Paul was taught by Jesus Christ, and knew about Him better than any man, but he sought to know Him better in personal ways. In contrast, he warned about enemies of Christ that worshipped their bellies by minding earthly things.
What should we do to change our habits and increase our love of Christ? We must repent for past lack of love and commit our full devotion to Him. There are some practical things that can be done daily to keep our hearts with Him.
We shall soon be at the judgment seat of Christ to account for our lives. Have we loved Jesus Christ and served Him passionately, or have we measured ourselves by worldly standards? Earthly honors will not mean a thing in that day.
Character or conduct valued by men is not enough, even if Biblical. We must love Jesus the Son of God or we can expect His judgment like Israel received in 70 A.D. What can you do with your family to know and love Jesus most of all?
Isaiah foretold Jews rejecting Jesus for not having any beauty. To those with spiritual and foresightful eyes, He is very beautiful. Do you think Jesus Christ beautiful? How do you show it and tell it to others. Renew your first love of Him today.
The devil will devour lazy souls like he did Lot, Samson, and Solomon. The result are terrible. His main tactics are the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life. He used these three on Eve and Jesus. You must hate the world and all in it.
Chief tools of the devil are anger, bitterness, and not forgiving others, especially spouses. God wants his children happy, healthy, and confident to meet Him in the Day of Judgment, but the BAD devil will destroy all three blessings.
The devil's sin was pride, and he uses the pride of life to destroy. Esteem others and lower yourself. He was and is a liar, so you must love gospel truth, practice personal honesty, and hate even hearing distracting inputs of the world.
Keep in mind when studying the devil's wiles - Jesus has and will yet defeat Him. He cannot do anything God did not plan and direct. He wants you to be BAD, which is bitter, arrogant, and deceitful. These are three of his chief wiles.
The devil wants you BAD ... bitter, arrogant, deceitful. By bitterness, God and the Bible mean any thought, word, or deed tending in the direction of murder, for Satan has been a murderer from the start. Hate this B sin in your heart.
The devil looks for weaknesses to tempt you. He knew Jesus was hungry from long fasting. What habits do you have that leave you exposed to the devil? This is the first line of resisting him - discipline in all parts of life to send him away.
Paul taught two actions for you after putting on the whole armor of God. First, you must stand like Greek wrestlers did and not be taken down at all. Second, you must rightly pray in the intense and thorough way Paul described.
A diabolical fiend wants to destroy you by keeping you from being a fruitful Christian. He has been defeated legally and vitally by Jesus Christ, and he will soon be cast into the lake of fire. But he can mess up your life unless you rightly resist.
The devil is like a roaring lion - a terrible danger - trying to devour you. He is a destroyer. Think Lot, Samson, Solomon. The Bible records him troubling believers from the start. We will skip the national or sensational to stress the personal.
Blood is featured prominently in the Bible, for it is the life of the flesh. Bloodshed is death. God created a flesh and blood body for Jesus to be the perfect high priest, and losing His blood at death secured eternal life for God's elect.
Our heavenly Father has compared and ranked things in the Bible and told us what is better and best. The verses in this study show priority of one choice over another. God's best for your life is learning to exalt some things and demote others.
John is a great man in the Bible and human history. Learn all you can of how he prepared Israel for Jesus and identified Him as Son of God. Get ready for Him by repentance, baptism, reformation, godliness. A study of John is a study of Jesus.