The Holy Spirit and You
Understanding and Releasing the Holy Spirit in Your Life
One of the greatest problems among God's people today is that they do not have a proper understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. An incomplete relationship with Him results in a subnormal Christian experience. It renders us unable to appreciate the extent of His involvement and influence in our life. It causes us to confuse His leadings with our own thoughts and inclinations. We find ourselves unable to move in the power that God has made available to us. We may substitute a vital dynamic Christian experience for one overly weighted toward principle and program.
On the other hand, understanding and receiving the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives is liberating and transforming. Our daily mundane human experience is brought into contact with the spiritual realm. We walk in a consciousness that God is with us, even in us, providing constant care, comfort, conviction and
guidance. In time, our sensitivity and obedience to the Holy Spirit will provide us with a personal history of spiritual progress manifested in Christian maturity, spiritual gifting, and fruitfulness.
Christians maintain that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. However, they often accept this fact without a basic understanding of how we received the Bible.
Although God was the divine architect and author of the sacred scriptures, He chose to use a variety of selected individuals, over a 1600-year period, to communicate God's revelation to mankind through both the Old and New Testaments. We call this unique revelation the Holy Bible.
This teaching offers a concise yet comprehensive examination of how we got the Bible. It carefully explains the origins, translation, preservation, and gradual evolution of the Word of God.
Putting on the Armor of God
By Christian Equippers International
We Are at War
Jesus announced that His followers would "overcome all the powers of the enemy" (Mk. 16:17; Lk. 10:19). His first disciples, the early church, and saints throughout the church age have exercised this spiritual authority.
The simple fact that we are children of God makes us targets of Satan's evil schemes. His sole purpose is to destroy us and prevent the glorious, eternal destiny God has planned for us with Himself (Ps. 139:14-18). As we seek to live for God and glorify Jesus Christ, we will find ourselves at war with the invisible, spiritual forces of evil in this world and in the heavenly realms (Eph. 6:12). Spiritual warfare is a fact of life on this planet until the Lord returns.
As we strive to advance God's Kingdom purposes, Satan increases his efforts against us. It is critical that we understand what God says about our enemy and his methods, and prepare ourselves to effectively stand against him. This booklet describes the spiritual armor given to every believer and defines the basic elements of successful spiritual warfare.
Who is the Enemy?
The New Testament frequently reminds us that we have a spiritual enemy (Mt. 6:13; 2 Cor. 11:3). Peter warns us to be "sober and vigilant" concerning this enemy, whom he clearly identifies as the devil (I Pet. 5:8). Unless we realize who our enemy is and what his tactics are, he will have a great strategic advantage over us.
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We've all experienced offenses. Each of us have been responsible for offending others, as well as having been offended ourselves.
Often, offenses are little more than minor injustices and misunderstandings. At other times, they are severe and long lasting. Sometimes offenses are unintentional; at other times they are deliberate and malicious. Regardless of the nature of the offense, the Bible teaches us to respond to this problem in a righteous manner.
In this teaching, we will examine this subject and review the steps to overcoming the offenses in our life.
HOW CAN WE DEFINE OFFENSE?
An offense can be defined as "a feeling of being insulted, slighted, or wronged. "It is an emotional response to an injustice or indignity.
When we are offended we often experience hurt feelings, resentment, anger, contempt, and personal outrage. Offenses are usually the result of being unfairly treated, or feeling that our rights have been violated.
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Learning About the Tithe
The Covenant Blessing of Giving
Salvation was meant to have a life-changing impact upon every area of our lives. This includes our involvement with finances and possessions. Though many consider Christianity and money to be incompatible, the Bible contains a wealth of information and instruction concerning its use and abuse. The scriptures say a great deal about our financial priorities, stewardship, and responsibilities.
Though the Bible contains many cautions against the love of money, greed, and a carnal dependence upon it, it does not give a blanket condemnation against its value and use. It includes many scriptural principles concerning its proper purpose and function.
One of these principles involves the concept of tithing. This counseling booklet offers a comprehensive yet concise examination of this important financial principle. It explores the biblical guidelines concerning this subject and carefully considers what our relationship and responsibility to this financial principle should be.
THE ONE KEY DOCTRINE
In 2 John 9, the Apostle mentions a doctrine that is so important that it establishes an essential difference between those who do and those who do not have God. The matter is so important that in vs. 10 those who do not have this one doctrine are not even to be allowed into one's house. What is this doctrine that the Bible declares is so important?
2 John 9-11
"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ,
hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the
Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him
not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." (KJV)
THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST!
The doctrine of Christ ... Who Jesus is ... by the Bible's own testimony is the most important doctrine the Christian can possess.
Who is this Christ that died on the cross for the sins of mankind?
Many people experience great difficulty in believing that the Bible is actually the Word of God. Some individuals entertain sincere doubts concerning its divine authenticity, accuracy, and reliability. This is a common dilemma which not only affects most unbelievers, but many Christians have struggled with this issue as well.
Many reject the Christian argument that the Bible is the inspired Word of God on the grounds that this claim is simplistic, shallow, and intellectually unconvincing. For this reason, many non-Christians demand more substantial proof.
This booklet is designed to answer this need in a concise yet comprehensive manner. It presents overwhelming proof that the Bible is not just another book, but the "Book of Books". It does so by offering the sincere sceptic a series of logical and convincing reasons why the Bible should be accepted as the only inspired Word of God.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WHAT IS MEANT WHEN WE SAY THAT THE BIBLE
IS THE WORD OF GOD? 3
WHY DO PEOPLE REJECT THE BIBLE? 4
AN ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT 5
SIXTEEN REASONS FOR ACCEPTING THE BIBLE 5-28
WHAT IS MEANT WHEN WE SAY THAT THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD?
This simply means that the Bible is the divinely inspired and infallible revelation of God to man, rather than the mere words of men to other men.
When we say the Bible is the Word of God, we do not mean that all the words are God's words. Some are the words of men, angels, demons, and even Satan. However, it is in its entirety the Word of God in the sense that God, through the agency of the Holy Spirit, divinely directed and inspired the writing of it and supernaturally controlled its overall construction, design, and recording of contents. In other words, it is not the product of human devising, manipulation, or imagination, but God was the author and architect behind its creation from beginning to end.
Backsliding is a serious condition which undermines the spiritual welfare and jeopardizes the eternal destiny of the individual seized in its deadly grip.
Some have had to wrestle with a temporary bout of backsliding, while others have found themselves the victims of a perpetual pattern of backsliding from which there appears to be no lasting escape.
The issue of backsliding is a controversial and confusing subject to many. But it is not a problem which can't be solved by the power of God. Backsliding need not be an irreversible condition. It is a problem which can be corrected if a person is willing to sincerely respond to the scriptural solutions offered by God.
This teaching is designed to assist the backslider in achieving a permanent victory over this problem by directing him to the road to recovery and restoration in the Lord.
WHAT IS A BACKSLIDER?
There are no gentle ways to define the word backslider. Simply stated, the word backslider means "someone who has turned away or drawn back from his faith in Christ". It is a blunt, biblical expression which characterizes a person who has turned his back on Christ and has willfully reversed the direction of his or her spiritual walk. The word depicts an individual who has abandoned his loyalty, dedication, and enthusiasm for Christianity. It is a sobering term which describes someone who has turned away in heart and deed from faithfully serving God, and has retreated to the beggarly affections and pursuits of this world.
Jesus warns us in the Bible to "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." Matt. 7:15
In other words, there will be people who appear to be Christians (sheep) but beneath the surfaces, they are deceivers. He goes on to say in the next verse, "You know them by their fruits." Matt. 7:16
This fruit can be clearly seen if we go beneath the surface and examine what they are teaching. The Bible strongly warns Christians to beware if "...he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted..." II Cor. 11:4
In this teaching, we will present the Historic Christian doctrines concerning JESUS, the HOLY SPIRIT, and the GOSPEL. We will contrast these truths with the false teachings widely circulated in the last 150 years through various so-called Christian Cults.
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It is not only important for us as Christians to know what we believe, but also why we believe it.
In establishing these beliefs, unless the doctrinal teachings of a Church are based 100% upon the Holy Bible they are of no value.
On the following pages we have listed the essential doctrines found in the 1st Century Church, and where they are taught in the Word of God.
We believe that the Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is 100% the Word of God.
It, alone, is the final authority in determining all Doctrinal Truths.
THE HOLY BIBLE SAYS THAT:
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" II Tim. 3:16
"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." II Peter 1:20-21
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I once heard a Christian man make a comment about that old gospel hymn entitled, "Sweet Hour of Prayer". He claimed that every time he sang that song in church, he experienced great conviction in his heart because his prayer life was so weak. This man was speaking for many believers who are frustrated with their prayer life, or convicted about their lack of commitment to prayer. For far too many Christians, a strong prayer life is more a frustrated hope than it is a present reality.
Each Christian can and should have a strong, consistent prayer life, characterized by frequent and enjoyable interaction with God. Building your prayer life requires understanding why you are praying, knowing the conditions that make for effective prayer, and having the willingness to develop a disciplined prayer time.
The purpose of this teaching is to provide the understanding and inspiration necessary for the development of a strong prayer life.