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This article was written by Chuck Anderson and published in the Discovery World and reproduced on ChristiansAreUs.com with permission from Chuck personally. Discovery World is provided on a free-will offering basis.  If you would like copies for your friends, or would be willing to help distribute Discovery World to doctor’s offices, hospitals, nursing homes, military bases, college and high school campuses, restaurants, motels and truck stops, neighborhoods and many other places, please call the Editor, Chuck Anderson, at (303)564-7581 or email him at DiscoveryNews1@aol.com. Mailing services are also available.
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©2015 Mark Davis

Good News For A Bad News World

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Good News For A Bad News World!

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This article was written by Chuck Anderson and published in the Discovery World and reproduced on ChristiansAreUs.com with permission from Chuck personally. Discovery World is provided on a free-will offering basis.  If you would like copies for your friends, or would be willing to help distribute Discovery World to doctor’s offices, hospitals, nursing homes, military bases, college and high school campuses, restaurants, motels and truck stops, neighborhoods and many other places, please call the Editor, Chuck Anderson, at (303)564-7581 or email him at DiscoveryNews1@aol.com. Mailing services are also available.
Donations for this ministry will enable them to translate Discovery World into foreign languages and make them available all over the world.
©2014 Mark Davis

		

Can God Really Forget Your Sins?

In response to a question from a reader:

“This question is off topic…but what do you think this verse means?”

Hebrews 8:12
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness,
and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

“Do you think it’s bad to go as far to say that when God sees us, He doesn’t see any of our sin and only views us as perfect and righteous?”

This is a great question and one that many people mistranslate much of the time.

The reason I say this is that there are also other scriptures that back this up but also clarify it more, to the point that it changes what it looks like it says in this scripture.

(Hebrews 10:16-17; Psalms 25:7; Psalms 65:3; Isaiah 43:25; Isaiah 44:22; Jeremiah 33:8; Jeremiah 50:20; Micah 7:19; Acts 13:38-39; Romans 11:27; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; 1 John 1:7-9; 1 John 2:1-2; Revelation 1:5)

The actual thought behind this statement is this: God the Son – Jesus – came to earth, shed His blood as the perfect sacrifice to forgive our sins, once and for all, and we as Christians have chosen to accept that sacrifice as payment for our sins. That being the case, the fact becomes that Jesus’ blood has enveloped and covered our sins so that it appears that they never happened, in God’s sight.  Once we have been saved, we are saved for eternity – we can NEVER lose His salvation.

Think about this:
If we sin, God sees it. He sees us on the very inside of our souls and sees every sin that we have ever done or ever will do. Since God is omniscient, He knows everything.

Can God forget something to the point that He can’t see it ever again? Since He created man and we are fallible; even though we have asked Jesus to come into our heart and His blood has forgiven and cleansed us of all of our past sins.  At that point, in God’s redemptive eyes, we have never sinned and are therefore perfect in His sight making us, because of Jesus’ blood, worthy of entering Heaven (since there can be no sin in heaven).

Did those sins disappear? NO! We can still remember them. We remember what we did, what it was like when we did it, how we felt and we may even have a propensity of committing that sin again (or one like it).

Can God, now, not see any of that? Yes. Because He knows us better than a brother knows us or our best friend. Being fallible, we have the ability to root up that memory of that action (sin); He doesn’t wipe our memory clean. Even if God had forgotten all of our sins prior to our salvation, if we remember that sin after that, God would know of that sin again.

It is just impossible for God to forget our sins to the point that it appears to Him as though we never sinned. He knows that we are “blood-bought”, “born again”, fallible Christians.

He knows that we have sinned but He also sees Christ in our lives and says, “Since you know My Son, you can come into Heaven.” Jesus has become our door pass into the Party of the Universe!

Remember that I said that Jesus’ blood forgives all of our sins up to that point – the point of salvation?

What happens to the sins that we will inevitably commit after that?

Won’t that then make us dirty in God’s sight and unable to enter Heaven? Yes, and No. We will be dirty but since we still have Jesus in our lives, and the Holy Spirit dwelling within us; we will still be allowed entrance to Heaven.

Does that then give us a free pass to commit any sin we want after we are “saved”? NO! The whole chapter of Romans 6 talks about that.

What happens to the sins that we commit after we are saved?

Wow, that is a whopper of a question. The sins that we committed prior to salvation had, and still have, their consequences.  Even so, sin also has its consequences after we are saved and, if it results (or resulted) in some other consequence, regardless if it is physical, emotional or even judgmental (earthly).

Some of our sins are not seen by other people, maybe they were just a thought, but God sees them and so you are sinning against Him.

Much like the earthly courts, we will also stand before Jesus and face accountability for our unrepentant sins and our actions, whether right or wrong (1 Corinthians 3:1-11). Because of the verses before indicating that God remembers them no more, I believe that the judgment that the believers will face will be two-fold: 1) Judgment for the sins left unconfessed before God prior to the judgment (in Heaven), and 2) Judgement for the acts of service that we did and DID NOT do for God while we had the opportunity here on earth. Yes, we will be charged for the things that we knew we were supposed to do to please God and yet still didn’t do them (James 4:17).

Just for the record, the judgment that we will face as Christians is NOT the same judgment that the unsaved will face. The believer’s judgment is called the “Judgement Seat of Christ” or the “Bema Seat Judgment” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; Jeremiah 17:7-10; 1 Peter 1:17; Romans 14:11-12; 2 Corinthians 5:9-10; Matthew 25:23; Proverbs 24:12). The unbeliever’s judgment is called the “Great White Throne Judgment” that will ultimately penalize the unsaved to an eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire with the Devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:11-15)

Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, was reminded one day of a vicious deed that someone had done to her years before. But she acted as if she had never even heard of the incident. “Don’t you remember it?” her friend asked. “No,” came Barton’s reply, “I distinctly remember forgetting it.”

Luis Palau, Experiencing God’s Forgiveness, Multnomah Press, 1985.

That little story may be a bit humorous but I assure you that the difference between what God sees and what God doesn’t hold us accountable for, is not going to be too funny when we finally stand before God at the Judgment, whether it be the judgment for the believers or the judgment for the unbelievers.

Friend, if you fall under the heading of the unbeliever, I urge you to settle that between you and God.  Accept Christ’s sacrifice of His life on the cross as He shed His blood to be able to forgive your sins and mine, so that we may no longer have to stand accountable before Jesus and be thrown into everlasting fire (Hell) for never accepting that FREE gift of forgiveness and with it, eternal life in Heaven.

If you need any help in asking God for that forgiveness and don’t really know what to do, please contact me and I will be more than happy to guide you along.  You will never be sorry that you did.

If you have any further questions after studying through this article, please note them at the bottom of this page or you can go to our Contact Us Page to leave a more private comment that will come straight to me.  I will not try to embarrass you, but rather, I just want to make sure your questions are all cleared up.

God Bless You,

–Mark

©2013 Mark Davis

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True Independence

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Independence is celebrated on July 4th each year in the United States of America.  Of course this independence was won 200+ years ago, giving us freedom from the oppression of England in that day.

What is Independence?

  • Freedom?
  • Self-determination?
  • Potency?
  • Resilience?
  • Self-reliance?
  • Liberty?
  • Self-governing?
  • Sovereignty?

The United States of America formally declared their independence from England on July 4th, 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

What most people don’t understand is that they are also under the tyrannical reign of none other than Satan himself.  Just because they don’t see him in front of their noses doesn’t mean that he doesn’t exist and doesn’t reign.  The people of the American colonies did not see the king of England.  In fact many of the colonists had never even stepped foot in England, but yet they were under his rule and oppression.  In fact they might, on occasion, even see a British soldier and at times even squads and whole armies of them.

We, no matter where you might live (this applies to you too), don’t see Satan himself or even his soldiers that we would normally call his demons, which are usually in spirit form.  Frequently, most people are influenced by one or more of his demons and some people have even made their bodies the homes of some (one or more) of these demons – we would normally say that these people are possessed by the demons. And, yes, it is very real.  It is not something that was made up in a story book or movie or t.v. show.

Why is this so important?  Because if we follow, or even allow ourselves to be controlled by Satan and his minions, we will follow him to eternal death. Some will call this HELL!

Why is Satan so bad?  Think about what Satan is related to in our own terms today.  What is he known for? He is the “Father of Lies”;  he is behind everything evil and bad.  How far down on the “ruler of bad” does his influence go?  All the way down! Even to the smallest white lie or even a bad thought.

Why should it be so important to us?

You see, Satan is so crafty that he makes bad (henceforth referred to as SIN) look so enjoyable and fun – not to say that all things enjoyable and fun are sins – that most people that do it don’t even think twice about it because it doesn’t seem wrong.

But when you look at the outcome of sin, it always comes out bad, sometimes even to the point of the death of themselves or even someone else.  Immediately, it might seem or even be harmless, but, you see, the evil has already been done.

When a person starts smoking a cigarette it doesn’t kill them.  But maybe, many years later, after that person has smoked all of their life since, one day a doctor tells them that they have lung cancer.  But at the beginning it didn’t seem so bad.  It didn’t seem to hurt anyone.  It did smell up the house quite a bit, so maybe it would be a better idea to smoke outside. Hmm.

He didn’t realize that while smoking obviously causes damage to the lungs, the “bad” that the cigarettes do in the lungs doesn’t stop there. It gets into the bloodstream and it gets into other organs and tissues and starts killing them too.

He didn’t realize that because he smoked, it makes his likelihood to contract any other type of cancer 50% more. In any organ or tissue in his whole body.

He didn’t realize that just the exposure of the smoke to others who might not smoke, increases the other person’s chances of contracting cancer as well as many other diseases (and deformities).  He didn’t even think that he might be hurting someone else at the same time.

I write this passionately because some of this has happened to me, you can read about some of it here.

You see, I may not have total liberty and freedom from the effects of the sins that I have committed in my mortal body, but I have the awesome promise that when I no longer have this human body and my soul lives on in eternity, I will have a beautiful and perfect body (Phil. 3: 21; 1 Cor. 15: 42-44; 1 John 3: 2);  I will experience no pain – at all! (Rev. 21: 4)

I suffer on a regular and constant basis as a result of my sin but it serves as a reminder of the grace of God.

You see, just as sin will eventually lead to death (physical and eternal), eternal life requires a penalty as well.  Because God cannot live in a place where there is sin, and because of the fact that everyone has sinned (Rom. 3: 23; Rom. 3: 10), there is no way that any person on earth – past or present – has lived a perfect and sinless life so that we could warrant entry into God’s presence.

Time for celebration now – God figured out a way that we can get into heaven (His home).  He figured out a way that someone else could take the penalty of sin – death – for us!  What joy!  But who would be able to do that?  It would have to be none other than God Himself.

How could that be?  How would He do it?  It just so happens that God has 3 parts to Him (just like we have 3 parts – body, soul and spirit): God the Father (Who lives in Heaven), God the Son, Jesus (the One that has the physical body); and God the Spirit (the spirit that is in all places at all times).  God determined that He would send His Son to die for us – to take our place in death, so that we could have eternal life.

Jesus, in human form (actually we are in His form, but that is another story), was sent to earth as a baby, to be born of a virgin – Mary.  He was raised by Mary and her husband Joseph until He was around 30 years old all the while Jesus didn’t sin one time – He lived the perfect life that we couldn’t live.  Then Jesus started His ministry years – about 3 years. During which time, He did many miracles such as: Turning water into wine; Healing the sick and disabled people; He raised dead people.  He proved that while He was still man and sinless, He was still God and All Powerful!

But then came the penalty.  Remember that Jesus was sent to earth by The Father to take the penalty for our sins which would be death!

He would have to die for us.

You know, Jesus, being God still, had the ability to call it quits at any time He wanted to while He was still on earth – and with everything that He went through, I would have called it quits early in His life, I think. But He didn’t!  He stuck it out here on earth and dealt with all of the cuts and bruises and all the temptations that we would go through.  But He was still sinless, perfect and still a man!

God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us – so that we don’t have to. (John 3: 15 – 16; Rom. 5: 8)  Could you imagine, willingly handing your only son over to have him blatantly murdered?  There would be no one left to pass on your family name.  All of the love that you have given and received from/to your son… gone – as a human, never to return – forever!

Jesus knew why He was there.  He knew what He had to do.  DIE!

He died in the most horrific, barbaric and painful way that they had at that time – the cross.  Two pieces of good sized trees, cut to go one across the other.

One of the tree poles was longer so that it would stick up in the air and so that they could put it in a pretty deep hole to prop it up. Furthermore, they publicly humiliated Him by forcing Him to lift up His own cross and drag it along the path, up the hill to Mt. Golgotha (meaning: the place of the skull).

Once they got to the top of the mount, they then took His hand and held it to the other piece towards the end and used a spike that was about 9 inches long to drive through his hand and then into the wood so that it wouldn’t pull off.  Then they did the same to the other side, stretching His arms as far apart as they would go.

They took his feet and, using the same kind of nail, drove the spike through both of His feet together and then into the wood.

Since the Jews hated Him, thinking Him to be a heretic and full of blasphemy because He called Himself the Son of God and God Himself, they mocked Him calling Him, “The King of the Jews”.  Because of this, they fashioned a crown out of thorn branches.  The thorns were said to be nearly 2 inches long.  They then put the crown on His head and then shoved it into His scalp as far as it would go.  They then put a sign at the top of the cross above His head that said “King of the Jews”.  They mocked Him and tore His beard out of His face by the clumps.  They gave Him vinegar on a sponge to drink, which, of course, He couldn’t drink or even swallow.  In fact it stung His face in the wounds that had been given Him through His beatings.

After all that, a group of soldiers lifted Jesus, being attached to the cross, up, putting the bottom of the pole into the hole and let it drop – probably a couple of feet – and it fell down.  Then it stopped, ripping and tearing at His flesh on His hands.  In fact, when He hung on that cross, His rib cage was lifted up into a position to where He couldn’t get a breath of air.  He had to push Himself up with His nail-torn feet.  Oh, what excruciating pain that must have been.  And it was for you and for me.

While on this cross, Jesus took upon Himself the weight of ALL of the sins of the world – past, present and future (Is. 53:4, 5; 1 Peter 2: 24). In fact, for a period of three hours, the skies turned dark, like an eclipse except it lasted for three hours (Mark 15: 33). During those three hours, God the Father turned His back from Jesus, likely, because He couldn’t look upon all of that sin.

Mark 15:34 says, “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” 

After that He said, “It is finished.” Then He bowed His head and died. Soon after He died, the soldiers came to Him to make sure He was dead. Instead of breaking His leg like the other two that He was crucified with, and seeing that He was obviously dead already, they just took a spear and jabbed it into His side and blood and water gushed out.

He was buried in a borrowed tomb with a huge round stone rolled in front of the doorway so that it couldn’t be rolled away without much effort.  In fact, it took two to three men to move it in or out of place.  Once it was in place, the Romans placed 2 soldiers at the tomb to guard it because they had heard that Jesus said that He would rise again after He was crucified, so they figured that if they placed guards there for a few days (He said that it would happen on the third day) to make sure that the disciples didn’t come to rob the grave and make it look like He had risen.

God is so much more powerful than that.  He caused the guards to fall asleep and then God’s angel rolled the stone away from the tomb and Jesus was risen from the dead.  Not because of the angels but because He is God and He caused Himself to be risen from that grave.

Mary Magdalene was the first to come to the tomb to pay her respects to “the dead”, Jesus, and when she got there, she saw that the stone was moved and she looked inside and saw two “men” – actually angels – sitting in the place where the Lord was laid.  They asked her why she was crying and she told them because they had taken her Lord and she didn’t know where they had taken Him.

After that she turned around and there was a man (Jesus) standing at the tomb opening and, Mary supposed that He was the gardener.  He then asked her why she was crying and whom she was looking for.  She asked Him if they had taken Him somewhere and that she would like to know where.

Jesus said to her, “Mary”.  She recognised His voice and said, “Master”! He told her not to touch Him yet because He had not yet ascended unto the Father.

Mary ran and told everyone else – the disciples.  The same evening, all of the disciples were sitting in a room together and the door was closed then Jesus just appeared in front of them and He told them to be calm and not worry.  They recognised Him and He showed them His scars in His hands and feet and his side and they knew that they had seen the Lord. (John 20: 11 – 20).

You see, Jesus was truly God!  If He wasn’t, He couldn’t have raised Himself from the dead just like He told everyone before He died.

The fact of the matter is here, that Jesus did all of this for you and for me. To take our sins away from us so that we are no longer looked at by God as sinners, but as redeemed or bought back by the blood of Jesus.  Jesus’ blood was shed to cover all of the sins of the world, so that God no longer sees them as sin that we are accountable for.  We can now go to Heaven to be with Him when we die.

We are now set free from the sin and the eternal death that goes along with it (Romans 6: 23).  We are now able to be called “Christians”.

But wait!  It doesn’t stop there!

God wants to give us this independence from sin, but He doesn’t just give it to everyone and they don’t know it.  He wants us to come to Him and ask Him for it (Romans 10: 9 – 10; Romans 10: 13).  That is why “everybody” isn’t saved from the eternal death in Hell.  That is why it is so important that I tell you this story.  That is why we, as Christians, have an obligation to spread the Word about Jesus Christ and what He did for us.

You see, that is True Independence!

Just like our soldiers went to war and fought and died (some of them) so that we can have the liberties that we have and the independence from the oppression of an evil dictator, Jesus went to war against sin and the Devil and died – but as He died (and rose again), He won the war against the Devil and paid the price so that we can have independence from the penalty of sin.

Friend, if you have not yet asked Jesus for His salvation, His independence, I urge you to do it right now.  Please, with all sincerity, repeat this little prayer (talking to Jesus) after me:

Dear Jesus, I know that I’m a sinner . . . and I deserve the penalty of death and hell. . . . Jesus, I’m sorry for my sins, . . . and I want you to take away my sins . . . so that I can go to Heaven to be with you when I die. . . . I want you to be the Lord of my life . . . and make me a new and better person . . . so that I can reflect the changes . . . that you have made in my life. . . . and so that I can share the great news . . . to my friends and family and everyone I know . . . so that they can see You in me. . . . Thank you, Jesus . . . for removing my sins from me  . . . so that I can have eternal life. . . . In Your name, Jesus, . . . Amen.

Christian, if you just prayed that prayer with me, I’d like you to just make a comment at the bottom of this page or go to my Decision Made page and just let me know what you have done.  It is something that all of us can rejoice about and we want to rejoice with you about it.  It shouldn’t be anything embarrassing to you to let me/us know about this life changing decision that you have just made that is going to change your life and who you are, for the rest of your life.

The wonderful thing about being a Christian is that when we ask Jesus to take away our sins and to forgive us, He comes in to live in our life (some people even say that He comes in to your heart – same thing) and He will NEVER leave you, no matter what you might do that might displease Him. If you do something again that is a sin, just ask God to take that sin away and forgive you of it, and He will.

Let’s all live a life of True Independence!

In Christ’s Name and in His love,

–Mark

©2013 Mark Davis

Continued Reading – These articles are strongly recommended:

“I Can PROVE It”

Short and sweet. I love how Jon brings this across. Atheists get so upset when God does something but they don’t believe that He exists. Give it a read. It’s worth your time.

–Mark

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Mind Renewers

Conversation yesterday:

Little sister:  “I proved I’m stronger than Jamie.”

Big brother:  “Can you prove it again?”

Little sister:  “If Jamie lets me.”

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Why do people who insist they don’t believe in God get angry at what He does?  Isn’t that a wee bit self-contradictory?  Why are they upset with Him about the suffering in this world if He isn’t there?

Why do they get upset with what He says about the moral quality of their behaviour, if they think He doesn’t exist?

Why do they get upset at the suggestion that God would actually punish sin and even send people to Hell, if they are sure that there is no God?

If you really are stronger than someone, you don’t need to have that person “let you” prove it.  You can prove it whenever you choose.  Either you are stronger, or you aren’t.

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Assurance of Salvation

John 3: 16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

— John 3: 36
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:
and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;
but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

1 John 5:12, 13 —
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God
hath not life.  These things have I written unto you
that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may
know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe
on the name of the Son of God.”

Ephesians 3: 11, 12
“According to the eternal purpose which he
purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:  In whom we have boldness
and access with confidence by the faith of him.”

1 John 3: 14 —
“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we
love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother
abideth in death.”

— 1 John 3:19 – 21
“And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before him.  
For if our heart condemn us, God is
greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.  
Beloved,
if our heart condemn us not, then have
we confidence toward God.”

Hebrews 10: 22 —
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Job 19: 25 – 27
“For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

— Psalm 4: 3
“But know that the LORD hath
set apart him that is godly for himself:
the LORD will hear when I call unto him.”

Romans 8: 16 —
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are the children of God:”

Romans 8:38, 39
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present,
nor things to come, 
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

— 2 Timothy 1:12
“For the which cause I also suffer these things:
nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom
I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that
which I have committed unto him against that day.”

John 5: 24 —
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word,
and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life,
and shall not come into condemnation;
but is passed from death unto life.”

Ephesians 1: 7
“In whom we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

— John 10: 27 – 30
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
I and my Father are one.”

Ephesians 1: 12 – 14
“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

Philippians 1: 6
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:”

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.”

— John 6: 37
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;
and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

John 20: 31 —
“But these are written, that ye might believe that
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing
ye might have life through his name.”

John 6: 39, 40
“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Acts 2: 21
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call
on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

— 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:”

1 John 5: 18 —
“We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not;
but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself,
and that wicked one toucheth him not.”

— 1 John 5: 1
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:
and every one that loveth him that begat loveth
him also that is begotten of him.”

Hebrews 6: 17 – 20
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever…”

©2013 Mark Davis

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The Gavel and The Bible

 “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
Romans 14:12

Many of us go about our days with no concern for an accountability for what we do.  If we drive through a red traffic light then we are subject to being stopped by a law enforcement officer, given a ticket of some sort and told to pay a fine or appear before the judge and then pay a fine, which is usually even more than before unless you can prove that you did not do the crime.

What would your actions be like if you knew that everything you do is being recorded – I mean EVERYTHING – and then at the end of the day you would be forced to stand in front of a judge to review every action that you did that day?  If there were anything during that day that was considered wrong, by the judge’s standards, you would then be assessed a fine for the offences.

Most of us would look at much of what we do as a “non-offence”.  The problem is that we are not the judge.  We don’t make the rules.  We are subject to someone else’s rules.

Whether we want to be accountable or not, we will be.

Then, who makes the rules?  God does!

How do we know what the rules are?

There are three different types of rules – all of which we are and will be accountable for.

1.     Self imposed rules.  These are rules that we know down deep in our beings what they are.  Among those might be: lying, stealing, murder. . . I think you get the idea.  How do we know these things are wrong?  They are called “conscience”.

2.     Socially imposed rules.  Most people would call these “laws”.  These may include some or all of the self-imposed rules.  These are concepts that are usually you doing something wrong to another person.  It may be anything from an offensive “gesture” to  something that is actually physical against another person or government.  Examples of these are traffic laws, tax laws and instituted social laws.  These rules would normally be enforced by the local government/organization.

3.     Spiritually imposed rules.  These are rules that are imposed on us by God.  They may include some or all of the aforesaid rules.  God doesn’t really care much about traffic laws but the government that is “ruling” above us (regardless where we live) is instituted by God (John 19:11; Romans 13:1; Daniel 2:21) , as such we are required by God (unless the law is against laws instituted by God so that we would be sinning against God’s law) to abide by those laws (Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13, 14) .  These laws/rules would be found in the Bible or supported by statements or concepts introduced in the Bible.

So, now we are aware of our accountability for our actions (this even includes the thinking-about doing the actions – Proverbs 23:7; Matthew 5:8).

No, we aren’t going to be accountable to God – or most likely anyone else – at the end of the day, unless the end of the day signifies the end of your life.

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 9:27,  “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”.

There is no conditional statement there.  All men are required to die.  As such, all men will be judged after his/her death.

You might say that, “I’ve been saved by Jesus Christ so I am not subject to any judgement.”  That could not be further from the truth (Hebrews 9:27)!  ALL men must be judged.

There will be two different judgments; one for the people who have rejected God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:11-15) and one for those who have received the gift of salvation – only through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10, ).

If you would say that you haven’t accepted Jesus’ free gift of Salvation then please read no further here but read this article, then come back to this point and continue reading.

I picture our judgment as this*:

We are sitting in this huge room — all of us; everyone who has ever been born — and we can’t see any one wall around us.

In front of us is God sitting on His throne and Jesus (the righteous Judge) seated on God’s right hand side (Ephesians 1:20; 1 Peter 3:22).

To the side of God is positioned a “jumbo-tron” type monitor, or a video screen that is bigger than any theater screen ever made.

On that screen, God is showing us the record that He has of everything that we have ever done in our lives, each, one at a time.  It is eternity and this may take a very long time to show all of us.

One by one, God calls us up to stand before Jesus to give account of the things that we have done with our life — good or bad (Revelation 22:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; John 14:12)!

Everyone will be able to see our thoughts; the things that we did, that we thought were not being seen by anybody and everything that we did actually do (Ecclesiastes 12:14) .

There will be no partiality.  Jesus, being the righteous Judge (2 Timothy 4:8; John 5:22), will judge us all by the same standard of laws.

For any one of us that has done anything wrong in our whole existence, we will be judged harshly, in fact, the penalty is going to be to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire where the Devil and his (fallen) angels will be also (Revelation 20:10-15Matthew 25:41Revelation 21:8).

In this Lake of Fire, there will be people crying from pain, such that no mortal man has ever felt, and gnashing of teeth in torment.  This won’t be for just a few years, it is for all of eternity (Luke 13:28; Matthew 13:42).

On the other hand, there is Heaven.

We have all heard of Heaven.  It is where God/Jesus lives.  Jesus, when He was still living on earth, told us that He was going to His Father’s house where there are many mansions and that He was going to go there to prepare a place for us — those of us who received Jesus’ gift of salvation (John 14:2).

The way I see it; when we are judged, the good things that we did for Jesus and in His name and for His glory will make our mansion bigger or give us more “bling”, the bad things that we did or the times that we passed up to do or say something about and/or for Jesus will take away things from our mansions (2 Corinthians 5:10).

I imagine that some will end up in shacks and some may end up with rental properties . . . Well, maybe not so much, but I think you get the idea.

The whole idea of accountability takes on a whole new meaning.  God doesn’t want us to serve Him because we feel we have to, He wants us to serve Him because we want to serve Him.  Not out of a sense of servitude but more out of a sense of gratitude.

Revelation 22:12; — “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

*Having been a Christian for most of my life, I imagine the judgement to be the Judgment Seat of Christ more so than the Great White Throne Judgment where the un-saved will be judged.  Some of my depiction includes things that will be in the Great White Throne Judgment.   Regardless, there will be a judgment for all and we will all be accountable for our actions – good or bad!

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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.

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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.

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b. _____________________________________________________________

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d. _____________________________________________________________

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

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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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e. _____________________________________________________________

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

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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 11 – Knowing And Doing The Will Of God – Lesson

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KNOWING AND DOING THE WILL OF GOD

After we have accepted Christ, God has a perfect will for us.  To realize the full blessings God has for us, we need to submit our lives to know and then to do His will.  It is only as we are yielded to walk in the will of God that we will realize the fulfillment of God’s purpose in our lives.

RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD’S WILL IN OUR LIVES

1.     We cannot plan our own lives.

Jeremiah 10:23 — “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”

Proverbs 20:24 — “Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?”

2.     God has a will for each of His children.

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.”

3.     Jesus Christ set the example while on earth when He sought as the God-man to do the will of the Father.

John 5:30 — “I can of mine own self do nothing; as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

This prayer of our Lord Jesus in Matthew 26:39 reveals the very secret of His life during His earthly humiliation.

“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying.  O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Hebrews 10:7 —“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”

This quote of the eternal Son of God is given in Psalm 40:7, 8.

4.     The Apostle Paul set an example for us.

a.     When Paul met the Lord on the Damascus road, his first question was, “Who art thou, Lord?” (Acts 9:5).  Paul, by answering this question, came to know the Lord as his Saviour.  The second question he asked was, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6).  This same sequence should take place in the lives of believers.  First, we should come to know who the Lord is and thereby be saved.  Then we should follow salvation with the request to know the will of God.

b.     Paul knew he was an apostle by the will of God.

1 Corinthians 1:1 — Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, . . .”

See also 2 Corinthians 1:1; Ephesians 1:1; and Colossians 1:1.

c.     Paul desired that those believers to whom he ministered might know the will of God.

Colossians 1:9 — “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”

5.     Only God knows the future.

Psalm 1:6 — “For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Isaiah 48:17 — “Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.”

6.     God wants us to know the will of God.

Hebrews 13:20, 21 — “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.”

Note in Colossians 4:12 that Epaphras labored in prayer that the Colossian Christians might do God’s will.  “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”

7.     God commands us to know His will.

Ephesians 5:17 — “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

8.     God commands us to obey His will.

Ephesians 6:5, 6 — “Servants, be obedient . . . as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”

REALIZING THE IMPACT
OF GOD’S WILL IN OUR LIVES

1.     Obeying God’s Word and thereby living in the will of God brings lifelong blessing.

1 John 2:17 — “. . . He that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”

Psalm 1:2, 3 — “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water . . . and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Joshua 1:8 — “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

2.     God’s plan is for believers only.

Psalm 25:12 — “What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shalt he teach in the way that he shall choose.”

To the one who states that God is his hiding place, the Lord promises in Psalm 32:8 — “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”

3.     God will lead each step of the believer.

Psalm 37:23 — “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”

Psalm 119:105 — “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Proverbs 3:6 — “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

4.     God’s plan is definite and specific.

Isaiah 30:21 — “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

Proverbs 15:19 — “The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.”

5.     God’s will is best for us.

Romans 12:1, 2 — “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service . . . that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Psalm 143:10 — “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good: lead me into the land of uprightness.”

From all of these previous verses, it is easy to see that God’s will and plan for us as believers will be the very best for us and will result in a joyous and victorious life in which the saved walk with Him.  Outside of a life surrendered to the will of God, a believer will find lost fellowship, confusion, heartache, and barrenness.  The tragedy is that too many Christians have not recognized the importance of the will of God for their lives and thereby have not realized the impact of the blessing of doing God’s will.

RESPONDING WITH INVOLVEMENT
IN GOD’S WILL

What must we do to know the will of God?

1.     Preparation of the heart

We must be willing to do God’s will.

Psalm 143:10 — “Teach me to do thy will.”

2.     Presentation of the life

Romans 12:1 — “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Romans 6:13 — ” . . . but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

3.     Practice His will

From Proverbs 3:5, 6 we note the following two truths:

a.     We must have no will of our own, no preconceived notions as to God’s will.

Proverbs 3:5 — ” . . . lean not unto thine own understanding.”

b.     We must acknowledge the Lord in all our ways.

Proverbs 3:6 — “In all thy ways acknowledge him. . . “

This means that we must clearly say, “Yes, Lord,” to every evidence of His direction in our lives.  To acknowledge His leadership means to be in a state of submission to His Word and to His providential guidance.

4.     Proof of His will

When a believer is willing to be lead by the Lord, he will have the proof in his life.

Romans 12:2 — ” . . . that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, stated clearly, ” . . . I being in the way, the Lord led me . . . “ (Genesis 24:27).  He went out not knowing how God would lead.  When he arrived, he looked back and knew the proof of God’s leading.

Moses led the Israelites across the Red Sea.  On the other shore he looked back and sang of God; “Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation” (Exodus 15:13).

How wonderful it is to follow the leading of the Lord!  This blessing is to those who have surrendered their wills to Him.  God gives a peace and rest in the heart and life.  There is a joy when we know we have not allowed self, personal desire, or human reasoning to lead; but rather be have permitted God Himself by His Spirit to lead our lives.

GUIDELINES FOR KNOWING
THE WILL OF GOD

1.     Confirmation of the Word

Everything we do should be according to God’s Word.  He will not lead contrary to His Word.

2.     Circumstances indicating the will of God

God permits circumstances to come into our lives so that we can know His leading.

3.     Conviction that this is His will

When God reveals His will, He will give a settled peace that He is leading.  When that peace is missing, a Christian should be careful not to rush ahead (Isaiah 30:15).

4.     Crucifixion of self

Be sure you are not doing something for selfish reasons (Galatians 2:20).

5.     Consecration of yourself to God (Romans 12:1, 2)

In your consecration, pray and ask God for His leading (Psalm 143:10).

6.     Counsel of godly, spiritual folks

Seek out godly people to give you counsel.  It is well to talk to a godly pastor.  Sometimes the other individual sees something you would not see.

Remember!

God will not lead you contrary to that which is revealed in His Word.  Therefore, spend time in the Word of God so that you are able to discern the will of God.  Our reading assignment for this week uses chapters that reveal truths for us to know in order to discern the will of God.

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