 fiery, mental darts that he directs at a believer’s mind but only if God allows it (Ephesians 6:10-17). Disappointment, discouragement, doubt are very effective tools he uses to bring Christians down and cause them to lose their power from God (Philippians 3:10; 4:13). Do you know what the other 11 temptations are and how to overcome them? They are not to be confused with the temptations that come from our old sin nature (Galatians 5:19-21; See 1 john 1:8) or from the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Genesis 4:17-24).

Hinder. Whenever he can, he tries to hinder those who are engaged in the work of evangelizing the lost with the Gospel of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and the edification of believers (1 Thessalonians 5:11) for their work of service (1 Thessalonians 2:18; 1 Peter 4:10). He encourages and promotes greedy, false teachers who do his bidding (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Timothy 3:1-9). Beware of the “health, wealth, and happiness preachers” (2 Peter 2:15; Jude 1:11; Revelation 2:14).

Doubt. He undermines the Word of God by casting doubt on it (Genesis 3:1). He often uses false teachers to twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16). Many of them use the allegorical rather than the normal, historical, grammatical method of interpreting the Scriptures (Matthew 13:19; Genesis 3:1).

Angel. Believe it or not, he can transform himself into an angel of light so as to try to deceive other good angels (2 Corinthians 11:14). He drew 1/3 of the angels with him in his rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4). They became demons and are destined for the eternal lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46). This Biblical teaching stands in sharp contrast to the false teachers who teach and promote the “universal reconciliation” (salvation) of all of God’s creatures in the end.

Satan’s Future

Abyss. After the seven years of the tribulation (Daniel 9:27; See Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff) the devil will be captured by a low ranking angel and will be bound in the Abyss for 1,000 years while the Lord Jesus Christ rules on/over the earth (Revelation 20:1-6; Isaiah 9:6, 7). But when the 1,000 years are over the devil will be released from the Abyss for a brief time. He will gather to himself those who inwardly rebelled against Christ during His 1,000 year reign on earth (Revelation 20:7-9). Then Christ will cast the devil, his angels (demons) and the unbelievers into the lake of fire where they will suffer forever (Revelation 20:10). God is a righteous and holy God and must/will sentence the unbelievers to that awful place. There are no second chances to be saved once a person dies (Hebrews 9:27). Don’t be misled by false teachers who teach otherwise. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). His Word is truth (John 17:17).

Conclusion: Therefore, if you still are a child of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10), you need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-6) so you can become a child of God by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Believers need to “Be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. [Having submitted yourself to God, and having put on the whole armor of God], resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (1 Peter 5:8, 9; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17).

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1 Peter 4:15-19

We’re told that “attitude is everything.” How we respond to the circumstances of life tells others a lot about us. Do we grumble and gripe as the children of Israel in the wilderness did (1 Corinthians 10) or do we thank Him for opportunities to trust Him in the hard times of life (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20; 1 Timothy 2:14)? Do we know God’s promises and mix them with faith and enjoy the peace of God (Hebrews 4:2, 3; Philippians 4:4-7)? Let’s consider –

The Believer’s Action In Relation To Suffering. It should be obvious that if we sin or do evil we usually will suffer for it (1 Peter 4:15, 16). Most often, we reap what we’ve sown (Galatians 6:7-9) and should recognize that the government has been given the God given responsibility to punish evil doers even to the point of death for some crimes against humanity (Romans 13:4). We should not expect to receive a gold medal if we competed in an athletic event and violated the rules of the game (2 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 9:25-27). Nor should we expect to be rewarded for our service to God and/or to others if we engaged in the activity independently of God or without faith (John 15:5; Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:6). If we should suffer as a result of doing what is right, we ought to commit our souls (emotions) to God and let Him bring us the needed comfort at such times (1 Peter 4:19). Jesus suffered mercilessly at the hands of wicked men. He died as the Just one for the unjust ones – you and me (1 Peter 3:18). He bore our sins and paid the penalty of death that we deserved (Isaiah 53:7-9; Romans 6:23). Throughout the pages of the Scriptures we have examples of believers who suffered unjustly at the hands of the wicked (See Hebrews 11; Acts 5:20, 41).

The Time Of Judgment In Relation To Suffering. No one will escape judgment day (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone who has died will be raised up someday and will stand before Judge Jesus (John 5:22). There will be different orders of resurrections and times of judgment (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). New Testament Grace believers will be judged according to their works when Christ returns at the Rapture (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 15:51, 52; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Their works that have the quality of gold, silver, and precious stones will endure the fire and will be rewarded. Their worthless works will be burned up but they will not lose their salvation. On the other hand, all the dead unbelievers will raised back to life with immortal bodies and will stand before the omniscient (John 2:24), omnipotent (Revelation 1:8), and righteous (2 Timothy 4:8) Judge Jesus at the Great While Throne to have their works evaluated to determine their degree of suffering in the eternal lake of fire with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15). There will not be any second opportunities to be saved as some cults teach. Yes, there seems to be greater degrees of pleasure in heaven for those Christians who earned some or all of the five crowns on earth so they can cast them at Jesus’ feet when He judges their works (Revelation 4:10). In like manner there will be degrees of suffering in the lake of fire for all unbelievers (Matthew 10:15; 23:13-36; James 3:1). The unforgivable sin is unbelief (John 3:6, 18; 36; 5:40; 16:8-11).

The Gospel. The “Bad News” is that we’re all sinners who deserve to be eternally separated from a holy God in the lake of fire forever (Romans 3:10-23; 6:23). But the “Good News” is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. He can/will save any and all who put their faith in Him apart from their good works (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9). The Scriptures don’t teach universalism – that eventually everyone will be saved and end up in heaven. Some people hate God and don’t want to spend eternity with Him and His children. They love darkness and won’t come to the Light of the world to be saved (John 3:19; Revelation 13:6; 16:11).

Suffering? If you, as a Christian, are suffering for doing what it sinful, confess and forsake your sinful conduct.  To keep from repeating the same sins over and over again, utilize the techniques taught in the Scriptures (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). We teach Christians how to overcome the distinct temptations that come from the devil, their own sin nature, and from the present world system. If you are suffering for doing what is right, be encouraged by these words: “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls [emotional stability] to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). “…if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I [Paul] consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:17, 18; See 2 Cor. 11:23-33; 2 Timothy 2:10). If you’re a Christian, your troubles didn’t come to stay but to pass. If you’re not a Christian and if you die as an unbeliever, your suffering and troubles are just beginning. You won’t be resting in peace (R.I.P.) in the lake of fire. Don’t delay! Trust in Christ alone today! God desires (not determines) that everyone be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). He wants His children to enjoy their eternal life abundantly (John 10:10).

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John 8:13-18

“I believe that Jesus was a great moral teacher and a good man but I don’t believe that He is God.” Have you ever heard someone says this? Others might even go so far as to say, “I believe that Jesus is the God-man who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, but I’m not willing to put my faith in Him alone for my salvation. I believe that good works contribute to my salvation.” What about you? Do you believe that you are going to heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you have been saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that could cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?  If in doubt, contact us right away.  “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?  Make sure today.

Bold. Jesus made some bold “I AM….” statements about Himself that infuriated His enemies so much that they wanted to silence Him by killing Him (John 5:18; 8:58). Not willing to accept the miracles that He performed to validate His credentials (John 20:31), they insisted that He prove what He was claiming about Himself with other witnesses (John 8:13).  He did, but they still wouldn’t believe in/on Him (John 8:18).

Liar. Most of the religious leaders of Israel hated Jesus and were envious of His ability to draw people to Himself (Matthew 27:18). They accused Him of being a liar even though He proved that He was the Christ (Messiah) and the Son of God by the three kinds of miracles He performed before them (John 5:36; Acts 2:22). When someone loves darkness rather than light (John 3:19), he will do almost anything to make excuses for his unwillingness to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for his sins…and rose again bodily from the dead.

Lunatic. It surprises some people to learn that Jesus’ own half brothers and sisters, who were born of Joseph and Mary (Matthew 13:55), didn’t believe on Him as their personal Savior until after they saw Him in His resurrected, glorified body (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). In fulfillment of the prophecy that Jesus would be considered insane (Isaiah 53:4), His own family members came to take Him away after He chose 12 men to be His disciples (Mark 3:21).

Lord. It may further surprise you to know that there are some people in cults who believe that Jesus was God manifested in human flesh, that He was born of the virgin, Mary, that He lived a sinless life, that He died for our sins…and rose again bodily.  And yet the Apostle Paul said that some of them had “believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1- 4).  They weren’t saved and headed for heaven. What did he mean by saying that?  Did you know that the devil believes in the Deity of Christ (Isaiah 14:14; Matthew 4:3)? The demons do too (Matthew 8:29; James 2:19).

Lord, Lord. To a group of people who claimed to have done many wonderful things in His name (prophesying in Christ’s name, casting out demons, performing wonder miracles), the Lord said, “I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23). Why did/will He say this to them? Simply because they didn’t do the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21). What is His will? To those who asked Him what they had to do that they might do the works of God, He replied, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent” (John 6:28, 29; See John 5:24). “…God (the Father) so loved the world (i. e. the people on earth) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting (eternal) life” (John 3:16). Have you placed your faith in Him exclusively through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) or are you depending on your faith plus your good works to get you to heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?

Lordship. Sadly, many people are taught that in order for them to be saved, they must first make Jesus the Master of their lives and submit to His Lordship over every aspect of their lives before they can be saved. They make the conditions for spiritual maturity the conditions for salvation. Honestly, do you know of anyone who has stopped sinning by promising to make Jesus the Lord/Master of his/her life? Those who say that Christians don’t have a sin nature after they get saved are deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8). Men who teach this heresy and another gospel will be held accountable before the Lord for teaching it (James 3:1; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). Even the Apostle Paul struggled with his sin nature after he was saved (Romans 7:15-25). He wrote to believers to instruct them how to overcome their sin nature (Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11-23). If a Christian doesn’t have a sin nature, a lot of the Scriptures telling us not to engage in the works of the flesh (sin nature) could/should be deleted from the Bible.

Enemies. The Christian has three spiritual enemies: the devil, his own sin nature, and the present world system. Each enemy uses different tactics to interrupt our family fellowship with God (1 John 1:3-10).  Sin grieves the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:3).  We can quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Do you know how to counter your spiritual enemies and live victoriously? If not, we’d like to invite you to join us on Wednesdays at 6:30-7:30 P.M. (Pacific Time) either in person or by phone hookup as we share Biblical truth with those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Figuratively speaking, we want to put a guard rail at the top of the mountain rather than have a hospital at the bottom of the mountain. Bad attitudes (trespasses – Galatians 6:1) can easily lead to sinful behavior (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4).  What can/should you do and not do if you see a Christian with a bad attitude?

Involvement. Jesus commanded His disciples to make true believers of all nations…(Matthew 28:19, 20). We are to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8; 2:32; 3:15; 5:32). If you’re saved, when was the last time you made an effort to be obedient to these commands? Are you a “convenient” or a “committed” Christian (Romans 12:1, 2)? Of all the things you plan to do today, where do glorifying God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and witnessing come into the picture? Are you doing what you want to do or what God wants you to do (Luke 22:42)? Will you personally get involved in rescuing the perishing, caring for the dying, snatching them in pity from sin and the grave, weeping over the erring ones, lifting up the fallen, and telling them of Jesus the mighty to save? If not, why? What is/should be your primary and secondary purposes in life? How do you carry these out? What dominates your thoughts (Psalm 34:3)? What is God’s purpose (John 17:3; Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14)?

Prayer. Would you make this song your prayer? “Not what I wish to be, /  Nor where I wish to go, / For who am I that I should choose my way? / The Lord shall choose for me, / ‘Tis better far, I know, / So let him bid me go, or stay.” Then read Galatians 2:20 please.

Last Day? What changes would you make in your planning if somehow you knew that today would be your last day to spend on earth?  What if Christ were to return as He promised (John 14:1-3)?  Is “Deo Volente” your motto (James 4:14)?

Contact. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you’ve been blessed and comforted by God, please pass it on to others in need (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). Thanks. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation in 24 languages. http://www.kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm

 

When? June 1, 2016  6:30-7:30 P.M. (Pacific Time)

What? A Bible Study for teachable Christians (2 Timothy 2:2, 15)

Topic: “Identifying Satan’s Fiery Darts”

How? By phone. Limited connections available.

Call: 805-238-3549 or 805-238-7665 for more information.

Please Read these articles first to see if you’d be interested:

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

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/the-devil-fallacies-facts-2/

 

Yes, I hate to admit it, but I did fall off a bicycle the other day as my son, David and I were out having some father-son time. I hurt myself and threw my back out in the fall but thankfully I didn’t break anything as my wife did when she fell some time ago. I got up and we continued riding for a few more miles before returning the bikes. Then I got some ice to put on my back to bring the swelling down.

After falling, I could have said, “That does it. I’m not going to ride a bike anymore.”  But I didn’t do that. I got up and kept going in spite of the pain.

Many Christians get knocked down spiritually quite often and after awhile they give up. They feel like there is no use in trying to live the victorious Christian life any more. Maybe you feel that way.

Currently on Wednesday evenings (6:30-7:30) we’re talking about our spiritual enemies: the devil, our sin nature, and the present world system. These three enemies can cause our fellowship and our enjoyment of God and His children to be disrupted when we yield to their distinct temptations. Some folks, living in other states, are joining us by means of a phone connection. (Click on the link below to learn more and let us know if you’d like to join us by phone. Call us at 805-238-3549.)

This Bible Study is designed for those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior by believing that He died for their sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.

My problem was a matter of balance. In the spiritual realm, it’s also a matter of balance. Dr. Charles Ryrie wrote a book that I would recommend to you. It’s entitled, “Balancing The Christian Life” by Moody Press. He begins the book by defining true spirituality and then gives an explanation of what man is and what man can become through Christ. He wrote it for Christians who desire a practical application of balanced spirituality in their lives.

Current Wednesday Night Studies: “The Devil – Fallacies & Facts”

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/the-devil-fallacies-facts/

Balancing The Christian Life by Dr. Charles Ryrie

http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780802408877-balancing-the-christian-life