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When we buy a property, we can claim that everything on that property is now ours. We have this thing about ownership. We see something and we ask...how much does it cost?
We do the same thing with the bible. We purchase a bible...or get a free copy...and then proceed to do the same thing with it. Anything that we deem we want within it's pages...we claim for ourselves.
When we find that the grace of God is given freely...we immediately claim the free stuff for ourselves. After all, it is OUR bible, and anything that we want in it is ours for the taking.
So we bring the same covetous attitude to the bible that we use in the world...to get what WE want.
How can this not be a recipe for disaster? Is God playing to our covetousness? Is...
Apostle Paul so succinctly wrote this Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.[1 Corinthians 15:1-4]
We can see the gospel clearly expressed in these four vss. We can see the cross in this passage as Paul wrote that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. It was even prophesied what type of death He would...
At age 16 I was so nagged by doubts about the reliability of Scripture and the authenticity of charismatic manifestations in church that my faith crisis prompted me to spend a week at Manhattan Beach Camp near Ninette, Manitoba with the hope that God would meet me in the Pentecostal camp meetings in the huge outdoor amphitheater there. I responded to the encouragement to seek God at the altar after the services. But my heart felt like stone when I did because I felt tempted to succumb to wishful thinking and just speak gibberish in the flesh. So on Tuesday, I went on a long 7 mile country prayer walk, pleading with God to resolve my crippling doubts and pledging my willingness to die in His service, if He would only make Himself real to...
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
Okay, then how do you explain this?
He was accounted righteous before God several years earlier, BEFORE the birth of Isaac, and before he had done anything to "prove" his faith in God. Check it out in Genesis 15;4-6 below..
4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir."
5 Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall...
We tend to go the path of least resistance...that is....unless we are convinced that it is necessary to take a harder road. But if given the choice....if all is equal...we will always choose the easier way.
The devil knows our nature...well the old nature anyway...very intimately. He is the author of it....the father of all lies and of the fallen nature. He feels sympathetic to us in a certain way.....but only as fellow rebels against God's will. He is the mother that seeks to console the flesh. His strategy is to make us avoid the difficult truth by giving us a plausible alternative that takes a short-cut around what is difficult for us. As in..."it doesn't have to be hard...just do this."
As long as the reasoning holds...
God's Anointed Bible Prophecy Teachers All saying the Rapture (catching up) is very Near!!
Jack Van Impe, Hal Lindsey, Perry Stone, John Hagee, David Reagan, Gary Stearman, David Jeremiah, Billy Crone, Bill Salus, and many many more!! And you??? Sleeping!!
Upon encountering the title of this article one’s first thought might seem negative about it, but with all who become “born again” there is a period of growth that involves learning in the Word of God about the “old man,” which is the sin nature first seen in Adam and Eve, then in the entirety of their progeny—mankind (Rom 5:12-19). Upon rebirth the soul becomes “spiritually minded,” due to the imparting of the Spirit of God and the new nature (new man); and the old man continues to become more obviously identifiable so that we can continue to be taught by it—through the contrast of it with the new man!
Thus, it’s our position in Christ that will mature our walk in Christ, as the carnality will be seen to progressively decrease, as our...
I was thinking about ageing last night, how the ageing process affects every one of us. How it slows us down, how it weakens us and changes our physical bodies as we get older.
But in comparison as we age spiritually we should become quicker to trust, stronger in our faith, growing in wisdom and renewed daily by the transforming of our minds and as we approach the end of our earthly lives we have a new adventure to look forward to in eternity.