There has been a lot of talk about revivals in the past. Most Bible-believing preachers and evangelists will agree that we desperately need one.
We need it in our churches, our communities, and in our nation. Most of all, though, we need it in our own lives. As believers, we need to realize that it is the presence of the Holy Spirit and His power that will make a difference in our lives. Without it, we are little more than just religious people.
Having been with the living Jesus is what others noticed about the Apostles when they were brought before the council after the Resurrection (Acts 4:13). It was the power of the Spirit that made a difference in Stephen’s testimony: “And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake” (Acts 6:10).
Others take notice when you are walking in the power of the Spirit. No, I am not talking about an ecstatic experience. I am talking about being surrendered to Christ so that He can be seen through you.
In order to help bring about revival in the personal lives of believers in America, and around the globe, I have written a book called “Let the Fire Burn,” which will show you how. The key is found in II Chronicles 7:14.
Will you be one of the few Christians who helps to revive our homes, churches, communities, and beyond?
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
The Word of God tells us that it is possible to be living in such a way that may seem right to that individual, but it will not get them to the right desired eternal destination. This is what happens when someone uses their own intellect to guide them, and not God’s Word – which He gave us for that purpose.
For other people who may not think that making a decision about Christ and salvation needs to be made right away, it only needs to be said that you cannot live your life going the wrong way and expect to end up at the right destination. It will not work, and none of us knows when we will enter eternity.
The Bible makes the way of eternal life very clear to those who will carefully read it and desire to know its truth. It also answers most questions about life and eternity. I also make it very plain on this website.
As far as going to Heaven is concerned, the Bible tells us that: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The good thing is that this beloved verse is not difficult to understand. It means what it says: God loved the human race; He saw our dilemma because of our sin; He sent His Son to die for us and pay our sin-debt; and now if you believe on Christ for your salvation – He will give you eternal life.
The Bible verse for today tells us that in spite of its easy message, it is still easy to be deceived. Deceit is one of Satan’s favorite tools. This is extremely dangerous when it comes to Heaven or Hell. You need to make sure. Leave the guessing games to the gamblers, but don’t gamble with your soul. There is no second chance. No replay on life.
How can you be saved and know for sure? You must know what the Bible says. As I explain the Scriptures to you, you can read for yourself that I am not twisting them, but am telling you the way it is.
I want to offer you an eBook for free that I think will be helpful. In it, I talk about a group of religious leaders in Jesus’ day who were deceived. They thought they had the truth, but Christ showed them differently.
The eBook is entitled: “The Dangers of Bible Ignorance.” Read it with an open mind. Remember that Christ said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). By this, He meant that the truth of salvation will set you free from the guilt of sin, from the penalty of sin, and from the doubt of your eternal destination.
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In the world of religion, some religious leaders claim that there are many different ways to get to Heaven. This is certainly apt to leave many people confused – and it will certainly lead many of them astray.
Although there are older religious books, the Bible alone offers not only a reasonable explanation for our existence, but it also provides a clear and sure way to get to Heaven. That way is also unique, and it stands in clear contrast to what the majority of the other religions teach.
My new eBook, The Dangers of Bible Ignorance, does not present a new message, but seeks to make very plain what the Bible reveals from cover to cover about going to Heaven. Most people do not understand it, including many church-goers.
Three of the chapters in this eBook are:
Are Religious Leaders Always Right?
Close to the Truth – But Still Lost!
Knowing Bible Truth – But Not Changed By It
Those who do understand the message of the Bible know where they are going – and that knowledge is not based on their works, good deeds, or even church membership. Yes, they have assurance of salvation, and it is what God wants you to have, too.
Even in America today, where many people claim to be religious, including many Christians, the message that has been preached for 2,000 years is still understood only by a minority. The greatest danger in not knowing the Bible’s message is that it has eternal consequences.
This eBook makes that message easy to understand and reveals what you must do about it. You must understand why it was necessary for Christ to die and know what you must do about it. Certainly the time to act on that message is now. You can learn now the truth that will set you free from doubt and destruction.
The message is for people everywhere. Jesus died for all people. Find out why it is important that people in America, China, Mexico, the Middle East, Russia, etc., need to know about Christ.
This eBook, entitled The Dangers of Bible Ignorance, is written by Evangelist Mike Valles. You can download it for free simply by signing up for his newsletter.
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Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
It is not difficult to know when your faith in God is weak. You find it hard to trust Him to do anything that you cannot do for yourself. This also causes you to leave out a lot of praying because you’re not fully convinced it works, or that God will answer your prayers.
A lack of faith, however, has some rather simple causes – each of which can be remedied rather easily. The first thing you must know is that you are truly a child of God through faith in Christ and the new birth. If you do not know that for sure, then it is time to get saved. Nothing else will help.
Three Causes of a Lack of Faith:
1. Sin Not Being Dealt with
The first cause of a lack of faith is sin. That’s right. If you have unconfessed sin in your heart, faith will be weak. Why? Because faith is a fruit of the Spirit, and if you grieve Him, this fruit will not be manifest strongly. Sin can be in the heart only, or in the life, too.
2. Not Doing the Will of God
The second cause of a weak faith is not doing what you know you ought to do. I mention this because some people may not necessarily consider this to be sin. As Christians, they know they ought to go to church, to read the Bible, to give, to pray, etc. – but they do not.
3. Not Using the God-Given Tools for Faith
A third and primary cause of a lack of faith is not employing the tools God gave you to increase it. After you have dealt with the sin and indifference to God’s commands, then you can start to build your faith. You cannot pray for it, pump it up in your mind, or, wish you had more.
God’s method to give us more faith is found in the Bible verse above. We gain and grow in faith by hearing the Word of God. We “hear” it through Bible teaching, Bible preaching, other Christians giving praise to God for His working in their lives through answered prayer, the singing of the hymns and other songs in church and radio, etc. This is one major reason church attendance is so important.
I also want to add that your faith will usually be in proportion to the time you spend in reading and studying the Bible. Little reading produces little faith. More reading produces more faith, as long as you are willing to obey what you read; and much reading and study produces a much larger amount of faith. This principle is true of any believer – whether a preacher like me or in a layperson.
As you can see, faith is based on a sowing and reaping basis. Those who truly have much faith and often see answers to prayer and are bold for Christ are also those who spend a lot of time in the Word. They see God work in powerful ways.
Now, let’s get down to where the rubber meets the road. The question, How much faith do you want today? can only be answered by: How much time are you willing to spend with God today?
II Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
God cares immensely for the people of this world. What is often misunderstood is the role that God has chosen to take in the affairs of mankind. Many think that God should take a more visibly active role in the problems of our world. However, this is not what He is most interested in.
Instead, He is more interested in helping people to get right with Him and to restore a relationship with Him that was broken by sin. Indifference to God and His claims on peoples’ lives are evidence that there is a problem.
Trouble in our world causes people to seek God because their world, whether personal or on a national scale, is shaken. This happened very noticeably when 911 occurred. After that, churches in America were suddenly filled. Once again, however, God must send trouble to disrupt lives so they come back to Him.
The above Bible verse indicates that some people mistakenly think that God either does not exist or does not care about life on planet earth because He seems distant or inactive. Although He has promised to come and straighten out our world, He seems to be taking a long time to do it, they say.
Again, as the verse indicates, they are sadly mistaken. The reason he waits is so that they, and more people, may be saved from Hell and destruction. He does not want to cast them or anyone into Hell, but sin cannot be allowed into Heaven. He has promised a righteous judgment. He is giving them time to repent (turn from sin), and to trust Christ to be their Savior.
Although Christ appears to be patient today, He will not wait for you forever. If you are not saved, the Bible tells us, in II Corinthians 6:2, that now is the best time: “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” Won’t you call on Him today for salvation, and have the matter settled forever? There is no need to wait – do it now and ask Him to forgive you, change you so you can do His will, and to save you from Hell. He will do it, according to His promise.
If you would like to know more about God’s sure salvation, I invite you to download my eBook for free: it’s entitled How to Be Saved and Know It(no log-in required, PDF). It explains Bible salvation in clear detail.
Psalm 32:8,9 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.”
Many times in the Bible believers are given the promise that God will guide. The above Bible verses are merely one example.
As the verses teach, a believer can expect God to guide them through the day. This does not mean an audible voice or a roadmap. He speaks primarily through the Scriptures, and in our hearts, and sometimes through the circumstances we face.
The only way a Christian can hear Him speaking, however, is to walk close to Him. This means putting away known sin and making yourself available for service – all day long. As you know, it is easy to get too busy to hear Him speaking in your heart, and then opportunities are missed.
The Christian that wants God’s guidance can have it. As God tells us in this verse, don’t be like a horse or other animal that has to be forced to go this way or that. God loves us and he does not force us to obey Him. The child of God should love the Lord and gladly want to do His will, since it leads to blessing.
Oftentimes, when you do not know what to do, it is good to stop and ask for guidance and sit down and spend some extra time reading the Bible. If an answer does not come right away, you may need to wait for it – but stay in the Word and prayer. Be careful not to make decisions before praying about them and making sure you really want His will alone.
Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
In Psalm 23:1, we saw the promise that when the Lord is truly leading us that we will be able to say – “I shall not want.” This verse is similar. It promises that the Lord will give us the desires of our heart.
Just like the verse in Psalm 23, this verse is conditional. That means there is a part for the believer to fulfill before God does His part.
The condition is to “delight” in the Lord. Many people are religious, and some are glad to be saved, but not that many truly delight themselves in the Lord. Think about things you really like. Some like football, some like cars, and others may like computer games or making money. Now ask yourself which you would rather do: watch a football game (or whatever you like to do), or read your Bible and pray? Be honest.
The answer to that question will reveal your real delight. It is likely that other things prevent a real hunger for God and His Word.
Now God made the promise, and He means it. He also tells us, in James 4:8: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” This means get close to God, and put away anything that prevents it – then He can be free to give you your heart’s desire, and then He can trust you with it. Drawing close to God is necessary for any kind of real Christian growth.
Remember, though, that as we draw close to Him, we will find that some of those desires will change. After all, what can compare with being able to talk with the Creator of all things, and the Savior Who gave Himself for us?