Bitterness

Ephesians 4: 31, 32
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour,
and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving
one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Matthew 5: 23, 24
“Therefore if thou bring thy gift
to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother
hath ought against thee
; Leave there thy gift before
the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy
brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

Romans 12: 14 – 17; —“Bless them which persecute you:
bless, and curse not.  Rejoice with them that do rejoice,
and weep with them that weep.  Be of the same mind one
toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to
men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things
honest in the sight of all men.”

1 Peter 2: 20 – 24
“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

Hebrews 12: 14, 15
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which
no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man
fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness
springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”

James 2: 8; — “But the tongue can no man tame;
it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

James 2: 10
“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.
My brethren, these things ought not so to be.”

James 2: 14, 15; — “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in
your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
This wisdom descendeth not from above,
but is earthly, sensual, devilish.”

©2013 Mark Davis

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Lesson 12 – Knowing What We Believe – Lesson

Lesson 12

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KNOWING WHAT WE BELIEVE

It is extremely important that we know what we believe and why.  In this lesson we will consider the vital doctrines of the Word of God.  Doctrine simply means teaching, and we are considering what the Word of God teaches about fundamental and basic truths.  To honor the Lord, we must have convictions about these truths.  Knowing these doctrines will help stabilize your Christian life.  I recommend that you acquaint yourself with these truths.

THE BIBLE

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We believe in the Bible as the verbally (every word) and plenary (completely) inspired Word of God.  By its being inspired, we mean that the Bible is literally breathed of God.  It is God’s Word.  All portions of Scripture are equally inspired and contain no contradiction.  They are totally without error as originally given by God.  Therefore, the Scriptures are our only infallible and authoritative rule for faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 119:89).  The canon of Scripture, comprised of the sixty-six books of the Bible, is complete.  Nothing shall be added to it or taken from it (Revelation 22:18, 19).

GOD

We believe in the one Triune God.  He is personal, spirit, and sovereign. He is perfect, infinite, and eternal in His being, holiness, love, wisdom, and power.  The Godhead eternally exists in three Persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These three are one God, having the same homage, confidence, and obedience.  God is absolutely separate and above the world as its Creator; yet He is everywhere present, upholding all things (Genesis 1:1, 25; John 1:1; 14:16, 17, 26; Matthew 3:16, 17; 1 Timothy 3:16).

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1-4; John 10:30).  He became the God-man by virgin bir

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, and therefore the third Person in the Trinity.  In Acts 5:3, 4 Peter told Ananias that he had lied to the Holy Ghost; and then he said, “Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto Godth (Isaiah 7:14).  He was begotten of the Holy Spirit, not having a human father, and is true God and true man.  He is man’s only hope of salvation, having shed His precious blood on the cross for our sins (1 Peter 1:18, 19; Hebrews 9:26-28).  He died, and buried and literally rose bodily again from the dead on the third day for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  He is at the right hand of God today as our Mediator, interceding for us (1 Timothy 2;5, 6).  He will return for us, His church, the body of Christ, and take us unto Himself into Heaven (! Thessalonians 4:13 – 18).  He will set up a millennial reign on earth (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:4-6)..”  In this we see that Peter stated clearly that the Holy Spirit is God.

The Holy Spirit is a Person.  In John 16:13, 14 and in other verses, a personal pronoun is used of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 8:27 states that the Holy Spirit has a mind.  First Corinthians 2:11 reveals that the Holy Spirit has Knowledge.  Romans 15:30 speaks of “the love of the Spirit.” Also, 1 Corinthians 12:11 states that the Holy Spirit gives gifts according to His will.

From these verses we see that the Holy Spirit has these attributes of Personality:

Intellect — mind and knowledge Emotion — love Will

You see, the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is not just an influence.  He is a Person at work in the world today.

His ministry is many-fold.  I will mention some of the ministries He has had in the past and does have now.

1.     In the past.  He is the Author of the Word of God.

2 Peter 1:21 — “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

2.     In the past.  He took part in creation.

Genesis 1:2 — ” . . . And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

3.     Today the Holy Spirit indwells the body of the believer.

1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 — ” What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

1 Corinthians 3:16, 17 — “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy, for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

4.     Today the Holy Spirit performs the following ministries:

a.     Conviction in the hearts of the unsaved to bring them to Christ (John 16:8-11 — The word reprove in John 16:8 means convict).

b.     Regeneration of the believer (John 3:5, 6; Titus 3:5).

c.     Baptism of the believer into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13).

d.     Sealing of the believer — making each believer eternally secure (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).

e.     Teaching the believer the truths of the Word of God (John 14:26; John 16:13; 1 John 2:27).

f.     Sanctifying by developing holy fruit in the life of the yielded believer (Galatians 5:22, 23).

g.     Empowering the believer for service (Acts 1:8).

h.     Filling the believer to live and serve the Lord with power and blessing (Ephesians 5:18).

To live to the glory of God, every believer should rely on  the power of the Holy Spirit.  We need to know the truth concerning Him and then rely on His power.

MAN

The Bible teaches that all men are sinners, that they are, by nature and by choice, sinful.  Man, who was created by a direct act of God, made in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27), fell in sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3).  Because Adam — the father of the human race — fell, all humanity has been born with a sinful nature.  The only One ever born of woman who held no sin is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Sin and death passed upon all men.

Romans 5:12 — “Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

Therefore, mankind is universally sinful.

Romans 3:23 — “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Read also Romans 3:9-12, Isaiah 53:6, and Ecclesiastes 7:20.

Because of his sin, man is alienated from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18) and is outside the family of God (Ephesians 2:12).  Unsaved men abide under the wrath of God (John 3:36) and are unable to save themselves.

SALVATION

The Bible teaches that salvation is by God’s grace through the believer’s faith and is without works.

Ephesians 2:8, 9 — “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.”

Titus 3:5 — “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

Salvation is a free gift (Romans 6:23) and cannot be merited or secured by man in any way except by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 3:19-24).  Salvation was purchased by the blood of Christ.

I Peter 1:18, 19 — “For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

Hebrews 9:22 — “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

In Christ, believers have eternal life as a present possession and are justified before God.  Believers are sons in the family of God (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1).  The saved are eternally secure in Christ (John 6:37; 10:27-30; 1 Peter 1:5).

When a person is saved, he is a new creation.  His salvation affects his whole life and personality (2 Corinthians 5:17).

SATAN

The Bible reveals Satan to be a person, actively at work in the world today.  He is the great adversary of God and His people.  Satan is the leader of all evil angels and spirits.  He is recognized in the Bible as:

a.     Satan — Revelation 12:9

b.     The Devil — Revelation 12:9

c.     The adversary of believers — 1 Peter 5:8

d.     The god of this world — 2 Corinthians 4:4

e.     The prince of the power of the air — Ephesians 2:2

f.     The prince of this world — John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11

As a believer, you will be wise to recognize the reality and power of Satan. Thank God, though he is powerful, he is not all powerful, Satan was defeated and judged at the cross; therefore, his eternal doom is certain and believers can have victory over him.  Satan can come either as a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8) or as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).  The saved are able to overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, by the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11), and by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 John 4:4).

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

God’s people should live holy lives with good works, not to bring salvation, but because of salvation.  The good works of a Christian should be the normal fruit of a saved life (Ephesians 2:10).

HEAVEN AND HELL

The Bible teaches there is a place called Heaven for the saved and a placed called Hell for the lost.

Matthew 25:46 — “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

Luke 16:22, 23 — “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom:  the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, . . . “

FUTURE EVENTS

The Bible teaches that at the close of the church age, the Lord Jesus will descend from Heaven to call out the believers.

1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 — “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

This event is called the Rapture and could take place at any time.  At the rapture, Christ does not set His feet upon the earth, but comes in the clouds to call the Christians home with Him to Heaven.  Following the Rapture there will be the seven-year period of tribulation, the worst conditions ever to exist on earth.  After seven years the Lord Jesus will return with His saints to set up His millennial reign.  These two appearances of the Lord are delineated in Titus 2:13 —

“Looking for that blessed hope [the Rapture], and the glorious appearing [Christ’s coming with His saints] of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

The Lord Jesus will reign as King for 1000 years.

Revelation 20:6b — ” . . . but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

The Bible teaches there will be a resurrection of the saved and a resurrection of the unsaved.  The saved are raised to life and the unsaved to eternal doom (John 5:29; Daniel 12:2).

It is the responsibility of Christians to be watching for the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Titus 2:13 — Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

Mark 13:35 — Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning.”

Hebrews 9:28 — “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

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Lesson 12

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ASSIGNMENTS

1.     Memorize 2 Timothy 3:16, 17

2.     Read Romans 1 — 8

For lessons 12 and 13 our assignment will be to read through Romans. Someone has said that Romans is a little Bible presenting a complete message of salvation and the Christian life.     Under section 2 of “NOTES” on a separate sheet, please record truths you find concerning doctrines from your reading of Romans 1 — 8.

3.     Answer the following questions in your own words:

1.     How did God give His Word? (2 Peter 1:20, 21)

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2.     Note the three persons in the Godhead from Matt. 3:16, 17.

a. _____________________________________________________________

b. _____________________________________________________________

c. _____________________________________________________________

What do these verses indicate concerning the working together of each member of the Trinity?

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3.     List at least four truths concerning Jesus Christ, the Word, from John 1:1-14.

a. _____________________________________________________________

b. _____________________________________________________________

c. _____________________________________________________________

d. _____________________________________________________________

4.     What is the lost man’s condition according to Ephesians 2:1-3?

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b. _____________________________________________________________

c. _____________________________________________________________

d. _____________________________________________________________

5.     Salvation comes by God’s _______________ and through man’s _______________________ (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

6.     What part do works have in our salvation? (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

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7.     What two things are mutually exclusive? (Romans 11:6)

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8.     Give the descriptive names of Satan as found in Revelation 12:7-12.

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b. _____________________________________________________________

c. _____________________________________________________________

d. _____________________________________________________________

e. _____________________________________________________________

9.     Give some truths about Hell found in Luke 16:19-31.

a. _____________________________________________________________

b. _____________________________________________________________

c. _____________________________________________________________

d. _____________________________________________________________

e. _____________________________________________________________

f.  _____________________________________________________________

10.     When does a believer go to Heaven? (2 Corinthians 5:8)

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11.     What will happen at the Judgment Seat of Christ? (2 Corinthians 5:10)

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12.     What should the truth of the second coming of Christ do for us as believers? (1 John 3:2, 3)

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NOTES

1.     A blessing I received each day as I read in Romans 1 — 8:

Day 1 — Romans 1 __________________________________

Day 2 — Romans 2 __________________________________

Day 3 — Romans 3 __________________________________

Day 4 — Romans 4 __________________________________

Day 5 — Romans 5 — 6 _______________________________

Day 6 — Romans 7 __________________________________

Day 7 — Romans 8 __________________________________

2.     Notes on doctrines which we believe that I found as I read these eight chapters of Romans:

1.     The Bible ______________________________________

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2.     God __________________________________________

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3.     The Lord Jesus Christ ______________________________

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4.     The Holy Spirit __________________________________

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5.     Man __________________________________________

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6.     Salvation _______________________________________

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7.     Satan _________________________________________

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8.     The Christian Life _________________________________

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9.     Heaven and Hell __________________________________

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10.    Future Events ___________________________________

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©2012 Mark Davis

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Lesson 10 – Facing Problems And Dangers – Lesson

Lesson 10

FACING PROBLEMS AND DANGERS

Many new Christians have the idea: “Now that I am saved, all my problems are over.”  Nothing could be farther than the truth.  Satan hates to see anyone saved, and he has now become your enemy.  He wants to defeat you spiritually and keep you from being a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.  These are big dangers in your Christian life.

Every Christian must recognize the dangers he will face, and then he will know better how to meet them.  It is like traveling on an unfamiliar road and being warned of washouts, detours, and roadblocks.  So there are certain obstacles, dangers, and pitfalls which can cause a new Christian to be hindered in his growth in this new life.

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God wants us ready to face the dangers.  John Bunyan, in his Pilgrim’s Progress, tells of showing Christian the “armoury” and the equipment to stand against danger.

“The next day they took him and had him into the armoury; where they showed him all manner of furniture, which their Lord had provided for Pilgrims:  as sword, shield, helmet, breastplate, all-prayer and shoes that would not wear out.  And there was here enough of this to harness out as many men for the service of their Lord as there be stars in the heaven for multitude.”

DANGERS THE CHRISTIAN WILL FACE

You will experience persecution.

Many times this truth seems a strange truth to new Christians.  Why would anyone want to persecute someone who wants to live for the Lord and do right?  It does sound strange, does it not?  But the fact is, that is exactly what will happen.  Because you decide to live godly, there will be those who will do all in their power to harass you.

Paul promised it in 2 Timothy 3:12 — “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

Again he promised in Philippians 1:29 — “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.”

After one is saved there are those who will mock and make fun of the new convert.  Sometimes it is a family, or it may be friends, or it can be associates at work.  They watch the new Christian and endeavor to discourage him by making fun of him.

Don’t ever let this discourage you.  Derision of a Christian is to be expected. Jesus promised that believers would face persecution.

John 15:19, 20 — “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you.  The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”

The Lord Jesus gave the beatitudes in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-9).  He gave seven blessings to the believer:

1.     “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

2.     “Blessed are they that mourn.”

3.     “Blessed are the meek.”

4.     “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteous-ness.”

5.     “Blessed are the merciful.”

6.     “Blessed are the pure in heart.”

7.     “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Then immediately after announcing these seven blessings, He adds, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (v. 10).  The Lord is saying that the person who walks with Him and receives the first seven blessings can be sure there will be persecution.  These blessings are entirely different from anything the world knows.  The world would never say, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Neither would the world say, “Blessed are they that mourn.”  This philosophy is cross-grained to anything the world offers.  Therefore, the believer can expect to encounter some persecution because he is living exactly to the world’s ideology and philosophy.

The early church experienced persecution.

Acts 4:1-3 — “And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them.  Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.  And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.”

Acts 4:18-21 — “And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John answered and said unto them,  Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.  For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.  So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.”

Acts 5:41 — “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicig that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”

Acts 8:1 — “. . .  And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.”

So, you see, the Bible teaches that persecution can be expected in the life of a believer.  Often such persecution comes because of ignorance or lack of understanding.  The Christian should not allow such persecution to discourage or defeat him.

It will be a normal thing for the unsaved of the world not to understand and to put pressure on us for our faith.  The early church faced great trial and persecution with rejoicing, blessing and victory.

I Peter 4:14 — “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”

When loved ones and friends do reproach you for your faith in Jesus Christ, we suggest the following reactions:

1.      Have love and understanding.

2.     Have a definite concern and burden for them because of their lost condition and their inability to understand.

3.     Pray for yourself that you will use good wisdom in the way you treat them and handle the situation.

4.     Pray for them with wisdom and concern fore their spiritual condition.

You face an expert enemy.

The Bible teaches there is a personal devil who will do all in his power to defeat us.  He will attack us, and he longs to have victory over us.

I Peter 5:8 — “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

He may come as a roaring lion, or he may come as an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11:14 —  “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

When he comes as an angel of light, Satan is using his lying technique to deceive.  God’s Word says he is the father of lies.

John 8:44 — “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

Revelation 20:10a — “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, . . . “

Satan is:

1.     The god of this world.

2 Corinthians 4:4 — “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

As the god of this world, Satan does all in his power to keep folks from hearing and believing the Gospel for salvation.  He endeavored to keep you from being saved and will do the same for others.

2.     The resister who will fight the believer.

2 Corinthians 2:11 — “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

This verse presents Satan as a cunning fighter, using every technique he can find to defeat the believer.

3.     The adversary who accuses the brethren.

Revelation 12:10, 12 — “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven.  Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night . . . for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

4.     The enemy that opposes all that is of God.

Matthew 13:38, 39 — “. . . but the tares are the children of the wicked one: The enemy that sowed them is the devil . . .”

Ephesians 6:12 —  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

5.     The tempter that lures us to sin.

I Thessalonians 3:5 — “For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labor be in vain.”

Satan will trouble us as long as we live.  He works on our minds to influence us.  This is the reason we need to have “the renewing” of our minds as mentioned in Romans 12:2.  To have victory, we must have our minds under the control of the Lord.

Philippians 4:8 is a good rule for us so that we can have mind control.

Philippians 4:8 — “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue,  and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

HOW TO HAVE VICTORY OVER SATAN

James 4:7 — “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

I Peter 5:8, 9a — “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist steadfast in the faith, . . .”

RESIST!  That means to say, “NO!”  We can resist him only if we submit to God.  We say “NO!” to the devil in the power of the Lord.  The idea of resisting is to withstand or stand against.  The Greek word for resist is the word from which we get our word antihistamine.  An individual has a cold with watering eyes and running nose.  He takes a dose of antihistamine. That drug stands against the cold, dries up the tissue, and does not allow the cold to be in control.  So it is with us as we meet the devil.  We must stand against his attacks.

In any possible temptation or problem we should ask, “Will this please God, or will it please Satan?”  In every case, Satan’s will is opposite the will of God.  Therefore, no born-again child of God should have any question. He should not want to please Satan.  We must live to please God and to bring glory to His name.

A Very Important Verse

I Corinthians 10:31 — “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

Years ago, as a new Christian, I took this as my life verse.  If we obey this verse, our problems will be solved concerning Satan’s attacks.

You must face a sinful world.

I John 2:15-17 — “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the word. And the work passeth away, and the lust thereof” but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Please note that these verses do the following:

1.   Command believers not to love the world.

2.   State that if a believer loves the world, he does not have the love of the Father in him.

3.   Reveal that the “world” is the world system.

The world of which the Bible speaks is not the created world.  It is the system of the world that is contrary to the Word of God.

God created the world and declared all that He created was good.  When sin entered into the world, immediately Satan went about to destroy all that was moral and good and right.  Even the material world is marred by the entrance of sin into the universe.  But the Bible word World means more than that.  This world is the world created by men; the business world, the educational world, the societies of the world, the governments of the world, the world civilization, and the manner of life of the world.  This sis the world system.  It is opposed to God, for Satan is the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4).  So completely is the world under the control of Satan that 1 John 5:19 states, “the whole world lieth in wickedness.”

This world system is the enemy of the Christian.

James 4:4 —“Ye adulterers and addulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

Therefore, you can know that the world system is designed to defeat you in your Christian life.  This world makes great demands upon our time and energy.  It will get us involved in making money, striving for success, seeking for comfort and security.   When these become our chief interests, we will not be happy, victorious, fruitful Christians.

Jesus warned:

Luke 21:34 — “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.”

We must be on guard against this enemy, the world, and its temptations. We must protect our children and our homes from the influence of the world.  We need to obey Romans 12:2 — “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

You face decisions in your Christian life.

1.     Decisions Concerning Your Participation in the World

Today strange things are taking place in the so-called Christian world. There are those who claim to be saved but who go right on living as the world lives.  For example, there are certain individuals today who are played up as outstanding Christians, but who play in night clubs on Saturday night and preach in churches on Sunday.  Recently, I saw a picture of a well-known sports figure who claims widely to be a Christian; and in the picture, it showed him drinking beer.  Later I read in the newspaper that he was being tried for a case of drunken driving.  This type of Christianity is alien to the Word of God.

You will have to decide that you are going to live differently than the world lives, differently than you did before you were saved.  This means you will need to make decisions about what is helpful toyour spiritual life and what is a hindrance.  I personally believe that a Christian should be outwardly different from the world by:

a.     Not using foul language.

b.     Not reading pornographic material.

c.     Not participating in, telling, or listening to sensuous, filthy jokes.

d.     Not attending Hollywood movies.

e.     Not using alcoholic beverages of any kind.

f.     Not hurting the body by smoking or the use of drugs.

The above is by no means a complete list.  You need to determine that whatever you do will be done to glorify God (I Corinthians 10:31).

2.     Decisions About Your Companions

a.     Be careful about your companions.  They will have a great influence on you.

I Corinthians 15:33 — “Be not deceived; evil communications [companions] corrupt good manners.”

b.     Be careful about lifting people above the Lord.

Many times new Christians begin to exalt certain individuals in their thinking.  A believer can make a mistake by putting even a good Christian on a pedestal and beginning to look at that individual as a model.  You must remember, however, that even the best Christian still has a fleshly nature.  He may stumble and fall and really disappoint you.

If you will determine you are going to look only to Jesus, you will find much greater victory in your life.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
— Mrs. Helen H. Lemmuel, 1864 – 1961

You face an enemy within — the flesh.

The “flesh” is that sinful nature that remains with the believer.  A child of God has a new nature through the new birth.  But he still has the old flesh nature.

Galatians 5:17 —“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

In Galatians 5:19-21 Paul identifies the works of the flesh, and in verses 22 and 23 he identifies the fruit of the Spirit.  You and I need to pray and long for the fruit of the Spirit to be manifested in our lives. That fruit is nine-fold:  love, joy, peace,  longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

These nine aspects of the fruit in the life of the believer can be divided into three sections:

1.   Our inner man — love, joy, peace.

2.   Our relationship to others — longsuffering, gentleness, goodness.

3.   Our relationship to God — faith, meakness, temperance.

Galatians 5:16 instructs us that if we will walk in the Spirit, with this fruit of the Spirit being manifested in our lives, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

We need to recognize that one of the biggest enemies we face is ourselves and our fleshly desires.

You will meet trials that will test you.

Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33a

Some new Christians have the idea that when a person accepts Christ, he will not have any more problems.  Oh, no! The devil, the world, and the flesh are still active.  They will do what they can to stop a believer.  Trials, testing, and tribulations will come.

What should you do?

1.     Realize that God has not forsaken you.  He permits testings to come in any life.  These testings are to be used to make us stronger.

Remember: Trials should make us better, not bitter.

2.     Recognize that God has a purpose in the testings.

Romans 8:28 — “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

3.     Rest in the Lord.

Psalm 37:1 — “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.”

The Lord wants us to trust Him.  He stands ready to meet every need. First Peter 5:7 gives excellent advice in this regard: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

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Lesson 10

ASSIGNMENTS

1.     Memorize 1 Peter 5:8.  We suggest you also memorize Philippians 1:6.

2.     Read First and Second Peter.  Please Note references to our spiritual growth under “NOTES” on a separate page.

3.     Answer the following questions in your own words:

1.     How did the early church face their persecutions? (Acts 4:13, 18 – 20; 5:41)

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2.     What should we ask for when we are scoffed at and mocked? (Acts 4:29)

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3.     What must we do, regardless of the persecution of others? (Acts 5:28, 29)

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4.     How did Moses endure when he could have looked to men for encouragement? (Hebrews 11:27)

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5.     To whom should we look for our example? (Hebrews 12:2)

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6.     In what manner did we walk before we were saved? (Ephesians 2:2)

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7.     Who has control of this world system? (1 John 5:19; 2 Corinthians 4:4)

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8.     What are the three main aspects of worldliness? (1 John 2:15, 16)

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9.     What do we need in order to stand against Satan’s wiles? (Ephesians 6:11)

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10.    What word is used three times in Ephesians 6:13, 14 in defense against Satan?

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11.    Name three important parts of our armor. (Ephesians 6:16, 17)

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12.    Briefly list the glorious promises we can claim in the midst of every trial and test.

Hebrews 13:5, 6

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1 Corinthians 10:13

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James 1:2, 12

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Philippians 4:7

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1 Peter 1:5 — 7

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NOTES

1.     A blessing I received each day as I read First and Second Peter:

Day 1 — 1 Peter 1  __________________________________

Day 2 — 1 Peter 2  __________________________________

Day 3 — 1 Peter 3  __________________________________

Day 4 — 1 Peter 4 — 5  _______________________________

Day 5 — 2 Peter 1  __________________________________

Day 6 — 2 Peter 2  __________________________________

Day 7 — 2 Peter 3  __________________________________

2.     Below I note all of the references I found in First and Second Peter concerning our spiritual growth:

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Lesson 9

Philippians 4:7

Philippians 4:7

KNOWING THE WAY OF VICTORY

The Lord wants us to know the victory that can be ours daily.  He has already made that victory possible for each saved person.  It should be our daily experience to walk in victory.  By victory we mean that we live with a testimony of God’s grace in spite of temptation, a rejoicing in trials, and a deliverance from sins and habits that hinder us.  There are three basic things we must do so that we may walk in that victory.

THREE “R’s” TO REMEMBER

Rejoice in the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:16 — “Rejoice evermore.”

Philippians 4:4 — “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

Joy is a certain sign of victory and strength in our Christian lives.  It should be the norm in every Christian life.

Nehemiah 8:10 — “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”

You may not always have this joy.  All of us experience “down” times when discouragement and doubt may move in.  These times do not rob you of your salvation, for salvation was settled for eternity when you accepted Christ.  God never gave us salvation to take it away from us every time we do something wrong.  Our salvation is never in question or doubt with God when we have one of these “down” times.

When the joy of the Lord is not present as it should be, there is always a reason.  It could be due to a physical condition.  When the body or mind or both become weary or are under great pressure, we will probably lose our joy.  Or it may be that sin is present in our lives.  This is most often the reason that we have lost our joy.  Joy is produced in the Christian’s life by the indwelling Holy Spirit.  When we sin or quench or retard His ministry through us, joy cannot be produced.  We must confess that sin have the joy restored by the Lord Himself (1 John 1:9; Psalm 51:2, 3, 8 — 10).

To keep the joy and strength of your salvation:

1.   Keep a close fellowship and relationship with God (1 John 1:7 –9).

2.   Confess sin as soon as it is realized in your heart (Psalm 32:1 — 5).

3.   Never look at your immediate situation from the human stand-point, but keep your eyes upon Christ, who gives the ability to conquer situations of life, keeping in mind Philippians 4:13.  If we have our eyes upon situations and circumstances of life, we will have our joy replaced by fear, worry and distrust (Philippians 4:4, 6 — 8; Psalms 5:11; 63:7).

Recognize the old nature.

Before you were saved, you had nothing but the old sinful nature (Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:8, 9; Galatians 5:16, 17).  As soon as you accepted Christ as your Saviour, you received a new nature.  This new nature is literally Christ in you, the implanting of the divine nature, which is the presence of the Holy Spirity, and the indwelling of the Trinity (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10; 1 John 3:9, 10).

Therefore, to understand yourself properly, you need to realize that as a Christian you now have two natures.  You have the nature of sin which you received at the time of your birth, and you have the nature of Christ which became yours at the time of your salvation.  In a sense, you have become a dual personality with two natures.  You have the nature of Christ which became yours at the time of your salvation.  In a sense, you have become a dual personality with two natures present in you, and this affects your thinking and actions.

Your experience will be that the old nature with which you were born tries to get you away from God and Christian activities.  It tries to get you to continue in the old life and the sin of the past.  It tries to make you self-centered and to squelch all spiritual activities such as praying, reading your Bible, testifying to others, and going to church.  This sinful nature cannot please God (Romans 8:7, 8).

At the same time, the new nature is tugging at your thoughts and urging you to let your life and activities be Christ-centered.  It invites you to fill your life with Christ, to live a yielded, joyful life of obedience.

In the midst of this, a tremendous battle is taking place.  In Romans 7 Paul speaks much about this experience.  Then the conflict of the Christians  is spoken of in Galatians 5:17.  It is well for you to realize that these two natures will always be present in your life.  It is for you to determine which nature will have the control over you.  It is really up to you. (Note Romans 8:5 –13.)  God has given us the answer very clearly in Galatians 5:16.  We must walk in the Spirit, which means to walk yielded to the Holy Spirit, to mind the things of the Spirit.  It is like feeding two pairs of horses on opposite ends of a wagon.  The wagon represents our lives; the horses represent the flesh and the spirit natures.  We cannot feed both natures and expect to have victory.  We must starve the old nature and feed the new nature.  Thus our yieldedness to the Holy Spirit is very important.

The activities of the old nature are mentioned in Galatians 5:19 –21; the character of the new nature is mentioned in Galatians 5:22, 23.  As a new Christian, you must let the new nature of Christ take over the controls of your life right now and walk daily in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Respond to God’s victory for you.

How good to be on the winning side!  As soon as we accept Christ, we are on the winning side.  Christian friend, you are right now on that winning side.  In the greatest contest ever fought, we, as Christians, were represented by Christ.  There on the cross Christ came out victorious for us.  There on the cross the forces of sin, death, Hell and the grave were defeated.  There the archenemy of our souls, Satan was defeated.  Yet to look at some Christians, you would think that they were on the losing side.  They have no victory in their lives;  They lack any enthusiasm for the Lord.  God’s people should be an overcoming, victorious people.  Paul spoke often of that victory which is to be ours NOW.  It is wise for us to note Romans 8:37; 2 Corinthians 2:14; I Corinthians 15:57; and 1 John 5:4.

How do we get that life of victory in Christ?  It is already ours in position in Him.  He is our Victory (Ephesians 6:10).  It is not a matter of working toward a victory, but walking in a victory already secured by the power of the Lord.  In Him we have already won the battle.  No matter how dark you circumstances or environment may be, you can rejoice for you already belong to the Winner’s side.  The previously mentioned verses make this very plain.  It is our portion to rejoice in His victory (Philippians 4:4).

What will be the results of a victorious Christian life?  One will be personal contentment.  You will have a joy and stability which will even affect your daily life and personality.  Then you will be a source of challenge and blessing to others.  A victorious Christian is always a blessing to others.  Your life can be contagious to others.  Lastly, you will be a better witness for Christ if you are a victorious Christian who walks in His power.  The success of the early churches was primarily due to the fact that the individuals who composed them had a quality of victory and power in the Lord that attracted others.  This we can have today (2 Peter 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 6:10 — 18).

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Lesson 9

Philippians 4:7

Philippians 4:7

ASSIGNMENTS

1.     Memorize 1 Corinthians 10:13.  We suggest that you also memorize 1 John 1:9.

2.     Read John 15 — 21.  Now read John 8:14.  Please note the references where Jesus Christ is presented as the Son of God Please record your findings under “NOTES” on a separate page.

3.     Answer the following questions in your own words:

1.     What is God’s will for us? (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

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2.     Outline or list the things necessary for joy in the Christian life according to Philippians 4:6 — 8.

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3.     What is it that usually destroys our rejoicing in the Lord, His Word, and salvation? (Isaiah 59:1, 2; Psalm 51:3).

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4.     What were you born with? (Romans 5:19a; 7:17 — 23)

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5.     What happened in your life when you were saved?  What did you receive? (2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Peter 1:4)

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6.     To whom do I need to yield in order to have victory over the old nature? (Romans 6:13)

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7.     What was Paul’s testimony? (Philippians 4:13)

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8.     How can we have the victory that is needed in our daily lives? (1 John 5:4)

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9.     Where is the place of victory? (1 Corinthians 15:57)

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10.    Is there something that I can do to have that victory? (Psalm 37:4, 5)

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NOTES

1.     A blessing I received each day as I read John 15 — 21:

Day 1 — John 15 _____________________________________

Day 2 — John 16 _____________________________________

Day 3 — John 17 _____________________________________

Day 4 — John 18 _____________________________________

Day 5 — John 19 _____________________________________

Day 6 — John 20 _____________________________________

Day 7 — John 21 _____________________________________

2.     Promises in God’s Word concerning joy in my life:

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3.     Below I note all of the references I found in John 15 –21

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ENTERING INTO YOUR PRIVILEGES

1.   Memorize Romans 8:23.   Also, we suggest you memorize John 1:12.

2.   Read John 8 — 14.  Note at least one reference per chapter that reveals Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  Record this information under “NOTES” on a separate page.

3.   Answer the following questions in your own words:

1.   What has Christ shared with us as His friends? (John 15: 15c)

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2.   According to John 15: 16, what has Christ chosen for us as His friends?

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3.   What is our relationship as sons? (Galatians 4: 6, 7)

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4.   Name three or four things the Holy Spirit does for us. (John 16: 13, 14)

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5.   What is our right before God since Christ is our High Priest and Advocate? (Hebrews 4: 15, 16)

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6.   What encouragement does God give about our labor? (I Corinthians 15: 58)

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7.   How are we to labor for the Lord? (I Corinthians 15: 58)

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8.   List the order of events in 1 Thessalonians 4: 14 – 17.

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NOTES:

1.   A blessing I received each day as I read John 8 — 14:

Day 1 — John 8 ______________________________________

Day 2 — John 9 ______________________________________

Day 3 — John 10 _____________________________________

Day 4 — John 11 _____________________________________

Day 5 — John 12 _____________________________________

Day 6 — John 13 _____________________________________

Day 7 — John 14 _____________________________________

2.   People to whom I have witnessed this past week:

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3.   My check list on my personal spiritual growth:

1.   Am I taking time daily in the Word of God?

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2.   Am I spending time daily in prayer?

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3.   Have I been faithful in witnessing to others?

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4.    Have I begun tithing on a regular basis?

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5.   Do I give offerings beyond my tithe to the Lord’s work?

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4.   Below I note all of the references I found in John 8 — 14 revealing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God:

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WHAT THE PRIVILEGES ARE

We are His sons.

1 John 3:1, 2 – “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God…”

John 1:12 – “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

God the Father is truly our Father, and we are to enter into the position of “sons” in a definite way. What potential to be His son! This speaks of a son-ship relationship to be entered into by faith (cf. Romans 8:14-17).

We are Christ’s honored friends.

John 15:15 – “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knowest not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

What an intimate relationship! It is with a friend that we feel at home and can share the most intimate things about our lives. The joys, sorrows, cares, blessings – yea, every aspect of our lives – must be shared with Christ. Learn to bring everything to Him.

We have the Comforter – the Holy Spirit.

John 14:16, 17 – “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth…”

The word Comforter is the Greek word Paraclete, which means one called alongside to help. The Holy Spirit has been given to help us in every trial and circumstance.

The Holy Spirit indwells us as believers and is always present to meet our needs.

1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 – “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

We have a personal teacher – the Holy Spirit.

John 14:26 – “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Praise God, the Holy Spirit will teach us.

1 John 2:27 – “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth within you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

In 1 John 2:27 the “anointing” is referring to the Holy Spirit’ s ministry in our lives. Is our teacher and will make the Word of God a reality to us. We must daily believe that the Holy Spirit will teach us, guide us, lead us, and keep us close to Christ.

We have an advocate before God.

1 John 2:1, 2 – “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And the is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

An advocate is one who pleads our case. Praise God, today our Lord Jesus Christ is at the right hand of God pleading our case before the Father.

Colossians 3:1 – “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”

Hebrews 7:25 – “Wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

Satan has access before God to accuse us.

Revelation 12:9, 10 – “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven… for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

Job 1:6 – 11 — “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them… Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for naught?  Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house… But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath and he will curse the to thy face.”

Praise God, when Satan comes before God to accuse us, we have Christ, our High Priest, seated at God’s right hand to be our Advocate before the Father, and thus to plead our case.  The reason that we are kept, never to be lost again, is that we have Him as our Advocate.  We can confess sin as children of God and continue to walk with the Lord, knowing that He, as our Advocate, is pleading for us before the throne of God.

The Holy Spirit indwells us and cares for God’s interest in us.  The Lord Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God and cares for our interests before the Father.  Christ pleads our case and our cause when we fall into sin.  He is our able Representative before the Father’s throne.  Thus we have the blessed privilege of immediately confessing sin and knowing His cleansing and continued fellowship.  He paid the price for our sins and does cleanse.

I John 1:9 — “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

We have personal promises.

2 Peter 1:4 — “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: That by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

By claiming the seven promises listed below (and many more we cannot list), we enter into the power of the divine nature upon our lives.  Thus we can experience God’s victory in daily life.  We must try these and prove them in daily application.

1.  His sustaining power in temptation and trials (I Corinthians 10:13; James 1:2 – 12)

2.  His continual presence (Hebrews 13:5, 6)

3.  His sufficient grace (2 Corinthians 12:9)

4.  His promised work in our lives (Philippians 1:6; 2:13)

5.  His promised good for our lives (Romans 8:28, 32)

6.  His promised security for all of life — eternal security of the believer (John 6:37; 10:27, 28; 5:24)

7.  His promise of daily victory (2 Corinthians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:57)

We have the promise of reward in labor.

I Corinthians 15:58 — “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Isaiah 40:10 — “Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.”

Colossians 3:24 — “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

Every Christian can rejoice that in the midst of labor for the Lord God will reward the faithful servant.  He calls for our faithfulness, but He also promises the remuneration of service (2 Corinthians 5:10).  Someday we will all stand before Him at the “judgment seat of Christ” to receive reward or loss, according to what we have done in our bodies since our loving God will reward such service (1 Corinthians 3:14).  One day we will stand before the throne of Christ and will cast our crowns (rewards) at His feet (Revelation 4:10).  What a privilege that will be!  Therefore, what we are doing in this life for His glory is very important (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:11 – 15).

We know He is coming again for His own.

John 14:3 — “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also.”

Today Christ is in Heaven, interceding for us and preparing a place for us. He is coming again to take us to be with Him.  The Christian has the hope of going into Christ’s presence either because of death or because of the soon return of the Saviour for His own. (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21 – 23.)  Physical death should have no terror for the saved; it is the portal into God’s presence.  It is a joyful privilege and a blessed responsibility to lead others to Christ!

1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 — “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

In the two verses quoted above we see that at His coming, Christ will raise the believers who have died and will translate the living believers to be with the Lord.  Verse eighteen then states that this truth of His coming again should be a comfort to every believer.   First Thessalonians 5 continues with the truth of His coming again.  Verse eleven again states that believers should be comforted and edified with this truth.

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