Inspirational

AN EAR TO HEAR

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I had a discussion with a friend about hearing the voice of God, the Holy Spirit, and being obedient before the Lord has to raise His voice. The story is told of two boys playing together at one of the boy’s house. The father of the one boy spoke to them to do something, and they ignored him until he raised his voice and spoke again. The visiting boy got concerned, but the son told him, “Not yet.” Then after a time the father spoke louder yet, and then the son told his friend, “Now we need to listen and respond.”

STAYING COMMITTED TO A DEEPER REVIVAL

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As I sat pondering the topic, thinking what all it really meant, the word committed stood out to me. Do I really know what it means to be committed—committed to a deeper revival? When I think of someone who is committed, I think of a humble person who has laid down his own will and given himself wholly to the thing at hand. This is someone who is willing to give his best and follow through with that commitment. Jesus left us a prime example of commitment when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matt. 26:39).

KEYS TO MAINTAINING YOUR CHRISTIAN LIFE

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My son was recently converted and baptized, and I felt to bring a few thoughts about the basics of Christian life for a new convert. We can compare maintaining our Christian life to the maintenance we perform on our vehicles, mowers, equipment, houses, etc. In order for them to run properly, we must take good care of them. There are also some basic steps we can take that will help us live a successful Christian life.

THE CHRISTIAN’S LIVELY HOPE

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Hope is the central theme of the Christian’s salvation. Our helmet is the “hope of salvation” (1 Thess. 5:8). “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” (Rom. 8:24). What did the apostle Paul mean when he said we are saved by hope? Our hope in God and His Word (the way of salvation) is paramount to the Christian’s existence; we have no other hope. Christ is our lively hope. Christ, or our hope in Him, is what keeps us going and fighting the battle against sin and our flesh. Thereby we are saved.

TRUE SECURITY

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At the end of Jesus’ parable of the unjust judge, He posed a thought-provoking question. “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). While true faith produces many fruits, one that is sometimes used nearly synonymously with faith is trust. So perhaps, in the context of this article, the question for us in our day is whether mankind will still be placing their trust in God upon the Lord’s return. It would appear that this is diminishing.

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