Tuesday, July 21, 2015

For the New Christian

For the new Christian: 

Paul warns believers, "Do not be conformed to this world" (Rom. 12:2).

The media frequently portrays the idea that if we become rich, attractive, influential, or famous, we will be happy and content. But none of things guarantee joy. Don't let our culture shape your value system and determine your priorities.
  • Focus on positive, righteous, and holy things (Col. 3:3; Phil. 4:8). This should include choosing friends and entertainment wisely.
  • Practice the presence of the Lord. God is always with you. Ask Him to make you more sensitive to His presence. As you allow the Holy Spirit to live through you, He will help you withstand temptation and become more Christ-like.
  • Fill your mind with Scripture. It is through the Bible that we learn God's perspective.

God is Good, All the Time!All the Time, God is Good!

On Denying the Incarnation

As a Christian, I found this to be very eye-opening. It is what my Bible Study on Sunday is going to be about.

On Denying the Incarnation
1 John 4:1-6New International Version (NIV)

4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 

3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit[a] of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

(The Antichrist is Satan and he seems to be gaining too much ground as of late. Do you know someone who has Satan on his shoulder? Stay away from them, they have already given up on God and will just try to drag you down.)