If you are living without any consciousness of God, then the Bible declares that you are dead! You can have all the bodily functions, such as breathing, thinking, or talking, but if you have no awareness of God, if you have made no place for God in your life, the Bible says you are spiritually dead Acts 5. The Bible says you must be born again to be alive (John 3).
Spiritual death is worse than physical death. It is much more to be feared than physical death. Jesus said; “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
The disciples of Christ didn’t just rush into their prayers and petitions. They took time, first of all, to worship the Lord. (Acts 4:23-37). Prayer should always begin with worship, with a time of reflecting on God’s Word, and quietness before the Lord. Then we bring our prayers and petitions, as we recognize the righteousness of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. We should always acknowledge our Father to whom we are coming in prayer, and realize that He has everything in His hands. Worship gives us perspective, and then are we ready to bring our petitions to Him and receive God’s righteous power from on High.
A real Christian is an odd number, anyway. He feels supreme love for the One whom he has never seen; talks often each day to Someone he cannot see; expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another; empties himself in order to be full; admits he is wrong so he can be declared right; goes down in order to get up; is strongest when he is weakest; richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels the worst. He dies so he can live; forsakes in order to have; gives away so he can keep; sees the invisible; hears the inaudible’ and knows that which passes understanding.” — A. W. Tozer.
Spring Your Clock Forward This Sunday
Notice the characteristics of the people used by God. Peter and John are two men God used in mighty ways (Acts 3). When we look at their lives we see right away that they were men of prayer; and God uses men and women of prayer. That should not surprise us.
Certainly, if I want God to use my life I need to be in daily contact with Him. I need to seek His guidance. I need to seek His counsel. I should never act apart from God’s directions.
Peter and John were men of prayer; they were looking to their Lord, Jesus Christ for guidance, strength, and wisdom.
The Fundamentalist Christian will help people experience the Love of God; and feel welcome in the Family of God. They will encourage people to learn and grow in the knowledge of Christ. These Christians are motivated by Jesus; learning, and growing in Him, and they demonstrate their love for Him (Acts 2). The Fundamental Christian in this world has solid, Biblical teaching as their foundation. They proclaim the holiness of God, and the blood of Jesus Christ. Through their actions they teach others how to worship, how to deal with sin, and how to love one another. They also teach others about God’s precepts for knowledge and living! All of this preaching and teaching is done through the power of the Holy Spirit, with conviction, and with eagerness to live for Christ. There is clarity as they share the un-compromised Word of God. The Fundamental Christian does not dilute God’s Word or distort the Gospel message. The basic Christian life is always centered on the Person of Jesus Christ, His Life, Death and His Resurrection![/audi
Peter said the events that happened on the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out, fulfilled the prophecy of Joel (Acts 2). It is very important that we are able to give people a scriptural basis for what is happening in the church. We should stay away from any activities for which there is no solid scriptural basis. One of the problems today is that there are lots of things taking place in the church for which there is no scriptural support. We should question the validity of these things. Unless there is a scriptural basis for them, these things must be attributed to psychological or metaphysical phenomenon. If there is no scriptural base we are on dangerous ground. And we cannot use experience or feelings as a gauge for truth because people come up with all kinds of weird experiences. The Bible is our basis for truth. If we stand on the Word of God, we are standing on solid ground. Sorry about the audio noise can’t figure it .…
LUKE’S GOSPEL PRESENTS THE BEGINNING OF JESUS’ MINISTRY. The Book of Acts is also written by Luke, & continues the history of Christ’ ministry. Jesus ministry did not end with His ascension! Jesus continued to heal; He continued to work. Jesus continued to pour out His grace, & Love. However, in the Book of Acts, He did it by the power of God, the Holy Spirit, through His apostles. In that sense, the Book of Acts is an open-ended book because the Lord, Jesus continues His work to the present day through His Bride, the Church, because they are people filled with His Holy Spirit. The final chapter of the Book of Acts has not been written yet. Sorry for the audio.
“The Spirit & the Bride of Christ say, ‘Come!” And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires let him take the water of life freely” (Rev.22:17).
God’s Holy Spirit invites all who are willing. Come to Jesus & receive forgiveness & new life. The Bride of Christ says Come & receive God’s love. Come & become a child of God. Come to Jesus & be blessed as an heir of God, a joint heir through Jesus Christ.
The offer is open to everyone because “God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet 3:9). God created all of us with a free will to choose. You can determine your future by freely coming to Christ. God has made it simple, but He has left it up to you. You will have no excuse for rejecting His offer of salvation. Whoever desires, take of the water of life freely. Will you come to Jesus today?
The word “quickly” in Rev. 22:7 doesn’t mean “shortly” or “immediately.” There are many people who scoff at this and say; “Jesus said He would come quickly, but it has been two thousand years, and He still hasn’t come.”
The idea here is that when Jesus comes, everything will happen quickly. Paul said that it will happen “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor.15:52). When the time is right, things will happen quickly. It will be an instantaneous transformation.
Are you ready? Do you believe His Word?