And it came to pass afterward, that Jesus went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the good news of God’s kingdom: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities; Mary called “Magdalene,” out of whom seven demons were removed, —Luke 8:1-2
What Does God Require?
In order for any person to obtain eternal life from God, the first and primary element that must be present in the heart, is genuine repentance. Many people are sorry for their sins, yet not sorry enough to change their life and seek to sin no more. True repentance compels the sincere to not only experience genuine sorrow, but also a earnest desire to cease from their former sins.
A person who begins to follow Jesus will never, in this life, be sinless. They should however, endeavor to sin—less.
It is impossible to obtain salvation from Jesus, apart from a determined work of changing our previous behavior. All sins are equal before God and a consistent, unrepentant liar can miss eternal life, equally with a fornicator, or murderer. If we have been living in a sexual relationship with another person, outside of marriage, we must cease this relationship as a part of true repentance—before Jesus will grant us eternal life. If we have been a theif or liar during our life, we must cease from these two faults before the Lord will convey eternal life to our account. Continue reading “There is No Salvation, Without Repentance”
Does the Lord really care about the things that we look at, the places we go, the things we say, and the way that we live our life?
Paul wrote in the New Testament that those who believe in Jesus and who have asked Him to be their Savior and the Lord of their life, should live in the same way that Jesus lived His life.
He who says he abides in Jesus ought himself also to live just as He lived. 1 John 2:6
The question that each one of us must ask ourselves is “Am I living my life in a manner that is a true reflection of Jesus?” In other words, when people see us—as we claim to love the Lord—do they see a person who speaks and does the things that Jesus said and did? Can people tell if we love Jesus by the way that we speak and the way we live? Continue reading “It Matters, What We Say and Do”
Each year at this time, I receive several questions about Halloween and the practice of dressing up as certain characters. People who Love the Lord wonder if participating in these traditional holidays is right. They ask men like myself, who are teachers of the Bible, if it is okay for them to allow their children to dress up and go trick or treating.
In every question that we have, regarding our behavior; it is what the Lord says that is important, not what I or any other person feels is right. The final authority for the Christian should always be what the word of God says.
In these matters, our primary question should always be: “Does it Please the Lord?”
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light in all goodness, righteousness, and truth, finding out what is pleasing to the Lord. Ephesians 5:10
Continue reading “Does It Please The Lord?”