Now that you have been born again, now that you are a new creation, altogether a different person, a citizen of heaven, no longer an earth dweller, a stranger here on a pilgrimage through this unfriendly  world, a child of God on your way home, the love of this world for you having ceased, being in the world but not of the world, you will face many times decisions which will perplex you. You may search the Bible for a "thou shalt not," and find none. Your friends may add to your confusion by offering you a variety of different solutions.

    It may be a great question about some amusement or habit — or association — or any one of a hundred things. "May I do this?" or "May I go there?" are questions familiar in Christian circles around the country. Most of the time they are asked. by Christians who really want to know. To be sure, there is always the crowd of compromisers and worldlings who are looking for someone who approves their sinful conduct, but for the most part, today's young converts really want the answer to the all important question, "How can a Christian know what is Sin? "

    To begin with, we ought to point out that the truly consecrated Christian is not looking for some neutral zone where he can mix the spiritual and the carnal. He wants to be out-and out for Christ and separate from the world.

    But even the consecrated Christian faces these perplexing decisions, not because he must choose between good and bad, but between the better and the best. Even a good thing may be a sin to a Christian, and something that appears perfectly harmless might be the cause of untold damage. We still face the question, "How far should a Christian go?" The answer is in the word of God.

    The Bible is composed of three types of inspired writings to guide our behavior: precepts, promises, and principles. An example of a precept would be "Thou shalt not kill." Wherever the Bible speaks out plainly in a precept, we must obey without question

    We can also guide our conduct according to God's promises. Seek Ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you," is a classic example.

 
    But in many cases, we must make our decisions according to certain basic principles which God has given us in His word. Let's look into the word of God at four safe principles that can be a guide when Christians make decisions that may be doubtful. l


    Paul, in speaking of questionable things, says in I Cor. 6:12, "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient" and in telling us why things which are inexpedient just because they are questionable, are wrong for the Christian, he makes himself very plain; indeed, so plain that no one who wants the truth can miss it. He explains it first from the standpoint of the man himself.

    First. As concerns God. He says they are wrong because of the danger of misrepresenting Him. By doing these things we sanction a lower tone of Christianity than His approval warrants. In I Cor. 10:31 Paul says, "Whether ye eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God." If you can conscientiously kneel down and ask God to go with you, it may be right for you to go, if no other question is involved, but unless in that thing to which you give yourself the Holy Spirit can glorify Jesus, it is wrong for you to indulge. In any undertaking I should first want to know, "Will this please God?"

    Calling upon one of his parishioners, a certain pastor inquired concerning the daughter who was away at college, and the mother said, "I was just reading a letter from her as you came in; part of it will interest you." And she read a part of the letter where the daughter was telling the mother of a dance that was to be given by her class. Most of her friends were going and she wanted to go herself very much indeed, but she knew her mother did not approve of it and for her sake she was going to stay away. "Well," remarked the pastor, "that's very beautiful of her indeed; you must love her very much." "Love her?" replied the mother, as a tear came into her eye, "I wish she were here now, that I might put my arms around her and tell her how much I love her." In some way as that I would like God to feel toward me, and I am sure He will if I am trying in all things to walk "worthy unto the Lord unto all pleasing."

    Second. Then Paul states the question from the standpoint of the man's neighbor. In I Cor. 8:9 he says such things ought not to be done "lest by any means my liberty become a stumbling block to them that are weak." We all know what that means, and in I Cor. 8:13 he says, "If meat makes my brother to offend, I will eat no meat while the world stands." Although I might engage in this thing without any harm to myself, I am furnishing by my example what others take as their justification for doing it, but who are not so discerning or self-controlled as I, and while I may be spared, they may be injured and fall and set their feet in the way that leads to ruin.

    Two little boys, one leading his smaller sister, were going through the woods. They came to a tree that had fallen across the creek and formed a natural bridge. The first little fellow bounced over and turning, said, "Come on, it's easy." But the other gripped his little sister's hand a little tighter and shrank back, saying, "I could, but she might fall." And I say to you, that the little fellow had more of the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ in him than many members of many churches who will not deny themselves some pet indulgence for the sake of someone weaker than themselves.

    Third. And then Paul states the matter from the standpoint of man himself.

    (a) In I Cor. 6:12, he says things are inexpedient, "lest I be brought under their power." If these things or any other things have taken such strong hold upon you as to cause you to prefer them to the approval of God or the honor of Christ; if you are at the place where many a young member of the church has been, where they have said, "If these things are inconsistent with my being a member of the church, I shall cling to them nevertheless," then for you these things are an evil in your life.

    (b) And in I Cor. 10:23 he says they are inexpedient "because they do not edify." They hinder growth and fill the church with barren, fruitless lives. A prominent Christian worker once said, "I never knew a Christian who began to dance who was not soon missed from the prayer meeting." Having loved this present world, Demas-like they soon forsake the things of God. It seems there is an incompatibility between the two which experience will not abide each other.

    And then say what we will, the lovely characters of this world, in whose lives the very beauty and gentleness of Jesus have shone with resplendent glory, have not been those whose chief sources of amusement were found in the giddy, venturesome whirl of a Christ-ignoring world.

    Fourth. And then as if our duty concerning such matters might not in some particular instance be sufficiently clear, even with such guiding principles before us, Paul in Romans 14:23 sets forth a simple rule that will always point a man to the right side if he has the least desire to do the will of God. He says, "If there is any question about it, don't do it." "Whatever is not faith," he says; that is, whatever is not without doubt, without question, "is sin" and "he that doubteth," says Paul, "is condemned if he does it."

    And now what more could man or God say to anyone who is honestly seeking the best and highest and purest things of life? Listen to this true story and we will leave you with God to settle this question, if you have not already done it in the deep of your heart and soul.

    In one of our eastern cities there is living a very happy couple today. On the fourth anniversary of their wedding, the young wife said to the husband, "Dick, I have been a very happy woman for four years, but if only one thing else could be true, I would be the happiest woman in the world." "Well, Mollie," he said, "what is it?" "Dick," she replied, "if only you were a Christian." "Well, Mollie, are you a Christian?" asked the young husband. "Yes, Dick," came the answer. "Well, Mollie," said he, "I didn't know it." Dick waited and then said, "See here, Mollie, I want to do what is right; you don't swear, do your" he asked. "Why, no," said Mollie. "Well," said Dick, "I don't either, Mollie. . . You don't steal, do you?" "Why no, Dick, of course I don't." "Well," he replied, "I don't either. Mollie, you don't gamble, do you?" "Why, no —what do you mean, Dick? Of course I don't." "Well," said Dick, "I don't either." "Mollie," he said, "you don't get drunk, do you?" "Why, Dick!" Why do you ask such questions of me? Of course I don't get drunk." "Well," said Dick, "I don't either." "Now Mollie," he said, "you drink wine at the receptions, don't you?" "Oh, yes," said Mollie, "I do that out of courtesy to the hostess." Dick said, "I do, too." "Mollie," he said, "you go to the theater, don't you?" "Why, certainly," she replied, "I go quite often." "Well," said Dick, "I do too." "Mollie," he said, "you dance, don't you?" "Certainly," she said, "there's no harm in dancing; I love it; I dance, of course I do." "Well," said Dick, "I do too." "Now, Mollie, he said, "if you'll show me the difference between the kind of life that you are living and the kind I am living, I have no objection to becoming a Christian."

"A Spiritual Examination"

    The Apostle Paul said in II Cor. 13:5, "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the Faith prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you except ye be reprobates?"

 
    There is one thing certain — you may fool the pastor, the Evangelist and the entire church, but there are two who know you for what you are — God and yourself.

    These are questions only YOU can answer, and only YOU can answer correctly. "Examine yourself." Be honest in your answers and get alone with God. "If we confess our SINS (written to Christians) He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9).

1. Does my life please God?

2. Do I enjoy being a Christian?

3. Do I cherish-in my heart a feeling of dislike or hatred for anyone?

4. Am I studying my Bible daily?

5. How much time do I spend in secret prayer?

6. Have I ever won a soul to Christ? How long ago?

7. Have I ever had a direct answer to prayer?

8. Do I estimate the things of time and eternity at their true value?

9. Am I working and praying for anyone's salvation?

10. Is there anything I can give up for Christ?

11. Where am I making my greatest mistake?

12. How does my life look to those who are not Christians?

13. Do I place anything before my religious duty?

14. Am I honest with my Lord's money? (Read this one again, slowly).

l5. Am I neglecting any known duty?

16. Is the world better or worse for my living in it?

17. Am I doing anything I would condemn doing?

18. Am I afraid to die?

    How far can a Christian go? What are the limits — the boundaries — to the Christian's work? Here they are, clear as crystal: Will this lead to freedom or slavery? Will it bring honor or dishonor to Christ? Will it make you a better Christian? Get "Off Limits" and trouble will come sooner or later!

''SOME DANGER SIGNALS FOR WEAK CHRISTIANS"

    DON'T DRIFT! It's later than most people realize; hence, the power of the current of this world is tremendous. Its poisoned darts, impure books, impure men and women, impure allusions—and noxious gas-fumes of a sin-soaked world which is determined to perish in its own corruption will sweep you into its ruins if you yield to it. Dare to be a real Christian during the remainder of your pilgrimage here!

    "Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, BEWARE lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness." — II Peter 3:17.

"REMEMBER YOU HAVE TWO NATURES"

    WARNING! You now have two natures. Now, that you believe, we don't want you to be discouraged because of false impressions. You still have the human nature which you received from your parents. This nature is corrupt, filled with sin, and is referred to in the Bible as our "old man," or our outward man — that which was born of the flesh. It is very important that you remember that sin still indwells in the old man — this human nature — and that as long as you live here, this nature will be a hateful power which will often seek to be your real self.

    This old nature is never converted, never changed, never saved and will prove to be your worst enemy. The Bible declares that our old man was crucified with Christ, Romans 6:6. Believe this tremendous truth! It will do much to cast out fear and make you a better Christian. In view of the fact that you are born again of incorruptible seed, you have a divine nature. The very life of God has been imparted to you — II Peter 1:4; I John 4:17. The Bible speaks of this new person as inner man — that which is born of the Spirit. We urge you to keep in mind that the human nature is contrary to the divine nature so that you cannot do what you would. The emphasis here is on the word "you."

    You must learn to walk by the Spirit so that you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh: Gal. 5:16-17. "It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps:" Jer. 10:23. God's way of overcoming the sin which is still present with you is not in the power of the flesh. The Holy Spirit will enable you to be a real Christian. Consciously depend on Him. He indwells you always! We also urge you to hold fast to the truth that it is not your real self which is causing you to do wrong; it is your human nature. This human nature must be kept in subjection so that your life will be fit for the Master's use. You are now a laborer in His harvest field.

 
"DANGER—OFF-LIMITS"

    There is a difference between Christians and worldlings. The worldling will hang his jewels outside, but a true Christian will "let it be the hidden man of the heart . . . even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit . . . which is in the sight of God of great price" — I Peter 3:4. DRESS. This question need not be definitely answered. The Holy Spirit will lead. The Christian must continually remember and never lose sight of the truth that he is a laborer together with God, I Cor. 3:9. Your big job here is to be an ambassador for Christ. This world has strayed from the right way, and the ministry of setting men right has been committed to us. We should be in condition at all times to witness. We are pilgrims on our way home, and. in a spiritual sense, must always be ready to be on the move; but while residing here we are always official messengers on behalf of Christ. Do not allow outward adornment to conceal Him. A gaudy, showy, extravagant dress will render impossible your duties as a messenger. This outward adornment speaks so loudly that your testimony cannot be heard. What one wears on the outside of the body should be in keeping with the simplicity, purity, and beauty of our Lord Jesus Christ. No real Christian girl will wear that which pertains to man. Imagine a girl wearing scanty shorts, finger nails, and the nails painted bright red, lips likewise, most of her body naked, acting as a messenger on the behalf of Christ! You know that while you are thus altered you are in no condition to move on spiritually.

    CIGARETTES. Tobacco smoke contains a formidable list of poisons; saps vitality, and undermines one's health. It makes a person nervous, irritable; and unable to sleep well. It dwarfs the intellect. It is ruining our children,, poisoning the bodies of our young girls, making them pallid and old when they should be young. The cigarette, next to alcohol, is the worst investment you could make. Someone said that the smoker is committing suicide on the installment plan. The cigarette habit among Christians is almost as pernicious and disgusting as the whisky habit. You cannot be a messenger on behalf of Christ while smoking a cigarette or while using tobacco in any form. This vile habit is always associated with delinquency, with evil, and is generally an indication of degeneracy. Brace up! God will give you the grace to quit it!

    THEATRE. Many a noble tree has been eaten through and killed by small insects. The fleshy atmosphere of the average movie will blight the strongest Christian. Try to pray afterwards! The very fact that millions of unsaved people frequent the theatre daily proves that it is of the world. "Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4. We urge you not to patronize these worldly places of amusement because they contribute heavily to delinquency, are usually cheap and filthy, and encourage our children to lead fast, wild, reckless lives. We don't believe Christians should support such.

    DANCE. Being an ex-dance teacher, I know that the dance is conducive to indecency and immorality. Only the most obstinate, stubborn, or most ignorant would deny this. No true Christian boy or girl, man or woman will want to be present in places where all kinds of lust are glamorized and every evil is glorified. No witnessing for our Savior — no soul winning will or can take place here. NOVELS. Beware! Refuse to read trashy, sentimental novels. Some of the finest Christian fiction we have ever had is on the market today. Read these books; they'll stir you to be a better Christian. Develop a real interest in your Bible. The Christian's time is limited, precious, and must not be wasted on trash heaps.

    IMPURE MEN AND WOMEN. These smutty, indecent, foulest of the foul delight in shooting their poisoned darts to soil you. You must maintain a Christ-like chastity because there will be times when you will pass through some of this tainted atmosphere. Wicked oaths, ragings, bitter cursings, filthy jokes, and slimy, smutty conversations! MARRIAGE! Do not marry an unbeliever, II Cor. 6:14. The only way to be an obedient child, to please your Savior, and insure yourself happiness afterwards is to marry a Christian in God's will.

    Psalms 16:11 says, "Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore." I Peter 1:8 says, "Whom having not seen ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with JOY unspeakable and full of GLORY!" Because of my sincere interest in your welfare as a Christian, I urge you to remember this! To be running to a dance, to a movie, to be reading a cheap novel, or to be doing anything else that is worldly, is to admit that Jesus does not satisfy you. All such would cause true, separated, surrendered Christians to stand in doubt of you.

DO YOU NEED A SPIRITUAL BATH?

    Dirty Christians must wash. There is no misery comparable to a broken fellowship with the Father, with His Son, with other Christians, and with the Holy Spirit to the extent that He ceases to work through you, having the joy of your salvation missing. All this because you have refused to wash in God's spiritual bath tub. Christ said, "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me." When a Christian sins, he has become spiritually dirty. I John 1:9 tells us how to wash so that we'll be clean again "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Never neglect this very important Christian privilege. When we do wrong and fail to wash, we are punished by the Lord so that we may not be condemned along with the world. I Cor. 11:31-32; Heb. 12:5-8. If God allows you to go without chastisement, then you are illegitimate and not His child. Another purpose for such discipline is to cause the true child of God to wash. When you confess the sin that has bothered your fellowship then you are forgiven and fellowship with the Lord is restored.

 

HOW CAN A WEAK CHRISTIAN BECOME STRONG? KNOW THAT YOU ARE SAVED AND SAFE

    How may we know that we are saved? FIRST, "We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brethren," I John 3:14. Of all the ways to know given in the Bible, this is the cap stone. This is the surest way to know. We love the members of Gold's family above all others and prefer to be in company with them because we are strangely out of step with the unsaved. This is not a forced love or a human buildup, but a divine love shed abroad in the believer's heart by the indwelling Holy Spirit. SECOND, the saved one is able to call God Father, Romans 8:15. There is a positive witnessing in our hearts that God is our Father and we the children of God. THIRD, prayer becomes natural for the saved one. He has come to know God as his Father; therefore, he speaks to the one he knows. FOURTH, as a newborn babe cries for food, a true Christian will desire the word of God. FIFTH, a Christian will love what God loves. Since God loves the lost, the saved one will have a burden for the unsaved. SIXTH, we are saved because the Bible says so. "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God," and "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life," I John 1:13. You know whether or not you believe. SEVENTH, since the saved one has been created unto good work, and since Christ's death was to purify unto Himself a peculiar people zealous of good works, Eph. 2:10; Titus 2:14, the born-again one will be careful to maintain good works that he be not unfruitful. Looseness must not be tolerated here, for "Ye know that everyone that doeth righteousness is born of Him," I John 2:29.

    How may we know we are safe? The life of a saved person is hid with Christ in God. God is in heaven and Christ is in heaven, therefore, the life of the believer is in heaven, Col. 3:3. Believe this! What enemy can ascend to where God and Christ are and snatch that life from them?

    THE SAVED PERSON IS SEALED BY THE, HOLY SPIRIT. Eph. 4.30.

    THE LORD WILL RESCUE HIS OWN FROM EVERY EVIL. II Tim. 4:13.

    THE SAVED ONE IS KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD. I Peter 1:5.

    THE SAVED ONE IS COMPLETE IN CHRIST. Col. 2:10.

    THE BELIEVER IS INDWELT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO ABIDES IN HIM FOREVER. John 14:16-17.

    Would God save a soul at the tremendous price of the death of His only Son, and then turn that saved one over to an enemy for destruction? Is God so weak that He must trust the flesh to keep that which He has saved? The one who has been born from above cannot be lost, simply because he is born of God and is a partaker of the divine nature. He is not in the flesh but in the spirit, Romans 8:9. The Holy Spirit serves as a partition which seals him off from the flesh. What enemy can break through the mighty, divine partition? Thanks be unto God for so Great Salvation!

SPIRITUAL FOOD WILL  MAKE YOU STRONG

    Now that you are a child of God your growth depends upon yourself. The word of God is food for the soul. Set aside a period every day for Bible study. In II Peter 2:2-3 we are told to desire "the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious." A devoted Christian said, "The Christian may measure his love for God by his love of the word of God." As a new-born babe needs nourishment, the young Christian who has been born again of incorruptible seed by the word of God, must grow by the milk and bread of the word of God. Either this or you remain a dwarf. II Peter 3:8 instructs the new-born babe to "grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Grace is an act of favor proceeding wholly from God, a favor wherein human obligation cannot enter. Growing in grace, then, is a growing process which leads to assurance that the flesh profits nothing (John 6:63), and that we are to have no confidence in the flesh (Phil. 3:3-4). God wants the members of His family to grow toward that place of a practical application in their lives of the fact that Salvation is the gift of God, and that after one is saved. God makes him both willing and enables him to do, Phil. 2:13. Hebrews 13:20-21 It is realizing in a practical way that the whole great and glorious undertaking from Alpha to Omega is not the result of something you do, but what God does. Growing in knowledge is coming to know Christ more intimately — to know what He has done for you, what He is doing for you, and what He will do for you.



HOW TO REALLY ENJOY LIVING FOR THE LORD
 

    Have you surrendered to Him as your Lord and Master? Bend your will to the will of God. Christ said, "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me . . . and ye shall find rest unto your souls?" Matthew 11:29. "Jesus saith unto them, my meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work," John 4:34. This, then, is the yoke of Christ. To do the will of God. Every Christian should strive to wear this yoke. The determinate ambition of the saved one should be to do the will of God as He has revealed this will in the inspired word. One may plant two seeds exactly alike and number them one and two. Number one may produce a beautiful flowering plant; the other just a shy, worthless plant. Do you want to be a Christian comparable to the second plant? If you want to be a Christian comparable to the first plant, there must be absolute surrender to God. Below are a few things that will help you in serving the Lord::

    (1.) "And grieve not nor quench not the Spirit of God." Eph. 4:30. I Thess. 5:19. The Holy Spirit is grieved when we have unconfessed sin in our lives. The Holy Spirit is quenched when we refuse to do what God has told us.

    (2.) "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, Unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord . . ." I Cor. 15:58.

    There are entirely too many roving Christians today. Join our Church, then be faithful in your attendance on the Lord's day and mid-week services. 'Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is . . ." Hebrews 10: 25. Christians cannot please God running from church to church. These folks should be named grasshopper Christians. They can never find a church or a Minister that suits them.

    A man once said to Spurgeon, "I am looking for a pure church that I might belong to" After this great preacher told the man that he had never heard or read of such, Spurgeon said, "But if you should happen to find such a church I beg of you not to join it, for you would spoil the whole thing." The all- important question is, is God's word honored there? If so settle down and get to work .These people are "ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of God's truth," II Tim. 3:7. A community without Christians, without Sundays without Bibles, without Churches, is not for any living man to stay in.

    (3.) Win someone for Christ: For spiritual growth you need not only food (Bible study) but exercise. The most important thing Christ outlined to the Christian is soul-winning. "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature," Mark 16:15. "When I say unto the wicked, thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity but his blood will I require at shine hand." — Ezk. 3:18.

    (4.) Shun evil companions: Avoid bad people, bad books, bad thoughts. Read the first Psalm. Try to win the wicked to God, but do not choose them for your companions. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God: as God hath said, I will dwell in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." — II Corinthians 6:14-17.

    (5.) Don't be a tattler or a busy-body. Avoid the spirit of fault-finding, and criticism. "And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also, and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not." — I Timothy 5:13.

    (6.) If a weaker brother be overtaken in a fault, try and help him get victory over his besetting sin. Here is a test for the Christian's spiritual condition. When a brother is overtaken in a fault, don't use this fall as an occasion to exalt yourself, but help him to make amends. This restoration must be done in the Spirit of meekness. This same thing might happen to you. "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." — Galatians 6:1.

    (7.) Do not become discouraged: Expect temptations, discouragement and persecution; the Christian life is a warfare. "Yea, and all who live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution," II Timothy 3:12. The Eternal God is thy refuge. We have the promises that all things, even strange, hard, and unaccountable obstacles, work together for our good. Many of God's brightest saints were once as weak as you are, passed through dark tunnels and the hottest fire, and yet lives were enriched by their experiences, a n d t h e world made better because of their having lived in it. "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." — Romans 8:18. "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him." — James 1:12.

    "There hath no temptation taken you but such is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." — I Cor. 10:13.

    "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; and that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." — I Peter 4:12-13.

    These citations are sufficient to tell you what we mean by doing the will of God. Hold steadfast to the truth that "We shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ" where "everyone of us shall give an account of himself to God." Romans 14:10-12. We can conduct ourselves here so as to have boldness in the day of judgement, I John 4:17, or we can be ashamed before Him at His coming, I John 2:28, and, consequently, suffer a humiliating loss.

    All our labors must spring from love or our Savior does not accept them. We haven't called attention to certain scriptures for the purpose of leading you to believe that you are to live by rules. Under the dispensation of law, God said, "Be good and I'll bless you;" but under this dispensation of grace, He says, "I have blessed you; therefore, be good." We willingly and gladly render service to Him because He has been so good to us. As an older Christian we send this book because we don't want to be "negligent" to put you always in remembrance of these things, "So that you may be established in the truth." — II Peter 1:12.

Maze Jackson