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Is My Salvation Real?

Is My Salvation Real? 1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. Many New Testament writers were concerned about the matter of true salvation and the Apostle John wrote his first letter dedicated to the subject of eternal life. John gives us a series of tests to determine whether our salvation is real. If we pass the tests, we’ll know where we stand and whether or not true conversion has taken place.  We are not to rely totally on an experience from our past, but we are to examine ourselves today, to see whether or not we are in the faith. A relationship with God is necessary for salvation. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him (I John 5:1). Jesus said in John 10:10, The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am …

Lying and Deception

The Consequences of Lying and Deception Genesis 27  The deception begins
And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.  And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.  And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee (Genesis 27:1-…

The Tongue

Taming the Tongue James 3:5-12
Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude (likeness) of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
We as Christians, must control our tongu…

The Belt of Truth

The Belt of Truth  vs. The Fiery Darts of Satan Ephesians 6:10-14a 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.   Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.
Ouch! Sometimes Satan’s darts hurt and sting and the result of living in this world where Satan rules, can be difficult and painful. How do we deal with the attacks of Satan? How do we defeat the shrewd and cunning schemes of the Devil? That’s a tall order! First, we need to concentrate on what we are doing and not focus on what Satan is doing around us. And then secondly, we need to–––stand!To stand means: to be prepared, be in (a state of) readiness, be ready f…