What happens when a Christian sins

Growing up spiritually
What happens when a Christian sins/What happens when we lead holy lives The study of these two topics is actually related. When we lead holy lives, we will receive all the benefits that come with obedience. When we disobey, we not only forfeit the benefits, we will be disciplined by God. He will be disciplined by God Hebrews 12:5-8 "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, {6} because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." {7} Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? {8} If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children…
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When God seems distant

Growing up spiritually
God promises to be with us always Heb 13:5  …for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Deu 31:6  Be strong and of a good courage. Do not fear nor be afraid of them. For Jehovah your God is He who goes with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you. God has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. But there are times when we do not feel His presence. Circumstances in our life can turn so bad that we can’t see how God is in the midst of it. While God promises that He will always be with us, it is also true that we do not always feel His presence. There will be times when we feel that God…
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Gift of Exhortation

Spiritual Gifts
What is exhortation? The gift of exhortation is the special ability to minister comfort, encouragement and advice to other people in a way that they feel helped and healed. Exhortation can be: 1. Encouragement - Hey, well done! 2. Advice - I think it is better to finish your studies before starting a job. 3. Comfort - I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother's death. The power of encouragement Proverbs 12:25 (NIV) An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 16:24 (NIV) Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 25:11 (NIV) A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Exhortation is every Christian's role Hebrews 10:25 (NIV) Let…
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Lust

Control your emotions
The dangers of lust The Psalmist realized the dangers of lust when he wrote: (Prov 6:25-29 NIV)  Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, {26} for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. {27} Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? {28} Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? {29} So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished. Begins with the eyes (2 Sam 11:2-4 NIV)  One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman…
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Facts about sin

Growing up spiritually
Facts about sin Unintentional sins are still sins Lev 4:2 "Say to the Israelites: `When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD's commands-- (NIV) Similarly, if we commit an offence against the law unintentionally, we are still held guilty by the law. Failure to do what is right is sin Jas 4:17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins. (NIV) Failure to do God's work Haggai 1:2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "These people say, `The time has not yet come for the LORD's house to be built.'" Although the people knew that they had to build God’s temple, they were more interested in building their own houses. God called them "these people" because…
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How to enter into God’s presence

Growing up spiritually
God is especially receptive to those who are near His presence Imagine the President of the United States entering the White House. Outside there are throngs of protestors carrying big banners and chanting their demands. The President drives in, probably not even stopping to listen or to look at those banners in detail. With their loud demands, the protestors failed to get his attention. Once the President enters his private office, he is surrounded by his group of advisers. He listens attentively to their advice because they are part of his inner group. They are not outsiders like the protestors. When we approach our Lord and King, we can be like the protestors shouting our demands from the outside OR we can enter into His inner courts and be noticed…
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Who is Jesus Christ?

Growing up spiritually
Jesus is the Son of God. Matthew 26:63­64 (NIV) The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." 64 "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. While Jesus is the Son of God, it does not mean that God the Father has a wife who conceives Jesus. It does not even mean the Jesus was created at one point of time by the Father. The Bible is clear that Jesus has existed from eternity past. John 1:1 (NIV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God......14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory…
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Patience During Trials

Growing up spiritually
Wait on the Lord There are many verses in the Bible that tell us to have patience and wait on the Lord. Waiting on the Lord is the patient expectation that God will fulfill his promises in his Word and strengthen us to rise above life’s difficulties. It means to completely trust in God. (Psa 62:5 NIV)  Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. (Psa 130:5-7 NIV)  I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. {6} My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. {7} O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is…
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Christians going to court

Growing up spiritually
Discuss the matter privately first Proverbs 25: 8  don’t be in a hurry to go to court. You might go down before your neighbors in shameful defeat. 9So discuss the matter with them privately. Christians going to court against each other is a bad testimony to non-believers (1 Cor 6:5-7 NIV)  I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? {6} But instead, one brother goes to law against another--and this in front of unbelievers! {7} 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? If you are in the wrong, try to settle the matter without having to go…
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