Just because a person has accepted Jesus into their lives DOES NOT mean that they will never sin again!
If any Christian says that they don’t sin any more, they are lying! If the devil or anyone else tells you that a “good Christian” does not sin, it’s a lie!
The Bible is very clear when it says that Christians will sin, but not live in sin! We will all fall, even though we have started walking with Jesus. I am not saying that this is our ticket to sin. No, anyone who uses God’s grace as an excuse to sin and is constantly living in sin (continually sinning), is not a true follower of Jesus!
I pray this will encourage Christians, new and old, young and mature, to keep walking in the faith, no matter how many times you fall!
Remember 1 John 1:8-10:
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
Our families are what we are born into. We automatically belong! Our families are meant to love, support and nurture us! We become who we are, as we grow up in our families!
But, all this can change when we accept Jesus into our lives. All of a sudden, this family who loved us, supported us and cared for us may turn against us because we have left the family way, left traditions and culture to follow the Way, Truth and Life that is Jesus!
New believers in Christ need to realise that when they accept Jesus into their lives, they may face persecution and rejection from their family members and close relatives. Jesus warns us about this in the Bible.
These are the verses mentioned in the video.
Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:21-22
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-39
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26 (the Greek ‘miseo’ translated ‘hate’ means ‘detest’, ‘despise’ and ‘abhor’)
You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Luke 21:16
I pray that you will be encouraged by this video and will draw nearer to Jesus if you find yourself in this position.
The Church is wonderful in many ways and by God’s grace; I pray you will experience genuine fellowship and form strong Christian friendships in Church.
No Church is perfect though! New believers need to be aware of this sad reality that Church may never be what they expect it to be or think it should be.
This will help you prepare yourself as you become part of your Church fellowship. When you experience some or all of the things that Paul admonished the Corinthian Church for, you will be able to better handle it by trusting and relying on Jesus more than giving up on Church or fellowship and being put off by it.
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
Remember that God who started a good work in you is also working on every other believer that is a part of your Church, my Church and Churches everywhere.
These are the verses mentioned in the video.
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? 1 Corinthians 3:3-4
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? 1 Corinthians 5:1-2
Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? 1 Corinthians 5:6
The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers. 1 Corinthians 6:7-8
For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder. 2 Corinthians 12:20
Be patient. Don’t give up on Church. Don’t give up on fellow Christians. Persevere. Trust in Jesus and rely on Him to see you through the difficult times and moments you may encounter in your Church.
Satan was once an angel (Lucifer) who served God. Pride overtook him and he wanted to become like God, basically overthrow God and take His place! Of course, God is more powerful than Satan and kicked him out of heaven on to Earth, where the devil has been given a certain amount of authority to reign as prince of this world.
Even though Satan has rebelled against God and is at war with God, he is still under God’s power and authority. Satan does not have more power than God.
God uses Satan to accomplish his purposes and Satan can do nothing about it.
Here are some Bible verses that confirm the reality of Satan’s existence.
One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. (Job 1:6)
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (Matthew 4:1-3)
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. (Acts 26:16-18)
The Bible warns us all:
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
The Bible also tells us how we can stand up to the devil:
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:11)
If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to ask.