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Successful Christian Living

Successful Christian Living

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
This is a book of 16 messages that deals with success, purpose, laughter, fun, and maturity, and other ingredients for living the truly successful Christian life.
This is a book of 16 messages that deals with success, purpose, laughter, fun, and maturity, and other ingredients for living the truly successful Christian life.

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SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIAN LIVING
By Pastor Glenn Pease
1. SAVED FOR SUCCESS Based on Matt. 14:22-332. THE SUCCESSFUL FAILURE Based on Matt. 16:13-263. HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL NOBODY Based on John 6:1-134. GROWTH IS SUCCESS Based on I Cor. 3:1-95. THE BATTLE FOR SUCCESS Based on I Cor. 3:1-156. THE MOTIVATION TO SUCCEED Based on I Cor. 3:1-157. FRUIT IS SUCCESS Based on II Peter 1:88. A GOOD START IS NOT ENOUGH Based on Gen. 3:1f 9. PREREQUISITES FOR PURPOSEFUL LIVING Based on Prov. 2:1-310. TAKING LAUGHTER SERIOUSLY Based on Eccles. 2:1-1111. FUN IS FUNDAMENTAL ZECH. 8:1-1912. PRACTICING THE PRESENCE Based on Acts 17:22-3113. STEPS TO CHRISTIAN MATURITY Based on I Peter 2:1-1014. FELLOWSHIP IS FUNDAMENTAL Based on I John 1:315. TRUTH IN ACTION Based on I John 1:616. WALKING IN THE LIGHT Based on I John 1:7
1. SAVED FOR SUCCESS Based on Matt. 14:22-33
Most of us probably have some money in a saving account where itis insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Cooperation, or FDIC forshort. This brilliant idea which saved the banks after the depression,and saves all savers a lot of anxiety is a gift God gave to the Americanpeople through a Christian banker in Philadelphia. His name wasLeon H. Sullivan. When black Monday hit on March 4, 1933, andclosed the banks, he went to prayer and labored long over a plan toreopen the banks. He thanked God for the idea which led to the banksbeing able to open. It was the FDIC idea.
 
He came to Christ as a boy of nine, and by twenty five he was theyoungest bank cashier in the U.S. Banking was his life. But like allsuccessful Christians he had a struggle with pride. He began to cravemore power, prominence, and possessions. He began to have socialparties in his large house with champagne. He stopped going tochurch, for his new goal kept him too busy for the God who had savedhim. He got so greedy that he went into partnership with anon-Christian. His wife warned him, but he would not listen, for therewas a fortune to be made. The entire real estate deal collapsed,however, and he lost everything. He was one hundred and fiftythousand in debt, and had no reputation and no friends. He wassinking fast, but unlike Peter who cried out immediately, "Lord saveme," he held on for twelve days in pride.After twelve days of living on corn flakes he finally cried out toGod in brokenness, "Lord save me!" It took years, but he was savedand restored and became a successful investment broker who helpedChristian colleges and other Christian causes raise millions. By hisfall and failure he learned to be successful as a Christian in the worldof business. Successful Christians often have to fail so they can besaved for success as Christians. Their success becomes an idol andleads them away from God, and only by means of failure can they bebrought back to God to succeed for him. Christians only need to besaved once for eternity by putting their faith in Christ, but they needto be saved many times in time, as they begin to sink because of theirlack of faith.Peter was a saved man as a hand picked disciple of Christ. If hewould have drowned in the storm, he would have been welcomed intoheaven. He was a saved man, yet, we see him here crying out, "Lordsave me." It was not the sinners prayer. He was not crying out to beforgiven and reconciled with God. That was not his problem. He wasalready saved that way, and you never need to be saved that way
 
again. When Jesus is trusted as Savior you are saved for eternity.But here is Peter still calling out, "Lord save me." A saved man canstill use some saving when he is sinking.Balzac, the Sir Walter Scott of France, wrote a famous short storycalled Jesus Christ in Flanders. A ferry-boat is carrying a mixedcrowd of passengers when a furious gale strikes and throws everyoneinto a panic. A stranger with a glow on his face is calm and serene asif he knew he would not die. As the boat begins to sink the strangerspeaks, "Those who have faith shall be saved! Let them follow me."He then stepped out upon the waves and walked on the water. Ayoung mother took her child up in her arms and followed him. Asoldier and two cousins also followed and walked upon the sea, andthey came safely to the shore. The stranger vanishes, but theyrecognize he is Christ. Balzac's story is obviously an adaptation of our text. But it is a focus on the fact that even saved people; peoplewho already have faith in Jesus, still need to be saved from storms,and all kinds of threats to life and health.Jesus could say, "How do I save thee, let me count the ways." Andthey would mount up to a high number. The point is, this prayer of Peter as he began to sink is a prayer that needs praying often becauseeven saved people need perpetual saving in this storm tossed world.Let's look at just some of the ways we need saving as suggested byPeter's experience. First of all we all need to be saved-I. FROM LITTLE FAITH.Whenever a Christian begins to sink, you can trace the troubleback to little faith. The negative realities of life begin to overwhelmyou. You take your eyes off Jesus and look to the wind and waves, andfear takes over and reduces the power of your faith. You can't get farwalking on water, or even on land for that matter, when your faith

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