Christian Life Series
Jesus asked the Father to send us another Helper whom he called the Spirit of Truth and the Holy Spirit. Jesus said it was better for us that he leave so the Spirit of Truth could come. The scripture does not record Jesus asking the Father to give us any other help comparable to the Spirit of Truth. This implies that Jesus perceived that our greatest need was for a guide into Truth.
The Guiding Into Truth Work of the Holy Spirit will seek to demonstrate:
That guiding into truth is a work of the Holy Spirit
How the Holy Spirit guides us into truth
What truth is
Why truth is important
Our need for a guide into truth
Hearing the Holy Spirit guide us into truth
Aligning our lives with truth
When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, he instructed them to pray that the Father's will be done on earth. As we look through scripture we find that our prayers are an important way God uses to cause his will to be done on the earth. Effective Prayer includes material regarding the nature of faith, how we grow our faith, and how we apply it in prayer. It also includes material on applying the power of the Word of God in prayer and what happens when we pray.
In his first letter Peter declares that Jesus bore our sins in his body so that we may cease from sin and live for righteousness. He followed that by saying that some people had ceased from sin.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. (1 Peter 2:24)
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for corrupt human desires but for the will of God. (1 Peter 4:1-2)
Peter says that there were people who had ceased from sin. Moreover, he tells how they became people who had ceased from sin: they suffered in the flesh. He also gives us a glimpse into how such people lived: no longer controlled by corrupt desires, but by God's will.
We wrestle against the spiritual forces of evil. This includes everyone: man, woman, and child. This isn't just believers. It includes people who are not believers and do not become believers.
We are at a significant disadvantage fighting a spiritual war against a spiritual enemy. We usually align our lives by what we perceive through our physical senses. Our physical senses are useless in a spiritual war.
Jesus, the Word of God, and the Spirit of Truth reveal the spiritual war to us. They tell us how the enemy fights against us and how to resist and overcome him. Their teaching is essential to help us win the spiritual war and walk the path that leads to life.
We are part of this war. Spiritual Warfare: Sowing will examine the details of God's teaching on the sowing aspect of spiritual war. These details will help us align our lives with God's sowing of his Word into our hearts. They will also help us align our lives resisting Satan's sowing of his seed into our hearts and his attacks against the Word God sows into our hearts.
The issue of eternal life – where and how we will spend eternity – is the most consequential issue we will face in life. The difference in the consequences to us, if we receive eternal life or fail to receive it, are as extreme as they could possibly be. Moreover, we will have to live with the consequences forever.
Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. (Luke 13:24)
Jesus tells us that entering into eternal life is difficult: many will seek to enter and will not be able to. The cost of failing to enter eternal life is so great that we would be beyond foolish not to seek the truth about eternal life with commensurate diligence. The Truth About Eternal Life is written to help in that search.
God says that if we will train up a child in the way they should go, even when they are old they will not depart from it.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6)
Many of us with children sought the blessing of that promise and raised children in the way we thought they should go.
How many of us, however, thought to seek God and teach our children to go the way he says they should go? To submit themselves daily to God and have him show them what to do and how to do it, what to be, and how to become and be it, to guide, direct, and order their steps?
Go the Way You Should Go is written for parents seeking to train up their children in the way God says they should go. It is written for those who may counsel others on the way they should go. Finally, it is written for anyone who is seeking to go the way they should go and to be the manner of person they should be.
Christian Prophecy Series
God gave Jesus a revelation to show his servants things which must come to pass. In the revelation we see a scroll, written on the inside and on the outside, sealed with seven seals. As each of the first four seals are opened we see a horseman.
What is the scroll? Who, or what, are the horsemen? How will we discern what or who they are? How will we know we have discerned correctly?
Many others have attempted to identify the scroll and horsemen. This book will not attempt to refute each and every identification they have made, nor discuss every possible identification. The approach is to show that the evidence fits a single scroll and a single set of horsemen. If this approach is successful, then it will effectively rule out all other scrolls and horsemen. This book will not attempt to discuss the first horseman's bow and the green color of the fourth horseman as there is too little information available to discern them.
The scroll will be identified first using the evidence regarding the scroll. Then each horseman will be identified using the evidence regarding each horseman. The question about discerning correctly will be answered by showing how the horsemen fit together, the horsemen fit the scroll, and how the scroll and horsemen fit the book of Revelation and show us things to come.