QUESTION: Hi pastor, i have a real concern about what Jesus said to his disciples, "he that is not willing to deny himself, take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple" I see so many Christians buying luxurious cars and living in mansions, treating themselves with every pleasure that this world can offer and it seems as if there is no conviction or even thought about what Jesus said to his disciples.Can you please clarify or explain what does it mean to deny yourself and take up your cross?and deny yourself what? What was Jesus talking about?
Question: How would you counsel someone if they came to you and they said "I am falling into this sin of pornography on the internet." How would you help them discern whether they are lost and a slave to sin or whether they are a saved and they are struggling with this sin and it is a besetting sin.
Should we be afraid of verses like this?
For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5andhave tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. - Hebrews 6:4-6
The reality is in Ephesians 5:5 that no idolater will inherit the kingdom of God. The sad reality is there are thousands of people who have their Calvinism/Arminianism, and that is their God. It is not about Christ, it is about knowledge. Do not be deceived you will not inherit the Kingdom of God unless you can let go of your pride.
Listen to me, how often do you cry out to God for greater and greater manifestations of the Spirit's power in your life? Two things about the Holy Spirit one is that we must be asking for greater manifestation of the Spirits power in our life and we must be careful. Walk on eggshells that we not grieve the Holy Spirit. What a precious treasure, that we not grieve Him. Well these are just some principles that I thought might help you because they both hurt and helped me so let's pray.
Diego grew up in the church and only by God's Grace was saved in Christ alone at a older age. He was molested by a Catholic Priest when he was younger. He could of easily blamed God and denied the Lord because of the sins of a human sinner.
I didn't realize I was saved that night. I had freedom from pornography and masturbation. I was no longer a slave to it. Yet months later, when I really came to realize the doctrine of regeneration, what it meant to be born-again. I realized, "Whoa - I wasn't saved at 6."
Revelation 3:21 says those who overcome, and conquer will receive the Crown of Life.
Are you overcoming against the temptation that the devils hurls at you?
And through the power of Your Spirit We can overcome, we will overcome, we must overcome!
30 Minutes | Video Bible Study Part #1 on Fighting against sin and temptation and putting to death pride. Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11
1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17
Tim Conway talks about the battle against lust, sexual immorality, and internet pornography. Sadly many professing Christians are slaves of sexual sin and need to examine whether faith is truly in Christ or not.