There is nothing wrong with a Christian stopping from time to time and asking the question, “Am I doing okay, spiritually?”
Archive for September 14, 2015
The righteous thrive like a palm tree
and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon.
Planted in the house of the LORD,
they thrive in the courtyards
of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
healthy and green,
to declare: “The LORD is just;
He is my rock,
and there is no unrighteousness
Psalm 92:12-15 (HCSB)
All Of God’s creation bears witness to Him as our great Creator
By Aaron Dunlop from think GOSPEL.com
1. The Christian’s worship center. The local church is the center of the Christian’s worship. This is where our sacrifice for sin—our altar—is presented and understood (Hebrews 13:10; cf. 1 Corinthians 1:23). This is where our worship begins and flows out into the life. We damage the growth of Christian graces in the life if we neglect the assembling of the church (Ephesians 4:11–16; Hebrews 10:24–25).
2. The Christian’s schoolroom. Next to worship, teaching is the most prominent function of the church—they rise or fall together. The pastor and elders teach (2 Timothy 2:2), the people teach one another (Titus 2:4; 1 Timothy 5:1–2), and as a body we all teach the angels (Ephesians 3:10, 1 Corinthians 11:10) and the world (Colossians 4:5).
The learning experience of the church is not independent learning—sermons and lectures downloaded from the Internet do not serve this function…
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“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12 (NASB)
The only way a Christian can be victorious is to depend wholly upon the Holy Spirit within: “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
We should be victorious, and we can be if we will trust and obey; but as long as we live in this life we will be wrapped in a body of flesh, a body capable of committing sin, a body capable of stumbling, a body that is weak and unworthy. But we who are born again have within our bosom the divine nature of God (the Holy Spirit) to lead us into paths of right living.
We overcome because Jesus overcame. In Him, by Him, and through Him we can conquer; but without Him it is impossible to live a victorious life. The person who reaches the place where he or she thinks they are strong enough to overcome the devil is in for a terrible defeat. The reason many believers are not victorious is that they do not recognize the fact of 1 Corinthians 10:12.