Category: Bible Study & Life Lessons

3 Great Tips for Your Bible Study & Quiet Time Routine

Do you read & study the word of God consistently? Do you have a regular quiet time where you dedicate a portion of your day to spending time with God?
Do you have difficulties studying the Bible, because you just don’t know what to read and where in the Bible you can begin?

There are 3 major things you need to do in order to have an effective quiet time devotion with God. Here are the following things that you need to do:

 

1. TIME & PLACE
Select a good time and a good place in which you can have your quiet time devotions. It’s important to select a place & time where there’s no interruptions; no distractions and no pressure for you to end your devotion time prematurely.
The idea is to devote all your attention and focus on enjoying your fellowship with God without any disturbances.
Even Jesus would often spend time away from people and from all kinds of distractions in order to be alone with the Father.

2. PRAYER & PRAISE
The second thing to do in your devotion time is spend a portion of your quiet time in prayer.
It’s an opportunity for you to express your issues; your needs; your love and even your worship of God. It’s also a time not only to pray for yourself – but it’s also an opportunity for you to pray and intercede for others as well.
John 17 is a great example where Christ not only spent time praying for Himself but He also interceded for others as well.

3. READ & STUDY THE BIBLE
The third thing is to read and study the word of God. In this portion of your quiet time there’s different ways that you can study the Bible.
You can study your Bible in the following ways:
a) You could use a Bible Reading Plan. A reading plan gives you books, chapters or passages of scripture that you can read on a daily basis. There’s many Bible plans that exist where you can either read the Bible chronologically or in whatever method in which that plan has been designed.
b) You could study the Bible according to Topic. For example – perhaps you can study a topic like Faith then Idolatry, then Fear etc. There are certain books such as the Thompson Chain Reference Bible that are very good when it comes to studying the scriptures or Bible verses based on a particular topic.
c) Another method of studying your Bible is by doing a Character Study. So perhaps you can study the life & character of Abraham or David or one of the 12 Apostles. A Bible such as the Life Application Bible is excellent for such type of studies.

There are many different ways in which you can be methodical and intentional when it comes to spending you quiet time with God.
Remember that your most fruitful time of your day is when you spend it with God.

 

 

 

Bible Verses About Worry & Stress

Worry, anxiety and stress is something that we all go through in life. We all face different challenges and issues in life and we are not immune to problems. However, how we respond to these challenges is important. God encourages us through His word to put our trust in Him and to avoid being anxious.
Below are a few Bible verses about worry and stress and how to deal with this problem. May you find strength and encouragement through God’s word.
Read the scriptures prayerfully and allow God’s word to speak to you in this particular area of your life.

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Matthew 6:25-34

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

 

Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

 

Psalms 55:22
Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

 

Psalms 56:3
Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

 

Colossians 3:15
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

 

2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

 

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

Luke 12:25-28
And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?

 

Hebrews 13:6
So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

 

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

Psalms 37:5
Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

 

Psalms 37:7-8
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret — it only causes harm.

 

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6 Ways People Show Unbelief Towards God


THIS BIBLE STUDY ARTICLE IS MOSTLY BASED ON THE EVENTS IN NUMBERS CHAPTER 13 & 14

Numbers 14:11 NKJV
Then the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?”

The story of how the Israelites initially failed to enter the Promised Land but were instead cursed for 40 years by God in the wilderness is a tragic one. The fact that an entire generation were so close to the promise but because of their rebellion, rejection & unbelief of God’s word, the Lord prohibited & cursed an entire generation of people from obtaining the promise.

As Christians, when we walk with God, do we sometimes behave like the ungrateful & unbelieving Israelites? Do we sometimes complain & walk in unbelief before God who has given us His promises or do we walk by faith in Him and not according to sight?

Through studying the Israelites until the point when God sent them into the wilderness for 40 years, this article is about revealing some of the ways in which we as individuals can sometimes behave as these Israelites did towards God. Instead of walking by faith, they walked in unbelief & rebellion towards the plans and promises of God.

 

Background & Summary of Numbers 13 & Numbers 14

  • God promises the children of Israel that He is going to give to them the land of Canaan which is the Promised Land. (Numbers 1:1).
  • God however wants them to spy out the land & discover for themselves the nature & quality of the land before they all enter into the land and possess it as promised (Numbers 13:2-21).
  • People from each of the 12 tribes are assigned & sent out to spy out the land including Caleb & Joshua. Then 40 days later they return from spying the land & the spies give a report to Moses, Aaron & all the congregation of the Israelites (Numbers 13:22-26).
  • The majority of the spies (more than 98% of them) give a very bad report & reasons about why it would be impossible for them to possess the land. The negative & unbelieving spies spoke of giants who resided in the land who were too large and too strong in stature to defeat (Numbers 13:31-33)
  • Out of all the spies who went to spy on the land, only Caleb & Joshua believed in the promises of God and that despite the giants that lived in the land, Caleb & Joshua believed that God will give the Israelites victory to overcome the giants so that they may possess the Promised Land (Numbers 13:30; Numbers 14:6-8)
  • However the children of Israel complain & reflect their unbelief not only towards Moses, Aaron, Caleb & Joshua – but they also reflected their lack of belief towards God Himself who on many occasions had shown them His presence & power (Numbers 14:1-4,9,10)
  • God eventually decides to punish the Israelites for 40 years into the wilderness & by not allowing the older generation to enter the Promised Land (Numbers 14:21-45)

 

So How Are We Like The Israelites In Our Personal Lives?

It’s easy as a reader to judge the children of Israel for failing to trust God even after the many miracles & signs that God showed them like parting the Red Sea & the fact that they constantly had a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Therefore the presence & power of the Lord was always with them, yet the Israelites still had unbelief in their hearts.

Why did they have unbelief? Why were they rebellious? Why did they reject the promise of God? Do we as individuals sometimes behave like the children of Israel?

 

6 WAYS PEOPLE SHOW UNBELIEF TOWARDS GOD

 

  1. We Can Show Unbelief By Allowing Our Circumstances & Challenges to Negatively Affect Our Faith in God & in His Promises.

The Israelites Complained & Focused More on their External Circumstances

The Israelites had a habitual characteristic of sulking, murmuring & complaining. They always wrongly believed their external circumstances & problems were bigger than God who had brought them out of Egypt.

Numbers 11:1 NKJV – Now when the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. So the fire of the Lord burned among them, and consumed some in the outskirts of the camp.

In Your Personal Life: – Do you only focus on your problems & circumstances instead of putting all your attention and meditation on God who is bigger than your problems & is able to deal with your situation? Do you mediate on your problems instead of meditating on God’s promises?

 

  1. We Can Show Unbelief By Leaning On Our Own Logic & Reasoning Instead of Thinking According to God’s Word & Promises.

The Israelites Leaned On Their Own Understanding

Numbers 13:30-33 NKJV – Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

The negative spies used their own limited understanding and convinced themselves & the Israelites that they would not be able to defeat the giants who currently occupied the land. By leaning on their own understanding, the Israelites focused more on their own personal & limited abilities and not on the limitless abilities and almighty power of God to defeat the giants.

The negative spies clearly forgot that God was on their side & that God was able to defeat the giants in Canaan just as He had defeated the Egyptians.

In Your Personal Life: – Do you lean on your own logic & understanding instead of having the mind of Christ. Do you trust your own reasoning & knowledge rather than trusting in the infallible word of God? Do you think with God or do you think outside God’s plans.

 

  1. We Can Show Unbelief By Not Trusting in God’s Motives. God’s Motives Are Always Good.

The Israelites Didn’t Trust God’s Motives

Numbers 14:3,4 NKJVWhy has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”

The Israelites presumed that after escaping Egypt that their life would become smooth-sailing and somehow free from problems and challenges.

Therefore whenever they faced various trials they assumed God delighted in their suffering or that He didn’t care that they were suffering. However, facing problems in life does not indicate that God has forsaken us or that God is delighting in our suffering.

God sometimes uses trials to test our faith and if we respond correctly tests or trials can produce a good character within us.

In Your Personal Life : – Do you question God’s motives whenever you face challenges in your life?

James 1:2-5 NKJVMy brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Romans 8:28 NKJV – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

 

  1. We Can Show Unbelief By Being Rebellious Towards God’s Word & Teachings

The Israelites Were Rebellious & Unteachable

Numbers 14:6-10 NKJVBut Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’   9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” 10 And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.

Have you ever found yourself rebelling against somebody who was actually trying to help you, correct you and encourage you?

Or have you ever tried to help somebody & tried to correct them & encourage them in the Lord only to receive a rebellious reaction from the person you’re trying to help? This is what Joshua & Caleb encountered when they attempted to correct & encourage the Israelite congregation. Joshua & Caleb were almost stoned.

In Your Personal Life: – How good are you at listening to godly or Biblical advice? Do you delight in obeying the word of God? Are you a teachable person or are you rebellious towards anyone who tries to correct you?

 

  1. We Can Show Unbelief By Rejecting The Goodness & Perfect Nature of God

The Israelites Rejected God’s Perfect Nature

Numbers 23:19 NKJV“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

It seems that no matter what good things God did for the Israelites, they were never satisfied. At every sign of a problem, they would murmur, complain & rebel against Moses & God.

God had administered the 10 plagues in Egypt as a sign to the Egyptians that He was more powerful than the Egyptian gods. God gave them manna daily to prove that they need to trust Him daily and that He will supply their daily needs. God used the pillar of cloud by day & the pillar of fire by night to remind them of His direction and presence in their life and that He would never leave them or forsake them.

Yet despite these many signs, the children of Israel did not learn or appreciate God’s blessings and goodness in their lives. Instead the Israelites only focused on what they did not have rather than on what God was currently doing & the promises He had planned in their lives.

Numbers 14:11 NKJVThen the Lord said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?

In Your Personal Life:– Do you doubt the faithfulness & goodness of God?

 

  1. We Can Show Unbelief By Allowing Fear to Control Our Choices & Decisions

The Israelites Were Fearful; They Seemed Fear Man More Than God

Numbers 14:9 NKJV“Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”

In Numbers 13:32-33 most of the spies gave a bad report that the giants in the Promised Land were so huge that they made the spies look like mere grasshoppers. When they heard the bad report, the Israelites responded with fear and weeping (Numbers 14:1). Their fear & weeping eventually turned into complaining & bitterness against Moses & God to the point that they wished they could digress and go back to Egypt – the very nation that enslaved them (Numbers 14:2-4).

Fear can cause people to make bad decisions.

In Your Personal Life:- Do you make decisions based on fear or based on faith in God’s word?

 

 

Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

As we walk with God, let us be reminded that God is not a man according to Numbers 23:19.
Unlike man, God is good, God is faithful; God will never leave us or forsake us; God has our best interests at heart; God is to be fully trusted for without faith it is impossible to please God.

 

Lessons from the Thief on The Cross


Luke 23:39-43 NKJV
Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

 

If you have only a few minutes to live, what will you want? What will be most important to you?

  1. Will you find comfort in all the material possessions you acquired during your lifetime?
  2. Will you find solace in looking at your certificates, diplomas & degrees one more time?
  3. Will you find security by reading your financial statement?
  4. Will you find comfort that you attended church as often as you could?
  5. Will you hope that God will take into account your personal merit & personal good works and allow you to enter His kingdom of Heaven?

WILL ALL OF THESE THINGS MATTER WHEN YOU DIE?
WHAT IF YOU WERE STILL GOING TO HELL DESPITE THE ABOVE ACHIEVEMENTS?

When Jesus was crucified, there were 2 criminals also being crucified with Him.
Both criminals were guilty of their crimes but Jesus Himself was innocent of any wrongdoing.
One of the thieves was repentant, but the other was unrepentant even unto death.

The repentant thief on the cross was a criminal & guilty of his crimes. In his final moments before he died, this thief came to the realization that there was only one thing that was important in this life & in the next – AN ETERNAL RELATIONSHIP & FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.

 

In the thief’s final minutes…

  1. The thief understood & confessed that he was a sinner who deserved to be punished not only for his crimes on earth but also for his sins against God (Luke 23:40, 41)
  2. The thief believed that Jesus was not only perfect and innocent, but that Jesus was the Messiah being crucified for the sins of mankind (Luke 23:41)
  3. The thief believed that Jesus was the only way by which he could enter God’s kingdom and not because of his own personal merit or works. He knew that Jesus was not an ordinary Man. He knew Jesus had a Kingdom and he asked Jesus to remember him. (Luke 23:42)
  4. The thief believed that his salvation is by God’s grace and Christ responded to his faith by promising the thief that he will enter Paradise (Luke 23:42, 43). The thief knew that he could not enter Heaven on the basis of his own merits. He was a criminal. He knew that only the grace of the Lord would allow him into God’s kingdom.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Titus 3:5 NKJV
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit

 

IF JESUS COULD SAVE A CRIMINAL – WILL HE NOT SAVE YOU?

I once read a poster image that said the following: “IF JESUS DIED FOR PERFECT PEOPLE – THEN HEAVEN WOULD BE EMPTY”

In Luke 5:31,32 Jesus says the following: Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

 

Therefore God’s grace & salvation extends to the worst of the worst kind of people. God’s love and grace extends to thieves, murderers, rapists and all kinds of people. You might be reading this article, and thinking “I’m not worse than a murderer or thief or rapist”. However, you’re still a sinner and fall short of God’s glory and therefore you need Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

The writer of more than half of the New Testament was Paul the Apostle. Paul used to persecute the church and kill Christians, yet God used him for His divine purposes after he repented.

Do you feel as if your sins are unforgivable? Do you feel as if it’s too late to turn to God and receive His salvation?

As long as you are alive, it’s never too late to receive forgiveness and salvation from the Lord. God’s FREE gift and God’s love and grace are still ready to be received by you.

 

  1. God LOVES YOU unconditionally & He sent Jesus to die for your sins (John 3:16)
  2. We are all sinners. There is none righteous and the wages of our sins is death which is eternal separation from God. (Romans 3:23), (Romans 6:23)
  3. There is no sin too big for God to erase. Jesus died for our sins so that we do not have to suffer eternal separation from God. Therefore as sinners we need Jesus as our personal Lord & Saviour (Romans 6:23), (John 14:6)
  4. Salvation is a FREE gift from God through Christ. We are saved by God’s GRACE (unmerited kindness) and not by your personal merit or works (Ephesians 2:8)
  5. We must believe, trust and accept Jesus to be our Lord & Saviour so that we may become children of God; born again; a new creation in Christ (John 1:12, John 3:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST, TODAY???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, we are all guilty of telling a lie; we are guilty of lust; we are guilt of coveting at some point in our life. If we are guilty of breaking even one of God’s 10 Commandments, then that makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s commandments means that we are accountable to God the lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God.

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Life Lessons From The Story of The Rich Man & Lazarus

If you had a choice between the two – what kind of life would you prefer to live? The good life here on earth or the good life in Heaven?
If you read and study Luke 16:19-31 you will discover that there are some very interesting life lessons that we can learn from the story that Jesus gave of the rich man & Lazarus.
The story is about 2 very different men. The first is The Rich Man; a man who was rich, wealthy, respected and lived in extreme luxury on a daily basis.
The second man is Lazarus; a man who was extremely poor, had a physical illness and who lived his life as a beggar. Lazarus was so poor that he desired to eat from the left-over food or crumbs that the Rich Man threw away.
Both men eventually die with Lazarus going to heaven but the Rich Man going to hell. Lazarus is carried by angels to live in comfort to Abraham’s bosom, while the Rich Man is sent to hell to suffer torment in flames.
Why would Lazarus go to heaven and the Rich Man go to hell? The conversation that occurs between Abraham and the Rich Man in Luke 16:24-31 give some insight and some life lessons that we can learn and apply to our personal lives.

LIFE LESSON # 1
WEALTH OR RICHES DO NOT INDICATE SPIRITUAL MATURITY OR THAT A PERSON HAS SPIRITUAL FAVOUR & BLESSINGS ON ONE’S LIFE. (LUKE 16:19-21)
The Rich Man was materialistically rich & wealthy but spiritually he was poor & bankrupt. Though the Rich Man was dressed in fine linen clothes & lived in extreme luxury, his outward appearance did not match his inward condition. One indication of his spiritual state was the Rich Man’s indifference to Lazarus’ plight despite the fact that this beggar stayed by his gate. The Rich Man had no compassion, love or sympathy for the poor.
In your personal life, what are you pursuing? Are you pursuing after riches & wealth at the expense of having a sound relationship with God? Are you measuring your spiritual condition based on the amount of money & possessions you have? Do you believe in the false “prosperity gospel” or “word of faith” doctrine that material prosperity is indicative or evidence of spiritual prosperity?
Matthew 6:19-21 – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Mark 8:36-37 – For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

LIFE LESSON # 2
POVERTY DOES NOT ALWAYS INDICATE THAT A PERSON IS CURSED (LUKE 16:19-21)
Lazarus was extremely poor. He lived on the crumbs of the Rich Man and lived his life as a beggar. He also had sores all over his body, indicating that he had some kind of sickness. As a beggar Lazarus was clearly in the lowest social class in society and the world did not care about him as indicated by the Rich Man’s indifference towards him. A person would be tempted to believe that God’s wrath and displeasure was upon Lazarus and that Lazarus was probably being punished or under a curse.
Yet the fact that Lazarus went to heaven when he died indicates something about his spiritual relationship with God. While Lazarus’ reasons for being in poverty are unknown, the fact that he was living in poverty did not indicate that God had cursed him or that he was doomed to go to hell.
For Lazarus to go to heaven, he obviously had a sound & genuine relationship with God. His poverty did not hinder him from believing in God and nor did his low social status & lack of possessions mean that he had a bankrupt faith.
In your personal life – are you looking at your poor financial situation and concluding that God has cursed you or is unhappy with you? Are you persuaded that people who are poor are probably in that particular state due to a bankrupt faith? Do you believe in the false prosperity gospel or seed-faith and word of faith teachings that feeds on people’s covetous desires rather than on having godly contentment?
Luke 12:15 – And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
1 Timothy 6:6-8 – Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

LIFE LESSON # 3
HEAVEN AND HELL ARE REAL PLACES (LUKE 16:23)
Heaven and hell are literal places that exist. After death people will consciously know they are in hell or that they are in heaven. There are various false doctrines and teachings that claim that hell doesn’t exist or that a loving God cannot allow His creation to suffer torment in hell. The Bible also does not mention any type of purgatory. However, on many occasions Jesus spoke about hell and the Bible clearly indicates that a literal hell and a literal heaven exist. The story in Luke 16:23-31 indicate that the Rich Man was in a literal hell in which he suffered unbearable torment to the extent that he requested something as small as water from the tip of Lazarus’ finger in order to cool his tongue.
In your personal life – do you take the existence of hell seriously? Do you take seriously that you may have friends, colleagues, family members who might go to hell if they do not have a relationship with God? Are you aware that hell is a literal place?
Matthew 25:41-42 – “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:”
John 14:2 – In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

LIFE LESSON # 4
HOW YOU LIVE IN YOUR LIFETIME WILL AFFECT WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY (LUKE 16:25)
Even though he was rich and wealthy on earth, the Rich Man did not have a relationship with God. If he did, he may have treated Lazarus better and would have been compassionate towards Lazarus. The Rich Man’s wealth was not evidence that he would spend eternity in heaven. Instead his life choices on earth sent him to hell.
In contrast, Lazarus suffered on earth, but ended up spending eternity in comfort in heaven. This clearly indicates that even though Lazarus lived in poverty and suffering, he clearly had better life choices in God’s eyes than the Rich Man.
In your personal life – what kind of life choices are you making? Do you know where you will spend eternity when you die – heaven or hell? Are you making choices that have an eternal benefit or are you making choices that gratify the flesh only and have a temporary benefit?
Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

LIFE LESSON # 5
JUDGEMENT TO HELL IS PERMANENT. THERE ARE NO SECOND CHANCES OR ESCAPE OUT OF HELL (LUKE 16:26)
Abraham told the Rich Man that nobody can walk out of hell. Also we discover from Abraham’s statement in Luke 16:26 that nobody who is in heaven can travel into hell.
Being in hell is an eternal punishment in which there is no second chance as soon as a person dies.
Therefore as long as a person is alive on the earth, that person has many, many chances and opportunities to repent before he/she dies. However, that chance is no longer available when the person dies.
In your personal life – are you resisting Jesus; are you refusing to repent and accept Christ as your Lord & Saviour? Are you aware that life is short and we can die at any moment due to a variety of causes? Therefore it’s important for us to accepted & trust Jesus to be our Lord & Saviour before we die?
2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

LIFE LESSON # 6
THE SCRIPTURES BRING US TO THE FOOT OF THE CROSS. SIGNS & WONDERS DON’T (LUKE 16:27-31)
In Luke 16:27-31 the Rich Man tries to persuade Abraham to send Lazarus back to earth from the dead to testify to the Rich Man’s brothers of their need to repent to avoid the torment of hell.
Imagine a person you know, perhaps a loved one, resurrecting from the dead and testifying to you that you need to repent. Imagine hearing the testimony of a miracle healing of a terminal disease. Would such signs & wonders convince certain people of their need to repent & receive Christ as their Lord & Saviour? The Rich Man believed that such a sign as someone rising from the dead would convince people to repent, but Abraham rebutted this claim by saying that people have Moses & the Prophets to listen to. Abraham was basically referring to the scriptures and all that people need in order to come to a knowledge of the grace and need of repentance is the word of God.
The irony is that Jesus Himself died & resurrected but yet people such as the Pharisees did not repent. In fact they tried to spread lies & rumours that Jesus’ body was stolen (Matthew 28:11-15).
Jesus also healed the blind & the sick before the presence of the Pharisees but yet they did not believe or repent despite seeing miracles.
Therefore Abraham was correct by saying “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.”
God’s word will bring us to a knowledge of our sinful nature & the need that we need Jesus and that we need to live according to God’s values.
In your personal life – are you busy looking for signs & wonders instead of searching for God Himself; Are you searching for the gift instead of the Giver? Do you believe that the Bible is infallible & the final authority on matters concerning life? Do you believe we must be doers of the word and not just hearers?
Galatians 3:24-25 – Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Therefore the above are very important life lessons we can learn about the Rich Man & Lazarus.
Was Jesus’ story of the Rich Man & Lazarus a parable or a real-life account / event? Unlike other parables that Jesus spoke, Jesus uniquely named 2 of its characters in this particular story making it very different from any of Jesus’ other parables.
Whether we believe it’s a parable or real-life account, what’s most important is that this story came from Jesus Himself & the Bible is infallible & inspired by God Himself.
The life lessons from Jesus’ story in Luke 16:21-31 are therefore to be taken seriously.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU WILL GO WHEN YOU DIE?
DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A CHILD OF GOD & A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, we are all guilty of telling a lie; we are guilty of lust; we are guilt of coveting at some point in our life. If we are guilty of breaking even one of God’s 10 Commandments, then that makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s commandments means that we are accountable to God the lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting” (John 3:16). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.

5. RECEIVE: “He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Saviour and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why not make your eternal decision now and pray the following prayer?

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Saviour
Amen”

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6 Reasons Why We Neglect Our Bible

How often do you read your Bible? When was the last time you actually studied a specific topic from the Bible on your own?
Do you faithfully mediate on God’s word on a daily basis – or do you struggle to read even a single chapter?

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

The word of God is basically food for your spirit. Your spirit cannot be healthy without a consistent intake of God’s word. It is through God’s word that you can be effective, edified and equipped for righteousness. This is why the Bible says that we should meditate on God’s word “day and night”.

If you are struggling to read the Bible, there are many different reasons why you may be struggling to read God’s word – and these struggles are very common among many people.

Below are a few reasons why we neglect to read our Bible:-

  1. We Are Lazy To Read The Bible
  2. We Claim That We Don’t Have Time
  3. We Think Bible Reading During Church Is Adequate
  4. We Have Replaced Bible Reading For The Pastor’s Sermons
  5. We Find It Irrelevant To Our Life & Situation
  6. We Are Succumbing To Spiritual Warfare

 

  1. We Are Lazy To Read The Bible

Let’s be honest. Some of us cannot reading the Bible for more than 10 minutes. We could probably read our Facebook newsfeed for hours or read an entire celebrity story on the internet, but yet we just become lazy when it comes to reading at least one chapter in the Bible. We need to cultivate a culture of self discipline & motivation if we are to overcome laziness and faithfully study God’s word.
Joshua 1:8 ESV – This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

 

  1. We Claim That We Don’t Have Time

We all know that there are 24 hours in a day. Yet in those 24 hours, we will probably find time to engage in sometimes unproductive activities like watch the television, gossip with friends, visit the social media apps on our cellphones and still fail to find at least 15 minutes within that day to read & meditate on God’s word. The truth is, we can always have time to read the Bible. The question is whether we have chosen God’s word to become a priority in our daily life. Within 24 hours, try to find at least 30 minutes a day to read, study & meditate on God’s word.
Psalms 1:1-2 ESV – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.

 

  1. We Have Replaced Bible Reading For The Pastor’s Sermons

Do you prefer to be “spoon-fed” by a preacher’s sermons instead of actually studying the scriptures for yourself? Is the temptation of listening to DVD sermons & tele-evangelists greater than the idea of doing a personal study of the word of God? Is listening to a Pastor’s sermon and reading the Bible one in the same thing? NO it’s not!
People who do not regularly study the Bible for themselves are more susceptible to false indoctrination and to follow false preachers. It’s therefore important to always verify for yourself through the Bible everything you hear from a preacher’s sermon.
Acts 17:11 ESV -Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
A person should not live according to the standard of a preacher’s sermon, but he/she should live according to the standard of God’s word (the Bible).
But He (Jesus) answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4 ESV
According to Jesus, a person must live on EVERY WORD that proceeds FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD.
Therefore, you cannot live on the word that proceeds from your Pastor’s mouth alone. You cannot live on the word that proceeds from the mouths of politicians alone. You cannot live from the things that fill your physical desires alone.
You must live “by EVERY word that comes FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD”
Psalms 119:105 ESV – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

 

  1. We Find The Bible Irrelevant To Our Life Situations

If we find the Bible to be irrelevant to our lives or a specific issue in our life it could be because of 1 or more of the following reasons:

  1. We do not adequately know or understand what the scriptures exactly say about our life or our specific situation.
  2. There is a specific sin in our lives which we do not want to repent of, and we do not want God’s word to rebuke us or correct us.
  3. We would rather find unbiblical solutions for the issues in our life.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Psalms 119:10,11 ESV – With my whole heart I seek You; let me not wander from Your commandments! I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

 

  1. We Think Bible Reading During Church Is Adequate

Do you eat food once a week? Would it be adequate for your physical body if you only ate once a week? Perhaps you attend church every Sunday, and the only time you actually open your Bible is on Sunday during the sermon. God’s word is actually spiritual food for our spirit and therefore we need to edify ourselves with His word on a daily basis. Our motivation & desire for reading God’s word must always come from within our own heart and not because of a religious meeting. God’s word is meant to be meditated on a daily basis and not only during a church meeting.
1 Peter 2:2-3 ESV – Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation—  if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Job 23:12 ESV – I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my portion of food.

 

  1. We Are Succumbing To The Enemy’s Spiritual Warfare Tactics

Ultimately, the devil does not want Christians to have knowledge and understanding of the scriptures. It’s through the Bible that we learn about God nature, God’s values, Man’s sinful nature & his need for God, and God’s redemption plan through Christ.
Matthew 13:18-19 ESV – “Hear then the parable of the sower:  19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
The Bible is also the only offensive weapon in the Armour of God. God’s word is the sword of the Holy Spirit. The scriptures are therefore what every Christian uses in order to discern and overcome the temptations of enemy through Christ. You will discover that when Jesus was tempted by the devil, Jesus always used the Scriptures to overcome every temptation from the enemy.
The devil will therefore do what he can to ensure that you do not have knowledge or understanding of what God says in His word. At times, the devil will also distort the meaning or interpretation of the scriptures through the sermons of false preachers and the like.
2 Timothy 2:15 ESV – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Ephesians 6:17 ESV – And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
Ephesians 6:11-12 ESV – Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

 

Conclusion
Just as we cannot be physically healthy without eating the proper food and having the proper nutrition, our spirit man cannot be healthy and spiritually equipped if we do not feed daily on the word of God. God’s word edifies us and equips us for every good work in Christ.
If you haven’t been reading your Bible and mediating on God’s word on a daily basis – start TODAY.

 

Proof That The Bible Is True

Is there proof that the Bible is true? Who wrote the Bible and what evidence exists that the Bible should be treated seriously? How can people say that the Bible was written by God when it was penned by men?

Below is an attempt to answer and perhaps convince the skeptics and unbelievers who do not believe in the Bible and the authority that it carries as being the infallible word of God.

1. Written By Different Men Over 2000 Years
The Bible is a collection of 66 books which were written by about 40 men over a period of 1500 years or more. Most of these authors had never physically met but yet their message in what they wrote is structured, consistent, accurate, inter-related and perfectly unified throughout. Though these writers physically penned the 66 books, the individual writers, at the time of writing, had no idea that their message was eventually to be incorporated into one single Book, that we know today as being The Bible.
Interestingly (as we keep in mind the accuracy & consistency of their writings) these writers believed and claimed that they were writing or transmitting the very word of God – or that their writings were as a result of the inspiration of ONE single Supernatural Author – God Himself.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2. The Scientific Accuracy of the Bible
Another striking evidence of divine inspiration is found in the fact that many of the
principles of modern science were recorded as facts of nature in the Bible long before
scientist confirmed them experimentally. A sampling of these would include:

  • The Earth is round, not flat as once believed (Isaiah 40:22).
  • Atmospheric circulation (Ecclesiastes 1:6).
  • Field of Gravity (Job 26:7).
  • Biological importance of blood to life (Leviticus 17:11,12).
  • The Bible refers to dinosaurs. Job 40:15 and Job 41:1 speak of two such creatures.

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3. Over 100 Prophetic Accuracies About Jesus Christ
John 5:39 – (Jesus speaking) You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me
The one consistent theme of the Bible, is that from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible consistently refers and prophesies about Jesus Christ who ultimately is mankind’s Lord & Saviour. There are over 300 specific prophecies in the Old Testament that are fulfilled in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

4. The Bible Is Endorsed by Jesus Christ
Matthew 5:17-18 – (Jesus speaking) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”
When Jesus was on earth at the time, only the Old Testament existed. Jesus read and quoted from the Old Testament. Therefore if the Bible was inaccurate or untrustworthy, Jesus would have not quoted the Old Testament. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, Christ overcame the devil’s temptation by responding with Scripture quoted from the Old Testament. This was a clear indication not only of the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible but also that Jesus Himself was willing to be obedient to do what The Bible teaches.
READ Matthew 4:1-17

5. Its Survival
The Bible starting from Genesis has survived for over 1500 years. No other book has been so consistently studied, bought or quoted by mankind. Its teachings are still relevant even after 1000 years, a clear proof that God’s word is authoritative and does not change. No other book has been loved or hated as the Bible but yet it still survives and remains the highest seller among all books.
Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

6. Archaeological Evidence
A number of archaeological and geographic evidences exist to prove the accuracy and historic truthfulness of the Bible. Archaeological discoveries have been made which verify the various Biblical stories and events mentioned in scripture.
Romans 1:20-21 – For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

7. Life Changing Power
For thousands of years, the Bible has changed countless lives and has provided a means by which mankind can know and understand who God is and what God says about every life situation that we face on this earth. The Bible also is one huge story about God’s relationship with man. The Bible speaks of God’s love and plan of salvation from sin through Jesus Christ. People of different backgrounds and beliefs can testify of the life changing experiences that God’s word has brought to their lives.
Hebrews 4:12-13 – For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

 

Helpful Websites & Recommended Websites

http://www.bibleevidences.com/
http://christiananswers.net/archaeology/
http://carm.org/when-was-bible-written-and-who-wrote-it
https://answersingenesis.org/is-the-bible-true/can-you-prove-the-bible-is-true/
http://www.reasons.org/
http://www.the-gospel.org/stdy_aplgy/prophecy.php
https://answersingenesis.org/archaeology/6-archaeological-finds/

 

 

Bible Verses about One Another

In life is it important for us to treat one another with love and respect. God want us to reflect His nature through the way in which we treat other people. Our relationship with one another must ultimately give glory, honour and praise to God. Below are various Bible verses (from ESV) about how we should relate with one another in our lives.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER
John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 John 4:11
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

 

INSTRUCT ONE ANOTHER
Romans 15:14
I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.

 

PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
James 5:16
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

 

HONOR ONE ANOTHER
Romans 12:10
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour.

 

BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER
Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

BE HOSPITABLE & SERVE ONE ANOTHER
John 13:14
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

1 Peter 4:9
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

Galatians 5:13
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

 

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER
Hebrews 10:25
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

 

TEACH ONE ANOTHER
Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

 

BEAR ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS
Galatians 6:2
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Ephesians 4:1-2
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

 

STIR ONE ANOTHER TO LOVE
Hebrews 10:24
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

 

Bible Verses about Hell

According to the scriptures, hell exists. This place is eternal and it is a place that is reserved for those who will face eternal punishment. Jesus Himself spoke about hell and warned people about hell.

Hell can be avoided when we genuinely put our total trust and faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Please read Where Do We Go When We Die for more information.

Jesus Christ died for our sins and paid for all our sins through His finished work on the cross so that we may have eternal life (John 3:16). When we accept Christ and receive Him by faith, we become children of God (John 1:12) and we are given every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

Below are several Bible scriptures which describe, teach and warn us about hell …

Revelation 21:8
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.”

Matthew 5:22
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Matthew 7:13-14
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 25:46
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Luke 16:19-23
“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Psalm 9:17
The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God.

2 Thessalonians 1:9
They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power

Matthew 13:50
and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Acts 2:27
because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

Mark 9:43
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.

Jude 1:7
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

Proverbs 15:24
The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.

Proverbs 23:14
Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.

Matthew 13:42
They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:41
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Revelation 19:20
But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshipped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur.

Proverbs 15:11
Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD– how much more the hearts of men!

Matthew 16:19
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

2 Peter 2:4
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgement;

Revelation 20:13-14
The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.

Matthew 10:28
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Ezekiel 18:20
The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.

Revelation 20:1-3
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God


Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Bible Verses about False Teachers & Prophets

The word of God clearly warns us to beware of false prophets, false teachers and false doctrines. False preachers will not only come from outside of the church, but the scriptures warn that false teaching and false prophets will arise from among or within the church. God’s word also advises us to test the spirits so that we are not led astray by deceiving and seducing spirits. God’s word warns that MANY false prophets / teachers will arise and the Bible also clearly tells us that false prophets / teachers will have a LARGE following and therefore MANY people will be deceived by them. Therefore a preacher / prophet is not judged by the size or number of their followers, but by their fruits and whether or not they teach and practice God’s true Biblical sound doctrine. It is therefore important for every Christian to have a genuine personal relationship with God; to exercise the Holy Spirit’s gift of discernment; to test the spirits as the Bible says and for us to know and understand God’s sound Biblical teachings and doctrine. God is protective of His own people and therefore He always wants us to be watchful of those who may disguise themselves as sheep but yet they are wolves.

Below are just a few of the many Bible verses related to the warnings and issues regarding false teachers & prophets.

Matthew 7:15-16
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

Acts 20:28-31
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.

Matthew 24:11
Then MANY false prophets will rise up and deceive MANY.

2 Peter 2:1-3
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And MANY will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

2 Timothy 4:2-5
Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Matthew 7:21-23
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. MANY will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done MANY wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Colossians 2:8
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because MANY false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

1 Timothy 6:20-21
O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.

1 Timothy 6:8-10
And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

2 John 7-8
For MANY deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Matthew 24:23-25
“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs & wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.

Romans 16:17-20
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.

Jeremiah 14:14
And the Lord said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.

Philippians 3:18-19
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame — who set their mind on earthly things.