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The Difference Between the Christian Religion and All Other Faiths is the Reliability of Its History

The Difference Between the Christian Religion and All Other Faiths is the Reliability of Its History

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51 Bible sermon and Bible study outline. If you are in the positions where you give sermons then you can easily gather at least 51 sermons handed to you on a platter. But delve just a little bit deeper and the sermon possabilities are endless
51 Bible sermon and Bible study outline. If you are in the positions where you give sermons then you can easily gather at least 51 sermons handed to you on a platter. But delve just a little bit deeper and the sermon possabilities are endless

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 ==== ====Over 200 Minutes Of Mp3 Affirmations And Positive Affirmations Ebook Complete With ScriptureReferences Ideal For Sermon Outlines , Bible Studies And Group Conversation Starters. BonusDaily Personalized Bible Studies With Your Name In The Scriptures. A MUST HAVE DOWNLOADBELOW!http://tinyurl.com/7cwgaf8 ==== ====Tip! THE possibilities of prayer are gauged by faith in God's ability to do. Faith is the one primecondition by which God works."If we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us" (1 John5:14). Throughout this blog it has been my primary intention to exalt God the Creator of the heavens andearth and to lower us as His creature or someone that has been created. The general tendencynow days, is to magnify people and dishonor and degrade God. On every hand I have found that,when spiritual things are being discussed, the human side and factor is pressed and stressed, andthe Divine side, if not altogether ignored, is banished or pushed to the background. This holds truein much of the modern teaching about prayer. In the great majority of the books written and in thesermons preached on prayer the human element fills the scene almost entirely. It is the conditionswhich we must meet, the promises we must "claim," the things we must do in order to get ourrequests granted; and God's claims, God's rights, God's glory is completely disregarded. As a fair example of what is being given out today we need to look at a brief editorial whichappeared recently in one of the leading religious weeklies entitled "Prayer, or Fate?""God in HisSovereignty has ordained that human destinies may be changed and molded by the will of man.This is at the heart of the truth that prayer changes things, meaning that God changes things whenmen pray. Someone has strikingly expressed it this way: 'There are certain things that will happenin a man's life whether he prays or not. There are other things that will happen if he prays; and willnot happen if he does not pray.' A Christian worker was impressed by these sentences as heentered a business office and he prayed that the Lord would open the way to speak to some oneabout Christ, reflecting that things would be changed because he prayed. Then his mind turned toother things and the prayer was forgotten. The opportunity came to speak to the business manupon whom he was calling, but he did not grasp it, and was on his way out when he rememberedhis prayer of a half hour before, and God's answer. He promptly returned and had a talk with thebusiness man, who, though a church-member, had never in his life been asked whether he wassaved. Let us give ourselves to prayer, and open the way for God to change things. Let us bewarelest we become virtual fatalists by failing to exercise our God-given wills in praying." The above illustrates what is being taught today on the subject of prayer, but what is so deplorableis that scarcely a voice is lifted in protest to such a misleading statement. To say that "humandestinies may be changed and molded by the will of man" is in line with a lie and that is the onlyproper term I can find for it. To say that "God has ordained that human destinies may be changedand molded by the will of man" is absolutely untrue. 
 
Tip!The Holy Spirit is the spirit of all grace and of each grace as well. Purity, power, holiness, faith,love, joy and all grace are brought into being and perfected by Him. Do we grow in grace inparticular? Are we to be perfect in all graces? Then we must seek the Holy Spirit byprayer."Human destiny" is settled not by the will of man, but by the will of God. That whichdetermines human destiny is whether or not a man has been born again, for it is written, "Except aman be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." And as to whose will, whether God's orman's, is responsible for the new birth is settled, unequivocally, by John 1:13-"Which were born,not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but OF GOD." To say that "humandestiny" may be changed by the will of man is to make the creature's will supreme, and that is,virtually, to dethrone God. But what do the Scriptures say? Let the Holy Book answer this for us: "The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The Lordmaketh poor, and maketh rich: He bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of thedust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make theminherit the throne of glory" (1 Sam 2:6-8).Let's look back to the Editorial here that is under review,next we are told, "This is at the heart of the truth that prayer changes things, meaning that Godchanges things when men pray." Almost everywhere I go today I always seem to come across abumper-sticker bearing the inscription "Prayer Changes Things." As to what these words aredesigned to signify is evident from the current literature on prayer - we are to persuade God tochange His purpose. Concerning His purpose, I will say more on this in the next article. Tip! Note how frequently prayer is brought to are attention in the Holy Bible's New Testament:"Continuing instant in prayer"; "Pray without ceasing"; "Continue in prayer, and watch in the samewith thanksgiving"; "Be ye sober and watch unto prayer"; Christ's clear call was "watch and pray."What are all these and others, if it is not the will of God that men should pray? Again, the Editor tells us, "Some one has strikingly expressed it this way: 'There are certain thingsthat will happen in a man's life whether he prays or not. There are other things that will happen ifhe prays, and will not happen if he does not pray.'" Those things happen whether a man prays ornot is exemplified daily in the lives of the non-Christian, most of who never pray at all. That 'otherthings will happen if he prays' is in need of qualification. Because if a believer prays in faith andasks for those things which are according to God's will he will most certainly obtain that for whichhe has asked. Again, that other things will happen if he prays is also true in respect to thesubjective benefits derived from prayer: God will become more real to him and His promises moreprecious. That other things 'will not happen if he does not pray' is true so far as his own life isconcerned-a prayer-less life means a life lived out of communion with God and all that is involvedby that. But to affirm that God will not and cannot bring to pass His eternal purpose unless we prayis utterly erroneous, for the same God who has decreed the end has also decreed that His end willbe reached through His appointed means, and one of these is prayer. The God who has determined to grant a blessing also gives a spirit of supplication which firstseeks the blessing. The example cited in the above Editorial of the Christian worker and thebusiness man is a very unhappy one to say the least, for according to the terms of the illustrationthe Christian worker's prayer was not answered by God at all, inasmuch as, apparently, the waywas not opened to speak to the business man about his soul. But on leaving the office andrecalling his prayer the Christian worker (perhaps in the energy of the flesh) determined to answerthe prayer for himself, and instead of leaving the Lord to "open the way" for him, took matters intohis own hand.

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