This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'
Last week, I discussed why it's important for us to understand and fully appreciate what it means to be truly secure in our salvation and relationship with God. It is reassuring to realize that we can be fully confident in the keeping power of the Holy Spirit and understand that nothing in heaven or in earth can remove us from the protective and loving hand of God.
Many Christians become discouraged over how difficult it is to live the Christian life. In his discussion of the purpose of the Law of God, the Apostle Paul points out that it is not difficult to live the Christian life -- it's impossible! He said that's one of the reasons the Law was given: to show man that he cannot measure up to God's expectations on his own. He needs God's help.
I also discussed the folly of believing that once we are saved by grace through faith, we can live an overcoming life in the power of our own self-effort. Paul said the Law was given to drive us to despair of that self-effort and lead us to ultimate dependence on the Holy Spirit.
Remember, it's impossible to live a powerful Christian life unless we are completely confident in the security of that relationship. And the good news is, we can be!
This week, I want to continue this discussion of our security in Christ. I call it "Forever Secure."
I will delve deeper into the relationship between faith and grace and faith and works. Millions of Christians completely misunderstand the role of each in the believer's life.
I will show you what Jesus said about how to truly know the will of God.
We'll also look at the concept of the "carnal Christian" and what true believers can expect at the judgment seat of Christ. Did you know that many Christians will make it to heaven smelling of smoke? Judgment smoke.
And finally, I'll share with you the good news that some of the rough times you may be facing could well be cause for joy. The Bible says that God disciplines His sons and daughters. So, if you're going through God's disciplining, don't be discouraged, be grateful, for it means you're truly His child. Conversely, if you realize that you never experience God's correction and discipline in your life, maybe it's wise to reexamine your relationship with Him -- or even consider that perhaps you don't really have a relationship.
And if that's the case, there's no better time than right now to confess your sin, ask His forgiveness, and accept the free gift of pardon Jesus purchased for you with His death on Calvary. Do that in honesty and sincerity and you, too, can be forever secure in your eternal relationship with God.
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