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GET ROOTED IN YOUR FAITH

In the coming days Satan will begin an assault on you in an attempt to undermine your faith in Christ.  (I Peter 5:8, Ephesians 6:16, Matthew 13:3-24).

Some of his specific goals are:

  • To plant seeds of doubt and despair in order to rob you of the joy and assurance of your eternal life.
  • To lead you astray in order to keep you from growing in the knowledge of the truth, and
  • To keep you from sharing your faith in Christ with others.  
Here are some tips on how to stand firm against his attack.
 

THE SHIELD OF FAITH: EPHESIANS 6:10-17

1.  Since the gospel is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, Satan will immediately begin his attack by trying to confuse you about the truth of the gospel.  To withstand the assault you are about to face, you must become firmly rooted in the truth of the gospel.  To do this, determine right now that you will read this Gospel presentation once a day for an entire month.  Don't stop after ten or fifteen days even if you have memorized it!  And above all, don't let Satan discourage you by telling you that you "don't have time," or that you have more important things to do.  This is a classic lie of Satan.  Don't believe it.  (Matthew 13:1-9, 19-23; 8:21-22; Luke 10:38-42, 12:16-31, 14:16-20; Ephesians 5:16).

2.  Don't try to gain assurance of your relationship with Christ or grow in spiritual truth through "mystical feelings" or "quiet little voices" inside your head.  What we "feel" in our hearts is no more reliable a guide to spiritual truth than it is to truths concerning mathematics or geography.  Would you try to drive hundreds of miles of back country roads in the fog without a road map simply by trusting your "feelings"?  Of course not!  Yet this is how many people foolishly try to live their Christian lives!

3.  In order for us to grow in spiritual truth, God has given us a source of truth which is sure and steadfast.  It is called the Bible.  Try to read your Bible every day.  Start by reading the Book of Galatians.  It is St. Paul's defense of the gospel and the doctrine of grace.  Read one chapter each day until you have read the entire book (6 chapters) five times.  This will take one month.  In the next month, read through the entire book once a day.  This will firmly establish you in some of the most basic and important doctrines of the Christian faith, providing the kind of foundation that is essential for sound Christian growth.

FEELINGS MAY BE THE WHISPERING OF SATAN.
BUILD YOUR FAITH ON THE WORD OF GOD.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Romans 10:17

4.  Once you have become rooted in your understanding of the gospel, find a good church.  To do this, ask the pastor how one gets to heaven.  If he says it is through living a good life, obeying the Ten Commandments, baptism, confession, church membership, or some other incorrect answer -- turn around and look for another church.  If the pastor doesn't even know the gospel, the most basic belief of the Christian faith, then he doesn't even know the first thing about Christianity!  Why would you want to go to a church where the pastor doesn't even know how to get to heaven?  Find a good church!
THANK GOD DAILY

According to the Bible, many wonderful things happened to you the moment you understood the gospel and trusted in Christ alone as your Savior.

  • You received a pardon for all the sins you will ever commit.  (Romans 5:1)
  • You received eternal life as a free gift.  (John 5:24, 10:28)
  • You are assured of going to heaven.  (John 14:1-3)
  • You became a child of God.  (John 1:12)
  • You have a friend who understands what you are going through and is there to help you in time of need.  (Hebrews 2:18, 4:15-16,; Psalm 68:5)
In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus cleansed ten lepers, and nine of them went their merry way without so much as stopping to thank Him!  So that you don't follow the example of the nine ungrateful lepers, you can show your thanks to God for what He has done for you by living your life in a manner that is pleasing to Him, obeying His commandments and walking according to His Word.   (Luke 7:40-43, I John 4:19, John 14:21)
 

SHARE THE GOSPEL

Imagine that one day you are walking down the sidewalk, and a piano which was being hoisted into a tenth story apartment broke loose, and was falling towards you without your knowledge.  All of a sudden someone you have never met runs over to you and pushes you out of the way to save you, only to be crushed himself by the falling piano.  As he lies dying, his trembling hand takes a letter from his pocket, and he asks you to take it and deliver it for him.  Would you?

Jesus, who died to save you, has left such a letter with you.  That letter is called The Gospel.  "And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.'"  Mark 16:15  (Also see Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Romans 10:14-15)   Are you willing to take the letter which Jesus has left with you and try to do as He has asked?

If you are, simply ask a friend or an acquaintance: "Has anyone ever shown you from the Bible how you can know for certain that you will go to heaven when you die?"  If they say no, simply ask, "May I?"  Most people will be eager to find out how they can know this for sure!  If they are interested, simply sit down and take time to share this presentation with them.  They will be eternally grateful!
  

   

Clear Gospel Crusade
Ronald R. Shea, President
P.O Box 431
Metairie, Louisiana 70004

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