Many Christians ask WHY they can’t stop sinning. Many also say it is impossible to stop sinning, it can’t be done. Is that true?
Dear friends, the reason Christians can’t overcome sin is because they are BELIEVING the lies of the devil and because they WANT to SATISFY the desires of the flesh. Jesus says the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. …
We cannot believe the devil, brush Jesus to the side and do our own thing, please our own flesh.
Dear friends, Paul says that if we WALK IN THE SPIRIT we will NOT FULFILL the desires of the flesh. If we ABIDE AND WALK in the Spirit, we will OVERCOME sin. We will not be DOMINATED by sin.
12 But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: 13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 The same came to him by night, and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.”
4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into God’s Kingdom. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ 8 The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
1 Peter 1
22 Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart fervently, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which lives and remains forever.
The majority of Evangelical view is that once someone has accepted Christ as Saviour they are guaranteed salvation. But is it safe to assume that once we are saved, we are saved for always?
David Pawson investigated this through biblical evidence, historical figures such as Augustine, Luther and Wesley, and evangelical assumptions about grace and justification, divine sovereignty and human responsibility. He asks whether something more than being born again is required so that our inheritance is not lost. This book helps us to deicide whether ‘once saved, always saved’ is real assurance or a misleading assumption. The answer will have profound effects on the way we live and disciple others.
7:45 Michael Brown: “But because they’re young people, and it’s illegal in Israel to proselytize children [unintelligible] sixteen, you didn’t say a word to them about Yeshua, about faith or anything….”
There is one trick up the devil’s sleeve that he got me with many times and he will ALWAYS use against many Christians. He got away with it with Eve in the garden when he tried to convince her with his famous lie: “you shall not surely die”.
He disguises himself as a your friend, someone who care for you, somebody who tells you “you don’t need to suffer or struggle”, “satisfy yourself”, “God loves you”, “HE WILL NOT LET ANYTHING BAD HAPPEN TO YOU”.
He did that from the beginning in the garden and He tried to pull that on Jesus Himself in the wilderness when he said to Him (Luke 4:9-11):
If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,
He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’
On their hands they will bear you up, (((( LEST YOU STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE. ))))
The devil wanted to tempt Jesus by telling Him: ‘You are the SON OF GOD, you can do anything you want’, ‘God will not let anything happen to you’. But Jesus called him out.
Sometimes the devil will use the CLOSEST family members to do that to you. They will tell you that “you don’t need to suffer, that you are worried too much about God, that it is ok to satisfy our flesh, it is normal, we are human. God loves you no matter what, He will forgive you”.
Dear brothers and sisters, call him out. Do not believe them. It is the devil trying to tempt you by using the closest to you. He also tried to do that with Jesus:
And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ((((((( Far be it from you, Lord! THIS SHALL NEVER HAPPEN TO YOU. ))))))) But he turned and said to Peter, ((((((( “GET BEHIND ME, SATAN! ))))))) You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
If that is the best trick of the devil, will you take heed dear friends?
What if I told you that it is the trick he is using today with these doctrines you see in your church (Once Saved Always Saved and Pre-tribulation rapture), would you believe me?
What is the fruit of “Once Saved Always Saved”? :
“Don’t worry, you shall not surely die, it is ok to sin a bit sometimes, you are safe, you are already saved, God will forgive you”
What is the fruit of “pre-tribulation rapture”?:
“Don’t worry, you don’t need to suffer for Christ, these things will not happen to you, you will be raptured out of here”
Dear friends, keep your EYES ON JESUS and His words. Keep His words IN YOU and YOU WILL KNOW when the devil is trying to deceive you. By the Spirit of God, we will DISCERN.
Isaiah 64:6 (“all our righteous acts are like filthy rags”) is often quoted by folks as proof that any effort on our part to do good still comes across as pretty putrid in God’s sight. As Kevin DeYoung explains in The Hole in Our Holiness, however, that’s just bad exegesis–and it paints a terribly unflattering (and woefully inaccurate) picture of our God, to us and to the world:
The “righteous deeds” Isaiah has in mind are most likely the perfunctory rituals offered by Israel without sincere faith and without wholehearted obedience. In Isaiah 65:1–7 the Lord rejects Israel’s sinful sacrifices. They are an insult to the Lord, smoke in his nostrils, just like the ritual “obedience” of Isaiah 58 that did not impress the Lord because his people were oppressing the poor. Their “righteous deeds” were “filthy rags” (64:6, KJV) because they weren’t righteous at all. They looked good but were a sham, a literal smoke screen to cover up their unbelief and disobedience.
But we should not think that every kind of “righteous deed” is like a filthy rag before God. In fact the previous verse, Isaiah 64:5, says “you [God] meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways.” It is not impossible for God’s people to commit righteous acts that please God.
Not only is it not impossible, DeYoung goes on to note, but it is downright possible and in fact specifically commended throughout the pages of the New Testament:
Those who bear fruit in every good work and increase in the knowledge of God are fully pleasing to God (Col. 1:10). Presenting your body as a living sacrifice pleases God (Rom. 12:1). Looking out for your weaker brother pleases God (14:18). Obeying your parents pleases God (Col. 3:20). Teaching the Word in truth pleases God (1 Thess. 2:4). Praying for the governing authorities pleases God (1 Tim. 2:1–3). Supporting your family members in need pleases God (5:4). Sharing with others pleases God (Heb. 13:16). Keeping his commandments pleases God (1 John 3:22). Basically, whenever you trust and obey, God is pleased.
And whenever you trust and obey, DeYoung adds, you reflect to the world an infinitely more accurate picture of God than when you insist to others that every human act ought to be regarded as “morally suspect”:
Why do we imagine God to be so unmoved by our heart-felt attempts at obedience? He is, after all, our heavenly Father. …
…we discuss the cycle of decadence, decay, and destruction written in the book of Genesis, take a closer look at the story of Lot and the angels who visited him with a warning, show the scientific evidence that supports the existence and abrupt end of these cities, and draw parallels between the cycle established in the Old Testament and the one we’re in today.
12:50 Actual remains of Sodom and Gomorrah shown!
1430 “The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is not a fairy tale. It actually happened, and is recorded in the most read book of all history for a reason, as a warning.”
16:45 “Do you reckon they had a drag queen story hour in Sodom and Gomorrah?”
The Dome on the Rock mosque won’t need to be taken out. I waded through Hezekiah’s tunnel ending at the Gihon Spring, when I visited Israel in the ’80s. And in the ’90s, Mom and I saw the impressive model of 1st century Jerusalem at the Israeli museum shown in this video. Never did I think that the model could have been false. Experts tell why here.
I saw a Chuck Missler presentation of this misnomer a few years ago. This video is really good, because it also clearly shows who will rule from the rebuilt temple. It’s not going to be pretty.
Surprisingly, they give two references to the antichrist ruling from the rebuilt temple, but don’t include the main one: 2 Thess. 2.:
3 DON’T LET ANYONE DECEIVE YOU in any way, for that day will not come until the REBELLION occurs and the MAN OF LAWLESSNESS is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he SETS HIMSELF UP IN GOD’S TEMPLE [the third temple in Jerusalem], PROCLAIMING HIMSELF TO BE GOD.
21:30 The western wall, or “wailing wall” is not part of Herod’s temple, but the Antonio Fortress, a Roman fort.
The temple was actually by the Gihon Spring.
28:12 The model of Jerusalem at the Israeli Museum shows the Antonio Fortress being much too small, because the temple shouldn’t be there at all.
31:30 Where the original temple once stood: the City of David on the SE ridge of Jerusalem (min.-48)
34 The rock under the Dome of the Rock was a Christian site.
37 “No stone left” prophesy fulfilled
43 Rebuilding of the Jewish temple will start the 7-year tribulation period where the antichrist will reign from
Mt. 24:15 “When, therefore, you see the abomination of desolation, Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place….
Landmark, very important show today! The only thing I disagree with is Rick saying everything with the Jews has been fulfilled. Paul clearly says in Romans 11 that the true Jews will be saved after the fullness of the Gentiles happens. There is no other way to interpret what Paul said.
Demons will use the temptation of pornography to destroy the image of God in you, to feed your eyes with the flesh and therefore kill the Spiritual in you. The more we feed the flesh, the more the flesh needs. …
I had my share of this sin in the past and the devil always comes with the same steps, first with a suggestion in the mind, it could be an image on the side of an internet page, then as soon as we entertain the suggestion, it becomes desirable to the heart and then it is only a matter of time until our will follows.
So always the same:
1- suggestion in the mind
2- desire in the heart
3- decision of the will
We need to identify how we are approached. We battle against principalities. The best weapon we can form against this process is to identify it and call it out. Do not ALLOW the devil any foothold [a place, the Greek actually says]. As soon as the suggestion comes, THERE is the place that we have to interject with our own will and say NO. RESIST the devil and he will flee from you. You can also change your mind, scroll to a different page, go out, go spend time with family, anything but don’t sit there, don’t entertain the suggestion. It will destroy you.
You know where this takes you, you do it, you satisfy the flesh and then what? You feel guilty, the demons leave you in a state of humiliation before the Lord. You feel inadequate to go to Him again….
16:55 Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small reads John 15 to Donald Trump, who heard the abiding part, and what happens to those who don’t abide, but then Trump talked with the man next to him, missing Jesus’ desire that our joy would be full, when we abide in the Vine, walking in love.
21:43 Trump challenged to love his enemies. His reaction shows he heard and understood the challenge.
24:44 Rick Wiles’ example: loving and forgiving our enemies — ‘no hate.’
29:30 “I’ve seen people needlessly suffer. I’ve seen them go to the grave with their diseases, unwilling to forgive.” – Rick Wiles
“When we refuse to forgive as a Christian, our sins are not forgiven by God the Father. … Forgiveness of others is mandatory, required if you want God to forgive your sins. … If you are unwilling to forgive even one person in this life, your sins that you have committed since you’ve been born-again, your sins aren’t forgiven. Jesus said if you won’t forgive your brother God the Father will not forgive you.”
31:25 “So it’s a sad thing to watch President Trump and Nancy Pelosi sit there at the prayer breakfast fume and steam, and have hatred and bitterness and unforgiveness in their hearts towards each other. It’s sad.”
Liz Wheeler on “applause for literal pole dancing during the Super Bowl halftime show” — 3 minute video and my transcription:
“Degrading women has tragic cultural consequences. … What message is that supposed to send to little girls? … ‘Hey, little ladies, if you exploit your sexuality you’ll be successful.’ …
That is not ‘women’s empowerment.'” That is exploitation of women, demeaning women to mere objects, degrading the beauty of female sexuality.
And what message was this performance supposed to send to young men? How are we supposed to expect men to respect women when we teach them to applaud for women portrayed as sex objects. Might as well take the kids and all the young preteen boys who watch the Super Bowl to the strip club at halftime. ‘Female empowerment!’ …
Her lack of respect for her own body doesn’t justify your lack of respect for her. …
This is…a cultural crisis when even 70% of ‘Christian’ men watch pornography. …
If you are so desensitized to what’s degrading to women that you’re defending this halftime show as being totally fine and appropriate, then maybe it’s time for a heart check, because you might be part of the cultural problem.
By the way, where is the outcry from feminists who claim they fight against the sexual exploitation of women?”
Previous not-family-friendly halftime shows that Liz mentions: Beyonce, Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Adam Levine.
Best 6-minute summary I’ve ever seen. George nails it!
SHOULD WE FORGIVE IF THEY DON’T REPENT?
Some Christians say that if a brother does not repent, if they don’t come back to say they are sorry, we should not forgive them. They use the passage when Jesus said “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.” (Matthew 18:15)
Dear brothers and sisters, a true Christian is a dead man to the world. They don’t keep record of wrong, they don’t care about their pride and their ego. They don’t care about being treated unjustly because they are dead to this world.
The passage that speaks about confronting our brother who sins against us in Matthew 18 is about a fellowship setting. If we are in fellowship together as brothers and sisters, we need to brings everything out into the open. We need to rebuke, correct each other but IN LOVE. This is because we need to stay in one accord and to walk together, we need to agree together.
However that doesn’t mean that we should not forgive anyone who has wronged us even if they don’t repent, not only Christians but also unbelievers.
When Jesus was on the cross, He said: FORGIVE THEM because they know not what they do. The people who crucified Him did not repent prior to Jesus saying that. The same with Stephen when he was being stoned, he said: “don’t lay this to their charge”.
There is no place for resentment in the heart of a Christian. We need to forgive everyone and for anything. We need to trust Jesus to deliver righteous judgment when we will stand before Him. He will repay, it is not up to us to repay.