Consider five key reasons!

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Dec 082017

If you’ve trusted in Jesus Christ-
– but still doubt your salvation-
– then your whole life can be thrown off balance.

Key areas of faith begin to crumble.
And you limit the Holy Spirit’s work in your life.

It’s impossible to live an effective, empowered life-
– if you’re always facing doubts about your salvation.

Why do believers doubt?
Consider five key reasons:

Sin hurts our prayers and spiritual understanding.
So it’s understandable how sin can confuse our understanding of salvation.

False teachings!
If you’ve been taught that salvation is dependent upon good works, then you’ve been misled.
Read the Bible!
Don’t be just satisfied with pulpit messages, books and CDs.

Overemphasis on emotions!
Exaggerated exciting testimonies!
Too often, the salvation experience is tied to an “emotional high.”
This leads many people to doubt their salvation during times of life’s natural “emotional lows.”

Acts 16:31 clearly states, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”
If you’ve made this saving confession, then you’re saved.
When you doubt the truth of this statement, you fail to take God at His word.

Demonic attacks.
The Enemy’s goal is to alienate us from God.
One of his most effective tactics is to cause us to question our standing with the Lord.

If you doubt your salvation…
– prayerfully examine your heart.

Are any of these five deceptions corroding your faith?
If so-
– allow the Lord to comfort you with His love and the truth of your salvation.


Simple Choice!

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Dec 072017

Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians-
– during a long and unjust imprisonment.

Even though Paul is in the midst of suffering-
– this short epistle is full of rejoicing.

Paul never complains or casts blame for his situation.
Because he learned to live above his circumstances.

How do most people respond to difficulty?

They try blaming others for the problem in order to make themselves feel better.
But blaming only results in broken relationships.

They may complain, which brings pity from others but only enhances the problem in their own minds.

They search for a way out of the situation and, in the process, usually make things worse.

Paul knew that in order to live above his circumstances-
– rather than merely muddling through them, he needed to shift his focus.

Instead of examining his problem and complaining, he looked to God.
He praised God, proclaiming:
“I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).

God wants to hear our honest concerns, anger, and confusion about our trials.
But He also wants us to trust Him.

Focusing on the Lord and praising Him doesn’t mean that we insincerely pretend to enjoy tough times.

We can honestly acknowledge that He is in control of the situation.
And will guide our every step just as He promised (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Believers have a simple choice!

We can wallow in self-pity.
Or we can look to Jesus Christ and learn to live above our circumstances.


Hope does not disappoint!

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Dec 062017

“Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5).

Our God is a God of surprises!

He tailor-makes every miracle.
He individually designs every life.

Every day is different.
And His every deliverance is unique.

He is never capricious, changeable, erratic or unstable.
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Amid the complexity of His manifold ways-
-always there is the solid foundation of His love.

We can always count on that!

The Bible longs for us to understand-
– “what is the width and length and depth and height–to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18-19).

According to the apostle John-
– the more we understand the shoreless ocean of God’s love,
– the less we’ll fear the choppy waters of life,
– for “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).

If you feel your life is unpredictable and unstable right now-
– focus on His unchanging love!

Thank Him for “the love of God flooding through our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us” (Romans 5:5).

Resting in the predictable and perfect security of God’s love-
– will bring revival to our souls!


Don’t be filled with doubts!

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Dec 052017

Why doesn’t God speak directly to us today?
In Biblical times, did God speak to people in a voice they could hear?

If so-
– why doesn’t He do it today?
“I’d have a much stronger faith if I only heard His voice speaking to me once in a while”, someone says.

On occasion God did speak audibly to some of His servants in the Bible.
But only rarely.

More often-
God gave them an inner conviction of His truth,
– or made His will clear to them through circumstances.

Most often-
He made His will clear through the written messages He had given in the past.

In other words-
– through the Bible!

Why doesn’t God speak to us today in a voice we can hear?

One reason is-
– because we wouldn’t have any way of knowing whether or not it was God who was speaking to us,
– or if it was a fraud (or even a demon).

This, incidentally, is one reason why we shouldn’t listen to someone-
– who claims to be a messenger from God,
– but rejects the Bible or contradicts its message.

Jesus warned:
“Watch out that no one deceives you.
For many will come…and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5).

But the other reason God doesn’t speak to us in a voice we can hear is-
– because He doesn’t need to!

God has already told us everything we need to know.
And we find it in the pages of the Bible.

Most of all-
– we know He loves us because He came to earth in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for us.

Don’t be filled with doubts any longer.

– turn to Jesus Christ and give your life to Him.
Then come to know Him more and more by reading His Word and joining in fellowship with other believers.


Depend upon God!

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Dec 042017

Does God Really Help Those Who Help Themselves?
This phrase isn’t found in the Bible.

While it is right up to a point-
– it isn’t entirely accurate in light of the Bible’s teaching.

People need to work and be responsible for their actions, and when they aren’t, society suffers (as do they).

God didn’t intend for us to spend our lives pursuing pleasure or ease.
He gave us work to do.
Even ordinary tasks are important when they are done for Him.

The Bible says:
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

When we do that-
God will bless our labours.

But on the other hand-
– we are dependent on God for everything,
– even the next breath we take.

It’s easy to forget this and think that we’re strong enough to do everything we want to do.
But we aren’t.

We need to depend upon God!
And He should be at the heart of everything we do.

The Bible says that He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Never forget, however, that no matter how hard we work-
– we can never win God’s favour or save ourselves by our own efforts.

We need Christ.
Because even our best efforts are tainted by sin.

Have you given your life to Him?
Are you trusting Him alone for your salvation?