Category: Christian Life

Revival

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Do we as Christians truly want revival to come? Do we truly understand the desperate need for revival in the church? Heed carefully then these words, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) In like kind, James 4:9-10 says, “Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

Is this message what the church wants to hear today? No, it likely is not. However, it is a most needful message! Let us be reminded of the account given in King Josiah’s day, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction.” (Romans 15:4) So then, at that time the temple had been neglected and the Word of God, the Law, forgotten. Now when King Josiah came to power, he wanted the temple restored. Therefore, while all this was going on, we read, “Then Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the secretary, ‘I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD’…And Shaphan read from it before the king. And when the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his clothes. And the king commanded… ‘Go, inquire of the LORD for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do according to all that is written in this book.” (2 Chronicles 34:15, 18-21)

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Living Sacrifice

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Have you considered, my brothers and sisters in Christ, after all God has done for you, will you now live out the remainder of your life in selfish pursuits? Have you ever pondered whether God is calling you to give yourself up for His cause? Have you thought about these words? “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) Are we still determining what we want to do with our lives, and then seeking God’s blessing on it? Have you reflected on this verse that says God has plans for you that He prepared in advance for you to walk in? Perhaps it is time to stop looking out for “#1”! That is, looking out for our own comforts and begin to serve others in whatever capacity God is calling us to! Listen to these words in light of all that God has already done for us, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers [and sisters], by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)

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Does Sin Have Consequences?

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Indeed, we ought to understand that the unsaved person is going to meet with drastic consequences for their sin, but what about the Christian? Now that we are “under grace,” does this mean that we can sin without any repercussions? Does God only “smile down” upon the Christian now, or are there still consequences for our actions? Further to this, do Christians still sin and then have to be forgiven for those sins? These are all important questions, and we need to grapple with them and come to a conclusion on this! So let’s get to it!

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Why do Christians Suffer?

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There’s no debate, Christians are suffering all around the world for various reasons! Yet, we ask, “Is it supposed to be like this?”  “Is my life not supposed to be a happy one?” “Aren’t we supposed to be healthy all the time?” “Am I not to be well off financially?” Perhaps we’ve been told that, “As long as you have enough faith,” or, “Long as there is no sin in your life, all will be well”? For, again and again, we see plastered over our screens, messages saying that, we need only “pronounce,” or “tell God” the way it is, and all will be well with you! Now, it would be great if life were that easy, but is this actually the message Jesus gave us? Is this the message of the Bible? For many have begun to think there is something wrong with them when God does not seem to answer them. They think there must be a lack of faith or some sin in their lives, but is it true? Yes, it makes for a great message to preach such, but is it true? Let us see then where our real hope lies!

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Hate Being Tricked?

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I’m pretty certain that you’re just like I am, I don’t like the feeling of having been duped! Now, when we open the pages of Scripture we are warned, for our own protection, “Don’t be deceived,” that is, “Don’t be tricked!” Now, when God so warns us, it is time to perk up our ears and pay very careful attention! So, what is this that we are not to be fooled by?

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Motivational?

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The motivational movement has become all the rage! Yes, even in Christian circles! Yet, it is incumbent upon us to take a good look at this phenomena, and make certain we are standing on solid ground!  It might seem logical that we all need a good “pat on the back,” that is, a little encouragement. As it is a wonderful thing when we build each other up, particularly as believers!  However, is this actually what is transpiring, or are we being misled by all the smiles and enthusiasm?  Let us take a look…

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How Church Can be Hazardous!

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Church, isn’t it supposed to be a good place? A safe place? How then can it be a hazardous place? I liken it to a garden or field with land mines planted here and there! The field is good. The land mines don’t make it bad. The land mines are what is bad! So the church is good, but can be fraught with danger too! Let us examine at least three ways in which the church can be a dangerous place, and expose the “land mines”!

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The Devil’s Grace

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In today’s day, we hear a lot about grace! It seems it’s the latest fad! So what is all the hype about? I ask, why is today’s teaching so dangerous?

 

Now, it isn’t that grace is not good, it is! Yet, the Word of God warns us that a time will come when people will surround themselves to hear what they want to hear. That is, they want the “feel good” messages! They want the motivational “pep talk”! They don’t want to hear anything negative. They don’t want to hear about sin. They don’t want to hear about consequences for their sin! No, they only want to hear about how much God loves them!

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Cheap Grace?

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Sometimes the  accusation is levelled that those who believe, “Once saved. Always saved,”have “cheap grace.” By this they mean that there is no cost to the believer. That there is nothing they have to do for it. That no “turning from sin,” no ongoing confessions, no obedience, is required for salvation. Let us examine then, if this allegation is true or false!

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