Call upon Jesus for salvation. There is no other name by which we can be saved from sin (Acts 4:12) because only Jesus was given authority and power over sin and death (Acts 2:36). He will save us from sin’s penalty, power, and presence if we ask Him to.
In Hebrews 12:1-2, the writer imagined life as a vast arena with the saints who have gone before us filling the stands and cheering on all Christians in their races. The Greek word for race teaches us that the race each believer runs is a struggle requiring endurance. But if we learn the rules outlined in Scripture, we’ll finish well.
Once we understand that sin and death have been companions since they entered the world through Adam’s disobedience, we can then begin to see the different destinations of those who believe versus those who do not. At death, bodies of believers and non-believers alike separate for our souls. While our bodies go into the ground until the resurrection, our souls go to dwell in a place of comfort and paradise (for believers) or a place of torment (for non-believers).
We’ve heard it said that we never stand taller than when we kneel before God. But what actually happens when we offer our prayers and petitions to God? Does He change His mind? Can we alter His plan or reverse His course? If not, then why pray?
When it comes to working with difficult bosses, most often we need to resist our natural inclinations, lest we fall into sin ourselves. A few practical lessons will help direct our thoughts in these situations so our lives become characterized by Christlike perseverance.
Be honest—do you talk too much? Do you find yourself saying, “I shouldn’t say anything...” and then spill it out? If these habits sound like yours then you’re like the majority. Verbal restraint is rare. No wonder the Bible has so much to say about it!
As long as there has been sin, there have been rebels. As long as there has been leadership, there have been those who fought against it. Achan disobeyed God and refused to follow the Lord’s appointed leader, Joshua. David had numerous troubles with his sons Absalom and Amnon. Troublemakers are everywhere.
When we don’t follow through we disappoint people. At this point, two things likely happen. First, having lost trust in us, some people determine not to rely on us again. Second, having had time to think about how we would handle things differently, we long for a second chance.
Here are four practical suggestions for those times when someone or something delivers a kick while you’re down.
“What is the right thing to do? If we ask ourselves that question, we will not deceive others.”
- Charles R. Swindoll
Few things sting worse than realizing someone we trust has deceived us.
At first, we are in shock; it’s almost too much to believe. When we discover the deception we’re heartbroken—perhaps it’s the person we married, who promised to be faithful, or someone we admired and respected such as a coach, teacher, or pastor.