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[#21] "Practicing accountability"
Judging ourselves keeps our obedience in check. Just like the government has a system of checks and balances within its operations, we should have a system of checks and balances to ensure we are living righteously in God’s eyes; to evaluate weather or not we are in the will of God and are on the path to eternal life. We must judge ourselves so that we do not stray from the narrow path that leads to eternal life: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14)


[#22] "Financial giving & deception: Part 1"
In Part one of this series I want to discuss financial giving. First however, let’s get our minds around this truth: all of mankind is blessed, both male and female, sinners and righteous, because of God. Even those who do not believe in God or that He exists are blessed by God: “for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45) What I am getting at here is that we owe God. We owe God big time.


[#23] "Financial giving & deception: Part 2"
Satan is very aware of the power of God and His Word. He knows that God’s Word will accomplish what it says. Isaiah 55:11 says: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Satan has had first hand experience of God’s Word triumphing over him time and time and time again. He knows God’s Word doesn’t return void. In other words, the only way Satan can keep you from the abundant blessings of God is by keeping you deceived and disobedient to God’s Word.


[#24] "Only Jesus can save us"
It is a common belief in the world we live right now that many religions can lead to the same God. To many in the world today, any other view in considered a fundamentalist, extremist view. It is said that those who believe there is only one way to God and heaven are narrow minded, and intolerant. So is there only one way to God? According to the Bible there is no other way to God but through Jesus Christ. I agree with the Bible.


[#25] "Closet Christians"
Right now, today, it’s time to get out of your personal comfort zone, and let the world know that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life, He is risen, He is King, He is coming soon, you love Him with all your heart and you’re not afraid or ashamed to show it! You fight your flesh and declare to yourself: “I’m not ashamed of Jesus, I love Him and I’m not afraid to say it or show it!"


[#26] "Tests, trials & tribulations"
Tribulation will work and develop your patience. Patience develops character and increases experience. Experience, in turn brings hope. Trials and tribulations will come, however rejoice in them. Do not rejoice “because of” trials and tribulations but rejoice “in” or “while” enduring trials and tribulations. Keep faith and understand that God’s Word triumphs over everything. Stand firm in faith and take comfort in knowing that hope will not disappoint us because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, which He has given us.


[#27] "Temple of smoke" (Health Canada)
Satan has used the ungodly and sadly many who call themselves godly in this world to promote and sustain smoking in our culture. Children are now raised in a society where cigarettes are readily available to them at startling ages. Schools do nothing to enforce the legal age of smoking on their property. The government does nothing to enforce underage smoking, only underage buying. Satan has deceivingly kept smoking from being seen as a major issue in the Church today. We have let it slip under our radar for too many years now. We must fight back and expose smoking for what is really is; sin.


[#28] "Analyzing our enemy: temptation"
Satan’s tactics have never changed. Today he uses the same tricks as he did 2000 years ago. Satan doesn’t have anything new, he can’t have anything new. The methods which he uses might seem new, but he’s just trying to disguise the same old tricks and traps in new packaging. Temptation through deception has always been Satan’s ultimate weapon. It’s Satan’s ultimate weapon because he is the greatest liar that has ever existed. Temptation requires and works through deception, and that is the devils most developed department of evil.


[#29] "I am free! I am delivered! I am free!"
The Word of God must be the foundation in the life of a believer. The Word is the foundation, and faith is the activator for success. Faith activates and brings to pass the promises of God. Yes, we are delivered and we are free, however to exercise our freedom and deliverance in Christ we must exercise our faith. Remember “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) You obtain faith by hearing and reading the Word. You must continually exercise your faith.


[#30] "Love: the key to all"
Loving God is not just reading the Bible every now and then. Loving God is not being able to quote scripture. Going to church every Sunday is not “loving God” like many believe. Loving God is keeping His commandments. His commandments include reading the scriptures and going to church, but aren’t only limited to those two acts. God has many commandments and He expects a lot from us. Ultimately, keeping God’s commandments means staying away from sin

 

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