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Steps To Peace With YHWH

Do you experience peace and joy in your life based on a foundation of your relationship with our Creator, YHWH? Do you want to share your faith more confidently and effectively with others?  Please consider the following resource from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

The Christian Life and Witness Course is a course that is designed to help provide people with a basic foundation of living for Christ and also how to witness and share their faith with others effectively. The material is good, even if ordered off the BGEA association website and conducted offline personally via DVD training instead of face-to-face training. I recommend it and there is much more to it than what I share here in this article. Please click on the link above in this article to check it out in more detail.

I will highlight in today’s article just one of the summary resources to help communicate key concepts and peak your interest. There is a very nice summary booklet to guide a discussion with non believers about your faith in Christ and also to check your own relationship with Christ along the way. It is a booklet titled Steps To Peace With God.

Step 1: God’s Purpose: Peace and Life

God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life – abundant and eternal.

“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

We must ask ourselves… “Why don’t most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have?” Even most of us who identify as Christians do not have this peace and abundant life!

Step 2: The Problem: Our Separation

God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and freedom of choice.

We choose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Our choice (sin) results in separation from God (holy).

Our Attempts To Reach God

People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God…

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2

No bridge made by man can reach God… not good works, not religion, not philosophy, not morality. Only one bridge can reach God.

Step 3: God’s Bridge – The Cross

Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” 1 Peter 3:18

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

God has provided the only way… Each person must make a choice…

Step 4: Our Response – Receive Christ

We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation.

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

Where are you? Are you separated from God, in sin, rebellion, and separation? or have you received Jesus as a bridge to be reconciled with God and now experiencing peace, forgiveness, abundant life, and eternal life?

Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?

    1. Admit your need. (I am a sinner).
    2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
    3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.
    4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)

An example of how to pray

Dear Lord Jesus,

I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.

In Jesus name, Amen.

God’s Assurance: His Word

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life? Where is He right now? What has He given you?

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Receiving Christ, we are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. This is called regeneration, or the “new birth.”

“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:12-13

This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ. To deepen this relationship you should:

  1. Read your Bible every day to know Christ better.
  2. Talk to God in prayer every day.
  3. Tell others about Christ.
  4. Worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians where Christ is preached according to the Bible.
  5. As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.

I encourage you again to consider reviewing the full training course material from BGEA using the link at the beginning of the article. May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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Have you submitted your life to Jesus Christ? If you die today, do you know for sure that you would be with God in heaven? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

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*Pictures and much of the content shared is from BGEA Steps to Peace With God booklet.

Doing What is Right in YHWH’s Eyes Can Place You in Conflict with Family

Saul was so moved by an evil spirit that he wanted to kill David. When Jonathan stood up for David, justly, Saul tried to make it sound like he wanted to kill David for Jonathan so he could be king after Saul. Truth is that Saul was just making excuses. He was jealous and fearful of David.

Sometimes your own family will come against you when you take a stand for what is righteous or when you confront them in their sin and wrongdoing. Do not expect them to just politely agree with you that they are wrong. They likely will fight and resist. Saul even threw a spear at his son! There are still times when you should take the risk and stand up for what is right and honorable in YHWH’s eyes. Murdering someone is not right, even if “Dad” or the king, in this case Saul, said to do so.

1 Samuel 20:30-42

Saul Is Angry with Jonathan

     30Then Saul’s anger burned against Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness? 31“For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Therefore now, send and bring him to me, for he must surely die.” 32But Jonathan answered Saul his father and said to him, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” 33Then Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him down; so Jonathan knew that his father had decided to put David to death. 34Then Jonathan arose from the table in fierce anger, and did not eat food on the second day of the new moon, for he was grieved over David because his father had dishonored him.

      35Now it came about in the morning that Jonathan went out into the field for the appointment with David, and a little lad was with him. 36He said to his lad, “Run, find now the arrows which I am about to shoot.” As the lad was running, he shot an arrow past him. 37When the lad reached the place of the arrow which Jonathan had shot, Jonathan called after the lad and said, “Is not the arrow beyond you?” 38And Jonathan called after the lad, “Hurry, be quick, do not stay!” And Jonathan’s lad picked up the arrow and came to his master. 39But the lad was not aware of anything; only Jonathan and David knew about the matter. 40Then Jonathan gave his weapons to his lad and said to him, “Go, bring them to the city.” 41When the lad was gone, David rose from the south side and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed three times. And they kissed each other and wept together, but David wept the more. 42Jonathan said to David, “Go in safety, inasmuch as we have sworn to each other in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD will be between me and you, and between my descendants and your descendants forever.’” Then he rose and departed, while Jonathan went into the city.

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Do you know for sure if you will go to heaven or hell when you die? Are you experiencing in your life the peace and joy of a personal relationship with our Creator and Father? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

Hearing From Jesus – Resources

Resources

We all need help sometimes. Turn to God and those who serve Him rather than the world. Whether we are trying to find help for someone facing a crisis like abortion, searching for ways to strengthen our marriage, or just to find quality Christian entertainment… there are a lot of resources out there that call out for our attention, but many do not honor God. At Hearing From Jesus we try to help by sorting through some of that for you and providing recommendations that honor Jesus.

If you have identified Christian resources you recommend for inclusion on our website, please submit via our Contact Us page.

Pray For God To Defeat Islamic Jihad

Many nations across the world continue to face growing threats from Islamic Jihad. In many cases the threat has increased due to ungodly and ineffective leadership in the countries who could unite and defeat the enemy.

Pray with us that God would raise up leaders around the world to oppose and defeat Islamic Jihad. Pray that God would protect and safeguard those persecuted by Islam throughout the world, to the glory and honor of His name. Pray that He would cause even these trying events to work together for the good of those who love Him. Even in this suffering we must submit to God… His will be done.

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Have you submitted your life to Jesus Christ? If you die today, do you know for sure that you would be with God in heaven? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

Pray for Christian Leaders

When we look at the disciples and at Paul, we see that they faced trials and adversity as they proclaimed the truth of the gospel. They asked for prayer from others on their behalf that they would continue to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ boldly and would not give in to watering down the gospel or preaching it quietly. Let us pray the same way for our Christian leaders today, whether they be small group leaders or leaders of international ministries or anywhere in between. All of our Christian leaders need this prayer.

Acts 4:29  29“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence,

Ephesians 6:19-20  19and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Colossians 4:2-4  2Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; 4that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with all of you.

To pray with us regarding additional prayer requests or submit a prayer request, please visit our website Prayer Requests section.

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Have you submitted your life to Jesus Christ? If you die today, do you know for sure that you would be with God in heaven? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

Prayer Challenge: Set People Free From Their Own Anger And Bitterness

We are continuing our weekly extra post on Fridays. Today I am challenging each of you to join me in a prayer challenge. Please read along to find out more.

For much of my life I have underestimated the importance and power of specific, righteous prayer for individuals and groups of people that need help to be set free from slavery to sin and deception. As I continue to grow in my walk with Jesus, I become more and more aware of how important prayer is and intercessory prayer on behalf of others in particular.

Over the past few weeks I have encountered multiple individuals that have basically been hostile toward me for no justifiable reason, other than their own bitterness and hatred. They are like a volcano looking for an excuse to erupt. The anger and bitterness they hold consumes them and suffocates their joy. It creates separation between them and God and between them and other people who might actually want to be courteous and kind to them.

I would love to say that I have a wonderful and pure response each time someone unleashes their anger at me, but I do not. I have found myself having to deliberately fight my sinful, selfish desires to respond to their hostility in kind… to “win” on the issue. Instead I have swallowed hard, sought guidance and patience in God’s word, and determined to answer in a way that is more in accordance with God’s word, but requires humility instead of pride on my part. Praise God that I was able to do so on the last few rounds. It has not always been that way for me.

As I experienced both of the recent incidents aimed at me, I found myself remembering times in the past when I acted with similar unwarranted hostility and anger toward others. It was sobering to admit that I had come from that place and realize that I must continue to choose Christ daily to avoid sliding back to that place. I must exert willpower to respond God’s way rather than allow myself to backslide to respond to hostility in kind. I am a work in progress… and always will be. Praise God for bringing me this far.

I invite each of you this week to think about someone that you know struggles with anger and bitterness in their life. Please lift them up to the Lord in prayer every day this week as often as you feel you can. Pray not for revenge or to be proven right … pray instead for them to be set free from bondage to anger and bitterness. Pray for God to do a work in them… not for your glory but for God’s glory. Pray for them by name. They may never even know you prayed for them, but God does… and a righteous prayer matters to God. It can be powerful.

Pray in the name of our gracious Lord, Jesus Christ.

May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with all of you!

To pray with us regarding additional prayer requests or submit a prayer request, please visit our website Prayer Requests section.

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Have you submitted your life to Jesus Christ? If you die today, do you know for sure that you would be with God in heaven? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

Prayer Request: God, Please Open The Eyes Of the Deceived

We are continuing our weekly extra post on Fridays. We have now expanded from “HFJ News”, providing updates and information about our website and other online resources, to also include prayer requests from our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.

I am grieved that so many allow themselves to be deceived by the world, by Satan, that homosexual behavior is to be accepted and considered normal. Scripture could not be more clear, but even some who read and respect scripture allow themselves to be deceived on this point. It is a despicable sin according to the Bible and clearly destructive toward what God calls us to do. Many are allowing themselves to be separated by God through unrepentant sin. Please pray with me for God to open the eyes of the world and those who choose this behavior so that they would recognize it as sin and repent. Pray further that true Christians would receive all people who pursue the truth of Christ with open arms to share the good news of Christ. Help us as followers of Jesus to show love to others without compromising the truth of God’s word. Our only true enemy is Satan, himself. May God set people free from Satan’s deception in this area and may they find God’s open arms waiting to welcome them to Him once they repent of their wrong behavior and turn toward Him.

Pray in the name of our gracious Lord, Jesus Christ.

May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with all of you!

To learn more about what God says about homosexual behavior in the Bible, visit HFJ website devotional category Homosexual Behavior.

To pray with us regarding additional prayer requests or submit a prayer request, please visit our website Prayer Requests section.

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Have you submitted your life to Jesus Christ? If you die today, do you know for sure that you would be with God in heaven? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

Pray for Rejoicen Salvationin Trinity Orphanage in Nepal

We are continuing our weekly extra post on Fridays. We have now expanded from “HFJ News”, providing updates and information about our website and other online resources, to also include specific prayer requests for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.

This week I would like to ask for your support in praying for our Christian brothers and sisters in Nepal. In particular there is a Christian orphanage named Rejoicen Slavationin Trinity Orphanage. Not only are there specific needs for operating the orphanage and taking care of the children, but they face persecution against Christianity. There is concern that Nepal will not remain a secular nation and instead fall back to being a Hindu Kingdom. Pray with us that God would lift up His people in Nepal and encourage and strengthen them… that He would provide and protect them. Pray in the name of our gracious Lord, Jesus Christ.

Thank You!

May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with all of you!

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Have you submitted your life to Jesus Christ? If you die today, do you know for sure that you would be with God in heaven? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

HFJ News: Movies That Honor God

We are continuing our weekly Friday extra post of “HFJ News” which is intended to introduce our Christian community to different parts of the website that many find useful.  Links are provided for your convenience or you can just visit the site directly at HearingFromJesus.org and look around on your own.

This week we are highlighting a section of our website that focuses on sharing good examples of godly movies. Most content that is produced and pushed at us is, quite frankly, detestable. There are many examples, however, of genuine followers of Christ who make movies that honor God. But you have to seek them out and read about the movies before you watch them! Sloth leads to accepting and watching the garbage that our culture pushes instead of seeking out what honors God.

We certainly do not intend to have an all inclusive list, but rather identify some good examples that can get you started.

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Movies

What we watch does matter and it does affect us, even when we think it does not. That is why so many businesses spend billions of dollars on advertising. We can also be affected by the values represented in the movies we or our families watch. Worldly media pushes non-Christian values. As Christians we are called to reject the world and seek and follow Jesus Christ.

I am highlighting some tools to help make available to you a broad range of Christian programming.

I strongly recommend using Plugged In Movie Review for detailed reviews of movies from a Christian perspective. Do not just look at the number of plugs to make a decision, that is not where the best value of the tool lies. The true value is in the detailed commentary which reviews spiritual references, language, sexual content, alcohol, etc. in objective detail. Then you can make your own decision about whether or not to show it to your family.

Christian Cinema, Christian Film Database, Dove.org and Indy Christian Review can also be helpful for addressing your Christian movie interests. Again, these are tools. God wants each of us to carefully review and consider what we expose to ourselves and our family.

I have not enrolled in Parables TV to check it out, but it looks promising. It is a streaming service with a Christian focus instead of a worldly view. Would appreciate feedback from our HFJ community if any of you are using it… please comment on this page.

Below are a few movies I recommend as having a high standard to acknowledge and honor God and try to give practical examples of real life as a Christian.

If you decide to purchase Christian movies or other resources you can help our ministry by clicking through the links on the Shop For Jesus page. You pay the same prices. We receive a small commission for each sale.

Do you have recommendations? Please submit through our Contact Us page.

  • 25 Hill (2011) 12 year old Trey Caldwell has his life shattered when he loses his father to war in Afghanistan. God works in the lives of Trey and others to overcome his personal tragedy as he competes in the All-American Soap Box Derby.
  • Chariots of Fire (1981) is the inspiring true story of Eric Liddell who emerged courageously onto the public scene during the 1924 Olympics and then served as missionary in China.
  • Courageous (2011) takes us along for an adventurous ride with four men united in their call to serve as police officers. We see them share and learn what it means to be courageous as fathers raising children in a God-honoring way.
  • Do You Believe? (2015) is a movie that challenges us to really examine if we believe in Jesus Christ enough to make real changes in our lives, or if we just acknowledge Him with our lips and go to church on Sunday. He wants more than that!
  • Facing the Giants (2006)  takes us into the life of a Christian high-school football coach facing adversity in his life as he tries to inspire his team to use faith to conquer fear and opposing teams.
  • Fireproof (2008) is an action packed high quality love story that shows how finding Jesus and changing your life to serve and honor Him will overflow into your marriage and family life.
  • God’s Not Dead (2014)  spotlights the hard choices made by a devout Christian student who is challenged to disavow his faith in Jesus Christ. When he refuses, he must prove the existence of God or else his college philosophy professor will fail him.
  • Letters to God (2010) tells an inspirational story about a young boy with cancer who demonstrates God’s love to those around him through his shining spirit, courage and grace.
  • Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983) is one of the most successful dramatic series in television history. We follow along through the life of a farming family that knows and loves Jesus Christ experiencing the difficult life on the prairie.
  • Moms’ Night Out (2014) is a funny movie about Christian friends that want a moms’ night out. The husbands need to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong?
  • War Room (2015) follows a married couple whose marriage has become a war zone. With guidance from Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman, Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family instead of against them through the power of prayer.

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May the grace and peace of our lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Note: HFJ News posts are always supplemental and never replace our daily devotions, so please be sure to look for your daily devotion from Hearing From Jesus (HFJ) as well.

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Have you submitted your life to Jesus Christ? If you die today, do you know for sure that you would be with God in heaven? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

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HFJ News: Ministries

We are continuing our weekly Friday extra post of “HFJ News” which is intended to introduce our Christian community to different parts of the website that many find useful.  Links are provided for your convenience or you can just visit the site directly at www.HearingFromJesus.org and look around on your own.

Today’s highlight is the section of our site that identifies a host of other genuine Christian ministries that collectively provide a lot of resources for you to connect with and use in your search to understand and apply God’s word to your life.

Scripture warns us about false prophets and wolves in sheep’s clothing… we are to use discernment in assessing what ministries or teachers we listen to. In other words, not all ministries represent the genuine Christian faith and authentically. This is not to be confused with perfection… none of these ministries or Hearing From Jesus are perfect. But we are submitted to God.

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Ministries

Many claim to bring a Christian message, but far too often there are false prophets mixed amongst the true Christian ministries. We are called to study God’s word and use discernment to determine which ones  line up with the Bible and reject the rest.

I have found several mature Christian ministries that provide robust material to help support us in our Christian walk.  Resources range from radio broadcasts to online material as well as books and more.

There are also some good ministries that provide a specific focus area such as family or women’s ministry.

If you have identified Christian ministries you recommend for inclusion on our website, please submit via our Contact Us page.

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May the grace and peace of our lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Note: HFJ News posts are always supplemental and never replace our daily devotions, so please be sure to look for your daily devotion from Hearing From Jesus (HFJ) as well.

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