Have you ever heard the expression, if all else fails read the instructions? We often buy things that have to be assembled. We bought a wood splitter with 22 pages of instructions, from hooking up hoses to bolts and brackets. It took several hours over two or three days to finish.
The BIBLE is a book of instructions for all men and women. HOW to live every day and in all situations.
I Corinthians 10:9-14 says neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Neither murmur ye, (if GOD is in charge, why do we have any reason to complain) as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for examples; and they are written for our admonition (WARNING} upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth TAKE HEED lest he fall. THERE HATH NO TEMPTATION taken you but such is common to man: but GOD is faithful who WILL NOT SUFFER YOU to be tempted above that ye are able; but with the temptation also make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it.
James 1:12-16 says blessed is the man that ENDURETH TEMPTATION: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed, then when lust hath conceived it bringeth forth sin, and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do no err, my beloved brethren. Temptation comes upon man everyday (steal, adultery, envy, kill, show no love or kindness) and temptation is not a sin but yielding to sin is. WITH the BIBLE and GOD`S help we will not be tempted above that which we are not able to resist.
Matthew 4:1-4 says then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness TO BE TEMPTED of the devil. And when he had fasted 40 days and nights, he was afterward a hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the SON OF GOD command that these stones be made bread. But JESUS answered, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone but by EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH out of the mount of GOD. What person would buy something and only use PART of the instructions. WOULD he not need all the instructions? Man must study and use the entire BIBLE for the instructions GOD has given us and our families to live properly and be able to go to HEAVEN. Many people are trying to live without GOD`S instructions. The question is WHY? THIS is why so many will not go to heaven. The instructions are given in the BIBLE. On TV several books were being shown on HOW to be SUCCESSFUL. THE bible was NOT one of the books being advertised. If man truly wants to know HOW to be successful, he MUST read the INSTRUCTIONS written by GOD in the BIBLE. Therefore, the most important set of instructions for the success of man is in the BIBLE. The first step wound be no doubt, READ THE BIBLE. The old deluder Satan law was enacted for man to learn to read so he could read the BIBLE and know how to live in true harmony with other people.
Matthew 4:23,25 says and JESUS went about all GALILEE, TEACHING in their synagogues, and PREACHING the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And there followed him GREAT MULTITUDES of people from Galilee. And from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, Judea, and Jordan. These people we eager to HEAR THE instructions of Jesus. Today many church buildings are nearly empty because many do not want to hear the gospel just like many 2.000 years ago. Is it because many people would rather NOT WANT to go to heaven? The next step in going to heaven after studying it would be to start doing everything we are instructed to do. Believing that GOD`S instructions are extremely IMPORTANT to me and my family. So, I realize that JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD. Step 3 would be to CONFESS. ROMANS 10:10 says for with the HEART (MIND) man believeth unto righteousness: and with the mouth confession is made unto SALVATION. Step 4 would be to repent. Luke 13:3 says except you REPENT ye shall ALL likewise perish (in hell). II Peter 3:9 says the LORD is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness but is long-suffering to us-ward not willing that any should PERISH but that ALL WILL COME TO REPENTANCE. (TURNING AWAY FROM SIN). Then in ACTS 2:38 says repent and be BAPTIZED EVERY ONE OF YOU. (WHO? EVERYBODY in the name of JESUS CHRIST for the REMISSION OF ALL YOUR SINS (BECOME SINLESS) AND YE SHALL RECEICE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. GALATIANS 3:27 says for as many of you as have been BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE PUT ON CHRIST. (YOU ARE NOW CLOTHED WITH THE VERY LIFE OF CHRIST HIMSELF.
Please join us at Piney Church of Christ, on Rhinehart Parkway, in Spencer. Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday night Bible study at 6:30 p.m.