“Asking And Receiving”

Posted: September 13, 2017 in Christian Life, Money, Prayer

With her it’s always gimme, gimme, gimme more. And as for him, all he’s concerned about is fame, fortune, power, and pleasure. When one millionaire was asked how much it would take to satisfy him, he responded by saying, “A little more.”

Money. It’s not the root of all evil. Rather it’s “the love of money that is a root of all kinds of evil, from which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” In the same context the Apostle Paul said, “…godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire [resolve] to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition…But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold of eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:6-12).

Asking. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told the Jews to “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Why then does this seem to work for some and not for others? James, the Lord’s half-brother wrote this to some Jewish Christians who were acting in a carnal manner, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:1-3). What an indictment on these carnal Christians.  Yes, Christians still have their old sin nature, and can act carnally (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1-13; Romans 7:14-25; 1 John 1:8).

Death. If these carnal Christians failed to confess their sins to God first and then to others whom they had offended, they were in danger of dying prematurely (James 1:15; 5:16, 19, 20; See 1 John 1:9; 5:16). We have “potential years” and “actual years.”  If you’re saved, are you acting carnally like an unsaved person and thinking that God doesn’t care what you do (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 11:30; See Psalm 10:11)? God will chasten and scourge His children who act defiantly toward Him and the rules He has laid down for us to follow (Hebrews 12:5-11; John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17).

Thanks. When it comes to our prayer life, all some folks do is ask God for favors. When He grants them their requests, many Christians forget to express their gratitude to Him. When was the last time you thanked Him for the things He did for you or for the things He didn’t give to you that weren’t good for you? Christians are supposed to give thanks in all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things (Ephesians 5:20), and for all kinds of men who help conform us into the image of God (1 Timothy 2:1).

Types. While there are eight ways for Christians to communicate with God, three of them concern our requests to God: supplication – crying out to God for help and leaving it up to Him as to how He will answer our request (Ephesians 6:18), intercession – making a request to God for or against someone (1 Timothy 2:1; Romans 11:2), or asking in Jesus’ name – a specific request that insures our receiving exactly that for which we ask (John 14:13, 14). This last form involves the believer’s abiding (feeling at ease) in Christ and His abiding (feeling at ease) with the believer (John 15:7). This won’t happen if a believer has unconfessed sins in his/her life or isn’t filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) or walking by means of the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25).

Name It And Claim It. Many false teachers are giving people the idea that they can demand things from God. At the heart of the Word of Faith movement is the belief in the ‘force of faith.’ It is believed words can be used to manipulate the faith-force, and thus actually create what they believe Scripture promises (health and wealth). Laws supposedly governing the faith-force are said to operate independently of God’s sovereign will and that God Himself is subject to these laws. This is nothing short of idolatry, turning our faith—and by extension ourselves—into god.” (1)

Questions. What kind of communications do you have with God? Are your requests greedy ones (James 4:1-3)? How often do you worship God (John 4:24), praise Him (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and give thanks (Ephesians 5:20) to Him? Have all your known sins been confessed to Him (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; See James 5:16)? Have you made foolish vows that you haven’t kept (James 5:15)?

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(1) Carnal Christians. http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm07.htm

(James 4:7-10 also was written to Christians, not to unsaved people. It is NOT  “the most comprehensive invitation to salvation in the epistles” as John MacArthur says in The Gospel According to Jesus, p. 218 or in his study Bible.  James uses the term “brethren” 15 times in his letter.  There is one condition for salvation: “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; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) See also “Clear Gospel” below. (3)

(2) Word Of Faith. https://www.gotquestions.org/Word-Faith.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beloved Hymn Stories

I love to learn how certain songs came into being. What led the author to write what he/she did? Some songs have a way of sticking in my mind. What kind of songs are appealing to you? Why?  Please share some of your favorite songs with me and why you like them.

Ebenezer. This particular name was used in a Christian hymn. Do you know in which one? (If you do, let me know.)  Ebenezer was the name that the prophet Samuel gave to a rock. Yes, to a rock. It came about when the Old Testament Jews were defeated by their enemies and when the ark of the covenant was taken from them. Samuel reminded the people that they could count on God to help them in the future just as He had helped them in the past if they would turn back to the Lord. Ebenezer means “Thus far the Lord has helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12). The implication is that God hasn’t changed (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8).  He could/would could help them in the future if they would turn back to the Lord and “Trust And Obey” Him. This is the title of another wonderful song that is worthy of our consideration.

God’s Care. The song “God Will Take Care Of You” came about in the following way. “On a Sunday in 1904, Civilla Martin was in Lestershire, New York, when her husband, Walter, was compiling a collection of hymns for the Practical Bible Training School. They were planning to travel to another town that day, for Martin had a preaching assignment. Civilla woke up sick, and Martin was about to cancel his plans, when their child piped up and said, ‘Oh, Daddy, you don’t have to stay home because of mother – God will take care of us.’ Martin proceeded to the train station and fulfilled his appointment. When he returned, Civilla handed him the words of “God Will Take Care Of You,” which she had written in his absence. Going to his little organ, Martin composed the music, and it was first published in the songbook he was compiling for the school.” (Listen to it below.)

J. C. Penny. Apparently this song once served as a great encouragement to him during the depression when his business deals went sour. He heard the words to this song coming from a chapel one day as he was passing by. “Be not dismayed whate’er betide / God will take care of you.” It brought him out of his dark dungeon into the warm sunlight.

Anxiety. Are you a Christian who is full of cares and worries? Then consider these important words penned by the Apostle Paul: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:4-8 NKJV). The Apostle Peter wrote: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:5-7 NKJV). Are you doing this or worrying needlessly?

Meditate. Please reread these words and meditate on them for awhile (See Psalm 1:2 ; 1 Timothy 4:15). Let them sink into your spirit that belongs to your mind (Ephesians 4:23). Let them have an effect on your soul (emotions) too. Memorize and claim some promises that were given to us as Christians. Remember, not all the promises in the Scriptures are ours to claim. Here are a few of them that need to be mixed with faith so you can enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Hebrews 4:2): https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/promises-to-claim/

Believe. This is the only condition God has placed on us if we want to be saved from eternal condemnation in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Acts 16:31; John 3:16; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). The object of our faith needs to be in the Lord Jesus Christ, (not in the Christ of the cults) who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43). Are you trusting in any of your good works to get you into heaven? If so, stop! Salvation is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this meditation has helped you, please let us know and then share it with someone else who may need some comfort from God and His Word (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). To receive future articles as them come out, click on “Follow.”

Stories in this article adapted from “Then Sings My Soul” by Robert Morgan, Thomas Nelson Publishers, p. 259

If you’re not sure of your salvation, read the Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

If you are full of anxiety and fears about the future, listen to these songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92_BfspZngQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdZ7RdF07Eo

God Honoring Music: www.abidingradio.org

When is it wrong to do what is right? This may seem like a foolish question and yet there are some times when this is true. “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and acted independently of God, just as Lucifer did (Isaiah 14:13, 14; Ezekiel 28:12-19), they were immediately separated from fellowship with God and began to die physically (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-7; 5:5). By the way, are you doing the right things independently of God? If you’re a Christian, you should always include God in your plans (James 4:13-17). You should say, “God willing, I will do ….” Wise King Solomon wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And he shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6).

Conscience. For about the next 1,600 years, after the fall of Adam and Eve, they and their descendants lived according to their depraved and distorted consciences. (See our Dispensations Chart.) They thought they knew the difference between good and evil, but in the eyes of God “the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and…every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Why? The heart [of mankind] is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: Who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9). Furthermore, “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God” (See Romans 3:10-23). This means all mankind is totally depraved. No, we haven’t been as bad as we could be, but we are as bad off as we can be unless we have the righteousness of Christ put to His account.

Imputation. This takes place when we believe on Christ alone to save us (John 16:10; Romans 4:1-8). It is as though God is saying, “You acted right by dying for your sins in the person of your Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (See Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:23). Unsaved people don’t have a spark of divinity in them that just needs to be fanned so they can become better on their own without God’s help.

Flood. Since the people before the universal flood were so wicked, (not much different from people today – See 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-7), God found it necessary to destroy all mankind off the face of the earth. Noah and his three sons and their wives were exempt from this destruction, because he (Noah) was a just man who walked with God (Genesis 6:9). From these three families God repopulated the earth. We all are descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth (Genesis 6:10). The ethnic groups began to take shape after the flood when God came down as the rebels, led by Nimrod (Genesis 10:8, 9), were building the Tower of Babel. He confused their language, so that they didn’t understand one another’s speech (Genesis 11:7).

Sin Nature. In spite of his being a righteous man, Noah and his sons retained their sin natures (dispositions) and passed them down to all mankind (Genesis 9:20-29; Psalm 51:5). Contrary to what some “preachers” are telling people, we don’t lose this sinful nature (disposition) when we are saved and “born again from above” (John 3:3-6; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). We will have it until we die physically or the Rapture takes place (Romans 8:23; 1 Peter 1:9). An unsaved person who dies physically in unbelief will carry his sin nature into the next life as he suffers forever in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). He will still have all the vile and sinful cravings he had on earth, but he won’t ever be able to have them satisfied (Mark 9:44, 46, 48).

Potential. As Christians, we still have the potential to engage in all the “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21; See 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 5:1-13; James 4:1-6). But Christians can live victoriously over the lusts (strong desires) that come from our sin nature if/when we “walk by means of the Holy Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-25). A Christian doesn’t have to keep on giving in to the lusts (strong desires) that come from his/her sin nature, the devil, or the present world system. Each of these three spiritual enemies must be overcome by using three separate tactics. Do you know how to do this?

Divine Nature. All true believers in the Christ of the Scriptures (not the cults) become partakers of the divine nature at the time of their salvation and are enabled to do things that please God (2 Peter 1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Philippians 2:13; 4:13). There is nothing an unsaved person can do to earn his/her salvation or favor with God (Romans 8:8). Salvation is a gracious gift from God that must be received by faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Have you received it yet? Do other people know about your new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)? Are you doing God’s work God’s way and according to the rules that He has established (2 Timothy 2:5)? In spite of what many religions believe and practice, “The end doesn’t justify the means.” So why do some people say, “Let us do evil that good may come”? Are you serving God and others with gladness, joy, and with “agape” love or for some other selfish reason (Galatians 5:13, 22; 1 Corinthians 13; 4:5; Psalm 100:2)? God, who is omniscient, knows all about you (John 2:24, 25; See Psalm 10:11).  We will all stand before Jesus, the righteous Judge, someday (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8).  What will His assessment of your works be (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15)?

Spiritual Gifts. Do you know what your spiritual gift is and are you using it for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14)? What are you doing that could lead other people to think or believe that you might be a true Christian (James 1:22; 2:18-20)? Are you merely a “professing Christian” or one who “possesses eternal life” right now (1 John 5:12, 13)? Are you living the “abundant life” (John 10:10; See Ephesians 1:3)? This is not “the health, wealthy, and happiness life” that some false teachers are peddling.

Evidence. Abraham was saved when he believed that God would give him a son by his wife Sarah when both of them were very old. That son was Isaac, not Ishmael by Hagar the Egyptian woman (Genesis 16). God told Abraham that he would have numerous descendants (Genesis 15:6). But did you know that other people weren’t aware of the fact that he was a true believer in God for about 20 years or more when he offered up his son Isaac on an altar (See Genesis 22:12; James 2:21)? Are you a “secret Christian” or a “convenient, carnal Christian”? Are you ashamed of Jesus and what He did for you? When was the last time you shared the clear Gospel with someone? “He died on the cross for your sins…and then rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:33-43)? This fact should help you want to resist temptations so you can earn the crown of life (James 1:12).

Beautiful Feet. If you aren’t ashamed of the Gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16, 17) and want to have beautiful feet in God’s sight, then share it with unsaved people so they can have Someone in whom they can believe and be saved (Romans 10:15). If you’ve been saved, have you been baptized by immersion to picture your death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Matthew 28:19, 20; Galatians 2:20)? Have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? It’s the reasonable thing to do. Are you a F.A.T.F.R.E.E. Christian (Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic)? If not, what needs to change?

Confession. The unsaved person isn’t required to remember every sin he/she has ever committed and confess them all to God before he/she can be saved. By the way, the only unforgivable sin today is unbelief in Christ (John 16:9; 3:16, 18, 36). The Scriptures don’t talk about“mortal sins” and “venial sins.” When a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ through the message of the Gospel (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), he/she receives judicial forgiveness from God (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 8:1). Family forgiveness comes when a Christian repents (changes his/her mind about the sin he/she committed – 2 Corinthians 7:9), and then confesses it directly to God the Father (not to some human priest) by being specific about it and naming it to God (1 John 1:9). God doesn’t forgive us when we generalize or excuse our sins by calling them by some other name. (Example: “God, forgive me of all my sins.”) When you lie, tell God that you lied. If you committed fornication or adultery, or got drunk, you tell Him what you did. Sins, especially unconfessed sins, in the life of a Christian, can lead to a premature, physical death (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). “But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:8). But once saved, Christians are called upon to confess their sins to God the Father when the Holy Spirit brings them to our mind (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16). “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). “It is refusing to recognize any restrictions or restraints from God and act as though he had none.” – Dr. H. L. Schafer

Action Steps. “What does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). These words were addressed to the Jews who were living in rebellion against God and violating their conditional covenant (agreement) with Him (Exodus 19:8; 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 28). They were to do what was right in God’s sight, not what was right in their own eyes and what they thought was right (See Judges 21:25). God made man and He makes the rules for us to follow and obey. (See our Dispensations Chart.) Are you defiant toward God? The Jews were to be merciful toward those who were suffering, and to walk humbly before God. He has been merciful and long suffering toward mankind (2 Peter 3:9). How have you responded to God?

Conclusion. Are you doing the right things independently of God? Are you living by your own rules or according to God’s rules? Are you doing the right things with wrong motives? Remember, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Make sure that you’re truly saved and doing what you do for God’s glory and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10).

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

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

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

It used to be, and may still be, that preacher’s kids who live in a parsonage, feel like they are living in a fishbowl where everyone can see and hear virtually everything they do and say. Some of them resent this and turn away from their parent’s faith and the church.

Reality T.V. However, with today’s reality shows, there are many “celebrities” who subject themselves to the scrutiny of others and they lack personal privacy. Some of them thrive on the attention of their fans and go to extreme measures to keep them. It seems like the more shocking they are, the more they are admired by their depraved fans (See Romans 1:18-32). Other people don’t want to be in the limelight and are very private about what they do in the dark (Psalm 10:11; John 3:19).

Biography. Just suppose that God were still in the business of writing people’s biographies today. Would you like for Him to reveal to an author the dark side of your life as He did in many stories that are found in the Scriptures? Think about the awful things that are recorded about some of the patriarchs. (Examples: Abraham’s lying about his wife Sarah. Isaac’s doing the same thing. Jacob’s deceiving his brother Esau and stealing his birthright. Jacob’s sons selling their brother Joseph to the Midianites. et al.) Some people think that parts of the Bible should be “X” or “R” rated. But everything found in the Bible is accurate in what it says. Much of it serves as negative examples for us not to follow lest we suffer the same kind of consequences in our lives (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11).

Omniscient. While some people think that the IRS, NSA, Facebook and other organizations may have a lot of files and information on almost everyone, their knowledge is still limited. But there is Someone who knows everything about us, including our motivations for doing and saying what we do and say (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:22, 23; Revelation 2:2, 9, 13, 19; 3:1, 8, 15; 1 Corinthians 4:5). Imagine that. This may be comforting to those who feel like they have been unjustly treated, and who would like for God to take righteous vengeance on their behalf (Romans 12:19; Revelation 6:10), but it can also be very disconcerting and fearful to those who think that no one knows what they do in the dark (Psalm 10:11; John 3:19; Hebrews 10:30, 31).

Accountable. One day everyone of us will give an account of everything we’ve done and said (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12). Our rewards in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:11-15) or our degree of suffering in the lake of fire will be determined when judgment day comes (Revelation 20:11-15). By the way, there isn’t just one judgment at the end of time when we all stand before the omniscient and righteous Judge Jesus (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) for Him to determine if we get to enter heaven or if we end up in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons.

Sin. There is only one sin that keeps someone out of heaven. It’s the sin of unbelief in the Christ of the Scriptures who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Without the righteousness of Christ put to our account (Romans 4:3-8), we can’t enter heaven. Those who try to get in by their good works, will miss it completely. They will be judged and end up in hell with the devil and his angels/demons (John 16:8-11; See Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 25:41, 46).

Identity. Don’t be deceived by the false Christs of the cults (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). The Christ of the Scriptures shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (John 1:1-18; 10:30; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9). God the Son, who is eternal, added to His deity a true human nature and a real body (Philippians 2:5-9; Hebrews 10:5). He was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23). He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He volunteered to die as a substitute for all our sins on a cross (Hebrews 10:9; John 10:15-18). He was buried in a tomb for three days and nights (Matthew 12:40). Then He rose again bodily on the third day and made Himself visible to over 500 witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:33-43; 2 John 1:7) over a 40 period of time before He ascended back to heaven with a promise to return someday (Acts 1:3-11; John14:1-3).

Believe. Many people in some parts of the world know little or nothing about the Christ of the Scriptures. Some people know and believe the facts about Christ and the Gospel. But many of them aren’t saved. They haven’t transferred their faith over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone and been saved. They “believe in vain” when they change the Gospel message or add other conditions beside faith (believing) in Christ alone (1 Corinthians 15:2).

Formula. The correct formula for salvation: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works.  The Incorrect formula: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation. Are you making the conditions for spiritual maturity and sanctification the requirements for salvation and justification? God wants Christians who have been saved to be baptized and then present their bodies to Him as a living sacrifice (Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 12:1, 2; See 1 Peter 3:15). If you’re saved, have you done these things yet? If you want to convince other people (not God who knows your heart) that you are saved, you must do so by displaying good works (James 1:22; 2:18-20).

Lordship Salvation. (1) This heresy involves one’s having to make Christ the Lord and Master of his/her life in exchange for salvation. The Apostle Paul rebuked a demon possessed girl for saying that Jesus was one of many ways of salvation. The Greek language, in which the New Testament was written, should read, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us “a way” of salvation” (Acts 16:17; See Acts 4:12; John 14:6). The only requirement for salvation is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone through the message of the Gospel. The word “believe” is used about 100 times in John’s Gospel as the only condition for salvation.

False Conditions. By twisting the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16), some people make faith plus water baptism the condition for salvation. Others make faith plus the confession of all your sins necessary for salvation. (What happens if someone can’t remember them all?)  Still others change repentance to mean turning from sin completely rather than a change of mind. Some men believe and teach that a Christian loses his/her sin nature when he/she gets saved and that there is no such thing as a “carnal Christian.” (See 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Romans 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8). In his little booklet entitled “The Gospel” Dr. Ron Shea deals with some of these false conditions for salvation. (2)

Security/Assurance. They aren’t the same thing. Do you know the difference between the two? The true believer’s security is a fact (John 10:28, 39; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; Philippians 1:6). But his/her assurance comes from the written Word of God (1 John 5:13) and the witness of the indwelling Holy Spirit who bears witness with our spirit that belongs to the mind (Ephesians 4:23). The spirit is the only part of the Christian that is saved at the present time (Romans 8:16; See 1 Corinthians 6:17). Do you know when the soul (emotions) and the body of the Christian are saved (1 Peter 1:9; Romans 8:23; 1 John 3:3)?

Help. We’re here to try to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). All Scripture is for us but not all of it is addressed to Christians (Titus 1:9). We encourage you to examine yourself to see if you are really saved God’s way (2 Peter 1:10). Once you know for sure that you are saved (1 John 5:13), share the Clear Gospel with others so they can be saved (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16).

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

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

Recommended ReadingSo Great Salvation by Dr. Charles Ryrie

http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780802478184-so-great-salvation-what-it-means-to-believe-in-jesus-christ

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

Dispensations are the result of a normal, literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of the Scriptures. They are NOT different ways of salvation.

“There is perhaps no more potent power on earth than a [believer] in the midst of crisis. Both [King] Nebuchadnezzar [of Babylon] and [King] Darius [of Medo-Persia – modern day Iran] gave public praise to Daniel’s God [Jehovah] when they saw Daniel’s stability in the midst of adversity (Daniel 4:37; 6:25-27).

Glorifying God. If you’re a Christian, do you want to bring glory and honor to God like Daniel did? The key is your reaction to situations where it’s tough to be a Christian! Consider the promotion you deserved (but didn’t get), the speeding ticked you got (but didn’t deserve), the time you did what was right (but it turned out all wrong) – those are the occasions when your faith is in the “fishbowl.” What are others learning about your God from your life? – Adapted from Your Daily Walk, Walk Thru The Bible, p. 278

The Apostle Paul. He wrote, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). He also wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Was he familiar with suffering? He certainly was. Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. [That is 195 times.]  Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;   in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;   in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—  besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches”  (2 Corinthians 11:23-28 NKJV).  Why did he do all this?  “…I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory (2 Timothy 2:10 NKJV).

The Lord Jesus Christ. His sufferings were predicted by the Prophet Isaiah long before Jesus the Christ (Messiah) came down from heaven to this earth to live a sinless life and then die for our sins and then be raised from the dead so that we could be saved. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:4-7). Christians have a High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses. He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15, 16).

Temptations/Trials. “No temptation has overtaken [a Christian] except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).  The Lord’s half brother, James wrote – “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…Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:2-4, 12).

Came To Pass. The trials that Christians experience in this life came to pass. Contrary to what one “Preacher” says, our best life is yet to come. The unsaved person’s best life is right now. Without Christ as their personal Savior, their future is bleak (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). Why not let them know that the Lord Jesus Christ died for their sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Invite them to believe on Him alone (Ephesians 2:8 9) and be saved. Doing this could earn for you the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).

Promise. “God hath not promised skies always blue, / Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; / God hath not promised sun without rain, / Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. / But God hath promised strength for the day, / Rest for the labor, light for the way, / Grace for the trials, help from above, / Unfailing kindness, undying love.” Author: Annie Johnson Flint

Help. If you’re struggling under a load that seems unbearable, cast your cares and concerns on the Lord because He cares for you. Beware of Satan’s devices and attempts to crush you with disappointment, discouragement, and doubt or by some other means (1 Peter 5:7, 8). As Christians, we can/should bear one another’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2; See also John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17).

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

I salute the brave, American NFL player, Benjamin Watson for his comments on one of the cable networks, even though they cut him off short for saying what he did.  He just happens to have skin that is darker than mine.  He said that the problem in the world today involves sin, not one’s skin color. He’s right. (Please refer to the article at the end.) Let’s talk about the problem called “racism.”

Image. Adam and Eve were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). That image was tainted when they ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6-11). It won’t be restored to be like God’s until the time of the Rapture of the true Church (1 Corinthians 15:49; 1 John 3:3). Do you know the difference between the image of God and the likeness of God?

Slaves. Many people, throughout human history, have been involuntary slaves to other people. This problem still exists in many countries, including our own in perhaps a different form. (One example: Human trafficking) The Jews were slaves in Egypt for hundreds of years (Deuteronomy 6:21; 28:68; Acts 7:19). Even after they got into the land that was promised to them as an everlasting possession (Genesis 15:18-21), they became the slaves of their enemies whom they allowed to continue to live in the land. God had told them to get rid of them when “the iniquity of the Amorites was complete” (Genesis 15:13-16; Leviticus 33:52).

Judgment. God used the Jews to punish the wicked, diseased, and immoral Canaanites who were living in the land that was promised to the Jews forever. Many years later God used the wicked Babylonians to punish the rebellious Jews for violating God’s laws and the Sabbatical years (See Daniel 1:1, 2; Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Leviticus 25:4; 2 Chronicles 36:21; Jeremiah 25:12-14; 29:10).

Opposition. God is opposed to man’s efforts to create a one world government and a one world religion. But He will allow a man (antichrist) to have control over it for seven years just before Christ returns to rule and reign over the earth for 1,000 years (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). If God let man have control over the earth longer than seven years, no one would survive on earth (Matthew 24:22). During this time, over one half of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). When Christ returns, He will be the King of kings, and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). These days may come a lot sooner than most people think. What about you? Are you living in the light of Christ’s imminent return (John 14:1-3; 2 Timothy 4:8)?

The Devil. He’s a cruel taskmaster and wants to take as many people as he can to hell with him. There is no salvation offered to him or his angels/demons. Christ only died for the sins of mankind (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 John 2:2). This includes all men, not just a select few (1 Timothy 4:10). We don’t believe in “limited atonement.”

Voluntary Slavery. When people in the Old Testament times were enslaved to other Jews to pay off their debts, some of them found their masters to be kind and generous. When the time came for them to be set free, some of them chose to remain as slaves. To demonstrate their voluntary submission to their master, they had their ears bored with an awl. This left a scar that identified them as someone’s slave (Exodus 21:6).

Employment. In our country we usually have the freedom to choose for whom we will work in exchange for pay. Some people have good employers and others don’t. Regardless of what kind of boss you have, a Christian employee is supposed to do what the boss wants done so his product and/or service will bring in customers who will be willing to pay for them. The masters/owners/employers of the business also have responsibilities and are accountable to God (Ephesians 6:5-9). Every Christian is called upon to present his/her body to God as a living sacrifice so that God can use them for His glory and their happiness (Romans 12:1, 2). If you’re a believer, have you done this? If not, why?

Pride. There is the pride of race, place, and face. Believe it or not, there is just one race – the human race (Acts 17:26). We all go back to Adam and Even (Genesis 1, 2) and then through Noah and his three sons and their wives who didn’t die in the universal flood (Genesis 7, 8). The ethnic groups began to take shape after the flood when the Lord came down and changed their one language into many languages. Thus the work of building the Tower of Babel came to an end (Genesis 11). This is also the time when the continental shift began to take place and the topography of the earth changed (Genesis 10:25; See Isaiah 40:4). As the people with the same languages spread out, they began to intermarry and certain traits began to develop. Some people are proud of own accomplishments and their place/station in life. Still others are proud of their bone structure and facial features. All such pride is an abomination to God (Proverbs 6:16; 8:13). Learn about Lucifer’s problem with pride in Isaiah 14:11-15 and in Ezekiel 28:17. After all, what do you have that you didn’t receive (1 Corinthians 4:7)? “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:7).

Flesh. We all have a sin nature (disposition) that we inherited from our parents (1 John 1:8; Psalm 51:5). No parent has to teach his/her child to be bad. It comes naturally. It causes us to distort good things into evil things that can lead to a premature, physical death (James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Are you committing the “sin unto death” (1 John 5:16)​​? Do you know what it is? Hatred of other people can lead to murder as it did in the case of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4). But the Christian who is filled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and who walks by the Spirit can’t/won’t fulfill the strong desires (lusts) of the flesh/sin nature (Galatians 5:16-25).

Conquer. Strife and unscriptural divisions are works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21; See 2 Corinthians 6:17). The devil can take advantage of this to destroy people and nations. He hates God and His people, the Jews and the true Christians. Don’t confuse these two groups (1 Corinthians 10:32). God is dealing with the true Church now, but His time clock with the Jews will begin again when the man of sin (antichrist) signs a 7 year peace agreement with the Jews after the true church has been raptured (See Romans 11:25; Daniel 9:27; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10). We hope you won’t be “left behind.”

Anarchy. Today lawlessness (sin) abounds everywhere (1 Timothy 4:1-5; 2 Timothy 3:1-5). It’s going to get worse until Christ returns after the Seven Year Tribulation (Daniel 9:27) when 21 judgments are poured out on the inhabitants of the earth (Revelation 6-19). He will put an end to it when He comes and crushes His enemies with a rod of iron (Psalm 2:9; Revelation 19:11-16). His love for mankind (John 3:16, 18, 36) doesn’t keep Him from displaying His righteous anger and wrath toward wicked people, the devil, and his angels/demons (Revelation 6:16; 19:20, 21; 20:1-6).

Interpretation. We take God at His word. We believe that God means what He says and says what He means. Most Bible commentators take the Old Testament and the prophecies that were made about Christ’s first coming literally. But when it comes to Bible prophecy, many of them interpret it allegorically and twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:15). We believe that this is dishonest and makes God out to be a liar. He can’t/won’t lie (Titus 1:2; John 14:6; 17:17). We are not free to change the normal rules of interpretation just because we don’t like something that goes against our thinking or feelings. All of God’s attributes are in harmony with each other.

G.W.T. The Great White Throne judgment will be for all unbelievers. They will stand before Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). He will judge each one according to his/her works to determine his/her degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 10:15; 25:30, 41, 46). We hope that you won’t be one who will be separated from God forever.

Gospel. The Good News that leads to salvation is that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Anyone who believes on Him alone will be saved (Acts 16:31). We’re not saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). We don’t believe in the universal salvation of all men and the devil and demons.

Final Solution. The injustice of “racism and slavery” won’t come to an end until Christ returns to this earth to rule as the King of kings, and the Lord of lords (Revelation 18:13). There is coming a day when all mankind will admit that Jesus is Lord (the God-man) to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11). This verse does NOT teach “universalism” and that everyone will eventually be saved. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Are you truly saved? Do you have assurance of your salvation? You can.

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