5 Ways to Put God First

You have something that takes priority in your life. We all do. It changes our schedules, captures our passions and causes sacrifices. We defend it. We fight for it. We claim it. What comes first in your life?  For the Christian, God should come first. He should capture our passions. His worship should change our schedules. His work should cause us to sacrifice. We should defend Him and proclaim Him!

5 Ways to Put God First

Sadly, for most Christians God has a small place in their lives. He is low on the priority scale. They feel as though they do God a favor by going to church an hour a week. Others may attend church regularly, but act very differently outside of church. Even those that are faithful to church rarely tithe 10% of their income or read their Bibles daily. Work, recreation, and rest often come before God. This should not be.

Matthew 6:33  “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

God should be first in your life. If you seek God first, He will take care of all the other areas of your life. The first priority of a child of God should be to spend every day making sure God is preeminent in life. This is not easy. The world, the flesh and the devil will conspire together to keep God low on your list of priorities. You must fight for Him.

Let me be clear. The Bible doesn’t mean you should SAY that God is first in your life. It means to LIVE with God first. You are seeking His Kingdom and putting Him first by your decisions and deeds. Lip service only deceives self. Your love for God is proven by your actions. I John 2:3

How do we put God first? What does that life look like?

Give God the First Hour of the Day.

Psalm 63:1  “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: My soul thirsteth for thee, My flesh longeth for thee In a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”

Mark 1:35–37  “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.”

Spending time alone with God in prayer, Bible reading, and meditation is essential. During this time you center your mind, heart and soul around God. Your inward man is renewed and grace is given for the day ahead. (more…)

Blessed Assurance – 25 Biblical Reasons You Can’t Lose Salvation

The Doctrine of Eternal Security

It is a wonderful thing to be a Christian!  I’m so glad that I have come to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and placed my faith in Him for the forgiveness of sin and the salvation of my soul!  The Bible warns us repeatedly that satan would try to infiltrate the church through false doctrine and foolish heresies.  We must be on guard.

Blessed Assurance - Eternal Security

Christianity is being polluted and diluted by many unbiblical ideas.  False Doctrine is infiltrating Christianity at an alarming rate.  False Teachers and unbiblical philosophies are being accepted by many.  Some groups that were considered cults from their beginning have now been included into “Christianity”.  Every doctrine and idea must be compared to Scripture.  It is our sole authority for faith and practice.

One of the oldest false doctrines is the idea that once you are saved by faith in Jesus, you can be unsaved; once you are forgiven, you can be unforgiven.  It teaches that you are not secure in salvation until you reach Heaven.  This false doctrine causes a lot of damage to the cause of Christ.  The Bible teaches us God wants us to know that we have eternal life.

What about the verses that make it sound like you can lose your salvation?  There are some and these should be studied thoroughly.  There are great gems of truth in these verses once studied that will help you.  However, after years of study I do not know of one verse in Scripture that teaches the loss of salvation.  One of the laws of Bible study is that you don’t use an obscure verse to override an obvious verse.  If you ever have been saved, you always will be saved.  You didn’t save yourself and you can’t lose yourself.   The question is have you been truly born again?  Only you and God know for sure.

The security of the believer is a wonderful truth.  It is not a license to sin, but an overwhelming reason to live for God. You can live in confidence knowing that you are saved and spend your life telling others about your wonderful Savior.

Here are 25 Biblical reasons you can’t lose your salvation:

The Bible Says you can KNOW that you have eternal life.

1 John 5:13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

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Don’t Be a Pharisee!

13 Characteristics of Self-Righteousness

Our Lord Jesus gave his most fiery and emphatic sermon to the Pharisees in Matthew chapter 23.  As I have read that portion of Scripture many times, I have often been glad that I was not in the crowd on the receiving end of that scathing rebuke from the Messiah.  He who was a friend of publicans and sinners had little patience with these self-righteous Pharisees.

pic of pharisees

Unfortunately, we have many spiritual pharisees today in our churches.  They may or may not be born again (only God knows), but they are readily recognized by their attitude toward others and their attempts to live like God in the power of the flesh.  These great sins are as repulsive to God today as they were when this sermon was preached on that fateful day.

If we desire to escape the displeasure of our Lord in these matters, we must be able to identify the marks of a Pharisee and make sure these attributes don’t creep into our lives.  We must ask God for the grace and wisdom to walk the fine line between righteousness and self-righteousness; holiness and haughtiness; Spirit and flesh.

May we do the right thing for the right reason!  Don’t be a Pharisee!

Characteristics of a Pharisee

1.  Pharisees desire position & prestige for their own ends.

Matthew 23:2 “Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:”

2.  Pharisees preach the truth, but excuse their own disobedience.

Matthew 23:3 “All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.”

3.  Pharisees hold others to a higher standard than themselves.

Matthew 23:4 “For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”

4.  Pharisees are motivated by the praise of man.

Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

5.  Pharisees  hinder those who truly desire to obey the King.

Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

6.  Pharisees  often hurt others under the pretence of godliness.

Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

7. Pharisees seek to convert others to their philosophy rather than God’s Truth.

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

8. Pharisees are more concerned with the financial & temporal rather than the spiritual & eternal.

Matthew 23:16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

9. Pharisees obey outwardly to be seen of men, but neglect the internal commands.

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

10. Pharisees magnify the insignificant and minimize the important.

Matthew 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

11. Pharisees are content to put on a show with no desire for true holiness.

Mathew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Matthew 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Matthew 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

12. Pharisees honor the memory of spiritual leader of the past while violating the truths for which they stood.

Matthew 23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

Matthew 23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

Matthew 23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

Matthew 23:32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

13. Pharisees cannot see their hypocrisy and do not escape judgment.

Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?


3 Ways to Defeat the Devil Today

Helps to Living the Victorious Christian Life

What if there was a guaranteed way to defeat the devil today?  The Bible tells us how!  You can use these methods today to experience victory in your life.

Victorious Life

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”   Revelation 12:11

Every Christian is familiar with the great enemy of God and Good.  He is known by many names is Scripture.  One of his most well known names is “The Devil”.  He is not an idea or an influence.  He is a fallen angel who rebelled against God and is bent on destruction.  Billy Sunday once said that he knew there was a devil for the following reasons: (more…)

Simple Outline of John 3:16

John 3-16 verseHere is a simple outline of John 3:16 that the Lord gave me while I was going over my sermon for tomorrow morning.  I have never preached it, but I look forward to doing so one day as the Lord leads.  I sensed that I should post this now. I pray it will be a blessing to someone tonight.  If you would take the time to add substantiating verses, it would be a great teaching/preaching help.  Let me know what you think.

God bless.

John 3:16:

Declares God’s Love

“For God so loved the world…”

Describes Christ’s Sacrifice

“…that he gave his only begotten son…”

Defines God’s Terms

“…that whosoever believeth in him…”

Decries Man’s Sin

“…should not perish…”

Details God’s Gift

“…but have everlasting life.”