Love for Others

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Being a Christian is more than just speaking out our love to God. It also means demonstrating God’s love to others. We all know that it is much easier to dislike someone than it is to love him or her. Having a grudge and resentment comes natural to us all. When we are bitter towards one another, it creates a poison. This ultimately affects our relationships with other individuals, but it surely blocks our vision as well. Keep note that, harboring bitterness towards your neighbor is a sin that lead to other sins.

If you struggle with loving others, you must learn to walk “in the light.” First John 2:6 says, “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” Take a step back and view how you treat people in your life and compare those relationships with Jesus’ relationships in the Gospels.

  1. Jesus reached out to the unlovable (Luke 19:1-10).
  2. Jesus gifted a second chance to a friend who had let him down (John 18:25-27, John 21:15-19).
  3. Jesus was patient with those who questioned him (John 20::24-28).
  4. Jesus cared for the sick (Luke 5:12-16).
  5. Jesus even conversated with people whom others despised (John 4:4-42)
  6. Jesus wept with those who grieved (John 11:1-44).

Pray to God and ask for his help to love just as Jesus loved.

Brag About God

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This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me.” Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV

We have all been around someone that spent a lot of time bragging about their own accomplishments, possessions, or talents. Then it would be no mystery on why God isn’t pleased with human pride and arrogance.

When we boast about our accomplishments, about our talents and gifts, in essence we communicate a mind-set and heart attitude that what we have and what we can do are a result of our own efforts and not a result of God’s blessings. God does not want us expressing our energy letting others know about the things we have accomplished as if it was by our own hands.

Instead, God desires us to make sure our words-especially those we speak in relation to our gifts, blessings, and accomplishments-point to Him as our loving benefactor.

Lord, if I have to boast about anything in my life, let it be that I know and love You above everything in my life.

Being Optimistic About Providing Arguments For The Existence of God

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I am optimistic about the prospects of proving God’s existence. Most people tend not to know why they believe what they believe when asked, “why do you believe God exists?” or about being a Christian in general. Most Christians reply one of three ways:

1.) Because I have faith

2.) Because my parents are Christians, or

3.) Because I grew up in the church

I never wanted to be someone who can only give these answers when speaking about God and what I believe. I am hopeful that giving different arguments that help explain God’s existence will help guide me in what I know to be true. This would not only help myself, but to others I share the gospel with. 1 Peter 3:15 states, “But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you. But respond with gentleness and respect.” I am confident that if we all understand how provide evidence that concludes that “God does exist” it will bring new light to many people of belief and unbelief.

Living out Faith

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What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14, 17 NIV

The context of this passage is essential to understand. When we pick apart the words in this passage, we see a bigger picture of what the New Testament teaches about salvation. We begin to see that good works are not the means to the end of our salvation but rather the result of salvation.

It is clearly seen that we are not saved through our own works, no matter how great they may seem. Having the Spirit of God dwelling within us results from our willingness to come to Jesus Christ for salvation. Having a Spirit-filled mindset will ultimately result in good works. We must remember that our good works here on earth cannot save us for eternity and will not earn any higher favor with God. They can, however, demonstrate our faith to others and make it more real.

Relationship With God

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God of the Bible is infinite, personal, and triune. God is a fellowship of three persons. One of his primary purposes for creating humans was to display the glory of His being and attributes to extraordinary moral creatures who are competent in responding to His relational capability. Despite the fact we as humans have rebelled and sinned against the person and character of the Lord, Jesus took on the ultimate price of our guiltiness and inaugurated “a new and living way” (Hebrews 10:20) in which the barricade to having a personal relationship with God has been conquered. Our God is a personal God that loves us and wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him. We were created to not only know Him but love, enjoy and honor the triune God of all creation.

The Difference Between The False Gospel And True Gospel

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It has been claimed that “the Christ” came upon Jesus at his baptism and left him before his crucifixion. Undoubtedly, this was false and unscriptural. We need to keep in mind that this heresy is still taught by some today. We need to “test” these teachings to see if they really come from God.

  1. What is their concluding hope? Some people hope to make this world a better place. Mormons expectation are to become equal with God. Their hope is that each Mormon couple will be given their own planet to populate. Jehovah’s witness hope lies in the hope that God will come back to earth at the end of it all and establish a paradise here. They hope to live in paradise on earth. A true Christians hope is to spend eternity with Jesus Christ in heaven.
  2. What grounds this hope? Do they teach you that you can only make it to heaven if you live a great life? Do they say that you can only receive salvation by having faith in Jesus AND performing certain rituals, like baptism, keeping the Sabbath, or other works? We all must take note of “and’s.” Scripture tells us that God saved us by His grace alone when we believed in Him. We can not take credit for this; it is a free gift from God. Salvation is not rewarded for our good deeds we have done, so none can boast about it” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  3. The view of Jesus Christ? False teaching also includes what someone claims about the person of Jesus Christ. Many cults try and make their teachings more appealing to the people in the church by including Jesus in their teachings. Most will even include the word “saved” and “born again” and Jesus dying. Some will pass the first couple test but fail the final test, which is believing that Jesus was resurrected from the dead.

Any religion/cult that tries to project doubt on the Bible’s sufficiency should be rejected. Any one that states that there is another way to God outside of Christ is false. To ever state that Jesus is not the only way would be saying that Jesus lied. Any time someone reduces Jesus to “just” the son of God or just a prophet of God is mistaken. The only way to know what is false is to truly understand God’s word.

Being Faithful is Successful

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 NIV

No amount of money can increase God’s kingdom, but one man, whether he’s digging ditches or investing in stocks, can make the difference for the people he’s working with, one at a time, to build the eternal nation. When you are focused on living the life God has for you, “attending to your own business” takes on a fresh attitude, you’re minding God’s business.

In His view, to be faithful is to be successful.

The Holy Spirit Is Given To Us By God

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Ephesians 1:13-14

The Holy Spirit can be considered our “Identifier” as a Christian. Throughout scripture, we see specific reasons God gives us his Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit is a Promise. Scripture reminds us that God has promised to send the Holy Spirit to everyone who has heard the gospel’s good news and trusted Christ as Savior.

The Holy Spirit Is a Seal. The Holy Spirit serves as a mark of ownership, showing that we belong to God.

The Holy Spirit Is a Guarantee. The Holy Spirit also represents God’s pledge to bring us to our final spiritual inheritance. This word could be essentially translated as a “first installment” or “deposit,” signifying that his sealing in our lives is a foretaste of much more to come!

God gives us the Holy Spirit not only to enable us to live out the Christian life but to prove that we are precious in his sight.

Why We Can Believe In The Bible

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God is the Author. Even though the Bible was written by more than forty authors, the main fact is: All those who contributed to writing it were instruments in the hand of God. The real author of the Bible is God. Paul wrote, “All scripture is inspired by God” (2 Timothy 3:16). God spoke through different people and each one had his own style but relayed the same truth.

The Scientific Evidence points to Biblical Accuracy. We find that Archaeological findings have supported many of the complex historical passages found in the Bible. In history, the Bible has had greater documented accuracy than any other ancient literacy work (Geisler).

Even with the evidence, we must accept God’s word by faith. We all must realize and believe that the Lord’s word is perfect, trustworthy, and right (Psalm 19:7-11). God’s message to his creation will make the most heartfelt impact on your life for time and eternity.

How God Speaks

How God Speaks Today

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His own Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the world. Hebrews 1:1-2

In the old days, in the days of the prophets, God spoke in many different ways. But, these days, He has spoken to us in His “Son.”

JESUS IS THE FINAL SPEAKING OF GOD!

So many are claiming to be a prophet today when they are not. So many claim that “God” told them or that He is speaking to them when He is not. If you have to say things like “I feel” that God is speaking to me, then He isn’t. In the Old Testament, prophets knew they heard the voice of God; it was not a “feeling.” Do you want God to speak to you? Pick up your Bible!