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DAYS OF PRAISE

 May 30, 2013

That I May Know Him

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” (Philippians 3:10)

Paul deeply desired to know Christ in an intimate fashion–to experience an even deeper relationship. In our text, he lists three things which will also be known if we know Christ.The power of His resurrection: The victory of Christ over sin and death exhibited His great power. Paul not only longed for an ultimate resurrected body, “if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead” (v. 11), but he longed for the power over sin as well “to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:11). The fellowship of His sufferings: Paul’s desire to know Christ was so great he was willing, if need be, to suffer as He suffered. And, indeed, Paul did suffer in many ways (as seen in 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 and elsewhere). “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). “If so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:17).Being made conformable to His death: Paul was willing to die as Christ died and soon did die a martyr’s death, beheaded in a Roman prison. But that is not in view here. Rather, he wanted to be like Christ in His death, gaining complete victory over all sin. “For he that is dead is freed from sin” (Romans 6:7).

To know Christ in this way, to be conformed to Him as Paul desired, primarily demands developing the servant’s heart and selfless humility that took Christ to the cross (Philippians 2:5-8) to make it possible for us to know Him. JDM

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The Faithful Saying

“It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:11-13) More…

At God’s Good Pleasure

“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.” (Psalm 115:3) More…

Christian Freedom

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13) More…

What Is Sin?

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BONUS CHART OF THE TWO “ADAMS”

 

Adam is a “figure” or TYPE of Him that was to come, namely Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:14). Adam is a type of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:45 Jesus Christ is called “Adam” (“the last Adam”) and Christ is also called “the second man” in contrast to the first man, Adam (1 Cor. 15:47). As we compare these two men there are both similarities and differences:

ADAM

The first man Adam (1 Cor.15:45)

JESUS CHRIST

The last Adam (1 Cor.15:45)

“Was made a living soul” (1 Cor.15:45)
(Adam was given life-Gen. 2:7).

“Was made a quickening spirit” (1 Cor.15:45)
(Christ gives life-John 5:21,25; 6:33 etc.).

“Natural” (1 Cor.15:46)

“Spiritual” (1 Cor.15:46)

ORIGIN–“of the earth” (1 Cor.15:47)

ORIGIN–“from heaven” (1 Cor.15:47)

Men reflect Adam (Cor.15:49 and see Gen. 5:3).

Saved men can and shall reflect Christ

(1 Cor.15:49 and see Col. 3:10; Eph.4:24;

Rom.8:29; 2 Cor.3:18; 1 John 3:2; etc.).

“Dead in Adam” (1 Cor.15:22)

“Alive in Christ” (1 Cor.15:22)

Adam is the Head of the Old Creation.

Jesus Christ is the Head of the

New Creation (2 Cor.5:17; Eph.2:10).

Adam was a representative man (Romans 5), and he acted on behalf of the whole human race.

Christ was a representative man (Romans 5),

and He acted on behalf of the whole human race.

Adam performed one act which had tremendous consequences.

Christ performed one act which had even

greater consequences.

Adam’s act was a sinful act (Rom.5:12, 15,16,17,18).

Christ‘s act was a righteous act

(Rom.5:18–“the righteous act”–see NASB).

Adam’s act was an act of disobedience, in eating the forbidden fruit (Rom.5:19; and see Genesis 2:17; 3:6).

Christ’s act was an act of obedience,

in dying on the cross

(Romans 5:19 and see Phil.2:8).

Here is what Adam’s one act produced:

DEATH ( Rom.5:12,14,15)
JUDGMENT (Rom.5:16,18)
CONDEMNATION (Rom.5:16,18)

Here is what Christ’s one act produced:

LIFE (Rom.5:17,18,21)
THE FREE GIFT (Rom.5:15,16,17,18)
GRACE (Rom.5:15,17,20,21)
JUSTIFICATION (Rom.5:16,18,19)
RIGHTEOUSNESS (Rom.5:17,19,21)
REIGNING (Rom.5:17; compare verse.21)


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Put your name at the start of each sentence:

is able – Philippians 4:13

is abounding in grace 2 Corinthians 9:8

is abounding in hope – Romans 15:4, 13

is Abraham’s offspring – Galatians 3:29

is abundant – John 10:10

is accepted – Ephesians 1:6

has access – Ephesians 2:18

is adequate – 2 Corinthians 3:5

is adopted – Ephesians 1:5

is alive – Ephesians 2:4-5

is an ambassador for Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:20

is anointed – 1 John 2:20

is anxious for nothing – Philippians 4:6

is the apple of His eye – Zechariah 2:8

is appointed by God – John 15:16

is the aroma of Christ – 2 Corinthians 2:15

is not ashamed – 2 Timothy 1:12

is assured of reward – 1 Corinthians 15:58

is assured of success – Proverbs 16:3

has authority over the devil – Luke 9:1

is baptized into Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:15

is beautiful – Psalm 149:4

is becoming a mature person – Ephesians 4:13

is becoming conformed to Christ – Romans 8:29

is a believer – Romans 10:9

belongs to God – John 17:9

is betrothed – Hosea 2:19-20

is blameless – 1 Corinthians 1:8

is blessed – Ephesians 1:3

is blood bought – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

is bold – Proverbs 28:1

is a bondservant – Psalm 116:16

is born of God – 1 John 5:18

is born again – 1 Peter 1:23

is bought with a price – 1 Corinthians 6:20

is a branch of the True Vine – John 15:5

is His bride – Isaiah 54:5

is His brother – Hebrews 2:11

is brought near – Ephesians 2:13

is built up – 1 Peter 2:5

is buried with Christ – Romans 6:4

is called – 1 Peter 5:10

is calm – Philippians 4:6

is cared for – 1 Peter 5:7

is carried – Exodus 19:4

is changed – 1 Samuel 10:6

is a child of God – John 1:12

is cherished – Ephesians 5:29

is chosen – 1 Peter 2:9

is circumcised spiritually – Colossians 2:11

is a citizen of heaven – Philippians 3:20

is clay in the potter’s hand – Jeremiah 18:6

is clean – Ezekiel 36:25; John 15:3

is cleansed – 1 John 1:7,9

is clothed with Christ – Galatians 3:27

is a co-heir with Christ – Romans 8:17

is given His Holy Spirit – 2 Corinthians 1:22

is glorified with Him – 2 Thessalonians 2:14

is God’s child – John 1:12

is God’s gift to Christ – John 17:24

knows God is for me – Romans 8:31

is gracious – Proverbs 22:11

is granted grace in Christ Jesus – Romans 5:17,20

is guarded by God – 2 Timothy 1:12

is guarded by God’s peace – Philippians 4:7

is guaranteed – Ephesians 1:13-14

is guided – Psalm 48:14

is guiltless – Romans 8:1

is the head – Deuteronomy 28:13

is healed – 1 Peter 2:24

is healthy – Deuteronomy 7:15

is an heir of God – Titus 3:7

is helped by Him – Isaiah 44:2

is hidden with Christ in God – Colossians 3:3

is His – Isaiah 43:1

is His handiwork – Ephesians 2:10

is holy – Ephesians 1:4

is honoured – 2 Timothy 2:21

is humble -Philippians 2:24

is the image of God – Genesis 1:27

is the image and glory of God – 1 Corinthians 11:7

is an imitator of God – Ephesians 5:1

is in Christ Jesus – 1 Corinthians 1:30

is included – Ephesians 1:13

is indestructible – John 6:51

is indwelt by Christ Jesus – John 14:20

is indwelt by His Spirit – Romans 8:11

is inscribed on His palms – Isaiah 49:16

is inseparable from His love – Romans 8:35

is an instrument of righteousness – Romans 6:13

is joyful – Philippians 4:4

is justified – Acts 13:39

is kept – Isaiah 38:17

is in a Kingdom of priests – Revelation 1:6

is a king’s kid – Psalm 44:4

knows all things work together for good – Romans 8:28

knows in Whom he believes – 2 Timothy 1:12

is known – 2 Timothy 2:19

lacks no wisdom – James 1:5

is lavished with riches of His grace – Ephesians 1:7-8

is led in Christ’s triumph – 2 Corinthians 2:14

is liberated – Romans 6:23

has life abundant – 1 John 4:9; John 10:10

has life and peace in the Spirit – Romans 8:6

has light – John 8:12

is a light in a dark place – Acts 13:47

has life flowing through me – John 7:38

is like a watered garden – Isaiah 58:11

is a living stone in a spiritual house – 1 Peter 2:5

is the Lord’s – Isaiah 44:5

is loved – John 3:16

is loved constantly, unconditionally – Isaiah 43:4

has received an unshakable Kingdom – Hebrews 12:28

is reconciled to God – Romans 5:10

is redeemed – Galatians 3:13

is refined – Isaiah 48:10

is reigning with Him – Romans 5:17

is rejoicing – Romans 5:2-3

is renewed – 2 Corinthians 4:16

is His representative – Matthew 5:16

is rescued – Colossians 1:13

has rest provided – Matthew 11:28-30

is rewarded by God – Isaiah 49:4

is rich – 2 Corinthians 8:9

is righteous – Ephesians 4:22

is rooted and built up in Him – Colossians 2:7

is royalty – Romans 5:17; 8:16-17

is a royal priesthood – 1 Peter 2:9

is safe – Psalm 4:8

is a saint of God – Psalm 34:9

is the salt of the earth – Matthew 5:13

is sanctified – 1 Corinthians 6:11

is satisfied – Jeremiah 31:14

is saved – Ephesians 2:8

is sealed by God with His Holy Spirit – Ephesians 1:13

is seated with Him – Ephesians 2:6

is secure – Deuteronomy 33:12

is sent – John 20:21

is set free – John 8:31-32,36

is sharing Christ’s inheritance – Romans 8:17

is sharing His glory – John 17:22,24

is His sheep – Psalm 23:1

is sheltered – Psalm 91:1

is shielded – Psalm 91:4

is a slave to righteousness – Romans 6:18

is His soldier – 2 Timothy 2:3-4

is a son of God – Romans 8:14

is stable – Isaiah 33:6

is standing in His grace – Romans 5:2

is standing firm in Christ – 2 Corinthians 1:21

has my steps established by the Lord – Psalm 37:23

is strengthened in Him – Ephesians 3:16

is strong in the Lord – 1 Corinthians 1:8

is amply supplied – Philippians 4:18

is sustained from birth – Psalm 71:6

is a temple – 1 Corinthians 3:16

is thought about – Psalm 139:17-18

is transferred into His Kingdom – Colossians 1:13

is transformed – 2 Corinthians 3:18

is treasured – Psalm 83:3

is triumphant – 2 Corinthians 2:14

is unafraid – Isaiah 44:2; 51:12

is understood – Ephesians 1:8

is united with Christ – Romans 6:5

is upheld – Psalm 37:17

is upright – Psalm 7:10

is unblemished – Colossians 1:22

has understanding – 2 Timothy 2:7

is useful for His glory – Isaiah 43:7

is crucified with Him – Galatians 2:20

is dead in Christ – Romans 6:4

is dead to sin – Romans 6:11

is a delight – Psalm 147:11

is delighted in – Isaiah 42:1

is delivered – Psalm 107:6

is desired – Psalm 45:11

is determined – Philippians 4:13

is a disciple – John 8:31-32

is disciplined – Hebrews 12:5-11

is drawing near with confidence – Hebrews 4:16

is empowered to obey – Philippians 2:13

is encouraged – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

is enlightened – Ephesians 1:18

is enriched in everything – 1 Corinthians 1:5

is equipped – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

is established -Deuteronomy 28:9

has eternal life – John 3:36

has every good thing – Philemon 6

is exalted at His right hand – Acts 2:34-35

is faithful – Revelation 17:14

is family – Psalm 68:5

is far from oppression – Isaiah 54:14

is favoured – Job 10:12

is a fellow citizen with the saints – Ephesians 2:19

is a fellow worker – Colossians 4:11

is filled – Acts 2:4

is filled to the fullness of God – Colossians 2:9- 10

is filled with the fruit of righteousness – Philippians 1:11

is filled with the fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23

is filled with the knowledge of His will – Colossians 1:9

is filled with joy – John 17:13

is a finished product -in progress – Philippians 1:6

is a first fruit – Romans 8:23

is forgiven – Ephesians 1:7

is formed in the womb by God – Jeremiah 1:5

was lost, but now is found – Luke 19:10

is a fragrance – 1 Corinthians 1:15-16

is free – John 8:36

is freely given all things – Romans 8:32

is gifted – Romans 12:6

is given His magnificent promises – 2 Peter 1:3-4

is loyal – Psalm 86:2

is made by Him – Psalm 100:3

is a magnifier of God – Psalm 69:30

is marked – Ephesians 1:13

is a member of His body – Ephesians 5:30

is might in God – Luke 10:19

has the mind of Christ – 1 Corinthians 2:16

is a minister – 2 Corinthians 3:6

is a minister of reconciliation – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

is a mountain mover – Mark 11:22-23

is named – Isaiah 43:1

is near to God – Ephesians 2:13

is never forsaken – Hebrews 13:5

is new – Ephesians 4:24

is new born – 1 Peter 2:2

is a new creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17

has new life – Romans 6:4

is part of a new race – 1 Peter 2:9

is not condemned – Romans 8:1

is no longer a slave to sin – Romans 6:6

has not been given a spirit of fear – 1 Timothy 1:7

is obedient – Isaiah 1:19

is an object of mercy – Romans 9:23

is obtained an inheritance – Ephesians 1:11

is of God’s household – Ephesians 2:19

is on the winning side – Colossians 2:15

is one with Him – John 17:23-24

is an overcomer – 1 John 5:4-5

is pardoned – Jeremiah 33:8

is a partaker of Christ – Hebrews 3:14

is a partaker of the Holy Spirit – Hebrews 6:4

is a partaker of grace – Philippians 1:7

is a partaker of the promise in Christ – Ephesians 3:6

has passed from death to life – John 5:24

is patient – James 5:8

has peace – Philippians 4:7

is one of the people of God – 1 Peter 2:9

is being perfected – 1 Peter 5:10

is pleasing to God – Psalm 149:4

is God’s own possession – Titus 2:14

is possessor of all things – 1 Corinthians 3:21-23

has the power of God behind me – Philippians 3:21

has power – Acts 1:8

has power over the devil – Luke 9:1

is predestined – Ephesians 1:11

is prepared beforehand for glory – Romans 9:23

is prosperous – Psalm 1:3

is protected – Psalm 91:14

is provided for – Matthew 6:33

is purchased – Revelation 5:9

is purposeful – Psalm 138:8

is qualified – Colossians 1:12

is raised up with Christ – Ephesians 2:6

is ransomed with Him – Isaiah 35:10

is rare – Proverbs 20:15

has received mercy – 1 Peter 2:10

is valuable – Luke 12:24

lives in victory – 1 Corinthians 15:57

is walking in His light – 1 John 1:7

is a warrior – 2 Corinthians 10:4

is washed – Titus 3:5

is watching for His return – Luke 12:37

is weak, then is strong – 2 Corinthians 12:10

is in a wealthy place – Psalm 66:12

is welcome – Luke 11:9

is being made whole – Mark 5:34

puts on the whole armour of God – Ephesians 6:11

is wise – Proverbs 2:6

is His witness – Acts 1:8

is His workmanship – Ephesians 2:10

is not of this world – John 17:14

is His worshipper – Psalm 95:6

is worthy – Revelation 3:4

is yielded to God – Romans 6:13

is yoked with Jesus – Matthew 11:29

is heaven bound, guaranteed. – I Peter 1: 4

Never let the enemy tell you that you are worthless or insignificant.

You have value in the eyes of God so great that it was worth dying for.

You are a blessing to the world.

When satan tempts you, tell him what God says about you. When he

reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.                                     

 The Broken Hearted Foundation Ministry

 

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A MOMENT TO MOMENT SELF-EVALUATION 

Born again believers exist in one of two states:  they are either “filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18), or they are, as Paul described it, “carnal,” or “walking in the flesh” (1 Cor. 3:1; Gal. 5:16).  He said you can tell which of the two states you are in at any given time, by the “fruit” you are producing.  He wrote:  “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other. . . .  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these:  adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. . . .  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:16-23).

Paul described his personal struggle with his two natures in Romans 7:1-25.  He concluded by saying, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin” (v. 24-25).  John described the state of the believer as being one of righteousness, or being one of sin (unrighteousness – 1 Jn. 1:8-10).  Notice his epistle was written to those who are said to be in a state of fellowship with other believers, and with God, Himself (1 Jn. 1:3).

James explained how a believer can guard himself against living according to his fleshly desires, and living according to the will of God.  He wrote, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (Jam. 1:22-25).

Believes are controlled by someone:  the Holy Spirit, or themselves! 

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ARE YOU TRULY SAVED FROM THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS?ARE YOU SURE YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED BY HIS BLOOD?ARE YOU SURE YOU WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE AND IF YOU DIED TODAY THAT YOU WOULD GO TO HEAVEN AND LIVE WITH GOD FOREVER? ARE YOU SURE? WHY DON’T YOU TAKE THE TIME AND READ BELOW AND BE SURE OF YOUR FUTURE.GOD WANTS YOU TO BE SURE.

The Bible says;

” I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13

Another question to consider is: Suppose you were standing before God right now and He asked you, ” Why should I let you into My heaven?” What do you think you would say?

You may not know what you would say. But… You can know, becauseGod loves you and has a purpose for your life. The Bible Says;” For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

GOD”S PURPOSE IS THAT WE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.* We receive eternal life as a free gift.” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6: 23* We can live a full and meaningful life right now.” A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance. John 10:10* We will spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven.” If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3

ETERNAL LIFE GIVES MEANING TO LIFE. Yet… Our sinful nature keeps us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.

OUR NEED IS TO UNDERSTAND OUR PROBLEM.* We are all sinners by nature and by choice.” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23* We cannot save ourselves.” not from works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:9* We deserve death.” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23It is true that: God is holy and just and must punish sin, yet He loves us and has provided forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said,” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”The good news is that God has provided for the forgiveness of our sins.

GOD’S PROVISION IS JESUS CHRIST* Jesus is God and became man.” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1″ The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 * Jesus died for us on the cross.” For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm.” 1 Peter 3:18 * Jesus was resurrected from the dead. Romans 4:25″He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”

That is good news, but the only way Jesus can affect our lives is for us to receive Him. The Bible says;” But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,” John 1:12 The choice is ours. Thus…

OUR RESPONSE IS TO RECEIVE JESUS. It is as simple as A-B-C

A.ADMIT Admit to God that you are a sinner. Repent, turning away from your sin toward God. The Bible says in Acts 3:19;” Therefore repent and turn back, that your sins may be wiped out so that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” Repentence is not just feeling sorry for our sin. Acts 26:20″ Instead, I preached to those in Damascus first, and to those in Jerusalem and in all the region of Judea, and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works worthy of repentance.”

B. BELIEVE Believe. By faith receive Jesus Christ as God’s Son and accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin.” For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift–” Ephesians 2:8.* Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus.” You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe–and they shudder.” James 2:19* Faith is trusting in Jesus

C. CONFESS Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.” If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9″ if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

THREE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS:* Does what you have been reading make sense to you?* Is there any reason you would not be willing to receive God’s gift of eternal life?* Are you willing to turn from your sin and place your faith in Jesus right now? The Bible says in Romans 10:13;” For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

YOU NEED TO ASK THE LORD JESUS TO SAVE YOU.Read this prayer and see if it says what you want to say to God.

” God, I know that Jesus is Your Son, and that He died on the cross and was raised from the dead. I know I have sinned and need forgiveness. I am willing to turn from my sins and turn toward You, and through faith in His death and resurrection I ask to receive Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.”

Call on the Lord in repentance and faith, using these or similar words of your own, and if you sincerly prayed this prayer from your heart, Jesus will become your Savior and Lord. The Master of your life.

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD As evidence of confessing Jesus as Lord, you will want to identify with Him. The New Testament way of identification is to confess Jesus publicly and to follow Him in baptism and church membership. The Bible says in Matthew 10:32-33;” Therefore, everyone who will acknowledge Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven.”” So those who accepted his message were baptized,” Acts 2:41″ Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.” Romans 6:4

YOUR ASSURANCE YOU KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE Because…* God keeps His Promises. The Bible says in Ephesians 2: 8-9″ For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift– not from works, so that no one can boast.” * God heard your prayer. The Bible says in Romans 10:13;” For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”* God recorded your commitment. Jesus says in Luke 10:20;” However, don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

GOD BLESS YOU AS A CHILD OF GOD
Praise The Lord ††† Amen!

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WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED FROM MY SIN?

 1. BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

In Acts 16:30 the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas this crucial question: “What must I do to be saved?” The answer was simple and clear: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (verse 31). The one requirement was to believe on Christ. Faith and faith alone is what God requires of a sinner.

2. FAITH ALONE IS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION

I would urge you to read carefully and prayerfully the following verses of Scripture:

John 1:12-13
John 3:15
John 3:16
John 3:18
John 3:36
John 5:24
John 6:35
John 6:40
John 6:47
John 7:38-39
John 11:25-26
John 20:31
Acts 2:21
Acts 10:43
Acts 11:17
Acts 13:38-39
Acts 15:11
Acts 16:31
Acts 20:21
Romans 1:16
Romans 3:22
Romans 3:26
Romans 3:28
Romans 3:30
Romans 5:1
Romans 10:9
Romans 10:11
Romans 10:13
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Galatians 2:16
Galatians 3:2-9
Galatians 3:14
Galatians 3:24
Galatians 3:26
Ephesians 2:8-9
2 Thessalonians 2:10
2 Thessalonians 2:12
1 Timothy 4:10
2 Timothy 3:15
Titus 3:8
1 John 5:1
1 John 5:11-13

In all of these passages FAITH is mentioned as being essential for salvation. Believing in Christ is the sole condition for salvation and for receiving the gift of eternal life.

3. EPHESIANS 2:8-9 TELLS US HOW A PERSON IS SAVED!

“For by grace are ye saved THROUGH FAITH, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” Salvation is a gift. It is free (paid for by the blood of Christ). All the sinner needs to do is to receive that gift by faith.

 Trust in Jesus and be saved from your sins, now, while there is still time!

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With Christ

July 23, 2012

 “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:17)

 One of the greatest doctrines of the Christian faith is the identification of Christ with His people in all the key events of His great work of salvation. For example, we are considered by God as dying with Him since He died for us. As Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20).

 Furthermore, when Christ was buried, we were in effect buried also. “We are buried with him by baptism into death” (Romans 6:4). Then we are also resurrected with Christ. “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead” (Colossians 2:12).

 But that is only the beginning of our great salvation. Christ then ascended to heaven, sat down on the right hand of the Father, and we are there with Him! “God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ. . . . And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-6).

 Not even is this the end, for we are joint-heirs with Christ, as our text assures us. He has been “appointed heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:2), and we share His inheritance. “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him” (2 Timothy 2:11-12).

 Identified with Christ in His suffering, His death, His burial, His resurrection, His ascension, and then in His eternal reign! This is our position by faith. When He returns, it will become actuality, “and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

by Henry Morris, Ph.D.HMM

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Question: “Is there meaning in tragedy?


Answer: When tragedy strikes, it is common for people to ask, “What does this mean?” When we witness some disaster or mass murder, there is a natural feeling that what has happened should not have happened. This innate sense of “wrongness” is a clue to meaning in these events. When we look to find meaning in tragedy, we must have the right perspective. We need to approach the question in a way that allows for a coherent answer, and this is only possible through a Christian worldview. Because God instills meaning into every moment and event in history, through Him we can begin to find meaning in suffering. The nature of this world lends itself to tragic events. Fortunately, God speaks to us, so that we can find not only meaning, but salvation and relief from the sufferings of the world.

When studying physical motion, it is crucial to understand perspective. Speed and acceleration are only meaningful in relation to some other object; this object is the reference point. The way in which the reference point moves affects our perception. The same is true in our sense of right and wrong. For concepts of good, bad, right, wrong, or tragedy to be meaningful, they have to be anchored to a reference point that does not change or move. The only valid reference point for these issues is God. The very fact that we consider a mass murder wrong strongly supports the idea of God as the reference point for our sense of good and evil. Without God, even the events we consider the most tragic are no more meaningful than anything else. We have to understand the nature of this world and our relationship to God in order to draw any meaning at all from the things we see.

God infuses every moment and every event with meaning and gives us confidence that He understands what we are going through. When Jesus instituted communion, He tied the past, present, and future together. 1 Corinthians 11:26 says, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup (the present), you proclaim the Lord’s death (the past) until He comes (the future).” God’s knowledge of all events means nothing is insignificant to Him. If God knows when a sparrow falls, He certainly knows when we face tragedy (Matthew 10:29-31). In fact, God assured us that we would face trouble in this world (John 16:33) and that He has experienced our struggles personally (Hebrews 2:14-18; Hebrews 4:15).

While we understand that God has sovereign control over all things, it is important to remember that God is not the source of tragedy. The vast majority of human suffering is caused by sin, all too often the sin of other people. For instance, a mass murder is the fault of the murderer disobeying the moral law of God (Exodus 20:13; Romans 1:18-21). When we look to find meaning in such an event, we have to understand why this world is the way it is. The hardship of this world was originally caused by mankind’s sin (Romans 5:12), which is always a matter of choice (1 Corinthians 10:13). While God is perfectly capable of stopping tragedies before they begin, sometimes He chooses not to. While we may not know why, we do know that He is perfect, just, and holy, and so is His will. Also, the suffering we experience in this world does three things. It leads us to seek God, it develops our spiritual strength, and it increases our desire for heaven (Romans 8:18-25; James 1:2-3; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:7).

In the garden of Eden, God spoke to Adam and communicated in clear and direct ways, not in abstract concepts. God speaks to us today in the same way. In some ways, this is the most important meaning to be found in any tragedy. Tragic events demonstrate much of their meaning in the way we react to them. C.S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” This does not mean that God causes tragedy, but that He uses our reaction to tragedy to speak to us. Tragic events remind us not only that we live in an imperfect and fallen world, but that there is a God who loves us and wants something better for us than the world has to offer.

Recommended Resource: Is God Really in Control? Trusting God in a World of Terrorism, Tsunamis, and Personal Tragedy by Jerry Bridges.

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        By: Jerry Bridges

Is God Really in Control? Trusting God in a World of Terrorism, Tsunamis, and Personal Tragedy

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 There’s no more crucial topic in today’s world than understanding what God is up to in the midst of personal and global tragedy. Author Jerry Bridges helps readers answer the question “Is God in control?”, offering comfort and hope by exploring the greater purposes of God in light of Scripture.

 Publisher’s Description

From devastating natural disasters to deadly highway accidents, tragedies occur every day around the world and in our own lives. As we face death, grief, loss, we become angry and our faith is tested as we ask, “Is God really in control?”

Navigator author Jerry Bridges helps answer that question positively in this topical Bible study, offering comfort and hope by exploring the greater purposes and character of God.

• Includes discussion questions
• Can be used by men, women, and teens

Author Bio

Dr. Jerry Bridges is the best-selling author of such books as The Pursuit of Holiness, The Practice of Godliness, and Transforming Grace. Jerry is on staff with The Navigators’ collegiate ministry. A popular speaker known around the world, Jerry lives with his wife, Jane, in Colorado Springs, CO.

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Where is God when life is falling apart? From Job on, people have asked this question when their souls have been in anguish. Jerry Bridges supplies answers in Bridges writes for “the average person who has not necessarily experienced major catastrophe but who does frequently encounter the typical adversities and heartaches of life”. (p. 11)

Using Scripture and quoting other writers, many of them Puritan writers, Bridges grapples with the problem of understanding how a good God who is sovereign can allow, and sometimes initiate, suffering through humans, nature, and accidents.

“(I)t often seems more difficult to trust God than to obey Him….The circumstances in which we must trust God often appear irrational and unreasonable….Obeying God is worked out within well-defined boundaries of God’s revealed will. But trusting God is worked out in an arena that has no boundaries.” (p.21)

Bridges confronts questions about God’s goodness, His sovereignty, His wisdom, and our responsibility. Then he goes beyond the questions to apply Scripture to our times of hurt and confusion, helping us to accept our hardships and to grow spiritually.

His approach is very readable. He leans toward Calvinism in his acceptance of all things arising from the hand of God, and, though he does not excuse sin in human beings who bring us grief and pain, he suggests ways of dealing with our resentment, hurt, and anger against them. He promotes both recognizing God’s sovereignty and our responsibility with a good discussion of prudence. Each chapter ends with discussion questions, making it easier to use in a group setting, as well as in private study.

Jerry Bridges, a Bible teacher for the Navigators, has written several books, including the highly acclaimed The Pursuit of Holiness. Whether one fully agrees with him theologically, he addresses a thorny question thoughtfully, yet approachably. He offers much help in this short book. — Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com

 This bood not only teaches me to Trust God but it also backes up everything with GOD’S WORD.

Excellent commentary on the sovereignty of God.

For those who have doubts about the sovereignty of God, this is a must read. This book is an easy read yet very profound.

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Where is God when life is falling apart? From Job on, people have asked this question when their souls have been in anguish. Jerry Bridges supplies answers in Bridges writes for “the average person who has not necessarily experienced major catastrophe but who does frequently encounter the typical adversities and heartaches of life”. (p. 11) Using Scripture and quoting other writers, many of them Puritan writers, Bridges grapples with the problem of understanding how a good God who is sovereign can allow, and sometimes initiate, suffering through humans, nature, and accidents. (I)t often seems more difficult to trust God than to obey Him….The circumstances in which we must trust God often appear irrational and unreasonable….Obeying God is worked out within well-defined boundaries of God’s revealed will. But trusting God is worked out in an arena that has no boundaries. (p.21) Bridges confronts questions about God’s goodness, His sovereignty, His wisdom, and our responsibility. Then he goes beyond the questions to apply Scripture to our times of hurt and confusion, helping us to accept our hardships and to grow spiritually. His approach is very readable. He leans toward Calvinism in his acceptance of all things arising from the hand of God, and, though he does not excuse sin in human beings who bring us grief and pain, he suggests ways of dealing with our resentment, hurt, and anger against them. He promotes both recognizing God’s sovereignty and our responsibility with a good discussion of prudence. Each chapter ends with discussion questions, making it easier to use in a group setting, as well as in private study. Jerry Bridges, a Bible teacher for the Navigators, has written several books, including the highly acclaimed The Pursuit of Holiness. Whether one fully agrees with him theologically, he addresses a thorny question thoughtfully, yet approachably. He offers much help in this short book. — Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews

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The Distinguishing Mark of Christianity

John MacArthur

Grace to You

JESUS IS LORD(1 Corinthians 12:3) is the distinguishing article of Christianity and marks the essential confession of faith (Romans 10:9). Jesus proclaimed it to His disciples, His enemies, and His casual inquirers alike – and He refused to tone down its implications.

The expression “Lord speaks of ownership, while “Master/Lord” (despotes) denotes an unquestionable right to command (John 13:13; Jude 4). Both words describe a master with absolute dominion over someone else. That explains Jesus’ incredulity at the practice of those who paid homage to Him with their lips but not with their lives: “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).

Doulos frequently describes what it means to be a true Christian: “He who was called while free, is Christ’s slave [doulos]. You were bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 7:22-23). It describes the lowest, abject bond slave; his service is not a matter of choice.

A Misleading Translation

Unfortunately, readers of the English Bible have long been shielded from the full force of doulos because of an ages-old tendency to translate it as servant” or “bond-servant.” This tendency is regrettable, since service and slavery are not the same thing. “No one can be a slave to two masters” (Matthew 6:24) makes better sense than “No one can serve two masters.” An employee with two jobs could indeed serve two masters; but a slave could not. Scripture repeatedly calls Christians “slaves” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), purchased for God (Revelation 5:9). This is the very essence of what it means to be a Christian (Romans 14:7-9).

A Revolting Concept

Not only is slave a word loaded with negative connotations, but our generation is also fixated on the concepts of freedom, fulfillment, and autonomy. Saving faith and Christian discipleship have been reduced to the cliché “a personal relationship with Jesus.” It’s hard to imagine a more disastrous twisting of what it means to be a Christian. Many people (including Judas and Satan) had some kind of “personal relationship” with Jesus during His earthly ministry without submitting to Him as Lord. But His only true friends were those who did what He said (John 15:14).

A Difficult Truth

Slavery to Christ is not a minor or secondary feature of true discipleship. It is exactly how Jesus Himself defined the “personal relationship” He must have with every true follower (John 12:26; 15:20). In fact, the fundamental aspects of slavery are the very features of redemption. We are chosen (Ephesians 1:4-5; 1 Peter 1:2; 2:9); bought (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23); owned (Romans 14:7-9; 1 Corinthians 6:19); subject to His will and control (Acts 5:29; Philippians 2:5-8); called to account (Romans 14:12); evaluated (2 Corinthians 5:10); and either chastened or rewarded by Him (1 Corinthians 3:14; Hebrews 12:5-11). Those are all essential components of slavery.

A Divine Introduction

Jesus introduced the NT slave metaphor. He frequently drew a direct connection between slavery and discipleship (Matthew 10:24-25). His words reflect what every true disciple should hope to hear at the end of life: “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21).

Jesus always described true discipleship in such terms, with no effort to adjust the message to make it sound appealing to worldly-minded sinners. He never muted what it would cost to follow Him. Would-be disciples who tried to dictate different terms were always turned away (Luke 9:59-62).

Slaves Who Are Friends

Perhaps the key passage on Jesus’ demand for implicit obedience is one already alluded to-John 15:14-15: “You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

The fundamental principle here is obedience. Jesus was not suggesting that His favor could be earned through service. Rather, He was saying that obedience is a singular proof that someone is His friend. Implicit obedience to His commandments is the natural fruit of genuine love for Him-the telltale mark of authentic, saving faith.

Why, then, does He say, “No longer do I call you slaves…I have called you friends” (v. 15)? Is He expressly telling them their relationship with Him was now a familiar, personal camaraderie between colleagues, rather than a master-slave relationship governed by authority and submission?

Not at all. The apostles were still His slaves, because that’s precisely what they were. He was simply saying they were His friends as well as His slaves. “The slave,” He explains, “does not know what his master is doing.” A slave isn’t owed any explanation or rationale. But Jesus had kept nothing secret from His disciples: “all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you” (v. 15). They were therefore much more than mere slaves to Him. They were His friends as well, privy to His thoughts and purposes (cf. 1 Corinthians 2:16).

Slavery and True Liberty

So understood correctly, the gospel is an invitation to slavery. On the one hand, the gospel is a proclamation of freedom to sin’s captives and liberty to people who are broken by the bondage of sin’s power over them. On the other hand, it is a summons to a whole different kind of slavery: “Having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:18; cf. 1 Peter 2:16).

Both sides of the equation are vital. There is a glorious freedom in being the slaves of Christ (John 8:36), but it means the end of human autonomy for the true follower of Christ. In other words, everyone serves some master. We are all enslaved in one way or the other (Romans 6:16-21).

There is no legitimate way to adjust the message in order to make it sound appealing to people who admire Jesus but aren’t prepared to serve Him. Jesus didn’t seek admirers; He was calling followers-not casual followers, but slaves. Remove that spirit of submission, and the most profound kind of “admiration” for Christ is a spiritual fraud that has nothing to do with true faith.

Original publication date: July 8, 2009

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LIVE IT – THEN SHARE IT

 

 Evangelical Christians are always talking about winning the lost to Christ.  Committees are formed, programs are developed, materials are printed, and motivational speakers convince believers to become workers in God’s Great Commission.  It all sounds so good.  The only problem is, most often, it is a waste of time, money, and effort.  And because it nearly always leaves out the most important “ingredient,” character, one might even call it unbiblical.  

 

The Word of God tells us what it takes to win the lost.  Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”  The word “fruit” has more that one meaning to the born again believer.  First, it is the outworking of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers, and the fruit includes:  “love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance” (Gal. 5:22-23).  I believe this is what the Lord meant by connecting “fruit” with winning souls in Proverb 11:30.  When a believer is filled with the Spirit, he shows forth fruit that is “pleasant to the eye,” and causes the lost to hunger for what he has.  The lost are drawn to a Spirit filled believer like a bee is drawn to a beautiful flower.  This opens the door for the believer to share the Gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4), which is the “power of God unto salvation” (Rom. 1:16).

 

A second understanding of the word “fruit,” is that of reproduction.  A physical birth requires “seed” which grows into the likeness of the progenitor.  Created plants, animals, and human beings all produce “seeds” which have the potential of producing “after their kind.”  An apple tree produces apples containing seeds, which, when planted, produce more apple trees.  For both animals and humans, insemination results in offspring “after their kind.”  

 

The Spiritual birth also requires “seed-bearing fruit.”  Salvation is the result of faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8).  Faith in Jesus Christ is the result of hearing the Word of God (Lk. 8:11; Rom. 10:14-17).  When a believer is filled with the Spirit, he shares his faith, and the lost get saved.  Luke wrote that the believers were “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:47).  But notice it was their behavior which opened the door for the proclaiming of the Gospel, and souls were saved (Acts 2:42-46).

 

 

I have included the “Romans Road” below.  It is an excellent way to share God’s Word, but in order to share it, one needs those who will listen.  Pray, be filled with the Spirit, and then share it.

 

The Romans Road

 

*  “All have sinned” (Rom. 3:23).

*  “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23a).

*  “But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).

*  “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23b).

*  “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17).

*  “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13).

*  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 
PASS IT ON !

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