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All apostles are disciples, but all disciples are not apostles. In fact it is possible for you to be a disciple of Christ. And you can learn to multiply the number of disciples in the kingdom church of Christ. I will explain what we mean by discipleship as we progress through today’s message.

All Apostles are Disciples

                Before He ascended in a cloud to Heaven, “the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18  And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:16-20).

We know that these eleven disciples were specifically the eleven remaining apostles after Judas had betrayed Jesus, because we read this in Acts 1:2, 3: “Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”[1] So we can conclude at this point that all apostles are disciples. But we need to dig deeper and ask, “Are all disciples apostles?”

Discipleship takes Bible study and Gospel teaching.

The Eleven Join 120 Disciples in Jerusalem

Having returned from the mountain to Jerusalem, the eleven join with other disciples of Christ. These disciples are not apostles. They do not have the special task of revealing the mystery of the Gospel by divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit in their ministerial leadership. Follow as I read about the replacement of Judas as the twelfth apostle is selected for the first revelation of the Gospel on Pentecost Day. I will begin in Acts chapter one verse fifteen.

Acts 1:15-26

15And in these days Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren and said (and there was a multitude of persons gathered together, about a hundred and twenty), 16Brethren, it was needful that the scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spake before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was guide to them that took Jesus. 17For he was numbered among us and received his portion in this ministry. 18(Now this man obtained a field with the reward of his iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19And it became known to all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch that in their language that field was called Akeldama, that is, The field of blood.) 20For it is written in the book of Psalms,

Let his habitation be made desolate,

And let no man dwell therein:

and,

His office let another take.

21Of the men therefore that have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us, 22beginning from the baptism of John, unto the day that he was received up from us, of these must one become a witness with us of his resurrection. 23And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show of these two the one whom thou hast chosen, 25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas fell away, that he might go to his own place. 26And they gave lots for them; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. [2]

The Apostolic Disciples Compared With the 120 Disciples

The twelve apostolic disciples have a special office apart from the other 120 disciples. The 120 are Christ followers. And we may say they are all disciples. But only the 12 are apostles at this point in the history of the New Testament. Both will preach the Gospel. Both will make disciples. The difference is only the apostles will reveal the system of faith, the Gospel power of God to save souls from Heaven as the Spirit gives them utterance. The church of Christ will be built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone (Eph. 3:20).

In comparison, all other disciples are students of the received God. For example, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Ti 2:15 KJV). And to become trained in God’s grace the common disciple must be educated in the Bible. Titus 2:11-12, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.”[3]

Discipleship: Learning from the Master Himself

Definition of a Keyword

2218.        ζυγός zugos; (to yoke); a yoke: —pair of scales (1), yoke (5).[4]

Compare 2 Passages:

Jesus says — “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:29 ASV)

A religious expert says — “One of the experts in the law answered him, ‘Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.’ 46 Jesus replied, ‘And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.’” (Luke 11:45-46) [5]

You cannot get any plainer than comparing the two outcomes. The religious elite. The scholars. The scribes, pharisees, lawyers, anyone with the power of say-so-and so. The so-called experts in the law load the average person of faith down with burdens they can hardly bear, without so much as an at-a-boy, you can do this. Have you ever met an elder, minister, preacher, a pastor, or kookie religious guide like this?

So, Jesus comes along and says my pair of scales are fair. I will help you carry your own load. I will teach you how to carry one another’ burdens (Galatians 6:2). All you must do is learn of me. That, my friend is discipleship.

What Discipleship Takes

  1. Absolute Surrender of the Mind, Philippians 2:5
  2. Obedience to the will of God, Philippians 2:13
  3. Constant maturation of knowledge and discernment of Scripture Hebrews 5:12-13
  4. Willingness to admit our faults, we turn to Jesus as our advocate in Heaven (1 John 2:1)
  5. Always abounding in faith, 2 Corinthians 8:7
  6. One capstone verse is (Col. 2:6-7) “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”[6]

Christian Disciples are Obligated to Reproduce

The only imperative in Matthew 28:19 is to “go and make disciples.”

Reproducing more disciples is the very definition of discipleship we are working with. The question must be raised, “Is the Church of Christ amenable to Matthew 28:19?”

  1. The immediate context is the command was given directly to the apostolic disciples before the ascension.
  2. The gospel has already been preached to the entire world as it was then known, Colossians 1:6.

To answer this we must first include Mattew 28:20.

 “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

  1. The apostles were to teach the new disciples whom they had baptized to observe everything that Jesus had commanded them.
  2. Therefore, the Great Mission of Matthew 28:19 is to be included in that observance perpetually until Judgement.
  3. Hence, the conclusion with a promise of our Lord, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Example of the Disciples in Acts

The kingdom church was firmly established in Jerusalem in Acts 2. Converts have risen into the thousands. A young scholar named Saul gained legal authorization to persecute Christ’s church. The result of this maltreatment scattered members everywhere. This did not stop conversions to Christ. It further enabled it. We read in Acts 8:4,

“They therefore that were scattered abroad, went about preaching the word.” (ASV)

This is direct fulfillment of Matthew 28:19 seen in action. The apostles revealed God’s Gospel. They taught and baptized disciples. Then they educated the new disciples to mature them into observing everything the Lord had commanded. The result? A massive discipleship movement that will become a major world religion. The movement that dominated Western civilization for two millennials. The movement that is now a major religion in 62% of countries south of the equator.

From Apostles to Disciples of Christ

The church is in a unique position. Only the church has the mystery of the Gospel to share with the lost of our world. Only we members of the Lord’s Church have the knowledge of God to make disciples. Carefully reflect on this reading from Ephesians 3:8-11. The apostle Paul writes to the Ephesian Christians,

8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach unto the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages hath been hid in God who created all things; 10to the intent that now unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places might be made known through the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: (ASV)

He is talking about you. Grace was given to the apostles, to preach to the lost the unsearchable riches of Christ. That is, you could not find Jesus on your own. Somebody. Some Christian who knew the Bible told you about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection in such a manner that your heart was pricked (Hebrews 4:12). Someone discipled you for Jesus.. And now you understand the way of salvation. You know how to worship God. You understand the grace of life. You perceive the sanctification of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ.

Discipleship: The Purpose of Your Life

Most importantly, you know the purpose of God in your life. It is an eternal purpose. The most important purpose of your life. It is to be a disciple of Christ. And that requires making more disciples by teaching them and baptizing them and teaching them to fully observer all things Jesus has commanded. The solitary meaning in your life is to glorify God and practice discipleship.

Personal Preparation

We know that we have a great mission. That is our calling. Let us talk about how to get started. The first word in Jesus’ instruction is “Go.” It is not a command to go across the planet like a missionary in a far away land. You could do that. Or you could walk across your yard and talk to your neighbor. I like to go to a coffee shop or fast-food restaurant because people seem more open to me there. You might feel more at ease talking to a coworker at lunch. Your hairdresser or somebody waiting at the hairdresser’s shop. You fill in the blank on where you go. The instruction to go is more like “as you go.” It is a leisure command. “As you go through your day, week, life…make disciples.” Our primary objective is to make the effort and leave the converting to God. Allow the Holy Spirit to work through the Word of God to convict the souls we teach, convert them to obey the Gospel, and sanctify their souls. In other words, prepare your self for discipleship by being a strong disciple yourself..

Importance of Baptism to Making Disciples (Discipleship)

It is impossible to fulfill Matthew 28:19 without baptizing. A separate article and podcast will go into more depth into the nature and necessity of baptism for salvation. Nevertheless something must be said here before closing.

Mark’s rendering of the great commission is, And he said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. 16He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned’” (Mark 16:15-16 ASV).

The formula according to Mark’s account is belief + baptized = salvation.

But no belief = no salvation, regardless of baptism or not.

According to Acts 22:16, baptism washes away sins. “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on his name.” (ASV) If your sins are not forgiven by God’s grace, you are not yet a disciple of Christ. Discipleship includes baptizing those who believe. When the Ethiopian eunuch was taught by Philip in Acts 8, he wanted immediate baptism as soon as water was available. We cannot practice discipleship by neglecting baptism Scripturally. To learn more contact a church of Christ in your local area.

Donny Weimar

November 6, 2021

[1] King James Version (WORDsearch Edition). (n.d.). (Ac 1:2–3). WORDsearch.

[2] American Standard Version. (1995). (Ac 1:15–26). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[3] King James Version (WORDsearch Edition). (n.d.). (Tt 2:11–13). WORDsearch.

[4] Thomas, R. L. (1998). New American Standard Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek dictionaries: updated edition. Anaheim: Foundation Publications, Inc.

[5] The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Lk 11:45–46). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[6] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Col 2:6–7). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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Christian with Bipolar Disorder

by Donny Weimar

I thought my diagnosis rendered me useless. I had preached for two decades before a psychiatrist diagnosed me with an affective disorder. I went through several different diagnoses before this final one stuck. If you or a loved one has Bipolar Disorder I they will identify with much of the condition in my book. I refer back to it from time to myself. It’s in its second printing. Although the page format is a bit unusual, it reflects my eccentricity. It’s been many years since my first psychiatry visit. I have been on different cocktails of medicines. I am presently very stable, though bouts of depression come from nowhere and hypomania causes moments of impulsivity. I have plans to follow up with another book on Christians with Schizophrenia. I pray God blesses you with this read.

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7 of God’s Promises to Help Me Reboot My Brain

Without some measure of anxiety humanity would cease to struggle for growth. Sometimes our brains run amuck though, and we get way off at the deep end of the pond. Life has us down with disparaging thoughts and false negatives. When I cannot trust my brain activity I rely on God’s promises. Here are seven of His promises that help me reboot.

Promise Number One

When Jesus gave his disciples the greatest mission to go and make disciples, he gave them comfort by saying, “I am with always, even unto the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). He knew their lives would be full of hardship and misery as they went forth sharing the gospel good news of his saving grace. Few of us shed blood for the cause of the Christ, yet we fret so much. Remember, Jesus is with us always, even unto the end of our age too.

Promise Two

Jesus said the Father will send the Comforter after he went to his throne in Heaven, John 15:26. In Acts 2, the apostles received His baptism. As a result, we have the divine inspired Scriptures to comfort us as the Spirit works give us powerful hope to live a life worthy of the Christian calling, Romans 15:13

Promise Three

The Savior offers rest in a stress filled world. This is one of my favorite verses. “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28 ASV). I do not know about you but sometimes the circuit board in my brain overheats from being over stimulated by the harsh realities of this complex world. Jesus reminds us of how simple a pure spiritual life of trusting in his care can be refreshing.

Promise Four

Jesus is the Captain of my Salvation, Hebrews 2:10. He is the heir of all things and that makes him the helmsman of my life. I choose to yield my body as a vessel to of his direction and he may steer me wherever he may choose. This I do of my own free will and thereto I pray always, “Lord, not my will, but thy will be done.” Once I recognize and humble myself to the sovereignty of my Captain then the Master Helmsman can mold me and make me after his will. This is what I do, what I cannot trust my own brain.

Promise Five

The Word of God helps me Renew my Mind. We touched on this a moment ago when we spoke of the Holy Spirit. I must add here in promise number five, my trust is exclusively in the Lord and in only in his word is my hope. Read Psalm 130:5. The advice of men and philosophers, they fail me. The voices of congresspeople and presidents come and go with the wind. Life itself is a vapor and of much education there is no end. But the Word of God renews me every day, and keeps my brain thinking rationally, serving correctly, and worshipping willfully. Romans 12.1.

Promise Six

When I cannot trust my brain, I walk by faith and not by sight, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8. Sometimes, all we can see is what we think is working against us. There are times that we are suffering when God intends it for good. He refines us like brass in the fire. Thus, we must train ourselves to take courage to be well-pleasing to the Lord regardless of the messages popping back and forth between our brain’s synapses.

Promise Seven

Stop judging yourself when your brain runs ahead of you. It is not a sin to be tempted. If it were, Jesus would be a sinner because he was tempted in every manner you and I are, yet he never transgressed, Hebrews 4:15. Also, do not judge yourself ahead of the Lord’s judgement time, 1 Corinthians 4:3. Only God know the hidden things on the mind. If we cannot fully trust everything going on in our inner workings, then there is no reason to judge ourselves guilty or innocent ahead of the momentous day. God’s grace is greater than all our sin. Yes, we could fall away from grace, Hebrews 6:6. But, if we wait in liberty with the grace of Christ we long for, we shall see the King someday, Romans 9:27-28.

The brain is complex and sometimes deceitful. When I cannot trust my own brain and need to reboot, I rely on those seven promises of God to help me reboot. They will help you too.

Donny Weimar

November 27, 2021

Supreme Court Decision Abortion and the Bible

Abortion-rights advocates and opponents demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before fetal viability.
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By Donny Weimar || We will consider abortion and the Bible. Have you ever heard this argument? If someone murders a woman and her baby dies, the murderer is held guilty on two accounts. If a woman takes the life of her own unborn child, it is not murder, it is abortion. You may have your own feelings about the straw man argument. Nonetheless, according to the New York Times, the Supreme Court seems poised to uphold Mississippi’s abortion law.[1] God values human life.

Will The Law Roll Back?

Mississippi’s law bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. According to Times writer Adam Liptak, the decision would roll back abortion rights the court has defined over the last half century. This crucial decision is at stark odds with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that upheld abortion and prohibited states from banning the procedure before fetal viability, which is currently around 23 weeks.

Will Abortion Clinics Be Restricted?

On their website dated September 3, 2021, Planned Parenthood advertised they could help their clients in Texas get help finding an abortion doctor.[2] Texas bans abortion after 6 weeks. They say it is difficult to find a doctor who will abort after 12 weeks, but do not discourage people from contacting them for help. If the Supreme Court gives authority back to the states, more clinics will be restricted like those in Mississippi and Texas.

What Do We Find About Abortion and the Bible?

“If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.” (Ex. 21:22-25 NKJV)

God values human life. There is much to say about abortion and the Bible. Let us notice these facts from this Old Testament passage. First, the unborn is called a child. No mention is made as to what stage of pregnancy the mother is in. Second, the mother is vulnerable to losing the child if she is stricken with violence. (3) The punishment for an abuser to force an abortion by violence is capital execution. (4) Equal damage met equal harm.

We are blessed to live under the law of Christ. God still values human life. While Jesus is more interested in what is on our heart than how we pass judgment upon one another, crime is still crime. And sin is still sin.

Civil Governing Authority – Abortion and the Bible

We are grateful to have civil government authorized by God (Romans 13). Sometimes our government acts beyond what God authorizes. Sin remains sin whether it has been legalized or not. Roe v Wade did not alter God’s ethical standards of what is morally right or wrong in accord with harming the unborn child. Many physicians of our time who perform abortions will do well to read Exodus 21:22-25, even though it is law to the Jews. It is an ethic that calls to mind a standard all people are amenable to. The bottom line is no matter what the Supreme Court decides, God will never change His mind. Taking the innocent life of an unborn child for no righteous cause is murder and all murderers have no part in the heavenly promise (Revelation 22:15). All human life is valuable.


[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/01/us/politics/supreme-court-mississippi-abortion-law.html

[2] https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/teens/ask-experts/how-far-along-can-you-be-to-get-an-abortion

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December 3, 2021

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For Your Encouragement: Judas and Barsabas

5 Simple Ways to Train as a Warrior for Jesus: Faith

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Scrawny? Weak? Feeble in your faith? Sinning is the habit of those who are not comfortable in their Christianity. You can be a warrior for Jesus Christ. Here are 5 simple ways to train as a warrior for Jesus Christ that will increase your faith 5 fold and make Him the true Lord of your life. No matter how long you have been a floundering Christian, this encouraging message will move you from the doubter’s corner to the victor’s reward.

1. Warriors for Jesus Christ Train for Battle by Giving Their Heart to Jesus. This builds bigger faith.

When sinning is a habit, sins that we commit repeatedly, there is a blemish on our ability to serve Jesus like a good soldier of the faith. Has hardship caused you to stumble? Get up and brush yourself off. We have grace to stand in (Romans 5:2).

Listen friend, you are wearing the armor of God and the devil cannot penetrate it (Ephesians 6:11). Read about the Lord’s armed forces. The Spirit says to Paul to write these encouraging words, “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4. ASV

By giving your heart to Jesus you enable the full impact of the Gospel to work in your heart. Your Lord is more than the King of souls, He is the Captain of your personal salvation. Listen to Scripture.

Heb 2:10 ” For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

Anchor yourself in God’s grace. You cannot merit your salvation. Yield your heart to Father God. Everything is possible with God. He can save to the uttermost. Define yourself as a warrior for Christ. That way when you meet hardship, you will not doubt. And that sin you keep on repeating will evaporate in God’s love.

2. Warriors for Jesus Christ Train by preparing Themselves with Bible study. This builds bigger faith.

Have you ever tried to get to some place you have never been without a road map or GPS? It is an easy thing to get lost. I read somewhere that only 24% of people in the United States are convinced the Bible is the Divinely inspired, without error, special revelation directly from God. I suggest to you the reason for this statistic is people, even Christians have stopped reading the Bible. According to the New Testament, the Holy Spirit of God operates through the Word of God. He convicts, converts, and sanctifies using this medium. We are not talking about providence and the sovereignty of God. We speak of the pure unadulterated milk and meat of pure Bible teaching. Consider this passage.

“But they did not all hearken to the glad tidings. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So belief cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:16-17 ASV

How can people rejoice with the glad tidings of Jesus if they have not heard the word of Christ? Get yourself immersed in Scripture. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, an unashamed worker, cutting-straight {Or: handling correctly} the word of truth.” 2Timothy 2:15 MLV2020.

3. Warriors for Jesus Christ Train by Giving Themselves to Prayer.

Never stop praying (1Thessalonians 5:17). God’s love is on your mind 24/7. When you get up out of bed in the morning, pause and pray before beginning your day. Sometimes, you will go through a test that day. Someone will cut you off on the road to work. If you have ever prayed for patience, you know life will slow down and frustrate you to no end. That is how God refines His warriors. When you change your prayer habits to praying more often than you are now praying, the quality of your life will improve. God’s tests always turn out for our help. James 1:3. I tell you the truth, any and every virtue that God wills for your life, if you pray about it, you will get it…no matter the test it takes to get it. Pray to endure the test. Pray with thanks for the blessing in the outcome. God will sometimes answer your prayers in the long run. Warriors for Jesus Christ train by giving themselves to prayer.

4. Warriors for Jesus Christ Train by Giving Themselves to Obeying the Gospel.

You might not like hearing this, if you have been listening to denominational preachers. We are living post-denominational days now. And we are doing so by being what Christians were in the first century church of Christ. Refer to chart at the bottom of this article to see what every single conversion in the book of Acts involved. Scripture references are provided. It may astound you to find this passage in the New Testament.

“So-then my beloved, just-as you have always obeyed, not only as in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For* it is God who is working in you both to will and to work, on behalf of his delight.” Philippians 2:12-13 MLV2020.

Fact: When we give ourselves to always obeying by working out our own personal salvation, God will work to do His part.

5. Warriors for Jesus Christ Train by Letting Go of the Past and Living in the Present.

The reality of life is that you cannot do anything to change your past. Let go of what is in your history and have an active faith in His Story. We do not have to live in doubt any longer. Without faith, it is impossible for us to be saved (Hebrews 11:1-3). That is why with your faith, you can move mountains of tough times. Give your heart to Jesus and be a warrior for the way of salvation. Live in the here and now. People will hold grudges against you. But you know when God has forgiven you, you can forgive yourself. Let go and grow up. Do not depend upon people. They will let you down. Great blessings have happened in your past. Even greater blessings are in store for your future. Warriors for Jesus Christ train by letting go of the past and living for the present, with hope for the future.

You and I are in the Lord’s military. There is not a more powerful army on the face of this earth, except perhaps for the angelic host – and they are here to serve us. Do not be concerned about who you have been, up to this day. Today is a day of renewal. Today is the day to change our hearts and convert to serve the Living God. We can let go of yesterday because we pray and obey. After reviewing the chart below, ask yourself if they were converted this way, then how might we become faithful warrior Christians today. Come to Jesus. Come. Come today.

A Chart Survey of Bible Conversions

Who The Were and What They Did To Be Saved

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THEYHEARDBELIEVEDREPENTCONFESSEDBAPTIZED
Jews at PentecostActs 2:37Acts 2:44Acts 2:38Acts 2:38, 41
Ethiopian EunuchActs 8:37Acts 8:37Acts 8:38
SamaritansActs 8:6Acts 8:12Acts 8:12
Saul of TarsusGalatians 2:16Acts 9:18; 22:6-16
CorneliusActs 10:34Acts 15:7Acts 11:18Acts 10:48
LydiaActs 16:14-15
Philippian JailerActs 16:31Implied Acts 16:33Acts 16:33

Disciples who only knew John’s baptism (immersion) were immersed again, into Christ (Acts 19:3-4).

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Judas Barsabas and Silas: Encouragers

by Donny Weimar

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
(1 Th 5:11 ESV)

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 Introduction

Letters of encouragement. Just the right words of exhortation. Quality and quantity of time. All Biblical Encouragement.

The brethren were wrestling in argument over the pharisaical notion Gentile Christians must be circumcised to be legitimate children of God. They were not even taking the apostle Paul’s nor the prophet Barnabas’s words for the matter. So they sent these two astute men to Jerusalem for an answer from the council. We are reading Acts 15.

          Experienced elders and apostles in Jerusalem were gathered to debate the topic. Peter delivered the resolution. It pleased everyone present, was it is the will of God, “that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood” (Acts 15:20 NKJV). The church decided to send leading men to deliver the message to the Gentile churches to the north. Among them were Judas who was surnamed Barsabas and Silas, men of great reputation among the brethren. They carried the letter.

          These spiritual leaders did something marvelous for the Gentile brethren. For these frustrated and unsettled Christians, Judas Barsabas and his fellow worker brought words of encouragement. These giants in the faith did three things for the brethren that they could not find in themselves to do. They will return with an encouraging letter, just the right words to exhort the brothers and sisters, and spend quality time with the church.

Encouraging with Letters Brighten the Day

First, they brought an encouraging letter, confirming the authenticity of their conversion – that they did not need to be circumcised of the flesh. Because Christian circumcision is of the heart (Romans 2:29). Judas Barsabas and Silas settled the brethren’s minds with encouraging words (Acts 15:24, 31). It is good to get encouraging mail. Isn’t it? When we are discouraged, the best thing to read is something positive. I have kept the most encouraging mail I have received over the years to read when I feel pessimistic and disgruntled. Thank you to all the Barsabas’s and Silas’s out there.

 

Exhort One Another with Just the Right Words

         Secondly, leaders like Judas Barsabas and Silas knew when and how to say just the right words to exhort the brethren when the brothers are disheartened. Acts 15:32 says, “And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words” (NKJV). Such spiritual leaders didn’t just pat their brethren on the back and say it’ll be all ‘right. They used words of encouragement. This kind of exhortation encouraged harmony in the family of Christ (Rom. 15:5).

          The Greek word for encouragement is pareklesis, which includes comforting earnestly, consoling and exhorting. A strong, gentle spiritual leader puts his arm around you and earnestly exhorts you to take comfort in God’s promises to care for you. With an exhortation, he has the element of not just moving one to get up and get going, but he says everything is going to be okay. He may also speak with a loving chastening, and a conviction to change faulty thinking or behavior.

Encourage One Another by Spending Quality and Quantity Time Together

          Third, Judas Barsabas and Silas spent a great quantity of time with the Syrian, Gentile, brethren. They did not spend an hour or two on a Sunday morning or a three-day seminar encouraging them. They spent quality time. Acts 15:33. Before they left them, the brethren were strengthened. An athlete does not become strong overnight. And a Christian who has been frustrated in his faith by pseudo spiritual leaders, claiming to know the way of salvation better than an apostle, does not become a mighty soldier for Jesus overnight either.

Building Up Each Other Comes with Making an Impact – a Choice Only You Can Take

          Imagine the impact you will have on those around you when you choose to become like Judas. Judas Barsabas that is, or Silas his co-leader. This was a man who realized the source of comfort was not actually in himself but in God who is the source of all mercy (cf. 2 Corinthians 1:3). Encouragement is a most compelling manner to express biblical love because it places others ahead of ourselves. It takes humility and looking out for the common interest of others. When you see someone who is forlorn or disheartened due to the discouragement of others, pick them up with the love of Jesus.

Genuine Spiritual Leadership Maintains Peace – with Encouragement

          The brethren unite in harmony with peace surpassing understanding. It is the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:3). Jesus laid his life down as a servant of humanity in the same manner that we are told to put others ahead of ourselves (Philippians 2:1-11). So, like Judas Barsabas and Silas we are carriers of living letters of encouragement (2 Corinthians 3:2). We bring words of exhortation and strength when we speak God’s love and truth with our brethren. Out of this kind of humility we too take on a type of spiritual leadership that brings comfort to our brothers and sister, thereby building up the body of Christ.

Our spiritual leadership might become well-known or remain lesser known. Our reputation could not be known, whatsoever. Without regard to how well-known we are – like Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas – let us encourage, exhort, and strengthen one another, as they did. When we focus more our energy on resolving conflict and time building harmony, we do much for the betterment of the church of Christ.

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A Book Review of Humilitas by John Dickson.

by Donny Weimar

Dickson’s thesis is: The most influential and inspiring people are often marked by humility.”

Dickson presents arguments saying humility is a virtue requisite to better leadership. Humility does not mean humiliation. Instead, it is a voluntary humbleness. A person’s strengths are for the benefit of others. Such does not mean “being a doormat for others, having a low self-esteem or curbing your strengths and achievements” (p. 21). Western culture is a mixture of three ancient cultures – Hebrew, Greek and Roman; it is “a religious, an artistic and an organizing, administrative or scientific civilization. In all three languages, “the word used to describe humility means ‘low,’ as in low to the ground” (p. 23). Thus, to be humble means to lower yourself – willingly. To accomplish this one is to redirect one’s powers, whether physical, intellectual, financial, or structural, for the sake of others (p. 25).

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Team Goals

The “art of inspiring others in a team to contribute their best toward a goal” is the core of leadership (p. 33). Leaders can move members of an organization towards a goal. Such people use abilities wherein they excel to make other all-stars on the team. Take them out of their natural zone of ability and they might not be the best leaders. In their element, they persuade others in the direction of a common goal. Finally, leaders set the right example. Herein is where true action resides. “Massive influence can be exerted with minimal structural authority as long as maximal persuasion and life example exist” (p. 44).

Common Sense

Humility is common sense. Competence innately demonstrates how incompetent we are, for the more we learn the more questions we have. “Knowing a lot in fact demonstrates how much I don’t know” (p. 53). It is of vital importance to humbly accept the central idea of this chapter: “none of us is an expert at everything, so a little humility is common sense” (p. 55). Furthermore, a studious person must acknowledge that which one cannot do or know surpasses what one can know and do. Only God is omnipotent and omniscient.

Virtue

Arete is the classical Greek term for virtue. The ancients were not so far from moderns who look on outward splendor, physical prowess, or ethical beauty. Scripture teaches us the beauty God seeks is not on the outside, which fades with age. Rather, it is the inward person whose virtuosity allow true leaders blessings with good fortune in a spirit of humility (p. 72). We agree with the last sentence in summation of the chapter. “Humility is not an ornament to be worn; it is an ideal that will transform” (p. 81).

Honor & Pride or Humility – Which is the weakest?

Graeco-Roman antiquity loved the pursuit of honor and were haughty. They viewed humility as a weakness because lowering oneself leads to shame. The “chief good was the respect and praise that comes through these activities as the way they confirm the merit of the one so honored [sic]” (p. 85). Honor, as Aristotle explains, is a matter of “achieving the respect of people or having something of the worth that al, l or the general public, or the good, or the prudent desire” (p. 87) Such is in stark contrast to biblical humility where one draws attention away from self and towards others, especially Holy God.

The Lowest Place on Earth

History marks a pivotal turning point in Western culture. The God of the Bible is sympathetic towards the poor and downtrodden. Jesus told his disciples that his rabbinical yoke was easy but humble (p. 103). Death on the cross was the lowest place the Roman world could envisage (p. 105). Christians have taken the evidence of Jesus self-humiliation as proof of true greatness (p. 107). Because of Christianity’s dismantling haughty styled honor, the impact in Western culture is ubiquitous.

Humility is the Basis of the Scientific Method

Accomplished scientists find humility as the basis of the scientific method; testing everything. The thrust of this chapter is in its concluding remarks. “The humble place is the place of growth” (p. 130). Dickson’s logic is people who imagine they know mostly what is important are “hermetically sealed from learning new things and receiving constructive criticism” (p. 116). Inheriting the earth is for the meek (Matthew 5). This inheritance is of maturation on this side of eternity. When one is humble, he paradoxically is cable of achieving more and have a greater sense of self-worth.

Humble Servant Leaders

“The perceived character of the persuader is central to his powers of persuasion” (p. 139). The leader will see himself as a servant of the group, hearing the needs and voices of the group. A listening and gentle character is the controlling factor in effective communication. Aristotle taught such ethos in his system of rhetoric and won the world. We appropriately call this the sociology of knowledge, a belief in good hearted people.

Humble Leaders are “Normal”

Those who inspire us most in life are not necessarily they who are of high achievement and status alone. It is the people we meet and whom we encourage us to soar above mediocrity, because of the interest they have taken in us. The humble leader comes across as a “normal person” who puts the company ahead of herself. She is willing to chat with the employees and fosters loyalty towards herself and the team. By energizing others and giving credit to them she can motivate without drawing attention to self.

Humble Convictions vs. Absolute Tolerance

There is a difference between the call for tolerance in our world today and the larger need for humility. “Humility applied to convictions does not mean believing things any less; it means treating those who hold contrary beliefs with respect and friendship” (p. 166). Absolute tolerance is irrational.

Learning to Be Humbler

The author suggests six things to become humbler (1) We are shaped by what we love (p. 173); (2) Reflecting on the lives of people we see as humble (p. 175); (3) Conducting thought experiments to enhance humility (p. 177); (4) Act humbly – a cognitive-behavioral exercise (p. 178); (5) invite criticism from friends and colleagues (p. 179); (6) forget about being humble. The first step is really to realize that one is proud. It seems to me that if when one comes think himself to be humble, he is proud in his humility. Thus, not at all humble. Nobody can fully arrive.

Humilitas Agrees with Biblical Teaching On Humility

Humilitas presents a non-theological work that agrees with the biblical doctrine of humility. I find the book applicable to the Lord’s church. You do not have be an elder, deacon, preacher, or family minister to be a leader. You do not have to have any management authority in the body of Christ to make disciples. But you must have humility.

Humility Influences Souls

The ability to influence souls for the Master is exemplary indeed and doctrine. It takes persuasion but not coercion. Genuine soul winners will seek the best interest of the Lord’s converts to grow and train the followers of Jesus. Our utmost for His highest is the calling every Christian has for serving the Master. Responding to the Master takes the courage to lay our lives down, taking up our cross and following Him. By doing so we will become leaders from the front. We will be vessels through whom the Captain of souls will call others to follow Him. Humilitas was an excellent lead. So much so, that I preached a lesson using the outline of this review and using Philippians 2:3-11 as the Scripture text.

Bibliography

Dickson, John. 2011. Humilitas. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Murder On All Accounts: Eugenics, Sex-Selected-Abortion, Stem Cell Research, and Euthanasia.

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You know all about the Nazis. But did you know some of the things they did are, in concept, being done in the USA, the UK and other parts of the Christendom? I use that word loosely. Eugenics seeks to annihilate the mentally handicapped minorities and the terminally ill. This article is an introduction to a series of articles on eugenics, sex-selected-abortion, human embryonic stem cell, research, and physician assisted suicide. The Bible will be applied to these controversial subjects.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

– Proverbs 14:34

Murder on all accounts. That is the verdict.

We are all aware and weary of the statistics on shootings, suicides, and the horror of death in our communities. Satan stole the show when he deceived Eve and Adam. He took their souls by kneeling on their desire to have the wisdom of gods. Their spirits died from unity with the God of life with the worldly wisdom of sin. (Genesis 3) Adam’s death was caused by the deceptive liar, Satan. The number of people becoming like the Devil with their lies, deception and murder is incredible. We are seeing it on the streets via the media.

 “You are of a father—the Devil, and the desires of your father you will to do; he was a manslayer from the beginning, and he has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him; when one may speak the falsehood, he speaks of his own, because he is a liar—also his father.” (John 8:44 Literal Standard Version)

Sin merits death, separation from the living God (Romans 6:23). But the gift is continuous life in Jesus Christ our Lord. When we yield to the grace of God, we become innocent by the blood of Jesus shed on the cross.

The worst and most gruesome ways to take lives are acceptable.

While we are extremely against murder in the form of shootings, we debate things the Nazis were in favor of in WWII. And parts of our free society want to accept the issue of murder in the following forms. The Bible tells the truth, albeit controversial.

Eugenics

In most forms, eugenics is a diabolical evil. In history, government programs, like the Nazis, aimed to kill minority populations. But what about the USA? Yes, right here in America. Eugenics seeks to annihilate the mentally handicapped, minorities, and the terminally ill. Let me explain some threads to this point.

Sex-selected abortions.

Sex-selected abortion is when a parent decides to end a pregnancy because she wants to choose for herself whether she gives birth to a boy or girl. If you think this is something only the rich elite do, think again. Planned parenthood encourages the construction of abortion clinics in minority areas.

A little research on your part will demonstrate a sickness on the part of those who want to breed out minorities and the mentally handicapped, by aborting the weak. This is an ungodly thing to do. It cuts against the will of God who knits children together in the womb.

“The oracle of the word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus declares the LORD, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him.” (Zechariah 12:1)

Embryonic stem cell research

Embryonic stem cell research on humans is unethical and anti-Christian. Embryos are human babies in their earliest stage of life. God handcrafts a person’s spirit together with care. Scientists prefer the embryo over other stem cells because of the pure qualities of it. Like king Cyrus, Isaiah 45, and the book of Ezra where the prophecy is fulfilled, the Biblical reality is God knows everyone by name before they are conceived.

According to James 2:26, the body without the spirit is dead. Where human life exists, there is a spirit.  When the embryo is murdered the spirit returns to God who made it. But, to destroy an embryo is murder when science kills. An evil deed shall not go unpunished.

“For behold, I begin to work disaster at the city that is called by my name, and shall you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth, declares the LORD of hosts.” (Jeremiah 29:25 English Standard Version)

 

Euthanasia

Dr. Kevorkian was an American pathologist and euthanasia proponent. He publicly championed a terminal patient’s right to die by physician-assisted suicide, embodied in his quote, “Dying is not a crime,” Kevorkian said that he assisted at least 130 patients to that end. (Wikipedia) Dr. Kevorkian went to prison. His philosophies are no longer shackled there. Euthanasia of the terminally ill is and always will be murder, even though in some physician circles it is now considered merciful.

Simple doctrine and Bible truth.

People like to make simple truth complicated. God’s truth is clear, “You will not murder.” (Romans 13:9). I suppose you will call me narrow-minded, but I take that precisely as written. Time has proven when Christians teach the Gospel, people turn to Father God for hope. This country needs a lot more inspiration than Lady Liberty is offering today. God’s Word will not return to Him in vain (Isaiah 55:11).

Jesus is the greater light, and we are the lower beams. This nation has been through much pain and division. Believers show life and unity in Christ by allowing the world to see the glorious light we walk in. Because of the Gospel, we have hope. The Bible we teach is not a meaningless mission. God says,

“So is My word that goeth out of My mouth, It turneth not back unto Me empty, But hath done that which I desired, And prosperously effected that for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 Young’s Literal Translation)

We all have been exposed for our sins. Falling short of glorifying God seems to be our reality (Romans 3:23). Even so, Christians alone have Jesus Christ’s sacrifice to enable them to stand in God’s grace. (Romans 5:1-2). Satan sought to destroy Him as a babe. The world can be a hateful place no matter the historical era. You and I have hope.

Believers who walk in the light have no cause to fear the ruffian types who steal and stab for their own pleasure. But fear and being tossed into an everlasting black fire where Jesus says there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 24:51). Ultimately, man can do nothing to us. God can do it all.

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Racism in Scripture dates to the days Jews were enslaved to make bricks for Pharaoh. It seems the Egyptians were growing richer and fatter while the Jews were systemically rearing generations of “lower class” farmers. God leads Moses to Pharaoh in Exodus to say, “Let My people Go!” This article will answer the title question in the negative. The Bible does not endorse racism, regardless of how some Christians discriminate against ethnic cultures different from their own. Our loving God hates racism but desires every soul to come to Jesus.

Racism in the Church

My first experience of “white” Christians hating those of a different color was in a small town north of Dallas. Back then people called a black and white married couple mixed and it was derogatory to do so. The church which I was a member of at the time was rude to newcomers. In this instance a black man and his Caucasian wife entered the church building to worship God with fellow believers. I will have you know not a single member of that congregation said hello or give a head nod. Nope, not even a howdy. I am not being judgmental. I am merely stating what I saw. Friend, when it comes to saving souls black lives do matter. And of course, I hear you when you reply, “all lives matter.” You are right; they do. But do you get the point that showing prejudice when God’s Word strictly and forthrightly condemns racial bias.

Character of Christ

Racism is not in accord with the character of Christ. Jesus became as human as any person is. All believers are a united body in Christ (Ephesians 4:4). He became like me so that I might be like Him. According to Galatians 1:28, all believers are one. A couple verses a fore, we see that all baptized converts stand on equal ground at the foot of the cross. Regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, or culture, we are together in Jesus.

“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for as many as were immersed into Christ put on Christ; there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither servant nor freeman, there is neither male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28).

If you have put on Christ and someone of a different ethnicity has put on Christ, then your soul must become color blind. People look on the outward appearance, but God sees within the soul. To seek and save the lost we too must look past the outer coat of skin and investigate the heart of those seeking the will of God.

“[Is He] only the God of Jews, and not also of nations?” (Romans 3:29).

The Gospel Call to All

God is calling all people to turn to Him (Acts 3:19). Thus, God is no respecter of persons. Meaning God does not discriminate on whom He saves based on skin color, ethnicity and so forth. It does not matter whether you are a man or woman. God wants you to be saved.

“And Peter having opened his mouth, said, ‘Of a truth, I perceive that God is not favoring by appearance, but in every nation he who is fearing Him, and is working righteousness, is acceptable to Him’” (Acts 10:34-35).

“For there is no favor by appearance with God” (Romans 2:11).

No Favoritism Allowed

Moreover, believers must not favor the rich over the poor (James 2:1-9). But do you agree with me that Christians who do not show equal favor to everyone, on wealth, station, fame, or race are hateful? I know you have seen it happen.

No Bible Abuse Allowed

Some have taken these passages I have presented to twist them and abuse the word racism by extending it to include areas where Christians must discriminate. There are some are areas where believers must discern between people lovingly where differences of religion and sinful behaviors are concerned. For example, if a person has not obeyed the Gospel call, then the Bible expects us to judge that person has not yet been saved. I use the word judge to say discerning between the saved and the lost; between those living in sinful behaviors and those who are living upright in the faith of Christ. If we cannot do this, then we may as well close our Bible to seeking to save those whom God says are not saved.

Ethnic Evangelism

Evangelism must reach out to all races and social groups. It must go to the ends of the earth, to all nations. The Great Commission is a model to be repeated in every generation. Beware! Those who preach the superiority of any race above another is not a loving person. Hate of any person is a sin, including those of a different ethnic group.

Pharaoh was forced to let God’s people go. Must we drown in the sea of rebellion like him? No. We will humble ourselves today while it’s called today. Tomorrow may be too late. Hey Adversary, let God’s people go!

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God Moves to 7 Models of Praying From the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)

The Small Big Word, Amen

The small word Amen is a big part of prayer. Prayer is nearly a vow or promise to God that what we pray is the truth on our hearts. God listens to our prayers. We trust in Him, and He hears everything we say. To make prayer into an empty vanity is something people do. Jesus teaches us to pray with the model prayer and promises God will listen to your Amen!

“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. 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 6:9-13 (KJV)

The Throne God Listens From

With all that we pray for, we know God’s throne of mercy and grace is available through our perfect High Priest (Hebrews 4). Whatever spiritual question we make to God is always answered in the affirmative. Pray for a stronger faith and pursue it. Ask for an enhanced character of kindness and work to mold yourself in His image. No matter what the spiritual question is. If you have read about the gift of righteous living in the Bible, a blessing promised by those who live a life directed by God and His Word is guaranteed.

The Physical Necessities God Wants to Bless

Physical blessings are temporary, but God hears when we ask for them. God’s will is that we have the necessities of life but that does not say we will not have to skip a meal(s). Since treasuring items that rust and moth destroy is pointless, it does not do to ask God for perishables.

He says to pray for physical necessities but not to the point of overindulgence. Of the blessings received, Abraham gave 10% to a priest of God named Melchizedek in the Old Testament.

God Wants To Empower Your Giving

Although tithing is not a new covenant concept, but is a denominational theology, 2 Corinthians 9 does teach us to give a part of our income to the cause of Christ. With that blessing is the promise that we will never run out of seed to sow for the kingdom.

Motive for The Means

We do not give to receive more, and we are not required to give a designated 10%. But what if every member of your congregation gave 10% to the Lord? The church would have a fat treasury blessed by Father God. God hears when we are motivated to do services for Christ. Thus, divine mercy is discovered when we pray for our daily bread.

God Wants to Heal You

We may pray for healing as a part of requests to God. He listens to us. We should be at peace knowing that what is most important to God is to offer forgiveness when we are ill, yes even terminal illness.

“Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, it shall be forgiven him.”

James 5:14-15 (ASV)

The Emphasis of The Prayer

Elders occupy a special place in the Lord’s church, but I am not going to talk about that. The emphasis is on the prayer of faith, saving him that is sick. God does not will that Satan torture us with disease. Nonetheless, all people are appointed to die and then be judged (Hebrews 9:27). Thus, God is not mere interested in healing physical illness. When Jesus healed people during his earthly journey, he did so to give a sign of proof what he preached about the kingdom was the truth. God’s chief concern is sin-sickness. Hence, the phrase, “if has committed sins it shall be forgiven him.” God is listening.

The Lord’s Model Prayer

The Lord’s model prayer is presented as a beginner’s prayer. Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray saying, “In this manner pray….” He then proceeds to teach them to exalt and glorify Father God first, before making any kind of request or supplication.

We pray for the kingdom church and her glory lasting continuously through the final judgment day of the Lord. The sovereign will of God is recognized and appreciated in our prayers petitioning the one Living God. He has all authority in Heaven. We pray for the universal submissiveness of the earth, the realm of men and women.

Going on in our prayers we ask the Creator of the cosmos to give us our necessities, or our daily bread. Learning to increase in forgive one another, we plead with the LORD to forgive us our debts. We are indebted beyond what we can pay, so we must reply upon the grace of Jesus Christ to offer up to God what we ourselves can never pay.

Gratitude For The Blood

Praise God we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. May Father God keep our way and lead us not into places where we could be seduced by evil or be tempted into falling short of glorifying God. The kingdom of heaven on earth belongs to Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

God Listens

Humbly we pray our Amen. We know the LORD of life listens. You can have confidence when you petition God in prayer. He listens. Father God hears every word you mumble when your humble. We pray through Jesus Christ because He is our great High Priest of souls (Hebrews 7). Even the Holy Spirit speaks on our behalf in Heaven when we are speechless to form the words of our needs and pains.

“…He who is searching the hearts hath known what is the mind of the Spirit, because according to God he doth intercede for saints.” Romans 8:27 (YLT)

God knows what you need before you ask Him. He still wants you to ask because by asking we show our dependence on Him. Amen. God listens to you.

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Learn Three Ways To Overcome Temptations and Stop Satan in his Tracks.

“Let us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:13)

Continuing the battle in our spiritual warfare is reliance upon the Captain of our salvation. Remember, the kingdom belongs to the King. The power is His and the glory is His. Thus, the Lord Jesus has all the power in the cosmos to rescue us from the sly Serpent who deceived the first couple in the perfect Eden’s paradise. He has the authority to save. The Modern Literal Version reads, “And do not bring us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”

The evil one is none other than the Devil himself. No doubt, he is out to get you and me. His rebellion against God’s goodness made him the prince of darkness. Jesus is the light shining in the regions and shadows of the world’s despair.

“Be sober! Be watchful! Your* adversary, the Slanderer, like a roaring lion, is walking around seeking whom he may swallow up, 5: 9 to whom you* withstand, solid in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your* brotherhood which is in the world.” (1 Peter 5:8 MLV)

Three Ways How to Overpower Evil

1. Prepare Ahead with Prayer – Satan is a Constant Nag

“So-then, the one thinking of himself as to be standing, let him beware, lest he might fall! No temptation has taken you° except common human temptations, but God is faithful, who will not be permitting you° to be tempted beyond what you° are able to undergo, but together-with the temptation, he will also make* an outlet.” (1 Corinthians 10:12-13 MLV)

Know what your temptations are and what Scripture passages help you stand strong when faced with the evil. Satan will use any malevolent tool at his disposal to deceive. Extreme illnesses, financial losses, deaths in the family or any other harm that we might suffer. The Adversary will use them to twist us. When we are faced with these tests, we have the choice of moving in one of two directions. We can either push away from God and fall into worldly-sorrow or draw closer to God and find a peace that surpasses human comprehension.

 

2. Pray During Temptation – Satan Knows How to Lay a Snare

We have a sympathizing Savior. The way we people can be saved is if the Goodness of God be incarnated in the virgin’s womb. Live a sinless life. Die the death on behalf of us sinners. Then rise to sit on the throne of righteousness. The wonderful thing about Jesus is He is our perfect High Priest who atones continually on our behalf. This makes it possible for us to go directly to God’s throne of grace to find mercy in our moment of need.

“Therefore having a great high-priest, Jesus the Son of God, who has gone through the heavens, let us hold-fast the confession. For* we do not have a high-priest who is unable to sympathize together-with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted according-to all things according-to our likeness, yet without sin. Therefore let us come near to the throne of grace with boldness, in-order-that we may receive mercy and may find grace *for opportune help.” (Hebrews 4:14-16 MLV).

When we face the traps of the Evil One, it’s time that opportune help. Jesus Christ was tempted in every fashion as any other human. What tempts you? He’s been there. He’s come through it sin-free. And He can set you free too.

3. Praise God in Prayer After You’ve Succeeded – When Satan Fails, He Runs Away to Hunt Some Other Day

Temptations can be challenging. Challenging is an understatement when it’s rooted in a feeling. Here’s the sum. Knowledge can last. Character can last. Principles can last. But feelings do not last. So then,

“Count [it] all joy, my brothers, when you may fall into manifold temptations, knowing that the proof of your faith works endurance, and let the endurance have a perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 LSV)

By placing God and His will ahead of our feelings, we surrender our carnal tendencies. Temptations are common to all people, but the Christian has the ability in Christ to endure. We press on as God completes His work in us. Recounting his conversion, Paul wrote Timothy about how God had counted him faithful and put Paul into the apostolic ministry. Even though Paul regarded himself the worst of sinners, God’s grace compelled him to teach the pattern of belief leading him and us to life everlasting.

God saw sincerity in the pre-converted Saul. He knew the passion of this man who when he became apostle Paul will do monumental successes for the kingdom church. The faithful saying is a humble one. To admit to God that we are sinners in need of a Savior, is the first step to being free from Satan.Let Jesus Take The Helm

Trials are the Devil’s Work. The Spirit of Christ Is the Solution. 

To remove yourself from temptations while Satan puts you through trials, remember to change your thinking, so that feelings may change. When your feelings turn into godly inclinations, you are more capable of walking in faith with the Son in light. When we can see the Spirit of Jesus through the lens of faith, at work in our heart, a battle fought victory is already won. The Spirit of truth uses His special revelation in God’s Word to set us free from sin that we tangled in so. Pray for deliverance and become Satan free. As always remember that you and I “can do all things through Him who strengthens us.” (Philippians 4:13).

 

 

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