Month: April 2018

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Challenge 3


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The challenge is to …

Leave one tract in EVERY public place you visit during the next 7 days – obviously keep doing this all the time after the challenge!


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible.
  • Some gospel tracts – if you don’t have any then please click here to download and print your own.
  • Computer and printer (if you’re printing your own).
  • Places to go.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Difficult to calculate as we all have completely different daily routines. However, it shouldn’t take any more time at all – it’s a simple case of leaving a tract in the public place you visit before you leave that place.

How difficult is this challenge?

On paper, this challenge is incredibly easy; “Nothing to it” you would think. BUT, if you are not used to leaving tracts in places, then your flesh will NOT want to do this for fear of embarrassment or “getting caught” somehow. Don’t be discouraged – the enemy will try and give you all sorts of silly, unreasonable, irrational thoughts as to why you shouldn’t be leaving literature around the place, but DON’T listen to him. You KNOW that your spirit is willing to work for the Lord and help get people saved, so stay in prayer to the Lord and get encouragement and strength from Him (Phil. 4:13). He WILL give you the opportunities to leave the tracts.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Allow yourself time to get used to leaving tracts in public places.
  • Don’t ‘beat yourself up’ if you forget to leave a tract somewhere every now and then. The Lord is always in control, and perhaps it was the wrong place to leave one at that particular time?
  • If you don’t use your everyday carry bag to hold your tracts, then before bedtime, always keep the tracts near your keys and wallet/purse so that you don’t forget to bring them with you the next day.
  • If you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to leave more tracts in a particular place, then DO!
  • If you feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit to actually hand someone in a public place a tract, then DO!
  • ALWAYS be polite and gentle – be the best soulwinner YOU can be for the Lord!

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.

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What does the Bible say about ‘Thanos and his ‘Infinity Stones”?


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As Christians, there is so much we can say about this very popular ‘hot topic’, but it’s simply not worth our precious time dwelling on it for too long. However, I do want to address it a little as the whole ‘Avengers Infinity War’ craze is influencing millions of children all around the world, so it’s another great opportunity to share the TRUTH with them.

So, here are some of the immediate things that I think about when I look at ‘Thanos and his quest for the Infinity Stones’.

The Gauntlet

And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: – Genesis 3:22

The very first mention of the word “hand” in Scripture is just after man has sinned against God for the first time. So it’s interesting that in order to acquire all the ‘universal power’ that this Thanos character desires, he needs SIX (the number of man and the beast – Revelation 13:18) stones to insert in a ‘glove’ he wears on his hand. If he gets all of these stones, then he can pretty much do whatever he wants in the universe, including completely destroying all life in it.

Now of course, this particular situation is just comic book fiction, BUT, in reality there IS indeed one who wants (and has always wanted) this same power and worship – Satan, the Devil.

From before time began for man, Lucifer (as was Satan’s original, good name) has wanted ultimate power, and to be like God Almighty. This is what caused him to rebel against God in the first place – the sin of pride:

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. – Isaiah 14:12-14.

During the Tribulation period (the terrible 7 years of time that is fast approaching), standing in the midst of the development of the third temple in Jerusalem, the Antichrist (another ‘label’ for the Devil) will declare himself to be God:

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) – Matthew 24:15.

And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate … And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. – Daniel 11:31, 36-38.

The Antichrist will profess to be God in the flesh (2 Thess. 2). And as such, he will install himself as the object of worship (Rev. 13).

Satan has always desired to be like God. He wasn’t happy with what he was given; he wanted to be on the same level as God Almighty.

God created Lucifer the most beautiful being, covered in all sorts of precious stones:

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. – Ezekiel 28:13-15.

But when Lucifer sinned and rebelled against God, he was thrown out of Heaven, and then given the new name of Satan – the deceiver.

That’s another interesting thought about Thanos’ need for these precious stones, and that he cannot do anything without them. It’s almost like an example of Satan’s original beauty and status that he so desperately wants to get back.

The Infinity Stones

I’ve taken a quick look at each of these fictional stones and their fictional meanings, and had some immediate Bible verses spring to mind as I read (there’s so many other verses!). I’ve listed them here for you to read and study yourself, which hopefully will then give you confidence to witness to your friends and family who enjoy all the Avengers stuff, about the TRUTH as written in God’s word.

Space Stone

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Creates interstellar bridges from one end of space to the other.

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. – 2 Corinthians 12:2.

Paul was caught up from Earth into Heaven.

And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. – Acts 8:39.

Philip was transported miles in a blink of an eye.

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. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.

All saved Christians will be caught up in the air in a twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52) to meet the Lord Jesus Christ.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. – Hebrews 11:5.

Enoch was translated from Earth to Heaven immediately.

Only God Almighty can do all this, and He doesn’t need any gauntlet or precious stones! God is Omnipresent.


Mind Stone

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Primarily used to control minds.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.

The greatest and most difficult battlefield today is not found in ‘Wakanda’ or on another planet, it’s in our minds.

The god of this world is Satan, and he blinds the minds of people from the Truth of God’s word and the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Devil does this through many various methods, such as keeping us as busy as possible with the things of the world.

People are so distracted with what the world is doing or has to offer, that they simply do not have time to think about the things of God – Bible, life, death, eternity, love, compassion, and so on. This is what Satan wants, because by keeping people away from the Truth of the Bible, he is keeping them on the road to Hell. He also uses false teachings, religions, ‘good’ deeds, and many other deceptions to achieve his goal of sending as many people as possible to Hell when they die.

God Almightly wants to make you free from this deception:

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32.

He wants you free from the bondage of sin, and offers His salvation free of charge to anyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ.

God is Omniscient.


Reality Stone

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Turns matter into dark matter by binding with a host and absorbing their life force.

Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8:41-44.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. – Ephesians 6:11-12.

(See the Armour of God post for more on this).

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: – 1 Peter 5:8.

Everyone is born with the Devil as their father, because everyone is born in sin. The Devil enjoys keeping his children in the bondage of sin and darkness. He destroys them through drugs, war, violence, crime, diseases, deception, etc.; this is the reality of life.

Satan wants people dead as quickly as possible so that they don’t have time to learn about and accept the free gift of salvation that God offers everyone through the Lord Jesus Christ’s blood and His death, burial, and resurrection.

In order for a person to get into Heaven when they die, they MUST be born again in this life by the Spirit of God (John 3:3). Learn how this is done, by visiting the Salvation page.


Power Stone

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Destroys planets just by touching the stone to the surface.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. – Matthew 28:18.

Absolute and unlimited.

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; – 2 Timothy 4:1.

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; – 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9.

When the Lord Jesus Christ returns, it won’t be as a baby in manger again. No sir, He means business!

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. – 2 Peter 3:9-10.

God is Omnipotent.


Time Stone

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Can reverse or accelerate time.

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) – 2 Corinthians 6:2.

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. – Proverbs 27:1.

God lives in eternity where He alone controls everything. No one knows when He will return, so you must come to Him today for salvation before it’s too late!


Soul Stone

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Not much is known, but is considered the greatest threat out of all six Infinity Stones.

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. – Genesis 2:7.

And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy1 soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. – Luke 12:16-21.

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28.

Everyone is a living soul. The body dies, but the soul does not – it goes to either Heaven or Hell. Dying without Christ is the greatest threat to every unsaved person, because it means that your soul will spend eternity in Hell and torments. Get right with God today to guarantee your place in Heaven.


Final Thoughts

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. – Genesis 1:1.

Friend, God Almighty is the Creator of all things. He loves you and wants you to be with Him in eternity when you die. If you are not a saved Christian, then make sure you get right with God today, because without Him, you are condemned in this life, and also after you die, where you will spend eternity in Hell. This won’t be God’s fault (nothing is), it will be YOURS, because you have rejected the free gift of salvation that He has provided through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Make sure that your ‘Avengers loving friends’ also know about this!

And remember, the Devil is already a defeated foe. When God is finished with him, his eternal destination is the lake of fire; DON’T go there with him!

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. – Revelation 20:9-10.

Oh yes…

Just because we can see the Devil in the Thanos character, does NOT mean that we can see God in the Avengers characters. Certainly NOT! But that’s for another post in 2019 perhaps.

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They have no concern for their own souls


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The majority of people have little or no concern about their salvation. We try our best witnessing to them about what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for them, and telling them about the free gift of salvation offered to all, but they still reject. Even though we might show them a verse related to everyone coming short of the glory of God, it still has no impact on their hardened hearts.

They don’t understand that if a person keeps rejecting God’s message of salvation, He might finally ‘let them go’. The Bible warns,

He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. – Proverbs 29:1.

  • Judas was reproved for three and a half years; he was destroyed without remedy.
  • Pharaoh was reproved for seven years; he was destroyed without remedy.
  • Zedekiah was reproved for eleven years; he was destroyed without remedy.
  • The list in the word and throughout history goes on and on.

True stories:

A homeless man at a mobile rescue mission said to the superintendent, “None of that stuff for me!” (This was said in response to a gospel invitation). The homeless man walked one block eastward from the mission, crossed the railroad tracks, and was cut in two by a train.

A man mowing his lawn cursed a preacher after he witnessed to him. The man turned one corner of his yard with the mower and dropped dead of a heart attack.

A young preacher boy witnessed to a family. The man and wife laughed at him, cursed him, and threw a chair at him as he went out the door. The boy went down the path to the street, and the man came to the door shaking his fist and cursing him, and then he dropped dead of a heart attack in his own doorway and his wife fainted on top of him.

A young man left a ‘Youth for Christ’ meeting laughing, and said, “You’d see me in Hell before you’d see me down at that altar”. An hour later they brought out hoses to wash the blood off the motorway where he’d hit a culvert (a structure that allows water to flow under a road) at 75 miles an hour.

Millions (if not billions) of people have been reproved by the word of God for years, but they are still unsaved. Many of them laugh outright at the Bible, some have devoted their lives to attacking and trying to destroy it, and many have merely laid it aside and fled from it. Their destination is described Proverbs 29:1 and in Proverbs 1:24-33.

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. – Proverbs 1:24-33.

God may no longer try and reach a person any more. Perhaps He won’t send Christians to the person, or they will no longer have any conviction at all over their sin, or perhaps their life will indeed end unexpectedly; without remedy.

There are many ways to try and get someone to see their need for a Saviour, but here are a few which should do it, ONLY IF the person doesn’t already have a seared conscience:

Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; – 1 Timothy 4:2.

NOTE: If the conscience is “seared” – literally “cauterized” – then it has been rendered insensitive. It does not work properly; it’s as if “spiritual scar tissue” has dulled the sense of right and wrong.

Show them that they are a great sinner before God

READ: Matthew 22:34-40 and Mark 12:28-34.

One of the best verses for this purpose is:

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. – Matthew 22:37-38.

Before the person reads these verses, say to them, “Do you know that you are a great sinner before God?”. They will probably say “No”, or “I’m not a great sinner”, or something similar. Tell them that they HAVE actually committed the greatest sin that a man can possibly commit, and then ask them what they think that is. They will probably say, “But I haven’t murdered anyone!” (thinking that murder is the greatest sin), but then show them what God says about it. That NO ONE has kept the first and great commandment – to love God with all of your very being. And by NOT keeping this commandment, this then is the first and great SIN.

And they will have to give an account to God

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

Another excellent verse to use to produce conviction of sin. It brings the careless person face-to-face with God, and makes them realise that they must give account to God for the way they lived their lives.

  1. Who has to give account? –  YOU.
  2. To whom are you to give account? – to God.
  3. Of what are you to give account? – of your life.

Get the person to say, “I shall give account of myself to God”, and get them to repeat it again and again until it has sunk into their heart.

READ: Amos 4:12 – this can be used in much the same way.

And that ALL their deepest, darkest secrets will be judged

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. – Romans 2:16.

Ask the person if they are ready to have their secret hidden things of their life judged by a holy God?

At the Great White Throne Judgment (of the unsaved), a lot of things are going to come out that you never dreamed would come out. In that day, God will reveal the secrets about which only He and the person being judged knew. He will judge them properly, and He will judge with a perfect Judge (Jesus Christ) and by a perfect standard (the Gospel – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

And then they will be cast into the lake of fire forever

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. – Revelation 21:7-8.

A Christian has overcome everything through the Blood of Christ (1 John 4:4, 5:4), and is a son of God, and will go to the place where there is no sorrow, no death, no pain, no tears. BUT (v8) the unsaved, lost, Christ-rejecting soul will go to the place where there is nothing but tears, sorrow, pain, weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth forever (Revelation 20:14-15).

Notice the classes of people: not only the “whoremongers” and the “liars” and the “murderers”, but the “unbelieving”. God classes unbelieving people with whoremongers, murderers, and idolaters.

  • “unbelieving” – are certainly not born again, Bible believing Christians. God condemns a person for not believing what He said.
  • “fearful” – God classifies men who are afraid to trust Christ with “murderers” and “whoremongers”. Isn’t that a thought?
  • “liars” – EVERYONE has lied at some point in their lives. If they say they haven’t, then they’ve just lied to you. Lying is one of the things that God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19).

An unsaved person is connected to the sins they commit and partakes of them, and they are part of them, which means that if they die without their sins forgiven, then they will go straight to Hell.

Leave them with that thought, and let the Holy Spirit do His work:

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: – John 16:7-8.

It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law. – Psalms 119:126.


A NOTE FOR CHRISTIANS:

It is true that a Christian can commit sin, and they’ll not “inherit the kingdom of God” if they practice these things (Galatians 5:21), but a Christian is still a Christian.

An unsaved person is not just guilty of the sin, but because they are unsaved, they are connected with the sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

  • An unsaved person doesn’t tell lies, they are a liar.
  • An unsaved person doesn’t drink, they are a drunkard.
  • An unsaved person doesn’t commit adultery, they are an adulterer.

A Christian can do these things, and they lose rewards and are punished for doing them (Galatians 5:19-21). The Christian loses their inheritance for doing them, but the Christian is still a Christian.

It is not a bit unfair! The Christian’s sins have been paid for, atoned for, and they have been separated from them by the BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. This is the doctrine of “eternal security” that some people have so much trouble with).

If a Christian sins they lose:

  1. The joy of God’s salvation (Psalms 51:12).
  2. Their testimony (1 Corinthians 15:33-34).
  3. Their health (1 Corinthians 11:30).
  4. Their rewards (1 Corinthians 3:13-15).
  5. A Millennial inheritance (Luke 19:15-26).
  6. Their life (1 Corinthians 11:30).

A Christian can lose a lot without losing their soul, but they are still a Christian.

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Some clear verses showing Jesus is God


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Jesus said He is God many times in t he New Testament. Jesus is all over the Old Testament. Jesus fulfilled ALL the Messianic prophecies.

Isaiah 9:6-7

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

John 1:1 and 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 8:58

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Acts 20:28

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

1 Timothy 3:16

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1 John 5:7

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

1 John 3:16

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Philippians 2:6-11

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

1 Timothy 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;

1 Timothy 2:3

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Titus 1:4

To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

1 John 5:20

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

And many, many, many, many ….. more!

 

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Some helpful Bible verses for situations


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Afraid of circumstances

  • Mark 4:35-41
  • Romans 8:28
  • Isaiah 41:10 & 13
  • Psalms 139:8-10

Afraid of people (see also ‘Bullied’)

  • Psalms 56:9-11
  • Psalms 62:5-8
  • Psalms 27:1-3

Afraid of persecution

  • Matthew 5:11, 12
  • Hebrews 13:6-8

Afraid of the future

  • Matthew 6:25-34
  • Psalms 23
  • Psalms 55:22

Angry with people

  • Ephesians 4:29-32
  • James 1:19, 20
  • Colossians 3:12-14
  • 1 John 2:9-11

Anxious (see ‘Worried’)

Apathetic or complacent

  • John 3:17, 18, 35, 36
  • Revelation 3:15-18
  • Romans 3:22-24
  • Romans 6:23

Away from home

  • Proverbs 3:1-7
  • Psalms 91
  • Psalms 121

Bereaved (see ‘Coping with a death’)

Bitter or critical

  • Matthew 7:1-5
  • Matthew 6:14, 15
  • Hebrews 12:14, 15
  • Ephesians 4:32

Blaming God

  • Job 22:21
  • 2 Samuel 22:31
  • Jeremiah 29:11
  • Proverbs 19:3

Broken-hearted

  • Psalms 34:17, 18
  • Psalms 147:3

Bullied (see also ‘Afraid of people’)

  • Psalms 91:9-16
  • Joshua 1:9
  • Psalms 37:7-9

Choosing a career

  • Proverbs 16:3, 9
  • Romans 12:1, 2
  • Psalms 37:3-7

Conscious of sin

  • 1 John 1:5-10
  • Romans 6:23
  • Psalms 25:4-11
  • Psalms 51

Considering marriage

  • Matthew 19:4-6
  • Ephesians 5:22-33
  • Hebrews 13:4

Contemplating revenge

  • Romans 12:17-19
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Coping with death (bereaved)

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  • Romans 8:38, 39
  • John 3:15, 16
  • John 14:1-4

Coping with failure

  • Hebrews 4:14-16
  • Psalms 73:26

Desperate (at your wits end)

  • Psalms 62:5-8
  • Psalms 55:22
  • 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Distressed or troubled

  • 2 Corinthians 4:8, 9, 16-18
  • Psalms 9:9, 10
  • Romans 8:28-39
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4

Doubting (see ‘Faith is weak’ and ‘Sceptical’)

  • Mark 9:17-24
  • John 20:24-31
  • John 4:50
  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Envious (see also ‘Jealous’)

  • Galatians 5:22-26
  • James 3:13-16
  • Philippians 4:12, 13

Facing death

  • John 3:16
  • John 14:1-3
  • Psalms 23:4
  • 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Faith is weak (see also ‘Doubting’ and ‘Sceptical’)

  • Luke 12:22-31
  • John 14:13, 14
  • Hebrews 11
  • Matthew 8:5-13

Far from God

  • Psalms 145:17-20
  • James 4:7-10
  • Acts 17:22-28

Feeling hurt

  • 1 Peter 5:7
  • Psalms 27:13, 14
  • Hebrews 12:2, 3

Feeling inadequate

  • 1 Corinthians 1:20-31
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
  • Philippians 4:12, 13
  • Isaiah 40:28-31

Feeling lost or unwanted

  • Psalms 107:4-9
  • Luke 15:11-24
  • Luke 19:10
  • Hebrews 13:5, 6

Feeling self-righteous

  • Luke 18:9-14
  • Ephesians 2:8, 9
  • Romans 3:9-12, 21-24
  • Titus 3:3-7

Friends fail

  • 2 Timothy 4:16-18
  • Luke 17:3, 4
  • Psalms 34:18, 19
  • Deuteronomy 33:27

Ill or in pain

  • James 5:14-16
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10
  • Psalms 103:1-5

In danger or threatened (see also ‘Bullied’)

  • Psalms 27:1
  • Mark 4:35-41
  • Proverbs 18:10
  • 1 Peter 3:13-17

Insulted

  • Proverbs 12:16
  • Romans 15:3, 4
  • 1 Peter 2:23

Intimidated

  • Proverbs 29:25
  • Joshua 1:9
  • Psalms 3:1-3
  • Psalms 71:1-3

Jealous (see also ‘Envious’)

  • 1 Timothy 6:6-10
  • Matthew 6:33
  • 1 John 2:15-17

Lonely

  • Psalms 23
  • Deuteronomy 31:8
  • Hebrews 13:5

Looking for a job/made redundant

  • Philippians 4:11-13
  • Proverbs 16:3, 9
  • Isaiah 48:17
  • Jeremiah 29:11

Needing comfort

  • Psalms 34:18, 19
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4

Needing guidance

  • Proverbs 3:5, 6
  • Romans 12:1, 2
  • James 1:5-8
  • Psalms 32:8-10

Needing peace

  • John 14:27
  • Philippians 4:4-9
  • Romans 5:1-5
  • Isaiah 26:3, 4

Newly retired

  • Proverbs 16:3
  • Matthew 6:25-34
  • Philippians 4:12
  • Isaiah 46:4

Praying

  • 1 John 5:14, 15
  • John 14:12-14
  • Luke 11:1-13
  • Psalms 66:16-20

Resentful (see also ‘Bitter or critical’)

  • 2 Timothy 2:22-24
  • Proverbs 3:11, 12

Sceptical (see also ‘Doubting’ and ‘Faith is weak’)

  • Luke 24:36-49
  • John 6:35-40
  • John 10:25-30

Sleepless

  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • 1 Peter 5:6, 7
  • Proverbs 3:21-26:5
  • Psalms 4:8

Stressed (see also ‘Worried’)

  • Matthew 6:25-27, 34
  • 1 Peter 5:7
  • John 14:1
  • Isaiah 40:31

Tempted to: (see separate section below)

Thankful

  • Psalms 100
  • 2 Corinthians 9:10-12 & 15
  • Colossians 3:15
  • Colossians 2:6, 7

Unemployed (see ‘Looking for a job/made redundant’)

Weary

  • Matthew 11:28-30
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
  • Philippians 4:13
  • Isaiah 40:28-31

Witnessing

  • Acts 1:8
  • 1 Peter 3:15
  • Matthew 10:32, 33
  • Romans 10:8-10

Worried (see also ‘Stressed’)

  • Philippians 4:6, 7
  • Nahum 1:7
  • Psalms 46
  • Isaiah 43:1-3

Tempted to …

Commit suicide

  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20
  • Psalms 34:6
  • Psalms 31:9, 10, 14-16

Divorce

  • Mark 10:1-12
  • Romans 7:1-3
  • Malachi 2:15, 16

Drink abuse

  • Ephesians 5:18
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8
  • 1 Corinthians 10:12, 13, 31
  • Proverbs 20:1

Drug abuse

  • 2 Peter 2:19
  • Romans 13:13, 14
  • Proverbs 25:28
  • Proverbs 14:12

Lie

  • Proverbs 6:16-19
  • Proverbs 19:9
  • Ephesians 4:22-25
  • Revelation 21:8

Sexual immorality

  • Galatians 5:19-24
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10

Steal

  • Exodus 20:15
  • Romans 13:8-10
  • Ephesians 4:28
    Hebrews 13:5
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‘Tough love’ – Jesus is no ‘snowflake’!


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READ: John 3:16; Philippians 2:7-8; Hebrews 12:2.

The Lord Jesus Christ loved us all enough to have endured the cross; being born in the likeness of men in order to die for us through the most wicked of torturous deaths, to deposit our sins in Hell, and then to rise again the third day, forever making intercession for us (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).

READ: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 – this is the gospel that we preach.

  • Those who die IN Christ are saved and hath eternal life and go to Heaven – John 3:16.
  • Those who die IN sin and without Christ are unsaved and will go to Hell – John 3:36; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9.

We will ALL go to a place starting with ‘H’.

READ: 2 Corinthians 11:4.

The majority of Christians today don’t know the real Jesus. They have their own ‘idea’ of Him; that He went around just loving everyone, and being nice to everyone, and just accepting everyone for who they were, etc., etc. But this is NOT the true Jesus of the Bible. This is another Jesus.

Yes indeed, the true Jesus does love us ALL and is willing and ready to save ANYONE who comes to God in genuine, heartfelt repentance. But in the Gospels, we read this same Jesus gave the people ‘tough love’; He told the TRUTH, and the truth hurt.

People either love or hate truth. They will either come TO the truth to be made free from sin, or they will run FROM the truth to remain in bondage to sin and death.

Take a look at just some of the incidences where Jesus gave some ‘tough love’:

Jesus got angry (righteous anger); He was no wimp, or coward, or compromiser

And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; – John 2:15.

Jesus hurt someone’s feelings; He spoke the truth

And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. – Matthew 19:16-24.

Jesus didn’t hesitate to offend people with the truth

The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. – John 4:17-18.

He cared for others, however, love cannot supersede truth. Love occurs within the framework of truth.

Jesus called a group of religious people ‘evil’ snakes; He preached hard

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. – Matthew 12:34.

Jesus called on of His disciples ‘Satan’; He was outspoken

But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. – Matthew 16:23.

Jesus accused one of His disciples of being a ‘devil’; He didn’t worry about offending people

Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? – John 6:70.

Jesus taught that many people will one day burn in Hell; He was more willing to be divided over truth, than to be united in error

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: – Matthew 25:41.

Jesus called people names

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. – Matthew 15:21-28.

See also Luke 13:31-32.

Jesus didn’t even seem to regard His own earthly family either

Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? – Matthew 12:47-48.

Jesus said to do it His way or burn in Hell when you die

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:6.

Jesus was no respecter of persons, and spoke the plain truth without apology. That’s ‘tough love’!

Now obviously there were reasons why Jesus did and said what He did and said, but you can see why so many Christians today don’t want to hear about all these things, because it sounds “horrible” or “nasty” or “unkind” or “unloving” or “simply not true” or, or, or.

Q. Why do you think that these Christians don’t want to know the true Jesus?

  • Jesus was justified in everything He did.
  • He never sinned once.
  • There was a heavenly reason behind every seemingly unkind thing He did.
  • We love people, but we love God more; and the truth of His word.
  • We live in a wicked world that speaks and sings of love, whilst simultaneously denying God and His word (NO ONE outside of Christ knows what love is).
  • There can be NO unity between the righteous and the wicked. It’s Jesus or Hell.

READ: Matthew 7:13-14 and 2 Peter 3:9.

We love Him, because He first loved us – let us NOT forget this!

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Who are you REALLY hearing from?


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The ‘messages’ you hear from psychics, mediums, clairvoyants are real, BUT they are NOT what you think. The Holy Bible says that these people use divination; are enchanters; witches; wizards; charmers; consulters with familiar spirits; and necromancers, and are an abomination unto the LORD!

Satan (the Devil) deceives us, and uses these ‘new age ministers’, to give you a false impression that you are hearing from your deceased loved ones when in fact, you are hearing from a “familiar spirit” (i.e. a devil who knows about you, and pretends to be the deceased person you seek to make contact with). The Bible says,

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. – 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.

So, what is the TRUTH?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. –  John 14:6

The only way to Heaven is by the Lord Jesus Christ (God in the flesh), who died for our sins, was buried, and then rose again the third day. ANYONE who believes this with all their heart; trusting Him ALONE for salvation, receives the free gift of forgiveness of their sins, and is SAVED! Heaven is now their home when they die.

They don’t go to an ‘in between’ place, or ‘wander the earth’ as spirits, or give us ‘messages from the afterlife’. God’s word (Holy Bible) says,

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 5:8

All those who die IN CHRIST immediately go to be with Him in Heaven. Isn’t that wonderful!

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Challenge 2


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The challenge is to …

In 800 words or so, write down or type your testimony of how the Lord Jesus Christ saved you. Write it in a way that it can be used as a personal gospel tract to give to others.


 

What will I need to complete this challenge?

  • King James Bible for writing out some verses or scripture references on your tract.
  • Computer or pen and paper.
  • A4/A5 card (different coloured card is nice!).
  • Printer.
  • Notebook to keep track of your progress and to jot down all the thoughts, verses, etc., that come into your mind as you are doing the challenge.

How much time should I allocate?

Spend as much time as you can during the week writing, editing, and re-editing your testimony, and then producing your printed or photocopied tract.

How difficult is this challenge?

No doubt we all have wonderful personal testimonies that could fill many, many pages, so editing it down to 800 or so words will be quite challenging, but certainly can be done. Try to either pick out some key milestones in your life and present them as bulleted highlights for example, or perhaps concentrate on just one aspect of your life that the Lord dealt with that ultimately brought you to salvation. Write it all first, then edit, then read, then edit, then read, and so on – you WILL get to the 800 words eventually.

What other advice do you have for me?

  • Try to keep your wording as simple as possible, avoiding long, fancy, technical words and terms.
  • Write from the heart – don’t try to impress people, just be yourself, put down the truth, and be REAL!
  • Only get as personal as you want to be and are comfortable with – don’t forget that the aim is to not only hand out this personal testimony tract to your friends and family, but also to the general public as well.
  • Don’t mention people’s names in your tract – instead, just put initials e.g. John Brown becomes just J.B., or refer to the person as “someone I knew” or “a person let me down”, and so on.
  • Use a one-liner title that describes what the Lord did for you or what He saved you from – try and make it catchy if you can.
  • Use a different font for the title, but not one that’s too ‘childish’  or ‘funny’ looking; use a font style that matches the main theme of the tract.
  • Don’t print black text on white card as people with dyslexia can have trouble reading black on white – black text on coloured card (even slight pastel colour) is fine. If you DO want to use white card, then make your black text a dark grey colour instead, or a different colour altogether.

 


If you did this challenge, please let us know how you got on, or leave a comment below.

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Rightly dividing the word of truth timeline diagram


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Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15

Excellent timeline diagram showing from Adam to Eternity. Make sure you are rightly dividing the Bible as commanded by God to do so. If you don’t divide it properly, then you will get into all sorts of trouble – false doctrine, false teaching, fear of losing your salvation, working for your salvation, etc.

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Divine power of the Bible


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Power to Save

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:16

Power to Comfort

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

Power to Give Joy

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. – John 15:11

Power to Give Wisdom

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. – Psalms 119:130

Power to Give Courage

Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. – Joshua 1:6

Power to Inspire Activity

Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. – Jeremiah 20:9

Power to Equip for Service

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: – 2 Timothy 3:16