Some who have become followers of Jesus have begun to mistakenly believe that once they have given their lives to the LORD, they can now live however they may please.
The history of Elijah supplies us with one of the most striking, and, we may add, one of the most instructive, sections of the Old Testament.
“If I may be permitted to touch the hem of his garment, I shall be made whole.” But there arises this bitter question, “BUT CAN I? I know that I may if I can, but I cannot.” Now that is the question I am going to answer.
You know who Jesus is, and you believe him to be the Son of God, the Saviour of men. You are sure that “he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him.” You have no doubt about those eternal truths which surround his Godhead, his birth, his life, his death, his resurrection, and his Second Advent. The doubt is concerning yourself personally—“If I may be a partaker of this salvation.”
There may be many things going on in your life to your soul’s peril. This article will deal with many possibilities, as well as offer counsel on how to overcome spiritual weakness and backsliding spiritually.
When a man does wrong, and yet will not confess it, how wrong he must be! Or when having confessed it, he does not feel proper shame; or after feeling ashamed for a while he returns to the same evil like the dog to his vomit, how deep must the evil be in his moral nature, how terribly diseased he must be, inasmuch as he does not feel sin to be sin at all!
When we study the Bible, we will find several significant inconsistencies between the cures mentioned in the Bible and those reported by faith healers today. Faith healers claim to perform miraculous healings. However, Jesus himself seriously warned against persons who would claim to have “perform many miracles” in his name. He would say to them: “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:22-23)
Galatians 5:22-26 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let... Continue Reading →
1 Corinthians 3:16 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? Before delving into the phrase, “indwelling of the Holy Spirit, let us consider the mistaken view of New Testament scholars Simon J. Kistemaker and William Hendriksen, who wrote,... Continue Reading →
Spir-it-u-al'-i-ty: The state of being spiritual in the higher use of the word. It is purely a religious term and signifies the state of a soul vitalized by the Divine Spirit and made alive unto God. It covers the entire range of man's faculties: intellect, feeling, will--all the attributes of personality. Intellect The intellectual can... Continue Reading →