They have no concern for their own souls

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.


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.


‘Tough love’ – Jesus is no ‘snowflake’!

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!

The ‘Lord’s Prayer’ is NOT what you think it is

READ: Matthew 6:9-15.

Pretty much every person today (Christian and non-Christian), thinks that the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ is the “Our Father” of Matthew chapter 6 and Luke Chapter 11.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:9-10

In verse 9, at the beginning of the prayer, notice the words “pray ye”.

Jesus never classified Himself with His listeners. Here, Jesus is telling His listeners to call God “Our Father”, distinctly showing us that this is NOT the ‘Lord’s prayer’ at all, since the Lord Jesus Christ never prayed it, is not praying it now, and never will pray it. It is a ‘Disciples’ Prayer’ given to Old Testament, Jewish disciples before the crucifixion, resurrection, and the Church Age.

“Our Father” again refers to Israel, and is never given to a Gentile to pray, nor does Christ anywhere in the Sermon on the Mount even intimate that God is “Father” to anyone but an Israelite! Gentiles do not pray this, and as Christians we don’t pray this.

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. – Matthew 6:11-13

You cannot force the Sermon on the Mount and the so-called ‘Lord’s prayer’ into Christian practice. The Christian can follow the prayer to verse 11, but verse 12 offers some difficulties, as no Christian is forgiven on the basis of forgiving others; they are forgiven, and cleansed, when they judge their own sin and confess it to Jesus (1 Cor. 11: 30–33; 1 John 1: 9).

If a Christian’s forgiveness is conditional on forgiving others, then the atonement of Christ (not yet accomplished at this point!) is insufficient, for “forgiveness and remission” of sins are clearly said to be part of the finished work of Christ in the believer (Col. 1: 14; Acts 13: 38–40).

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. – Matthew 6:14-15

If there was any doubt as to the ‘salvation’ involved in verse 12, it is now dispelled. The passage is teaching salvation from sin and forgiveness on the basis of WORKS.

If it isn’t ignorance, pride, or lack of study, then perhaps the reason why Christians pray this prayer is that they don’t believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross; they don’t believe in eternal security. They refuse to accept the Pauline revelation on the death and atonement of Christ for sinners.

This prayer then is addressed to God as the “Father” of a physical nation that He begat, and to which He gave birth.

READ: Isaiah 63:16, 64:8; Deuteronomy 32:5-6, 18.

Unless this Matthew passage is left in its Jewish setting, with a primary doctrinal application to the Second Coming (and an outline for a doctrinal prayer for the entire nation of Israel during the Tribulation), it will destroy the soul of the person who seeks to justify him or herself by ‘following’ its example.

READ: 1 Kings 8:22-53 for the actual model for the ‘Lord’s prayer’.

READ: John 17 for the true ‘Lord’s Prayer’.

How To Spot a Fool

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. – Proverbs 13:20

The history of ‘April Fool’s Day’ is usually traced back to a change in the calendar, when the first of the year was moved from April 1st to January 1st. Traditionally, it is a day when it is considered acceptable to deceive people, just as long as no harm is done.

The Bible does have something to say about a “fool”, “fool’s”, “foolish”, and “foolishness”. And as Christians, we are warned about becoming a companion of fools. The Bible gives us plenty of characteristics of a fool, so that we can avoid the companionship of fools and also avoid the characteristics of fools.

“Birds of a feather flock together.”, the old saying goes. Paul says in 1 Cor. 15:33 that evil communications corrupt good manners. There are people in this world whose respectability is mistaken for ‘character’; they blacken everything and everybody they touch.

A young lady swished through the living room in a “formal” on the way to a dance. Her father, sitting beside a cold fireplace, remarked, “Now honey, you know that I don’t approve of this, and….” The daughter laughed and came out with the usual line: “Oh daddy, don’t be silly! Jane will be there and you said that she was a Christian, and Jim is taking her. He sings in the choir, and….” “Honey,” said her father, “reach in the fireplace and pick up one of those coals.” The girl studied the fireplace for a minute, and believing that she had outwitted her father, she picked up a coal that had been dead more than twenty-four hours. “See there,” she said gaily, “it doesn’t burn me!” She threw it back in the fireplace. “Now look at your hands,” her father said. “See there? Bad company will smut you every time.”

READ: Proverbs 14:7.

When you hear a person shooting off their mouth who obviously has no respect for God or the Bible, excuse yourself and leave the room. You may stay and ‘hear them out’ if you have some time to waste, but if you are there for learning, do not waste valuable time with them (Eph. 5:16).

A fool is revealed by their speech

READ: Ecclesiastes 5:3 and 10:14.

The fool has a surplus of words

Who talks the most in your family, or within your circle of friends, or during meetings with your work colleagues? That person is probably the most foolish person in the group.

The fool has slanderous words

READ: Proverbs 10:18.

To slander someone is to say an accusation against someone without verifying that it is true. Both things mentioned in the verse are equally bad. One is using flattery to cover hatred, and the other is lying about a person in order to damage their reputation.

The fool has scoffing words

READ: Psalms 14:1.

An atheist does not truly BELIEVE there is no God; they just SAY there is no God.

The fool has swift words

READ: Proverbs 29:11, 20.

A fool talks without considering a matter first. Prov. 18:13 – one of the most foolish types of programmes on television is the average news commentary with two or more people “debating” the issues. They have nearly every characteristic of a fool’s speech that the Bible gives.

A fool is revealed by their steps

READ: Ecclesiastes 10:3.

  • A fool has stumbling steps – Ecclesiastes 2:14.
  • A fool has sinful steps – Proverbs 26:11.

In the story of the Prodigal son, the fool was the young man who decided to leave home and waste his inheritance. When he came to himself, he decided to return to the Father’s house. The most foolish thing a man does is to reject the gospel. The most foolish thing a Christian does is to reject his Father’s fellowship and go the way of the world.

A fool is revealed by their spirit

READ: Proverbs 14:16.

A fool has a stout (haughty, proud) spirit

A fool promotes him/herself; a wise person humbles him/herself and lifts up Jesus – Proverbs 28:26 and 14:3.

A fool has a stubborn spirit

A fool is stubborn; therefore, they are not teachable – Proverbs 12:15. A fool is stubborn in rejecting the truths of the Bible about salvation, about service, about sin and separation, about service – Proverbs 15:5 and 23:9.

A fool has a swift spirit

A wise person is swift to hear, but slow to speak, slow to get angry, and slow to make a decision that requires contemplation – Proverbs 13:16, 29:20, and 19:2.

A fool has a seething (soon-angry) and striving spirit

A fool gets into arguments all the time – Proverbs 20:3; Ecclesiastes 7:9; Proverbs 12:16.

A fool is revealed by their sport

READ: Proverbs 10:23.

Sport is what makes a person happy. It is pleasure.

A fool enjoys mischief

We think of mischief as a harmless joke or prank, but in the Bible, it is more serious than that. Mischief is anything that is harmful to another person, and this is one of the seven things that are an abomination to God, according to Proverbs 6:18.

A fool enjoys meddling in the affairs of others

They are willing to lie about others in order to stir up a fight. They gossip and are always talking about other people to try to make people angry at them – Proverbs 26:17-19.

In closing

Many of us have been unaware of what marks a fool, and many of us are companions of fools. And many of us are foolish in our own ways.

It is essential to choose your friends wisely. Just as good friends have good influences, a friend who gets into trouble generally gets his friends into trouble with him.

Let us not be foolish, but wise. Let us be kind and witness to all people, but let us not have fools, but wise men, as our companions.

50 Reasons Why a Saved Christian Can Never Be Lost

READ: Romans 5:1-5 and 1 Peter 1:6.

As a SAVED Christian you can NEVER lose your salvation. It is a free gift from God, which He can never take back. No matter what trials, tribulations, and persecutions you go through in this life, it does NOT affect your standing in Christ.

There are so many Christians today who live in fear of losing their salvation. Perhaps they have heard it said from false teachers that “if you keep sinning then you are not really saved!”, or the Christian believes that God is still angry with them for some reason (and that He didn’t really save them in the first place) and will send them to Hell anyway, or, most probably, they have not read and studied the true word of God and don’t know what the Bible actually says. Whatever the case may be, it is unscriptural to say or think that a Christian can lose their salvation once they are saved.

Below are just 50 reasons why a saved Christian can never be lost (unsaved) again. There are many other verses for each of these 50, and indeed many other reasons, but this should be enough to show you that you are eternally secure in Christ once you are saved.

1. Eternal life is eternal

John 3:15, 10:28; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25, 5:11 & 13 – ‘Eternal’ means never ending. Once you have eternal life it can never be taken away. If it could be it would not be eternal.

2. Everlasting life is everlasting

Daniel 12:2; John 3:16 & 36, 5:24, 6:40 & 47; Romans 6:22 – Everlasting life can never end. It is everlasting regardless of your behaviour.

3. It is God’s Will

John 6:39 – It is God’s will that Christ lose none of those who come to Him.

4. Heaven is reserved for you

1 Peter 1:4 – An inheritance in heaven is reserved for you.

5. Salvation (inheritance) is incorruptible

1 Peter 1:4 – No one can corrupt something God has made incorruptible.

6. Salvation (inheritance) cannot be defiled

1 Peter 1:4 – No one can defile something which God says cannot be defiled.

7. You are sealed by the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:13 – No power in Heaven or earth can break God’s seal.

8. You are sealed unto the Day of Redemption

Ephesians 4:30 – You are sealed until the day God redeems your body.

9. Holy Spirit will abide forever

John 14:16-17 – The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is permanent.

10. You are preserved forever

Psalms 37:28 – God preserves you forever.

11. You are born of God

John 1:12-13 – You actually become God’s child and cannot be “unborn”.

12. You are a new creature

2 Corinthians 5:17 – God has made you a new creature and no one can “uncreate” you.

13. You are created in Christ Jeusus

Ephesians 2:10 – You were created in your Saviour.

14. You are preserved unto the Heavenly Kingdom

2 Timothy 4:18 – You are preserved like Paul since God is no respecter of persons.

15. You are kept by the power of God

1 Peter 1:5 – Since God is keeping you, you cannot fall from salvation.

16. Christ has prayed for you

John 17:11 – Jesus prayed that God would keep all who He had given Him.

17. Works cannot affect your salvation

Romans 11:6 – Salvation is not gained by works, so it cannot be lost by works.

18. Your faith is counted for righteousness

Romans 4:5 – It is faith which brings salvation to you.

19. Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ

Romans 8:38-39 – Nothing material, immaterial, past, present, or future can separate you from Christ’s love.

20. Salvation is of the Lord

Jonah 2:9 – Salvation is all God’s work. He bought it and provided it.

21. God is able to keep you

2 Timothy 1:12 – Your salvation rests on God’s omnipotent ability to keep you.

22. You are promised not to come into condemnation

John 5:24 – This promise would be broken if even one believer fell into eternal condemnation.

23. You are promised to never perish

John 10:27-28 – You have an unconditional promise to never perish.

24. You will never be cast out

John 6:37 – Under no condition will you be cast out from Christ or Heaven.

25. All things work together for good to you

Romans 8:28 – It would not be good for one to lose his salvation.

26. You are in Christ’s hand

John 10:28 – You are in your Saviour’s Hand.

27. You are in the Father’s hand

John 10:29-30 – You are in your heavenly Father’s Hand.

28. You are, and always will be, a sheep

John 10:27-28 – A sheep represents a saved person and cannot change from being one.

29. God’s mercy never dies

Titus 3:5 – You are saved by God’s mercy and it endures forever (Ps. 136).

30. God cannot lie

Titus 1:2 – Once God saved you, He cannot go back on His word.

31. Your sins are gone forever

Psalms 103:12; Micah 7:19; Isaiah 38:17, 44:22; Hebrews 10:17 – Your sins are gone.

32. You shall be like Christ

1 John 3:2 – It is a certainty that you will be like Christ.

33. God sees you as already glorified

Romans 8:30 – You are as good as glorified in God’s sight.

34. You are born of incorruptible seed

1 Peter 1:23 – Your new birth was from incorruptible seed.

35. You will appear with Christ in glory

Colossians 3:4 – You are promised to appear with Christ when He returns.

36. You are hidden in Christ

Colossians 3:3 – You are dead to the world and alive in Christ.

37. You are dead to and freed from sin

Romans 6:2-7 – Sin can no longer affect your destiny. You are freed from it.

38. The Lord is now praying for you

Hebrews 7:25 – The Lord is presently interceding in your behalf.

39. God will finish what He started

Philippians 1:6 – God began the work of salvation and will finish it.

40. You have eternal redemption

Hebrews 9:12 – You have been eternally redeemed from your sins.

41. Your life is Christ’s life

Colossians 3:4 – Your life is Christ’s very own life, so how could it be lost?

42. You have an everlasting covenant with God

Hebrews 13:20 – God made a covenant to give you everlasting life.

43. You are kept by Christ from falling

Jude 24 – You cannot fall from grace because Christ is keeping you.

44. Salvation is a free gift

Romans 6:23 – A free gift is given with no conditions.

45. You have imputed righteousness

Romans 4:6-7 – The righteousness you have is Christ’s perfect righteousness.

46. You are a part of Christ

Ephesians 5:30 – You are a part of Christ’s body. “Bone of His bone….”

47. Christ is the Author and Finisher of your salvation

Hebrews 12:2 – Christ began and will finish your salvation.

48. You have been predestinated to be conformed to Christ’s image

Romans 8:29 – After salvation you are predestinated.

49. Christ’s blood has made peace for you

Colossians 1:20 – You have peace with God through the blood.

50. The Bible was written so you could believe and know

1 John 5:13 – You can know you HAVE ETERNAL SALVATION!

A Christian’s Daily Walk

Biblical Christianity is a PERSON – the Lord Jesus Christ. When you received Jesus as your Saviour, you received Him as a real Person into your heart and life. There are many things to learn about the Lord and the Christian life, but you must never forget that there is a personal relationship to be enjoyed and maintained.

Personal relationships are maintained by communication – both parties share from their heart. The deeper the sharing, the deeper and stronger the relationship will be. Every Christian needs a relationship with God, and this is accomplished through a ‘Daily Walk’ with the Lord; enabling them to enjoy all that God has to offer. This is also the battleground where victory or defeat in a Christian’s life will be decided.

READ: 2 Peter 3:18 – What is God’s will for a Christian?

There are many essential requirements for spiritual growth, and this short study will deal with a few of them.

Set time aside each day

Your walk with the Lord should be, and needs to be, constant.

READ: Joshua 1:8 – What was God’s command? See also Deuteronomy 6:6-9.

READ: 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – How are we told to pray?

In this age of busyness and distractions, it is vital for every Christian to set aside a definite time each day for a personal devotional walk with the Lord – a ‘Quiet Time’.

READ: Daniel 6:10 – How many times did Daniel pray each day?

READ: Acts 17:11 – What did the Berean Christians do each day?

There is no prescribed time for your daily devotion – what is important is that you DO set time aside, and stick to it!

Remember that good habits are hard to form. Ask the Lord to help you keep this one vital appointment. If you fail, do not quit! Just determine to start again, and keep going until it DOES become a good habit.

Discipline yourself to accomplish a daily Quiet Time

READ: 1 Timothy 4:7 – What does God say we should exercise ourselves unto?

Christians are to discipline (train, exercise) themselves to become godly.

Plan for success

  1. If you are a ‘morning person’, then get a good night’s sleep so you awake refreshed. You cannot stay up late at night and feel like having a productive Quiet Time early the next morning.
  2. Select a special place – somewhere that is convenient, and has a pleasant atmosphere with good lighting. Using the same location each day will help you build a successful pattern.
  3. Approach your Quiet Time with an attitude of expectancy. You can expect God to show you activities you need to start or stop, and attitudes you need to develop or change. God will teach you much about Himself.

Look for ways to apply the Bible to your life

As you prepare to read God’s word in your Quiet Time, pray for understanding and for ways in which you can apply what you read to your everyday life.

READ: Psalms 119:18 – What did the Psalmist say?

TIP: Read the Scriptures using a Bible reading schedule. If you do not have a schedule, then search the Internet for one; there are lots on there.

Record insights

As you read, think about the meaning of the words, and use a notebook to record insights. It may be something new you learn or something God impresses upon your heart. Insights do not need to come from the entire passage you read; they might just come from one verse or a phrase within a verse.

Writing down insights help solidify them in your own thinking, and stores them in your heart. Journaling is a wonderful way to help you make a personal application, so put on your ‘spiritual spectacles’, and ask these questions:

Did God reveal to me…

  • S  ins to confess?
  • P  romises to claim?
  • E  xamples to follow?
  • C  ommands to obey?
  • T  ruths to rejoice in?
  • A  verse to memorise?
  • C  hallenges to face?
  • L  essons about God?
  • E  rrors to avoid?
  • S  upplications (prayers) to utter?

As you write out your personal applications, make them specific, and measurable. Write a brief prayer sentence from the insights.

Spend time in prayer

Ask God to guide you throughout the day, and provide you with opportunities to apply what you have learned during your Quiet Time.

Review your memory verses

Memorising a verse from the Bible each week is an excellent way to grow spiritually. At the end of your Quiet Time review your verses from previous weeks.

Some tips when reading the Bible

Begin with a short prayer asking the Lord to teach you

WRITE: Psalms 119:18. This can be a model prayer for you.

Take every word on its primary, literal meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise

Remember, God means what He says and says what He means.

When the plain sense makes common sense, seek no other sense, or it all becomes nonsense.

Mark your Bible

Underline or highlight key verses. Write down other references in the margins. If you do not wish to do this in your best Bible, purchase a cheaper one for reading and application purposes.

Scripture always interprets Scripture (2 Peter 1:20)

Always interpret an obscure passage in the light of a clear passage.

Obey the word

You MUST resolve to obey the word of God as you read it and study it (John 15:14).

Treat the Bible as a personal letter from God

Read it expectantly – as a lover reads a love letter (Jeremiah 31:3).

Ask your Christian friends

When you cannot understand a verse, remember that you have other Christians who care for you, and who delight in teaching the word of God. Call them, listen to them, and then check the Scriptures to see if what they say is so.

Some teaching on Prayer

In your daily Quiet Time with the Lord, you will want to pray.

What is prayer?

READ: Matthew 6:5-7, 7:7 – What is prayer NOT?

Prayer is asking. It is the cry of a Christian unto God; the request of a child to his or her Father.

To whom do we pray?

READ: John 15:16, 16:23; Luke 11:2.

NOTE: Nowhere does the Bible teach us to repeat Luke 11:2-4. It is not the Lord’s prayer. Jesus never prayed it; it is a “model” prayer.

In whose name do we pray?

READ: John 14:14, 16:24.

What things may we ask for?

There are many things we can pray for. Some examples can be found in: Matthew 6:11; James 1:5; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Acts 4:29; Psalms 34:4, 119:18, 119:133.

A good pattern in Prayer

As a general rule, include the following in your prayer:

  • A  doration – adore God
  • C  onfession – confess your sins to God
  • T  hanksgiving – thank God for His blessings
  • S  upplication – pray for others and their needs, and yourself and your needs

Adoration – Praising God for Who He is

Psalms 34:1 – a wonderful way to begin a time of prayer is by expressing praise to God! In a prayer of adoration, you express your deep feelings toward God in response to His love, wisdom, presence, power, knowledge, grace, holiness, greatness, and His other Divine attributes. This kind of prayer will always be an occasion for joy.

Remember that our adoration must be reserved for God, not for projects, ministries, or works done in His name. When you are in His will, the desire to praise Him will come naturally. Memorise some verses on praising God, and use them as you adore Him – 1 Chronicles 29:11-14; Exodus 15:11; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Jeremiah 32:17-19; Revelation 4:11, 5:12-14).

Confession – Agreeing with God about your sin

1 John 1:9 – When you trusted Jesus Christ as Saviour a special relationship was established between you and God. He became your heavenly Father, and you became His adopted child. That relationship is eternal. However, through our self-centred and sinful decisions in life we strain the quality of that relationship, and our fellowship with God is broken.

It is confession that restores the privilege of that wonderful fellowship. Both sin and righteousness are the result of personal decisions, so confession that is based upon genuine repentance will be proven by a change in your daily life. For this reason, your greatest spiritual victories will normally come as the result of this honest, cleansing kind of prayer. Your confession and repentance need to be specific.

Thanksgiving – Expressing gratitude to God for what He has done

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – The average Christian spends too much time asking and too little time thanking. Paul’s admonition to give thanks in everything reflects the maturity of his Christian life. He had been shipwrecked, beaten, hungry, severely criticised, and imprisoned, yet, his heart was filled with gratitude – Philippians 3:7-8.

Prayer provides the opportunity to express our deepest emotions and feelings to God. How long has it been since your heart was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude?

Supplication – Praying for the needs of others

1 Timothy 2:1; 1 Samuel 12:23 – When Christ enters our lives, it becomes our spontaneous desire to seek God’s blessings for those around us. This is called “supplication” or “intercession”.

Most consistent intercessory praying that we do focuses on the spiritual needs of relatives, friends, and neighbours. Many of those we intercede for are lost. Others are Christians living beneath the resources and privileges freely available to God’s children. In each of these instances, intercessory prayer is a ministry of love.

Through intercession, any Christian can be mightily used of God to affect the cause of evangelism worldwide. Whatever our physical condition, we can all be a part of God’s powerful army of prayer.

Keep an on-going prayer list

Keep a prayer list with your Bible where you write down any definite requests you have – special family needs, church needs, and the special requests other Christians may share with you. And don’t forget to write down the answers as they come.

Don’t forget to witness to others by word of mouth, and hand out tracts or leave them around in public places.

A Few Thoughts On Prayer

The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came…Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory. R. A. Torrey

READ: Philippians 4:6.

God invites us to bring any need we face directly to His throne. This invitation is especially remarkable when we consider that it is from the God who created the universe with words (Hebrews 11:3), raised Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:18-20), and already performed a miracle of rebirth in our lives (Ephesians 2:1-6).

  • Do you spend much time with God in prayer?
  • Do you keep track of your requests and His answers?

This is the God who has the obvious creativity and power to care for any need we have, and He invites us to bring our needs before Him. So why is it then that we do not pray as much as we should?

Pride? – like a little child who wants to care for his own needs without help, we sometimes have too high of an opinion of our ability to solve problems. We don’t recognise God’s superior power, and we think we can handle our lives on our own.

Unbelief? – sometimes, we simply don’t believe that God would answer if we did pray. Instead of bringing our requests before the Lord, we worry over them; disregarding the hundreds of promises in God’s word that He will hear us and help us when we pray.

Busyness? – it’s all too easy to fill our lives with important activities and ministry while neglecting the most important activity of seeking God’s face and power.

Praying is so critical; it is a conversation with God. How can we worship God for all eternity when we can’t even manage 5-mins down here? Well, perhaps for starters, we will see more and more and more things in eternity that we won’t have ‘time’ NOT to worship!

God loves His children coming to Him in prayer, and since prayer is our lifeline to God, to NOT pray is an insult to Him. Every ‘prayerless’ day is saying to God that you do no need Him today, and perhaps could even reflect idolatry as you are relying on yourself, or other people, or money, or something else instead.

  • Would you think that neglecting prayer is not only a weakness, but a sinful choice?

Everyday we should be asking God for wisdom, guidance, comfort, help, protection, the list goes on. It is well said that he who is a stranger to prayer will also be a stranger to God’s power.

READ: Jeremiah 33:3 – let us never face a day in battle until we have faced the Father in prayer.

A man was once cutting a tree stump with an obviously blunt axe. He was only bruising the bark as sweat poured from his beaded brow. Someone suggested that he stop for a moment and sharpen the axe, to which he replied, “I’m too busy chopping the tree to stop for anything.” If he would only stop for a moment and sharpen the axe, he would be able to slice through the tree with far greater ease.

Stop at the beginning of each day to ‘sharpen the axe’ through prayer. Seek first the kingdom of God, and you will slice through that day with far greater ease.

Some people are constantly in prayer and as such are known as ‘Prayer Warriors’, which is wonderful. But this does not make them any more spiritual than you or me. We are ALL ‘tools’ on the Creator’s ‘workbench’ – only the Craftsman can pick up the tool and use it well.

  • What do you think would be some characteristics of a ‘Prayer Warrior’?
  • Would YOU like to be known as a ‘Prayer Warrior’?

READ: 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1:3, 2:13; Romans 1:9; 2 Timothy 1:3 – we must pray without ceasing. Whether you do this or not will depend on how much focus on and faith you have in God.

Prayer does a lot of things, but here’s three things to think about for the moment:

1. Prayer allows us to be in ‘partnership’ with God

He chooses to use us with Him in what He is already going to do. It is such a privilege! How many times have you been blessed to hear that your (constant) prayer for someone was answered in their life? Or you prayed something for someone and at that time were not sure why you were praying for that particular thing in their life, but then you later discovered the reason?

READ: Romans 8:26 – sometimes we don’t know what to pray for or most of the time it’s for self-preservation – to get out of trouble. The Holy Spirit helps us as we go through trouble by praying for us according to God’s will. The Holy Spirit:

  • Sees your trouble like you can’t see it.
  • Sees God’s purpose for it.
  • Sees Satan’s purpose for it (2 Corinthians 12:7; Job 1, 2).
  • Knows your real strength to hold up under the infirmity.
  • Knows who is watching you as you go through the infirmity.
  • Knows how you will be able to minister to others because of your infirmity.
  • Knows what kind of example you will be and how influential your example will be to future generations because of your infirmities.

You don’t see all of that, and so you don’t pray accordingly, but the Holy Spirit does. When He prays for us, He prays for us with all of that in mind. Perhaps He groans when He sees the carnality in our prayers? Perhaps He groans when He sees the delight Satan takes in making our infirmities worse? Christ wept for Lazarus in John 11:35–36, and so perhaps the Holy Spirit groans out of love for us? God has to put us through trouble, so we will grow and mature as Christians, but He takes no delight in our pain and suffering. Perhaps our sorrow touches the heart of the Spirit of God and causes Him to groan?

What a wonderful relationship we have with the Father!

2. Prayer frustrates the plans of the enemy

Our minds and thoughts may wander at times when we are in prayer. This is normally the enemy trying to interfere with our communion at that moment with God. The Devil doesn’t want us talking (and listening) to God – he doesn’t want God to answer our prayers, or for us to know the answers, because it can halt his plans.

READ: Daniel 10.

God always defeats the enemy though and turns things around. The next time all those thoughts, tasks, and distractions come in during your prayer time, just quickly jot them down on a notepad, and return to prayer again immediately. At the end of praying, not only would you have spent as much quality time with the Lord as you can (frustrating the enemy), but God has also given you your ‘To Do’ list for the day!

3. Prayer brings God joy

It is wonderful to know that we can bring delight to God simply by praying to Him (Proverbs 15:8).

READ: Revelation 8:3-4 and 5:8 – what a sweet smell our prayers are to God!

So then…

  • Pray with faith (Hebrews 11:6) – it is so sad that sometimes we have more faith in man and his things than in God Himself.
  • Pray with clean hands and a pure heart (Psalms 24:3,4) – confess your sins (1 John 1:7-9) to God daily through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ – this is not for salvation, but for fellowship with God so that your prayers are not hindered.
  • Pray genuine heartfelt prayers rather than vain repetitions (Matthew 6:7) – keep yourself in the love of God, and you will never pray hypocritical or selfish prayers. Just talk to your heavenly Father as candidly and intimately as a young child nestled on Daddy’s lap. God wants to hear from your heart.
  • Make sure that you are praying to the God revealed in the Scriptures (Exodus 20:3-6) – Study the word; do not accept the world’s idea of who God is. Look to the thunderings and lightnings of Mount Sinai; gaze at Jesus on the cross of Calvary hanging in unspeakable agony because of the justice of a holy God. The God of the Holy Bible is the True, Living God.

The prayer that God answers is the prayer that is to God the Father, that is on the ground of the atoning blood of God the Son, and that is under the direction and in the power of God the Holy Spirit.

Allow the Craftsman to pick you up and create something beautiful through your life, for His glory. Pray!