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Chocolate Bar Salvation

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The following is the way I like to share the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a non-believer. I explain that salvation in Jesus Christ is like a chocolate bar. If I hand them a chocolate bar as a free gift, the normal reaction is for them to unwrap the chocolate bar and to eat it and enjoy it. Of course, they can refuse it, they can throw it away, they can put it in their pocket and let it melt, they can give it to someone else, or they can read its ingredients and wonder if they should eat it or not. It is the same way with salvation. All that someone has to do to enjoy salvation is to simply accept and believe that Jesus loves them and died on the cross for their sins the same way as unwrapping a chocolate bar and simply enjoying it.

Thank God that the salvation message itself is very simple that even a child can respond to it and accept Jesus as their savior:

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3 NKJV)

But a full understanding of salvation and what is behind it is not necessary to enjoy salvation. Besides that, a full understanding of it is beyond man’s comprehension:

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.” (Ephesians 3:19 NLT)

“Holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.” (1 Timothy 3:9 NKJV)

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8‭-‬9 NKJV)

Calvinism and Arminianism are two systems of theology that attempt to explain the relationship between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility in the matter of salvation. So, in the Calvinism vs. Arminianism debate, who is correct? It is interesting to note that in the diversity of the body of Christ, there are all sorts of mixtures of Calvinism and Arminianism. Both systems fail in that they attempt to explain the unexplainable. Human beings are incapable of fully grasping a concept such as this. Yes, God is absolutely sovereign and knows all. Yes, human beings are called to make a genuine decision to place faith in Christ unto salvation. These two facts seem contradictory to us, but in the mind of God they make perfect sense.

In the following example, there are three factors that brought a woman named Lydia to salvation. First Paul had to preach the Good News of the Gospel for her to hear. Second, the Holy Spirit opened her heart. Third, Lydia unwrapped the chocolate bar and ate it. And as you can see, she thoroughly enjoyed it and shared it with her family:

On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had gathered there. One of them was Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. She and her household were baptized, and she asked us to be her guests. “If you agree that I am a true believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my home.” And she urged us until we agreed. (Acts of the Apostles 16:13‭-‬15 NLT)

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Presence Of God Above All Else

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So you have the date written down of when you were saved and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. You also have the date written down of when you were baptized in the Holy Spirit and received power from on high. That is good.

This article is to wake you up to the fact that you may have been saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Spirit, and on your ordained way through life. But somewhere along the way you stopped seeking the LORD’s Presence. You became satisfied to be merrily on your way to whatever brought contentment to your eyes and flesh.

Moses and Paul were different. They were concerned with having the Lord’s presence go before them above all else. I want to show you by examining what Scripture records about them that this concept spans both the Old and the New Testaments:

The Lord said, “Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are  a stiff-necked people.” Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Then Moses said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And Moses said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:3‭, ‬7a, 11a, 15‭, ‬17‭-‬23 NKJV)

Now when they (Paul and companions) had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 16:6‭-‬10 NKJV)

Many people come to Christ with a great, initial burst of faith. Yet over time their zeal wears thin, and they begin to neglect the Lord. They lightly esteem His commands and turn back to their old, sinful ways. Yet they still believe God’s Presence remains with them. No – that is a hoax, a lie, a delusion! The Bible makes it clear: If you forsake Him, He will forsake you!

God’s promises never fail. But some – like the covenant of His Presence – are absolutely conditional. They require more than merely our cooperation. Of course, God will never abandon us or stop loving us. But if we remain in sin, His Presence will not be with us – and our lives will no longer be an instrument of His powerful presence. We will live according to the flesh – striving, floundering, with no power or guidance! Only when God’s Presence is upon us can we behold, see and understand His Glory.

Proverbs 16:9 says, “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”  As we commit ourselves to the Lord, we know that He will lead us day by day. His favor will be present as a testimony. God’s strategy will prevail. But, if we do not commit our ways to the LORD, we will find ourselves adrift. His Presence will not go before us. Just as a ship adrift in the ocean often finds itself in peril, so will be our lives.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV)

I will leave you with this quote and verse:

“To place ourselves in range of God’s choicest gifts, we have to walk with God, work with God, lean on God, cling to God, come to have the sense and feel of God, refer all things to God” (Cornelius Plantinga)

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:15‭-‬18 NLT)

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Carrying Other’s Burdens

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“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 NLT)

In my previous article Bittersweet Christian Life it was pointed out that as Christians we know the deepest, truest joy in life through a relationship with Jesus. But at the same time we live in a world that is deeply fractured, broken, and desperate. As we carry this great joy of Jesus and express it outwardly, we need to be mindful of the heaviness of many around us who carry burdens of sickness, loss, suffering, and grief. We need to reach out, minister, and help them with their burdens. In this article I will share just how we can do that.

Let’s start off when the disciples came back to Jesus discouraged that they could not help someone with a need. Jesus gave them the first key bit of advice:

“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:20b KJV)

Jesus did not stop there, but gave a second key bit of advice in the next verse:

“However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:21 NKJV)

When we study Jesus’ life and ministry, we are to do it not just to attain biblical knowledge. We are to do it to learn how to operate in the very Spirit of Christ Himself. To walk, serve, and love as He did:

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25).

This leads us to ask, “What does it mean to have faith as a grain of mustard seed in light of the following fact?”:

“God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3b NKJV)

It can only mean one thing since the fact is that we have already been dealt a measure of faith. It means that we must not remain idle, but we must become engaged in the faith we already have. Not only to be engaged, but to do it with authority:

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)

I like the example that Gary Wilkerson gives:
Do you tolerate your kids straying into drugs, thinking, “God is sovereign. There’s nothing I can do about it.” Or is there a voice deep within you urging, “No more! I will no longer allow the specter of death to descend on my house.” Often when Christians claim, “It’s all in the sovereignty of God,” they equate God’s works with Satan’s. No! Our lord is good, loving, a healer, a transformer, a change agent. I know many Christians who look at their defeats and say, “God is taking me through these things to teach me something.” That may be; He can certainly do that. But what if He’s teaching you discernment? What if He’s showing you the difference between His sovereign, prevailing will and a dark spiritual resignation? What if He’s showing you things to stir you to act in confident, living faith? Friends we’re in a battle. The Holy Spirit has given us a sword to do battle in real life!

In conclusion, if we are Christians in right standing with the LORD, we already have a measure of faith. We have access to the weapons of prayer, fasting, and the Word. We possess the spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. We have the Holy Spirit to give us discernment. Only ingredients we need to then muster are action, authority, and confidence.

What happens if we pray for someone and they are not healed on the spot? At least they know that God cares for them. Our role is simply to be faithful messengers of His Good News and to present to the hurting a Healer who loves and cares for them.

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Bittersweet Christian Life

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The Christian life can be best compared to bittersweet chocolate. There are the sweet parts and then there are the bitter parts.

As I heard one of my favorite Christian teachers say, “Christian’s know both realities. We know the deepest truest joy in life through a relationship with Jesus. At the same time we’re fully aware of life in a world that is deeply fractured, broken, and desperate.

Oh how sweet is our salvation and the fact that our names are written down in Heaven:

“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10 NKJV)

“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20 NKJV)

I want to make sure that this is made perfectly clear that when I use the word ‘bitter’ in reference to Christians, I am not talking about being a bitter person, which is sin. I am talking about the fact, that because of the world we live in, we will grieve over the bitter things that transpire around us. It is a bitter thing to watch a loved one go astray in their faith. It is a bitter thing to watch someone close to us slowly die of cancer.

We are explicitly told that we are to possess joy and peace despite the harshness of life:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22‭-‬23 KJV)

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16‭-‬18 NLT)

But at the same time we are to carry one another’s burdens:

“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 NLT)

So how do we do it, to be joyful even when we have to take on the bitterness that life throws at us? When we are truly walking in the spirit day-by-day, it is no problem at all. It is when we let our guard down and are not in close communion with the LORD each and every day, life will bring us down. We are instructed:

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25 NKJV)

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 1:20‭-‬21 NKJV)

Paul and Silas are a true example of experiencing the bitter and the sweet:

“And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:  And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.” (Acts 16:23‭, ‬25 KJV)

Please don’t get the idea that as Christians we will always have a smile on our face. But we are always to have an inner peace and joy that the world cannot take away from us.

Show me a Christian who is not walking in the spirit, and I will show you a miserable person. He or she may put on a happy face, but inside their joy and peace is quenched.

We that are Christians are waiting for the return of our LORD. You can truly say that it will be a sweet time for us. But for those that are perishing it will be an extremely bitter time:

“Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.” (Revelation 10:10 NKJV)

As a final word I want to get across to you the same thing Jesus tried to get across to His disciples when the 70 came back from their mission where they saw demons fleeing:
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN YOUR LIFE IS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR NAME IS WRITTEN DOWN IN HEAVEN!

“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15 NKJV)

And if your name is written down in the Book of Life, my second question to you is, “Are you walking in the spirit and singing praises unto God despite being treated bitterly by the world?”

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Prisoners of Appetite

I heard a sermon 30 years ago that still sticks with me to this very day entitled ‘Eating Your Fill vs. Meeting Your Needs’. The pastor had shared how he became extremely overweight when he was younger because he ate past the point of meeting his needs until he filled his stomach to the hilt. The moral of the sermon was that this world has much to offer, but we must take care. We are safe to meet our needs within the boundaries, but if we cross over the line and stop at nothing to gorge ourselves, especially in forbidden things, it will lead us to ruin. Moderation and self-control are the key words.

Paul reminds us in his letter to the Ephesians: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:22‭, ‬24 NKJV)

Solomon also speaks from experience when he shares this in Ecclesiastes: I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity. I said of laughter—“Madness!”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?” I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives. Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There  was no profit under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:1‭-‬3‭, ‬10‭-‬11 NKJV)

I have two stories to share. Maybe you have heard them before. One is a true story and the other is a fable, but oh what a lesson they both bring:

True Story of Duke Raynald III

Part of Thomas Costain’s historical book ‘The Three Edwards’ chronicles what happened  back in 14th Century Belgium. There was once a Duke named Raynald III. Raynald was the ruler of the kingdom, and he was a very large man, often called by his nickname Crassus, which is Latin for ‘fat’. After a particularly violent quarrel with his younger brother Edward, Edward resolved to overthrow his brother. After leading a successful revolt against Raynald, Edward captured him alive and imprisoned him in the Nieuwkerk castle. But Edward did not just throw his brother in a cell, lock the door behind him and throw away the key, he had something far more inventive in mind. Edward had a room built around his extremely fat brother complete with doors and windows, except this room contained no bars. The entrances were built too small for Raynald to fit through, although a smaller man could come and go as he pleased. Edward said that Raynald would regain his title and property in full, only if he could fit through the door. This sounds simple enough, but yet again Edward had a trick up his sleeve. Every day he had the castle chefs bring exquisite foods to the room for Raynald, and every day Raynald was presented with a choice: either overcome his addiction, or die in that room. When the Duke Edward was accused of being cruel to his brother, he simply responded with “My brother isn’t a prisoner here. He may leave whenever he so wills.” Raynald lived in this room for 10 years, becoming fatter and fatter, as Edward had expected he would. He wasn’t released until Edward died in battle, and by then he was so unhealthy that he was dead within a year. Raynald was never able to overcome his appetite, and it is what lead to his death.
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Jewish Fable of the Fox and the Grapes

Once upon a time Fox was walking along a lane when he passed a vineyard whose vines were heavy with ripe grapes. Fox’s stomach began to grumble with hunger. “Oh, grapes,” he sighed, “how I love grapes.”

Naturally he decided he would sneak into the vineyard and eat as many grapes as he could. After all, how often does a fox come upon such a treat? “And all for me!” he cried. “All for me!”

He grinned from ear to ear, but then, as he looked closer, his grin turned to a frown, for the vineyard was surrounded by a tall fence. He ran around to check the gate, but when he tried to open it, he discovered it was locked.

“Well, then, I’ll just slip through the fence,” he said to himself, as he walked around it, searching this time for a hole.

He couldn’t find a single hole.

Now Fox sat down to think. At last he said to himself, “I’ll just suck in my breath and make myself so thin and narrow, I’ll slip right through this fence. Ah, nothing can stop a sly fox when he has his heart and mind and stomach set on something.”

And so Fox inhaled and pulled in his stomach. He inhaled so deeply and for such a long time, he was nearly blue with the effort. Still, he could not make himself skinny enough to fit through the slits in that fence, for he was a fat fox, having always eaten more than his share.

“I’ll fast for a day,” he said aloud to no one in particular, “and when I’m thinner, I’ll slip through this fence!”

Fox kept his word. He did not eat, or drink, a single thing the whole next day. Finally, on the morning of the following day, with his stomach grumbling louder than it ever had, he tried to slip through the fence.

Alas, he was still too fat.

“Another day of fasting,” he said, and another day passed with him eating and drinking nothing at all. The next day he once again tried to slip through the fence.

He was still too fat!

“Another day of fasting will do the trick,” he told the bluejays who were pecking at the nuts and berries that lay on the ground beside the fence.

Well, sure enough, by the third day he was thin enough to slip right through the fence.

Oh, what a sight! Fox sighed with delight, for that vineyard was full of ripe, juicy grapes. Some of them were black and as big as plums. Some were gleaming red, some purple. Fox feasted, and feasted some more. He ate until he could not eat another grape. He slept a while, and then awoke and feasted again.

After several days he had eaten nearly every grape in that vineyard and decided to be on his way.

Naturally, when he tried to crawl back through the fence, he discovered he was far too fat.

“Oh no,” he cried. The birds tittered and shook with laughter. “Well, never mind, I’ll just have to fast again.”

And so Fox fasted one day, but he was too fat to get through the fence. He fasted a second day, and still he was too fat. He fasted a third day, and by nightfall he was thin enough to climb through and escape the vineyard.

Exhausted, Fox once again walked along the lane, but now he was nearly starving. “I’ll just eat some nuts and berries,” he said to himself. But he discovered that while he had been gorging himself on grapes, the birds and squirrels and chipmunks had gathered all the nuts and berries.

Faint with hunger, Fox fell asleep and dreamed of ripe grapes.

Suddenly he woke with a start, for the bluejays had landed beside him, and they were twittering in his ear.

“No grapes!” Fox cried. “No more grapes, please!”

And the bluejays promised they would share their nuts and berries, if he promised not to take more than his share.

“I promise,” Fox said, for he had learned that greed had made him miserable.

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From the very beginning, man was held accountable for his feelings and his actions:

“Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (Genesis 4:6‭-‬7 NLT)

Especially now that we are new creations ( http://bible.com/114/2co.5.17.NKJV ) when we accept Jesus Christ as our LORD and Savior and we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, the Great Helper ( http://bible.com/114/jhn.14.26.NKJV ). This means we are more accountable than ever to master our feelings and our flesh:

You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:12‭-‬13 NLT)

“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (Galatians 5:24 KJV)

I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:27 NLT)

PAUL WARNS: DON’T LET YOURSELF BE DISQUALIFIED!

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