All three Apostles (John, Paul, and James) agree that the testing of our faith produces endurance and that if endurance be allowed to take its stand it will bring about the perfection in our life that Christ desires. (I Peter 1:6-7; Romans 5:3-5) The Bible says, “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22b)
Going Through Trials Are Necessary
This means we do not have a choice! That all must go through many hardships, difficulties, trials, periods of suffering, tribulation, and to some degree even persecution. No Christian is exempt from these hardships. This is not just in the beginning but throughout our Christian pilgrimage.
Yet the church leads many people to accept Christ as their Savior and never tells them that these things will happen as sure as the sun rises in the East. The church as a whole is negligent to share this with the new disciples in Christ. And for those who have been Christians for many years can attest that this is true.
The question we must ask this morning… Continue reading Trials: Our Path to Perfection
We need to come out of the world because the power structures in the world are very captivating; they will keep you in bondage to the Evil one. Christ came to set the captives free. You say: “I didn’t know that we were in captivity.” Living in this beautiful country enjoying the freedoms that we have we don’t think much about being in captivity. Yet we are! The Bible says that we are in captivity to this world and the one who runs this world is Satan himself! The Bible says, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” (Eph. 2:1-2) That’s the bad news. But the good news is that Christ came to set us free, to give us a new life in-Him. At the conclusion of the service I am going to give you an opportunity to come forward to accept Jesus Christ into your heart.
There are four major patterns of this world that keep us in captivity to do the will of Satan. Friends that is his design… Continue reading Coming Out of the World