Thursday, February 14, 2013

“If you hold to my teaching,.....

“If You Hold to my Teaching,...

      A message for Christians who continue to struggle and suffer from relapse after relapse to addictions. Many of God's promises, are conditional, including John 8:31-36, where He speaks about setting us free, the condition here is, “If you hold to my teaching." If you're experiencing relapse, and He's promised to "set you free," and you know God doesn't break His promises, then clearly you're "not holding to His teachings." Somewhere's you're coming up short on your end of the agreement. If we consider ourselves saved, born again Christians, we must take God's Word seriously. We don't get to pick and choose certain scripture that comforts us. I would suggest that an evaluation is in order if you're tired of relapse. One area that is often overlooked because of the failure of our new world churches, is to teach repentance, something rarely mentioned in our churches today! Yet something absolutely relevant to not only our Salvation, but also our obedience to God, or, "our holding to His teaching," which is relevant to "being set free" which in turn means we'll no longer be under the bondage of addictions. The Bible, Gods Word, also known as The Truth, clearly states in many places, the need to repent, here are a just a few examples,...
Acts 2:38 NIV
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 3:19  NIV
19, Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
Acts 26:20  NIV
20, First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.
Acts 17:30 NIV
30, In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.
Job 34:33 KJV
Should God then reward you on your terms, when you refuse to repent? You must decide, not I; so tell me what you know.
Proverbs 1:23 KJV
Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.
Luke 13:3 KJV
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Acts 3:19 KJV
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Luke 17:3
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

God says to repent and be Saved, not "repeat after me" as so many pastors teach today to build their audience! Beware of the many wolves in sheep's clothing! (Matthew 7:15)
Matthew 7:15, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves."

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