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Biblical Answers to Spiritual Questions:


Who is God?

The Assurance of Salvation

I Want to Know More About the Bible

If I am Saved, Why Do I Keep On Sinning?

Will We Be Judged Immediately After We Die?

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Is It Wrong to Have Sexual Relations Outside of Marriage?

What Happened to Mary, Joseph, and Mary Magdelene After Jesus Died?

How Can I Overcome the Temptation of Sin?

Do Our Spirit and Soul Die After Death?

How Do I Know That God Is With Me?

Is Everyone Able to Speak in Tongues?

Why Does God Send People to Hell?

What Must I Do to Be Saved?

Is There Life After Death?

The Unpardonable Sin




How Can I Overcome the Temptation of Sin?


 

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    If victory over sin is a great step in our walk with the Lord,

we might say that victory over temptation takes it a step closer: that of victory before we sin.

    First let me say this: a thought which enters your mind is not in itself sin. 

It becomes sin when you consider it, entertain the thought and act on it.


    As discussed in the question about victory over sin, we as believers in Christ,

have been given power for victory over sin. 

We also have the power to resist temptation: the power to flee from sin.  Read I John 2:14-17.


    Temptation can come from several places:

 1) Satan or his demons can tempt us,

2) other people can draw us into sin and, as Scripture says in James 1:14&15, we can be

3) drawn away by our own lusts (desires) and enticed. 

Please read the following Scriptures concerning temptation:

Genesis 3:1-15; I John 2:14-17; Matthew 4:1-11; James 1:12-15; I Corinthians 10:13; Matthew 6:13 and 26:41.



    James 1:13 tells us an important fact.

 It says, "Let no one say when he is tempted 'I am tempted by God,' for God cannot be tempted,

and He Himself does not tempt anyone."  God does not tempt us but He does allow us to be tempted. 

Temptation comes from Satan, others or ourselves, not God.

 The end of James 2:14 says that when we are enticed and sin, the result is death;

separation from God and eventual physical death,



    I John 2:16 tells us that there are three major areas of temptation:

1) the lusts of the flesh: wrong actions or things that satisfy our physical desires;

2) the lusts of the eyes, things which look appealing, wrong things that appeal to us

and lead us away from God, wanting things which are not ours to have and

3) the pride of life, wrong ways to exalt ourselves or our arrogant pride.



    Let's look at Genesis 3:1-15 and also at Jesus' temptation in Matthew 4. 

Both of these passages of Scripture teach us what to look out for when we are tempted

 and how to overcome those temptations. 

Read Genesis 3:1-15    It was Satan who tempted Eve, so he could lead her away from God into sin.

 She was tempted in all these areas: 

She saw the fruit as something appealing to her eyes,

something to satisfy her hunger and Satan said it would make her like God, knowing good and evil.



    Instead of obeying and trusting God and turning to God for help,

her mistake was to listen to Satan's insinuations, lies and subtle suggestions

 that God was keeping 'something good' from her.

  Satan also enticed her by questioning what God had said. 

"Has God indeed said?" he questioned.

 Satan's temptations are deceptive and he misquoted God's words. 

Satan's questions cause her to mistrust God's love and His character. 

"You will not die," he lied;  "God knows your eyes will be opened" and "you will be like God," appealing to her ego.



    Instead of being thankful for all God had given her, she took the only thing God had forbidden

and "gave it also to her husband."

  The lesson here is to listen to and to trust God.

 God does not keep things from us that are good for us. 

The resulting sin led to death (which is to be understood as separation from God)

and eventual physical death.  That moment they began to die physically.

  Knowing that yielding to temptation leads down this road,

causing us to lose fellowship with God, and leading also to guilt, (Read 1 John 1)

should certainly help us to say no.



    Adam and Eve did not seem to understand Satan's tactics. 

We have their example, and we ought to learn from them.

  Satan uses the same tricks on us.  He lies about God.

  He portrays God as deceptive, a liar and unloving. 

We need to trust in God's love and say no to Satan's lies. 

Resisting Satan and temptation is done in large part as an act of faith in God.

 We need to know that this deception is Satan's trick and that he is the liar.

John 8:44 says Satan "is a liar and the father of lies."



    God's word says, "no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly."

  Philippians 2:9&10 says "be anxious for nothing.. for He cares for you."



    Be watchful of anything which adds to, subtracts from or distorts God's word.

 Anything which questions or changes Scriptures or God's character has Satan's stamp on it. 

In order to know these things, we need to know and understand Scripture. 

If you do not know the truth it is easy to be misled and deceived. 

Deceived is the operative word here.



    I believe that knowing and using Scripture correctly is the most valuable weapon

God has given to us to use in resisting temptation.

  It enters into almost every aspect of avoiding Satan's lies.



    The best example of this is the Lord Jesus Himself.  (Read Matthew 4:1-12.) 

Christ's temptation was related to His relationship to His Father and the Father's will for Him.

 Satan used Jesus' own needs when tempting Him.

  Jesus was tempted to satisfy His own desires and pride instead of doing God's will.

 As we read in I John, He also was tempted with the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.



    Jesus is tempted after forty days of fasting.  He is tired and hungry. 

We are often tempted when we are tired or weak

and our temptations are often about our relationship to God.



    Let's look at Jesus' example.  Jesus said He came to do the Father's will,

that He and the Father were one.  He knew  why He was sent to earth.  (Read Philippians chapter 2.

 Jesus came to be like us and to be our Savior. 

Philippians 2:5-8 says, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, and being made in human likeness. 

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient

 to death – even death on a cross."  Satan enticed Jesus to follow his suggestions and desires rather than God's. 

(He tried to get Jesus to meet a legitimate need by doing what he said

instead of waiting for God to meet His need, thus  following Satan rather than God. 



These temptations were about doing things Satan's way, rather than God's. 

If we follow Satan's lies and suggestions we cease to follow God and are following Satan. 

It's either one or the other.  We then fall into a downward spiral of sin and death.

 First Satan tempted Him to demonstrate (prove) His power and deity.

 He said, since you are hungry, use your power to satisfy your hunger.



  Jesus was tempted so He could be our perfect mediator and intercessor.

  God allows Satan to test us to help us become mature.

  Scripture says in Hebrews 5:8 that Christ learned obedience "from what he suffered."

 The name devil means slanderer and the devil is subtle.

 Jesus resists Satan's subtle trick to do his bidding by using Scripture.

  He said, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."

(Deuteronomy 8:3)  Jesus brings it back to the subject,  doing God's will, putting this above His own needs.



I found Wycliffe's Bible Commentary very helpful on page 935 commenting on Matthew chapter 4,

 "Jesus refused to work a miracle to avoid personal suffering when such suffering was part of God's will for Him." 

The commentary emphasized the Scripture which said Jesus was

 "'led up of the Spirit' to the wilderness for the specific purpose of allowing Jesus to be tested."



Jesus was successful because He knew, He understood and He used Scripture. 

God gives us Scripture as a weapon to defend ourselves against Satan's fiery darts. 

All Scripture is inspired by God; the better we know it the better we are prepared to battle Satan's schemes.



The devil tempts Jesus a second time.

  Here Satan actually uses Scripture to try and trick Him.

  (Yes, Satan does know Scripture and uses it against us, but he misquotes it and uses it out of context,

  that is, not for its proper use or purpose or not in the way it was intended.)

 2 Timothy 2:15 says to, "Study to show thyself approved unto God,…rightly dividing the word of truth." 

The NASB translation says "accurately handling the word of truth."

 Satan takes a verse from its intended use (and leaves part of it out)

 and tempts Jesus to exalt and display His Deity and God's care of Him. 

I think he was trying to appeal to pride here.



The devil takes Him to a pinnacle of the temple and says

"If you are the Son of God throw yourself down for it is written 'He will give his angels charge concerning you;

and on their hands they will bear you up.'"  Jesus, understanding the Scripture, and Satan's trickery,

again used Scripture to defeat Satan  saying, "You shall not put the Lord your God to the test."

 We are not to be presumptuous or test God, expecting God to protect  foolish behavior.

 We can't just randomly quote Scripture, but must use it correctly and properly.



In the third temptation the devil is bold.  Satan offers Him the kingdoms of the world

if Jesus will bow down and worship him.  Many believe that the significance of this temptation

 is that Jesus could bypass the suffering of the cross which was the will of the Father. 

Jesus knew that the kingdoms would be His in the end.  Jesus uses Scripture again and says,

"You will worship God alone and serve only Him."  Remember Philippians chapter 2 says Jesus

"humbled Himself and became obedient to the cross."



I like what the Wycliffe bible Commentary has to say of Jesus reply:

 "It is written, again pointing to the totality of Scripture as the guide for conduct and basis for faith"

(and may I add, for victory over temptation),

 …"Jesus repulsed the mightiest blows by Satan, not by a thunderbolt from heaven,

but by the written Word of God, employed in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit,

 a means available to every Christian."  God's word says in James 4:7 "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." 



Remember, Jesus knew the Word and used it properly, correctly and accurately.

 We must do the same.  We can't understand Satan's tricks, schemes and lies unless

we know and understand the truth and Jesus said in John 17:17 "Thy word is truth."



Other passages that teach us the use of Scripture in this area of temptation are:


1). Hebrews 5:14 which says we need to be mature and be "accustomed" to the Word,

 so our senses are trained to discern good and evil."


2). Jesus taught His disciples that when He left them the Spirit would bring all the things

 He taught them to their remembrance.  He taught them in Luke 21:12-15 that they should not worry

about what to say when brought before accusers. 

In much the same way, I believe, He causes us to remember His Word when we need it

 in our battle against Satan and his followers, but first we have to know it.



3). Psalm 119:11 says "Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee." 

In conjunction with the previous thought, the working of the Spirit and the Word,

the memorized Scripture remembered can both forewarn us and give us a weapon when we are tempted.



Another aspect of Scripture's importance is that it teaches us actions to take to help us resist temptation.

 One of these Scriptures is Ephesians 6:10-15.  Please read this passage. 

It says, "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil,

for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this age; against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." 

The NASB translation says "stand firm against the schemes of the devil." 

The NKJB says "put on the full armor of God that you may be able to resist (withstand) Satan's schemes."



Ephesians 6 describes the pieces of armor as follows: (And they are there to help us stand firm against temptation.)

1.    "gird yourself with truth."  Remember Jesus said, "Thy word is truth." 

It says "gird" – we need to bind ourselves with God's word, see the similarity to hiding God's word in our hearts.


2.    "put on the breastplate of righteousness.

 We protect ourselves from Satan's accusations and doubts (similar to him questioning Jesus' deity). 

We must have Christ's righteousness, not some form of our own good deeds.

 Romans 13:14 says "put on Christ."  Philippians 3:9 says "not having my own righteousness,

 but the righteousness which is through faith in Christ, that I may know Him and the power

of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death." 

According to Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus." 

Galatians 3:27 says "we are clothed in His righteousness."



3.    Verse 15 says to have "your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel." 

When we study to prepare to share the gospel with others, it strengthens us

and reminds us of all Christ has done for us and encourages us

as we share it and see God using it in the lives of others who come to know Him as we share.



4.    Use the Word of God as a shield to protect yourself from Satan's fiery darts, his accusations, just as Jesus did.


5.    Protect your mind with the helmet of salvation.

  Knowing the Word of God assures us of our salvation and gives us peace and faith in God. 

Our security in Him strengthens us and helps us lean on Him when we are attacked and tempted. 

The more we saturate ourselves with Scripture the stronger we become.



6.    Verse 17 says to use Scripture as a sword to fight Satan's attacks and His lies.

I believe all of the pieces of armor relate to Scripture either as a shield or sword

 to defend ourselves, resisting Satan as Jesus did; or because of its teaching us as in

righteousness or salvation making us strong.

 I believe as we use Scripture accurately God also gives us His power and strength.



A final command in Ephesians says to "add prayer" to our armor and to "be watchful." 

If we look also at the "Lord's Prayer" in Matthew 6 we will see that Jesus taught us

 what an important weapon prayer is in resisting temptation. 

It says we should pray that God will "lead us not into temptation," and will "deliver us from evil."

 (Some translations say "deliver us from the evil one.")


Jesus gave us this prayer as our example of how to pray and what to pray for. 

These two phrases show us that praying for deliverance from temptation

and the evil one are very important and should become a part of our prayer life

and our weaponry against Satan's schemes, that is,

 1) keeping us away from temptation and

2) delivering us when Satan tempts us.

 It shows us we need God's help and power and that He is willing and able to give them.

 In Matthew 26:41 Jesus told his disciples  to watch and pray so they would not enter into temptation.



2 Peter 2:9 says "the Lord knows how to rescue the godly (righteous) from temptation."

 Pray that God will rescue before and when you are tempted. 

I think a lot of us miss this vital part of the Lord's prayer.



I Corinthians 10:13 says that the temptations we face are common to all of us,

and that God will make a way of escape for us.  We need to look for this.



Hebrews 4:15 says Jesus was tempted in all points just as we are

(i.e. the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life).

 Since He faced all areas of temptation,

He is able to be our advocate, mediator and our intercessor. 

We can come to Him as our Helper in all areas of temptation.

 If we come to Him, He intercedes on our behalf before the Father and gives us His power and help.



Ephesians 4:27 says "neither give place to the devil," in other words,

don't give Satan opportunities to tempt you.

 Here again Scripture is there to help us by teaching us principles to follow.

 One of those teachings is to flee or avoid sins,

 and to stay away from people and situations which might lead to temptation and sin.

 Both the Old Testament, especially Proverbs and Psalms, and also many New Testament

 epistles tell us about things to avoid and flee.



I believe a good place to start is with a "besetting sin," a sin you find difficult to overcome.

  (Read Hebrews 12:1-4.) 

As we said in our lessons on overcoming sin, the first step is to confess such sins to God (I John 1:9)

and work on it by resisting when Satan tempts you.

  If you fail again, start over and confess it again and ask the Spirit of God to give you victory.

  (Repeat as often as necessary.)



When you are confronted with such a sin it is a good idea to use a concordance

and look up and study as many verses as you can on what God has to teach on the subject

so you can obey what God says.  Some examples follow:



I Timothy 4:11-15 tells us that women who are idle may become busybodies

and gossips and slanderers because they have too much time on their hands.

 Paul encourages them to marry and be workers in their own homes in order to avoid such sin.



Titus 2:1-5 tells women not to slander, to be discrete.

 Proverbs 20:19 shows us that slander and gossip go together.

 It says "He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets,

therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips." 

Proverbs 16:28 says "a whisperer separates the best of friends."

 Proverbs says "a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who has a faithful spirit conceals a matter." 

2 Corinthians 12:20 and Romans 1:29 show us whisperers are not pleasing to god.



As another example, take drunkenness.  Read Galatians 5:21 and Romans 13:13.

I Corinthians 5:11 tells us "not to associate with any so called brother who is immoral, covetous,

an idolater, a reviler or a drunkard or a swindler, not even to eat with such a one."

 Proverbs 23:20 says "don't mix with drunkards." 

I Corinthians 15:33 says "Bad company corrupts good morals."


Are you tempted to be lazy or look for easy money by stealing or robbery? 

Remember Ephesians 4:27 says "give no place to the devil."

 2 Thessalonians 3:10&11 (NASB) says "we used to give you this order:

"if anyone will not work, neither let him eat…some among you are leading an undisciplined life,

 doing no work at all but acting like busybodies." 

It goes on to say in verse 14 "if anyone does not obey our instructions… do not associate with him." 

I Thessalonians 4:11 says "let him labor working with his own hands." 

Simply put, get a job and avoid idle people.

 This is a great example for sluggards and anyone who tries to get rich

through any illegitimate means such as fraud, stealing, swindling, etc.. 

Read also I Timothy 6:6-10; Philippians 4:11; Hebrews 13:5; Proverbs 30:8&9; Matthew 6:11

and many other verses.  Idleness is a danger zone. 

Learn what God says in the Scripture, walk in its light and don't be tempted by evil,

on this or any other topic which tempts you to sin.



Jesus is our example, He had nothing. 

Scripture says He had no place to lay His head.  He sought only His Father's will. 

He gave it all up to die – for us. 

I Timothy 6:8 says "if we have food and clothing we will be content with that."

  In verse 9 he relates this to temptation by saying,

"people who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish

and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction." 

It says more, read it.  What a good example of how knowing and understanding

and conforming to Scripture helps us overcome temptation. 

Obedience to the Word is the key to overcoming any temptation.



Another example is anger.  Do you easily become angry. 

Proverbs 20:19-25 says don't associate with a man given to anger.

 Proverbs 22:24 says don't "go with a hot tempered man."  Read also Ephesians 4:26.



Other warnings of situations to flee or avoid (actually run from) are:


1.     Youthful lusts – 2 Timothy 2:22


2.    Lust for money – I Timothy 6:4


3.    Immorality and adulterers or adulteresses – I Corinthians 6:18  (Proverbs repeats this over and over.)


4.    Idolatry – I Corinthians 10:14


5.    Sorcery and Witchcraft – Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Galatians 5:20



2 Timothy 2:22 gives us further instruction by telling us to pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace.

 Doing this will help us resist temptation.

 Remember 2 Peter 3:18.  It tells us to "grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 

That will help us discern good and evil, including helping us discern

 Satan's schemes and keeping us from stumbling.



Another aspect is taught from Ephesians 4:11-15.  Verse 15 says to grow up in Him.

 The context of this is that this is accomplished as we are part of the body of Christ, i.e. the church. 

We are to help one another by teaching, loving and encouraging one another. 

Verse 14 says that one result is that we won't be tossed about by craftiness and deceitful schemes.

  (Now who would be the crafty deceiver who would by himself and through others use such trickery?)



As a part of the body, the church, we are also helped by giving and accepting correction from one another.

 We must be careful and gentle in how we do this, and know the facts so we are not judging. 

Proverbs and Matthew give instructions on this subject.  Look them up and study them.



As an example, Galatians 6:1 says, "Brethren, if a man is overtaken in a fault (or caught in any trespass),

 you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted."

 Tempted to what, you ask.  Tempted to pride, arrogance, haughtiness, or any sin, even the same sin.

  Be careful.  Remember Ephesians 4:26.  Don't give Satan an opportunity, a place.



As you can see, Scripture plays the crucial role in all of this.

 We should read it, memorize it, understand its teachings, directions and power, and quote it,

using it as our sword, obeying and following its message and teachings.  Read 2 Peter 1:1-10.

 Knowledge of Him, found in Scripture, gives us everything we need for life and godliness. 

This includes resisting temptation.  The context here is the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ

 which comes from Scripture.  Verse 9 says we are partakers of the divine nature

 and the NIV concludes "so we may…escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." 

Once again we see the connection between Scripture and overcoming or escaping the temptations

of the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life. 

So in Scripture (if we look and understand it) we have the promise of being partakers of His nature

(with all His Power) to escape temptation.  We have the Holy Spirit's power to gain victory.



I just received an Easter card in which this verse is quoted,

"Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ"  2 Corinthians 2:16.

  How timely.



Galatians and other New Testament Scriptures have lists of sins we are to avoid.

  Read Galatians 5:16-19  They are "immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery,

 enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness,

carousing and things like these."

 Following this in verses 22&23 is the fruit of the Spirit "love, joy, peace, patience,

kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." 

This passage of Scripture is very interesting in that it gives us a promise in verse 16.

 "Walk in the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh." 

If we do it God's way, we won't do it our way, by God's power, intervention and change. 

Remember the Lord's prayer.  We can ask Him to keep us from temptation and deliver us from the evil one.

  Verse 24 says "those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts."

 Note how often the term lusts is repeated.

Romans 13:14 puts it this way.  "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh,

to fulfill its lusts."  This sums it up.



    The key is to resist the former (lusts) and put on the latter (fruit of the Spirit),

 or put on the latter and you won't fulfill the former.

 This is a promise.  If we walk in love, patience and self-control,

how can we hate, murder, steal, be angry or slander.

 Just as Jesus put His Father first and did the Father's will, so should we.



Ephesians 4:31&32 says let bitterness, wrath and anger and slander be put away;

 and be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving.  Correctly translated,

Ephesians 5:18 says "be ye being filled with the Spirit.  This is a continuous effort.

  A preacher I once heard said, "Love is something you do."

 A good example of putting on love would be if there is someone you don't like,

whom you are angry with, do something loving and kind for them instead of venting your anger.

  Pray for them.



    Actually the principle is in Matthew 5:44 where it says "pray for those who despitefully use you."

 With God's power and help, love will replace and displace your sinful anger. 

Try it, God says if we walk in the light, in love and in the Spirit (these are inseparable) it will happen.

 Galatians 5:16.  God is able.



    2 Peter 5:8-9 says, "Be sober, be vigilant (on the alert),

your adversary the devil prowls around, seeking whom he may devour." 

James 4:7 says "resist the devil and he will flee from you."

 Verse 10 says God Himself will perfect, strengthen, confirm, establish and settle you."



    James 1:2-4 says to "consider it all joy when you encounter trials (KJV divers temptations)

knowing it produces endurance (patience) and let endurance have its perfect work,

 that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

 God allows us to be tempted, tried and tested to create patience and endurance

and completeness in us, but we must resist it and let it work

 God's purpose in our life.



Ephesians 5:1-3 says "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children,

and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering

 and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you,

 as is proper among saints."



James 1:12&13 "Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial;

for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised

 to those who love Him.  Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God";

 for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone."

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IS TEMPTATION SIN?

    Someone has asked, "Is temptation in and of itself sin."  The short answer is "no."



    The best example is Jesus. 

Scripture tells us that Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God,

the perfect sacrifice, completely without sin. I Peter 1:19 speaks of Him as "a lamb without blemish or defect."

 Hebrews 4:15 says, "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,

but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin." 



    In the Genesis account of the sin of Adam and Eve, we see Eve was deceived and tempted to disobey God,

   but even though she listened and thought about it, neither she nor Adam

 actually sinned until they ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

 I Timothy 2:14 (NKJB) says, "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived fell into transgression."



 James 1:14&15 says "but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire,

he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;

and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death."

  So, no, being tempted is not sin, sin occurs when you act on the temptation.


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Dear soul,

Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,

you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?

Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.

 

Those who fall asleep in Jesus

shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Those you've laid in the grave in tears,

you shall meet them again with joy!

Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...

never to part again!

 

Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.

There is no pleasant way to say it.

 

The Scripture says,

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

                  ~ Romans 3:23

 

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved."

                  ~ Romans 10:9

 

Don't fall asleep without Jesus

until you are assured of a place in heaven.

 

Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life

first you must believe in the Lord.

You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven

and put your trust in the Lord.

To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.

There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.

That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.

 

You can begin a personal relationship with Him

by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:

 

"Oh God, I'm a sinner.

I've been a sinner all of my life.

Forgive me, Lord.

I receive Jesus as my Savior.

I trust Him as my Lord.

Thank you for saving me.

In Jesus' name, Amen."


If you have never received the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior,

but have received Him today after reading this invitation, please let us know.

We would love to hear from you. Your first name is sufficient.

 

"Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved"

              ~ Acts 2:21b

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Come, everyone who thirst, come to the waters...

            ~  Isaiah 55:1a


Jesus said unto her,

"Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,

but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.

The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

           ~ John 4:13,14


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God's Simple Plan of Salvation in Various Languages:

How Do I Become a Christian - Receive Jesus as My Savior


Now That I'm Saved, What's Next?


Now that you have believed the Gospel:

that Christ died for your sins

according to the Scripture,

was buried and raised on the third day

according to the Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

and have asked Jesus Christ

to forgive you of your sins,

what should you do next?


The first thing you need to do is to get a Bible

if you do not already have one.

There are a number of accurate,

easy to understand modern translations.

Then develop a systematic plan for Bible reading.

You wouldn't start any other book in the middle

and then hop from place to place,

so don't do it with the Bible.

The Bible is a collection of 66 books.

For of them, called Gospels,

tell about the life of Jesus.

I would encourage you to read all four of them

in this order, Mark, Luke, Matthew and John

and then read through the

rest of the New Testament.


The second thing you need to do

is to begin praying on a regular basis.

Praying is just talking to God,

and while you do need to be respectful,

you do not need to use special language.

The Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

    is a great pattern for praying.

Thank God for what He has done for you.

Admit it to Him when you sin

and ask Him to forgive you.

(He promises that He will.)

And ask God for the things you need.


The third thing that you need to do

is to find a good church.

Good churches teach that the entire Bible

is God's Word, talk about why Jesus

died on the cross, and are full of good people

whose lives are being changed

by their relationship with God.

The most obvious evidence that a person is in

a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ

is how they treat people.


Jesus said,

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples,

if you love one another." - John 13:35

If the church has Bible studies or Sunday School

classes for new Christians, try to attend.


There are many exciting things to learn

as you get to know God better.

God has plans for you.

Jesus said

"I have come that they may have life,

and have it to the full."

God "has given us everything we need for life

and godliness through our knowledge of Him.

who called us by His own glory and goodness."

2 Peter 1:3


As you read your Bible,

pray and get involved in a good church,

God will begin to change your life in ways

that you never dreamed were possible and

fill you with love and joy

and peace and real purpose.


May God bless you as you follow Him.


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